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Phillip Danault papa pour la première fois!

Le Journal de Montréal - 1 ora 30 min fa
Le no 24 du CH nous a présenté Phillip-Édouard par l'entremise de son compte Instagram, mercredi après-midi.
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AGLC confirms Millarville house contest does not contravene any rules

Calgary Herald - 1 ora 33 min fa

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has concluded its review of a letter-writing contest to win a home in Millarville.

The review found that the way the contest is structured, it does not contravene either the Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Act or the Criminal Code, the commission said Wednesday.

AGLC’s Integrated Investigations Team (AIIT) will continue to monitor the administration of the contest and any changes to the legal status of the contest “will be re-evaluated accordingly,” the AGLC said in a statement.

Alla Wagner, the woman who launched the “Write a Letter, Win a House” contest, has said she cleared the contest with the AGLC before taking it public.

Wagner has health issues that have confined her to the upstairs level of the $1.7-million home since June. She came up with the idea for the contest after she couldn’t find a buyer for the home in the current market.

It costs $25 to enter the contest, and entrants must write an explanation of no more than 350 words of how moving to the home would change their life.

The rules of the contest state that the total value of all the entry fees must reach the listed value of $1.7 million or the contest will be cancelled and everyone will be refunded.

The unusual competition has drawn international interest. On a Facebook page for the contest, Wagner has posted regular updates with photos of the stacks of mail she has received on a daily basis.

The contest will run until April 5.

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De nouvelles microtransactions pour Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Le Journal de Montréal - 1 ora 42 min fa
De plus en plus contestées parmi les gamers, de nouvelles microtransactions ont fait leur apparition depuis peu dans Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
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Déneigement: Montréal devrait encore dépasser son budget

Le Journal de Montréal - 1 ora 44 min fa
Comme l’année dernière, la Ville de Montréal s’enligne pour dépasser son budget consacré à la neige.
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Burberry retire un chandail accusé d’inciter au suicide

Le Journal de Montréal - 1 ora 46 min fa
Burberry a annoncé avoir retiré de sa collection un chandail à capuche accusé d’encourager le suicide et a présenté ses excuses.
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Les visiteurs du Grand Canyon exposés à des radiations?

Le Journal de Montréal - 1 ora 47 min fa
Des milliers de visiteurs et d’employés du Grand Canyon pourraient avoir été exposés à des radiations.
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Alberta appoints six new provincial court judges, four women and two men

Calgary Herald - 1 ora 52 min fa

The Alberta government has appointed six new provincial court judges — four women and two men.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says the new judges help address pressures in the court system.

Gregory Stirling, Susan Pepper and Gay Binns will serve in Calgary.

The appointees include Kristin Ailsby in Lethbridge.

Rhonda Tibbitt will hear cases in Edmonton and Greg Rice in Vermilion.

The government notes that of 33 provincial court judges appointed since 2015, two-thirds are women.

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Frappe israélienne à Gaza en riposte au lancer de ballons incendiaires

Le Journal de Montréal - 1 ora 56 min fa
L’armée israélienne a annoncé avoir frappé mercredi une position militaire du mouvement islamiste Hamas dans la bande de Gaza.
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[VIDÉO] Un rare cercle de glace en rotation observé en Gaspésie

Le Journal de Montréal - 1 ora 58 min fa
Herven Horth, qui habite en Gaspésie, a remarqué un cercle de glace parfait, tournoyant sur la rivière Paspébiac, ce qui serait une première.
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Sherbrooke: trois arrestations et 13 livres de cannabis saisis

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 5 min fa
Deux hommes et une femme ont été arrêtés mercredi matin, à Sherbrooke.
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Le retour de Gertrude Bourdon?

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 6 min fa
La légendaire candidate-vedette défaite fera-t-elle un retour au Parti libéral du Québec?
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Carey Price et Shea Weber en congé

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 7 min fa
Le Canadien de Montréal a tenu un entraînement au complexe sportif de Brossard, mercredi, sans la présence de ses deux vétérans.
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Uber vs taxis: bientôt la fin des projets-pilotes

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 29 min fa
François Bonnardel, déposera un projet de loi qui viendra encadrer de façon permanente les services d’Uber et la modernisation de l’industrie du taxi.
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Vancouver Aquarium to return to court over city bylaw banning cetaceans

Vancouver Sun - 2 ore 31 min fa

The B.C. Court of Appeal has sent the Vancouver Aquarium back to court in its attempt to quash a bylaw banning whales and dolphins in city parks.

The Vancouver park board passed a bylaw that banned cetaceans being brought to or kept in city parks in May 2017 after two beluga whales died in captivity at the aquarium.

The aquarium, which is in Stanley Park, asked for a judicial review seeking to set aside the by;aw amendment on four grounds, including that the park board’s licence agreement with the facility prevented it from applying the change.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge agreed with the aquarium and declared the bylaw amendment void, but a panel of three Appeal Court judges overturned that ruling in a decision issued Tuesday.

The latest judgment says a municipality cannot weaken its legislative powers in a licence agreement unless expressly authorized by a law, and there’s nothing in the Vancouver Charter that would allow that.

The high court sent the matter back to the B.C. Supreme Court for determination of the aquarium’s other three grounds challenging the bylaw amendment.

The aquarium’s operator, the Ocean Wise Conservation Association, says in a statement that the matters raised by the appeal are of great significance to the facility’s operations.

“We will need to take the time necessary to review the judgment with our legal counsel and consider the implications it may have on our organization before determining our future course of action or making any further public statements about these matters,” the statement says.

The park board said in a statement that along with applicable provincial and federal laws pertaining to cetaceans, it permits and regulates aquarium activities in Stanley Park.

“The park board is pleased by today’s decision,” park board chairman Stuart Mackinnon said. “The amendment to our bylaw is thoughtful and reflective of public opinion. The court’s decision upholds our legislative powers to regulate activities and operations within our parks.”

The aquarium announced last year it would no longer house dolphins or whales, but said it was important to continue to pursue the court case because it opposed the park board using a bylaw to alter its licence agreement.

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Accusé de plagiat: Gad Elmaleh riposte à CopyComic

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 31 min fa
Gad Elmaleh ne semble décidément pas avoir apprécié les deux vidéos que le YouTubeur CopyComic a mises en ligne récemment, où il démontrait plusieurs cas de plagiat de l’humoriste envers d’autres collègues.
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L’école Villa-de-la-Jeunesse évacuée à cause du poids de la neige

Le Journal de Montréal - 2 ore 35 min fa
L’école Villa-de-la-Jeunesse, à Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, a été évacuée de façon préventive en raison des accumulations de neige.
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Highway closed south of Taber as RCMP respond to collision

Calgary Herald - 2 ore 35 min fa

RCMP are at the scene of a two-vehicle collision near Taber.

Mounties say the incident happened on Highway 36 north of Highway 61. The highway is expected to be closed for several hours as the investigation continues.

Traffic will be re-routed around the scene. Drivers are asked to avoid the area or expect delays.

RCMP say they will provide an update once more information is available.

 

 

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B.C. Budget 2019: Money for modular housing and provincial rent bank, but no renter's rebate yet

Vancouver Sun - 2 ore 41 min fa

Finance Minister Carole James says she is “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of B.C.’s housing market, attributing recent moderation of prices, in part, to measures by her NDP government during its first two years in power.

The 2019 B.C. budget includes more money to house the homeless and help low-income renters avoid homelessness. But it did not include the renter’s rebate that the NDP campaigned on nor any details about speeding up the construction of housing.

The budget touted the B.C. NDP’s earlier actions intended to cool the housing market, such as increasing the tax rate for foreign buyers and expanding the tax’s scope, and taxing empty or under-utilized homes in the province’s most expensive regions.

“In less than a year, we’re seeing results,” the budget overview says, citing decreases in benchmark prices over the last six months for houses and condos in Greater Vancouver.

James believes the housing market is heading in the right direction, she said, but added “there’s more work to be done,” as most residents in the province’s biggest cities still “would not classify housing as affordable at this stage.”

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“I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about the direction we’re taking so far … And I want us to see that continue,” James said. She also added later: “I don’t believe we’re going to see a crash in the housing market.”

But Cameron Muir, chief economist for the B.C. Real Estate Association, said any recent cooling in the housing market is more likely due to federal changes to mortgage rates and rules, and not action by the provincial government.

The federal changes to mortgage rules represent, Muir said, “a giant sledgehammer to the housing market, compared to the B.C. government, which is just working around the edges of the market.”

A 39-unit modular building was opened on the former Sugar Mountain tent city site at 1131 Franklin St. in Vancouver.

MODULAR HOUSING

The 2019 budget promises another $76 million for more modular housing for homeless people. The B.C. government created the modular housing program in 2017, announcing $291 million to build 2,000 units and saying the first 1,000 units around were expected to be in operation by “early 2018.” But last week, the Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs said there are 800 units in use so far, with another 700 expected to open by the end of March.

Most of the 800 modular homes built so far — 554 units — are in the City of Vancouver, which, in many cases, provided city-owned land for their construction.

The 2019 budget includes $76 million to buy land and build and serve more modular homes, bringing the total to 2,200.

Funding only 200 added units is likely to disappoint many in B.C., including Vancouver’s council, which recently called for another 600 more units for Vancouver alone.

These modular homes have been hailed by housing advocates as a cost-effective way to get people out of parks and shelter beds and into real homes. But by many estimates, the demand far exceeds the 2,200 in the province’s current plan. Vancouver Coun. Jean Swanson, who introduced the city’s motion calling for 600 more modular homes, recently estimated there’s a need for 2,500 units in the Vancouver alone.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Tuesday’s budget says the Homes for B.C. program, announced a year ago, “laid out an ambitious plan to build 114,000 affordable homes for purchase or rent over 10 years. In just the first year, 17,000 homes are already built or underway.”

However, of those 17,000 homes “already built or underway,” the only ones currently completed with tenants living in them are the 800 modular housing units.

RENT BANK

Rent banks, which provide low-interest loans to renters who need immediate, short-term relief to prevent unnecessary evictions, already operate in seven B.C. communities. The 2019 budget acts on one of the recommendations delivered in December by the provincial government’s Rental Housing Task Force, providing $10 million to establish a provincewide rent bank.

ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT

Speaking last week, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart pointed to another element of the throne speech he was eager to see in the budget: government action to speed up development. Last Tuesday’s throne speech promised to “improve the development process by speeding up much-needed rental housing and delivering more efficient and effective project approvals.”

The following day, Stewart said: “We’ve hear some good rumblings in the throne speech about speeding up development, which is great, perhaps giving us (in local government) new powers to do that.”

There were, however, no details in Tuesday’s budget on improvements to the development process. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is reviewing the subject.

The budget came in for criticism from the Urban Development Institute, which represents the real estate development industry. In a statement, UDI president Anne McMullin said the budget’s forecasts show a “dramatic collapse” in housing starts in coming years.

“It’s difficult to see how government will be able to meaningfully improve the vacancy rate, while building fewer rental homes,” McMullin said.

“Sadly, budget 2019 offers little to encourage more housing options for British Columbians and zero incentives for purpose-built rental homes.”

RENTER’S REBATE

Another item missing from this year’s budget is the renter’s rebate, which was an NDP campaign promise in 2017. The NDP government has not abandoned the yearly grant for renters, James said Tuesday, adding: “We are continuing to work on that piece.”

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What the 2019 B.C. budget means to you: 6 things to know

Vancouver Sun - 2 ore 42 min fa

The B.C. NDP government’s second budget focused on tax breaks and benefits for people with children, students and businesses, and investments in clean energy and climate initiatives. Here’s a brief summary of how British Columbians will be affected.

CHILD CARE

The budget didn’t make any large strides toward $10-a-day child care beyond continuing funding for the government’s 2018 child care plan into 2021/2022 and increasing it by $9 million a year. The bigger news was the introduction of a B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit to replace the early childhood tax benefit, which currently provides families with up to $660 a year per child under the age of six.

The new benefit, which begins in October 2020, will provide families with one child up to $1,600 a year, with two children up to $2,600 a year and with three children up to $3,400 a year. Instead of ending at six years of age, the benefit will be paid until the child is 18.

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Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus.

EDUCATION

Good news for British Columbians with student loans — no more interest payments. As of Tuesday, all B.C. student loans will stop accumulating interest, saving someone with $11,700 in provincial student loans $2,300 over the 10-year repayment period. This will cost the government $318 million.

The public education system will get a boost, with $2.7 billion set aside over three years to maintain, replace, renovate or expand facilities. There will also be $550 million invested to hire new teachers and special education assistants, and improve classrooms.

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Community organizations will be provided with funding to operate rent banks to provide short-term loans with little or no interest to low-income tenants who can’t pay their rent because of a financial crisis. It will cost $10 million and be funded through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

The implementation of a B.C.-wide rent bank system for low-income people was one of 23 recommendations delivered late last year from the Rental Housing Task Force struck by the B.C. government.

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The Vancouver skyline.

CLIMATE CHANGE

The climate action tax credit will be increased in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Starting July 1, the maximum credit will go up by 14 per cent for adults and children, meaning low- and middle-income families of four will receive up to $400 for this year.

More than $107 million in operating funding will provide incentives for battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (up to $6,000), incentives for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, incentives for home charging stations, as well as other programs.

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Pharmacare program will be expanded with an additional $42 million to cover more drugs, including those for diabetes, asthma and hypertension. An additional $30 million will be invested in tackling the drug overdose crisis, bringing the total investment since 2017 to $608 million. Mental health programs focused on prevention and early intervention for children, youth and young adults will be funded to the tune of $74 million.

As promised previously, Medical Services Plan premiums will be fully eliminated on Jan. 1, 2020, saving families up to $1,800 per year.

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Snow covers Oppenheimer Park as homeless people sleep in tents .

POVERTY REDUCTION

Income and disability assistance rates will be increased by a $50 a month, a total increase of $150 a month (or $1,800 a year) since the 2017 budget update. Before 2017, the rates had not been increased for a decade. This will cost an extra $44 million over three years.

A homelessness plan will invest $76 million in land acquisition and services to build 200 more modular homes, bringing the total to 2,200 units.

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