The Canadian Liberal government is looking to lift two million Canadians out of poverty by 2030 without committing to new spending.
Justin Trudeau’s government will introduce legislation “as early as possible” to entrench the official poverty line into law. The new plan links multiple federal programs to efforts to reduce poverty and predicts those measures will lift about 650,000 Canadians out of poverty by 2019, next year.
Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos pointed to a list of already announced federal programs to reach that goal.
Duclos was in Vancouver Tuesday to unveil the Liberal’s anti-poverty plan, called “Opportunity for All — Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.”
It calls for a reduction in the rate of poverty by 20 per cent from 2015 levels by 2020 and by 50 per cent by 2030.
That would mean about 2.1 million people would no longer live under the poverty line within 12 years.
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U.S. News & World Report has released their annual “Best Countries” index.
They evaluated 80 countries and surveyed 21,000 people from four regions (the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa). Countries were graded 65 different ways, from how well they rank in “citizenship,” “cultural influence,” “education,” “heritage,” “power,” to “quality of life,” to name a few.
Interestingly, both the UK and the USA are down one position in this year’s rankings.
- Germany (up 1 from 2017)
- United Kingdom (down 1 from 2017)
- Australia (up 1 from 2017)
- United States (down 1 from 2017)
- Netherlands (up 1 from 2017)
More at US News & World Report
After the U.S. Customs and Border Protection updated it’s directives on searches of electronic devices, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is warning Canadian citizens.
When crossing to the U.S., the privacy commissioner’s guidelines advise that “U.S. border officials have broad inspection powers which can include seeking passwords to your laptop, tablet or mobile phone.” These can be performed as part of a routine inspection, without evidence of any wrong doing, and without a warrant.
The updated U.S. customs directives state officers may only inspect data on the electronic devices and may not search remotely stored data, such as data that is kept in the cloud. These directives include U.S. preclearance sites in Canada.
However, they are free to inspect and copy the device with “reasonable suspicion of illegal activity or if there is a national security concern.” These are the loopholes.
Three dead, including shooter, 12 injured in Toronto mass shooting
Globe and Mail:
What we know so far:
- Two victims are dead.
- 12 people are injured.
- The shooter is dead. It is unclear if he died by suicide or was shot by police.
- Toronto Police have not released the identity of the shooter. SIU announced Monday morning he was 29 years old.
- Police confirmed the shooter used a handgun, but refused to speculate on motive.
Hundreds of volunteers belonging to the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmet rescue organization, along with their families, were extracted late Saturday from the southwestern part of Syria under the cover of darkness by the Israeli military.
The southwestern portion of the war-torn country had become overrun by Syrian and Russian forces loyal to leader Bashar al-Assad.
“These are people who have saved lives and whose lives were in danger,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of the White Helmets. “Therefore, I approved their passage through Israel to additional countries as an important humanitarian gesture.”
Five years ago the top five cities were Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Hamilton.
This year the top five are Ottawa, Quebec City, Hamilton, Edmonton, and Windsor.
“There are two key reasons to move,” BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic wrote in the report. “To find a job, if you don’t have one; or to take a better-paying job, if you do.”
BMO’s “ranking of labour market attractiveness,” as the report calls it, is purely data-driven. “Mountains vs. lakes, or seafood vs. beef, are among many other important considerations, but such lifestyle factors are ignored here,” Kavcic wrote.
BMO looked at factors such as median household income, job growth, house prices and rental rates to determine their rankings.
- Honda Civic
- Honda CR-V
- Toyota RAV4
- Toyota Corolla
- Dodge Grand Caravan
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Ford Edge
- Lexus RX
- Chrysler Pacifica
- Dodge Charger
Read about it at Driving.ca
Twenty-seven per cent claim they have no wiggle room after covering their monthly obligations. Another 44% say they’re within $200 of insolvency every month.