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Feb. 25: Michael Chong’s Reform Act, Tony Clement’s spending estimates, Africville, and high school bullies


 
Michael Chong (CP)

Michael Chong (CP)

Five stories in the news today, Feb. 25:

BILL IS PROOF PUBLIC CAN SWAY LEGISLATION: MP

His zigzag journey has lasted more than a year, but Michael Chong is about to cross one critical finish line in his bid to rebalance power between MPs and party leaders. The Conservative MP’s bill, known as Reform Act 2014, is poised to pass the House of Commons today during a third-reading vote. Read more.

VETERANS PROGRAMS IN LINE FOR MORE MONEY?

The Harper government’s road map to this year’s federal budget suggests it is prepared to pour more money into programs and services for the country’s veterans, while largely holding the line on defence spending. Treasury Board President Tony Clement released the 2015-16 spending estimates on Tuesday, even though it’s unclear when the budget will be tabled. Read more.

AFRICVILLE RESIDENTS IN COURT AGAINST CITY OF HALIFAX

Hundreds of people relocated from a black community in Halifax decades ago are hoping to breathe new life into a statement of claim filed nearly 20 years ago after discovering new evidence about their eviction. Lawyer Robert Pineo said the City of Halifax expropriated the land in Africville in the 1960s but did not follow its own rules under the city’s charter.

JURY FINDS MAN GUILTY IN ALBERTA BLAST THAT KILLED DISABLED WOMAN

An Alberta financial adviser showed no emotion Tuesday night as a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder for killing his disabled client with a pipe bomb disguised as a Christmas present. Brian Malley, 57, will serve a life sentence with no parole for 25 years after killing Victoria Shachtay, a 23-year-old single mother who died in her wheelchair when she opened a gift bag left on her doorstep in Innisfail, Alta., in 2011. Read more.

POLL: 3 IN 4 CANADIAN ADULTS REPORT BEING BULLIED IN SCHOOL

Three in four Canadian adults said they were bullied while in school, according to an online survey of 1,500 people conducted by the Angus Reid Institute. Seventy-five per cent of the respondents said they were bullied at some point during elementary school or high school. Among them, 22 per cent said it occurred “once or twice” and 29 per cent said it occurred “a few times.”


 
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