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Ontario court reverses ruling allowing Canadian ex-pats to vote


Ontario Catholic teachers’ union returns to bargaining table with province


Winnipeg to host two-day summit to combat racism

SIU cleared of wrongdoing in drowning death of murder suspect in Ottawa

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has cleared Ottawa police of wrongdoing after a suspect in a fatal shooting two months ago drowned in the Rideau River. 23-year-old Muhab Sultan was wanted in the death of 18-year-old Brampton resident Jeremy Cook. On June 14, Cook was killed while tracking down a lost cell phone in London, Read More

Ontario Catholic teachers reach tentative deal with province

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has struck a tentative deal with the province, with just two weeks to go before school starts. The OECTA made the announcement of the deal between the province and school trustees, which comes from several days of negotiations. The agreement still has to be ratified by union members, Read More

Ontario public high school teachers finally reach tentative deal

Ontario’s public high school teachers have reached a tentative contract agreement with the province, after months of negotiations. Reports say the deal contains a slight wage increase, but the terms have not yet been disclosed. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced the deal this morning, but says it still has to be endorsed Read More

Ontario youth advocate worried about solitary confinement conditions

The children’s advocate of Ontario is concerned about youth in solitary confinement, particularly with the conditions in the cells. Irwin Elman conducted a review of 20 youth justice facilities in the province, and found that youth were subjected to dehumanizing conditions. The young people interviewed for the report say their situation was inhumane; for example, Read More

Winnipeg to host two-day summit to combat racism

The city of Winnipeg will host an anti-racism summit scheduled for next month. Mayor Brian Bowman announced the two-day event, called “One: The Mayor’s National Summit on Racial Inclusion”, to be held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Mayor Bowman planned for such a meeting in Winnipeg earlier this year, after his city was Read More

OPP concerned about rise in fentanyl use

Ontario Provincial Police says a province-wide plan to reduce the use of OxyContin may have involuntarily led to the rise in fentanyl use. Fentanyl is said to be a much more potent pain reliever than OxyContin, and in cases of overdose, can lead to low blood pressure, a coma, or death. Officials say legally-prescribed and Read More

Ontario reviews petition demanding answers in death of Somali detainee

The Ontario government is reviewing a petition to conduct an inquest into the death of a Somali refugee held in immigration detention two months ago. The petition was started by inmates who served time with Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan, who died June 11 while receiving treatment at Peterborough Regional Hospital. The Special Investigations Unit would only Read More

Ontario Catholic teachers’ union returns to bargaining table with province

Contract talks are resuming between the province and the Catholic teachers’ union to try and resolve the ongoing labour dispute. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, who enter a legal strike position August 17, has been out of a contract for over a year. The union is promising labour action in September if there is Read More

PM’s ex-chief of staff Nigel Wright testifies at Duffy trial

The Prime Minister’s former chief of staff was on the witness stand in the trial of suspended Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, which continued today in Ottawa. Nigel Wright says he felt obligated to personally write a 90,000 dollar cheque for Duffy to pay off living expenses in 2013. Duffy faces 31 charges of fraud, bribery Read More

Ontario vows to move on with own pension plan, with or without Ottawa’s help

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is preparing to roll out the provincial pension plan, despite opposition from the federal Conservatives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has long opposed the plan by the Ontario Liberals. Harper suggested that Wynne is working with her party’s federal counterpart Justin Trudeau for what he calls a hefty national tax increase. In Read More

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