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Submit News to CKA News Union leader unsure of plan to put RCMP in charge of Parliament Hill security - The Globe and Mail
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:53:05 GMT

The Globe and Mail

Union leader unsure of plan to put RCMP in charge of Parliament Hill security
The Globe and Mail
It was House of Commons security personnel who wounded and ultimately killed Michael Zehaf Bibeau, the gunman who ran past the Mounties and into the Parliamentary Buildings last October. But now, the historic security force is seeing its command of ...
Parliament Hill security shift risks confusion if attacked again: unionCBC.ca

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Submit News to CKA News SIU charges for Sault Ste. Marie cop with sexual assault - Toronto Star
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:50:23 GMT

CBC.ca

SIU charges for Sault Ste. Marie cop with sexual assault
Toronto Star
A Sudbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer is facing criminal charges, including sexual assault, after a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigation into offences he allegedly committed when he was a Sault Ste. Marie police officer. The SIU began an ...
Former Sault officer faces sex chargesSault Star
OPP officer facing 9 charges in alleged sex assaults dating back to 1980sCP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Island business helps Sault cops collect 37 pounds of drugsSooToday.com
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Submit News to CKA News Alleged Nazi war criminal dies in Quebec - CTV News
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:33:05 GMT

CTV News

Alleged Nazi war criminal dies in Quebec
CTV News
MONTREAL -- The lawyer for a Quebec man suspected of being a Nazi war criminal says his client has died. Orest Rudzik says Vladimir Katriuk passed away last week after being ill for a lengthy period. The news comes a few weeks after the Russian ...
Alleged Nazi war criminal sought by Russia dies in QuebecThe Globe and Mail
Accused war criminal dies as Russia and Canada argue his fateJerusalem Post Israel News

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Submit News to CKA News Surrey Six killers Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston sue for mistreatment - CBC.ca
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:29:57 GMT

CBC.ca

Surrey Six killers Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston sue for mistreatment
CBC.ca
Two men convicted of first degree murder in the Surrey Six slayings are suing the province of B.C. for abuses they claim to have suffered during extended time in pre-trial segregation. In separate B.C. Supreme Court lawsuits, Cody Haevischer and Matthew ...
Surrey Six killers sue government for treatment in pre-trial custodyVancouver Sun (blog)
'Surrey Six' killers suing BC government over prison conditionsCTV News
BC men convicted of killing six people say cells covered in feces, bloodTimes Colonist

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Submit News to CKA News Federal 'tampon tax' to be removed July 1 - CTV News
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:24:30 GMT

CTV News

Federal 'tampon tax' to be removed July 1
CTV News
The federal government plans to remove the tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products, effective July 1. A notice of a motion to amend the Excise Tax Act says the move will apply to sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual cups and other similar ...
'Tampon tax' will end July 1CBC.ca
Long called sexist, Canada's tax on tampons stops July 1Toronto Star
Federal government taking the tax off tampons and other feminine hygiene ...National Post
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Submit News to CKA News Happy Canada Day! Period.
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:18:14 +0000

Conservatives remove federal tax on feminine hygiene products as of July 1

The post Happy Canada Day! Period. appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Submit News to CKA News B.C. men convicted of Surrey Six killings say cells covered in feces, blood
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:13:07 Z
Two men convicted of first-degree murder in a mass execution that left six people dead are suing the British Columbia government for their alleged mistreatment in prison.
Submit News to CKA News UN gang killer has conviction downgraded to second-degree murder
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:12:35 Z
The B.C. Court of Appeal has overturned a first-degree murder conviction for United Nations gang killer Michael Newman and substituted a second-degree conviction instead.
Submit News to CKA News Kamloops woman finds dead bear in shower curtain while walking home
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:11:47 Z
Conservation officers are investigating the case of a dead bear that was apparently shot before being wrapped in a shower curtain and dumped in an alley in Kamloops.
Submit News to CKA News U.S. author tells Canada?s senate the national food guide is failing us
Thu, 28 May 2015 15:09:33 EDT

The American author of an investigative book about saturated fats told a Canadian senate committee Thursday the country’s nutritional guidelines are failing citizens, making them obese and diabetic.

“The diet currently advised for Canadians is a low-fat, failed diet,” says Nina Teicholz.

“Is it possible that following the Canadian diet has caused obesity and diabetes?

Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise (Simon & Schuster), a book which eviscerates the current and widely held view that saturated fats found in animal protein are harmful to health, testified during a session of the senate committee on social affairs science and technology about the incidence of obesity in Canada, its “causes, consequences and the way forward.”

During the hour-long session Teicholz explained the findings of her bestselling book, she says, and recent critique of the new, proposed changes to the American nutrition guidelines.

She shone a spotlight on how Canada’s diet — dictated by the current Food Guide, which is similar to the American nutritional guidelines — is “nutritionally insufficient” and that its focus on carbohydrates, including fruits and vegetables, over animal protein is what is making us sick.

She attacked the current view that Canadians are in the throes of an obesity epidemic, she says, because they aren’t following the current nutritional standards and are eating too much junk food. That explanation, she says, “isn’t supported by the data.”

National sugar consumption, according to Statistics Canada, is down 32 per cent, Teicholz told the senate, recommending this country lift its limits on saturated fat — and animal foods — something, she says, would “go a long way to solving the problem.”

In a recent emailed statement to the Star, spokesperson Sean Upton said Health Canada is in the midst of reviewing its current “guidance for consumption (quantity and frequency)” of a variety of foods and that guidance could be updated in the future.

Teicholz was invited to testify as a senate witness a few months ago — her debut book was published last May.

It’s unclear how her testimony will influence potential changes to Canada’s nutritional guidelines, but, says Teicholz, just by “being open to my findings that must imply they are at least open to change.”

Submit News to CKA News Rachel Notley speaks with media in Calgary - CBC.ca
Thu, 28 May 2015 19:06:30 GMT

CBC.ca

Rachel Notley speaks with media in Calgary
CBC.ca
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is holding a news conference on day two of her first cabinet meeting in Calgary. ?Watch it LIVE at 1 p.m. MT. On mobile? See it here. Notley told reporters on Wednesday that the first look behind the curtain since her NDP swept ...
Province restoring $103M in education funding for upcoming school yearCTV News
Notley government reverses cuts, adds $103 million for educationEdmonton Journal
Gloomy economic news as Notley's cabinet meeting resumes in CalgaryCalgary Herald
Bloomberg -Globalnews.ca -MetroNews Canada
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Submit News to CKA News ?Density creep? crusaders hit back at developers for bending rules
Thu, 28 May 2015 15:01:53 EDT

Campaigners fighting “density creep” hit back on Thursday at developers they say are bending the rules, days after suffering a severe social media backlash that called them NIMBYs.

Marcia Visser, the Density Creep Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA) group spokesperson, apologized for the original comments and stressed their campaign is against the developers, not the potential new neighbours on Keewatin Ave. in midtown Toronto.

“Developers shouldn’t be allowed to throw away the rule book. It’s not the neighbours who are the elitists,” Visser said.

All 80 units of the Trolleybus Urban Developments proposal would stand 14.6 metres tall. The maximum height permitted under zoning laws in the area is nine metres. Developers propose setbacks of between 6.5 and 7.5 metres from the street. The minimum required by law is nine metres.

Trolleybus still requires city approval. However, the homes are already listed for sale.

The Keewatin Ave. site is part of the city’s Neighbourhoods Action plan, which requires developments to “respect and reinforce the existing physical character of the neighbourhoods” including: the height and dwelling type, the size and configuration of lots and setbacks of buildings from the street.

Visser was adamant that this is not an isolated issue that only affects Keewatin Ave.

“If this proposal is approved, it sets a precedent that developers can throw out the rule book, and this will start happening in neighbourhoods across the city.”

Online ridicule of the DCNA’s Save Our Streets campaign began after group member Lisa Goodwin was quoted in Monday’s Star as “really concerned” that her property value would fall thanks to the influx of houses valued at “only” $500,000 in an 80-unit, four storey townhouse development that would replace eight properties at 200-214 Keewatin Ave. in near Mt. Pleasant Rd. north of Eglinton Ave. E.

Goodwin and Visser were branded prime examples of Nimbyism (Not In My Backyard) for opposing a new development simply because it was nearby. The address Densitycreep.com was even purchased and redirected to the Nimby Wikipedia page.

“I started this initiative because I felt people were not having a voice and there was no local input into this development,” Visser said. “The developers proposals are egregious, overzealous and outside of the official plans.”

She said the group is not trying to prevent development, especially affordable units that could help cure Toronto’s well-documented housing problems. Waiting lists for affordable housing have risen for the past 10 years to a high of 168,000 people waiting four years on average in 2014.

“We want a voice that ensures neighbourhood values of safety and community are maintained,” Visser added. “This is not about property values.”

The lowest priced one-bedroom apartments in Trolleybus’s proposal costs at least $369,000. The majority of condominiums are priced well above the city average of $407,612, and some at more than $1.5 million.

“The developers have been going door-to-door telling people the application has been approved, it is going to happen, and do you want to sell your homes? Every piece of information they were telling residents is untrue.”

Trolleybus say their Keewatin Ave. proposal “provides much needed housing options in Sherwood Park that would otherwise be unattainable for today’s homebuyer.”

A public consultation for the project will be held on June 2.

Of the social media reaction, Visser said, “It was unfortunate. I don’t understand some of the personal, vindictive comments. If you know me and what this community is, the reaction doesn’t reflect that.”

For her part, Goodwin said her concerns were not about property values and she “didn’t even realize I’d said that. It certainly wasn’t my thought.”

Trolleybus has several other projects in the works, including a 10-storey development in Davenport, a luxury townhouse at Bayview Ave. and McKee Ave., a 50-unit project at Old Harwood Ave. in Ajax, multi-unit development at Queen St. E. and Leslie St., 16-storey tower at Eglinton Ave. W., a 25 store, 255-unit property at Church St. and Colborne Lane and 34-storey, 438-unit tower at 155 Redpath Ave.

Submit News to CKA News Vancouver police to go after party promoters for policing costs
Thu, 28 May 2015 18:59:47 Z
Vancouver police will begin tracking down the promoters of unsanctioned events such as raves and festivals to recover policing costs.
Submit News to CKA News Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin uses Twitter to fight for job - and wins
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:58:38 -0400

Ontario's crusading ombudsman has taken to Twitter to ask to be reappointed for an unprecedented third term.
Submit News to CKA News Federal government taking the tax off tampons and other feminine hygiene products, effective July 1
Thu, 28 May 2015 18:55:36 +0000
The Finance Deptartment says it will remove GST and HST on any 'sanitary napkin, tampon, sanitary belt, menstrual cup or other similar product'
Submit News to CKA News ?Sexist? tax on tampons stops July 1
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:53:39 EDT

The tax on tampons will end July 1.

The Department of Finance gave notice Thursday that the tax act would be amended to end the tax on feminine hygiene products, beginning July 1.

The move comes after decades of campaigns to end the tax, which opponents called sexist. Earlier this month, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion to call for an end to the tax, but it was not expected to be introduced until the next budget.

The NDP-led proposal was prompted by an online petition campaign begun earlier this year that saw over 70,000 people call for the change.

Jill Piebiak, the organizer of the petition, said she was a bit surprised at how quickly the motion became law, and attributes it to the female Conservative MPs who put pressure on the government to act now, not later.

“We are ecstatic,” she said, noting that today is menstrual hygiene day.

“It’s so exciting to know that on July 1 these products will be more affordable for women.”

Removing the tax has been estimated to cost the government $33 million.

With files from the Canadian Press

Submit News to CKA News Teachers? union needs 'cooling off period' before talks resume: Liz Sandals
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:53:21 EDT

There’s no rush to get back to negotiations with the high school teachers’ union until the dust settles from three illegal strikes, Education Minister Liz Sandals said Thursday.

“I’m fine with having a cooling-off period before we go back to the table with OSSTF,” Sandals told reporters before MPPs voted Thursday on back-to-work legislation for the strikes in Durham, Peel and Sudbury staged by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.

“It’s usually better to talk to people and negotiate when they’re calm rather than when they’re upset. And I think the union executive is probably upset.”

On Tuesday, the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled the strikes illegal, forcing teachers back to work on Wednesday.

But because the ruling put the strikes “on moratorium” for two weeks, the union announced just hours after schools re-opened that teachers would strike again in two weeks.

The back-to-work legislation — which was already in progress — will thwart those plans, and keep students and teachers in class until the end of the school year.

Sandals said chairs of the three school boards were impressed at how smoothly the first day back to school went on Wednesday after the surprise labour board ruling.

“Teachers were being very professional . . . the teachers were engaged, the students were engaged” with the boards saying they hope everyone can “calmly and effectively complete the school year.”

With opposition parties warning the government is taking a hard stance with all teacher unions that will result in system-wide strikes in the fall, Sandals said the government has the summer to reach deals.

“There’s three months before the next school year starts . . . that’s getting way ahead of ourselves.”

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario recently announced it was upping its work-to-rule campaign starting June 1.

Meanwhile, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association sent out a bargaining memo warning of labour disruption in schools come the fall, and advising members to talk to their banks with regards to mortgage and loan payments should a strike be called.

“Given all of the contract strips that are still on the table, and in light of the difficulties confronting our sister affiliates regarding employer intransigence, OECTA continues to prepare for job action in the fall,” said the confidential memo sent to members which also advised teachers not to plan any field trips or extra activities for the 2015-16 school year.

“It will not be business as usual in Ontario Catholic schools in September.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the Liberal government needs to take a different tack in the wake of the three public high school teacher strikes.

“I would hope that the Liberals have learned a lesson from the chaos that they’ve created . . . the kids, the young people, went through some pretty nail-biting time in terms of whether or not they were even going to graduate Grade 12 and be able to go to college or university,” Horwath said.

“This minister needs to get down to business.”

Negotiations have been underway for months with no deals either locally or provincially under a new two-tiered bargaining system and this does not bode well for the future, said Progressive Conservative MPP Garfield Dunlop, his party’s education critic.

“It could possibly create enough chaos in the education system that we would see 2 million students impacted” on Sept. 8,” he said.

Sandals said she is more optimistic than the opposition parties.

“I actually have great faith in the teaching profession that, ultimately, common sense will prevail. We will get the agreements and we will have kids learning.”

Submit News to CKA News Federal 'tampon tax' to be removed July 1
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:48:00 -0400
The federal government plans to remove the tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products, effective July 1.
Submit News to CKA News Poilievre criticizes Trudeau's CPP plans in new video filmed by Tory staffers - The Globe and Mail
Thu, 28 May 2015 18:47:46 GMT

The Globe and Mail

Poilievre criticizes Trudeau's CPP plans in new video filmed by Tory staffers
The Globe and Mail
Conservative Party officials ? rather than public servants ? were on hand Thursday to film Pierre Poilievre's latest public event, but the Employment Minister is not ruling out using taxpayer money again to fund future videos. Mr. Poilievre held a news ...
A quick look at what increased Canada Pension Plan contributions could look likeWinnipeg Free Press
Tories' CPP Expansion Proposal Is 'Utter Nonsense,' Liberal MP SaysHuffington Post Canada
As parties feud over Canada Pension Plan, one constant: we're not saving enoughThe Daily Courier (subscription)

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Submit News to CKA News NDP leader Horwath seeks referendum on sale of Hydro One
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:45:21 -0400

The owners of Hydro One deserve a voice in its partial sell off, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says.
Submit News to CKA News Dutch royalty award 70 scholarships to Canadian students
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:34:00 -0400
The Dutch king and queen were in Ontario Thursday, awarding scholarships to Canadian students to commemorate Canada?s role in liberating the Netherlands in the Second World War.
Submit News to CKA News Alleged Nazi war criminal dies in Quebec
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:22:00 -0400
A Jewish group wants Ottawa to review the case of a Quebec man who is described by the Russians as a Nazi collaborator.
Submit News to CKA News Mark Moore trial: What the jury didn't hear about the alleged serial killer
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:21:53 EDT

The jury has begun deliberating whether Mark Moore is responsible for the four cold-blooded murders of Jahmeel Spence, Mike James, Courthney Facey and Carl Cole.

Moore, 31, has pleaded not guilty to each charge.

The Crown has argued that two guns, a 9mm and a .45, link Moore to each shooting in what they call a 75-day killing spree in 2010.

Kevin Williams, a former friend, musical collaborator and partner in crime of Moore’s, also testified that he witnessed Moore gun down James and Facey in a parking lot. Williams said Moore told him “the angel of death” made him do it.

The defence has attempted to discredit the testimony given by Williams, suggesting that he may have been the shooter, not Moore, and that Williams is motivated by self-interest. The defence has also argued Moore was not in the possession of the guns at the alleged times, that guns are routinely borrowed and sold, and that it makes no sense for Moore to keep a gun “with a body on it.”

Unknown to the jury, whatever their verdict, Moore will remain in prison for several years serving a 12-year sentence for committing what a judge called a "brazen and premeditated" $500,000 jewellery heista "brazen and premeditated" $500,000 jewellery heist of the Arax jewellery store on Aug. 9, 2010 with Williams during which he "cold-bloodedly" shot and wounded a clerk.

Here are six more things the jury did not hear about Moore during the trial which began in February:

1. Long Criminal Record: Moore has 40 criminal convictions, including 12 from when he was a youth. Not counting the ten charges related to the Arax robbery, they include two for robbery, one for assault with a weapon, two for assault, three for firearms-related offences, two for drug-related offences and several for failing to comply with court orders. While it was argued at his sentencing hearing for the Arax robbery that Moore being shot in the face at 17 was a large contributor to his life of crime, making him unable to hold a legitimate job, Justice Ian MacDonnell noted that Moore already had a serious criminal record including assault convictions before the shooting.

2. Allegedly beating up a key Crown witness:Moore faces an aggravated assault charge after allegedly attacking Williams in 2013 after the pair were kept in the same holding cell at a courthouse. Williams was taken out of the courthouse on a stretcher.

3. Shooting Naseem Khan: A judge found beyond a reasonable doubt that Moore shot and wounded Khan on Aug. 5, 2010, days before the Arax robbery. This happened in the Greenbrae area, very close to where Spence was fatally shot in September 2010. While Moore was not being tried on a charge of attempted murder, Khan testified during Moore's robbery trial that a friend of his had had a fistfight with Moore's younger brother. Four days later, Moore drove up to Khan and said: "What happened to my brother" before shooting him. The evidence was called to show that Moore had possession of the gun used in the Arax robbery before it happened.

4. Refusing to come to court: In March, after the trial had begun, Moore refused to continue to come to court, accusing the presiding judge, Superior Court Justice Michael Dambrot of bias. In a handwritten letter submitted to the court, Moore objected to the murder charges being tried together in one trial as opposed to separately. He also wrote “it is highly prejudicial” that Justice Dambrot Googled Moore’s name prior to the trial. After Moore attempted to address the jury directly, Dambrot ordered the jury out and Moore to stop. When Moore said he would continue to attempt to address the jury, the trial continued without him present until he chose to return.

5. His mother: Moore’s mother Hyacinth Moore, who has been present in the courtroom through her son’s trial, faces a charge of accessory after the fact in relation to the Arax robbery. She has yet to stand trial.

6. His girlfriend: Moore’s girlfriend Tassandra Whyte also faces a charge of accessory after the fact connected to Jahmeel Spence’s murder. The jury heard that Moore ordered her to get his Honda Civic painted black after the Spence murder. She also has yet to stand trial.

7. His brothers: The jury has heard about Andre Moore, Moore’s older brother, who a jury found was shot and killed in self-defence by Kenya Smith. Moore’s brother Jerome is serving a penitentiary sentence for carjacking. A third brother, Taimone, survived being shot in the stomach at the age of 16 in 2009.

With files from Rosie DiManno

Submit News to CKA News Scotiabank reviewing its soccer sponsorship in wake of FIFA allegations
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:20:09 EDT

CALGARY—One of Canada’s largest banks says it will review its involvement in sponsoring CONCACAF in the wake of corruption allegations against senior FIFA officials.

Scotiabank, which in December signed on as a major sponsor of the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, says it is disturbed by the allegations.

The bank says it couldn’t comment on specifics because the matter is under investigation, but it will review its involvement as more details become available.

The long acronym CONCACAF stands for Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, the governing body for the association in those regions.

CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb was arrested Wednesday in Switzerland on racketeering and bribery charges, one of seven senior FIFA officials apprehended as part of a $150 million (U.S.) bribery and kickback scandal.

FBI agents also raided CONCACAF’s offices in Miami.

CONCACAF said it was deeply concerned by the arrest of several international football officials including those belonging to its confederation.

The organization said it would continue to co-operate with the authorities to its fullest capacity.

Submit News to CKA News Walk Off the Earth singer booted from plane due to fussy toddler
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:14:44 -0400
The Burlington, Ont.-based musician, who is seven months pregnant, says it happened while she and her nearly two-year-old son were on the tarmac to fly from San Francisco to Vancouver on Wednesday
Submit News to CKA News Toronto mayor calls Action Bronson lyrics 'astonishing, disturbing'
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:12:00 -0400
Toronto Mayor John Tory said he doesn't understand the appeal of an artist visiting the city next month, but will support concert organizers' decision on whether to go ahead with the show.
Submit News to CKA News What of that $15-billion arms deal with the Saudis?
Thu, 28 May 2015 18:06:28 +0000

MPs mostly silent about Canadian-brokered deal with the repressive Middle Eastern regime

The post What of that $15-billion arms deal with the Saudis? appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Submit News to CKA News Former AG employees scored untendered contracts for auditing work
Thu, 28 May 2015 18:02:57 Z
Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s office gave consulting contracts for auditing work to a small group of former employees, with contract values set just below the threshold requiring competitive tendering. A review of the past three years of contracts shows several cases in which former Office of the Auditor General (OAG) employees were brought back to perform audits and […]
Submit News to CKA News FIFA probes could finally bring about a richly deserved reckoning for an embarrassing, scandalous enterprise
Thu, 28 May 2015 18:02:20 Z
Scott Stinson: FIFA’s history of bribery had surpassed peak money
Submit News to CKA News Polls show NDP in three-way tie, but pollsters warn voters not yet engaged
Thu, 28 May 2015 18:01:15 Z
By Bruce Cheadle OTTAWA — “For the first time in Canadian political history, the NDP is in first place in a national public opinion poll.” For newshounds watching the CBC’s national newscast on May 13, 1987, anchor Knowlton Nash’s declaration raised the prospect of a seismic shift in federal politics. Word that New Democrats were […]
Submit News to CKA News Ontario Ombudsman tweets his case to keep his job as the competition piles up
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:57:21 +0000
No fewer than 60 people have applied to be Ontario's next watchdog. In response, current Ombudsman Andre Marin has launched a Twitter campaign to keep his job
Submit News to CKA News Ontario Ombudsman tweets his case to keep his job as the competition piles up
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:57:21 Z
No fewer than 60 people have applied to be Ontario's next watchdog. In response, current Ombudsman Andre Marin has launched a Twitter campaign to keep his job
Submit News to CKA News Upcoming right-to-die legislation prompts MPs to consider their voting rights
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:48:31 Z
OTTAWA — MPs will begin to grapple later Thursday with an issue that’s sure to become a hallmark of the next Parliament: what does one do if a piece of legislation flies in the face of their fundamental beliefs? A Conservative private member’s motion that would allow members of Parliament to vote […]
Submit News to CKA News Canada?s silence on FIFA?s ills speaks volumes
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:47:39 Z
The Canadian Soccer Association has a long, sorry track record of saying little, at least publicly, about FIFA corruption scandals
Submit News to CKA News Canada bars Russia from meeting about weapons of mass destruction
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:47:22 Z
Russia has promised to retaliate for Canada’s “hostile actions” after a Russian delegation was blocked from attending an international conference in Ottawa this week aimed at stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The Conservative government was not immediately commenting on its decision to bar the two Russian officials, which Russia’s foreign affairs ministry […]
Submit News to CKA News Two Alberta women face charges after allegedly taking a three-year-old girl along on a drug deal
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:32:16 +0000
The two women, aged 25 and 26, were arrested and face drug trafficking charges as well as charges under Alberta?s Drug-endangered Children Act
Submit News to CKA News Bulb and bags laws haven't helped environment: Report
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:27:59 -0400

Banning incandescent light bulbs and plastic bags is a waste of time, suggests a new report from the Fraser Institute.
Submit News to CKA News Hundreds of people protest cost-cutting at New Brunswick legislature
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:27:13 -0400
The group included teachers fighting job cuts, and hospital workers upset over plans to privatize some services
Submit News to CKA News Bail hearing for diplomat?s teen son told botched heist led to deadly gunfire
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:26:24 Z
MIAMI — A Canadian diplomat’s son charged with murder watched attentively Wednesday as the prosecution methodically detailed the blood-soaked scene of a double killing in which his elder brother and another man were shot dead. Among exhibits shown at the special bail hearing for Marc Wabafiyebazu was surveillance video showing the frantic 15-year-old surrendering to […]
Submit News to CKA News Recession unavoidable in Alberta this year, Conference Board says
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:24:29 -0400
The Conference Board of Canada says a recession is unavoidable in Alberta this year.
Submit News to CKA News Jenn Jefferys: The tampon tax is unfair
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:15:50 Z
The menstrual cycle is often tied to the cycle of poverty.
Submit News to CKA News American politics? They?ve become a family affair.
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:12:29 +0000

It goes well beyond the Clintons and the Bushes: political families have become a staple of U.S. politics, at every level.

The post American politics? They’ve become a family affair. appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Submit News to CKA News Elections Nova Scotia says it?s investigating NDP mailout in vacant riding
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:11:06 -0400
Spokesman Dana Doiron said Thursday information was received that flyers were sent out sometime in mid-March
Submit News to CKA News Vancouver introduces new smartphone app for city services
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:03:26 Z
In its effort to connect better with its most wired citizens, Vancouver has launched a new app for smartphones that will deliver a range of services.
Submit News to CKA News Fewer Manitoba foster kids in hotels, but might still have to be used: minister
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:02:00 -0400
Manitoba has about 10,000 kids in child welfare and the vast majority are aboriginal
Submit News to CKA News Montreal SPCA investigates after dead kitten found with throat slashed - Toronto Sun
Thu, 28 May 2015 16:54:45 GMT

Toronto Sun

Montreal SPCA investigates after dead kitten found with throat slashed
Toronto Sun
The Montreal SPCA is investigating at least four cases of poisoned and tortured cats in the same area north of the city this year, including a kitten that is believed to have died after its throat was slit and a left limb cut off. A passerby brought the dead male kitten ...
Laval cat killer sought by SPCA after dead kitten foundCBC.ca
SPCA worries of serial cat killer in LavalCTV News
SPCA searching for person who is severely mutilating cats in LavalGlobalnews.ca
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Submit News to CKA News Letters: Our readers on Omar Khadr, BPA and Alberta
Thu, 28 May 2015 16:52:51 +0000

Maclean's readers write in

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Submit News to CKA News Runner-up in vote to be president of Doctors of B.C. asks for recount
Thu, 28 May 2015 16:40:44 Z
The runner-up in the race to lead the organization that represents B.C.'s physicians has asked for a re-count.
Submit News to CKA News As parties feud over CPP, consensus is we're not saving enough
Thu, 28 May 2015 12:34:00 -0400
Federal political parties may be quarrelling over how best to expand the Canada Pension Plan, but they seem to agree on one thing: Canadians should be saving more for retirement.
Submit News to CKA News Cabinet balks at decision to convert commercial ship into naval supply vessel
Thu, 28 May 2015 12:31:00 -0400
For the third time, cabinet has avoided making a decision on whether to convert a commercial supply ship into a naval supply ship.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 15:09:33 EDT

The American author of an investigative book about saturated fats told a Canadian senate committee Thursday the country’s nutritional guidelines are failing citizens, making them obese and diabetic.

“The diet currently advised for Canadians is a low-fat, failed diet,” says Nina Teicholz.

“Is it possible that following the Canadian diet has caused obesity and diabetes?

Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise (Simon & Schuster), a book which eviscerates the current and widely held view that saturated fats found in animal protein are harmful to health, testified during a session of the senate committee on social affairs science and technology about the incidence of obesity in Canada, its “causes, consequences and the way forward.”

During the hour-long session Teicholz explained the findings of her bestselling book, she says, and recent critique of the new, proposed changes to the American nutrition guidelines.

She shone a spotlight on how Canada’s diet — dictated by the current Food Guide, which is similar to the American nutritional guidelines — is “nutritionally insufficient” and that its focus on carbohydrates, including fruits and vegetables, over animal protein is what is making us sick.

She attacked the current view that Canadians are in the throes of an obesity epidemic, she says, because they aren’t following the current nutritional standards and are eating too much junk food. That explanation, she says, “isn’t supported by the data.”

National sugar consumption, according to Statistics Canada, is down 32 per cent, Teicholz told the senate, recommending this country lift its limits on saturated fat — and animal foods — something, she says, would “go a long way to solving the problem.”

In a recent emailed statement to the Star, spokesperson Sean Upton said Health Canada is in the midst of reviewing its current “guidance for consumption (quantity and frequency)” of a variety of foods and that guidance could be updated in the future.

Teicholz was invited to testify as a senate witness a few months ago — her debut book was published last May.

It’s unclear how her testimony will influence potential changes to Canada’s nutritional guidelines, but, says Teicholz, just by “being open to my findings that must imply they are at least open to change.”

Submit News to CKA News ?Density creep? crusaders hit back at developers for bending rules
Thu, 28 May 2015 15:01:53 EDT

Campaigners fighting “density creep” hit back on Thursday at developers they say are bending the rules, days after suffering a severe social media backlash that called them NIMBYs.

Marcia Visser, the Density Creep Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA) group spokesperson, apologized for the original comments and stressed their campaign is against the developers, not the potential new neighbours on Keewatin Ave. in midtown Toronto.

“Developers shouldn’t be allowed to throw away the rule book. It’s not the neighbours who are the elitists,” Visser said.

All 80 units of the Trolleybus Urban Developments proposal would stand 14.6 metres tall. The maximum height permitted under zoning laws in the area is nine metres. Developers propose setbacks of between 6.5 and 7.5 metres from the street. The minimum required by law is nine metres.

Trolleybus still requires city approval. However, the homes are already listed for sale.

The Keewatin Ave. site is part of the city’s Neighbourhoods Action plan, which requires developments to “respect and reinforce the existing physical character of the neighbourhoods” including: the height and dwelling type, the size and configuration of lots and setbacks of buildings from the street.

Visser was adamant that this is not an isolated issue that only affects Keewatin Ave.

“If this proposal is approved, it sets a precedent that developers can throw out the rule book, and this will start happening in neighbourhoods across the city.”

Online ridicule of the DCNA’s Save Our Streets campaign began after group member Lisa Goodwin was quoted in Monday’s Star as “really concerned” that her property value would fall thanks to the influx of houses valued at “only” $500,000 in an 80-unit, four storey townhouse development that would replace eight properties at 200-214 Keewatin Ave. in near Mt. Pleasant Rd. north of Eglinton Ave. E.

Goodwin and Visser were branded prime examples of Nimbyism (Not In My Backyard) for opposing a new development simply because it was nearby. The address Densitycreep.com was even purchased and redirected to the Nimby Wikipedia page.

“I started this initiative because I felt people were not having a voice and there was no local input into this development,” Visser said. “The developers proposals are egregious, overzealous and outside of the official plans.”

She said the group is not trying to prevent development, especially affordable units that could help cure Toronto’s well-documented housing problems. Waiting lists for affordable housing have risen for the past 10 years to a high of 168,000 people waiting four years on average in 2014.

“We want a voice that ensures neighbourhood values of safety and community are maintained,” Visser added. “This is not about property values.”

The lowest priced one-bedroom apartments in Trolleybus’s proposal costs at least $369,000. The majority of condominiums are priced well above the city average of $407,612, and some at more than $1.5 million.

“The developers have been going door-to-door telling people the application has been approved, it is going to happen, and do you want to sell your homes? Every piece of information they were telling residents is untrue.”

Trolleybus say their Keewatin Ave. proposal “provides much needed housing options in Sherwood Park that would otherwise be unattainable for today’s homebuyer.”

A public consultation for the project will be held on June 2.

Of the social media reaction, Visser said, “It was unfortunate. I don’t understand some of the personal, vindictive comments. If you know me and what this community is, the reaction doesn’t reflect that.”

For her part, Goodwin said her concerns were not about property values and she “didn’t even realize I’d said that. It certainly wasn’t my thought.”

Trolleybus has several other projects in the works, including a 10-storey development in Davenport, a luxury townhouse at Bayview Ave. and McKee Ave., a 50-unit project at Old Harwood Ave. in Ajax, multi-unit development at Queen St. E. and Leslie St., 16-storey tower at Eglinton Ave. W., a 25 store, 255-unit property at Church St. and Colborne Lane and 34-storey, 438-unit tower at 155 Redpath Ave.

Submit News to CKA News ?Sexist? tax on tampons stops July 1
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:53:39 EDT

The tax on tampons will end July 1.

The Department of Finance gave notice Thursday that the tax act would be amended to end the tax on feminine hygiene products, beginning July 1.

The move comes after decades of campaigns to end the tax, which opponents called sexist. Earlier this month, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion to call for an end to the tax, but it was not expected to be introduced until the next budget.

The NDP-led proposal was prompted by an online petition campaign begun earlier this year that saw over 70,000 people call for the change.

Jill Piebiak, the organizer of the petition, said she was a bit surprised at how quickly the motion became law, and attributes it to the female Conservative MPs who put pressure on the government to act now, not later.

“We are ecstatic,” she said, noting that today is menstrual hygiene day.

“It’s so exciting to know that on July 1 these products will be more affordable for women.”

Removing the tax has been estimated to cost the government $33 million.

With files from the Canadian Press

Submit News to CKA News Teachers? union needs 'cooling off period' before talks resume: Liz Sandals
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:53:21 EDT

There’s no rush to get back to negotiations with the high school teachers’ union until the dust settles from three illegal strikes, Education Minister Liz Sandals said Thursday.

“I’m fine with having a cooling-off period before we go back to the table with OSSTF,” Sandals told reporters before MPPs voted Thursday on back-to-work legislation for the strikes in Durham, Peel and Sudbury staged by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.

“It’s usually better to talk to people and negotiate when they’re calm rather than when they’re upset. And I think the union executive is probably upset.”

On Tuesday, the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled the strikes illegal, forcing teachers back to work on Wednesday.

But because the ruling put the strikes “on moratorium” for two weeks, the union announced just hours after schools re-opened that teachers would strike again in two weeks.

The back-to-work legislation — which was already in progress — will thwart those plans, and keep students and teachers in class until the end of the school year.

Sandals said chairs of the three school boards were impressed at how smoothly the first day back to school went on Wednesday after the surprise labour board ruling.

“Teachers were being very professional . . . the teachers were engaged, the students were engaged” with the boards saying they hope everyone can “calmly and effectively complete the school year.”

With opposition parties warning the government is taking a hard stance with all teacher unions that will result in system-wide strikes in the fall, Sandals said the government has the summer to reach deals.

“There’s three months before the next school year starts . . . that’s getting way ahead of ourselves.”

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario recently announced it was upping its work-to-rule campaign starting June 1.

Meanwhile, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association sent out a bargaining memo warning of labour disruption in schools come the fall, and advising members to talk to their banks with regards to mortgage and loan payments should a strike be called.

“Given all of the contract strips that are still on the table, and in light of the difficulties confronting our sister affiliates regarding employer intransigence, OECTA continues to prepare for job action in the fall,” said the confidential memo sent to members which also advised teachers not to plan any field trips or extra activities for the 2015-16 school year.

“It will not be business as usual in Ontario Catholic schools in September.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the Liberal government needs to take a different tack in the wake of the three public high school teacher strikes.

“I would hope that the Liberals have learned a lesson from the chaos that they’ve created . . . the kids, the young people, went through some pretty nail-biting time in terms of whether or not they were even going to graduate Grade 12 and be able to go to college or university,” Horwath said.

“This minister needs to get down to business.”

Negotiations have been underway for months with no deals either locally or provincially under a new two-tiered bargaining system and this does not bode well for the future, said Progressive Conservative MPP Garfield Dunlop, his party’s education critic.

“It could possibly create enough chaos in the education system that we would see 2 million students impacted” on Sept. 8,” he said.

Sandals said she is more optimistic than the opposition parties.

“I actually have great faith in the teaching profession that, ultimately, common sense will prevail. We will get the agreements and we will have kids learning.”

Submit News to CKA News Mark Moore trial: What the jury didn't hear about the alleged serial killer
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:21:53 EDT

The jury has begun deliberating whether Mark Moore is responsible for the four cold-blooded murders of Jahmeel Spence, Mike James, Courthney Facey and Carl Cole.

Moore, 31, has pleaded not guilty to each charge.

The Crown has argued that two guns, a 9mm and a .45, link Moore to each shooting in what they call a 75-day killing spree in 2010.

Kevin Williams, a former friend, musical collaborator and partner in crime of Moore’s, also testified that he witnessed Moore gun down James and Facey in a parking lot. Williams said Moore told him “the angel of death” made him do it.

The defence has attempted to discredit the testimony given by Williams, suggesting that he may have been the shooter, not Moore, and that Williams is motivated by self-interest. The defence has also argued Moore was not in the possession of the guns at the alleged times, that guns are routinely borrowed and sold, and that it makes no sense for Moore to keep a gun “with a body on it.”

Unknown to the jury, whatever their verdict, Moore will remain in prison for several years serving a 12-year sentence for committing what a judge called a "brazen and premeditated" $500,000 jewellery heista "brazen and premeditated" $500,000 jewellery heist of the Arax jewellery store on Aug. 9, 2010 with Williams during which he "cold-bloodedly" shot and wounded a clerk.

Here are six more things the jury did not hear about Moore during the trial which began in February:

1. Long Criminal Record: Moore has 40 criminal convictions, including 12 from when he was a youth. Not counting the ten charges related to the Arax robbery, they include two for robbery, one for assault with a weapon, two for assault, three for firearms-related offences, two for drug-related offences and several for failing to comply with court orders. While it was argued at his sentencing hearing for the Arax robbery that Moore being shot in the face at 17 was a large contributor to his life of crime, making him unable to hold a legitimate job, Justice Ian MacDonnell noted that Moore already had a serious criminal record including assault convictions before the shooting.

2. Allegedly beating up a key Crown witness:Moore faces an aggravated assault charge after allegedly attacking Williams in 2013 after the pair were kept in the same holding cell at a courthouse. Williams was taken out of the courthouse on a stretcher.

3. Shooting Naseem Khan: A judge found beyond a reasonable doubt that Moore shot and wounded Khan on Aug. 5, 2010, days before the Arax robbery. This happened in the Greenbrae area, very close to where Spence was fatally shot in September 2010. While Moore was not being tried on a charge of attempted murder, Khan testified during Moore's robbery trial that a friend of his had had a fistfight with Moore's younger brother. Four days later, Moore drove up to Khan and said: "What happened to my brother" before shooting him. The evidence was called to show that Moore had possession of the gun used in the Arax robbery before it happened.

4. Refusing to come to court: In March, after the trial had begun, Moore refused to continue to come to court, accusing the presiding judge, Superior Court Justice Michael Dambrot of bias. In a handwritten letter submitted to the court, Moore objected to the murder charges being tried together in one trial as opposed to separately. He also wrote “it is highly prejudicial” that Justice Dambrot Googled Moore’s name prior to the trial. After Moore attempted to address the jury directly, Dambrot ordered the jury out and Moore to stop. When Moore said he would continue to attempt to address the jury, the trial continued without him present until he chose to return.

5. His mother: Moore’s mother Hyacinth Moore, who has been present in the courtroom through her son’s trial, faces a charge of accessory after the fact in relation to the Arax robbery. She has yet to stand trial.

6. His girlfriend: Moore’s girlfriend Tassandra Whyte also faces a charge of accessory after the fact connected to Jahmeel Spence’s murder. The jury heard that Moore ordered her to get his Honda Civic painted black after the Spence murder. She also has yet to stand trial.

7. His brothers: The jury has heard about Andre Moore, Moore’s older brother, who a jury found was shot and killed in self-defence by Kenya Smith. Moore’s brother Jerome is serving a penitentiary sentence for carjacking. A third brother, Taimone, survived being shot in the stomach at the age of 16 in 2009.

With files from Rosie DiManno

Submit News to CKA News Scotiabank reviewing its soccer sponsorship in wake of FIFA allegations
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:20:09 EDT

CALGARY—One of Canada’s largest banks says it will review its involvement in sponsoring CONCACAF in the wake of corruption allegations against senior FIFA officials.

Scotiabank, which in December signed on as a major sponsor of the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, says it is disturbed by the allegations.

The bank says it couldn’t comment on specifics because the matter is under investigation, but it will review its involvement as more details become available.

The long acronym CONCACAF stands for Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, the governing body for the association in those regions.

CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb was arrested Wednesday in Switzerland on racketeering and bribery charges, one of seven senior FIFA officials apprehended as part of a $150 million (U.S.) bribery and kickback scandal.

FBI agents also raided CONCACAF’s offices in Miami.

CONCACAF said it was deeply concerned by the arrest of several international football officials including those belonging to its confederation.

The organization said it would continue to co-operate with the authorities to its fullest capacity.

Submit News to CKA News Ontario Tories ask police to investigate allegations Hydro One misled government
Thu, 28 May 2015 12:24:55 EDT

Ontario’s opposition parties want a police investigation into allegations that Hydro One misled the government about the extent of billing problems created by a new computer system.

The Progressive Conservatives asked the Ontario Provincial Police for a probe after Ombudsman Andre Marin complained he was misled and lied to by Hydro One officials as he investigated billing problems affecting about 100,000 customers.

“As a result of the ombudsman’s report and remarks, I ask that you direct the Ontario Provincial Police to conduct an investigation into . . . the serious breaches of conduct committed by employees of Hydro One,” PC house leader Steve Clark said in a letter to OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes. “No government organization or the employees who work for them should be above the law.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she’d welcomed a police investigation if it gets to the bottom of what went on at Hydro One, the province’s largest utility which also serves as a local electricity distributor for 1.3 million customers.

“If the OPP are in a situation where they believe this is something that warrants investigation, then I’m all for them investigating what’s happening here,” said Horwath.

Hydro One CEO Carmine Marcello insisted he’s not concerned the Opposition asked police to investigate allegations the utility lied about its billing problems.

“I’m not worried at all because we’ve done nothing wrong,” Marcello said in an interview. “I’m really disappointed that it’s come to this, but the reality is we’ve always co-operated with every single step of the ombudsman’s investigation.”

Marin released a special report Monday on the 10,700 complaints from Hydro One customers about their billing problems, with a chapter called “obstructing the ombudsman,” an offence punishable by a fine or even a jail term.

But the ombudsman rejected the idea of laying charges.

“We’d have to build a new courthouse because there are a lot of people that you’d have to charge,” Marin said.

Marcello said he’s concerned about the impact of the ombudsman’s allegations on Hydro One workers who face “unfounded comments that question the integrity of the organization, which I think is really sad.” A police investigation will prove Hydro One did not mislead the government, added Marcello

“The truth will set you free, and if it this is what it takes, then so be it,” he said.

The Conservatives also want the Speaker to find Hydro One in contempt of the legislature for misleading the ombudsman because he was investigating billing complaints raised by MPPs, who were acting on behalf of their constituents.

The Ombudsman will lose oversight of Hydro One once the budget bill passes, approving the Liberals’ plans to sell 60 per cent of the utility to the private sector.

The New Democrats, meanwhile, said the Liberals should get approval from Ontario voters before selling Hydro One. Premier Kathleen Wynne used “weasel words” in last year’s election campaign about provincial assets but never said she would sell Hydro One, said Horwath.

“I am putting the premier on notice that the people of this province, the people who own Hydro One, are demanding a referendum,” she said.

Submit News to CKA News Why are people dying in India?s heat wave?
Thu, 28 May 2015 12:12:19 EDT

HYDERABAD, INDIA—Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers . . . Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool amid a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.

Officials warned people to stay out of the sun, cover their heads and drink plenty of water, but India’s widespread poverty was forcing many to work despite the high temperatures.

Many of the victims are believed to be homeless people, construction workers and labourers unable to find shelter from the conditions, reported Britain’s The Independent.

“Either we have to work, putting our lives under threat, or we go without food,” farmer Narasimha in the badly hit Nalgonda district of southern Andhra Pradesh state told Associated Press. “But we stop work when it becomes unbearable.”

In the city of Nizamabad, 150 km north of the state capital of Hyderabad, construction workers were still on the job.

“If I don’t work due to the heat, how will my family survive?” said Mahalakshmi, who earns a daily wage of about $3.10.

Elderly people and young children are also at a greater risk of succumbing to dehydration or heat stroke.

Most of the 1,412 heat-related deaths so far have occurred in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Telangana, where temperatures have soared up to 47C, according to government figures.

Among the most vulnerable were the elderly and the poor, many of whom live in slums or farm huts with no access to air-conditioners or sometimes even shady trees.

Science news website LiveScience suggests that the death toll may be vastly underestimated:

  • Thousands more may have died as a result of the blistering conditions but their deaths might not have been attributed to the heat wave
  • Heat waves can be especially harsh on people with pre-existing health conditions, such as heart disease and dehydration
  • People who die as a result of heat don’t necessarily die of heatstroke or heat rash. Instead, they die of heart attacks, kidney failure, dehydration or other medical conditions that were exacerbated by the heat.
  • India may be more prone to undercounting because authorities rely on death certificates to ascertain the cause of death. The homeless and those with no property to dispense are often not issued death certificates.
  • Cooling monsoon rains were expected to arrive next week in the southern state of Kerala and gradually work their way northward in coming weeks, the Associated Press reported.

    Until then, volunteers were passing out pouches of salted buttermilk or raw onions, both thought to be hydrating. People used handkerchiefs and scarves to block searing winds and stifling air from their faces.

    Submit News to CKA News Takata airbag recall hits 1.2 million vehicles in Canada
    Thu, 28 May 2015 12:07:59 EDT

    The federal government says an expanded recall of faulty Takata airbags covers about 1.2 million vehicles in Canada.

    Transport Canada says the recall affects models from Honda, BMW, Ford and Chrysler from the years 2001 to 2014.

    The list of affected vehicles posted online by Transport Canada includes the Honda Civic, Accord and CR-V, Chrysler products including the Dodge Ram and the Chrysler 300, BMW sedans and the X5, and Ford’s Ranger and Mustang.

    The majority of the affected models are from the 2001 to 2011 model years, although more recent Ford Mustang models are also affected.

    The Takata airbag recall began in 2008 over concerns that airbag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel into drivers or passengers when deployed.

    American regulators say six people have been killed and more than 100 injured due to the problem, though Transport Canada says it has no reports of any deaths or injuries in Canada from consumers or auto manufacturers.

    Last week, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Takata agreed to declare 33.8 million airbags in the U.S. defective, triggering the largest auto recall in history.

    The full list of the 1,242,111 vehicles included in the expanded recall can be found on Ottawa’s HealthyCanadians.ca website, while a list of affected models in older recalls for the same issue can be found on Transport Canada’s website.

    Affected vehicles include Honda’s Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V, Pilot, Element, and Ridgeline models; Acura’s TL, CL, MDX, and 1.7EL models; Chrysler’s Aspen and 300 models; Dodge’s Charger, Magnum, Ram, Dakota, and Durango models; Ford’s Ranger and Mustang models; as well as BMW’s X5 and 3-series and 5-series models.

    Consumers in Canada and the United States have launched class-action lawsuits against automakers and Japan-based Takata Corp. for failing to provide timely warnings about the problem.

    The first recall for issues with Takata airbags in Canada came in 2008. It included 91,447 vehicles involving two Acura models and two Honda models produced in 2001 and 2002.

    That recall expanded in 2010 to include more model years as well as Honda CRVs and Odysseys produced in 2002.

    In 2013 and 2014, vehicles from Mazda, Toyota, General Motors, Nissan, BMW, and Subaru were added to the recall, as well as more Honda models.

    Chrysler Canada reported a voluntary recall of more than 258,000 vehicles in January.

    Submit News to CKA News Ranked ballots coming to Ontario cities
    Thu, 28 May 2015 11:06:48 EDT

    Ontario municipalities will have the option of using a radically different system to elect mayors and councillors in 2018, but ranked ballot voting will not be offered to school boards yet.

    Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin on Thursday kicked off voting reform public consultations but vowed ranked ballots — with residents ranking their choices, rather than opting for one candidate — will be made available to municipality that wants to use it.

    McMeekin said he hopes that, after the province passes enabling legislation, municipalities consider using the system which he predicted will inject more diversity into local councils and make campaigns more civil, because candidates will not want to alienate their rivals’ supporters.

    Toronto looks on track to embrace the system, which could radically change both the campaign itself and the results. City council endorsed it during the previous term and, shortly after McMeekin’s morning announcement, Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard) confirmed his support for the change.

    Under the current “first-past-the-post” system, whoever gets the most votes wins. In Toronto races with multiple competitive candidates, councillors take office with as little as 17 per cent support. Many are elected with fewer than half the votes.

    With ranked ballots, voters select candidates in order of preference.

    If no candidate gets a majority of first-place votes, the one with lowest support is knocked out of the race and their second-place votes redistributed. The runoff continues until there is a winner with majority support.

    McMeekin said that, for now, the option will not be extended to school board elections because of some logistical hurdles.

    That means if, Toronto council adopts the system, voters could face a ballot with both systems — ranked choices for councillors and a single choice for school trustees.

    McMeekin said the wider municipal electoral reform will include municipal finance rules, third party advertising and how election rules are enforced.

    Michael Urban of Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto said in an interview that he optimistic the public feedback will be positive.

    Once approved, he said, the biggest challenge is for Toronto officials to execute the election well so the public does not sour on the system.

    The public consultation ends July 27.

    Submit News to CKA News Toronto bids goodbye to Captain John's
    Thu, 28 May 2015 10:36:00 EDT

    Waterfront resident Ed Hore had the best seat in the harbour Thursday as a giant piece of Toronto history was hauled away with surprising speed and grace from the Yonge St. slip where it’s been a fixture for 40 years.

    “We’re pretty fed up with Captain John’s, so we’re glad to see it go,” said Hore, a Yonge St. condo resident who manoeuvered his kayak as close as possible to record the rusting relic’s final moments on Toronto’s waterfront.

    Hundreds came by foot and boat to Queens Quay for the sunny, warm send-off of the ship, the Jadran, for many reasons: to salute the end of an era, to say good riddance, or simply to be there if something went wrong with the delicate operation.

    But nothing did.

    “It went perfectly, just like it’s supposed to,” said Wayne Elliott in a phone call from the middle of Lake Ontario, a veteran ship scrapper with more than 100 ships under his belt.

    For a brief time, there was concern that mounting winds might delay the move again. But just after 10:30 a.m., as planned, super tug Jarrett began to pull on a harness attached to the stern and a cheer went up from folks crowded around the watery slip or watching from condo balconies as the ship smoothly edged out of her long-time berth.

    As a police boat escort kept onlookers on kayaks, sailboats, water taxis and pleasure craft back from the hulking ship, the two tugs worked in tandem to pull the ship — which has been moored for decades with her bow pointing up Yonge St. — into the harbour and turn her around.

    The whole carefully choreographed dance on water took less than 15 minutes, and just a surprisingly few minutes more before the 90-metre ship was headed for the Eastern Gap, the open waters of Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal.

    Manning the bow, dressed in his full, faux naval uniform and waving goodbye with his captain’s hat, was “Captain” John Letnik. He was invited by Marine Recycling Corp. to accompany his beloved ship, along with a scrapping crew of seven, to its final resting place in Port Colborne.

    As a tearful Letnik, 76, prepared to board just before 10.30 a.m., he told reporters: “I gave the City of Toronto and my family all I could. The hardest part is going to be leaving the ship tomorrow (at the Port Colborne scrapyard), but life goes on.”

    Before the ship began its last voyage — with a crowd of onlookers much like the one that greeted it at the front on Yonge St. back in 1975 after its 16-day trip from Yugoslavia — civic officials put years of legal battles and bad blood behind them.

    Harbour master Angus Armstrong and Councillor Norm Kelly (open Norm Kelly's policard) thanked Letnik for his contribution to the city as a pioneering tourist attraction back in the days before there was really anything to do on the waterfront.

    Armstrong presented Letnik with a framed black-and-white photo of the captain in front of the ship back in the 1970s to commemorate the decommissioning of the Jadran, and thanked him for “a

    mission well-served and not soon forgotten.”

    “Thanks very much for all the memories,” said Armstrong in front of a media crowd.

    Kelly called the Jadran “an integral part of this waterfront” and lamented that it couldn’t have been saved, despite all the efforts to gentrify the eastern waterfront.

    “It’s something that is really unique, it’s really different. I think the city has lost something really important, and I regret that.”

    The final voyage came after years of legal wrangling, two court-ordered auctions and a two-day delay this week because of high winds.

    In a send-off message of their own, City of Toronto tax officials sent Letnik a letter — it arrived the day before the ship sailed — reminding him that he still owes $814,656.12 in back property taxes.

    Lined up along Queens Quay, cameras in hand, were onlookers like John Brazys, who last ate on the ship back in 2006, long after its heydays as a fine-dining seafood restaurant were behind it.

    “It was very traditional and the food wasn’t very good, I have to be honest, but we’d seen the ship there for so long we thought we had to try it out,” Brazys said.

    Veteran water taxi captain Ralph McQuinn spent his morning on the water, keen to be as up-close as possible as history headed for the horizon.

    “It’s something to see, it’s so cool,” said McQuinn, who’s operated on the water for 20 years. “I never thought I’d ever see this day.”

    By sunset, the Jadran was expected to be part way through the 43-kilometre Welland Canal on its way to the scrapyard where, in the coming weeks, it will be cut into tiny, recyclable pieces and resurrected as a range of things, from razors to new cars.

    The move is expected to cost more than $500,000.

    Submit News to CKA News Foreign military personnel eligible for half-price booze at LCBO
    Thu, 28 May 2015 05:00:00 EDT

    Foreign military personnel are entitled to half-price booze at the LCBO, the Star has learned.

    It’s the latest revelation on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s little-known discount programs.

    According to LCBO records, some 181 officers and enlisted men and women from other countries on official duty in Canada can walk into specific locations and pay 49 per cent of what everyone else in Ontario does.

    Ken Rubin, an Ottawa-based investigative researcher and a leading access-to-information activist, obtained details on the discount through provincial freedom-of-information legislation and shared them with the Star.

    The documents show that over a six-year period beginning 2007-08, foreign military personnel assigned to temporary duties in Canada saved almost $850,000 from their booze purchases, which was lost revenue for the LCBO and, in turn, less money for the province.

    “LCBO is obligated to provide the discount, pursuant to the Visiting Forces and Visiting Forces Personnel Alcoholic Beverages Remission Order, a regulation under the Federal government’s Administration Act,” the LCBO stated in an email to the Star.

    The rules, however, appear to vary according to jurisdiction.

    British Columbia, for example, offers what it calls a “comparable” discount. But BC Liquor Distribution Branch spokeswoman April Kemick said “the reduced rate for visiting military personnel is applied very rarely in B.C.

    “Last year, there were only 13 customers that placed orders under this reduced rate,” she added.

    And discounts don’t apply everywhere. Renaud Dugas, a spokesperson for the Société des alcools du Québec, said there is no such discount on alcohol for visiting military personnel at that province’s government-owned liquor stores.

    Ontario’s deal for military personnel is the same kind of discount enjoyed by embassies and consulates as reported in the Toronto Star earlier this month. Over the past couple of years diplomatic consumption has cost the LCBO $1.4 million in lost revenue.

    The LCBO has refused the Star’s application requesting access to details of alcohol purchases made by individual embassies, consulates, consular posts and/or their agent, including what was purchased and the specific costs.

    Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the whopping discounts on booze in a cash-strapped province raise some red flags for him.

    “The federal government obligates the LCBO to provide the discount . . . but we are asking the questions (of the requirement) as well,” Sousa said, adding he will be looking into what other jurisdictions do.

    The Star learned that military personnel attached to NATO in Belgium, for example, do not pay Belgium income tax and are forgiven the tax on alcohol when they buy their booze at base “rationed items” stores.

    NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said it is difficult to understand how the LCBO can hand out discounts to some groups or individuals visiting Canada while Ontario taxpayers pay full freight.

    “The government is doing a review of the LCBO . . . to get more value out of the LCBO so this is one of those things that needs to be looked at. These are the kinds of giveaways that really don’t add that much value,” Horwath said.

    The LCBO, however, defended the practice of offering the discounts to both military and diplomatic personnel, saying they are only abiding by federal or international statutes.

    “Based on federal legislation and international agreements that have been in place for decades, the LCBO does have a separate pricing structure for NATO personnel and embassies that does allow them to purchase alcohol at a rate that is less than retail customers,” the LCBO stated in a letter to Rubin.

    While the LCBO call it a NATO liquor permit, it actually applies to all visiting military personnel.

    Under the federal regulation “visiting forces personnel” means any member of visiting forces who is the holder of an authorized identification card issued by the Minister of National Defence and who is present in Canada on official duty. It does not include members on duty at a diplomatic mission.

    Canadian Forces Lt.-Col Jay Janzen, attached to NATO headquarters in Belgium, told the Star there are no NATO staff in Canada, but explained that foreign armed forces personnel are often incorrectly described as being from NATO — in most cases because they originate from one of the 28 NATO member countries.

    LCBO noted the discounted purchases are subject to a monthly limit. It can range as high as 36 bottles of wine alone a month.

    “These purchases are subject to quantity limits which are based on rank and NATO cardholders are allowed one purchase per month tax-free at the store designated on their permit,” LCBO spokeswoman Genevieve Tomney said in an email.

    The following are the monthly entitlements at 49 per cent of list price for those with so-called NATO permits:

  • An officer can purchase 9,120 millilitres of spirits, 27,360 ml of wine and 288 bottles of beer.
  • A warrant officer/sergeant can buy 4,560 ml of spirits, 13,680 ml of wine and 144 bottles of beer.
  • A corporal can buy 2,280 ml of spirits, 6,840 ml of wine and 72 bottles of beer.
  • “NATO permits are valid for one fiscal year and an annual administration fee is required before each card is issued. When NATO personnel are no longer stationed in Ontario they are required to return the card to LCBO,” Tomney said.

    The current number of NATO personnel currently authorized to make a purchase is 181, but the number has been over 200 in past years.

    The LCBO and Sousa stressed that the booze discount is not available to any person working for federal, provincial or municipal governments.

    Submit News to CKA News Irish gay marriage vote ?a defeat for humanity,? Vatican says
    Wed, 27 May 2015 20:08:56 EDT

    VATICAN CITY—The Vatican’s secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a “defeat for humanity,” evidence of the soul-searching going on in Catholic circles after the predominantly Roman Catholic country overwhelmingly rejected traditional church teaching on marriage.

    Cardinal Pietro Parolin said he was saddened by the landslide decision, in which more than 62 per cent of Irish voters said “yes,” despite church teaching that marriage is only between a man and woman.

    In comments to reporters Tuesday evening, Parolin referred to remarks by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, that the results showed the church needed to do a “reality check” since it clearly wasn’t reaching young people with its message.

    “I don’t think you can speak only about a defeat for Christian principles, but a defeat for humanity,” he said.

    The Catholic Church in Ireland has lost much of its moral authority following widespread sex abuse scandals and a general secularization of society. Martin himself called the vote part of a “social revolution” that required the church to look at whether it had “drifted completely away from young people.”

    Pope Francis hasn’t commented directly on the Irish results, but on Wednesday he stressed traditional church teaching on marriage as being between man and woman. Francis has dedicated his weekly general audience catechism lessons to family issues, so Wednesday’s remarks about the importance of the period of engagement before a marriage were perfectly in line with the themes he has been stressing for months.

    Francis said couples should use their engagements to really get to know one another, acknowledging that they may know one another “intimately,” and even live together, but don’t truly know one another.

    During the period of engagement, he said, “The man learns about women by learning about this woman, his fiancée, while the woman learns about men by learning about this man, her fiancé.”

    Francis’s weekly catechism lessons are part of his two-year study on family issues that will culminate in October when bishops from around the world gather to discuss better ways to minister to today’s Catholics. At their preliminary meeting last fall, bishops stressed the need to better welcome gays into the church, but ruled out gay marriage.

    As archbishop of Buenos Aires, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio fought hard and unsuccessfully to block Argentina from becoming the first country in South America to legalize gay marriage.

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    John Ivison: The copyright bill has a number of provisions that are far less favourable to Canada’s performers and creators, who are about to see take a big hit to their pocket-books
    Submit News to CKA News Election buzz, stale rhetoric ? Parliament has deja vu all over again
    Tue, 01 Feb 2011 11:42:28 Z
    John Ivison: If you missed Question Period Monday, don’t worry — you have a golden opportunity to miss it again Tuesday
    Submit News to CKA News Death of Personal Responsibility: Think outside the lunchbox
    Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:50:39 Z
    Neil Seeman: So what should the role of the state be in combating obesity? It’s time to think outside of the lunchbox, and try a whole new idea: healthy living vouchers, or HLVs
    Submit News to CKA News Don?t give Quebec a nickel
    Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:57:55 Z
    Jonathan Kay: If Harper says no to the Bloc's demands, he will be going to the voters as a man of principle who stood his ground on a subject far more important to this country than corporate tax rates
    Submit News to CKA News Stelmach more than a victim of changing attitudes
    Wed, 26 Jan 2011 03:38:13 Z
    Kevin Libin: Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach bet the fortune of his party’s unparalleled political dynasty on a leadership strategy that failed to pan out
    Submit News to CKA News Dave Taylor a mixed blessing for fledgling Alberta Party
    Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:34:30 Z
    Kevin Libin: The addition of former Liberal MLA Dave Taylor to the Alberta party gives it a legitimacy boost, but does the outspoken former radio personality fit with the party's post-partisan dreams?
    Submit News to CKA News Playing by China's rules
    Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:21:17 Z
    Rex Murphy: China has reached an agreement with the Newfoundland government to begin the importation of seal and seal products into its potentially vast market. This is both very good and rare news for Newfoundland sealers
    Submit News to CKA News Canada: Nanny AND wimpy state?
    Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:08:14 Z
    Before, there actually had to be a violent protest before public institutions caved in and cancelled controversial events. Now, a group of unhinged zealots make a couple of angry phone calls and – poof! – they silence free speech and free assembly
    Submit News to CKA News Executives probably not swayed by Liberal tax plan
    Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:54:00 Z
    Scott Stinson: It’s a safe bet that Mr. Ignatieff did not win many converts with his tax-increase sales pitch to Canadian executives on Tuesday. This is not a great surprise
    Submit News to CKA News Conservatives missed the call for more civilized debate
    Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:58:11 Z
    Kelly McParland: The federal Conservatives’ brain trust must have been somewhere else when President Barack Obama delivered his speech in Arizona last week, calling for greater civility in political debate.
    Submit News to CKA News Harper's five years: Canadians better off, even if they don't feel it
    Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:21:36 Z
    John Ivison: Jan. 23 marks the fifth anniversary of Stephen Harper’s 2006 election victory and in early February, he will pass Lester B. Pearson’s time in office to become Canada’s 11th longest-serving Prime Minister

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