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Local reaction to Patrick Brown’s PC leadership bid


Twenty-four hours after Patrick Brown vowed to reclaim his old job, it’s becoming clear there are deep divisions within the Ontario Progressive Conservative caucus. Meanwhile, Brown says he’s bolstered by a groundswell of support from grassroots party members, despite sexual misconduct allegations. “We are in very unchartered waters at this point, we actually have a case where Patrick Brown is applying to replace Patrick Brown,” says Laurentian University professor Michael Johns. His decision to run for the party’s top job on Friday came hours after interim leader Vic Fedeli kickedRead More

Accused in attacks fit to stand trial, but second assessment not yet complete

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif

The man accused in the Sept. 30 attacks in Edmonton has been found fit to stand trial, although an assessment on his mental state at the time of the alleged assaults has not been completed. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif appeared in court Friday on the 11 charges he faced in connection to the attack – where an Edmonton Police Service officer was hit by a vehicle and then stabbed, and hours later, a cube van hit four people in the downtown core. His lawyer told court Friday an assessment found SharifRead More

20,000 part-time college workers vote to unionize

Georgian College

Approximately 20,000 part-time support staff at the province’s colleges have voted to join the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. OPSEU says 84 per cent of the ballots counted were cast of in favour of joining the union. It says the supervised vote at all 24 Ontario community colleges was held in June 2016, but legal wrangling by the College Employer Council kept ballots from being counted until this week. OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas called the vote “a magnificent victory for part-time college support staff and for all the peopleRead More

Chief of defence says military not talking to U.S. about joining missile defence

OTTAWA – While the Canadian military is preparing to work with the U.S. on upgrading North America’s aging defences, Canada’s top general says there have been absolutely no talks about joining its ballistic-missile shield program. Chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance’s comments come amid swirling questions over Canada’s potential involvement in ballistic-missile defence, particularly given rampant concerns about North Korea. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan appeared to leave the door open to participating in the controversial program in October, but the government has otherwise remained largely ambiguous when asked aboutRead More

Telethon perfecting their acts with band rehearsal

From CTV Northern Ontario: Musicians and singers rehearse for Saturday’s 69th CTV Lions Children’s Christmas telethon. Source link #canadiannews #worldnews #headlinenews and stories from around the world USA Today News Headlines USA News Headlines ABC NEWS Headlines

Senior knocked unconscious following road rage attack northeast of Airdrie

Members of the Airdrie RCMP detachment are asking for help from the public with identifying the driver of a pickup truck following a Tuesday afternoon road rage incident that left an elderly man unconscious. According to RCMP, an elderly man was driving eastbound on Highway 72, between the QEII Highway and Beiseker, at approximately 5:00 p.m. when his vehicle was overtaken by a newer model Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck. After passing the vehicle, the driver of the pickup allegedly performed a number of brake checks and continued to driveRead More

Metrolinx wants to run above ground power lines to electrify all-day GO train service

In order to bring all-day, two-way GO train service to the Barrie corridor, Metrolinx will need to electrify the line, but that requires power. Metrolinx wants to tap into a hydro transmission station on Tiffin Street and run power lines down the city’s existing freight rail corridor to the Allandale GO station. It also requires a partnership with the city. “It’s important. We want the service to happen. It’s not like there is another corridor,” says Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. Metrolinx wants to build the lines above ground, but theRead More

Searchers looking near Revelstoke for missing plane carrying 2 people

Searchers are combing a mountainous area near Revelstoke, B.C. for any sign of a missing single-engine aircraft carrying two people that took off from Penticton en route to Edmonton on Saturday. The white and burgundy striped Mooney airplane left Penticton around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and was reported four hours overdue from Edmonton around 10:40 p.m. Saturday night. Searchers started looking immediately with a Hercules aircraft, and on Sunday several more helicopters joined the effort. “We’ve had aircraft out searching today under challenging conditions to the best of their ability,” saidRead More

Canadian screen industry to ‘move speedily’ on drafting new code of conduct

Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Published Friday, November 24, 2017 5:26PM EST TORONTO — Groups representing Canada’s screen and stage talent say they feel a sense of “urgency” in implementing a new collective approach to end sexual harassment, but they also want to get it right. Representatives from 16 organizations — including the actors’ union ACTRA, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) — gathered with a moderator and a few lawyers Thursday in a five-hour, closed-door meeting in Toronto to discuss sexualRead More

Emily Cablek speaks out to help others, 5 years after abducted kids returned

Emily Cablek never gave up. When her ex-husband Kevin Maryk abducted her two children and hid them in Mexico for nearly four years, she never stopped searching. Five years later, the mother of two has also found herself. “When they were abducted life just kind of stopped for me,” Cablek said. “It’s taken me a while to be strong about what I went through. I finally know me.” Before the abduction, before the divorce and custody battle for her children, Cablek said she was in a relationship with Maryk forRead More