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Submit News to CKA News Charlottesville votes to cover Confederate statues to signal mourning
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:01:59 +0000

Three people were arrested at the chaotic meeting where the vote took place

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Submit News to CKA News Mothers-only parking spots don?t consider modern families, new dad says
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:01:49 +0000
Sobeys says it will revisit its signage at its stores' parking lots after a man in Melville, P.E.I., said he gets dirty looks when he uses the mothers-only spaces with his child
Submit News to CKA News Lexus-only parking reversal: Calgary airport apologizes after replacing accessible spots for luxury car owners
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:33:09 -0400

Calgary International Airport has apologized for moving parking stalls reserved for those with disabilities and setting up a Lexus marketing campaign in their place.
Submit News to CKA News Quebec Health Minister urges talks on limits of public health care
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:55:07 -0400
Gaétan Barrette criticizing Ottawa for limiting health funding while punishing provinces for seeking other financing
Submit News to CKA News National parks, historic sites see major admissions boost with free entry
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:48:07 -0400
Attendance up 12 per cent over the year before
Submit News to CKA News Canadian citizenship grant upheld for immigrant doctor living in the U.S.
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:47:02 +0000
Irfan Saddique declared only 177 days of physical presence in Canada when he applied to become a citizen, well short of the required 1,095 days
Submit News to CKA News Did a Canadian company sell the wrong camouflage to Afghanistan?
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:43:52 +0000

The U.S. military spent millions on a proprietary pattern that seems conspicuously green for Afghanistan

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Submit News to CKA News The 2017 solar eclipse entranced Canadians across the country
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:39:49 +0000

On Aug. 21, Canadians took a break from work, channelled their inner astronomy nerd and watched a partial solar eclipse. Here's how people in Toronto reacted.

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Submit News to CKA News Canadian politicians go for that #SolarEclipse2017 photo op
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:39:20 -0400

Unless you've been living in a cave, you're aware of the partial solar eclipse in the skies above Canada this week.
Submit News to CKA News Trump?s Afghanistan plan involves 3,900 more troops, officials say
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:53:58 +0000

Trump offered few specifics of how his strategy would be implemented when it was announced Monday

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Submit News to CKA News Jared Kushner leading U.S. delegation to Middle East
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:24:00 +0000

The delegation is tasked with discussing the possibility of resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

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Submit News to CKA News Canadian hiker?s body found along rough section of Appalachian Trail in Maine
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:13:35 +0000
The body of 55-year-old Gerald Gabon, of Ontario, was found Sunday evening by another hiker along the trail in Wyman Township in Franklin County
Submit News to CKA News What ?Teleprompter Trump? really meant to say was?
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:12:39 +0000

Scott Feschuk reads between the lines of Trump's Afghanistan address, and finds the robot from 'Lost in Space' is a more natural orator

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Submit News to CKA News Sears Canada: The timeline of its slow motion collapse
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:19:25 +0000

The retail giant has been led by five different people in four years, as it faces declining sales, store closures and layoffs

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Submit News to CKA News Indigenous woman says Ukrainian group?s dance featuring powwow moves, headdresses was ?offensive?
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:06:28 +0000
An Indigenous woman recorded a video of a performance at the Saskatoon Folkfest of a group of Ukrainian dancers wearing feathered headpieces and emulating a powwow
Submit News to CKA News Anti-asylum seeker #REMIGRATION banners appear in Montreal
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:36:51 -0400

More anti-migrant banners have popped up in Quebec, this time in Montreal where many asylum seekers are being temporarily housed.
Submit News to CKA News Nova Scotia government imposes wage package on 75,000 civil servants
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:59:03 -0400
The act was passed in 2015 to ensure third-party arbitrators could not bind the government to wage settlements
Submit News to CKA News CPP expansions curb rising old age security spending, but new high still expected: Report
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:45:27 +0000
Spending is projected to hit about $247 billion by 2060, an almost five-fold increase from planned spending this year, as more Canadians hit retirement and live longer
Submit News to CKA News Residents of Cornwall, Ont. want answers on ?tent city? for hundreds of Haitian asylum seekers
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:45:13 +0000
'There are mixed feelings in our community on what we think they should be doing and shouldn't be doing,' said Cornwall Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy
Submit News to CKA News P.E.I. dad prods Sobeys about mothers-only parking spot
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:43:23 -0400

P.E.I. dad prods Sobeys over parking
Submit News to CKA News Alberta paramedics warn of suspected 'fentanyl stickers' found in Calgary
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:33:28 -0400

Authorities say a small number of people suffering from suspected fentanyl overdoses in Calgary and Edmonton were found to be carrying what's believed to be illicit "fentanyl stickers."
Submit News to CKA News Body of Canadian hiker Gerald Gabon found dead on Appalachian trail by another hiker
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:00:29 -0400

Authorities say the body of a Canadian man has been found along the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
Submit News to CKA News Trump vows victory in Afghanistan, but plan is murky
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:47:45 +0000

Trump faces same challenges that bedevilled previous presidents and left some U.S. officials uncertain whether victory is possible

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Submit News to CKA News New data casts doubt on asylum-seeker 'crisis' but immigration lawyer disagrees
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:40:30 Z
The onslaught of asylum-seekers at Canada’s border with the U.S. isn’t as great a crisis as some would think, says a member of a University of Calgary think tank. But a Calgary immigration lawyer said the analysis done by the U of C’s School of Public Policy is probably low-balling the size and impact of an […]
Submit News to CKA News Overall opioid prescriptions down in Ontario
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:26:03 +0000

However, many longtime users continue to be given daily doses that exceed national practice guidelines

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Submit News to CKA News How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:40:39 +0000

The rise of the smartphone coincides with a shift in youth psychological well-being

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Submit News to CKA News Cornwall, Ont., officials seek answers on arrival of Haitian asylum seekers
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:20:46 -0400
About three dozen local residents overflowed the tiny Cornwall council chamber to hear an update from officials from the Immigration Department and the Canada Border Services Agency on Monday
Submit News to CKA News Morning Update newsletter: Trump shifts course on Afghanistan; Liberals step up border crossing warnings
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:43:02 -0400
Also: What?s next for teen phenom Shapovalov; Brain scans reveal impact of contact sports even on young, healthy athletes: study
Submit News to CKA News Brain scans reveal impact of contact sports even on young, healthy athletes: study
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400
As the level of contact increases, there are greater effects on the structure, function and chemical markers of the brain, according to a new St. Michael?s study
Submit News to CKA News Ontario pharmacies filling more opioid prescriptions, but in smaller doses: study
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400
A new report from the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network suggests more opioid prescriptions are being filled, but in smaller quantities and for shorter durations
Submit News to CKA News Criminal probe launched into drowning death of Toronto student on school trip
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:44:38 +0000
Last week, the Toronto District School Board said that Jeremiah Perry and 14 other students who went on the multi-day canoe trip, had failed a swim test
Submit News to CKA News Oakville council unanimously votes to give heritage status for Glen Abbey
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:48:26 -0400
Glen Abbey owner ClubLink has proposed development that would see the course become a mix of some 3,200 residential units as well as office and retail space
Submit News to CKA News Awe and humility in the face of the eclipse
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:45:00 +0000

The alignment of celestial bodies drew cries from a crowd in a Vancouver park. One woman projected it through her colander.

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Submit News to CKA News Watching as the sun briefly abandons America
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:20:33 +0000

Allen Abel travels to Sumter, S.C., a place of history and infamy, for the eclipse. 'Praise Jesus,' some bellowed at totality, and a father cried.

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Submit News to CKA News Would Trump really let NAFTA die over a dispute process he likely can?t explain in a tweet?
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:05:58 +0000
Having a binational review process for disputes almost derailed original Canada-U.S. free trade talks in the 1980s. Now the U.S. is trying anew to remove Chapter 19
Submit News to CKA News Julie Payette drops legal battle to seal public records of her divorce proceedings
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:44:20 +0000
?Very few families are immune from difficult moments in life ? mine included,? Payette, a former astronaut who will be Canada's next governor general, said
Submit News to CKA News Health Minister Jane Philpott urges physicians to use power, privilege to help Canada's vulnerable
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:38:52 -0400
Dr. Philpott discussed opioids, Indigenous health in her speech to delegates to the Canadian Medical Association?s 150th annual meeting
Submit News to CKA News ?It backfired?: Provinces gained little from holding out on health-care deal with Ottawa, observers say
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:21:09 +0000
Eight months after the provinces rejected an $11B health funding offer from the federal government in what looked like a show of solidarity, all have now signed on
Submit News to CKA News Inquest into inmate drug deaths at Ontario jail to begin in January
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:02:03 -0400
The probe will examine the drug-related deaths of eight male inmates of the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre between 2012 and 2016
Submit News to CKA News Trump is right: Afghanistan isn?t a lost cause
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:50:47 +0000

Young, educated Afghans are working to reclaim the country?and they need help now, more than ever, even as the U.S. debates its Afghanistan strategy

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Submit News to CKA News Quebec City mayor to right-wing protesters: you ?won the popularity contest? but go away
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:14:55 +0000
Mayor Regis Labeaume thanked members of the right-wing group, La Meute, for collaborating with police while some counter-protesters turned violent
Submit News to CKA News NAFTA chapter on Indigenous rights crucial, AFN national chief says
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:56:52 +0000

Perry Bellegarde says Canada can be viewed as a strong leader through its full inclusion of Indigenous peoples in trade talks

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Submit News to CKA News Cornwall, Ont. officials seek guidance on Haitian asylum seekers
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:37:28 +0000

Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced last week that a temporary shelter would be set up in Cornwall

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Submit News to CKA News Donald Trump on the future of the Afghanistan war: Video
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:26:31 +0000

Watch the president's first major primetime address on national security live at 9 p.m.

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Submit News to CKA News Brian Jean ?disappointed? in Calgary Pride decision to bar UCP from parade
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:03:36 +0000

Last weekend Pride organizers rejected the United Conservative Party's request to join the Calgary parade

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Submit News to CKA News Evening Update newsletter: Millions gather across North America for total solar eclipse; Spanish police kill main suspect in Barcelona van attack
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:01:53 -0400
Also: Ontario to build roads into Ring of Fire region
Submit News to CKA News Calgary Pride doesn?t want the United Conservative Party at their parade. The party?s hoping for a change of heart
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:00:09 +0000
The party was created last month after members of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties voted overwhelmingly to join forces
Submit News to CKA News NAFTA: A brief history
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:49:43 +0000

As NAFTA negotiations get underway, Maclean's explains the rocky road to the original agreement?and what negotiators are up against as they hammer out a new deal

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Submit News to CKA News Rebel Media scrambles to get website back online after service cut
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:45:27 -0400
Founder Ezra Levant said he was given 24 hours? notice and no explanation for the action
Submit News to CKA News MP going to Miami to address misinformation among asylum seekers
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:35:05 +0000

Haitian-Canadian MP Emmanuel Dubourg is part of the government's effort to more forcefully address a spike in border crossings

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Canadian Editorial/Opinion Newswatch

Submit News to CKA News Why a more independent Senate is working better for Canadians
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:42:23 +0000

Opinion: Independent Sen. Elaine McCoy on two ways the Senate has been improved by independence

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Submit News to CKA News Words and deeds: A rabbi watches the events in Charlottesville
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:26:05 +0000

Opinion: Baruch Frydman-Kohl on being shaken by modern antisemitism and hatred?and how to stand up to it

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Submit News to CKA News The loneliness of Donald Trump
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:28:58 +0000

Scott Gilmore: No longer able to command fear or respect, the U.S. president is suddenly very isolated and his White House a sideshow

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Submit News to CKA News Why the foreign buyers tax isn?t making Vancouver more affordable
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:30:36 +0000

Opinion: The lesson, one year into Vancouver?s foreign buyers tax, is that real-estate supply may actually be the city's biggest problem

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Submit News to CKA News The false equivalency of the criticism of the ?alt-left?
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:43:02 +0000

Opinion: Donald Trump believes that in Charlottesville, there was 'blame on both sides.' Except the sides aren't on the same moral plane.

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Submit News to CKA News This is the real Donald Trump, loud and clear
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:37:14 +0000

Anne Kingston: Trump's messaging is now so brazen that dog whistles are redundant. The signals are increasingly plain for all to see.

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Submit News to CKA News F?k it: Why we need to swear more
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:49:50 +0000

Scott Gilmore on the importance of swear words and why we can no longer describe our current world using polite vocabulary alone

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Submit News to CKA News It wasn?t a lone, unusual flare-up. Charlottesville really is America.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:58:11 +0000

Opinion: Comments from Gov. Terry McAuliffe reveal his failure in the tragedy in Charlottesville?and America's aversion to historical context

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Submit News to CKA News Democracy can?t be taken for granted. Charlottesville proves that.
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:13:46 +0000

Opinion: The tragedy in Charlottesville is a reminder that democracy requires constant commitment?even in places like the U.S. and Canada

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Submit News to CKA News As the North Korean crisis escalates, Canada must step up
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:22:52 +0000

Opinion: The U.S. has failed in its handling of North Korea?creating an opportunity for Canada to prove it is 'back' on the world stage

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Submit News to CKA News The migrant surge on the border isn?t a crisis, it?s just a fiasco
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:41:13 +0000

Terry Glavin: Canada can easily absorb migrants crossing into Quebec. The real problem is this country's dysfunctional immigration system.

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Submit News to CKA News After Brad Wall: What comes next for Saskatchewan
Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:27:23 +0000

Opinion: Tammy Robert on the legacy that Brad Wall?the departing Saskatchewan premier?may leave behind

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Submit News to CKA News Why we need to start worrying and fear the bomb
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:12:45 +0000

Opinion: As North Korea and America ratchet up tensions, there are Cold War echoes?a fear that must be harnessed to deter every kind of war

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Submit News to CKA News Canada?s immigration system is no kinder than America?s
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:11:43 +0000

Opinion: Despite the Liberals' boasts of its humanitarian credentials, Canada's refugee intake numbers reveal something else

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Submit News to CKA News Why the sons of Russian spies qualify as Canadians
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:27:47 +0000

Opinion: Canada's government could appeal a court ruling that said that the son of Russian spies is Canadian. They'd be wrong to do so.

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Submit News to CKA News Bill Morneau needs to start taking tax fairness seriously
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:21:28 +0000

Opinion: He can start by being transparent about how much high-income Canadians actually pay in taxes and receive in government transfers

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Submit News to CKA News Innovative science research in Canada is dying a silent death
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:27:51 +0000

Opinion: Federal science funding continues to be cut, shuttering labs and slowing innovation. And Canadians should be mad.

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Submit News to CKA News Can compassion successfully challenge the status quo on health?
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:44:13 +0000

Opinion: Compassion may have saved Obamacare. But in the U.S. and in Canada, there?s proof that more is needed for real healthcare change

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Submit News to CKA News Fake news? You ain?t seen nothing yet.
Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:10:06 +0000

Scott Gilmore: Public confidence in media, business, government and other institutions is already at an all-time low. New technology is set to make truth even harder to discern.

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Submit News to CKA News Adoption is not a passport to an Indigenous community
Sat, 05 Aug 2017 19:53:54 +0000

Opinion: At the core of Joseph Boyden's essay on his identity is the 'tried and tired' idea of adoption as passport

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Submit News to CKA News ?Game of Thrones??and the fantasy genre?has a diversity problem
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:08:55 +0000

Andray Domise: Why fantasy TV shows and movies like 'Game of Thrones' should ignore the genre's core Medieval tropes around race

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Submit News to CKA News Jailing sexual assault victims shows we must rethink sexual violence
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:35:44 +0000

Anne Kingston: The inhumane treatment of assault victims shows the insidious ways that social class and status intersect with sexual violence

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Submit News to CKA News Canada?s abysmal record as an arms dealer
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:13:42 +0000

This country's weapons sales to Saudi Arabia are scandalous, and recent deals with the Kurds are likely to end in disaster too

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Submit News to CKA News To win the fight against AIDS, we must end the war on drugs
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:29:05 +0000

Opinion: Injection drugs remain a key driver of the global HIV epidemic?and to solve it, we have to reform drug criminalization

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Submit News to CKA News Donald Trump?s phone-call leaks are a threat to America
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 22:16:27 +0000

Opinion: If world leaders can't trust America when they're on the phone with the President, what are they supposed to do?

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Submit News to CKA News B.C.?s LNG woes are the result of red tape and government stalling
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:07:29 +0000

OPINION: A window of opportunity existed for Canada to become a big player in LNG. We should be concerned about what we've lost.

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Submit News to CKA News Why Canada?s Indigenous principles document matters
Wed, 02 Aug 2017 23:53:23 +0000

Opinion: Canada faces a moment of truth?and a new document from Canada's Department of Justice can help show a way forward

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Submit News to CKA News Caroline Mulroney, the anti-Trudeau, enters the political fray
Wed, 02 Aug 2017 23:00:47 +0000

Andrew MacDougall on Caroline Mulroney's decision to follow in her father Brian's footsteps?and what she can learn from the current PM

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Submit News to CKA News The Dafonte Miller case reveals a troubling trust gap for police
Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:52:29 +0000

Opinion: Amid allegations of a cover-up in the alleged assault of a teen, the police's request for trust is hard to take

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Submit News to CKA News Why foreign press should stop fawning over Trudeau
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:50:51 +0000

Murad Hemmadi: The international press sees Justin Trudeau as a liberal saviour, and that's a problem.

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Submit News to CKA News The dimmed political legacy of Christy Clark
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 16:46:50 +0000

The seventh longest-serving premier in B.C. history leaves politics?and, after some electoral drama, a divided province?behind

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Submit News to CKA News What Anthony Scaramucci?s rant says about the Trump White House
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:50:25 +0000

Anthony Scaramucci's blow-up exposes major misunderstandings about political communications?and problems ahead for Trump

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Submit News to CKA News Canada?s climate shift will require everyone to get on the same page
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:09:13 +0000

Clarity and collaboration are needed in Canada's carbon-price approach to tackling climate change as a 2018 deadline looms

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Submit News to CKA News The Tories have failed to turn the Khadr payout into a political win
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:55:21 +0000

Most Canadians oppose Omar Khadr's $10.5-million settlement. Why hasn't that translated into Conservative Party support?

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Submit News to CKA News Why NAFTA?s Chapter 19 is worth fighting for
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:56:40 +0000

Canada has reportedly drawn a 'red line' over Chapter 19 as the U.S. calls for NAFTA renegotiations. That's a good thing.

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Submit News to CKA News What the Democrats? new ?Better Deal? policy means
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:00:11 +0000

The Democratic Party's new brand might feel like empty sloganeering?but it may also signal a big shift in thinking. Which one is it?

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Submit News to CKA News Why RCMP tactics?not weapons?failed against Justin Bourque
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:41:22 +0000

Justin Bourque killed three RCMP constables in Moncton in 2014?and with the national police force now on trial, a key point is being missed

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Submit News to CKA News ?Be fearless?: Advice from ?Mighty Mouse? to ?Golden Penny?
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:02:21 +0000

Elaine Tanner, one of Canada's greatest swimmers, offers words of wisdom to Penny Oleksiak?advice that would resonate with any young Canadian

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Submit News to CKA News The Liberals? plans for Indigenous reconciliation are just beads and trinkets
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:18:00 +0000

As the Assembly of First Nations prepares for its annual general assembly, the Liberals try to repackage old promises as new principles

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Submit News to CKA News For Canada 150, architects should aim for solutions, not landmarks
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:38:40 +0000

Canada's centennial spurred a slew of architectural glories. But 50 years later, a truly great monument would be a design for a better country

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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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