National Newswatch

Fee opt-out a Ford government attack on student unions, court hears

Oct 11 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The Ontario government's order that made certain student fees optional was a politically motivated attack on student unions and services that threatens university independence, Divisional Court heard on Friday. In his submissions, a lawyer for the students said the Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford had no authority to implement its "Student […]

Liberals scoop Conservatives on platform elements, accuse Scheer of hiding cuts

Oct 11 2019 — — The Liberals scooped the Conservatives in revealing a handful of the numbers from their election platform’s costing Friday, accusing Tory Leader Andrew Scheer of trying to “bury” billions of dollars in cuts. Scheer has been repeatedly attacked by his rivals for delaying the release of the document, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau quipping earlier this […]

Lesser v. Least: No right to ‘comb the past’ for favourable penalty, court says

Oct 11 2019 — Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A convicted person is entitled to the lesser of two punishments — the one in effect when the offence took place, or the one on the books at the time of sentencing —  the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. However, the guilty party does not have a constitutional right to the least severe penalty that might have […]

Here’s a quick glance at unemployment rates for September, by province

Oct 11 2019 — The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's national unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent in September. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets): — Newfoundland and Labrador 11.5 per cent (13.1) — Prince Edward Island 8.8 (8.9) — Nova Scotia 7.2 (7.9) — New Brunswick 8.3 (8.6) — Quebec 4.8 (4.7) — Ontario 5.3 (5.6) — Manitoba 5.0 (5.6) — Saskatchewan 5.3 (5.1) — Alberta 6.6 (7.2) — British Columbia 4.8 (5.0) The Canadian Press

National employment numbers for September from Statistics Canada, at a glance

Oct 11 2019 — The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A quick look at September employment (numbers from the previous month in brackets): Unemployment rate: 5.5 per cent (5.7) Employment rate: 62.1 per cent (62.0) Participation rate: 65.7 per cent (65.8) Number unemployed: 1,113,200 (1,160,100) Number working: 19,165,200 (19,111,500) Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 11.9 per cent (11.5) Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.5 per cent (5.1) Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.3 […]

Here’s a quick glance at unemployment rates for September, by Canadian city

Oct 11 2019 — The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The national unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent in September. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month […]