Liberals pitch middle class savings

first_imgCampaign-trail discussion largely shifted back to meat-and-potatoes policy after a steady diet of fallout from Trudeau’s blackface scandal.Recently discovered images showing Trudeau in black or brown makeup at costume events before he entered politics had dominated the last few days of the campaign — offending many, raising questions about the Liberal leader’s judgment and throwing his party’s re-election efforts into disarray.Trudeau trekked to a residential neighbourhood in the ethnically diverse Toronto suburb of Brampton, Ont., to announce he would make the first $15,000 of income tax-free for most Canadians if given a new mandate.The Liberals would raise the basic personal amount by almost $2,000 over four years for people earning under $147,000 a year. It would save the average family $585 a year, Trudeau said.The announcement follows a pledge from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to cut the tax rate on the lowest federal income bracket (up to $47,630) to 13.75% from 15% over four years, which the party says would save a two-income couple earning average salaries about $850 a year.Trudeau contrasted his plan with Scheer’s by emphasizing Canada’s wealthiest 1% would not benefit at all from the Liberal tax cut.“Our plan lowers taxes the most for people who make less, gives the middle class some breathing room and ensures that the wealthy don’t get an extra hand up,” Trudeau said.The Liberal leader also promised to cut cellphone bills by 25%. He said he would encourage companies to reduce their bills by that amount over the next two years, and if they are unable to meet that target, the Liberals would introduce further competition.“Right now, Canadian cellphone plans are among the most expensive in the G7,” Trudeau said.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who has promised a price cap on cellphone and internet services as well as a telecom consumers’ bill of rights, chided Trudeau for promising to work with telecom firms.“Again and again, Justin Trudeau says one thing to Canadians before the election but refuses to take on big corporations afterwards,” Singh said.Scheer, meanwhile. ventured to Prince Edward Island to promise more support for veterans, hoping to reset the relationship between his party and the ex-military community after more than a decade of tensions with previous governments of all political stripes.The Conservative leader said as prime minister he would clear a backlog of veterans’ benefit applications within two years and create a reliable pension system.Scheer also promised to strengthen post-service transition supports, help more veterans get service dogs, enshrine in legislation a guarantee that every veteran is treated with respect and gets services in a timely manner and support commemoration projects such as the National Memorial for Canada’s War in Afghanistan.“As prime minister I will take a personal interest in ensuring the commitments we made today are followed through on,” he said.During a stop in Gatineau, Que., Singh pledged to add $2.5 billion to the federal government’s disaster mitigation fund. He said the idea is to help people — like those in west Quebec who recently faced severe flooding — avoid disasters and be able to stay in their current homes.The national Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund has already set aside $2 billion to support large-scale infrastructure programs that help communities better manage such risks.The federal government says an increasing number of Canadian communities have experienced significant weather-related events and disasters triggered by natural hazards such as floods, wildland fires and droughts — calamities that are becoming more frequent due to climate change.Singh said “we can’t just close our eyes” to the prospect of more weather-related disasters.Green Leader Elizabeth May had no big plans Sunday other than a fundraiser in Victoria.May was in Winnipeg on Saturday to talk up her party’s plans to combat the opioid crisis by decriminalizing drug possession and improving social supports for people who use drugs.Asked about the proposal Sunday, Scheer said while he would not recriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, the Conservatives think making other drugs legal is a bad idea. New rules for employee stock option deductions likely to move forward Related news boomer couple signing contract with financial planner goodluz/123RF Minority Liberal government has tax, pension implications Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Jim BronskillCanadian Press Will a minority government revisit small business taxation? How will the new government handle economic challenges? Advisors’ reactions mixed following federal election Keywords Federal election,  Taxes The Liberals tried to turn the page on Justin Trudeau’s blackface controversy — and one-up their main rivals — with policy announcements Sunday again aimed squarely at middle-class Canadian wallets.The Conservatives promised more robust support for Canada’s veterans, while the NDP pledged billions in funding to curb the effects of natural disasters on communities. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Secretary Of State’s Office Urges New Mexicans To Become Poll Workers For November General Election … Sept. 1 Is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day

first_imgFrom the Office of the Secretary of State:SANTA FE – The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office is urging New Mexicans to help their communities, contribute to their democracy, and make a few extra dollars by becoming a poll worker for the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election. County Clerks across the state need poll workers to serve in a variety of roles on or before Election Day.The COVID crisis has resulted in a critical need for poll workers, as most traditional poll workers are over the age of 61 and more susceptible to complications from the virus. “I’m urging all willing and able New Mexicans to consider working the polls in their county this November,” Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said. “It’s not only a highly rewarding experience that gets you up close and personal with the functioning of our democracy, but it’s a way to help your community in this time of crisis when many traditional poll workers are choosing to stay home.”The Secretary of State’s Office is collecting contact information from anyone interested in becoming a poll worker for the 2020 General Election. The information submitted will be forwarded to the appropriate County Clerk and they will follow up. Anyone interested in becoming a poll worker can submit their information here.In order to become a poll worker, you must:Be registered to vote in your county (Not registered? It only takes a few minutes at NMVOTE.ORG);Attend a training;Take an oath of office;Not be a candidate, law enforcement officer, or close relative of a candidate on the ballot in the 2020 General Election (spouse, parent, child, sibling, or in-law); andHave basic computer skills, a mobile phone, and an email address.Compensation for Election Day poll workers in New Mexico is set by state law. Workers are compensated at no less than the federal hourly minimum wage ($7.25/hour) and not to exceed $200 for the day. County Clerks set the wage for workers who assist during Early Voting.Anyone interested in working the polls for the General Election can either contact their County Clerk directly (find contact information for all 33 New Mexico County Clerks here) or fill out a form on the SOS  website here.Important Information and Deadlines for the 2020 General Election:Register to vote or update your voter registration online here.Absentee ballot requests can now be made online through the Secretary of State’s website here. Oct. 20 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot. Voters should mail their completed absentee ballot back no later than Oct. 27 to ensure it arrives to their County Clerks before 7 p.m. Nov. 3.In-person early voting locations open in each county beginning Saturday, Oct. 17 and continue through Saturday, Oct. 31.Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3 with in-person polling locations open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in each county.last_img read more

Rollover a bonanza for birds

first_imgA TRUCK carrying 24 tonnes of wheat over-turned near Nar Nar Goon last Thursday night. Police and VicRoads stopped traffic…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

End of term for school handyman

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Beaconhills College’s longest serving staff member Andrew Staindl has decided to have a change of scenery after…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Taghum Hall Society

first_imgStaff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports dipped into the vault to find this week’s Team of the Week recipient — Taghum Hall Society. The society got together recently to unveil its new Hydrogen Alpha Scope for its Starry Nights/Sunny Days Program.During the unveiling, the society had a fundraising barbecue which generated funds for upcoming programs for the society and had those attending pose for the Mallard’s Team of the  Week honour.Of course the reason for the Hydrogen Alpha Scope will come into play Sunday during the Solar Eclipse at the Taghum Hall.The public is welcome to attend. Picnic begins at 5 p.m.last_img read more

BC Hockey mandates full face protection for Junior B players starting in 2018-19 season

first_imgThe rule change followed 2017 Hockey Canada Winter Congress, where Hockey Canada Director, Insurance and Risk Management, Todd Jackson, reported on dental injuries. Data from the report said with respect to facial and dental injuries while wearing half visors compared to full face is staggering.From 2010 – 2015, over 370 dental injuries with players wearing half visors were reported to Hockey Canada as compared to eight for those who wore full face protection.  During the same time period, the overall cost of dental claims were significantly lower in the full face category; $287,775 versus $7,548.Junior B teams will see a 71 per cent reduction in major medical and dental premiums under the Hockey Canada Insurance Program (down 35 dollars to 10 dollars per player) with the move to full face protection.Currently, approximately five per cent of Junior A players playing in the BC Hockey League (BCHL) wear full face protection.BC Hockey will continue to work with the BCHL and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) to ensure the safety of our players is a priority,This season, the VIJHL Peninsula Panthers have successfully implemented full face protection, the first Junior team in BC to make the change voluntarily. The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) also applied full face protection for Junior A and Junior B teams the and it is also required through all minor hockey in Canada and NCAA university hockey.  Members of Team Canada at the under 18 level and below are required to wear full face protection. BC Hockey Junior B players who affiliate with Junior A teams will be required to wear full face during their play at that level.For more information about BC Hockey, please visit the BC Hockey website at or email [email protected] or follow along through social media at,, or Junior B Hockey in BC is going the way of leagues south of the 49th parallel after BC Hockey announced its implementing face protection for is Junior B players starting for the 2018 – 2019 season.The decision was made in a media release Tuesday by BC Hockey.“BC Hockey is proud to be recognized as a leader in risk management initiatives, and player safety is at the forefront of our program planning,” commented BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko in the media release. “Our game is faster than it has ever been, and as a result we face increased challenges and responsibilities relative to safety. We are confident that through this initiative facial and dental injuries will be greatly reduced.”The decision affects the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) and the two BC teams participating in the North West Junior Hockey League (Fort St. John Huskies and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks).The KIJHL has teams in Nelson, Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Grand Forks.“This decision is part of BC Hockey’s mandate to provide a safe environment for our players to develop,” said BC Hockey Junior Coordinator, Phil Iddon. “Players can play more confidently without fear of facial or dental injury as a result of a play.  This is a big and positive step for BC Hockey, the game and player safety.”last_img read more

PRO12 Preview: Edinburgh v Connacht

first_imgEdinburgh’s only victory in their last four fixtures with Connacht was 16-13 in Galway in January 2015 whilst Connacht have been victorious on two of their last three visits to BT Murrayfield. Friday 4 Marchprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Edinburgh Rugby’s four game losing run in all tournaments ended with a single point victory over Scarlets at BT Murrayfield on Sunday. Edinburgh’s only home defeat in any tournament this season was 14-16 to Munster in the Guinness PRO12 on 7 November. Connacht have won their last five matches in all tournaments since their 18-21 defeat in Brive on 16 January. The Irishmen have won their last two away games in the Guinness PRO12 and have not won three on the road in the competition since season 2002/03.last_img read more

South Africa: what defines us?

first_imgWhat is it that defines South Africa, that sets us apart from other countries? What is it that binds us, that makes us what we are – and what we could be? Give us a minute or two, complete the quick (completely anonymous) survey below – and help us get to the essence of the country we’re marketing to the world. Thank you for your support!last_img

Guardiola: ‘Atalanta took City to limit’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Pep Guardiola had nothing but praise for Atalanta after Manchester City’s 5-1 victory. “They have a very special way of playing football and took us to the limit.” Ruslan Malinovskyi had converted an early penalty at the Etihad, but a Sergio Aguero brace and Raheem Sterling hat-trick turned it around. “We knew that Atalanta would take us to the limit, that there would be chances at both ends constantly,” Guardiola told Sky Sport Italia in fluent Italian. “They know what to do with the ball, play very well and take you into difficult situations. It’s no coincidence they qualified for the Champions League, they have a very special way of playing football. “When we can run, we have our chances, when they can run, then they have theirs. We have one more game to qualify and hope it goes well. “This is a long process. We saw Atalanta were 3-0 up against Lazio and drew 3-3, they beat Roma 2-0 a few weeks ago. This is why I give my players a lot of credit for this victory, because it was extremely tough.”last_img read more