National News Ontario unveiling new Social Assistance plan this afternoon; Postal workers’ union accuses Canada Post of inflating package backlog reports 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. Canada Post exaggerating package problem claims workers’ union As Ottawa prepares back-to-work legislation, the postal workers’ union is lashing out. While Canada Post has claimed it has thousands of packages waiting for processing and delivery, the union claims the number is much lower. Union officials say the company has been exaggerating the amount of package backlog to incite action from the feds. 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. 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.