1. The Hunger Games star Wes Bently (he also played Chris Cooper’s son in American Beauty) has issued a release showing his support for the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit. Given that he’s in the middle of promoting one of the biggest blockbuster of all time, it’s a pretty nice thing to do.
2. Regina’s economy grew by 6.1 percent last year, the highest growth of any city in the country. It’s expected to decrease to 2.7 percent in 2012, but that’s still the fourth best in the nation. In a couple of years it’ll be interesting to see how the film tax credit cuts affect these numbers.
3. Syria has accepted a peace plan drafted by the UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, but opposition fighters are skeptical. As the paper was signed, more people were being killed, now stretching into Lebanon.
4. In sad, awful news, executions surged last year, especially in the Middle East, where they were up by 50 percent.
5. Defence Minister Peter McCay is wrapping up a two day meeting with his US and Mexican counterparts. McCay will be announcing new measures today about new support on the “fight against narcotics.” Sounds a bit like rebranding.
6. Ooooh, look, it’s the world’s tiniest puppy!