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--Sixth NewsWatch--

January 22, 2014

(BoC-Interest-Rates) No movement on interest rates is expected in this morning's policy statement from the Bank of Canada . But analysts will be listening closely to hear what the central bank has to say about weak inflation. Inflation remains below the current trendsetting interest rate of one per cent. The bank is expected to maintain its dovish tone on rates, making it clear once again that it doesn`t see interest rates rising quickly any time soon. (6) (Ford-Video) (Audio: 059) So much for the vow he was swearing off booze. Rob Ford is once again the butt of jokes on the late night talk shows after another video of the Toronto mayor in a drunken, rambling, profanity-laced rant. The video of a Ford using Jamaican curse words was posted on YouTube and appears to have been filmed inside a fast food restaurant. The mayor confirms the video was taken Monday night. But he says he was on his own time. Many of his colleagues at City Hall say it's proof council made the right move when it stripped him of most of his authority late last year. (6) (NL-Premier) (Audio: 001) No comment from the premier's office in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador on word Kathy Dunderdale is about to step down. Dunderdale has been under increasing pressure after two defections from members who questioned her leadership, partly over major power failures earlier this month. Dunderdale -- who is 61 -- was first elected in October 2003 . She took over as leader after former premier Danny Williams quit in 2010. (6) (Burns Lake-Blast-Inquest) (Audio: 007) Critics say it does nothing to ease the concerns of local residents seeking justice. The B-C Coroners Service has announced a public inquest into the deadly January 2012 sawmill explosion and fire in Burns Lake . Two men were killed and 20 other workers were hurt, some seriously. Opposition N-D-P Leader Adrian Dix is calling for an independent inquiry. Premier Christy Clark has ordered a review of investigations of WorkSafeB-C and the Crown, which determined no charges would be laid. (6) (Syria-Peace Talks) (Audio: 075) Syrian peace talks are just underway in Switzerland and President Bashar Assad's status is already the subject of bitter clashes. American Secretary of State John Kerry says Assad has no legitimacy, while Assad's foreign minister says only Syrians can remove Assad. And the Western backed opposition says there can't be any talk of including Assad in a transitional government. (6) (OLY-Sochi-Terrorist-Threat) The International Olympic Committee says an email warning to Hungary's Olympic Committee to stay away from Sochi contains no threat. The I-O-C says it appears to be a random message from a member of the public. The Hungarian committee said earlier the email message written in Russian and English threatened its athletes with terrorist attacks at the Sochi Olympic Games. (6) (NewsWatch by Geri Smith ) ( The Canadian Press )

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