Benjamin Lopez Steven


Benjamin Lopez Steven is a reporter and part-time writer for CBC News Network. He's also a recent journalism graduate from Carleton University. You can reach him at or find him on Twitter at @bensteven_s.

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Premiers say Ottawa should have consulted with them more before tabling 2024 budget

Canada’s premiers are criticizing the federal government over “limited and inconsistent outreach” with provinces ahead of tabling the 2024 budget.

Chinese ambassador leaves posting in Canada as Ottawa pushes to improve ties

The federal government has confirmed China’s ambassador to Canada has left his posting as one of Ottawa’s top diplomats tries to thaw relations between the two countries.

Do Ottawa's proposed capital gains tax changes affect inherited properties?

Tax experts and lawyers explain to CBC how capital gains works on property transfers, including what happens with inheritances and how the value of those properties is determined.

Dentists can bill for federal dental plan patients without signing up for program, government says

The federal government announced Wednesday that oral health care providers who provide services to Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) clients can bill the insurance company directly without formally signing up for the program.

Your questions answered about the proposed capital gains tax changes

The federal government’s 2024 budget includes significant new spending on projects and programs — and it’s relying on revenue from a change to the capital gains inclusion rate to help pay for it.

Federal lobbying commissioner assessing allegations against firm, top Conservative adviser

The federal lobbying commissioner confirmed Tuesday that a 'preliminary assessment' has been opened into allegations regarding top Conservative strategist Jenni Byrne and a federal lobbying firm.

Opposition parties want IRGC named as terrorist group after attack on Israel

Canada’s main opposition parties say they believe Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) should be named as a terrorist group, days after Iran launched an aerial attack on Israel.

Can crickets become space food? These Carleton researchers want to find out

A Carleton University research team is taking one big step for cricket-kind — testing how the insects respond to microgravity to see if they can be nutritious space food.

'A whole family ripped apart': Mourners gather to remember victims of Ottawa mass killing

Some 200 people showed up at a public multi-faith funeral service in Ottawa Sunday to mourn the six people killed more than a week ago in the city's Barrhaven suburb.

Somerset West health hub opening temporary outdoor supervised consumption site

Somerset West Community Health Centre says it's opening a temporary outdoor supervised injection site to compensate for the ongoing closure of its indoor facility.