GM says no to Oshawa plant proposal; closure still slated for December

GM will not reconsider shutting down its plant in Oshawa at the end of the year.
The update came after Unifor President Jerry Dias met with GM officials in Detroit yesterday with a proposal to save the factory. Dias says keeping the plant open may not boost profits, but it won’t hurt GM either, and union officials are calling the decision corporate greed. GM says keeping the plant open is not economically feasible, but is offering to help transition the thousands of displaced workers into other jobs.

Ford Government attempts to ax sex-ed lawsuit 

Ontario wants a sex-ed lawsuit thrown out of court.
Provincial lawyers argue there is no evidence to prove allegations that changing a particular curriculum is unconstitutional. The concerned officials helming the lawsuit claim the return to a 90s curriculum leaves out important sex health topics like consent and gender identity.

Draft for new Canadian food guide focuses on plant-based protein

The focus on meat and dairy is getting blurry in a proposed food guide update for Canadians.
Health Canada’s draft reportedly now suggests three healthy food groups, ‘vegetables and fruits’, ‘whole grains’ and ‘protein’ which combines meat and dairy. The draft also reportedly suggests eating more plant-based proteins. A final copy is expected to be released this year.

Trump calls on Democrats to support border security to protect America

Donald Trump is falling short of declaring a national security crisis to fund his wall.
In a prime time television address last night, the President pleaded for support for a Mexico border wall, saying it’s necessary to help protect America. He accused the Democrats of dragging out a government shutdown because they wouldn’t support border security. Democrats say Trump is attempting to stoke fear by manufacturing a crisis.

Justin Trudeau death chats investigated on Yellow Vests Facebook page

A European protest movement is leading to political death threats in Canada.
According to Global News, the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook page is reportedly being investigated by RCMP for comments about killing Justin Trudeau. The Canadian version of the protest movement primarily focuses on carbon tax and pipeline issues. The original Yellow Vest movement has led to violent protests in France.

BoC interest rate decision to be announced this morning

Don’t expect a change in Canada’s key interest rate today.
Experts say Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz is unlikely to change the rate from 1.75 per cent, due to a few factors including a dip in oil exports and growth in Canada’s trade deficit to $2.1 billion. The BoC’s rate dictates interest on things like mortgages, credit cards and savings accounts.