1 HONEYMOON OVER Well, despite the fact we all knew it was coming, Prairie January has arrived. And it sucks.

2 WELCOMED BACK Harper announced today that he will heading back to China next month for only the second time since he has been in office. Initially a sharp critic of the Chinese government, unsurprisingly this position has swayed as Canada seeks energy resource investment and the establishment of MORE trade agreements. More here.

3 WISHING WELL Canadian skier Sarah Burke and Olympic favourite remains in critical condition following a superpipe accident in Salt Lake city this week.

4 ANYONE SURPRISED? US officials deny any involvement in the death of a Iranian nuclear scientist yesterday. This murder comes on the back of months of Western complaints about Iran’s nuclear programme. Another one of those US ‘foreign policy-related convenient coincidences’ we have become so accustomed to?