N.L. aims to lower obesity rates, medical costs

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. Newfoundland and Labrador will introduce a new public health act as it aims to lower obesity rates and medical expenses.

The province eclipses others across Canada for health care spending as it faces mounting debt and an aging population.

A throne speech delivered Tuesday by Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan also says the governing Liberals will review the province's environmental assessment process.

It says the goal is to offer certainty for industry while also protecting the environment.

The province has announced it wants to accelerate offshore oil production to fill what it says will be ongoing demand for fossil fuels as the renewable energy sector grows.

The throne speech charts a course for almost the next two years until the next provincial election in 2019.

It puts any plans in a dismal financial context.

"Quite simply, we must continue to do better with less and build on the work that we have undertaken over the past two years," Fagan....

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