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12 stories in Canada we’re watching


 
(Chris Wattie, Reuters)

(Chris Wattie, Reuters)

LIBERALS TO SHED LIGHT ON #MMIW INQUIRY

The federal government is expected to shed light today on how it will prepare for an inquiry to examine missing and murdered aboriginal women across Canada. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Status of Women Minister Patricia Hajdu are scheduled to make an announcement on the issue early this afternoon outside the House of Commons.

More on the story here. 

LIBERAL TAX CHANGES TO COST $1.2B MORE

The Liberal government is making good on its election vow to cut federal income taxes for middle earners by raising the rate on the richest Canadians. However, it now acknowledges the tax tweaks, introduced in Parliament on Monday, won’t be revenue-neutral. Finance Minister Bill Morneau conceded that an array of new tax adjustments will have an annual net drain on the federal treasury of about $1.2 billion in each of the next five years, starting in 2016-17.

Read our interview with Bill Morneau here.

SCHOOL WORRIED ABOUT BEING LINKED TO TERRORISM

The Canadian branch of an Islamic foundation distanced itself Monday from the woman who carried out last week’s mass shooting in California following reports she had attended one of the group’s schools in Pakistan. The Al Huda Institute Canada condemned the attack by Tashfeen Malik and her husband and expressed concerns about a possible backlash against the foundation.

HOW WILL DOCTORS BE AFFECTED IF AIDING DEATH?

In just weeks, barring an extension from the Supreme Court that would alter the timetable, Canadian doctors will enter a new era in the practice of medicine _ one that gives them the legal right to help patients with unbearable suffering to end their lives. But what will be the effect on participating physicians who have long practised under Hippocrates’ admonition to “First, do no harm?”

MONTREAL STILL A BARGAIN FOR REAL ESTATE

Sergio Bonici is disappointed that his fourplex in Montreal has attracted little interest in four months on the market. Despite only 10 people coming for a viewing, he has no plans to budge from his asking price of $525,000, saying the property is a revenue-generator and ideally located near a Metro station and hospital in the borough of Verdun.

ALSO IN THE NEWS

Federal Information commissioner Suzanne Legault will table her 2014-2015 annual report.

Trial of Sen. Mike Duffy continues in Ottawa.

Sask. Auditor Judy Ferguson will release volume 2 of her 2015 Report.

Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips will hold a teleconference to provide update on climate change talks in Paris.

Former TV journalist Arthur Kent’s defamation lawsuit against Postmedia, the National Post and a columnist continues in Calgary.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre will hold a news conference to discuss Syrian refugees.

Statistics Canada will release building permits for October and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release November housing starts in Canada.


 
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