N.L. expands cellphone driving ban
St. John’s, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s tougher driving laws came into effect on Oct. 1. The new law extends the province’s ban on cellphone use while driving to other electronic texting devices such as BlackBerrys.
New minimum wage takes effect
Winnipeg — Manitoba’s minimum wage increased 50 cents to $9.50 an hour on Oct. 1. Since 1999, when the province’s minimum wage was $6 an hour, the minimum wage has increased nearly 60 per cent.
16.5 million people didn’t get H1N1 shot
Ottawa — During the last flu season, 59 per cent of Canadians aged 12 and over didn’t get the H1N1 flu vaccine, according to Statistics Canada. Of these 16.5 million people, 74 per cent said they didn’t think it was necessary, 13 per cent said they hadn’t gotten around to it yet and seven per cent said they were afraid to receive the vaccine.