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Submit News to CKA News Toronto flood watch in effect for the weekend
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:13:53 +0000
A flood watch in effect since early Friday morning could lead to worsening conditions for already vulnerable areas
Submit News to CKA News Potent opioid carfentanil ?likely? detected in N.S. street drugs: chief medical officer
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:45:34 -0400
Dr. Robert Strang confirmed that drugs seized by police earlier this month have a high probability of containing carfentanil, used by veterinarians to sedate elephants and other large mammals
Submit News to CKA News Oops! Nunavut, Parks Canada reveal secret map of Franklin shipwreck
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:37:05 -0400

Secrecy has surrounded the discoveries of the doomed ships of the Franklin Expedition since they were found — HMS Erebus in 2014 and Terror in 2016.First, former prime minister Stephen Harper insisted on revealing the Erebus find personally in a controlled photo-op. No questions allowed.
Submit News to CKA News Toronto transit driver suspended after failing drug test
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:27:28 -0400

A Toronto transit driver has failed a test — the first driver to fail since the Toronto Transit Commission introduced random drug testing.
Submit News to CKA News Rents in Ontario can be hiked 1.8% next year without needing approvals
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:26:18 -0400

Landlords in Ontario will be able to increase rents up to 1.8% next year, as rent controls are expanded under the Liberal government's housing plan.
Submit News to CKA News Kingston man charged for driving rental car into river
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:25:39 -0400

Vehicle fully submerged 23 metres from shore
Submit News to CKA News 'Stock up, just in case,' says union leader as LCBO strike deadline looms
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:23:43 -0400

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the union representing its workers say they are planning to work around the clock to prevent a strike ahead of Canada Day, but the union president says consumers, bars and restaurants would be wise to stock up this weekend, just in case.
Submit News to CKA News Bill Morneau to attend Washington wedding of U.S. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:23:02 Z
Morneau and Mnuchin have met half a dozen times, with the Canadian brokering a deal to water down trade language in Mnuchin's first international forum as secretary
Submit News to CKA News How long-range snipers do their job
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:02:41 +0000

After a record-setting shot by a Canadian sniper in Iraq, we look at the physics and intuition of extreme, long-range shooting

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Submit News to CKA News Does PrEP, an HIV-preventing drug, make sense for gay men?
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:49:42 +0000

PrEP is being sold as a way to give gay men peace of mind?but it may not be as risk-free or socially responsible as it seems

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Submit News to CKA News Stolen Dawson City 'sour toe' returned to its rightful owner
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:24:22 Z
DAWSON CITY, Yukon — A mummified human toe that is the key ingredient in a strange drinking ritual in Dawson City is back where it belongs. RCMP in the Yukon city say the shrivelled, brown toe that was stolen last weekend has been returned to its rightful owner. The toe, which is used in the […]
Submit News to CKA News What weak inflation means for Canadian consumers
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:23:13 +0000

Econ-o-metric: Inflation isn't an issue for most of us, so the Bank of Canada won't rush to raise interest rates

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Submit News to CKA News Remote Ontario First Nation in ?shock? after third girl kills herself
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:03:41 -0400
Wapekeka First Nation declared a state of emergency this week, noting the community desperately need help
Submit News to CKA News Canada 150: Vancouver Art Gallery?s five B.C. art works for nation?s birthday
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:00:42 Z
From the Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection of more than 12,000 works, five have been chosen by Daina Augaitis, chief curator and associate director.
Submit News to CKA News Editor of Your Ward News ? the paper Canada Post is banned from delivering ? facing criminal charge
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:42:46 Z
The publication, which is posted online, routinely contains articles maligning women, Jews, Muslims and the LGBTQ community
Submit News to CKA News What we can learn from the social problems behind the Grenfell Tower fire
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:25:05 +0000

The Grenfell Tower fire shows that the silencing of social-housing residents on decisions that affect their daily lives can have deadly consequences

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Submit News to CKA News In Northern Ontario, an Indigenous pupil finds hope for success with a coach in her corner
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:21:39 -0400
For some Indigenous students, graduating from high school seems like an impossible dream. Bur a school district in Northern Ontario has found a way to help many finish their studies
Submit News to CKA News Why Donovan Bailey?s 1996 gold is an iconic moment in sports
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:50:59 +0000

Understanding the sprinter's record-setting victory as Canada's top athletic achievement

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Submit News to CKA News Trudeau remembers victims of terrorism
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:43:47 Z
On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.
Submit News to CKA News P.E.I. Midget AA player gets 30 days in jail for punching referee
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:39:25 -0400

An 18-year-old hockey player from P.E.I. who punched a referee twice in the face, cutting his lip, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Submit News to CKA News LCBO offers extended hours at ?select? locations ahead of Monday strike deadline
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:37:40 +0000
Ontario's provincial liquor retailer is embroiled in tough negotiations with OPSEU, the union representing its employees and which could legally go on strike midnight Monday
Submit News to CKA News David and his husband wanted kids of their own. They didn?t plan to set a legal precedent
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:14:02 +0000
David McKinstry and his husband made history as the first Canadian same sex couple to legally co-adopt their children, but getting there was a long struggle
Submit News to CKA News A Canadian-made plane caused all those hot-weather flight delays in Phoenix: airline
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:07:36 +0000
Boeing and Airbus planes flew fine throughout the heat wave, but pilots cannot fly the Bombardier CRJ in extreme weather
Submit News to CKA News The ultra-Canadian goods that people buy and hawk online
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:19:40 +0000

We asked eBay to crunch the numbers on some of the ultra-Canadian goods people have bought and sold on the site over the years

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Submit News to CKA News How NATO is getting serious about Russia
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:16:27 +0000

Battle-hardened troops are massing in Eastern Europe with a clear mission: Send a message to Putin

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Submit News to CKA News In rare display of unity, opposition hammers Trudeau on ?cold-hearted? autism funding decision
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:06:04 +0000
In May the Liberals voted down a private member?s motion, tabled by Conservative MP Mike Lake, that called on the government to fund the partnership
Submit News to CKA News B.C. woman can file suit against Facebook in Canada, says Supreme Court
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:15:24 +0000

Deborah Douez wants to file a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, but the company had argued she would have to pursue the case in California

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Submit News to CKA News Senate defies House of Commons, delays Indian Act update past July deadline
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:12:12 +0000
The government?s answer to a court decision that highlighted sex-based inequities in the Indian Act, will not be able to pass into law before a July 3 deadline
Submit News to CKA News Trudeau urged to pressure North Korea to free Canadian pastor in wake of American?s death
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:00:14 +0000
After the shocking death of a former prisoner of North Korea, the Lim family is urging Canada to save the Ontario pastor from a similar fate
Submit News to CKA News Supreme Court gives thumbs-up to privacy lawsuit against Facebook
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:59:30 -0400
Case that centres on how Canadians can protect their privacy rights on social media can be heard in British Columbia, court rules
Submit News to CKA News Meet the great-great-great-great-granddaughters of Confederation
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:00:37 +0000

From a teen with a Céline Dion connection to a skiing daredevil, Meagan Campbell meets the descendants of Canada's founders

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Submit News to CKA News Eric Lipton talks Russia, Trump, and the New York Times expansion into Canada
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:50:47 Z
The Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter sat down with Postmedia in Calgary on June 20
Submit News to CKA News Boy faces second-degree murder charge in killing of 18-year-old woman in Halifax area
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:48:13 +0000
Chelsie Probert was found in medical distress on a north end Dartmouth pathway. A sixteen-year-old was arrested on Thursday
Submit News to CKA News Trump admits: There are no Comey tapes
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:42:39 +0000

Trump says he 'did not make, and do not have, any such recordings', goes on Fox News to explain motivation of initial tweets

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Submit News to CKA News Varcoe: Air travel complaints take off in not-so-friendly skies
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:22:09 Z
Lost luggage. Lack of legroom. Long security lineups. There are myriad reasons why Canadians can grow frustrated taking a flight. A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute underscores some of the anxiety passengers encounter when catching a plane — and an inkling of what’s driving incoming federal legislation to address the matter. According to […]
Submit News to CKA News Nunavut complains that federal scientists took Franklin artifacts without permission
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:40:14 +0000
The Nunavut Premier's protest ? in a letter directly to Justin Trudeau ? adds ownership disputes to an archeological search already plagued by bad blood
Submit News to CKA News Toronto-born son of Russian spies has Canadian citizenship restored
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:11:52 -0400
The long-awaited Federal Court of Appeal decision in Alexander Vavilov?s favour is the latest twist in an intriguing espionage saga that spans continents and cultures
Submit News to CKA News Arab states issue list of demands to Qatar
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:36:08 +0000

The 13-point list includes demand to end Turkey's military presence in Qatar ? a demand Turkey has already rejected

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Submit News to CKA News The Canada150 Quiz Countdown trivia test: Day 143!
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:26 +0000

In 2001, who became the first former prime minister to march in a Pride parade in Canada? This and more in our daily trivia quiz about Canada!

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Submit News to CKA News Panel provides guidelines for safe cannabis use
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0400
Group advises users to avoid breath-holding, suggests alternatives to smoking
Submit News to CKA News Toronto-born son of Russian spies wins fight to regain Canadian citizenship
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:00:55 +0000
'I will always consider myself to be Canadian. It is the only culture I can associate with, and has been a cornerstone of my identity, even after these events'
Submit News to CKA News Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:42:08 +0000
BOISE, Idaho — Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound (362,877-kilogram) landmark change locations. Especially one that’s alive. But workers in Idaho will attempt just that starting Friday. A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago is now in the way of a hospital’s […]
Submit News to CKA News ?Drunken Fool? apologizes for stealing Yukon bar?s famous toe and mails it back to owner
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:21:38 +0000
'I?m deeply sorry, I was way to drunk and lost my mind celebrating a special Yukon date,' the note reads. 'I returned it as fast as possible and not damaged'
Submit News to CKA News What does it mean to be Canadian?
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:33 +0000

Here are a few of the things that define Canadians, according to Canadians.

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Submit News to CKA News Air India bombing anniversary brings frustrating memories
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:04:56 Z
Relatives of some Air India bombing victims say they feel like a forgotten part of the country’s history as Canada marks its 150th birthday next week. And they say they are no longer being kept informed about the ongoing RCMP investigation into the June 23, 1985, terrorist attack. “Canada has forgotten the Canadians that were lost,” […]
Submit News to CKA News The foul cynicism of Christy Clark?s speech from the throne
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:48:01 +0000

Why the doomed B.C. Liberals' Throne Speech?gruesomely stitched together from the platforms of the party's rivals?was insidious and dangerous

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Submit News to CKA News Advancing women?s equality could mean a windfall for all Canadians
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:28:47 +0000

Addressing Canada?s largest gender gaps could be worth $150 billion to Canada's GDP by 2026. Here's how it could happen.

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Submit News to CKA News Saskatchewan health director resigns over social media posts mocking Trudeau, Mexicans
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:04:05 +0000
Donald Rae was appointed to Saskatchewan's new provincial health authority board just over a week ago
Submit News to CKA News Text with slur from government representative outrages southern Alberta First Nation
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:00:45 +0000
The incident occurred last week during an AHS seminar for educators working on the Kainai First Nation, also known as the Blood Tribe
Submit News to CKA News Ex-MP Dean Del Mastro released from jail as second appeal on election charges heard
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:56:43 +0000
In some cases ? such as this one ? appellants are held in jail, as a condition of their bail, while an appeal takes place in court

Canadian Editorial/Opinion Newswatch

Submit News to CKA News The foul cynicism of Christy Clark?s speech from the throne
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:48:01 +0000

Why the doomed B.C. Liberals' Throne Speech?gruesomely stitched together from the platforms of the party's rivals?was insidious and dangerous

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Submit News to CKA News Advancing women?s equality could mean a windfall for all Canadians
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:28:47 +0000

Addressing Canada?s largest gender gaps could be worth $150 billion to Canada's GDP by 2026. Here's how it could happen.

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Submit News to CKA News Canada is seen as a global human rights beacon?but not so much, at home
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:27:00 +0000

As Canada works to protect human rights in the world, we have to acknowledge the failures at home, even as we fete Canada 150

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Submit News to CKA News The barriers for Indigenous women in entrepreneurship
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:40:02 +0000

Nicole Robertson on her firsthand experiences of the unique challenges of starting a small business as an Indigenous woman

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Submit News to CKA News The Liberals are getting in their own way on gender equality in science
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:17:01 +0000

A lack of gender equality in science is holding Canada back. When will the government take real action?

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Submit News to CKA News Why Canadians are closer to losing their news than they think
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:21:16 +0000

The depth of Canada?s media problem is only truly visible by looking at the country's most popular news access point: Facebook

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Submit News to CKA News Why some Indigenous people are calling out Canada 150
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:48:45 +0000

Many Indigenous people across the country will not be celebrating Canada?s 150th birthday this July ? here?s why.

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Submit News to CKA News The power?and the violence?of being an Indigenous trans woman
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:30:02 +0000

In the Anishinaabe worldview, being Two-Spirited is holy. In Western culture, being transgender is anything but. A poet digs into the differences

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Submit News to CKA News The roses and the thorns of Canada?s new national security bill
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:35:25 +0000

It's far from perfect. But Bill C-59 is landmark legislation that appears to be an improvement over the Conservatives' Bill C-51

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Submit News to CKA News Saskatchewan?s Brad Wall problem
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:49:41 +0000

For years, Brad Wall has tied a vision of a New Saskatchewan to his stewardship. What will happen now, as his popularity plunges?

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Submit News to CKA News For transgender Canadians, Bill C-16 is symbolic?yet meaningful
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:51:37 +0000

The passage of Bill C-16 is a victory for transgender Canadians. But here's why more work still needs to be done.

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Submit News to CKA News Proposing amendments isn?t Senate activism. It?s the Senate?s job.
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:55:51 +0000

No, the Senate isn't obstructing the House of Commons?and casting its actions as unprecedented activism is ahistorical

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Submit News to CKA News Politicians can?t let another year of hate crimes pass without action
Sat, 17 Jun 2017 20:33:26 +0000

Hate crimes against Muslims have spiked?while Black and Jewish Canadians continue to be assailed. What can politicians do?

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Submit News to CKA News Why the salaries of staffers in the Prime Minister?s Office matter
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:34:41 +0000

PMO staffer salaries always come down to politics. But the talk around Trudeau's staffers' pay has the potential to cause a problem.

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Submit News to CKA News Will Canada?s feminist foreign-aid program work?
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:32:32 +0000

A closer look at the federal government's new international assistance program, now oriented with women at its centre

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Submit News to CKA News The Canada most people don?t hear
Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:02:26 +0000

Four Indigenous writers respond to what they say is a ?counterproductive? piece in Maclean's

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Submit News to CKA News Amarjeet Sohi responds: What is Canada?s infrastructure bank for?
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:42:55 +0000

Canada's infrastructure minister rebuts Pierre Poilievre's criticisms of the Liberals' proposed new federal infrastructure bank

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Submit News to CKA News The people left behind by Trudeau?s promised nation-to-nation relationship
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:14:21 +0000

The feds' talk around Bill S-3 reveals Indigenous women and children are being ignored in discussions on Indian status

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Submit News to CKA News Who will stand up for Canadian beer drinkers?
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:40:08 +0000

The beer lobby is fighting a tax that would make your brews cost more. But beer drinkers are actually the yeast of its concerns.

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Submit News to CKA News What is Canada?s infrastructure bank for?
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 21:23:44 +0000

Pierre Poilievre on the risk of loan guarantees as part of Canada's new infrastructure bank's operations

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Submit News to CKA News The Liberals? defence policy: So much, and too little
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 21:09:58 +0000

Chrystia Freeland set out a bold vision for Canada's foreign policy. But the Liberals' defence policy seems to offer few ways to meet it.

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Submit News to CKA News Understanding the young lives lost on D-Day
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:46:48 +0000

Matt Gurney on how he came to grapple with the incredible youth of the soldiers who died on D-Day, 73 years ago today

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Submit News to CKA News Where the Conservatives go from here
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:24:07 +0000

Alberta MP Garnett Genuis on why keeping the focus on unity will be key for the Conservative Party and its ability to win in 2019

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Submit News to CKA News Why British Columbia should hold another election?right away
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 01:24:22 +0000

With drama over the Speaker's chair, it's clear this B.C. legislature is doomed?so let?s get on with sorting it out at the ballot box

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Submit News to CKA News It?s time to talk about terror in Canada
Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:32:52 +0000

Justin Trudeau vowed that a Liberal government would amend the Tories' Bill C-51. As terror attacks continue in Europe, are reforms still coming?

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Submit News to CKA News What the ?lavender scare? tells us about Pride and its future
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 20:56:39 +0000

As Toronto Pride asks police not to participate in this year's parade, the fraught past?including the RCMP's 'fruit machine'?offers cautionary lessons

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Submit News to CKA News What Trump?s retreat really means for global climate action
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 20:36:09 +0000

How Trump?s move to withdraw the U.S. from the accord has actually resulted in the clearest call for climate action yet

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Submit News to CKA News Canadians shouldn?t be smug about America?s Paris accord retreat
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 20:22:44 +0000

Donald Trump has been slammed for withdrawing America from the Paris climate agreement. But Canada's not doing much better.

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Submit News to CKA News Why Canada?s pipeline approval process is such a mess?and how to fix it
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:45:07 +0000

Approving major energy projects in Canada is a crazy quilt of overlapping jurisdictions, institutions and policy goals. But a new report suggests a way forward

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Submit News to CKA News Why it?s time to rethink pipeline protests
Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:35:49 +0000

Opposing the supply of oil won't reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. What if we harnessed innovation and reduced demand, instead?

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Submit News to CKA News A brave new world of policy in British Columbia 
Wed, 31 May 2017 21:03:17 +0000

With the NDP and Greens set to defeat Christy Clark when the legislature sits in June, B.C. prepares for a major legislative shakeup

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Submit News to CKA News An insider?s view of the final week of Andrew Scheer?s campaign
Wed, 31 May 2017 19:06:46 +0000

Chuck Strahl?a former MP and Andrew Scheer's national campaign chair?on what it was like during those last tense days

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Submit News to CKA News Are Theresa May?s Tories about to blow the U.K. election?
Tue, 30 May 2017 23:26:56 +0000

Britain's Conservatives held a huge poll lead going into the election?but they're losing ground to Labour. What's going on?

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Submit News to CKA News Immigrants in Canada, and the secrets some of us keep
Mon, 29 May 2017 17:06:45 +0000

What The Atlantic's story 'My Family's Slave' reflects for many of Canada's immigrants, and their complicated relationships to their new homes

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Submit News to CKA News By electing Andrew Scheer, the Conservatives choose not to go ?Mad?
Sun, 28 May 2017 16:01:08 +0000

By rejecting Maxime Bernier with a cautious, conservative choice for leader, Conservatives choose life, as a party

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Submit News to CKA News A young Conservative on Andrew Scheer, and ?finishing the sentence?
Sun, 28 May 2017 04:21:09 +0000

The Tories have stopped selling a vision of Canada, writes Natalie Pon. With Andrew Scheer as leader, here's where it can go now

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Submit News to CKA News Why the ethics commissioner did wrong by Nigel Wright
Fri, 26 May 2017 19:17:44 +0000

Andrew MacDougall on the ethics ruling against his former colleague in Stephen Harper's PMO over the Mike Duffy affair

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Submit News to CKA News CPC Leadership: The Canadian Values Test with Murad Hemmadi
Wed, 24 May 2017 17:12:32 +0000

Ahead of this weekend?s Conservative leadership convention, Maclean's editor Murad Hemmadi unpacks everything that?s wrong with Kellie Leitch's ?Canadian values? screening questions.

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Submit News to CKA News How some people are missing the point on cultural appropriation
Mon, 22 May 2017 15:03:40 +0000

It seems increasingly clear cultural appropriation's champions aren?t interested in nuance or even free speech?they?re interested in hegemony

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Submit News to CKA News Venezuela?s collapse and the ?useful idiots? of the Canadian left
Fri, 19 May 2017 18:57:10 +0000

Venezuela's descent into chaos was obvious years ago, but that didn't stop Canadian social democrats from praising Hugo Chavez's experiment in anti-reality economics and his assault on freedom

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Submit News to CKA News Prescription drugs found with Prince?s body and in his house, reports say
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:24:24 EDT

Several news organizations are reporting that prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home.

ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, citing unidentified law enforcement sources, have reported that prescription painkillers were found on the 57-year-old Prince and in his home. The Minneapolis Star Tribune, also citing unnamed sources, reported that prescription pills were found but that it wasn’t clear whether they were prescribed to Prince.

Prince died April 21. Autopsy results aren’t expected for three to four weeks.

Several outlets also reported Minnesota investigators have asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for help.

Carver County Deputy Sheriff Jason Kamerud discounted those reports late Wednesday, saying the DEA “is not part of the investigation at this time.” A DEA spokesman in Chicago hasn’t responded to messages.

Submit News to CKA News 80 arrested in province-wide child porn investigation
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:39:01 EDT

Police have charged 80 Ontario residents with a total of 274 offences after a sweeping, multi-force investigation into child sexual abuse and child pornography.

“Child pornography is the sexual abuse of our children,” Ontario Provincial Police Chief Supt. Don Bell told a news conference Thursday. “Every image of child pornography represents a child victim. Every trading or transmission of that image represents a re-victimization of that child.”

The OPP worked with the RCMP, Canadian Border Services Agency, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and 26 local police departments to make the arrests.

“This isn’t a crime specific to Canada,” said Homeland Security Special Agent Aaron Chapman. “We have a shared responsibility in the United States to combine all our efforts to combat this horrendous crime.”

Moments before the news conference, the OPP released the names, ages and charges of most of the people captured during the investigation. At least one person’s identity was withheld because they are underage.

The charges include sexual assault, possessing child pornography, making child pornography, distributing child pornography, accessing child pornography, luring a child, and drug and weapons offences.

The OPP said more charges are pending.

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE:List of people charged

Over the past 90 days, investigators collected 2,038 unique IP addresses of people suspected of downloading child pornography or visiting child porn sites.

“The internet provides the perfect tool for people to be able to go out and find this material,” said OPP Det. Staff Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt.

Investigators were also able to identify 20 victims of child exploitation and refer them to community-based assistance programs. Police say there was also some overlap with human trafficking investigations, and they were able to ensure the safety of nine people who had been working in the sex trade as minors.

“The sweep that was carried out over the past few days serves as another wakeup call to those who commit these monstrous crimes against our children,” Bell said.

The investigation was part of Ontario’s Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet, launched in 2006.

Submit News to CKA News Airstrikes kill at least 60 in Syria?s Aleppo city, MSF-backed Al-Quds hospital hit
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:01:58 EDT

BEIRUT—A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria’s devastating civil war, with a ceasefire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled.

At least 27 people died as a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and nearby buildings were hit overnight in the rebel-held part of Aleppo.

The UN envoy for Syria appealed early Thursday on the U.S. and Russia to help revive the peace talks and a ceasefire, which he said “hangs by a thread.”

However, the violence only escalated. New airstrikes Thursday in residential areas in the rebel-held part of the city killed at least 20 while state media reported that at least 1,000 mortars and rockets were fired at government-held areas of Aleppo, killing at least 14 civilians.

The chief Syrian opposition negotiator Mohammed Alloush blamed the government of President Bashar Assad for the violence. He told The Associated Press that it shows “the environment is not conducive to any political action.”

About 200 civilians have been killed in the past week, nearly half of them around Aleppo. There has also been shelling in Damascus, along with a car bombing — both rarities for the capital. The ICRC said the fighting, including the destruction in airstrikes overnight of a key hospital in Aleppo, is putting millions at grave risk.

With peace talks in Geneva completely deadlocked, Syrians are regarding the escalating bloodshed with dread, fearing that Aleppo is likely to be the focus of the next phase of the war.

Rebel commanders said government forces have been mobilizing soldiers, equipment and ammunition in preparation for a military action in Aleppo.

The well-known Al-Quds field hospital supported by MSF and ICRC and located in the rebel-held district of Sukkari was hit shortly before midnight Wednesday, according to opposition activists and rescue workers. Six hospital staff and three children were among the 27 who died there.

The Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer first-responders agency whose members went to the scene of the attack, put the death toll at 30 and said the dead included six hospital staff. Among those slain was one of the last pediatricians remaining in opposition-held areas of the contested city and a dentist.

The defence agency, also known as the White Helmets, said the hospital and adjacent buildings were struck in four consecutive airstrikes. It said there were still victims buried under the rubble and that the rescue work continued. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three children were among the 27 victims but it was not immediately clear if they were patients at the hospital.

MSF said in a statement that at least 14 patients and staff were among those killed, with the toll expected to rise. “Destroyed MSF-supported hospital in Aleppo was well known locally and hit by direct airstrike,” it said.

“This devastating attack has destroyed a vital hospital in Aleppo, and the main referral centre for pediatric care in the area,” said Muskilda Zancada, MSF head of Syria mission. “Where is the outrage among those with the power and obligation to stop this carnage?”

The 34-bed, multi-storey hospital had an emergency room and offered services such as obstetric care, outpatient and inpatient treatment. It had an intensive care unit and an operating theatre. Eight doctors and 28 nurses worked full time in the hospital, the MSF said. It has supported the hospital since 2012, the aid group said.

An unnamed Syrian military official quoted on state TV denied reports that the hospital was targeting, saying they were false.

A video posted online by the White Helmets showed a number of lifeless bodies, including those of children, being pulled out from a building and loaded into ambulances amid screaming and wailing. It also showed distraught rescue workers trying to keep onlookers away from the scene, apparently fearing more airstrikes.

Shortly after midday, new airstrikes in rebel-held areas killed at least 20 people in two neighbourhoods, the Syrian Civil Defence and the Observatory said.

Videos provided by activists show scenes of dust rising up from buildings on fire as men and women run away from collapsing houses and children cry, looking for their parents. In one clip, a man is seen lifting his daughter out of the rubble.

State media said at least 1,300 rockets and missiles fell in residential areas in government controlled parts of the city, killing 14 people on Thursday.

Alloush, who was one of the leading negotiators of the opposition in the Geneva talks, described the airstrikes as one of the latest “war crimes” of Assad’s government.

“Whoever carries out these massacres needs a war tribunal and a court of justice to be tried for his crimes. He does not need a negotiating table,” Alloush told the AP in a telephone interview. “Now, the environment is not conducive for any political action.”

Submit News to CKA News I helped move incinerator, Millard's girlfriend tells Tim Bosma murder trial
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:37:01 EDT

The former girlfriend of a man facing a murder charge in the death of Tim Bosma will be back on the witness stand today.

The Hamilton Spectator’s Molly Hayes and Susan Clairmont are covering the trial.

On Wednesday, Christina Noudga told the Hamilton court she helped Dellen Millard move his animal incinerator, dubbed “The Eliminator,” from the barn on his property near Waterloo, Ont., to the middle of the bush on the sprawling property.

She said she put on gloves, as did Millard, to help him move the huge piece of machinery.

Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 28, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Bosma's death.

The Crown alleges Bosma was shot at point-blank range in his truck and his body later burned in that incinerator. Investigators later found two human bones and numerous bone fragments in the incinerator and blood, likely Bosma's according to a DNA analysis, was found on the outside of the machine.

Bosma vanished on May 6, 2013 after taking two strangers for a test drive in the truck he was trying to sell.

Noudga, expected to be one of the prosecution’s star witnesses, often had trouble recalling details under questioning by Crown attorney Tony Leitch.

Court heard that Noudga has been charged as an accessory after the fact to the murder of Bosma and will have her own trial in November.

When asked by Leitch why they moved the incinerator, she said Millard “said he wanted to move it because the floor boards (in the barn) were getting creaky, so we should move it.”

She testified earlier Wednesday about wanting to see Millard that week, but he was tied up on a lengthy “mission” that began the night of May 6, 2013.

On May 9, court heard, Millard picked her up at her home in Toronto and gave her a digital video recorder. She said she hid it in her closet, where it remained for nearly a year until she was arrested in connection with the murder.

She said she thought nothing of it even after her boyfriend was charged with the murder of Bosma in 2013.

“Ever consider taking it to police?” Leitch asked.

“Honestly, I didn’t think it was related,” Noudga said, adding she thought it was a stereo.

Court has already seen video extracted from the device that showed a truck hauling what appears to be “The Eliminator” outside Millard’s hangar in Waterloo, Ont.

The video also shows two men walking through the hangar early on May 7, hours after Bosma disappeared. Flares are seen coming from the incinerator.

After she put the device in her closet, Noudga said she drove with Millard in his truck — hauling a large trailer — to his mother’s house in Kleinburg, Ont.

She said she helped him park the trailer against the garage, so close the back doors couldn’t be opened.

She said Millard’s mother came out and asked why he was leaving the trailer there, which he didn't answer.

“At this point, we are both extremely stoned,” Noudga said, laughing.

Then the pair drove to Millard’s hangar — he inherited his father’s aviation business — and she said she never discussed the “mission” Millard said he had been conducting the previous days. Those were the days after Bosma disappeared.

Court saw numerous text messages between Noudga and Millard, many of them discussing the “mission” Millard was conducting. She said she didn't have much time to discuss why he had been so aloof the previous days because of a “sexual act” on that ride to the hangar.

She said she never asked him details about the mission and was not aware of Millard’s plans to steal a truck, which others have testified about.

Earlier, a Hamilton police officer testified about seizing letters in Noudga’s bedroom that appeared to come from Millard while he was in jail.

Submit News to CKA News Ex-deputy police chief Peter Sloly joins Deloitte
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:46:10 EDT

Peter Sloly, Toronto’s former deputy police chief, has joined consulting giant Deloitte Canada.

The firm released a statement Thursday morning announcing Sloly’s hiring.

“(Sloly)’s a proven leader and out-of-the-box thinker, so we’re excited to bring him on board,” said Deloitte’s Regional Managing Partner Ryan Brain.

“His impressive experience will serve our clients well, particularly as they face business challenges relating to cyber security, crisis response and digital media.”

In the same release, Sloly said he was proud to join the firm, calling it a “strong match” for him.

“I’ve said I wouldn’t pursue a job that didn’t allow me to stay true to my values and community, be a thought leader asking the tough questions, or mentor younger generations,” he said.

Deloitte said Sloly will serve as an advisor on “risk and forensic practices” projects, and advise on the issues of diversity and inclusion.

Sloly spent over 25 years with the Toronto police. He was passed over last April for the top job in favour of Mark Saunders.

He resigned his post as deputy chief in February, after publicly saying the Toronto Police Service needed to be overhauled.

“We run around all over the city in the most unfocused way, reacting to what you call us for, as opposed to trying to understand what’s going on and . . . putting our most important resources in the best place,” he said.

Submit News to CKA News Delta places $5.6B order for Bombardier CSeries passenger jets
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:13:04 EDT

Delta Air Lines Inc., the second biggest U.S. carrier, has placed an order of up to 125 CSeries jets, giving Bombardier Inc. a much needed stamp of approval for its struggling new program.

The agreement includes 75 firm orders of the CS100 aircraft, the smaller version, but with options for another 50 planes that can be converted to the larger CS300 plane.

Based on list prices, the firm order is worth $5.6 billion (U.S.), although analysts have speculated that Bombardier is offering Delta a steep discount, probably more than half off.

But for Bombardier, the key was winning a big firm order from a well-known U.S. carrier, in the hopes the order will spur others to look at the all-new, fuel-efficient jet that seats 100 to 150 passengers.

The CSeries program is two years behind schedule and has incurred about $2 billion (U.S.) in cost overruns, with few orders from big-name airlines.

As airlines refurbish aging fleets, Bombardier has repeatedly lost out to Boeing and Airbus for orders.

“This is an extremely important win for Bombardier and comes despite what was likely aggressive price discounting by its competitors,” said RBC Capital Markets analyst Walter Spracklin in a note to investors.

He noted that the order is large, given other firm orders have averaged only 16 planes.

“The status of Delta as one of the world’s preeminent airlines will provide a much needed boost to the long-term viability of the CSeries aircraft and will likely help pave the way to follow-on orders from both small and larger airlines alike,” Spracklin said.

The order news came as Bombardier reported mixed first quarter results. Revenues were $3.9 billion (U.S.), down from $4.4 billion a year earlier. It reported an adjusted EPS or loss of 3 cents per share, which met consensus estimates.

With the Delta order, which will be formally unveiled at a joint news conference in Montreal Thursday morning, Bombardier has 325 firm CSeries orders, meeting its internal target of 300 firm orders by entry into service.

Swiss Air Lines, a division of Lufthansa Airlines, will begin operating the first CS100 plane in mid-July in Europe.

The Delta order will also raise questions about whether struggling Bombardier still needs financial assistance from the federal government, which has been weighing for months a request for $1 billion (U.S.).

That’s the same amount that the Quebec government offered up in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries program. At the same time, the Caisse de dépôt et placements put up $1.5 billion (U.S.) in exchange for a 30 per cent stake in the train division.

During a conference call with analysts, Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare said the CSeries program does not depend on Ottawa coming up with cash.

“We have done the plan using a conservative approach. It does not include any support or investment from the federal government,” Bellemare said. “What it would do is it would add additional financial flexibility and also preserve the ability to keep investing in aviation in the future.”

That prompted more questions on whether Bombardier would consider building an even bigger variant – a CS500 – that would make it more competitive as airlines want to squeeze more passengers onto planes.

“Clearly, that’s not in the cards today,” Bellemare said, adding the company is zooming in on existing programs, the CS100 and CS300 jets. “For the time being that’s where the focus is.”

Air Canada has signed a letter of intent for 45 CSeries jets, with an option to buy 30 more planes, with the deal expected to be firmed up shortly.

Bombardier’s train division has also been struggling, with big delays in delivering streetcars to the Toronto Transit Commission. The transit system ordered 204 new streetcars, but Bombardier is way behind schedule, announcing this week that it won’t meet promised deliveries again.

Its revised schedule had called for four streetcars a month, starting this month, but it now says it will only deliver 13 additional units this year.

So far, there are only 17 new, low-floor accessible streetcars in operation, three delivered since January.

The original schedule called for 73 streetcars by the end of last year.

Bombardier says it will use a second manufacturing plant in La Pocatière, Que., along with an additional assembly line in an unspecified location to help with production that is currently being completed in Thunder Bay.

Bombardier has also faced complaints from other customers including for Germany’s Deutsche Bahn intercity service and a train-signalling contract for the London Underground.

“We are not pleased with the performance that we have on some of these projects, and we are addressing that,” Bellemare said, noting that Laurent Troger was appointed president of Bombardier Transportation in December.

“He has already made some significant leadership changes on his team,” he said. “We are increasing focus on operational excellence and better project management. We recognize the issues. We are committed to fixing it.”

Submit News to CKA News Inside the Ontario NDP?s union-funded holding company
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:00:00 EDT

Ontario’s NDP set up a secretive union-financed holding company to help bankroll election campaigns and serve as its landlord at party headquarters, the Star has learned.

The Ontario Cornerstone Leadership Corporation, a privately held firm that owns the downtown Toronto office building housing the provincial NDP, has an elaborate corporate structure straight out of Bay Street.

It is unclear what impact the looming reforms to Ontario’s lax political fundraising laws — including a proposed ban on union and corporate donations — will have on Cornerstone.

But it is possible a ban on contributions to political parties from unions and corporations would lead to an unravelling of the arrangement. That would put extra pressure on the NDP, which still has a $5-million debt from the 2014 election campaign, to dig itself out of a deep financial hole.

Related:NDP’s righteous rhetoric rings hollow: Cohn

The New Democrats support some revamp of the fundraising system though they have never specified exactly what they want. They oppose the governing Liberals’ legislative approach, instead preferring a non-partisan public consultation.

While Cornerstone’s existence has been known for years, the NDP always maintained the corporation was separate from and had no direct financial connections to the political party or its campaigns.

The Star has obtained the previously secret shareholders’ agreement from Sept. 9, 2009 that shows Cornerstone, which owns 101 Richmond St. E., is a complex corporate entity where the NDP controls all of the Class A common shares.

All of the Class B common shares are owned by eight public-sector and private-sector unions or their locals. These shareholders have fewer powers than the NDP with its Class A shares.

Any dividends from the shares are reinvested into the company unless the unpaid board of directors decides otherwise. Each union has a seat on the board, the NDP has one seat.

That corporate structure is not illegal. But it appears to challenge past assertions by the NDP that the party had an arm’s-length relationship with Cornerstone.

Requests for an interview with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to discuss Cornerstone were declined by her office.

New Democrat House leader Gilles Bisson (Timmins-James Bay) insisted the party’s current concerns over Premier Kathleen Wynne’s reforms to political fundraising have nothing to do with Cornerstone.

Bisson implied Cornerstone is a bit of a mystery even to New Democrats at Queen’s Park.

“I don’t really understand how Cornerstone is set up. I thought it was to buy a building,” said Bisson, co-chair of the 2014 NDP campaign.

In a 2011 interview with journalist Jonathan Jenkins, then of the Toronto Sun, Horwath said Cornerstone “has no role whatsoever in our campaign.”

“None whatsoever. It’s a separate corporation, separate board of directors. There’s no financial connection whatsoever. It’s completely separate. Not a dime,” she said at the time.

“We have some unions that guarantee our loans, we have this separate, completely separate organization, a completely separate entity called Cornerstone that guarantees some of our loans.”

However, the shareholders’ agreement shows Cornerstone and the party are deeply entwined.

“The corporation shall, upon request from time to time by the ONDP and in compliance with applicable law, provide such guarantees, liens, and other financial assistance and such further assurances and instruments in respect thereof, as the ONDP may request from time to time to assist in financing its activities,” it states.

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation president Paul Elliott, whose union helped create the Cornerstone, said the company was launched to bolster the New Democrats.

“We wanted to ensure there was a progressive voice in the political landscape in Ontario. This was created when Howard Hampton was the leader of the NDP and at the time we (were) concerned about the ability of the NDP to compete against the Liberals and Conservatives,” said Elliott.

Elections Ontario data shows that during the 2014 provincial election, Cornerstone guaranteed a $6-million loan to the NDP to pay for the campaign.

The party in turn paid Cornerstone $273,904.56 for “office and equipment rent” that year. The corporation, which purchased 101 Richmond St. E. for $3.1 million nine years ago, does not have a listed phone number or a website.

Derek Johnstone, the Ontario regional director of the United Food and Commercial Workers, another Cornerstone shareholder, said “this was an investment that we made over a decade ago.”

“It’s an investment that we are active in — in terms of doing our due diligence for the members’ resources. We have one member on the board and in terms of any changes to the legislation here in Ontario we’re, of course, monitoring it,” he said, referring to the upcoming bill on political fundraising.

“UFCW, of course, will comply with any legislation that’s passed as we’ve done in every other province.”

Cornerstone board chair Anne Healy — who is also executive assistant to the national secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), another shareholder in the corporation — said “we won’t know how any new legislation will affect us until it is tabled.”

“The Cornerstone board will look at any new legislation when details are available to see how it will affect our operations, but until then we don’t think speculation is a useful exercise,” said Healy.

Bob Gallagher, communications and political action department head of the United Steelworkers, Cornerstone’s largest shareholder, said the union is “proud of our support of the Ontario New Democratic Party.’

“We also strongly support reforms to the election financing legislation that would eliminate political contributions from corporations and unions,” said Gallager.

“We support an open dialogue between all parties to determine the scope of any new legislation regarding election financing. Once consensus by all parties is achieved we will then be able to understand the future implications,” he said.

Political fundraising reforms have been on the front-burner since the Star’s March 29 story about Liberal cabinet ministers having party fundraising targets of up to $500,000 apiece.

Wynne scrambled to announce legislative changes in the wake of the exposé.

The Liberal bill expected to be tabled next month will ban corporate and union donations, reduce annual contributions to a maximum of $1,525 from $9,975, and close a slew of loopholes.

But the New Democrats — as well as the Progressive Conservatives and the Greens — oppose the way Wynne is revamping fundraising.

Horwath, backed by Conservative Leader Patrick Brown and Green Leader Mike Schreiner, tried unsuccessfully last week to strike a new non-partisan committee to design the changes.

Bisson emphasized there was no self-interest in the party’s bid to have a say in the fundraising reforms.

“If you want to ban union (and) corporate donations, we can live with that. But there’s got to be a process by which . . . everybody gets it, it’s transparent . . . ,” he said, arguing that Wynne is trying to rush through changes without adequately consulting opposition parties, stakeholders, or the public.

Submit News to CKA News Refusal to revoke doctor?s licence leaves CPSO ?disappointed? by its own panel
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:00:00 EDT

Dr. Javad Peirovy sexually abused four female patients in the span of one year at a walk-in clinic, leaving them “traumatized” — the word used by a discipline panel of Ontario’s medical watchdog.

On Wednesday, that same panel decided that Peirovy was fit to keep his licence. Instead of revoking it, they suspended him. In six months, the Toronto doctor will be back at work.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons’ lawyer had requested that the panel, which is independent of the college, revoke his licence.

The college proposed last year that provincial legislation be amended so that “all physical sexual contact between a physician and patient” would lead to mandatory revocation.

A provincial task force, created 16 months ago following a Star investigation into doctors still at work after sexually abusing their patients, is on the cusp of delivering a much-anticipated report to the government on the issue.

The college took the rare step of issuing a statement to the Star on Wednesday.

“The College is disappointed in the discipline panel’s decision not to revoke Dr. Peirovy’s licence,” said college registrar Dr. Rocco Gerace.

“Council supports revisions to the legislation that would require mandatory revocation in any case where physical sexual contact with a patient is proven to have occurred.”

Current legislation makes revocation mandatory for nearly every other form of sexual abuse, including penetration, oral sex and masturbation. But sexual touching remains a grey area, and revocation is entirely at the discretion of the discipline committee panel hearing the case.

“This has been my concern all along, and I see the college (discipline committee) refuses to act unless pushed specifically and directly by the government,” said medical malpractice lawyer Amani Oakley. “This (decision) is not a logical way to proceed when they themselves have recognized that this is sexual abuse.”

Peirovy was found guilty by the panel last July of “acts of professional misconduct in that he engaged in the sexual abuse” of four patients.

In the case of two patients, Ms U and Ms V, he placed his stethoscope on their nipples and cupped their breasts. Regarding Ms W and Ms X, he touched their nipples when “there was no clinical reason” to examine the women in that way, the panel found.

He denied the allegations before the committee, and his lawyer, David Porter, declined to comment on Tuesday.

Peirovy was also found to have demonstrated conduct that was “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional” in telling a fifth patient that they could see each other socially.

He pleaded guilty in criminal court in 2013 to two counts of simple assault, after being initially charged with sexually assaulting six female patients. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to sexual assault in those two cases, and the charges relating to the other four women were withdrawn by the Crown.

Peirovy was given a conditional discharge and 18 months’ probation and was ordered by the court to take counselling.

He is at low risk to reoffend and can practise on female patients safely in the presence of a female chaperone who must also be a health professional, found the four-member discipline panel, chaired by former CPSO president Dr. Marc Gabel, along with Drs. John Watts and Robert Sheppard and community member Diane Doherty.

“To me, any physician who has deliberately sexually abused his patients should be subject to revocation. Full stop,” said medical malpractice lawyer Paul Harte.

Gabel declined to comment through CPSO spokeswoman Kathryn Clarke.

“Decisions of the discipline committee stand on their own and reasons for the decision are provided in detail,” she said.

Evidence presented at Peirovy’s penalty hearing showed that “he is sincerely embarrassed at and ashamed of his actions, and that he never wants this to happen again,” the panel wrote in its 16-page decision.

The members placed “substantive weight” on the expert evidence of a forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Rootenberg, who is identified only as “Dr. M” in the decision.

He found Peirovy is at a low risk to reoffend and he’s “worked hard to understand his inappropriate behaviour” by also working with a medical professional who specializes in boundary issues.

The committee accepted Dr. M’s evidence that Peirovy can improve through professional training and counselling.

“The rehabilitative needs of Dr. Peirovy have been addressed. Specific and general deterrence have also been served,” the panel wrote, also ordering Peirovy to pay $35,000 in costs.

“The penalty, in the view of the committee, is consistent with similar penalties previously imposed by the discipline committee in similar cases.”

The College has taken some action since the Star’s 2013 investigation. It now posts more disciplinary information about doctors on its website, including whether physicians are facing criminal charges, and has said it will consider sharing more information with police.


Sammy Sliwin

The prominent Toronto plastic surgeon lost his licence last year after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of professional misconduct for having sex with a patient who was also his lover. He is appealing his revocation to Divisional Court, arguing that it violates his rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He is still practising pending that appeal.

Bruce Minnes

The former Hospital for Sick Children emergency room pediatrician lost his licence last year after he was found to have engaged in “very instrusive and coercive sexual activities” with a 17-year-old girl who was not his patient. His behaviour was “manipulative” and “predatory,” concluded a disciplinary panel. The incident took place at a summer camp when the girl was a camp counsellor and he was the camp physician. Minnes lost his appeal in Divisional Court.

Sharif Tadros

The Burlington doctor was found to have sexually abused three of his patients and pressured them to drop complaints against him. He groomed the three over a 20-year period for sex, and two ended up with depression and anxiety, according to an agreed statement of fact filed at his discipline hearing.

Eleazar Noriega

The Toronto pediatrician lost his licence last year after the discipline committee found he engaged in “sexual impropriety” with a patient in January 1979. The panel found he subjected the teenaged patient to “protracted sexual stimulation with him” at a health clinic. She only came forward in 2008 after seeing his name on television in relation to other professional misconduct allegations.

Submit News to CKA News Canadians put $40 billion in tax havens last year
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:51:07 EDT

Canadian corporations and individuals quadrupled the amount of money they transferred into tax havens last year, pouring almost $40 billion into the tropical islands and European duchies that shield funds from Canadian taxes, newly released statistics show.

It was one of the biggest years ever for “investment” in tax havens — more than four times greater than the $9 billion sent offshore in 2014. The total amount of wealth held in the 10 most popular tax havens now sits at $270 billion.

“The problem is bigger than it has ever been,” said Dennis Howlett, executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness, which took foreign direct investment numbers from Statistics Canada to calculate the use of tax havens.

In 2015, $13 billion went to the Cayman Islands, $9 billion to Barbados, and nearly $8 billion to the Bahamas, according to the statistics. Money sent to Switzerland shot up by 58 per cent over the previous year.

“And you have to remember, this is just the money that’s been declared,” said Howlett.

The recent Panama Papers investigations carried out by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Star have laid bare the shady world of offshore tax havens. Dozens of reports have detailed how illicit money mingles with cash kept out of the reach of tax collectors in a network of shell companies that hide their owners’ true identities.

Using international estimates, Howlett says there could be an additional $100 billion in Canadian money stashed in undeclared — and thus illegal — offshore bank accounts.

That money has been targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency, which has received a $444-million increase in federal funding over the next five years. The CRA has been instructed to beef up audits of “high risk” tax payers and conduct targeted crackdowns on known tax havens, starting with the Isle of Man.

But Howlett says these efforts will take years to bear fruit and they fail to tackle the money declared in official statistics. Unlike money stashed by individuals in tax havens to illegally evade paying Canadian taxes, declared money is put offshore by corporations seeking to legally reduce their tax bills.

“The upside is that there’s lots of money sitting there offshore that the government could get back and invest in public services,” Howlett said. “But this would require tightening corporate taxes, something the government hasn’t shown that it’s willing to do.”

Canada’s top two destinations for foreign direct investment are the United States and the United Kingdom. But rounding out the top five are three tax havens: Barbados, Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands.

“There might be a few resorts and golf courses (in those countries) but most of this money is not actually invested there,” said Howlett. “It goes through the tax haven and gets reinvested elsewhere. The returns on those investments are reported in places like Barbados, where there are hardly any taxes.”

Howlett says tax treaties exacerbate the problem. Canada has signed tax treaties with 92 countries, nine of which are considered tax havens.

“Tax treaties with tax havens do more harm than good,” said Howlett. “They actually facilitate use of tax havens because they allow the repatriation of profits tax free.”

Submit News to CKA News Kathleen Wynne to release Andrew Loku SIU report in ?coming days?
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:17:39 EDT

Premier Kathleen Wynne will ensure the release of the secret Special Investigations Unit report into the Toronto police shooting death of Andrew Loku within the next few days, the Star has learned.

“We support working with the director of the SIU to find a way to make the information in the Andrew Loku report public. And we expect that information to be made public in the coming days,” a government spokesman said Wednesday.

The announcement comes after weeks of mounting public pressure to release the secret SIU director’s report documenting why the watchdog laid no charges in Loku’s July 2015 death.

Reached in Saskatoon Wednesday, Loku’s uncle, Senos Timon, was thankful to learn he will soon know more about the watchdog’s investigation of his nephew’s death.

The family has been asking the SIU for more information since the day they were told no charges would be laid.

“We are grateful that the premier is taking a true leadership role in this,” Timon said. “That’s all we need, is to see the report, and exactly how (the SIU) reached the conclusion. It’s in the best interest of the family and it’s in the best interest of the public, and that’s all that we’ve been asking for.”

It’s not yet clear how much of the Loku report will be released, including whether the Toronto police officers involved will be named. Wynne has said her government is working to determine all privacy issues before releasing the report, but said she is committed to getting the information out.

“It’s not a matter of whether, it’s a matter of how we do that, and that’s the work that we’re doing now,” she said last week.

“I know that there’s some urgency around this,” she added, saying a provincial review of police oversight is beginning soon.

It’s not yet clear what the release of Loku’s report will mean for other SIU investigations, past and present.

Once made public, the Loku report will be the first released by the watchdog in years, possibly since the creation of the SIU in 1990. The director’s report, sent to the Attorney General at the conclusion of every investigation, has always been considered a secret document in Ontario.

In all SIU cases, the only explanation the public gets about a completed investigation is through an SIU news release.

But despite being the sole recipient of the director’s report, Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur admitted earlier this month that she had not read the Loku report, although she had it for nearly a month. One day later, she said she had read it and wanted to work with the SIU to release it.

Both opposition parties at Queen’s Park are now urging the release of all SIU reports. But just because the government has committed to releasing the Loku document at some point doesn’t mean other SIU reviews will be made public any time soon.

Wynne and Meilleur have said they want to wait until an upcoming review of police oversight agencies is completed before deciding whether all reports should be put into the public realm.

Ontario’s current and former information and privacy commissioners have both publicly said the reports can be released.

Current commissioner Brian Beamish has said some information, such as the name of a police officer involved, may be disclosed in “circumstances of significant public interest.”

The intention behind the SIU was always to make the watchdog’s reports public. The recommendation from the 1989 Task Force on Race Relations and Policing that led to creation of the SIU stated that the agency would communicate its decisions to the public.

Outside of a coroner’s inquest into Loku’s death, for which no date has been set, the director’s report into his death is the only way to learn the details of how and why the SIU investigators cleared police — including what evidence was considered, what unreleased surveillance video of the encounter shows and how the director weighed any conflicting evidence.

Loku, a 45-year-old father of five from South Sudan, was fatally shot by an unnamed Toronto police officer in his apartment building hallway while holding a hammer.

The SIU, the civilian agency that investigates fatal encounters with police, said the officer was justified in shooting Loku to prevent an imminent hammer attack. But witnesses within the building say Loku did not present a threat to police and that he did not need to be shot.

The SIU decision to clear the officers prompted Black Lives Matter Toronto to protest outside Toronto police headquarters for two weeks, which ultimately prompted the calling of an inquest.

Rodney Diverlus, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, said Wednesday that the group is “anxiously waiting to read the rest of the report.” He hopes the release provokes greater transparency throughout the police oversight system.

“Our ideal situation would be that every SIU report would be made public,” he said.

Timon said Loku’s family feels grateful to those who pushed for more information about Loku’s death.

“In my heart, I am really thankful to Black Lives Matter and every group that took on this case and for creating a situation where it was kept alive. Without them, I don’t see that this would have happened.”


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