Friday, September 30, 2022

Canada: Two-thirds of P.E.I. homes, businesses still without power 5 days after Fiona


CBC News on Youtube shows that about two-thirds of P.E.I. homes and businesses served by Maritime Electric are still without power five days after the arrival of post-tropical storm Fiona. Premier Dennis King says 'it's like someone picked up our island and flipped it upside down' as crews work to restore lines.

Storm Fiona: About 600 Canadian Armed Forces members in Atlantic Canada with more expected


Global News on Youtube shows that about 600 members of the Canadian Armed Forces are stationed in Atlantic Canada across the provinces affected by post-tropical storm Fiona, Defence Minister Anita Anand said Wednesday, with more expected in Port-aux-Basques, N.L. and Truro, N.S. She said they have been involved in conducting wellness checks, removing debris, and restoring power as part of their duties to help the communities recover following the storm's destruction.

Anand provided the details during a news conference alongside Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Veterans Affairs Minister Laurence MacAulay, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, Rural Economic Development Minister Gudie Hutchings and National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier.

Anand said Tuesday the focus of the military differs in each province, with soldiers in Nova Scotia tasked with removing debris to repair transportation links. In Prince Edward Island, the military is focused on restoring the power grid, and in Newfoundland and Labrador, members are carrying out wellness checks.

LeBlanc also said Wednesday that there are "ongoing conversations" with provinces, territories and the insurance industry on how to help Canadians impacted by various climate events. He added that in terms of the federal government, conversations have started to find "the right series of protections at an affordable rate." His response came to a question on whether Canada could create a national framework for insurance, similar to what is seen in the U.S., instead of customers having to navigate a "patchwork" of private insurance companies. 

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu said 13 Indigenous communities have been impacted by the storm, where leaders are most concerned about "ensuring the secure supply of gasoline and other fuel" and that people in their communities have access to warming centres and hot meals.

Canada to impose more sanctions on Russia following 'referendum'


CBC News on Youtube shows Igor Zhovkva, chief diplomatic adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is calling on world leaders to continue sanctions against Russia, saying the country's 'sham referendum' could lead to part of Ukraine being annexed. In talks with Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised more support to counteract Russian efforts.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Business Report: Canada slipping in grocery affordable ranking


CityNews on Youtube shows that an expert says Canada is falling way behind where it should be in a global ranking of grocery affordability. Plus, plastic bags are becoming harder to find, and Walmart is entering the Metaverse. Richard Southern reports.

Calls mount for Canada to list Iran's IRGC as a terrorist entity


CBC News on Youtube shows that families who lost loved ones on Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, which shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, are calling for Canada to list the force as a terrorist entity. 'It's not only about PS752, but it's about what's going on in Iran right now,' said Hamed Esmaeilion, who lost his wife and daughter on the flight. 'It's about 43 years of crimes they committed.'

Canada dropping COVID-19 travel rules including masks


CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that the federal government has announced that travellers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination when entering Canada or wear masks on planes and trains starting on Oct. 1.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

King Charles’s first days as monarch signal a more transparent King


CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that mourners waited hours to pay their respects to the Queen as King Charles took a break from public appearances after his first week as monarch. Royal-watchers say his actions in the last week hint that he will be a more visible, transparent King, but have not been without controversy.

Queen’s funeral: Trudeau arrives in London with Canadian delegation


Global News on Youtube shows that there was a sense of history on the flight from Canada to London, U.K., on Friday as a unique group of Canadians made their way to the city ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gr├ęgoire Trudeau spent time speaking with members of the delegation aboard. That included former prime minister Paul Martin, who would have flown on the very same aircraft when he was prime minister nearly 20 years ago.
 
Actress Sandra Oh, Olympian Mark Tewksbury, former governor general David Johnston and several Indigenous leaders including Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief RoseAnne Archibald were also on board. A number of others will join the delegation in London, including former prime ministers Stephen Harper, Jean Chr├ętien and Kim Campbell.
 
It was the queen’s wish to have a wide representation of Canadians present, as with the other Commonwealth nations and their delegations.

Trudeau will have his first audience with King Charles III on Saturday, with bilateral meetings planned Sunday with the new U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss and leaders as well. Abigail Bimman has more.

Should Canada cut ties with the monarchy? CBC News


CBC News: The National on Youtube shows that former Ontario lieutenant governor David Onley and Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand discuss how the monarchy’s role needs to evolve in a modern Canada.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

What will change in Canada with the accession of King Charles?


CBC News on Youtube shows that the death of Queen Elizabeth changed the line of succession with Charles now the monarch and Prince William the heir apparent. Professor of history, Barbara Messamore explains more.

Canada unveils $4.5B affordability plan including dental care, GST credit


Global News on Youtube shows that Inflation has risen and remained stubbornly high even as the Bank of Canada pushes forward with interest rate hikes, keeping the cost of everything from groceries to gas to all kinds of consumer goods and services elevated. 

In an effort to curb that, the federal government has announced a plan worth more than $4.5 billion to help Canadians cope with the soaring cost of living. 

Abigail Bimman explains what's been promised, including a long-awaited dental plan, a GST credit and a boost to the Canada Housing Benefit.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

New Canadian air passenger rules helping some — but not everyone


Global News on Youtube shows: From delayed luggage to missed flights, lots of Canadians have had to deal with both of these problems this summer. But with new passenger protection rules having come into effect, the hope is customers will soon be able to get assistance when the issues arise.
 
Under the law, airlines have to follow these new specific rules around refunds. They still have some exemptions, however, if they can claim safety is at stake. And the rules do nothing to deal with those passengers still trying to get refunds as a result of pandemic cancellations.
 
As Sean O'Shea reports, while the rules are helping some get the assistance they need, not everyone is receiving the help.

Extreme weather has berry producers exploring growing in Canada


CBC News: The National shows: Extreme weather, labour shortages and rising costs in California are leading some of North America’s largest fruit sellers to look to Canada to grow their produce. Driscoll's and Naturipe Farms are both testing commercial production of berries in Ontario and Quebec.

Trudeau: Queen's funeral to be marked by federal holiday in Canada


CTV News on Youtube shows that Trudeau says a final delegation attending the Queen's funeral is still in the works, but it will be a day of mourning for federal employees.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Canada: Mortgage "trigger point": Why interest rate hikes could set off a financial bomb for Canadians


Global News on Youtube shows that rising interest rates can soon set off a financial bomb for tens of thousands of Canadian homeowners who have fixed payment, variable rate mortgages. 

RBC estimates roughly 80,000 variable mortgages will hit what's called a "trigger point" after the next couple of interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada. Of those variable mortgages, they say it'll mean an average increase of $200 per month. 

Kamil Karamali explains how to calculate your trigger point and what it could mean for homeowners.

Canada, Germany sign green energy deal in Newfoundland


CTV News on Youtube shows that the countries of Canada and Germany say a new hydrogen pact will kick-start a transatlantic hydrogen supply chain, with the first deliveries expected in just three years.

NATO, Trudeau tour Canada's Arctic defences


CBC News on Youtube shows that during a visit to Nunavut's Cambridge Bay with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the importance of defence in Canada's Far North amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.