MANITOBA WILL PUSH BACK BALANCED BUDGET TO 2017
Manitoba’s NDP government is expected to remain in stimulus mode when it delivers its annual budget today – adding to a string of deficits in the name of boosting infrastructure spending and potential job growth. Finance Minister Greg Dewar has already said the province is pushing back its plan to balance the budget in 2017 by one year.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER BUDGET
The Newfoundland and Labrador government will deliver its spring budget today. Finance Minister Ross Wiseman has forecast a deficit of $916 million for 2014-15 after oil prices plummeted since June. He has indicated five more years of red ink before a return to balanced books in 2020-21.
FUNERAL SERVICES TODAY IN MONTREAL FOR SENATE SPEAKER NOLIN
Funeral services for Senate Speaker Pierre Claude Nolin are scheduled for this afternoon at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica. Nolin died a week ago after a five-year battle with a rare form of cancer. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be among those to address the service.
KASHECHEWAN EVACUATION EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED TODAY
The evacuation of a remote northern Ontario First Nation community due to flood fears is expected to be completed today. A spokesman for Kashechewan First Nation says the remaining 16 residents of the community of 1,900 people will get on the final flight some time this morning.
MOURNERS GATHER TO HONOUR SLAIN MOTHER AND THREE CHILDREN
More than 250 people clutched candles and cried at an emotional vigil Wednesday night for a mother and three children killed in a murder-suicide in a rural Saskatchewan town. The vigil was held to honour 27-year-old Latasha Gosling and her children – Jenika, 8, Landen, 7, and Janayah, 4, whose bodies were found in their mobile home in Tisdale last week.
POWER TOOLS, PAPERBACKS NOW UNDER ONE ROOF
There’s a place in Toronto where you can now borrow a power drill and a paperback at the same time. It’s the result of a new partnership between the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Tool Library – thought to be the first such collaboration in Canada and considered by some a sign of things to come.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …
– Gen. Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, will release a report on sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces.
– Party leaders take part in a debate in Charlottetown for the P.E.I. election.
– Codey Reginald Hennigar appears in Halifax court to face three charges of second-degree murder after three bodies were found in a burning home in Wyses Corner, N.S.
– B.C. Review Board continues review for Allan Schoenborn, found not criminally responsible for murdering his three children, as he seeks supervised release.
– Statistics Canada releases the gross domestic product by industry for February and the payroll employment, earnings and hours for February.
– Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. releases results of its House Price Analysis and Assessment.