Morning update: NDP will support higher military spending in exchange for Liberal support for new social programs


New Democrats say they won’t oppose increased military spending to deal with the Russian threat as long as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approves billions of dollars in new social programs under a deal to to support the minority Liberal government until June 2025.

Trudeau flew to Brussels yesterday for a special NATO leaders’ summit on Ukraine, and is under pressure from Western allies to dramatically increase defense spending in the federal budget due in April. Other NATO allies, such as Germany, Denmark and Britain, have pledged to increase spending on new weapons, equipment and fighter jets to counter Russian aggression.

Before Trudeau left for Brussels, he and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh held separate press conferences to announce the deal to keep the Liberals in power for the next three years in exchange for parliamentary cooperation and progress on key NDP policies, including an income-based policy. dental program, national pharmacare and issues such as housing and climate change.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh shake hands following the federal leaders’ debate on the French language in Gatineau, Quebec, October 10, 2019.POOL/Reuters

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Supreme Court hearing in Quebec mosque shooter case offers first test of federal life without parole law

Canada‘s life sentence faces the first constitutionality test before the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday, in the case of Alexandre Bissonnette, who murdered six Muslim worshipers at a Quebec mosque in 2017.

The possibility of parole, even in cases of multiple murders, was a distinctive feature of the Canadian justice system. But since 2011, federal law in Canada allows the addition of parole periods: 25 years for each conviction for first degree murder, or 150 years maximum for Mr. Bissonnette.

In 2020, Quebec’s highest court declared the sentence unconstitutional. Quebec has appealed this decision and, along with four other provinces, the federal government, victims of crime and police groups, will ask the Supreme Court to uphold the law. Several groups of criminal defense attorneys, civil liberties advocates and prison clinics will call for its cancellation.

Newfoundland and Labrador launches recruitment campaign for Ukrainian refugees on the streets of Warsaw

Darek and Iwona Nakonieczny left Poland over 30 years ago and built a new life together in St. John’s. Now they are back in their homeland, encouraging Ukrainian war refugees to settle on the Rock.

The Nakoniecznys are part of a team of four civil servants from Newfoundland and Labrador who scoured the streets of Warsaw, armed with brochures and looking for Ukrainians who might be interested in moving to the province. They chatted with students, talked to people in restaurants and approached refugees on sidewalks.

The Canadian government has implemented a special visa program that will allow Ukrainian refugees to stay in the country for up to three years. Newfoundland is the first Canadian jurisdiction to send officials to Poland to actively recruit refugees, but it is far from the only one.

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A badly damaged black box found at the crash site of a China Eastern plane: China says one of the two black boxes from the China Eastern plane crash has been found, but is so badly damaged it is unable to say whether it is flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder.

Canadian business leaders plead to cover Ukraine’s energy and food shortages: A delegation of Canadian business leaders traveled to Washington earlier this week to urge US lawmakers to look to Canada to cover energy and food shortages resulting from Russia’s war on Ukraine. The group offered Canadian products such as petroleum, barley and potash as a means of coping with shortages caused by the European conflict.

Lower child care costs can stick around for years for many parents: Ottawa’s goal is to reduce the cost of child care in regulated spaces for children under age 6. But the uneven pace of the federal plan’s rollout across the country and severe shortages of child care spaces and staff mean many families are wondering if they will be able to access subsidized child care while their children are young enough to do so. to have the right to.

Investigators seek answers in China Eastern Airlines crash: Yesterday, Chinese officials said there were no signs of survivors from the crash of China Eastern Airlines Flight 5735. find answers to what caused the country’s first air disaster in more than 10 years.

Catholic religious order to open archives on Canadian residential schools: A Catholic religious order that operated boarding schools in Canada said it would open its archives in Rome to researchers. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate have agreed to grant the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg full access to the archives of the Italian city.

Bank of China mortgages soar in Ontario, decline in British Columbia: Bank of China residential mortgage lending has soared in Ontario over the past six years, new analysis suggests, suggesting more Chinese lending has moved into Ontario’s housing market as British Columbia Britain was cracking down on foreign property purchases.


Global stocks rose on Wednesday following a rally on Wall Street led by technology companies. Benchmarks edged higher in Europe in early trading, while equities ended higher across Asia despite concerns over rising energy costs. Investors were watching closely for what might happen with President Joe Biden attending a NATO meeting and Thursday’s EU summit in Europe, where sanctions and the Russian oil embargo are likely to top the list. ‘agenda. The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.46 cents US.


Antara Haldar: “Judge Jackson insists that she does not view all legal issues through the lens of race. Even so, his appointment raises an important question of institutional design. By including a representative of the nation’s most legally neglected community in one of its most respected institutions, the United States can set an example internationally.


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Six Reasons to Skip the Oscars This Year

There are plenty of reasons to be cheerful on a Sunday night. The Oscars, which arrive this Sunday, are not one of them. The relevance of the Oscars is too flimsy to hold any weight or truth to anything, and here’s a list of reasons to simply ignore the show this year.


Director James Cameron lifts his Oscar after winning in the Best Director category at the 70th Academy Awards. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty ImagesTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Titanic wins 11 Oscars, including Best Picture

Producers of the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday are barely hoping to top record audiences for last year’s televised gala, which 9.23 million viewers tuned in (a 51% drop from the previous year). But in 1998, the Oscars recorded their biggest ever audience when 55.25 million people watched. Titanic sweeps the ceremony, including awards for Best Director (James “King of the World!” Cameron) and Best Picture. The Oscar triumph wasn’t even a high point for the film, which would go on to break box office records throughout the summer, eventually grossing $1.8 billion worldwide. Considered a costly disaster throughout its troubled production, Titanic would go on to make instant stars of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, send Celine Dion my heart Will Go On anthem to the top of the charts and giving Canadian filmmaker Cameron virtual carte blanche for the rest of his career (or at least until Hollywood sees how good his Avatar suites run). Barry Hertz

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