A former Ontario nurse accused of killing eight seniors had been suspended from a long-term care home several times for medication-related errors before she was fired for "failing to follow insulin protocol," newly released court documents show. Elizabeth Wettlaufer currently faces a total of 14 charges, including eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Police have alleged those crimes involved the use of certain drugs and took place over the last decade in three Ontario long-term care facilities where Wettlaufer worked as a registered nurse, and at a private home.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau said he recognizes the importance of transparency when it comes to scrutinizing how government spending impacts men and women — as well as other groups of people — in different ways. "We do know that we need to give confidence to people about what we are doing, so how we communicate it is important," Morneau said in an interview Thursday, a day after tabling a budget that published a novel assessment of how some new fiscal measures would affect the female workforce. Earlier this week, The Canadian Press reported on an August 2016 memo from Finance Canada that said departmental officials regularly review the gender-based analysis done on proposals from across the government, but suggested they wanted to keep their conclusions secret.
TransCanada has been granted a presidential permit from the U.S. State Department that allows it to move forward on building the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, the latest turn in fortunes for the controversial project. In granting the permit, the U.S. State Department said it concluded that Keystone XL, which is fiercely opposed by environmentalists concerned about its potential impact on climate change, would serve the national interest after considering a range of factors including energy security and the environment. "This is a significant milestone for the Keystone XL project," TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said in a statement Friday.
Ottawa made no changes in the federal budget to the way capital gains are taxed, but Finance Minister Bill Morneau isn't completely ruling out changes in the future. When asked about possible changes to the way profits from selling off personal assets are taxed in the future, Morneau left the door open Thursday. "We decided not to put that in our budget," Morneau said when asked about the chances of future changes.
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