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Social media sites are facing backlash after failing to contain the spread of a video of an attack on two New Zealand mosques. The shootings at the two Christchurch mosques left 49 people dead and injured dozens more. The man who allegedly carried out the shootings reportedly broadcast 17 minutes of the attack on a Facebook livestream. Both YouTube owner Google and Twitter also say they're working to remove video of the shootings from their sites. Officials are criticizing the tech giants once again for reacting too slowly to harmful content. Legal analysts say sharing the video will only inspire more mass shootings in the future. (The Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says firing Canada’s ambassador to China would not help detained Canadians in the country. Earlier this week, John McCallum opined on how Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou might avoid extradition to the U.S. (The Canadian Press)

Wade Skiffington’s father says his son is elated to be released on bail 25 years after being convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his common-law wife in B.C. Ottawa is reviewing Skiffington's conviction after an appeal. (The Canadian Press)

The prime minister says a Quebec woman missing in Burkina Faso for more than a month is presumed still alive. Justin Trudeau says the government wants to “reassure” the family of Edith Blais that it is working hard on the case. (The Canadian Press)

Ontario Premier Doug Ford sounded alarms about the economic impacts of a federally imposed carbon tax in a speech in Toronto on Monday. Ford pledged to fight Ottawa’s tax with “every tool” at his disposal. (The Canadian Press)

David Stephan, who along with his wife Collet is charged in the meningitis death of their son, spoke to reporters outside a courtroom in Calgary on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. A judge refused the couple’s requests for a delay in their retrial and for $4 million to pay past and future legal bills. (The Canadian Press)

Ottawa has confirmed the death of Canadian mining executive Kirk Woodman in Burkina Faso. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is working on the investigation with authorities in the west African country. (The Canadian Press)

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Wednesday a new civilian advisory board to help the RCMP modernize. Goodale says the interim board will be in place by April and will help the police force focus on employee well-being. (The Canadian Press)

Rahaf Mohammed who fled to Canada last week says she plans to devote her new life to fighting for women’s freedom. The Saudi teen captured international attention after fleeing and tweeting about her situation barricaded in a Thai hotel room. (The Canadian Press)

The RCMP will review a court injunction enforcement that led to the arrests of 14 protesters at an Indigenous pipeline blockade in B.C. last week. Assistant commissioner Eric Stubbs says the operation was challenging and “emotional.” (The Canadian Press)

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