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Here is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to bring you up to speed on what you need to know today...

Here is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to bring you up to speed on what you need to know today...

Canadian economy to get 'back on its feet' next year, Deloitte Canada says

A new report from Deloitte Canada suggests the economy's near-term struggles will ease next year as the Bank of Canada begins cutting its key lending rate.

The report estimates GDP will rise one per cent this year and 0.9 per cent next year. Deloitte Canada had earlier predicted GDP would contract 0.9 per cent in 2023.

It says a population surge in Canada and an improved outlook for trade with the U.S. likely prevented the country from going into a deeper recession.

The report predicts the Bank of Canada will start lowering interest rates next spring, eventually bringing the overnight rate to three per cent by mid-2025.


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MPs expected to dig deeper on condemned invite

The House of Commons will resume sitting this morning for the first time since Speaker Anthony Rota officially stepped down from his post.

Rota resigned at the end of business Wednesday after apologizing for inviting a man to Parliament whose military service was linked to the Nazis.

All MPs applauded Yaroslav Hunka on Sept. 22 before they understood he had fought with a Ukrainian military unit set up by Nazi Germany to fight the Soviet Union.

An interim speaker is in place now until Tuesday when a new speaker will be elected by MPs.


Indigenous groups firm on own child welfare laws

Some Indigenous nations are prepared to continue enforcing their own child welfare laws even if the Supreme Court of Canada decides against upholding federal legislation acknowledging they can.

Earl Stevenson, with Peguis First Nation Child and Family Services in Manitoba, says his community's law comes from the Creator and wasn't created under Bill C-92. 

An Act Respecting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children Youth and Families became law in June 2019. 

It sets national standards in the care of Indigenous children and affirms Indigenous nations have sole authority over their children. 


Totem's return comes amid reckoning for museums

A celebration welcoming the return of a memorial totem pole that has been on display at the National Museum of Scotland for almost 100 years will be felt well beyond its home at a tiny Indigenous village in northwest British Columbia.

Friday's return of the memorial totem to its ancestral Nisga'a Nation home in the remote Nass Valley, about 1,400 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, will send waves of change and hope to people and institutions wrestling with their past, present and futures.

The totem's arrival in the Nass Valley comes the day before Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, held to honour residential schools and the children who did not come home.

Nisga'a Nation President Eva Clayton says the totem's arrival sets the tone for future repatriation and reconciliation efforts by other Indigenous nations.


Most Albertans oppose renewables pause: poll

A poll released this morning suggests nearly two-thirds of Albertans oppose the provincial government's moratorium on approvals for new renewable energy projects.

The online poll, commissioned by the Calgary Climate Hub, was conducted by Leger and surveyed 1,000 Albertans between Aug. 25 - 27. 

It found that 65 per cent of Albertans thought the United Conservative government should not have brought in the six-month moratorium on regulatory approvals for renewables, enacted in late August.

The pause has been widely criticized as unnecessary and a stumbling block that threatens billions of dollars of investment in what has been a booming industry for Alberta. 


'It was incredibly scary': 20 years after Juan

It's been almost 20 years since hurricane Juan slammed into Nova Scotia's coastline, beginning a loud and destructive journey that few will forget.

On September 29th, 2003, as the storm made landfall west of Halifax, it was churning out howling gusts at over 170 kilometres per hour. 

Hurricane Juan was the most powerful and deadly storm to hit Atlantic Canada in almost 50 years.

The storm was blamed for the deaths of eight people, and it caused 192-million dollars in insurable damage.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2023.

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