Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

Reversing trend, census shows a boom in babies

Canada is booming, not just with "baby boomers," but babies as well.

While new census data shows Canada demographic is graying with more seniors, there is also an 11 percent increase in the number for children younger than five, reversing a declining trend.

The country's median age has risen to 40.6 from 39.5 five years ago and from 33.5 two decades ago, and record numbers of Canadians at or nearing 65 will "accelerate" population aging over the next 20 years, said Laurent Martel of Statistics Canada.

In the past five years, the number of seniors has surged to nearly five million, up 14.1 percent. With three out of 10 Canadians in the near-senior category, it will have far-reaching implications for health, finance, policy and family relationships, statisticians said.

The second-fastest growing age group is 100 and older, with 5,825 people and is expected to rise to 17,000 by 2031 and to 80,000 by 2061.

Porn actor sought in body parts inquiry

A bizarre case in which a human foot was mailed to the Conservative Party headquarters has led to an international police manhunt for a Montreal porn actor.

Police are seeking Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, in connection with that as well as with a second package containing a hand that was addressed to the Liberal Party and was found at a post office.

Investigators said the body parts are from a murdered man's torso found stuffed in a suitcase in a pile of trash. The victim was from Asia and studying at Concordia University, police said.

News in brief

• The Canadian government ordered an end to a weeklong strike by CP Rail workers and the appointment of an arbitrator. With negotiations stalled, the government had to act "for the greater good of the economy," said Labor Minister Lisa Raitt. The main dispute involving 4,800 engineers and conductors was pension cutbacks.

• Concessions are being considered by the Quebec government to try to end the often-violent protests by students opposed to university tuition fee increases. Emergency talks are being held in which the government is considering "all sorts of ideas" to resolve the three-month protest, said Finance Minister Raymond Bachand. There is concern the nightly protest marches, in which 2,500 students have been arrested, will harm the economy by keeping summer tourists away from Quebec.

• A large wildfire that forced 300 people from their homes in Kirkland Lake, Ontario is being blamed on careless campers. The blaze that consumed 6,200 acres was started by a campfire at Beatrice Lake, police said. Rainy weather brought some relief to stopping another forest fire from reaching Timmins, Ontario.

Facts and figures

A decline in oil prices pushed Canada's dollar lower to 96.26 cents in U.S. funds Friday while the U.S. dollar advanced to $1.0387 Canadian, before bank exchange fees.

The Bank of Canada's key interest rate is steady at 1 percent while the prime-lending rate is 3 percent.

Stock markets are lower, with the Toronto exchange index at 11,371 points and the TSX Venture index 1,280 points.

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Regional briefs

• Premiers from Canada's western provinces are supporting Alberta Premier Alison Redford's vision of a national energy strategy. The plan have the provinces and federal government reduce regulatory measures and expand research and development as well as markets for the country's energy resources.

• Hail Caesars, the latest high-profile Las Vegas casino operator is seeking to open a billion-dollar gaming emporium in Toronto. Caesars Entertainment Corp. representatives are seeking to promote "economic development" in a proposed Lake Ontario waterfront casino. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. is considering options to expand gaming in the province.

• Newspapers in Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa are going to lose their Sunday editions as Postmedia cuts back and lays off staff after reporting a net loss of $11.1 million in the first quarter. As well, the company won't publish a Monday edition of the Toronto-based National Post throughout the summer as it has done in the past three years.

Jim Fox can be reached at [email protected]

USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

WICHITA — USF led by eight points in the fourth quarter but went cold, and Wichita State pulled off the upset 64-56 Sunday afternoon in a potentially costly loss for the Bulls.USF (15-5, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) missed 14 of its last 15 fiel...
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‘Big Hug’ brings out fun-loving  crowd

‘Big Hug’ brings out fun-loving crowd

GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | TimesDaniel Evangelista, 17, dressed as a rooster; Knox Johnson, 16, dressed as Stay Puft Marshmallow Man; Rachel Rowland, dressed as a panda; and Luke Evangelista, 15, dressed as Captain America, joke around before comp...
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At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on

At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on "what we can do"

ST. PETERSBURGNear Mirror Lake, as protesters posed for pictures, hung signs on their dogs and distributed chant scripts just after noon Sunday, Linda Pair and her friend Beth Gavin arrived to march.Asked why she came out, Pair, 72, of Largo put it b...
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Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
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Deputies: 18-year-old speeding on U.S. 19 faces charges of DUI, fleeing scene

PALM HARBOR — A speeding driver on U.S. 19 refused to stop for deputies and took off, later rear-ending a car and injuring three people early Sunday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.A little after 1:30 a.m., Kingzig Montanez...
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Factory fire traps in workers, killing at least 17; Kabul siege ends violent 24 hours; more in world news

Factory fire traps in workers, killing at least 17; Kabul siege ends violent 24 hours; more in world news

IndiaFactory fire kills at least 17A fire at an industrial building on the outskirts of New Delhi broke out as workers were stuffing gunpowder into firecrackers, trapping many of them on the factory’s upper floors as it spread, and leaving at least 1...
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Up to 1,000 more US troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

Up to 1,000 more US troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

The U.S. Army is readying plans that could increase the total force in Afghanistan by as many as 1,000 U.S. troops this spring beyond the 14,000 already in the country, senior military officials said.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not signed off on...
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Fifth-grader thought she brought gummy candies to school, but they were laced with marijuana

Fifth-grader thought she brought gummy candies to school, but they were laced with marijuana

A 9-year-old student in New Mexico gave fellow students gummies - only to realize later they were not ordinary candies.The candies had apparently been laced with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical responsible for how marijuana affects the bra...
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The St. Petersburg Women’s March: Here’s what you need to know

The St. Petersburg Women’s March: Here’s what you need to know

ST. PETERSBURG — On Sunday afternoon, people will take part in the Women’s March, part of a series of marches taking place this weekend. Here’s what you need to know:When is the Women’s March?The march begins at noon on Sunday, Jan. 21, and a rally w...
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Forecast: Sunny, high of 78 in Tampa Bay

Forecast: Sunny, high of 78 in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — Temperatures should reach the upper 70s on a warm, sunny, mild Sunday, kicking off a mild week in Tampa Bay, forecasters predict. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels...
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