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5. A legendary actress dies
Actress Lauren Bacall, a glamorous star from Hollywood's golden age, has died at the age of 89. The New York Times remembers Bacall's insinuating pose and seductive voice. She became famous in her first role in the movie To Have and Have Not. She was just 19 years old and played across Humphrey Bogart, who would later become her husband. She played Marie Browning, known as Slim, an American femme fatale who becomes romantically involved with Bogart's jaded fishing-boat captain, Harry Morgan, known as Steve, in wartime Martinique. She received an honorary Academy Award in 2009.
4. Not tested on humans? No problem!
Canada is donating 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine. This comes after a ruling by the World Health Organization that it would be ethical to use untested treatments to try to contain the outbreak. The move is already prompting some debate. Some people say it's the right thing to do and will allow experimental drugs or vaccines to be further tested. However, Doctors Without Borders said it will take some time to organize clinical trials for the untested Ebola treatments and the priority should be saving the lives of the people affected today. The vaccine Canada will be sending is being developed by scientists at the Public Health Agency of Canada. It has never been tested on humans but has shown some potential in research using animals.
3. A tax-break for Canadians?
The federal government is considering cutting income taxes in the next budget. Finance Minister Joe Oliver confirmed yesterday that as the budget comes back into balance and a federal election approaches, he's considering personal income tax cuts. But he isn't being specific about what form they might take. The government has already promised a number of tax breaks for families once the budget is balanced, including income splitting for couples with children under 18. The Fraser Institute released a report this week showing that the average Canadian family spends more on taxes than on food, shelter and clothing combined. The average family spends 42% of its income on taxes and only 36% on essentials.
2. More financial pay-outs to Aboriginal leaders
The $800,000 bonus paid out to a chief in British Columbia was his share of a settlement of a native land claim. According to the National Post, the province was selling off a piece of Crown land. The Kwikwetlem First Nation had a claim against the land and agreed to drop it for $8 million. In his role as economic development officer for the band, Chief Ron Giesbrecht collected a 10% bonus. The news of the dropped land claim seems to go against the initial statement issued by the band office, which said the bonus was paid for economic development contracts.
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There's a new push to make Ottawa an officially bilingual city. The National Movement for an Officially Bilingual Capital of Canada says it has the support of more than 40 federal, provincial and regional associations and several key politicians to make Ottawa bilingual before the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. But Mayor Jim Watson is still opposed to the idea. He says Ottawa has a good language policy and says he's confused by what the group is asking for. Jacques de Courville Nicol, leader of the movement, says it's not a local issue but a national one. He says, "It is the capital of Canada and as such, it has to reflect the existence of English and French Canadians."
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