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The International News Weekly REGIONAL March 30, 2018 | Toronto 02 Ontario presents a people-friendly budget In a bid to reassure the electorate that the Liberal government is doing its best to make life affordable for many of the low-income grousp, it will provide free prescription druges for everyone 65 and over, improve mental health care and addication services. It has a new Seniors' Healthy Home Program. This recognizes the costs associated with older seniors living at home, where they want to be. It provides a benefit of up to $750 annually for eligible households led by seniors 75 and over to help them live independently and offset the costs of maintaining their homes. Following are the highlights: Introducing a new Ontario Drug and Dental Program, reimbursing 80 per cent, up to a maximum of $400 per single person, $600 per couple and $700 for a family of four with two children, of eligible prescription drug and dental expenses each year, for those without workplace health benefits or not covered by OHIP+ or other government programs. Providing more affordable, quality child care by making preschool child care free for children aged two-and-a-half until they are eligible for kindergarten. This saves a family with one child $17,000, on average, and builds on the savings families get from full-day kindergarten. Early learning has been demonstrated to improve children's academic performance throughout their lives. Providing better and faster access to mental health and addictions services for hundreds of thousands more children, young people and adults across Ontario — bringing the total funding to more than $17 billion over four years. Improving hospitals by providing better access to care, reducing wait times, addressing capacity issues and better meeting the needs of Ontario's growing and aging population through an additional $822-million investment in 2018–19 — the largest single government investment in hospitals in almost a decade. The Province is also investing approximately $19 billion over 10 years to build and renovate hospitals to provide more and faster health care for people. Creating 30,000 new longterm care beds over the next 10 years — adding 5,000 new beds by 2022 — to help people who can no longer live independently and provide peace of mind for people who care for them. These new beds are in addition to the 30,000 existing beds being redeveloped. Building a fair society and enhancing choice and independence by investing $1.8 billion to strengthen services for 47,000 adults with developmental disabilities and reforming the social assistance system to focus on people rather than on rules and regulations. Making Life More Affordable Families are facing mounting pressures — whether at work or on their commute or in their pocketbook — and it's having a real impact on people's lives and our ability to care for our loved ones. Ontario is taking steps to make life more affordable and provide more financial security during a time of rapid economic change: Making prescriptions completely free for everyone 65 and over through OHIP+, ensuring that no senior citizen ever needs to go without necessary drugs. By eliminating the Ontario Drug Benefit annual deductible and co-pay, this saves the average Ontario senior $240 per year. This expansion of OHIP+ follows the introduction of free prescriptions for everyone under the age of 25 in the 2017 Ontario Budget. Providing a public transit tax credit that saves seniors up to $450 a year, as of July 1, 2017, and lowering the cost of commuting by about $720 per year for the average commuter transferring between the GO/UP Express network and the TTC. Cutting residential electricity bills as of July 1, 2017, by 25 per cent on average, and up to 40 or 50 per cent for eligible rural and low-income families. Creating Opportunity for People Ontario is helping people adapt to, and thrive in, a changing economy to make sure the province remains the best place to live, work and do business. Actions include: Making college and university tuition free for more than 225,000 students of all ages. Free or low tuition is available for students from low- and middle-income families; tuition is free for those earning up to $90,000, and students from families who earn up to $175,000 are also eligible for financial aid. Preparing students for good jobs by providing $132 million over three years to develop postsecondary education programs that respond to the changing needs of students and employers — including strengthening partnerships with local employers, offering more flexible and experiential learning, and increasing the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates by 25 per cent over the next five years, from 40,000 to 50,000 per year. Planning to create and retain over 70,000 jobs by renewing and extending the Jobs and Prosperity Fund with an increase of $900 million over the next 10 years. Providing $935 million in new funding over three years through the Good Jobs and Growth Plan to support Ontario businesses, students and graduates, and help attract good, wellpaying jobs. Making workplaces fairer for everyone by tackling the gender wage gap and increasing transparency in hiring processes with proposed legislation that would, if passed, require all publicly posted jobs to include a pay rate or salary scale. Providing a long-awaited raise for 1.2 million people across Ontario by increasing the minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018 and $15 per hour on January 1, 2019. The province has beaten its fiscal targets every year since the recession, and is forecasting a budget surplus in 2017–18. Beginning in 2018–19, Ontario is choosing to make more investments in the care and services that the people of this province rely on. As a result, the province will run modest deficits of less than one per cent of GDP. The Budget outlines a path back to balance by 2024–25, building on the province's long track record of responsible fiscal management. Jagmeet Singh retracts punishment of veteran MP in face of caucus backlash The Canadian Press OTTAWA: Jagmeet Singh has retracted the punishment meted out to a veteran New Democrat MP for after facing a backlash from NDP caucus members. The NDP leader announced late Tuesday that he's decided to return Hamilton MP David Christopherson to his role as vice-chair of a powerful House of Commons committee. Singh had stripped Christopherson of the post last week after the MP broke ranks with the party to vote in favour of a Conservative motion. The motion condemned the Liberal government's new policy of requiring any group applying for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program to attest that their core mandate respects charter rights, including a woman's right to have an abortion. Although the NDP is officially pro-choice and Christopherson himself is a longtime supporter of a woman's right to choose, he said at the time that he couldn't support what he believes is an unconstitutional policy that requires churches and other religious groups to disavow their beliefs to qualify for funding.Singh's decision to punt Christopherson from his role as vice-chair of the procedure and House affairs committee shocked many senior New Democrats, including at least three MPs who went public with their unhappiness. Charlie Angus, runner-up to Singh in last fall's leadership contest, tweeted Friday that New Democrats "hurt themselves" by punishing Christopherson. "Nobody knows procedure and rules better than (Christopherson). He is a fearsome force for good when it comes to respect for parliamentary rules and this is essential when you're the opposition," Angus tweeted. Fellow MP Dan Harris tweeted in response: "Yeah, this was unnecessary."On Tuesday, Angus was even more critical in an interview with the Globe and Mail and was joined by fellow MP Romeo Saganash. A few hours later, Singh issued a statement retracting the punishment. "I have had several productive conversations with David Christopherson and various members of caucus," Singh said. "Upon reflection, I have decided David will return to his role as vice-chair of the procedure and House affairs committee." Singh cast his reversal as a matter of listening to his caucus."Lively and democratic debate is a hallmark of our party. I will always keep an open line for dialogue within our caucus," he said."My approach is to encourage feedback and constantly seek to improve our decision making processes, rather than simply disregard voices with varying impacts." 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The International News Weekly REGIONAL March 30, 2018 | Toronto 03 Scheer demands apology from FM Morneau over 'sexist' insult BC city to take Trans Mountain pipeline fight to Supreme Court of Canada The Canadian Press OTTAWA: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are jousting over who most respects women. The Conservative leader is demanding an apology to his deputy leader, Lisa Raitt, who was the target of what Scheer claims was an insulting and sexist remark from Finance Minister Bill Morneau. But Trudeau says he doesn't need to take any lessons on respect for women from a Tory leader who won't commit to appointing a gender-balanced cabinet, as the Liberal leader has done, should he become prime minister. Scheer retorts that there'll be plenty of "strong Conservative women" in cabinet after next year's federal election. The jousting over who is the bigger defender of women comes after Raitt accused Morneau of hypocrisy, making what she called cynical vote-buying gestures towards women in his February budget while personally failing to practice what he preaches; she bemoaned the under-representation of women in the company Morneau headed before entering politics, in the senior ranks of the Finance Department and in his ministerial office. Morneau called her line of questioning "offensive" and said the Liberal government strongly believes that promoting women into positions of leadership is a key to a successful economy; he added that the government "will drag along the Neanderthals who don't agree with that." In the House of Commons on Wednesday, Scheer said Morneau was referring to Raitt when he used the term Neanderthal and demanded that Trudeau order the minister to apologize. "Our deputy leader pointed out his own personal hypocrisy supporting women and the finance minister answered by calling her 'a Neanderthal'," Scheer complained. "The finance minister did not like being challenged by a strong Conservative woman and he reacted by using sexist language and insulting terms." Trudeau replied that he believes "all members in the House should treat each other with respect at all times" but did not concede that Morneau had said anything inappropriate. "I will take no lessons from members opposite when it comes to respecting women, particularly given that two and a half years ago Canada made historic gains and made news around the world by moving forward for the first time with a gender-balanced cabinet," Trudeau said. "However, the leader of the official opposition refuses to commit to continuing this world-leading practice, will not commit to appointing as many women as men in some eventual cabinet. That is not right." Scheer retorted: "I can assure the prime minister that the cabinet for the government of Canada after the 2019 election will have plenty of strong Conservative women in it." The Canadian Press BURNABY, B.C. : The Conservative defence critic is questioning the Trudeau government's decision to send peacekeeping troops to the troubled West African nation of Mali. The City of Burnaby is turning to Canada's highest court in the dispute over construction of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline. Mayor Derek Corrigan says the city intends to ask the Supreme Court of Canada to consider a lower court decision that denied Burnaby leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board. That ruling allowed Kinder Morgan to bypass local bylaws during construction of the pipeline expansion, which will triple the amount of diluted bitumen and other oil products moving between the Edmonton-area and port facilities in Burnaby.Corrigan says the city has asked its legal counsel to file the appeal application within 60 days. He says in a news release that the Federal Court of Appeal did not give consideration to arguments made by Burnaby and the provincial government. The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Burnaby's application without reasons, but Corrigan says the judges should have explained why the provincial government was not being allowed to protect B.C.'s environmental interests. Injured Calgary officer stable in hospital with family by his side: Police chief The Canadian Press CALGARY : A Calgary police officer was in hospital Tuesday with his family by his side after being shot by a suspect in a residential neighbourhood in the city's northeast. Police Chief Roger Chaffin, who saw and spoke with the injured male officer, said the five-year constable was listed in stable condition in Foothills Hospital. "He's an officer like many of our front-line people. These are young men and women who go out to police, they have families and they go out to do everything they can to create safety in this city," Chaffin said. "In this case, he was confronted with a very violent situation and was seriously injured because of it. "These are not superheroes. These are average people who are very brave, who do what they can on a day-today basis to make sure this city is safe." A lone suspect was found dead, Chaffin said. The call that led to the shooting started early Tuesday morning with a robbery at a convenience store, he said."Following the robbery, brandishing a firearm, the suspect allegedly attempted to carjack a woman outside a home," Chaffin said. "Our officers flooded the area and attempted to locate a suspect." During that search, he said police received another report of an attempted break in and found a man matching the suspect's description between two houses. "As officers entered the backyard, the suspect began firing shots," he said. "It's our understanding that a member or members of our service returned fire. One officer was shot and was taken to hospital."No details were provided on the extent of the officer's injuries and his name was not released by police. Chaffin said they were able to contain the area with the help of the tactical unit, which has a paramedic who attended to the wounded officer. As the officer got help, he said others noticed smoke coming from a garage and called in the fire department. The suspect — who also hasn't been identified — was found dead inside the garage once the fire was put out, said Chaffin. A long line of police cars, including a large armoured SUV used by the tactical unit, rumbled out of the residential neighbourhood of Abbeydale earlier Tuesday afternoon. "I can tell you ... we're very lucky today because he took two rifle rounds, but he's in stable condition," said Les Kaminski, president of the Calgary Police Association. "So far, so good." He said the shooting is a reminder of what police face on a daily basis. "This is what the work entails — dangerous people that we have to deal with that the rest of society don't want to deal with," said Kaminski. Restaurant owner cuts, cooks, eats meat in front of vegan protesters Toronto: Vegan agitators protesting in front of a restaurant in Toronto were in for a shocking surprise this weekend when the chef and co-owner of the restaurant came out and started cutting meat in front of them. The group has been protesting in front of a Toronto restaurant since a long time. 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