Canada in Brief, Dec. 21-27

December 21, 2017 Updated: January 3, 2019

Canada and US to host North Korea meeting in Vancouver next month

Canada and United States will co-host a major international meeting of foreign ministers on the North Korean crisis on Jan. 16 in Vancouver.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the date alongside U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his visit to Ottawa for a series of meetings on Dec. 18, including a sit-down meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

There are few details, but the duo said it will involve countries that participated in the Korean War and other key regional actors, including South Korea and Japan.

Sexual harassment named CP News Story of the Year

The public conversation on sexual harassment and assault sparked by the allegations against Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo hashtag that saw Canadians of all walks of life share stories of misconduct has been selected as Canada’s News Story of the Year for 2017.

The Canadian Press annual survey of news editors and reporters from across the country saw 23 out of 80 votes cast for sexual harassment as the most compelling story of the year.

The allegations that emerged this fall against Weinstein opened a floodgate of similar accusations that spread to Canada and affected virtually every industry, from the arts and sports to politics and law enforcement.

Canada proposes to limit, not ban, use of pesticides that kill bees

Canada doesn’t want to issue a blanket ban on certain pesticides which environmental groups say are killing everything from honey bees to earthworms.

Instead, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency is proposing limiting the use of two neonicotinoids and adding more warning labels to the bottles.

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are commonly used by farmers to help keep everything from field crops to fruit orchards free of pests. The regulatory agency has been researching them since 2012, after widespread reports of honey bee deaths led scientists to believe neonics were one of the culprits.

Environmental groups want Canada to ban neonics entirely, emulating France, which is banning them as of next year.

With files from The Canadian Press