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Submit News to CKA News ?Always smiling?: Anne Marie D?Amico named as one of 10 victims of Toronto van attack
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:31:50 +0000
D?Amico was an employee of U.S. based investment management firm Invesco Canada, president Peter Intraligi confirmed in a statement
Submit News to CKA News What we know about Alek Minassian, the suspect in the Toronto van attack
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:29:33 +0000
One former student at Thornlea Secondary School, which Minassian attended, said his former classmate stood out for his odd behaviour
Submit News to CKA News New environmental assessment law leaves too much power in hands of politicians, industry and environmental groups warn
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:59:07 +0000
The new bill gives the federal environment minister much of the same discretionary power as the existing Harper-era legislation
Submit News to CKA News Fisheries department doing too little to protect wild fish from salmon farms, federal audit finds
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:54:39 +0000
The audit found that Fisheries and Oceans Canada is not doing enough to prevent the spread of infectious disease
Submit News to CKA News Alek Minassian charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, 13 attempted murders in Toronto van attack
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:46:34 +0000
In Ottawa, Trudeau did not have any new information on the suspect?s possible motives, but said there is still no evident link to terrorism
Submit News to CKA News Toronto van attack victim identified as Anne Marie D?Amico
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:19:12 +0000

A friend described her death as the loss of one of the 'brightest lights & biggest hearts.'

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Submit News to CKA News Toronto van attack: A subdued Justin Trudeau answers questions
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:05:41 +0000

Trudeau: 'All Canadians are with Toronto today in our hearts, in our prayers, in our thoughts'

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Submit News to CKA News What we know about Alek Minassian?alleged Toronto van attacker
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:44:13 +0000

The 25-year-old Seneca student was arrested after a deadly van attack that killed 10 people in Toronto on Monday.

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Submit News to CKA News Justin Trudeau on Toronto van attack: All Canadians stand united
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:07:26 +0000

A full transcript of what Prime Minister Trudeau said on the deadly Toronto van attack.

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Submit News to CKA News With food and USB drives in bottles, activists try to penetrate North Korea through river currents
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:03:47 +0000
The USB sticks in these bottles contained subtitled footage of Trump's January address, in which the president called North Korea's dictatorship 'cruel' and 'depraved'
Submit News to CKA News Alek Minassian, suspect in deadly Toronto van attack, to appear in court Tuesday morning
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:51:23 +0000
Police say charges against the 25-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., will be revealed at that time
Submit News to CKA News Mental illness or terrorism ? motives behind using vehicles to ram into pedestrians vary
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:14:12 +0000
As the public grapples with the toll of one man's collision with pedestrians in Toronto on Monday ? which killed 10 and injured 15 ? speculation is hard to avoid
Submit News to CKA News ?Pure carnage? as van hits pedestrians in Toronto: 10 dead, 15 injured and man arrested
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:24:49 +0000
Police confirmed the suspect?s identity as Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, north of Toronto. He appeared to have no prior run-ins with Toronto police
Submit News to CKA News Videos show lone Toronto police officer arresting suspect after van hits pedestrians: ?This guy is a hero?
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:31:07 +0000
The officer, who was the first on the scene, arrested the suspect without firing a single shot. On social media, he's being heralded as a hero
Submit News to CKA News Toronto Police chief on van attack: ?The officer did a fantastic job?
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:02:35 +0000

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders on the van attack that killed 10 people.

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Submit News to CKA News Toronto van attack witnesses recall the horror: ?Hit and go, hit and go. It didn?t stop?
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:57:37 +0000

Jalal Faghihi watched in horror as the driver struck six people?initially fearing one of the victims could be his wife. He's one of numerous eyewitnesses police want to hear from in the coming days.

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Submit News to CKA News Toronto police chief provides update on van attack: live video
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:05:46 +0000
Submit News to CKA News The first glimpse of royals babies: On the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary?s
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:34:34 +0000

The Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London is a popular place for royal reveals of newborn babies. Scroll through several decades’ worth of photo ops on some of…

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Submit News to CKA News Royal babies, the next generation: adorable and into mischief
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:31:48 +0000

In many ways, royal kids live in a different world. But in many ways, they're just like us.

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Submit News to CKA News Toronto van attack: The cop who didn?t shoot
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:19:29 +0000

Scott Gilmore: Amidst the chaos and horror, a Toronto police officer calmly faced down the driver. It's a moment we should remember.

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Submit News to CKA News Toronto van attack suspect to police: ?Kill me?
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:14:49 +0000

He was apprehended by a single police officer near Sheppard Avenue after running down dozens of pedestrians

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Submit News to CKA News Toronto van incident near Yonge and Finch leaves 10 dead
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:00:13 +0000

Update: A white van struck pedestrians Monday afternoon, leaving ten people dead and 15 injured.

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Submit News to CKA News Toronto van crash: Transcript of Toronto Police statement to media
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:43:58 +0000

?I can assure the public that all our available resources have been brought in to address this tragic situation.?

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Submit News to CKA News Photos from the scene of Monday?s van rampage
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:33:20 +0000

These photos from Twitter and CityNews staff show scenes from the van crash in north Torotno

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Submit News to CKA News Toronto van attack: 10 pedestrians dead, 15 injured near Yonge and Finch
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:02:46 +0000

The driver is in custody and police say they have mobilized "all available resources'' as they investigate the incident

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Submit News to CKA News Andrea Horwath makes her play to displace the Liberals among Ontario?s left
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:47:53 +0000

Opinion: With a platform that's progressive and relatively fiscally restrained, the Ontario NDP is hoping to seize its window for success. Can it rise above the noise?

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Submit News to CKA News Don?t blame Mark Zuckerberg, you want Facebook to have your data
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:16:56 +0000

Ron Tite rants about why you shouldn't blame Facebook or Mark Zuckerberg for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and why targeted advertising backed by real data on platforms like Facebook is actually amazing.

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Submit News to CKA News It?s a boy! Kate Middleton gives birth to third child
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:05:20 +0000

The Queen's sixth great-grandchild is fifth in line to the throne

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Submit News to CKA News Kate Middleton is in labour with the royal baby
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:47:55 +0000

The royal baby is coming. Kensington Palace announced that Kate Middleton was admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour.

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Submit News to CKA News Justin Trudeau was a hard act to follow, but the next speaker defined the most important issue of the 2019 election
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:19:16 +0000

At the Liberal convention, Dr. Danielle Martin argued a national pharmacare program is long overdue: 'No rational person would design a healthcare system this way'

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Submit News to CKA News Memo to Alberta: Get a grip
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:00:56 +0000

Stephen Maher: Indignation over pipelines is over the top?B.C.'s concerns are valid and Ottawa has far from failed to back the oil sands.

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Submit News to CKA News The Supreme Court?s beer ruling doesn?t mean Trans Mountain is doomed
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:42:09 +0000

If provinces can restrict beer, why not bitumen? Deep legal thinkers don't see it that way.

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Submit News to CKA News A tribute to the Humboldt Broncos
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:00:16 +0000

Here are some touching tributes that were shared, as the Humboldt community and all of Canada grieved the loss of 16 people in the Broncos?s tragic highway bus crash.

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Submit News to CKA News Justin Trudeau?s speech to the Liberal Convention a rehearsal for 2019 election
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:57:14 +0000

Trudeau didn't apologize for any mistakes on Saturday, but he has tweaked his tone from crowd-pleasing in 2015 to crowd-appeasing now.

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Submit News to CKA News Justin Trudeau tells convention the Conservatives are still ?Harper?s party?: speech transcript
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:16:47 +0000

Trudeau: 'The politics of fear and division have been emboldened by successful campaigns elsewhere in the world to divide people against one another'

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Submit News to CKA News Instead of policy, Gerald Butts and David Axelrod ponder the meaning of political life
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:00:18 +0000

The PM's advisor and the former advisor to Barack Obama met at the Liberal convention to talk about their lives, jobs and the value of attack ads

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Submit News to CKA News Sophie Grégoire Trudeau?s convention speech: ?You can count on us, Justin and I?
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:12:11 +0000

The most memorable moments from her keynote address?from meeting Trudeau to entering politics and pushing through 'the hard days'

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Submit News to CKA News A basic universal income in Canada is more realistic than you think
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:52:40 +0000

Opinion: Prosperous societies have a duty to explore a universal basic income, says Hugh Segal?and we're already testing the idea here in Canada

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Submit News to CKA News Can the Liberal national convention in Halifax boost morale?
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:39:59 +0000

The slumping party is gathering in Halifax?far from pipeline troubles out West?with a focus more on rallying the troops than making policy

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Submit News to CKA News Why are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married at Windsor Castle?
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:28:17 +0000

Prince William and Kate's wedding was a massive affair. But the intimate setting of St. George's Chapel, inside Windsor Castle, has a lot going for it

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Submit News to CKA News Why a lot of B.C. skiers are kissing Whistler goodbye
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:53:14 +0000

A takeover by a U.S. giant Vail Resorts drove prices from high to stratospheric, say Vancouver snow mavens. Then there's the whole Fahrenheit thing.

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Submit News to CKA News Letting kids roam: What?s allowed, where, and at what age
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:30:24 +0000

Leaving kids unsupervised is a legal grey area. But in some places?like airplane cabins and the parking lots of Quebec?the rules are hard and fast

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Submit News to CKA News Alexandre Bissonnette?s loved ones missed the signs. We can?t make that mistake again.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:55:13 +0000

Opinion: A reformed white supremacist on how easy it is to disregard clues of radicalization?just as they were with the man who killed six in a Quebec City mosque

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Submit News to CKA News As Queen Elizabeth II?s last corgi dies, a baffling era comes to an end
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:27:11 +0000

Now that Willow, the Queen's last corgi, has died, let's finally say it?the demure Queen's love for the feisty, violent dogs that she bred for 80 years was odd

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Submit News to CKA News Those who call Jesus Christ a feminist are ?grasping at straws?
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:10:19 +0000

April 20, 2018: Maclean?s readers weigh in on whether Jesus was a feminist, the air strikes in Syria, the author who fibbed that he was born in Flin Flon and more

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Submit News to CKA News How well do the Liberals know cannabis slang?
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:27:33 +0000

The Liberal government compiled a list of cannabis slang. Let's see how many terms Canadians have actually heard before.

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Submit News to CKA News Here?s what we know about who uses cannabis in Canada, and how
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:18:48 +0000

New figures from Statistics Canada provide some of the clearest pictures of cannabis consumption in the country to date

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Submit News to CKA News What the NDP?s ethics critic is not liking about Facebook?s role in Ottawa
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:08:02 +0000

At the House of Commons ethics committee and in an interview with Maclean's, Charlie Angus questioned Facebook's political ties in Ottawa and lack of lobbying registration

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Submit News to CKA News A front row seat for James Comey?s street fight with Donald Trump
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:37:50 +0000

Allen Abel reports from the streets of NYC, as the fired FBI chief hawks his new book and trades insults with America's president

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Submit News to CKA News Canada is not a country.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:16:50 +0000

Scott Gilmore: If our rag tag federation can?t build pipelines, move beer or find some common bonds, we may have a fatal problem

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Canadian Editorial/Opinion Newswatch

Submit News to CKA News Andrea Horwath makes her play to displace the Liberals among Ontario?s left
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:47:53 +0000

Opinion: With a platform that's progressive and relatively fiscally restrained, the Ontario NDP is hoping to seize its window for success. Can it rise above the noise?

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Submit News to CKA News Don?t blame Mark Zuckerberg, you want Facebook to have your data
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:16:56 +0000

Ron Tite rants about why you shouldn't blame Facebook or Mark Zuckerberg for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and why targeted advertising backed by real data on platforms like Facebook is actually amazing.

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Submit News to CKA News Memo to Alberta: Get a grip
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:00:56 +0000

Stephen Maher: Indignation over pipelines is over the top?B.C.'s concerns are valid and Ottawa has far from failed to back the oil sands.

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Submit News to CKA News A basic universal income in Canada is more realistic than you think
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:52:40 +0000

Opinion: Prosperous societies have a duty to explore a universal basic income, says Hugh Segal?and we're already testing the idea here in Canada

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Submit News to CKA News Alexandre Bissonnette?s loved ones missed the signs. We can?t make that mistake again.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:55:13 +0000

Opinion: A reformed white supremacist on how easy it is to disregard clues of radicalization?just as they were with the man who killed six in a Quebec City mosque

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Submit News to CKA News Those who call Jesus Christ a feminist are ?grasping at straws?
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:10:19 +0000

April 20, 2018: Maclean?s readers weigh in on whether Jesus was a feminist, the air strikes in Syria, the author who fibbed that he was born in Flin Flon and more

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Submit News to CKA News Canada is not a country.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:16:50 +0000

Scott Gilmore: If our rag tag federation can?t build pipelines, move beer or find some common bonds, we may have a fatal problem

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Submit News to CKA News To win, Kathleen Wynne first needs to realize she actually is Hillary Clinton
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:34:21 +0000

Opinion: As the Liberals work to brand Doug Ford as Donald Trump, Ontario's premier insists she's no Hillary Clinton?which shows she's missing the point

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Submit News to CKA News In its ?free-the-beer? ruling, the Supreme Court reveals its contradictions
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:35:39 +0000

Opinion: The Supreme Court?neutered by politics?delivers a craven, logically inconsistent decision on Gerard Comeau?s cross-border alcohol fight

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Submit News to CKA News After you?re dead and gone, will your tweets and Facebook updates even be remembered?
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:15:03 +0000

Scott Gilmore: Even the humblest among us is leaving behind massive piles of information. But when everyone is creating digital monuments, only a tiny fraction will ever stand out

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Submit News to CKA News Donald Trump has dragged James Comey into the partisan muck
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:06:15 +0000

Opinion: James Comey's new book has prompted the former FBI director to descend into political partisanship?and that's unfortunate

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Submit News to CKA News A letter to a grandmother: ?I love you the way someone loves their home country?
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:15:09 +0000

Before You Go: Anna Maxymiw's relationship with her Ukrainian baba hasn't always been easy. But a hospital scare helped her see her anew

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Submit News to CKA News Diplomacy is dead?and party politics killed it
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:54:41 +0000

In Canada and the U.S., ideology has overtaken rational diplomacy which couldn?t come at a more dangerous time.

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Submit News to CKA News For this ?hockey wife,? the Humboldt tragedy hits close to home
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:26:25 +0000

For years, Jessica Scott-Reid has seen her husband off as he boards the team bus?and knows firsthand how off-ice tragedy can shake people whose loved ones play hockey

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Submit News to CKA News How I went from Supreme Court chief justice to ?Citizen McLachlin?
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:32:20 +0000

After 36 years of making important choices, Beverley McLachlin is now making mundane ones again?part of the wonders and challenges of retirement

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Submit News to CKA News Nationalizing Kinder Morgan?s Trans Mountain pipeline is a terrible idea
Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:17:51 +0000

Opinion: Despite politicians musing about 'de-risking' Trans Mountain's pipeline, there are a slew of reasons why government shouldn't get involved

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Submit News to CKA News The most logical peacekeeping mission for Canada might be an economic one
Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:53:26 +0000

Opinion: As trade war threatens to break out between the U.S. and China, Canada can use the International Monetary Fund's spring meetings to keep the peace

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Submit News to CKA News Doug Ford needs to find his gravy train
Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:32:19 +0000

Opinion: The Ontario Liberals are casting Doug Ford as a malign mix of Rob Ford and Donald Trump. But there is one thing he can learn from both of them

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Submit News to CKA News Jody Wilson-Raybould: My vision for the future of the Charter
Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:00:56 +0000

Opinion: As the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms turns 36, Canada's Justice Minister says there's plenty of work still to do?especially on Indigenous rights

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Submit News to CKA News Justin Trudeau is going to have to buy himself a pipeline
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:47:32 +0000

Stephen Maher: Putting up the money for Kinder Morgan would help Rachel Notley, reassure investors and give B.C.'s John Horgan an out

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Submit News to CKA News Russia and Iran have won Syria. They might not like what comes next.
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:01:13 +0000

Adnan R. Khan: The Russians and Iranians are in full control now. But their victory will leave them dangerously exposed in a devastated country.

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Submit News to CKA News The Senate is ?an absolutely useless body?
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:00:39 +0000

April 13, 2018: Maclean's readers weigh in on the Senate, the dangers of political partisanship, the Wynne government's big-deficit plan for Ontario and more

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Submit News to CKA News At least Trump?s ?Make My Associates In Legal Jeopardy Again? plan is working
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:57:44 +0000

Opinion: The raid of the office of Michael Cohen?the U.S. President's longtime personal lawyer?is a reminder of what Donald Trump is doing well

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Submit News to CKA News Bob Rae?s report on the Rohingya falls frustratingly short
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:40:05 +0000

Alberta MP Garnett Genuis on the special envoy's delayed report and how it fails to put forth tough, necessary measures to stop a genocide

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Submit News to CKA News The Kinder Morgan spat is an intractable slog?but it?s also democracy in action
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:17:50 +0000

Opinion: The Kinder Morgan pipeline battle doesn?t represent a failure of democracy, federalism, or the rule of law?it's the system doing what it's meant to do

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Submit News to CKA News Trans Mountain shows that investor confidence is collapsing in Canada
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:46:48 +0000

Opinion: Kinder Morgan's suspension of non-essential spending on its pipeline is just more proof that these days, businesses aren't as interested in investing in Canada

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Submit News to CKA News What the U.S. pro-life movement forgets about its own roots
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:46:33 +0000

Opinion: Pope Francis has been slammed for equating the saving of 'innocent unborn' with migrants. But social justice sparked the anti-abortion movement in the first place

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Submit News to CKA News Ontario?s election is about to be a scramble for working class votes
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:29:06 +0000

Tom Parkin: The emerging issue of the election is affordability of everyday life. And with the Liberals sinking, we may see an epic right-left battle.

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Submit News to CKA News How sugar taxes punish the people
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:20:24 +0000

Opinion: Taxing sugar is another policy that 'blames the victim' rather than tackling the root cause of chronic diseases

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Submit News to CKA News Maxime Bernier?s vanity is jeopardizing Conservative Party unity
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:22:11 +0000

Opinion: The second-place finisher in the Tories' leadership race says 'fake Conservatives' helped Andrew Scheer win?a statement that's petty and poorly timed

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Submit News to CKA News David Johnston: Canada?s strong culture of giving is in danger
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:16:56 +0000

Opinion: The future of philanthropy in Canada is in doubt, writes the former governor general. How can Canadians be encouraged to donate more?

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Submit News to CKA News How Israel became a defender of the Syrian people
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:27:19 +0000

Terry Glavin: With the U.S. wavering and the chemical attacks continuing, Israelis have found themselves drawn reluctantly into the chaos

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Submit News to CKA News In defence of veganism
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 16:45:07 +0000

Opinion: An anti-meat protest outside Toronto's Antler restaurant went viral. But not all vegans should be painted with the same militant brush

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Submit News to CKA News Will Trump outsmart us all with his trade war gamble?
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 01:50:37 +0000

Opinion: As threats of a trade war heat up, President Trump may be playing a very canny game

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Submit News to CKA News Why do we rely on UK to disclose Canada?s pay inequity?
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 01:34:55 +0000

Anne Kingston: It's time for corporate Canada to disclose its gender pay gap at home

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Submit News to CKA News Nobody should believe Canadian politicians who promise to fight climate change
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:20:34 +0000

Paul Wells: Most governments routinely blow their emissions reduction targets, punting solutions down the road. Why should anyone expect that to change?

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Submit News to CKA News How Stormy Daniels is closing the credibility gap for women
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:19:32 +0000

Opinion: #MeToo is about sexual assault, but also about the worthiness of women as credible narrators?and Stormy Daniels is among those leading that charge

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Submit News to CKA News Thanks to NIMBYs, the rest of Canada might be right about Toronto
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 18:16:45 +0000

Tabatha Southey has long argued that Toronto is a great place to live. But a rising tide of not-in-my-backyard attitudes is making her position hard to defend

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Submit News to CKA News Canada?s mortgage market might be a cesspool, the federal government just warned
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:27:15 +0000

Opinion: A report quietly released by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada warns mortgage specialists are incentivized to sell mortgages that yield higher commissions, with insufficient oversight

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Submit News to CKA News Here?s why we?America?s youth?will prevail in the fight for gun safety
Thu, 05 Apr 2018 18:56:13 +0000

Opinion: Maryland student Michael Solomon on why representation is the key to turning the March For Our Lives moment into a sustained movement

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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.

OTHER CASES

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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