Don Martin: A super spreader of spending in budget aimed at stimulating voters for upcoming election

Reading the federal budget spending spree as it scrolls on for 720-plus pages, a certain numbness takes hold, writes Don Martin in his exclusive column for CTVNews.ca.
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COVID-19: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on May 13
Here are the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Thursday.
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Canada Goose sees revenue topping $1B amid online sales surge, China demand
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SIU clears police in 2020 fatal crash near Ava Road in Brantford
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Waterloo Regional Police seek to identify individual in sexual assault investigation
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Guelph man faces more charges in connection with human trafficking investigation
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Ontario reports 2,759 new COVID-19 cases, as total count surpasses 500,000
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Police respond to shots fired in Centennial Park area of Moncton
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Relatives of Ethiopian, Iran air disaster victims temporarily offered residency path
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Employees with Reliance Home Comfort locked out as of May 13, union says
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Dozens of people across Northern Ontario have been ticketed for violating COVID-19 restrictions
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Sud-Ouest's luxury dog hotel will sport a pooch-friendly café for boozy brunches
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Ousted over pandemic vacation, Pierre Arcand returns to Quebec Liberal shadow cabinet
Arcand, who represents the Montreal riding of Mont-Royal—Outremont, will be the party's energy and natural resources critic.
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Royal relegation: Wax Prince Harry and Meghan get shifted to Hollywood zone
A year after leaving their royal duties to move to Los Angeles, Madame Tussauds has now decided waxwork models of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan belong in the attraction's Hollywood zone and not with the other members of the House of Windsor.
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Continued COVID-19 measures may prevent seasonal influenza, study says
A new Canadian study has found that preventative measures implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19 'all but eliminated' seasonal influenza, and may offer some guidance on how to prevent flu outbreaks in a post-pandemic world.
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Loonie reaches highest level since 2015
Propelled by commodity prices, the Canadian loonie hit its highest level since 2015 on Wednesday.
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Police charge 3rd teen in fatal 2020 Hamilton Mountain stabbing
Hamilton police say a meeting between two groups to work out a dispute deteriorated into a 'disturbance' in July 2020.
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Boast.AI adding new talent from Vancouver’s cluster of billion-dollar startup firms
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Tories push ‘urgent’ defence committee meeting on more military misconduct witnesses
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Woman dies after being found in Loon Lake near Haliburton: OPP
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Former Kingston mayor Isabel Turner’s likeness finally captured on canvas
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Don't fill plastic bags with gas, U.S. safety agency warns
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned Americans Wednesday not to fill plastic bags with gasoline as a fuel shortage strikes the East Coast.
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Lennox and Addington County seeks paramedicine funding from province
Lennox and Addington County say they will have to cancel its newly established paramedicine program if it does not receive funding from the province.
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Johnsen rebounds from weather delay to lead CF Montréal past Inter Miami CF
Bjørn Johnsen played like a man on a mission.
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Premier Doug Ford renews calls for tighter border controls to rein in COVID-19 variants
The premier has issued another letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arguing additional measures are needed to curb the spread of more contagious COVID-19 variants.
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Premier Doug Ford complains to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of ‘no action’ on borders to tackle COVID-19
Ford is escalating his calls to Ottawa for tighter border controls to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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