National News Food costs expected to spike next year; GM Canada President not backing down on Ontario plant closure SHARE ON: James Bowler, contributor, Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 2018 Meat prices likely to drop, but fruits and veggies soaring in 2019 You may be spending more at the checkout in 2019. A new study suggests the grocery bill for the average Canadian family will increase by just over $400. Fruits and vegetables are leading this increase with an expected price jump of six per cent. Researchers suggest this is because many Canadians are cutting more meat from their diets. GM Canada President says no amount of pressure will change his mind There’s no chance for Oshawa’s GM plant to survive past 2019. That’s the message from GM Canada’s president while he spoke with CBC News on the closure. He says no amount of pressure from Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau or Unifor will change GM’s plans. However, he says despite loss in Oshawa, a push for electric vehicles may lead to more jobs in Ontario. Gas-powered vehicle sales drop, while electric car popularity grows If you’re still holding onto that old clunker, you’re likely not alone. Car sales across Canada reportedly dipped about 9 point 4 per cent in November, with just over 143-thousand vehicles sold. However, electric vehicles are seeing a different trend, as sales reportedly grew higher in October by 2 point one per cent. Scheer criticizes redaction on India visit security report Andrew Scheer is criticizing the Liberals for a lack of transparency on the PM’s trip to India. The Tory leader says Ottawa redacted many details on a security report before releasing it to the public. The report did outline issues with internal communications after convicted attempted assassin Jaspal Atwal was invited to events Justin Trudeau was attending. More help coming for gender-based violence victims Ottawa is committing its support for victims of gender-based violence. The feds are spending about $50 million by funding dozens of projects across the country focused on helping Indigenous women, LGBTQ groups and communities and women in rural areas. The Status of Women Minister says as more survivors come forward, the government needs to be there to help them.