Morning headlines: March 19th, 2019

Catherine Garrett / March 19, 2019

The Budget announcement will be made at 1pm PST.
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Budget Day

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will deliver his fourth and final budget before the October election in the House of Commons today.

The government is also expected to announce a multi-year plan that promises to improve broadband internet nation wide by 2030.

Other things to watch out for:

  • details of previously announced tax credits and incentives for the journalism sector, worth $595 million over five years
  • steps towards a national pharmacare program
  • financial help for seniors
  • housing affordability
  • making zero emission vehicles more affordable

No fly zone

Air Canada announced all of it’s Boeing 737 max 8 aircrafts will stay grounded until at least July 1st, in light of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10th.

However, some routes are being grounded completely, including flights out of St. John’s, Halifax, Calgary and Vancouver as other aircraft will be substituted on routes that use Max 8’s.

The airline said the motion intends to provide customers with safety and certainty as they book travel in the coming months.

Air Canada is removing Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1.

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“New Zealand will give him nothing” – Prime Minister Jacinda Arden
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New Zealand PM reacts to ChristChurch shootings

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said she will not name the ChristChurch shooter, and  instead praised the courage shown by mosque worshipers and police during the attack that left 50 people dead, and another 50 injured.

Ardern said that New Zealand authorities remain vigilant and on “high alert,” though there is no specific threat.

The bodies of six victims were returned to families this morning,  the New Zealand Police said in a statement.