A proposed settlement agreement worth nearly $8 billion has been reached in two national class action lawsuits launched against the federal government by First Nations living under drinking water advisories. The settlement, which is awaiting court approval, would offer $1.5 billion in compensation to individuals deprived of clean drinking water and modernize Canada’s First Nations drinking water legislation. About 142,000 individuals from 258 First Nations could be compensated, along with 120 First Nations. Depending on the details of the final agreement, more people may end up being eligible for compensation. Individuals’ compensation will be calculated based on how remote their communities are, how long they lived under a drinking water advisory and whether they suffered any adverse health conditions as a result.
Month: July 2021
A Texas woman who allegedly shook an infant in 1984 has been charged with his murder in Florida, where he died of a decades-old and life-changing brain injury at the age of 35. The first-degree murder charge stems from a disastrous incident that happened in Hollywood, Fla., 37 years ago, when five-month-old Benjamin Dowling suffered major brain damage while in the care of a babysitter. That babysitter, Terry Delores McKirchy, told police that baby Benjamin fell off a couch and hit his head. However, doctors determined that the boy had been shaken so hard that his brain hemorrhaged. McKirchy ultimately pleaded no contest to attempted murder and aggravated battery of a child in the 1985 case, which investigators said was an instance of shaken baby syndrome. The babysitter was sentenced to three years of probation and 60 days in jail, while Benjamin lived the rest of his life with severe mental and physical disabilities until he died in 2019. McKirchy, 59, now faces a second reckoning for that decades-old incident, after a Broward County grand jury indicted her with first-degree murder in Dowling’s death.
‘Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen,’ Trump told acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen on Dec. 27. Former President Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks on Friday when the Justice Department cleared the way to release his tax records and disclosed a memo showing he had urged top officials last year to falsely claim his election defeat was “corrupt.” The department, reversing course from the stance it took when Trump was in office, told the Internal Revenue Service to provide the Republican businessman-turned-politician’s tax records to congressional investigators–a move he has long fought. Unlike other recent presidents, Trump refused to release his tax returns and other documents as he aimed to keep secret the details on his wealth and activities of his family company, the Trump Organization.
OTTAWA — The federal government’s latest spending spree underscores the “sensitivity and fragility” of Canada’s fiscal position, where even a slight downshift in economic growth could cause debt levels to balloon, a new report warns. A new forecast by Alexandre Laurin and Don Drummond of the C.D. Howe Institute, released Thursday, frames the Liberal’s 2021 budget as a risky gamble for future economic growth, where debt levels as a percentage of GDP are expected to continue ticking upwards. According to C.D. Howe’s baseline scenario, Ottawa’s debt-to-GDP ratio will increase to 60 per cent by 2055, or roughly 10 per cent higher than today. That is higher than the government’s own estimates, which even under its most pessimistic outlook sees debt-to-GDP falling to around 40 per cent over the same period. “It’s a roll of the dice,” said Drummond, an author of the report who held several senior positions in the Department of Finance over his 23-year career. “It kind of comes down to which philosophy: do you believe history repeats itself, or that this time is different?”