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Slushy mess on East Coast closes schools, causes travel delays
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Some schools are closed and there are travel delays in parts of Atlantic Canada as snow, freezing rain and rain moves through the region on the first official day of spring.
Environment Canada is predicting about 20 centimetres of snow for much of Newfoundland.



DND curbs travel, non-mission training to save money for missions
OTTAWA - Senior defence officials have ordered a curb on non-essential activities across the department, The Canadian Press has learned, as they look to free up millions of dollars for military operations and other more critical tasks.
The result has been a severe cut to activities not directly related to missions or military readiness, including travel and non-mission training, as the department limps to the end of the federal fiscal year on March 31.



Four stories in the news today, March 20
Four stories in the news for Monday, March 20:
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With inequality already rising in most of the industrialized world, and a long-term decline in labour-force participation, particularly in the U.S., fast-improving automated technologies are rolling in to obliterate jobs - potentially millions in the trans
Everyone talks about automation hurting workers: Here are a few solutions
WASHINGTON - Everyone's talking about problems hurting workers. In the last U.S. election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton argued about reasons for a historic disruption in the labour market. The Canadian government will explore it in Wednesday's budget.
The issues are well known. With inequality already rising in most of the industrialized world, and a long-term decline in labour-force participation, particularly in the U.S., fast-improving automated technologies are rolling in to obliterate jobs — p



Supporters and opponents of anti-Islamophobia motion clash in Winnipeg
WINNIPEG - There were pushes and punches as two groups clashed in Winnipeg over a federal motion calling for Ottawa to condemn Islamophobia.
At Winnipeg City Hall on Sunday, men wearing jackets bearing the patch of the group Soldiers of Odin Canada protested the motion before Parliament.



Justin Kuijer is shown in a Niagara Regional Police Service handout photo. Police in Ontario's Niagara region said Sunday that Kuijer, 43, is wanted for first degree murder in connection with the death of his stepson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Niagara Regional
Ontario man wanted for first degree murder in boy's death
ST.CATHARINES, - A 43-year-old man is wanted for first-degree murder in connection with the death of his stepson, who family friends described as a "loving little boy."
Niagara Regional Police said they planned to issue a Canada-wide arrest warrant on Monday for Justin Kuijer, who was also being sought in connection with a stabbing incident at a Royal Bank branch on Friday in which a woman was sent to hospital.



Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell holds the Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 19, 2017. MacDonnell whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a
Canadian wins $1M global award for teaching excellence
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A Canadian school teacher whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize Sunday in what has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence.
Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize during a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, beating out thousands of applicants from around the world.



Jason Kenney delivers his victory speech at the Alberta PC Party leadership convention in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 18, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Jason Kenney sets unite-the-right plan in motion after Alberta PC leadership win
CALGARY - Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says the wheels are in motion on his unite-the-right plan, with the goal of a new party and an elected leader in place a year from now.
"This is not written in stone (but) if there's any way that we can accelerate that timeline, I'm all ears," Kenney told reporters Sunday after he met with the Progressive Conservative board of directors.



B.C. Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond speaks during a news conference after releasing a joint report with the B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner about cyberbullying, in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday November 13, 2015. Brit
Former children's representative sues B.C. government over pension
VICTORIA - British Columbia's former children and youth representative has launched legal action against the provincial government, alleging it broke an agreement about her pension benefits.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday, saying she made a verbal agreement with a legislative clerk in 2006 that promised her 1.5 years of pension entitlement for each year of service, but that promise has not been fulfilled.



The Wabush mine is shown in a Sept.6, 2012 file photo from the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Heart pills or food? Wabush mine pensioners struggle after benefits cut
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Jim Skinner thought after a 35-year career at the Wabush iron ore mine in Labrador he'd be set for the golden retirement he had earned.
He was wrong.



A building manager is pictured in an elevator pit in a downtown Toronto office building on on July 13, 2016. Maintenance contractors would be held responsible for getting broken-down elevators up and running in relatively short order under proposed novel l
Ontario bill aims to hold elevator contractors responsible for fixing outages
TORONTO - Maintenance contractors would be held responsible for getting broken-down elevators up and running in relatively short order under proposed novel legislation in Ontario that seeks to address what some have deemed a crisis.
The legislation, which also calls for changes to the provincial building code, is expected to be introduced on Wednesday by Liberal MPP Han Dong, who has spent months crafting the bill.



A haul truck carryong a full load drives away from a mining shovel at the Shell Albian Sands oilsands mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., on Monday.July 9, 2008. The sell-off of Alberta oilsands assets by another big international player -- along with big rese
Alberta oilsands production outlook bright despite gloomy headlines
CALGARY - The sell-off of Alberta oilsands assets by another big international player — along with big reserve writedowns, the introduction of a carbon tax and a stumbling crude price — all suggest a gloomy outlook for production from the world's third-largest proven oil reserves.
But Canada's oilsands output is still expected to set new records in 2017 and climb even further in the coming years.



Nunavut's former language commissioner is expressing anger over proposed changes to the Education Act, passed in 2008, that promises all Inuit children guaranteed access to bilingual education by 2019 so as to produce graduates equally fluent in Inuktut an
'Why have Nunavut?' Battle over education bill goes to heart of territory
IQALUIT, Nunavut - To the Nunavut government, it's an update to old legislation that needs to acknowledge reality. To others, it's a dagger to the territory's heart.
"Why have Nunavut?" asks Sandra Inutiq, the territory's former language commissioner. "Why have we created the territory if we're not going to protect Inuit rights?"



High heels on display in the Pretty Small Shoes store in Bloomsbury, London on March 6, 2017. Servers clad in short skirts and stilettos could soon be a thing of the past, as British Columbia and Ontario take steps to ditch sexualized dress codes. But wome
High-heels debate should include industries other than restaurants: experts
VANCOUVER - Servers clad in short skirts and stilettos could soon be a thing of the past, as British Columbia and Ontario take steps to ditch sexualized dress codes. But women in other industries can face unwritten expectations of lipstick and heels, say workplace equality experts.
Researchers and human rights lawyers say a broader discussion is needed of the pressures faced by women to spend more time and money on their looks than men. Gender stereotypes can permeate all kinds of workplaces, including



Martine Ouellet named leader of Bloc Quebecois
MONTREAL - One of the most hardline sovereigntists in Quebec's legislature was crowned leader of the federal Bloc Quebecois on Saturday after no other candidates emerged to oppose her.
Martine Ouellet is a former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister who now sits in Quebec's legislature as an independent.



Jason Kenney, centre, reacts to his leadership win at the Alberta PC Party leadership convention in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 18, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Progressive Conservatives pick Jason Kenney as new leader
CALGARY - Former MP Jason Kenney won the leadership of Alberta's Progressive Conservatives in a decisive first ballot victory Saturday on a promise to dissolve the storied party and revitalize the fragmented conservative movement.
"Today we have chosen unity. Today, it's springtime in Alberta!" Kenney proclaimed.



Truck driver arrested after drivers stranded during Quebec snow storm
MONTREAL - Quebec provincial police say they have arrested a truck driver who they allege refused to allow his vehicle to be towed from a highway during a snow storm Tuesday night.
The 57-year-old man was arrested at his residence in Laval Saturday morning.



RCMP officers lead the procession next to the hearse containing the remains of RCMP Constable Richer Dubuc ahead of his funeral on the the St-Jean Garrison Military Base in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Constable Dubuc died w
Mourners gather in Quebec for funeral of RCMP constable killed in collision
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. - Dozens of Mounties dressed in red tunics and Stetsons marched under blue skies on Saturday to honour an RCMP officer they remembered as a "gentle giant" and dedicated family man.
Officers from other police forces and first responders also joined the procession, which wound its way to a hangar on a military base southeast of Montreal where a funeral was held for Richer Dubuc, who died March 6 in Lacolle, near the U.S.-Canada border.



U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks at a news conference during the G20 finance ministers meeting in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, March 17, 2017. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)
Top economies yield to US, drop no-protectionism pledge
BADEN-BADEN, Germany - The world's top economic powers dropped a pledge to oppose trade protectionism amid pushback from the Trump administration, which wants trade to more clearly benefit American companies and workers.
Finance ministers from the Group of 20 countries meeting in the southern German town of Baden-Baden issued a statement Saturday that said only that countries "are working to strengthen the contribution of trade" to their economies.



Alberta Tory leadership candidates make final pitch to delegates
CALGARY - The three men seeking the leadership of Alberta's Progressive Conservative party had one final opportunity to gain support before its delegates voted today.
Voting is now underway to fill the vacancy left after former leader Jim Prentice resigned after the PC's lost the 2015 election to the NDP.