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Former staffer alleges she was sexually assaulted by former MPP: lawyer

TORONTO — A former political staffer is alleging she was sexually assaulted by a Liberal member of Ontario’s legislature when she was working for him more than a decade ago, the woman’s lawyer said Friday. John Nunziata, who represents the woman, said he is not willing to release the name of the accused, but identified … Continue reading “Former staffer alleges she was sexually assaulted by former MPP: lawyer”

New Democrats hear Leap Manifesto push on eve of convention

OTTAWA — New Democrats and others were presented with an unapologetically radical vision of Canadian politics Thursday, as they sought to tap into the magic that helped create the “insurgent campaigns” of Bernie Sanders in the U.S. and Jeremy Corbyn of Britain. The vision was presented at an event organized by the same people who … Continue reading “New Democrats hear Leap Manifesto push on eve of convention”

Ontario PC leadership candidates face off for first time

TORONTO — A Progressive Conservative government in Ontario would not implement a planned minimum wage increase next year, no matter who ends up winning the race to lead the party through the spring election. In an hour-long debate Thursday, the four candidates vying for the top Tory post were united in their opposition to a … Continue reading “Ontario PC leadership candidates face off for first time”

Garneau asks officials to explore all options for reducing incidents where laser pointers are aimed at planes

OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau has instructed his officials to explore “all possible options” to crack down on the dangerous practice of aiming laser pointers at aircraft. And a federal official says those options include banning certain types of lasers outright. The number of laser incidents has actually dropped by 25 per cent since … Continue reading “Garneau asks officials to explore all options for reducing incidents where laser pointers are aimed at planes”

Patrick Brown challenges accusers to press charges

TORONTO — Patrick Brown has stepped up his campaign to defend himself against sexual misconduct allegations, challenging his accusers to take their complaints to police and lashing out at CTV News as the broadcaster reported one of the women quoted in its original story has now changed a key detail in her account. In a … Continue reading “Patrick Brown challenges accusers to press charges”

Statistics Canada looking down the drain to determine levels of pot consumption

OTTAWA — The federal government is taking a somewhat noxious approach to studying just how much pot Canadians are consuming: researching our sewage. Statistics Canada will spend up to $600,000 a year for a contractor to regularly test waste water from 15 to 20 municipalities across the country for traces of THC, the active ingredient … Continue reading “Statistics Canada looking down the drain to determine levels of pot consumption”

Feds to table budget Feb. 27 as Canada faces trade, competitiveness uncertainty

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau will introduce the federal government’s next budget on Feb. 27 as the country faces persistent uncertainty around trade and competitiveness. With the future clouded by such unknowns, private-sector experts will press Morneau to keep his fiscal powder dry when they gather later this week for their annual pre-budget meeting. … Continue reading “Feds to table budget Feb. 27 as Canada faces trade, competitiveness uncertainty”

Economists to push for fiscal restraint in pre-budget meeting with Morneau

OTTAWA — With so much uncertainty surrounding trade and competitiveness, private-sector economists will press Finance Minister Bill Morneau to keep his fiscal powder dry when they gather later this week for a pre-budget meeting. Morneau is scheduled to sit down Friday in Toronto with leading economists at a roundtable that typically includes about a dozen … Continue reading “Economists to push for fiscal restraint in pre-budget meeting with Morneau”

Scotiabank buying investment manager Jarislowsky Fraser for $950M

TORONTO — Scotiabank announced a deal Monday to buy investment manager Jarislowsky Fraser for $950 million. “Jarislowsky Fraser is an iconic Canadian brand with a disciplined investment process, a team-oriented approach with a proven high-calibre investment team, and a long history of delivering outstanding investment capabilities to institutional investors and high net worth families,” Scotiabank … Continue reading “Scotiabank buying investment manager Jarislowsky Fraser for $950M”

Patrick Brown says he can disprove sexual misconduct allegations against him

TORONTO – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, who stepped down from his position late last month amid allegations of sexual misconduct, said Sunday he can disprove the accusations. In a lengthy Facebook post, Patrick Brown wrote that he has been investigating the allegations reported by CTV News. He said specific details of … Continue reading “Patrick Brown says he can disprove sexual misconduct allegations against him”