In a week and a bit, the trial of Mike Duffy will commence. Official Ottawa will be agog, apoplectic and absorbed—via Twitter, via Facebook, via regular breathless and live televised reports, issued from just outside the battlefield, i.e., the Ontario Court of Justice, at the Ottawa Courthouse on Elgin Street.
The Rest of Canada—that is, Joe and Jane Frontporch, who live and work South of the Queensway—will not give a rat’s ass. They will not pay the Duffy-related doings any heed. They will not care.
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In a surprising reversal, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announced that the next provincial election will be held in spring 2016, not in 2015 as many Albertans expected. “Three years ago, Progressive Conservative MLAs passed Alberta’s fixed election date law,” said… Continue Reading →
Less than 24 hours before the end of the massive likeitbuyitvancouver.com sale, Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep is dramatically dropping the price of a Dodge Dart, an amazing Viper and a tricked-out, one-of-a kind Jeep JK8 truck.
There are plenty of to-do list options out there, ready to equip your phone with software to help you meet deadlines. Todoist is one of those, and the iOS version of the app just got a massive redesign. First, instead of typing in an item, and then h…
Despite harsh criticism from scientists and First Nations of DFO’s flawed forecasting methods for the health of herring stocks, the department’s Director General, Pacific Region Sue Farlinger acknowledged today that she was unable to commit to the closure of a gillnet fishery in Area 7.
Farlinger flew to Bella Bella Monday afternoon for emergency meetings with Heiltsuk leaders after they occupied the central coast fisheries office in opposition to a planned gillnet fishery in their territory.
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I don’t want to make a big deal out of this, but I figured I’d let folks know that we have gone our separate ways. Have agreed to be friends, etc. All of that. But, after nearly six great years, it’s time to move on. And that’s all I’m going to be saying about it.
Toronto is known around the world for its multiculturalism as much as it is for cold winters and hockey. “Monument to Multiculturalism” by Francesco Perilli, stands in a highly prominent location on the south side of Front Street, in front of the main entrance of Union Station. The well-known sculpture depicts a man joining two of the world’s meridians, with the other meridians held by doves. In today’s Photo of the Day, which was submitted to the UrbanToronto Flickr Pool by Peter Crock, we are given a worm’s-eye view of the sculpture in relation to the freshly restored limestone facade of Union Station, the Royal York Hotel, and the modern office towers of the Financial District.
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Much of the millions of dollars of Cold-FX sales were built on false claims that the pills could bring ‘immediate relief’ of cold and flu symptoms, alleges the lawsuit filed in B.C.
Councillor Rob Ford (open Rob Ford’s policard) said he expects to learn Thursday if he can have potentially life-saving surgery to remove a cancerous tumour from his abdomen.
On Tuesday night, Toronto’s former mayor told Joe Warmington on Newstalk 1010 radio that he will meet with his surgical team Thursday to determine if the tumour has shrunk enough for them to operate.
Ford was diagnosed last September with a rare and aggressive cancer.
Ford, who underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, has quoted his doctors as saying the abdominal tumour needed to shrink to about three centimetres before surgeons will operate.
The 45-year-old married father of two young children underwent and MRI and CT scan Friday.
He said then that, if the scans show the tumour is too big to be removed, “it just means they can’t do anything more for me.”
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Overly safe playgrounds aren’t challenging enough for children’s bodies or minds, says a pediatrics professor at the University of B.C. — and they’re no fun, either. Developmental psychologist Mariana Brussoni says hovering parents and nervous school administrators have created a generation of boring playgrounds. The result: anxious, unfit young adults.
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For its 25th anniversary edition this summer, the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition will host a trio of teams from three continents, as well as expanded booze service. Details were illuminated at a launch event Tuesday night, and a representative of title sponsor Honda announced the three competing countries for the 2015 fireworks competition at Vancouver’s English Bay: China, Brazil, and Canada.
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Communities choose their system by local plebiscite
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While the City of Toronto and Uber square off in court over bylaws, the police have opened a second front in the battle against the popular taxi app with an undercover sting to catch UberX drivers operating without a commercial licence or insurance.
Dubbed “Operation Snowball,” police charged 11 UberX drivers over a three-day period in early March on stretches of Weston Rd. and Jane St. in the city’s northwest corner.
Toronto Police Service said that the blitz was a platoon initiative launched by 12 Division — in fact, a single officer laid all the charges, which weren’t criminal but violations of the Highway Traffic Act. If found guilty, the drivers face a fines that range from $800 to $22,500.
Undercover police have used the Uber app to order rides and charge drivers in Vancouver and Ottawa, as well as dozens of American and Australian cities.
The drivers’ first court date was on Tuesday, where they were represented by Gerald Chan, a partner of prominent defence lawyer Clayton Ruby.
Chan declined to comment and refused to say if he had been hired by Uber, a California-based Smartphone app company.
Uber wouldn’t confirm that they had hired the high-powered Ruby, citing a policy that doesn’t allow them to identify UberX drivers without their permission. Spokesperson Susie Heath was able to say that, in general, Uber fully supports its drivers in “instances of enforcement.”
Taxi companies and local governments have been pushing back against Uber around the world, arguing that Uber drivers generally receive less money than regulated taxi drivers and operate with less protection, insurance and oversight.
Last week, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, which oversees the insurance sector, released a warning to both riders and drivers who use ridesharing apps like Uber, saying that both parties could be unintentionally uninsured in case of an accident.
“Uber and other ridesharing companies have been pushing their luck,” said Peter Zahakos, CEO of Co-op Taxis, adding that they don’t have the same driver screening, safety inspections and insurance coverage as traditional brokerages.
In Toronto, Uber faces 36 bylaw infractions while the City has applied for a court injunction to block the company from operating here. The company also recently lost a bid to keep its insurance agreement secret.
It is also implicated in a high-profile civil suit brought by a Toronto Uber limosine driver, who is suing Justin Beiber after the singer allegedly punched him for not turning up the music.
Uber argues it doesn’t need to be licensed because it is not a taxi service, and says it remains optimistic about its future.
“We believe that by continuing to work collaboratively with all levels of government across the country, we will be able to establish a permanent regulatory framework for ridesharing here in Canada,” Uber representative Heath wrote in an email.
Mayor John Tory (open John Tory’s policard), who sided with Uber when he was still a candidate, told reporters Tuesday that he didn’t instruct the police to launch the operation, and believes that a solution must be found to allow it to operate in the city.
“I think the challenge that rests in front of us, as I’ve said many times before, is to find a way in which to make sure Uber — which has one of its largest markets in the world in Toronto — is in a position to carry on business here, while at the same time recognizing that other people competing with them for business are much more heavily regulated,” Tory said.
With files from Jennifer Pagliaro
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Toronto Maple Leafs fans, waiting forever it seems to show some love to one of their hockey heroes, turned to an old faithful Tuesday night.
James Reimer put in arguably his best performance of the season, stonewalling the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 and earning roars of fan approval not often heard for a Toronto goalie, or any other Leaf of late.
In fact, it was a bounty night for Leaf lovers, with Morgan Rielly scoring his eighth goal of the season and putting on another display of the skating and rush skills that should make him a candidate for team leadership in the near future.
Toronto won its second consecutive game, delivering more of the structured hockey that has been in coach Peter Horachek’s messages for months, but it was Reimer who played the biggest role.
The Lightning, who clinched a playoff berth on the weekend and are battling with Montreal and the Rangers for first overall in the Eastern Conference, outshot the Leafs 41-28.
“I saw a lot of pucks,” Reimer said, “but … we pushed guys to the outside and boxed out [and] I was able to see the pucks all night.”
The Leafs goalie followed up his win over Ottawa Saturday with the kind of mistake-free goaltending needed to beat an elite team. Reimer made large saves on Vladislav Mamenstnikov and Ondrej Palat during Leafs’ penalty kills, and with the home side trying desperately to exit the second period with a 2-1 lead.
Even when the visitors beat him — with Ryan Callaghan scoring off a rebound — it came after Reimer made a monster save; he shot across the crease with a strong push off from his right skate, and made a highlight splits save on Palat.
Reimer, with a solid all-round effort in front of him, shut down Steven Stamkos and snapped his points streak against the Leafs at six games.
“He’s arguably one of the best players in the league, he’s dangerous from anywhere,” Reimer said. “You have to play him honest, be square to him, and our guys did a great job there. Every shot he had was either off balance or from the outside.”
Toronto got goals from Nazem Kadri and David Booth, and defenceman TJ Brennan, seemingly an interchangeable part with the Leafs and Marlies, picked up an assist for his first point with the parent club.
Rielly and defensive partner Jake Gardiner, like Reimer, had arguably their best game together this season. Rielly also celebrated a special moment — his boyhood hockey friend, Slater Koekkoek, made his NHL debut with the Lightning.
The two date back to high school hockey at Notre Dame; and Koekkoek was drafted 10th overall in 2012, five picks after Rielly. Koekkoek, from Winchester, Ont., has had a tough road to the NHL, undergoing three shoulder surgeries since being drafted.
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British Columbia MP James Lunney is leaving the Conservative caucus because of perceived threats to his religious freedom as a Christian.
Lunney had already announced that he would not seek another term in the upcoming federal election, but his resignation means he will sit as an Independent in Parliament for the remainder of his term.
“I will seek an opportunity to address the House in defence of my beliefs and the concerns of my faith community,” he wrote on his website.
Lunney wrote he is leaving the party because “the realm of politics at senior levels” have become hostile to “a Christian world-view.”
“It is clear that any politician or candidate of faith is going to be subjected to the same public scrutiny in coming elections,” he said. In February, Ontario Tory Rick Nicholls received flak from his own party when he said he didn’t believe in evolution.
On Feb. 28, Lunney tweeted to “stop calling #evolution fact.” His tweet was retweeted 98 times and the story was picked up by multiple media outlets, but not the Star.
Lunney wrote that comments he made about evolution on Twitter were “inflated by media” and “blended with other unrelated but alleged heretical statements.”
Lunney equated criticism of his beliefs with racial and religious bigotry.
“Such ignorance and bigotry cloaked in defence of science is as repugnant as bigotry of any other origin,” he wrote. “It is based in a false construct from another century and is a flagrant violation of a society that is multicultural, multi-racial and multi faith and strives to be accepting of differences.”
Lunney said the decision was his own, and that he will continue to vote alongside his Conservative colleagues.
“Given the circling trolls, I do not intend to entangle the most multi-racial, multicultural and multi-faith caucus in parliamentary history in my decision to defend my beliefs,” he said.
Lunney announced that he would not seek re-election in 2015 because the riding he has served since 2000, Nanaimo—Alberni, will have its border redrawn in the coming federal election.
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WASHINGTON—Troy Williams lives in Utah. His first boyfriend brought him to a company Christmas party. The boyfriend got fired a week later.
There was nothing to be done. In Utah, as in most states, job discrimination against gays and lesbians was perfectly legal.
Critics of Indiana’s “religious freedom” law accuse state politicians of handing bigots a “licence to discriminate.” The national uproar may obscure a relevant fact: discrimination against gays and lesbians people is already allowed in much of the country.
Utah, for example, doesn’t have an Indiana-like religious freedom law. But until three weeks ago, the state had never included sexual orientation or gender identity on its list of prohibited grounds for discrimination.
If a city didn’t impose its own restrictions, homophobic landlords and corporate managers could do as they pleased. They took advantage: Williams, now executive director of Equality Utah, said he collected enough distressing stories to fill “books.”
“Everything,” he said. “People getting fired from their jobs. Evicted from their homes. Et cetera.”
Utah’s new law, passed with the once-unthinkable endorsement of Mormon religious leaders, forbids anti-gay discrimination in housing and employment. The law permits discrimination in public accommodations like stores and restaurants, but the gay community in one of America’s most conservative places is celebrating more than complaining: fewer than half of the 50 states offer any protections at all.
Undeterred by the crisis engulfing Indiana, the Arkansas legislature passed a similar religious freedom law on Tuesday. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence held a morning news conference to announce he would “fix” his law to make clear that it does not allow discrimination.
Both the Indiana and Arkansas laws allow residents to challenge any other law that would put a “substantial burden” on their exercise of religion. Some legal experts believe that language might allow discrimination against gays and lesbians trying to purchase wedding services.
The symbolism is powerful. In vast swaths of both states, the impact is nonexistent: businesses in most of Indiana and Arkansas have always been allowed to turn away same-sex couples.
The practical question is whether the new laws will trump the anti-discrimination laws of cities like Indianapolis and Little Rock — and, crucially, the laws of the future.
Both sides of the fight are “playing a long game,” said Ira Lupu, emeritus law professor at George Washington University. The religious freedom law might not give any new power to a rural-Indiana baker now, Lupu said, but it might help down the road if the gay rights movement keeps gaining.
“If you’re on the religious right, the long game looks like this. We’re going to lose on marriage equality. We see that coming. The next wave . . . is pushes for anti-discrimination laws. And we want a RFRA (religious freedom law), or something else that protects us, in case, when those laws come,” he said.
Almost all of the solidly Republican states of the South, Great Plains and Mountain West omit gays and lesbians from anti-discrimination laws. So do the Democratic-leaning northern states of Pennsylvania and Michigan. In the places where progress has been slowest, fears of firings and evictions can temper the happiest of moments.
Gay marriage supporters in Huntsville, Alabama held a joyous “wedding week” event in February. At least three couples told James Robinson, executive director of the organization Free2Be, not to share photos of them.
“They came out and they got married, but even though we saw them and talked to them, they would tell us, ‘Please don’t put my picture on social media, please don’t say anything about me,’ ” Robinson said.
“Because they knew, the next day when they went back to work, they could lose their job.”
Teck Resources and its associates invested more than $2.25 million in contributions to political friends in British Columbia. That was a good deal for BC Liberals but, whether or not it benefited shareholders – the largest of which are Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., China Investment Corporation and Blackrock Inc. – is uncertain.
In recent days, Teck Resources has denied rumours of a merger or takeover involving Antofagasta PLC, a significantly larger company controlled by Chile’s wealthiest family, headed by Iris Fontbona-Luksic. According to the company, about 20% of Teck’s non-current assets are in Chile.
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Accused terrorist John Nuttall pleaded with an undercover police officer for spiritual guidance in the weeks before he planted inert bombs at the Legislature.