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National crime rate takes jump

OTTAWA—The national crime rate rose three percent in 2015—the first increase in 12 years.

There were almost 1.9 million Criminal Code incidents—excluding traffic offences—reported by police last year, about 70,000 more than in 2014, Statistics Canada said yesterday.

Irvin Waller, a criminology professor at the University of Ottawa, cautioned not to read a lot into the figures.

New benefit will help tackle child poverty: Trudeau

OTTAWA—More than a year ago, Justin Trudeau stood in Dinty’s restaurant in Gatineau, Que. and promised a new child benefit that would help low-income Canadians.

Yesterday, he stood in the same restaurant and pointed to almost $1.74 billion in new Canada child benefit payments that rolled out that morning to more than three million families.