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The Thursday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

The Thursday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

Highlights from the news file for Thursday, Dec. 14 ——— FOUR DIE IN ONTARIO HELICOPTER CRASH: Four employees with Ontario electrical utility Hydro One died in a helicopter crash on Thursday.
Nova Scotia anti-poverty groups call for immediate increase to income assistance

Nova Scotia anti-poverty groups call for immediate increase to income assistance

HALIFAX — Representatives from 13 community and anti-poverty groups are calling for an immediate increase to Nova Scotia's basic income assistance rates, but they received no firm commitment from the province on Thursday.
CREA says lower sales forecast will cost economy $1B in lost economic activity

CREA says lower sales forecast will cost economy $1B in lost economic activity

TORONTO — The Canadian Real Estate Association said Thursday its lower home sales forecast will cost the economy $1 billion next year — as the impact of tighter mortgage regulations that come into effect New Year's Day take a toll on the sector.
Debt-to-household-income ratio rises in third quarter, household net worth

Debt-to-household-income ratio rises in third quarter, household net worth

OTTAWA — Sky-high debt loads are one of the central bank governor's top concerns, he said Thursday after data showed the amount Canadians owe relative to their income hit a new high in the third quarter.

Ontario ombudsman to investigate incident with Niagara reporter

TORONTO — Ontario's ombudsman will investigate an incident in which Niagara Region staff seized a reporter's equipment and called police. The municipality apologized to a St.
Defence at Garnier trial raises issue of "automatism" with psychiatrist

Defence at Garnier trial raises issue of "automatism" with psychiatrist

HALIFAX — It's possible Christopher Garnier was suffering from a rare condition in which he was not fully aware of his actions immediately following the death of off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell, a psychiatrist told the Halifax man's murder
Amid media scrutiny, RCMP looking anew at 284 sexual assault cases from 2016

Amid media scrutiny, RCMP looking anew at 284 sexual assault cases from 2016

OTTAWA — The Mounties say they are going to take a new look at 284 sexual assault cases that they originally classified as unfounded.
Trudeau wants to spread G7 benefits across Canada through minister meetings

Trudeau wants to spread G7 benefits across Canada through minister meetings

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will host ministerial level meetings with its G7 counterparts across the country before leaders convene in Charlevoix, Que., next June.
Quebec plan for compulsory sex-ed courses has its detractors

Quebec plan for compulsory sex-ed courses has its detractors

Quebec's plan to introduce compulsory sexual-education courses for primary and secondary students ran into some immediate opposition Thursday, with some parents promising to fight the proposal.
Bitcoin more akin to gambling than investing, says BoC governor Poloz

Bitcoin more akin to gambling than investing, says BoC governor Poloz

TORONTO — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is sounding the alarm on Bitcoin, calling the purchase of the cryptocurrency "closer to gambling than investing.