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In today's Morning Brief, we look at reaction, and some of the questions, related to Harry and Meghan's plans to spend more time in Canada. We also look at the growing issue of crystal meth abuse, how the rules of the federal Conservative leadership race may limit the field, and arrests in Iran related to the crash of Flight PS752.
Queen Elizabeth says she and her family are 'entirely supportive' of Prince Harry and Meghan's 'desire to create a new life as a young family.' That life will include some time spent in Canada. (John Stillwell/The Associated Press)

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Harry and Meghan in Canada: A 'curious interest' as money questions loom

Prince Harry and Meghan clearly want to come to Canada — and senior members of the Royal Family gave that wish their blessings at their Sandringham summit yesterday. But how Canadians feel about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spending part of their time here is more nuanced.

Whatever interest there is among Canadians could be tempered by one very tricky topic: money.  "I think any support for Harry and Meghan would be negatively affected if the couple were seen as making use of public funds in Canada for their security while they live a private life," says Carolyn Harris, a longtime royals observer and Toronto-based author and historian. Read more here about the implications of Harry and Meghan spending more time in Canada.

In brief

As Canada fights opioid epidemic, a rise in meth use threatens to deepen drug crisis

While federal, provincial and territorial governments have been preoccupied with stemming opioid addiction, crystal meth use has been rising, particularly in Western and Central Canada. Read CBC reporter Nicole Ireland's story from two northwestern Ontario cities that have witnessed the rise in crystal meth.

How the Conservatives' leadership rules could limit the field this time

The criteria set by the federal Conservatives for 2020's leadership contest would have kept most of 2017's candidates out of the race. Read more here about the criteria for the upcoming Conservative leadership race.

Cancer linked to these breast implants no longer 'rare', data suggests

A cancer in women with textured breast implants is more widespread than previously believed. Health Canada has received 106 reports as of Dec. 20 of confirmed and suspected cases of "breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)." Read more here about why the rise in cases of the cancer is raising questions about why it continues to be described as "rare."

As Australia burns, a plan for a joint seaborne firefighting unit is getting a second look

The wildfires ravaging Australia have rekindled interest in an unsolicited proposal to the Canadian government four years ago: for Canada and Australia to develop and share strategic water bomber squadrons. Read more here about the proposal.

Iran says some people arrested for their role in Ukrainian plane crash

Iran's judiciary has arrested an undisclosed number of people for their role in the crash of a Ukrainian plane that Tehran said was accidentally hit by an Iranian missile. Read more here about the arrests linked to the plane's downing.

Maple Leaf Foods boss attack on Trump pits ethics against shareholder value

In blaming "the narcissist in Washington" for the death of Canadian airline passengers, should Michael McCain, the CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, have risked shareholder value for mere ethics? Read more here about the fallout from McCain's comments.

Now for some good news to start your Tuesday: Newfoundland medical student Katie Harris is aiming for a very particular specialty. Her dream is to become a flight surgeon who provides medical support for astronauts during training and when on missions to space. Along the way, she has studied astrophysics, physics and anthropology, and got into France's International Space University. She also has a fairly stellar adviser who has played a role in helping her on her path: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Read more here about Harris's quest and the advice she's received from Hadfield.

The beauty of winter

(Submitted by Neville Webb)

The colourful houses of the Middle and Outer Battery area of St. John's stand out, especially in winter when there's such a contrast. See more winter images in the latest photo gallery from our colleagues at CBC Newfoundland and Labrador.

Today in history: Jan. 14

1645: The Company of New France gives up trading rights in Canada to colonists living in the new land.

1878: Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates the telephone to Queen Victoria, who speaks with her friend, Sir Thomas Biddulph.

1949: The first non-stop, trans-Canada flight, from Vancouver to Halifax, is completed.

1976: The T. Eaton Co. announces the end of its catalogue sales operation, citing losses for more than 10 years, and laying off 9,000 employees.

1982: Clifford Robert Olson is sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in Vancouver to 11 counts of first-degree murder. The victims, three boys and eight girls, between ages nine and 18, died between November 1980 and August 1981. Olson would die of cancer in prison in September 2011.

2009: Former telecom giant Nortel Networks files for bankruptcy protection from creditors.

With files from The Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Reuters