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In the news today: Federal government will introduce assisted-suicide law today


 
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NEW ASSISTED DYING LAW UNVEILED TODAY

The federal government will introduce a new law today spelling out the conditions in which seriously ill or dying Canadians may seek medical help to end their lives. The proposed law will not be as permissive as recommended by a special joint parliamentary committee, which urged that few obstacles be put in front of Canadians who want a doctor’s help to end their suffering.

SCOC TO RULE ON METIS, NON-STATUS INDIANS

The Supreme Court of Canada will hand down a ruling today that will affect the relationship between the federal government and 600,000 Metis and off-reserve Indians across the country. The court will rule on whether the federal government has the same responsibility to them as to status Indians and Inuit.

ONTARIO PROVIDING NEW ASSISTANCE FOR ATTAWAPISKAT

Ontario’s health minister has announced new measures to help isolated First Nation cope with a suicide emergency. Eric Hoskins said the province would provide up to $2 million for a youth regional co-ordination unit and the deployment of additional health-care workers and support staff. Attawapiskat’s leaders declared a state of emergency on Saturday, citing almost 40 suicide attempts in April and March.

SENTENCING FOR SENIOR G20 COP CONTINUES TODAY

A Toronto police officer convicted of misconduct for the massive breach of civil liberties at the G20 summit six years ago will argue today why he should keep his job. A lawyer for Supt. David (Mark) Fenton will argue that a reprimand is sufficient. Lawyers for the complainants argued yesterday that Fenton deserves to be fired.

ALBERTA UNVEILS BUDGET WITH $10 BILLION IN RED INK

It’s budget day in Alberta, but Finance Minister Joe Ceci has already announced the biggest piece of bad news. He has said the oil-reliant province will confirm a budget deficit in excess of $10 billion. But he said the budget will include updated details on job creation and economic diversification strategies. The prolonged slump in oil prices has resulted in tens of thousands of job losses in Alberta.

BAD NEWS BUDGET EXPECTED TODAY IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Liberal government is expected to present a budget today that include tax hikes, job losses and spending cuts as the province tries to offset the damage done by declining oil prices. The government’s first throne speech last month warned of hard times as the province confronts the prospect of successive deficits nearing $2 billion or more.

ALSO IN THE NEWS:

Statistics Canada will release the new housing price index for February.

The Nova Scotia legislature opens for its spring sitting.

Trial for David and Collet Stephan in the death of their 19-month-old son continues in Lethbridge, Alta.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna attends a World Bank carbon pricing meeting in Washington, D.C.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks at the Global Connect Initiative event in Washington, D.C.

Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier appears at a Commons committee on the transfer of information to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.


 
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