Highlights from the information file for Monday, March 27

LIBERALS SAY NO DECISIONS YET ON POT TAX: Finance Minister Invoice Morneau says the Liberal authorities has not determined learn how to tax marijuana, however is as a substitute centered on ensuring it stays out of the fingers of kids and criminals. Sources have confirmed to The Canadian Press that the federal government will introduce laws the week of April 10 to legalize pot. Morneau says the query of taxation hasn’t actually been on the federal government’s radar, regardless of hopes that it’s going to generate a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands — if not billions — of in new income. The one mentions of marijuana in final week’s federal funds included $9.6 million redirected over 5 years towards public training and monitoring, and that any future taxes on pot would change over time. Provincial leaders say they’re eagerly ready to see what the federal laws appears like in order that they’ll begin working to amend their very own legal guidelines to make authorized weed a actuality. Federal opposition events are sharply divided in the case of the federal government’s proposed timeline, with the Conservatives accusing the Liberals of speeding the laws and the NDP complaining about delays.

ONTARIO BUDGET WILL INCLUDE HOUSING MEASURES:  Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the upcoming spring funds will embrace a package deal of measures coping with housing affordability. The Liberal authorities has promised measures to assist curb rising residence costs in some markets, significantly within the Better Toronto and Hamilton Space. Speculative investing in the actual property market — shopping for a house within the hope of turning a revenue somewhat than to stay in it — is believed to be one of many culprits behind the hovering home costs. Sousa has mentioned curbing speculative actual property purchases may assist handle dwindling housing affordability in order that first-time consumers are capable of get into the market. Sousa additionally cited overseas consumers and folks transferring to Ontario from different jurisdictions as potential contributing components to the housing scarcity. There is no date set for the funds but, but it surely’s anticipated within the coming weeks.

DO MORE WITH LESS, MORNEAU TELLS AID GROUPS: Finance Minister Invoice Morneau says Canada can do extra with much less overseas support spending, and that features counting on a brand new profit-driven monetary lending establishment to assist combat poverty in poor nations. Morneau’s current federal funds drew widespread criticism from worldwide improvement and anti-poverty organizations as a result of it didn’t comprise a rise in overseas support. However in a post-budget interview with The Canadian Press, Morneau is making no apologies for the shortage of latest spending. As an alternative, Morneau is a touting a brand new anti-poverty instrument — a so-called improvement finance establishment, which is able to lend cash to personal corporations to assist them pay for initiatives to cut back poverty within the growing world. Whereas DFIs are seen as a probably good technique to entice non-public corporations, some analysts say extra must be performed to ensure corporations are actually investing the cash correctly and never simply grabbing a authorities handout. The earlier Conservative authorities proposed the concept in its remaining 2015 funds, and Morneau introduced it to life with a $300-million funding that can get it up and working below Export Improvement Canada.

MCMORRIS SUFFERS SEVERE INJURIES IN SNOWBOARD ACCIDENT:  An accident on a leap “nicely inside his ability degree” in British Columbia’s backcountry has left Canadian snowboarding star Mark McMorris with critical accidents. A medal favorite at subsequent 12 months’s Winter Olympics, McMorris is recovering in a Vancouver hospital from a damaged jaw, damaged left arm, ruptured spleen, secure pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung. McMorris, his brother Craig and some mates travelled into the backcountry by snowmobile close to Whistler, B.C., to construct the leap on Saturday, Canada Snowboard govt director Patrick Jarvis informed The Canadian Press in a cellphone interview Monday. “From what we’re informed it was a leap that was nicely inside his ability degree, which is undoubtedly among the best on the planet,” mentioned Jarvis. “(McMorris) simply occurred to be in some flat mild, misjudged his strategy, and that is resulted within the accident.” McMorris, who received Olympic slopestyle bronze in 2014 whereas competing with a damaged rib, underwent two surgical procedures over the weekend to regulate bleeding and to restore the jaw and arm fractures.

NEWFOUNDLAND’S NORTHERN COD ON THE REBOUND: Virtually 25 years after a sweeping industrial fishing ban that devastated Newfoundland, northern cod are making one thing of a comeback — sparking calls that the fishery be expanded once more. A federal report Monday mentioned cod shares off japanese Newfoundland and Labrador proceed to develop, however are nonetheless within the “vital zone.” It warns that catches ought to be stored to the bottom doable ranges for now as a precaution. The union representing fishermen and plant staff, nevertheless, needs to right away broaden the comparatively small industrial cod fishery, saying it could not stunt the expansion. “These aren’t modest numbers,” David Decker, secretary-treasurer of the Fish, Meals and Allied Employees-Unifor union, mentioned of restoration charges during the last decade. “These are very phenomenal numbers.” Karen Dwyer, a biologist with the Division of Fisheries and Oceans, mentioned Monday any optimism have to be tempered with endurance as an unpredictable restoration unfolds. It will likely be three years earlier than there may be any information of when the ban on large-scale industrial cod fishing could also be lifted, she mentioned.

TORIES LAUNCH LAST-DITCH MEMBERSHIP PUSH: The deadline for Conservative management hopefuls to enroll new social gathering members is looming, which has some candidates chasing headlines so as to drum up last-minute help. In a single e mail blast at this time, Kevin O’Leary suggests utilizing the Structure’s however clause to stop folks from making refugee claims in the event that they enter Canada illegally from the USA. On the weekend, Steven Blaney despatched out an eyebrow-raising fundraising e mail denouncing alleged anti-Semitic remarks by some Muslim leaders. And Pierre Lemieux bolstered his opposition to legalizing marijuana amid information that the Trudeau Liberals would introduce laws this spring to legalize pot by July 2018. Others, together with Maxime Bernier, are taking a extra easy strategy, touting the help they’ve already and inspiring these but to enroll to take action earlier than the deadline. Tuesday is the final day Canadians can turn out to be a Conservative social gathering member so as to select from among the many 14 candidates working to turn out to be chief. The social gathering is about to decide on a everlasting alternative for interim chief Rona Ambrose in Could.

IMPAIRED DRIVER TO BE SENTENCED FOR KILLING THREE: Family and friends members of three males killed after an impaired driver hit a bunch of cyclists on a British Columbia freeway say their lives have been ceaselessly modified by the lack of their family members. A sentencing listening to has begun for Samuel Alec, who pleaded responsible to a few counts of impaired driving inflicting dying. B.C. Supreme Court docket has heard in an agreed assertion of details that Alec was driving residence from a buddy’s funeral in Could 2015 when he crossed the centre line and collided head on with two highway bikers. Cyclists Ross Chafe and Kelly Blunden have been killed, as was Paul Pierre Jr., a passenger within the automobile. Stewart Blaser, the lone surviving bike owner, says the horror of seeing his two mates killed has left him scarred for all times. The sentencing proceedings are scheduled to final three days.

FAMILY HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT LAUNDRY CHUTE DEATH: The household of a Regina lady discovered lifeless on the backside of a resort laundry chute is questioning how she match by means of the chute door. An inquest into the dying of Nadine Machiskinic began Monday with police pictures and testimony describing the chute opening as 53 centimetres extensive. Machiskinic was discovered on the backside of the chute in January 2015. An post-mortem discovered she died of blunt pressure trauma after falling 10 storeys and the dying was dominated unintentional, with the coroner noting that the mom of 4 had medication in her system. Machiskinic’s aunt, Delores Stevenson, needs to know the way her niece fell by means of such a small opening. Stevenson says she hopes the inquest will give her household the solutions they want.

HUMANE SOCIETY HAILS NEW EGG-INDUSTRY CODE: The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies says a brand new code of apply for egg farmers will assist scale back the acute stress suffered by egg-laying hens and provides customers some assurance concerning the time period “cage-free.” The Nationwide Farm Animal Care Council code launched Monday requires producers to part out using small, cramped cages for hens over the subsequent 15 years and units new care requirements for the birds. Ninety per cent of egg-laying hens stay in cramped cages, however the code will assist egg farmers make the transition to extra humane practices, federation president Barbara Cartwright mentioned. “The phase-out of barren battery cages is a large win for Canada’s hens,” she mentioned. “The timeline is for much longer than we contemplate acceptable, but it surely would not diminish how significant a change that is.” Battery cages are so small that hens cannot stroll or unfold their wings for his or her whole lives. No extra of those cages are to be inbuilt Canada as of Saturday.

ONTARIO RETIREE BUYS DEFUNCT NEW BRUNSWICK JAIL: A retired Ontario rubbish employee has just lately purchased a defunct New Brunswick jail with a historical past of hangings. Invoice Steele of Oshawa, Ont., mentioned he plans to promote his home and take up residence on the outdated Dorchester gaol — listed for $159,900 — which was decommissioned greater than 20 years in the past and options 15 unique jail cells. Steele mentioned he is all the time had a ardour for amassing antiques and “morbid stuff,” and needed to retire someplace unconventional, close to the place his father grew up in Pictou, N.S. Steele mentioned he might begin a museum in a part of the historic constructing, the place two notorious convicted murderers — 19-year-old Arthur Bannister and his 20-year-old brother Daniel — have been hanged. The brothers had killed a 30-year-old woodsman through the abduction of his toddler daughter, who additionally died. Steele mentioned he is desirous to analysis the historical past of his new residence, and hopes to seek out the Bannister brothers’ remaining resting place.