Consumer price index rises 1.4 per cent

1117 - The annual pace of inflation slowed in October as increases in the price of gasoline compared with a year ago were smaller than in September.

Statistics Canada says the consumer price index in October was up 1.4 per cent compared with a year ago, following a 1.6 per cent increase in September.

In Victoria, inflation went up 1.6 per cent in October, compared to the 1.7 per cent hike in September.


Stats Can reveals Canadian income details

The latest report from Statistics Canada on how Canadians fared in the various income levels in 2015.


U.S. lawmakers complain about Trump's handling of NAFTA

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1115 - American lawmakers have escalated their campaign against the Trump administration's handling of the NAFTA negotiations, slamming White House policies in a series of letters this week.

Separate letters have criticized the administration's push for a so-called sunset clause in the agreement; its proposal on auto-parts rules of origin; and its idea of using international agreements as the vehicle for lowering the U.S. trade deficit.

The signatories to one such letter are a trio of Republican senators, while another letter is signed by six dozen members of the House of Representatives from both parties.


Fentanyl showing up in marijuana

1115 - MILWAUKEE (WISN) - DEA officials say drug traffickers use fentanyl to make their product more competitive because it provides a better high. But it can be deadly.

Fentanyl is showing up in Marijuana and threatening lives according to the Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed to our Milwaukee affiliate WISN-TV Wednesday.

“You're probably talking about people, who are not experienced, who have not built up a tolerance to opioids being introduced to fentanyl, a very powerful opiod,” Bob Bell, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge said. “And it can immediately be lights out.”

Drug traffickers use fentanyl to make their product more competitive and give a better high, according to the DEA.

The DEA said just two milligrams of fentanyl is enough to kill most people if found in marijuana.

Bell said drug traffickers can lace drugs with powder in a simple way, or put the fentanyl in a liquid solution to apply to the marijuana. Bell said it can be mixed in “real gross, non-pharmaceutical way.”


Lafarge seeks approval to burn tires as fuel at cement plant

1115 - HALIFAX — Lafarge Canada is seeking industrial approval to burn tires as fuel at a Nova Scotia cement plant.

The company filed for the approval today from the Environment Department to burn tires as a low carbon fuel at its Brookfield plant in Colchester County.

The department says it is reviewing the application and has 60 days to make a decision on the one-year pilot project.


Appeal court upholds conviction of Alberta parents

1115 - LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld convictions against a  couple who treated their toddler son with natural remedies before he died of meningitis.

David and Collet Stephan were found guilty last year of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the 2012 death of 19-month-old Ezekiel.

Their trial in Lethbridge, Alta., heard they treated the boy with garlic, onion and horseradish rather than taking him to a doctor.



Pitfalls seen for plan to shut down coal power plants

1114 - Canada's drive to shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2030 could be undermined by provincial side-deals like the one currently being negotiated with Nova Scotia, critics say.

"A 2030 date, overall for Canada, is achievable and ambitious — it strikes that sweet spot," Erin Flanagan, federal program director at the Pembina Institute, said Tuesday.

"We don't want to see any policy slippage during the negotiations ... We want to make sure that each of the provinces is held to the same standard and they are doing everything they can to facilitate that coal-to-clean process."

Nova Scotia father gets 18 months for abusing his daughters

1114 - A 55-year-old Nova Scotia man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for sexually abusing his two young daughters over a 10-year period.

A Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruling released Tuesday says the incidents, which occurred between 1990 and 1999, only came to light when the oldest daughter reported her experiences during counselling.

The accused pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual interference.


Canada take softwood dispute to appeal panel

Canada is turning to NAFTA in its bid to overturn U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber.

The federal government today filed a request to have a NAFTA dispute panel examine the countervailing duties the U.S. imposed on almost all softwood lumber imports from Canada earlier this year.


First Nations want to rename Calgary to Wichispa Oyade

1113 - A group of First Nations gets want Calgary to be renamed Wichispa Oyade — Stoney Nakoda terms that roughly translate to mean elbow town. The Stoney Nakoda have applied to have a long list of well-known places across southern Alberta changed to reflect traditional names given by their people. Their application letter to the Alberta government also includes Canmore, the Bow River, Mount Allan and dozens of other sites they consider to be part of their territory.


Canada will push UN for end to coal mining industry

1113 - The fissures in the Canada-U.S. relationship will be more apparent than ever this week during the United Nations climate change talks in Germany as Canada pushes to phase out coal as a power source. Canada's position runs counter to the Trump administration, which has declared the "war on coal is over" and promised to breathe life into the industry.


Quebec town forbids nudity in pool locker rooms

1113 - A Montreal-area town has decided to forbid all nudity in the locker rooms of its municipal pools -- a level of discretion that has one man wondering if it doesn't go too far. Brossard advised residents in its newsletter this month it wouldn't allow men or women to walk around naked in their respective locker room and showers. For now, the penalty is a simple warning. The city says it had to act after being inundated with complaints about nudity in what it considers a public space.


Missing New Brunswick woman found safe in France

1113 - A woman from Saint John, N.B. who went missing in February under unusual circumstances has been located in France and is now back in Canada with her family. Shannon Mary Sullivan had been missing since mid-February, when she suddenly left her job in Toronto, abandoned her condo and everything she owned – including her cellphone – and stopped communicating with loved ones at home.


More than 15,000 scientists issue 'warning to humanity'

1113 - More than 15,000 scientists around the world have issued a global warning: there needs to be change in order to save Earth.

It comes 25 years after the first notice in 1992 when a mere 1,500 scientists issued a similar warning. 

This new cautioning — which gained popularity on Twitter with #ScientistsWarningToHumanity — garnered more than 15,000 signatures. 

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Missing Chinese students found safe

1113 - Three people believed to be victims of a scam targeting Chinese students have been located. Toronto police say they believe the disappearances were linked to a scam in which Chinese students are told to go into hiding and stay off social media or their relatives in China will be hurt.

Police allege the families in China are then contacted and told that the student has been kidnapped, and are then asked to pay a large ransom.


Ottawa seeks updated climate data

1113 - OTTAWA — The National Research Council says Canada's homes and highways were built with assumptions about weather patterns that are no longer relevant, thanks to climate change.

The NRC issued a tender last week looking for a consultant to update weather data for 660 locations across the country — part of an effort to update the national building code so roads and structures can better withstand the consequences of a warmer planet.

The council wants its would-be consultant to develop new climate data information on everything from seasonal temperatures to snow and rainfall amounts, wind pressure and permafrost coverings.


Canadians owe $1.68 for every $1 of disposable income

0917 - OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the amount Canadians owe compared with their disposable income climbed higher in the second quarter.

The agency says household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 167.8 per cent, up from 166.6 per cent in the first quarter.

That means for every dollar of household disposable income there was $1.68 in credit market debt.


Why Canada has highest cell phone rates in the world

0917 - To tourists or newcomers, it can be one of the most shocking things about Canada. In our developed, first-world, G7 country, the cell phone rates seem to be disproportionately, ridiculously expensive.

“What’s up with your mobile phone contracts Canada?! It’s 2.5x the cost of mine here!” reads a typical reaction, posted by a British academic in January.

When it ranks wireless prices among its member countries, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development consistently finds Canada ranking near the top for pricing, particularly on data plans.