Global National: April 1, 2024 | Carbon tax increase fuels affordability politics

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In tonight's top story: The Canadian federal carbon tax has increased by 23 per cent, meaning burning fossil fuels will cost most Canadians more money, but they'll also get more money in rebates. David Akin explains why hundreds of economists support the hike, how politicians from all sides are criticizing the increase, how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is responding and why the Liberals' poor communication is contributing to the criticism.

The federal government is also promising to spend $1 billion over the next five years for a national school lunch program, which is supposed to feed an additional 400,000 children per year. Mackenzie Gray reports on how advocates are welcoming the announcement after decades of pushing for the initiative and how this program could have benefits beyond the classroom.

Al-Shifa Hospital, which was Gaza's largest medical complex, is now mostly destroyed after a two-week raid by Israel during its war on Hamas. Crystal Goomansingh reports on the scale of the destruction, what one patient says he and staff experienced, and what the loss of the facility means for Palestinians who are still alive.

A mysterious illness, "Havana Syndrome," that has affected Canadian and American diplomats in Cuba may be linked to a top secret unit within the Russian military, according to an investigation by CBS News, The Insider, and Der Spiegel. Joel Senick reports on the evidence and the reaction from the Kremlin and the U.S. State Department.

Many Canadians have already filed their taxes, but the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has now paused new reporting requirements for bare trusts, giving thousands an unnecessary bill. Abigail Bimman explains what a bare trust is, why the CRA made the last-minute change, the fury from accountants and how it could impact your tax returns.

Nunavut separated from the Northwest Territories and became its own territory on April 1, 1999, giving the Inuit more control of their land and future. Melissa Ridgen looks at who's credited for helping make this happen and how Nunavut is marking its 25th anniversary.

Plus, Toronto's Zach Edey, who is among the tallest players in U.S. college basketball history, is dominating the sport, while trying to lead the Purdue Boilermakers to its first NCAA men's basketball championship. Eric Sorensen explains how Edey has silenced his critics by taking his game to new heights.

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