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In the news today: Canada at the UN, a Manitoba election call, talk of the deficit


 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press)

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. (Sean Kilpatrick, CP)

Six stories in the news today, March 16:

CANADA RUNNING FOR 2021 SECURITY COUNCIL

It will be at least five more years before Canada makes its return the United Nations Security Council, The Canadian Press has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will announce today that Canada will vie for a seat on the Security Council for a two-year term starting in 2021.

EXPERTS PONDER SIZE OF FEDERAL DEFICIT

It’s become the multibillion-dollar question — how big, exactly, will the federal deficit be? Analysts have made predictions leading up to next Tuesday’s spring budget on the magnitude of Ottawa’s shortfall, which is already poised to reach tens of billions.

MANITOBA ELECTION CAMPAIGN TO BE CALLED

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is to launch an election campaign today with pollsters suggesting the NDP and its 16-year run in government could be in peril. Selinger would not confirm the launch, but the NDP is already promoting an election rally with him this evening. A NDP source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the campaign will kick off sometime after a morning cabinet meeting.

WOMAN WHO MADE HISTORY WITH LAWSUIT DIES

A woman who made history by successfully suing the Alberta government for wrongful sterilization — eventually leading to payouts for hundreds more victims — has died. Leilani Muir-O’Malley, 72, died sometime over the weekend at her home in Devon, Alta., said Nicola Fairbrother, director of Neighbourhood Bridges, an advocacy group for people with intellectual disabilities.

ANTI-COP MARCH IN MONTREAL INCIDENT FREE

Activists were shocked Tuesday night after officers let hundreds of them take over the city’s downtown streets for the annual anti-police brutality march. Previous editions of the March 15 event have turned nasty, featuring massive arrests, injuries to protesters and police as well as vandalized property and police cruisers.

COLD REMEDIES STILL USED IN YOUNG KIDS: STUDY

About one in five kids under age six continued to be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, despite a Health Canada-mandated warning against use of the products in young children, researchers have found. Since October 2009, the federal department has required that labels on cough and cold medications carry a warning that parents and caregivers should not administer the drugs to children under six because they are not only ineffective, but also potentially harmful.


 
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