Six stories in the news for Tuesday, March 20
FIREARMS LEGISLATION COMING TODAY
The federal Liberals are set to tighten restrictions on the sale of guns under proposed legislation to be introduced as early as today. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is expected to fulfil a Liberal election platform promise to enhance background checks for anyone buying a handgun or other restricted firearm. The government has said it has no interest in building another national long-gun registry.
REPORT CALLS FOR MORE IMMIGRANTS TO STAY IN ATLANTIC CANADA
A new report says if Atlantic Canada wants to solve its economic and demographic problems, it must become more than a stopover for immigrants. A report on the matter will be released Wednesday at a conference in Fredericton. Nova Scotia has a five-year immigrant retention rate of 72 per cent, while Newfoundland and Labrador is at 56 per cent, New Brunswick is at 52 per cent, and P.E.I. is at just 18 per cent.
DIVERS TO RESUME SEARCH FOR MONTREAL BOY
Montreal police divers will return to the Rivieres des Prairies today to search for 10-year-old Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou. The boy hasn't been seen since March 12 when he left his Montreal home to visit a friend's house. Police divers made three dives on Monday, but didn't find any sign of the boy. The boy's father has said he believes his son had been abducted.
DOUG FORD VOWS TO 'TAKE BACK' ONTARIO
Doug Ford told a group of nearly 2,000 supporters Monday night that he plans to "take back this province" at his first major event since he was made leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative party earlier this month. He told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Toronto he believes he can build a majority government because Ontario voters are united in their dislike of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne.
QUEBEC TOWN ADOPTS SMOKING BAN
A Montreal suburb has adopted a bylaw that bans all smoking in public places in a move believed to be a first in Canada. Hampstead city council voted Monday night to ban tobacco or marijuana smoking on municipal property, including sidewalks and streets. The bylaw, passed by a vote of 5-2, does not prohibit electronic cigarettes or smoking in cars in the town of 7,000 residents.
INSTAGRAM SHOPPING FEATURE COMING TO CANADA
Instagram is expanding its shopping feature to Canada. The social media giant will allow businesses to tag products in their posts, which users can tap to purchase or learn more about. The feature will also let businesses add a "Shop" tab to their profiles and collect data on how many people are tapping to see or buy their products via Instagram.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Nova Scotia Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey delivers the 2018-19 provincial budget.
— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for January.
— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will address CUPE 2424 members and Carleton University students on the picket line.
— Finance Minister Bill Morneau is in Brazil for a G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting.
— The Hot Docs festival in Toronto will announce its 2018 lineup.
The Canadian Press