Monday, February 19, 2018
News Roundup

Jobless rate in Canada rises slightly

Canada's jobless rate edged higher to 7 percent last month, up 0.1 percent, even as the economy created about 25,800 net new jobs.

Most of the jobs, however, were part-time and more people were looking for work in May, Statistics Canada said.

The results follow a surprise loss of 29,000 jobs in April while over the past year 86,000 new jobs were created, a 0.5 percent increase, but largely in part-time positions.

Biggest job gains were in Alberta, up 16,400 workers, while Newfoundland and Labrador lost 4,100 full-time jobs.

News in brief

• Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured a Canadian military cemetery in France on Friday on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day attack on Juno Beach. There were 340 Canadian soldiers killed that day and 18,000 casualties in the Second World War's Normandy campaign. Canadians can take enormous pride that their troops played "such a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the D-Day landings," he said.

• Justice Minister Peter MacKay said the proposed prostitution bill will criminalize the purchase of sexual services. The "made-in-Canada" model is aimed at targeting johns and pimps while protecting the vulnerable, he said. It is in response to the Supreme Court of Canada ruling to strike down key parts of the prostitution laws. The court said they were unconstitutional and told the government to replace them.

Facts and figures

Canada's dollar is lower at 91.48 cents U.S. while the U.S. dollar returns $1.0931 in Canadian funds, before bank exchange fees.

The Bank of Canada has kept its key interest rate steady at 1 percent while the prime-lending rate is unchanged at 3 percent.

Stock markets are higher, with the Toronto exchange index at 14,895 points and the TSX Venture index at 985 points.

The average price of a liter of gasoline in Canada is up at $1.3552 (Canadian).

Lotto 6-49: (June 4) 7, 11, 12, 13, 35 and 41; bonus 18. (May 31) 19, 28, 30, 32, 37 and 45; bonus 44. Lotto Max: (May 30) 2, 5, 10, 11, 23, 25 and 31; bonus 46.

Regional briefs

• Only a week before Ontario's provincial election, police served a court order at the legislature into the alleged coverup of the Liberal government's decision to cancel two gas plants. The move to stop the work already under way helped the Liberals win the 2011 election but cost taxpayers about $1.1 billion. Investigators want records concerning the deletion of emails and wiping of computer hard drives in the premier's office.

• A landmark Quebec bill, called an act "respecting end-of-life care," was passed on a 94-22 vote. The right-to-die bill could be challenged by the federal government as assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal. The bill would allow someone with unbearable physical or psychological suffering and deemed mentally sound to make such a request.

• British Columbia teachers are planning a vote on whether to escalate their contract protests to a full-scale strike. "Teachers are prepared to take a stand," said Jim Iker, president of the B.C. Teachers' Federation. The teachers are into their third week of rotating strikes to back contract demands and plan to close every school in each district for one day in the next week.

Jim Fox can be reached at [email protected]

Comments
St. Petersburg set to rename main library after President Obama

St. Petersburg set to rename main library after President Obama

ST. PETERSBURG — Speaking in front of a small crowd gathered on the front lawn of the city’s main library, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Monday that the facility will get a $6 million renovation and be renamed in honor of President Barack Obama.The a...
Updated: 15 minutes ago

Pa. Supreme Court redraws districts

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew new boundaries for the state’s congressional districts on Monday, releasing a map that, if it stands, could play a significant role in Democratic Party efforts to gain control of the House of Representatives in the...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Police identify man found dead in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police on Monday released the identity of the man who was found dead inside an apartment last week.Officers said it was Abdirashid Ali, 50, who was discovered around 3 p.m. Friday at The Courtyard on the River Apartments, 5217 Sonora Court.De...
Updated: 1 hour ago
‘Lysol defense’ fails. Alcohol violation keeps man convicted of DUI manslaughter in jail.

‘Lysol defense’ fails. Alcohol violation keeps man convicted of DUI manslaughter in jail.

LARGO — Brock Troutman, freed on bail while he appeals his DUI manslaughter conviction, wasn’t drinking when his ankle monitor detected high levels of alcohol last month, his defense attorney said on Monday.They told the court that Troutman, 35, was ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
ISIS ambush kills at least 27 Iraqi Shiite-led fighters

ISIS ambush kills at least 27 Iraqi Shiite-led fighters

BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants ambushed a group of Iraq’s Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27, more than two months after Baghdad declared victory over the extremist group, officials said Monday The Popular Mobilization Forces, a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sheriff’s undercover sting nabs 26 ‘brazen’ unlicensed contractors

Sheriff’s undercover sting nabs 26 ‘brazen’ unlicensed contractors

DUNEDIN –– Pinellas sheriff’s detectives spent their weekend luring in unlicensed electrical, plumbing and other home improvement contractors to a vacant home wired with cameras.It took only hours before a stream of people arrived to work on the outd...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Editorial: Listen to Marjory Stoneman Douglas students demanding change

Editorial: Listen to Marjory Stoneman Douglas students demanding change

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are traveling to the state capital today and declaring "never again.’’ A prominent Florida Republican fundraiser vows he won’t raise another nickel until his party approves new gun controls. Across F...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Editorial: No more doubt about Russian meddling in election

The latest indictment by the Justice Department special counsel, Robert Mueller, refutes President Donald Trump’s claims that Russian interference in the 2016 election was a Democratic hoax. The indictment details the lengths Russian conspirators too...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 2 hours ago
Water Wars starting to simmer again in Tampa Bay

Water Wars starting to simmer again in Tampa Bay

CLEARWATER — A simmering feud between Tampa and the regional water authority avoided boiling over Monday, but little was resolved.At a Tampa Bay Water meeting, board members requested Tampa work with the agency on the city’s plan to convert tens of m...
Updated: 2 hours ago