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In the news today: Stephen Blaney, Justin Trudeau, the PBO and the Budget 2015 fiscal outlook


 
CORRECTS TO GATINEAU, QUE.Backed by Liberal candidates, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau makes an announcement on fair and open government in Gatineau, Que. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press

CORRECTS TO GATINEAU, QUE.Backed by Liberal candidates, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau makes an announcement on fair and open government in Gatineau, Que. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press

Eight stories in the news today, July 22:

TRUDEAU TO GIVE UCCB TO CHARITY

Justin Trudeau is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to the Conservative government’s newly enhanced universal child care benefit. The Liberal leader maintains it’s wrong to give the benefit to wealthy families that don’t need help raising their kids. And to underscore that point, he’s going to give his own family’s windfall to charity.

NEXEN TO PROVIDE UPDATE ON OIL SPILL

Nexen Energy is scheduled to give an update today on its cleanup efforts following a major oil pipeline leak last week in northern Alberta. The spill of about five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water was discovered by a contractor last Wednesday near Nexen’s Long Lake oilsands facility, about 35 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray.

THREATS TAKEN SERIOUSLY: MINISTER

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has shrugged off questions about his government’s response to threats against the RCMP by the hacktivist group Anonymous, saying he fully trusts law enforcement to investigate. Blaney said all threats are taken seriously but provided few details of how his government is responding, days after Anonymous claimed responsibility for shutting down the RCMP website.

ALSO IN THE NEWS

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to make an announcement in Ottawa related to cyber security.

Decision will be released in Toronto on whether a new mental health assessment for Chiheb Esseghaier should be ordered. He was found guilty in a terror plot to derail a passenger train.

The case of Merouane Ghalmi, a Montreal man accused of violating terms of a terrorism-related peace bond, returns to court.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer will post a new report entitled “Update of the Budget 2015 Fiscal Outlook” on its website.

The CRTC releases a decision following the review of wholesale services framework and associated policies.


 
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