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Justin Trudeau sells housing plan in visit to Metro Vancouver’s hot real estate market

Housing a major issue for many, particularly young people trying to get into the real-estate market at a time when prices are soaring in some major.In its budget last week the government introduced measures that would allow Ottawa to pick up a portion of new homebuyers’ mortgage costs and it increased the amount they can borrow from their retirement savings for a down payment.

Housing has emerged as a major issue for many Canadians, especially young people who are trying to get into the real-estate market at a time when prices are soaring in some major cities.During a visit to Maple Ridge, Trudeau said the budget contains measures to help first-time buyers by allowing them to withdraw $35,000 from their RRSPs, up from $25,000, to help lower their borrowing costs.It also brings in a means-tested incentive that would see the government pick up part of the costs of the mortgages of those eligible for the program to lower their monthly payments.DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESST rudeau said housing is also a concern for parents who are worried their adult children won’t be able to live in the neighborhoods where they grew up.

Owning a house is a big achievement. It’s where you raise a family and set down roots.But far too many young people are worried that they won’t be able to reach that dream. Housing prices in the Lower Mainland are some of the highest in the country and rising.Trudeau said the government has also tried to spur new building and keep prices from rising through its national housing strategy to help increase supply.We just can’t treat the symptoms of sky-high housing prices, he added.
We have to deal with the causes as well. When there aren’t enough properties on the market, more people are competing for the same places, which forces the costs up for buyers and renters.

Last Tuesday’s budget also included $10 billion more for a program to fund the construction of new rental units the third time the Liberals have expanded the program, which aims to create 42,500 units over 10 years and now carries a $50-billion price tag.As well, Trudeau said Ottawa is helping the Canada Revenue Agency go after tax fraud and money laundering, which have also been blamed for driving up housing prices in B.C.Trudeau later visited Vancouver Island where a by election has been set for May 6 in the riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

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Junk food adverts could be banned before 9pm in fight against childhood obesity

Junk food advertisements could be banned before 9pm in an effort to stamp out the ‘epidemic’ of childhood obesity. Currently, record levels of children.

Research has shown that watching more than six junk food adverts a week can lead to children eating an extra 18,000 calories a year.Adverts for junk food could be banned from TV and the internet in an effort to tackle childhood obesity (Picture: PA)Cancer Research UK estimates the additional calories are the equivalent of around 70 Mars bars or 60 cheeseburgers – and could amount to a 5lb (2.3kg) weight gain each year.Plans for the new watershed have been put out for public consultation in a bid to combat the growing crisis, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.Boy who lost his legs after being tortured by parents takes first stepsTV chef Jamie Oliver said: ‘If we don’t find effective ways to improve our kids’ health, UK children will live shorter lives than their parents.‘It’s a fact that kids are hugely influenced by junk food ads – so the media and the food industry has a real opportunity here to do something about it.’Adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt will be consulted on, with the proposed pre-9pm ban affecting TV programmes, online streaming sites and social media companies, the DHSC said.
Jamie Oliver has welcomed the move (Picture: ITV/REX)Junk food adverts during children’s TV shows have been banned since 2007 but research by Ofcom claimed that 64% of the time children spend watching TV they are watching shows not aimed at them.Public Health Minister Steve Brine said: ‘The NHS is already preparing to treat more and more children for the serious effects of extreme obesity in the future, so we have a duty to address the underlying causes.’Lover tried to poison diabetic fiancé using ‘remote controlled insulin pump’Up to 1,000 more children per year are expected to require treatment for severe obesity-related problems like diabetes and asthma by 2022-23, the DHSC said.Campaigners, doctors and politicians welcomed the announcement.Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, who said: ‘This is now the first generation of children that will live shorter lives than their parents.’Top spending crisp, confectionery and sugary drinks companies in the UK spend £143 million a year on advertising compared to just £5 million spent annually by the Government on its healthy eating campaigns, research by the Obesity Health Alliance found.

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