Six stories in the news for today Oct 24

first_imgSix stories in the news for Tuesday, Oct. 24———FISCAL UPDATE TO BOOST CHILD-POVERTY SPENDINGThe Trudeau government is expected to announce more money for children and the working poor, along with shrinking federal deficits, in a crowd-pleasing economic update Tuesday that the Liberals are counting on to draw attention away from their embattled finance minister. But despite the economy’s surprisingly strong performance in early 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau still isn’t expected to provide a timeline to bring the federal books back to balance. Morneau is expected to enhance the Canada Child Benefit, which the government boasts has already lifted 300,000 children out of poverty.———MORE DETAILS ON RELIGIOUS NEUTRALITY BILLQuebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee is expected to provide further details this morning about how the government’s controversial Bill 62 will be implemented. The law bans people from giving or receiving public services if their face is covered. The legislation has been widely derided, with critics saying it targets Muslim women. It applies to public transit, meaning bus and subway drivers might have to tell people they can’t get on if they don’t show their face.———TRUDEAU LIBERALS SCORE QUEBEC UPSET IN BYELECTIONJustin Trudeau’s Liberals have pulled off a stunning byelection upset, snatching the federal riding of Lac-Saint-Jean away from the Conservatives. Lac-Saint-Jean had been held since 2007 by former Conservative minister Denis Lebel until his retirement last spring. Prior to that, it was a Bloc Quebecois stronghold. Richard Hebert, former mayor of Dolbeau-Mistassini, won the riding Monday for the Liberals. The Conservatives held onto another long-time Tory riding, however. Dane Lloyd, a 26-year-old with a history of posting controversial views in social media, easily retained the Edmonton riding of Sturgeon River-Parkland with 77 per cent of the vote.———EX-BOYFRIEND CONTINUES TESTIMONY AT BABCOCK TRIALThe trial of two men accused of killing a Toronto woman and burning her body is expected to hear more testimony from her ex-boyfriend today. Shawn Lerner told court Monday he last heard from Laura Babcock in a text on July 1, 2012, and says he filed a missing persons report with police two weeks after that text. Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., are charged with first-degree murder in Babcock’s death. The body of the 23-year-old has not been found. Both have pleaded not guilty.———JUDGE EXPECTED TO RULE IN ELECTION ACT CASEA judge is expected to rule today on an application for a directed verdict in the trial of two Ontario Liberals facing bribery charges under the Election Act. Lawyers for Pat Sorbara, who was Premier Kathleen Wynne’s deputy chief of staff and Liberal campaign director, and local Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed argued earlier this month in a Sudbury, Ont., court for the case to be tossed. Their directed verdict application calls on the judge to dismiss the charges before the defence has even called any witnesses, arguing the Crown hasn’t proven its case.———TRI-COASTAL CANADA 150 JOURNEY NEARS ENDAn ice breaker is on its way to Victoria, marking the last leg in a months-long expedition around Canada’s three coasts. Canada C3 began June 1 when the Polar Prince took off from Toronto on a journey to connect Canadians and celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary. The ship has travelled up the Saint Lawrence River, around Newfoundland and Labrador, through the Northwest Passage, and down the Pacific Coast.———last_img read more