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Government Says Longer Leave Not for All, But Higher-Paid Moms Need Help Too

Government Says Longer Leave Not for All, But Higher-Paid Moms Need Help Too

By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press

Patty Hajdu
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu speaks to reporters during a weekend meeting of the national caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, March 25, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said even wealthier women need more support when it comes to moving from their careers into motherhood — and back again.

The 2017 budget extended parental leave to 18 months, but anyone who wants to take the lengthier time off must spread 12 months worth of Employment Insurance payments over that time — receiving 33 per cent of average weekly earnings — because there is no corresponding increase in benefits.

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PM: UN Peacekeeping Mission Possible in 2017, Even Though Canada Mum on Details

PM: UN Peacekeeping Mission Possible in 2017, Even Though Canada Mum on Details

By The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for a weekend meeting of the national caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, March 25, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not ruling out sending troops to a peacekeeping mission this year, even though Canada has not yet told the United Nations what it is up to.

“We have a difficult history in Africa as peacekeepers and we need to make sure that when we embark on any . . . military mission, we make the right decisions about what we’re going to do, how we’re going to do it, and the kind of impact we’re going to have on the ground and on Canadians,” Trudeau said Saturday.

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Trump Announces at White House: I’ve Approved the Keystone XL Pipeline

Trump Announces at White House: I’ve Approved the Keystone XL Pipeline

By The Canadian Press

Keystone Pipeline
In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. The much debated Keystone XL pipeline project is expected to be approved by the U.S. government today.The White House isn’t elaborating on today’s announcement, but the Trump administration has repeatedly said it supports the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON – Canada’s hotly debated, long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline received its elusive U.S. presidential permit from Donald Trump on Friday, eight years and six months after it first applied to cross the American border.

The president made the announcement at the White House.

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‘Couch Potato’ Youth Missing Out on Crucial Bone Development: Study

‘Couch Potato’ Youth Missing Out on Crucial Bone Development: Study

By Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press

Couch Potato

VANCOUVER – A new study has found teens who have a “couch potato” lifestyle risk having permanent negative effects on their bone health.

Orthopedics Prof. Heather McKay of the University of British Columbia says about 36 per cent of the adult skeleton is developed during adolescence when growth spurts typically happen, and physical activity is critical for developing bone strength and density.

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Uber Decries New Tax Measures on Ride-Hailing Announced in Federal Budget

Uber Decries New Tax Measures on Ride-Hailing Announced in Federal Budget

By The Canadian Press

Uber
The Uber logo is seen in front of protesting taxi drivers at the Montreal courthouse, on February 2, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

TORONTO – Uber is crying foul over new tax measures announced in the federal government budget that would see the company subject to the same sales tax rules applied to taxi drivers.

The Liberal government’s budget Wednesday included amending the definition of a taxi business to include ride-hailing services such as Uber and subject them to the same GST and HST rules as taxis.

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Stay-at-Home Dad Converts Gaming Passion into Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital

Stay-at-Home Dad Converts Gaming Passion into Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital

By The Canadian Press

Kim Jardine
Kim Jardine plays video games as his seven-year-old daughter, Rowyn, and five-year-old son, Grayson, look on. Jardine is a stay-at-home dad who was scheduled to fly to Florida on Thursday where he’s scheduled to play off against other gamers to raise cash for a Halifax children’s hospital, his flight was delayed by a storm. He says he’s pleased to turn a life-long passion into a way to fundraise. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kim Jardine)

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – A stay-at-home dad is scheduled to fly to Florida from his home in New Brunswick on Thursday in a bid to turn his lifelong passion for gaming into a charitable money-maker for sick children.

Kris Jardine said his saga of turning a hobby into a fundraiser began last November when he played four different video games for 24 hours, as friends and acquaintances donated $479 to provide to the IWK children’s hospital in Halifax.

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Trudeau Government Hiking Taxes on Smokes, Booze, Pursues Tax Cheats

Trudeau Government Hiking Taxes on Smokes, Booze, Pursues Tax Cheats

By Craig Wong, The Canadian Press

Bill Morneau
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau is seen through a television camera as he speaks at a press conference at the media lock-up, before tabling the budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Canadians who drink, smoke, use ride-sharing services like Uber or rely on public transit will be paying more thanks to changes in the federal budget.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau also said Ottawa will scrutinize the private corporations that wealthy professionals like doctors and lawyers use to reduce their taxes.

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Man Wanted in Stepson’s Death Fled 2,000 Kilometres Before Arrest, Police Say

Man Wanted in Stepson’s Death Fled 2,000 Kilometres Before Arrest, Police Say

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

Nathan Dumas
A memorial sits outside of the home of Nathan Dumas, the seven-year-old boy who was allegedly killed by his stepfather, Justin Kuijer, Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in St. Catharines, Ont. Kuijer, who is facing charges of first-degree murder as well as attempted murder for the attack on Dumas and the stabbing of an RBC bank employee, was found and arrested in Kenora, Ont., following a tip from a member of the public. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett)

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – An Ontario man accused of killing his seven-year-old stepson and badly injuring a banker with whom he’d once had professional dealings managed to flee 2,000 kilometres over four days before being arrested, police said Wednesday.

Niagara regional police Chief Jeff McGuire said the nationwide manhunt for 43-year-old Justin Kuijer, which began in St. Catharines, Ont., came to a peaceful end in the parking lot of a Walmart in Kenora, Ont., around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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