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Three stories in Canada we’re watching

In the news today: Security questions, top salaries, a poll on personal finances


 
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Three stories in the news today, Jan. 4:

OTTAWA ASKED WHY SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY DEEMED SECURITY RISK

Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he’ll look into the case of a six-year-old Ontario boy whose name appears to be on a travel security risk list. The boy’s father tweeted a photo from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport last week that appears to show his Canadian-born son’s name, Syed Adam Ahmed, with a “deemed high profile” label and instructions on how to proceed before allowing the boy to check in.

AVERAGE PAY FOR TOP CEOS WAS $8.96M IN 2014

A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds Canada’s highest-paid CEOs raked in an average of $8.96 million in 2014. And while that was down two per cent from 2013, the think-tank says that was still 184 times more than the average Canadian earned. Topping the list was Blackberry CEO John Chen, who took home $89.7 million in total compensation.

POLL FINDS MOST CANADIANS LESS CONFIDENT ABOUT THEIR FINANCES

A new poll from the CIBC suggests most Canadians remain confident about their finances heading into 2016, but the percentage holding a positive view is down from a year ago. And the survey clearly indicates Albertans have taken the hardest hit, a result of plunging oil prices. The survey says Alberta is now the least positive region in the country. Just 62 per cent of Albertans surveyed felt confident about their finances, down 21 percentage points from a year ago.


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