5 things to know on Friday, March 18, 2016
Published Friday, March 18, 2016 6:10AM EDT
It's Friday and CTV News has 5 things you need to know before kicking off your weekend: an Ontario labour group has withdrawn its support of Tom Mulcair; Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to announce a new economic advisory council; a safe-injection site in Vancouver has been granted an unprecedented exemption; an Ontario grandfather will be the first patient in Ontario to die from doctor-assisted suicide; and TransCanada signed a massive deal.
1. Trouble in the ranks: NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has lost support of an Ontario labour group, the Niagara Regional Labour Council, ahead of the leadership review in Edmonton. And it’s just the latest sign of discontent as the party looks to its future.
2. What’s in the budget? Today Minister of Finance Bill Morneau is holding a press event in Toronto ahead of Tuesday’s federal budget. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement that his party will cancel plans to raise the cutoff age for Old Age Security benefits to 67 is getting mixed reviews.
3. Exemption: InSite, the safe-injection program in Vancouver, has been granted a four-year exemption to continue operation. It's the first time since 2011 that the program has received an exemption lasting longer than a year. It comes after Toronto's medical officer of health recommended the city moved ahead with three supervised drug injection sites.
4. Wish granted: A terminally ill Ontario grandfather is grateful that a court has ruled that doctors can help him die, but he said it was unfortunate to spend the last few months of his life fighting to go out on his own terms.
5. Expanding: TransCanada has signed a massive $13-billion deal to create one of the largest regulated natural gas transmission businesses in North America.
And one more thing for Flashback Friday...on this day in 1995, Canada’s national rail network was left in chaos after workers went on strike leaving passengers stranded.