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Top Aboriginal chief blasts Winnipeg police in Tina Fontaine case

The country’s top Aboriginal leader has accused the Winnipeg police of failing to protect a missing 15 year old girl who they interacted with just hours before her disappearance. National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Perry Bellegarde, says the two officers who came into contact with Tina Fontaine didn’t do their job. Read More

Ontario to offer hydro rebates to low-income earners, increase rates for others

Queen’s Park is planning to decrease hydro rates for low-income households as part a change in government programs. The plan includes rebates from 20 to 50 dollars a month, based on a sliding scale that takes income and family size into account. At the same time, households outside the low-income bracket will see an average Read More

Omar Khadr bail hearing underway in Edmonton

Omar Khadr, the man convicted of war crimes in the US, was in an Edmonton courtroom for a bail hearing. Khadr’s lawyer is appealing for his client to be released on bail as he appeals his conviction. The Canadian national was arrested in 2002 and held at Guantanamo Bay until he returned to Canada eight Read More

Harper seeks approval to extend mission against ISIS

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked to extend the Canadian mission in Iraq by a year. Harper is repeating his interest in the coalition airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria. Speaking in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister spoke on the motion to renew Canada’s commitment to the mission. Harper adds that Read More

Ontario minimum wage to go up to $11.25

Ontario is set to raise its minimum wage this fall. Today, the province announced that as of October 1, the minimum wage will go up by a quarter, from $11 to $11.25. This will be the second-highest minimum wage in Canada behind the Northwest Territories, where they plan to raise their rate to $12.50. Special Read More

CRTC unveils news rules allowing for pick and pay TV packages

The CRTC has opened the door to pick and pay channels and no more than $25 for a basic TV package. In this long awaited announcement, CRTC Chair Jean Pierre Blais says the broadcast regulator has created new freedom of choice for viewers and put a cap on basic TV cost from cable and satellite Read More

Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews bows out of Liberal caucus

Scott Andrews, the Newfoundland MP facing sexual misconduct allegations, says he won’t be seeking a return to the Liberal caucus following his suspension. He announced the decision today, expressing satisfaction with an independent review into his conduct, but did not make the findings public. Andrews says stepping aside would be the best possible option right Read More

Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner Jean Augustine to step down

Jean Augustine will be stepping down tomorrow from the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) after eight years of service. The Grenadian-born former MP was appointed as Ontario’s first Fairness Commissioner in 2007, and was tasked with ensuring transparency in issuing professional licenses. During her tenure, Augustine was known for making sweeping changes to regulatory Read More

Feds hope to extend anti-ISIS mission in Iraq

The federal government will ask Parliament next week to extend and expand Canada’s current mission in Iraq. Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed the motion while in Mississauga this afternoon, but did not say whether the expansion will require troops to go into Syria. Canada has sent special forces and an air mission in a US-led Read More

OPP denies claims of racially profiling Caribbean migrant workers

The OPP is facing allegations of racial profiling after the provincial force took DNA samples from about 100 Caribbean migrant workers. The advocacy group Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW) claims that a complaint was filed regarding DNA samples, which were being collected for a sexual assault investigation. The assault, allegedly by a migrant worker, took Read More

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