Morning News Break – November 30

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ADAM CAPAY TO UNDERGO PSYCHIATRIC ASSESSMENT AFTER 4 YEARS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

After being found fit to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge a year ago, a new psychiatric assessment has been ordered for Adam Capay who has spent more than four years in solitary confinement. A new trial date of March 20th, 2017 has been set. The court will determine on January 30th, 2017 if the March trial date is appropriate.

 

ALL FAMILIES ARE EQUAL ACT TO BE PROCLAIMED JANUARY 1, 2017

Ontario has passed legislation that will ensure equal treatment for all parents and children in the province.

Bill 28, the All Families Are Equal Act, 2016, recognizes the legal status of all parents, whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight, and whether their children were conceived with or without assistance.

The government plans to proclaim the law in force as of Jan. 1, 2017.

FEDS APPROVE TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is approving Kinder Morgan’s proposal to triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. — a $6.8-billion project that has sparked protests by climate change activists from coast to coast. Trudeau is also effectively killing the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline across northern British Columbia, but giving a green light to Enbridge’s lesser-known $7.5-billion Line 3 pipeline expansion from Alberta to Wisconsin. The Liberals had promised a decision on Kinder Morgan by Dec. 19 but decided to announce all the pipeline decisions at once ahead of a Dec. 9 meeting between Trudeau and the provincial and territorial premiers.

 

LATEST READING ON ECONOMIC GROWTH EXPECTED

The latest reading on how the Canadian economy is faring is due out this morning. Statistics Canada will release its results for economic growth in the third quarter. Economists are expecting strong numbers for the quarter as the economy rebounded from the contraction seen in the second quarter.

TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT BEGINS SELLING ITS PIPELINE DECISIONS

The governing Liberals are starting efforts today to sell their decision to approve two controversial pipeline projects. Energy Minister Jim Carr is to speak to Calgary’s business community today on market access for Canada’s energy products. Prime Minister Trudeau gave his government’s blessing Tuesday to the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline project that will bring Alberta crude to ports in B-C’s lower mainland. He also gave the green light to the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline project from Alberta to Wisconsin. The Kinder Morgan approval has been met with mixed reaction with Vancouver’s mayor, environmentalists and a local First Nation vowing to continue to fight the project.

SKINNY CABLE RULES IN FULL EFFECT DEC. 1

The CRTC and consumer advocacy group OpenMedia say they’re keeping a close eye on the country’s TV providers as the final phase of new ‘skinny’ cable packages rules are implemented on Thursday. After regulations were first introduced earlier this year, companies faced accusations of finding loopholes to ensure customers either remained on more expensive TV packages or paid more for starter cable packages through added fees or eliminated discounts.

(with files from Canada Press)

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