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Supreme Court rejects residents’ entry in Africville claim

A Supreme Court ruling has prevented dozens of people from joining a legal case over the razing of the Africville community in Halifax in the 1960s. Roughly 65 people made their case to be part of a 1996 statement of claim to seek damages for the destruction of the Black settlement, and the relocation of Read More

Ebola vaccine researched by Canadian scientists could be effective

The world could have an effective vaccine against the deadly disease Ebola, thanks to the research by Canadian scientists. A study – released by Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the governments of Guinea and Norway and the Public Health Agency of Canada – shows an experimental Ebola vaccine called Read More

OPP to highlight “move over” law for drivers this long weekend

The OPP will be conducting a safety blitz for the large amount of motorists during the long weekend. This time, they plan to raise awareness about Ontario’s “Move Over” law, which requires drivers to slow down and go forward cautiously when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights Read More

Ontario asks for federal help with province’s pension plan

Queen’s Park is calling on Ottawa to lend support to the creation of its own provincial pension plan. The Ontario Liberals want to go ahead with their plan, but they say they aren’t getting any cooperation from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Ontario’s Finance Minister Charles Sousa called this a political stunt by the federal Read More

Shirley Skerritt named St. Kitts’ High Commissioner to Canada

A High Commissioner has been appointed to lead the new St. Kitts and Nevis mission in Canada. Shirley Skerritt, a career diplomat who last worked with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), will take the position. The appointment was announced last week by St. Kitts’ Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards, who hopes that the Read More

Toronto carding rate in 2012 higher than in Ottawa, says report

A new report suggests that three years ago, Torontonians were carded by police far more frequently than people in Ottawa. The Toronto Star reports that at the peak of the controversial carding practice in 2012, Toronto police conducted street checks at 20 times the rate of the nation’s capital. Data from Ottawa showed that out Read More

PM Harper could call election writ period early at taxpayers’ expense

There is widespread speculation that Prime Minister Stephen Harper could begin the election writ period earlier than normal, probably as early as this weekend. This would lead to eleven weeks of campaigning, the longest in Canada since 1926. Taxpayers would be on the hook for it as well, for millions of dollars of administrative costs, Read More

Diversity champion Dr. Ralph Agard dies

Dr. Ralph Agard, a prominent international voice for human rights and diversity, had died suddenly on Saturday. He is credited with much of the anti-racist and anti-oppression material found in Ontario’s educational curriculum. Agard, who is also a trained clinician, also worked to introduce child and family counselling services specific to various cultural and ethnic Read More

Olivia Chow to run for NDP in new Spadina-Fort York riding

After much speculation, Olivia Chow has officially announced her return to federal politics. The former Toronto mayoral candidate says she will run for the NDP in the new downtown riding of Spadina-Fort York. Chow made the announcement this morning alongside NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. Chow will now be running against Liberal MP Adam Vaughan in Read More

Canada wage scheme changes welcomed by Jamaican migrant workers

Jamaican migrant workers in Canada have managed a monumental victory. Changes to an existing wage deduction scheme have come to fruition. Under the Commonwealth Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, migrant workers had a quarter of their wages withheld upon returning home. Beginning in 2016, migrant workers will pay 5.5 percent of their wages to cover the Read More

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