National News ONTARIO UNVEILING NEW SOCIAL ASSISTANCE PLAN THIS AFTERNOON; CANADA’S DEBT GROWING TO ATTRACT MORE INVESTMENT SHARE ON: James Bowler, contributor, Thursday, Nov. 22nd, 2018 New social assistance plan ‘may surprise’ advocates and critics says Ontario minister After cutting a basic income pilot and funding, Ontario is ready to unveil its new social assistance plan. Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod says she believes critics and anti-poverty advocates will be surprised by the new plan, which will focus on support for the most vulnerable. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she’s very worried for what the province has in store. Corporate investment biggest focus in federal economic update Ottawa is attempting to stimulate more job creation by deepening Canada’s deficit. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the plan to spend over $17 billion in five years, with a main focus on attracting more corporate investment to Canada. Morneau also announced an over $600 million investment to help save Canada’s struggling newspaper industry. Critics claim election meddling measures not strong enough Can Ottawa shield Canadians from foreign influence in the upcoming election? Critics don’t think so after the Liberals unveiled a new bill targeting election meddling. Some senators in Ottawa claim the bill isn’t putting enough focus on foreign interference through social media. The feds have warned hackers in Russia, North Korea and China are likely to target the 2019 election. 24 Sussex Drive: Repair or replace? Should 24 Sussex Drive be repaired or replaced? That’s the four million dollar question for Ottawa and the difference in cost between the two options. Repairs to the historic building would cost $34 million, while a new building would come with a 38 million price tag. Pundits wonder if either option is necessary if the building isn’t even used. Probiotics not harmful, but likely not helpful either for stomach sick kids Probiotics may be more of a placebo than a cure for kids with stomach problems. Researchers in Canada claim there’s no evidence to suggest probiotics actually help ease or cure intestinal infections in kids. Experts say while probiotics don’t have negative side effects, your wallet might be hurting with a price tag of $30 or higher.