August 19th, 2019

National News

Quebec environment minister fingers two companies in dead fish investigation

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

GATINEAU, Que. – Quebec’s environment minister said Thursday his department had identified two companies responsible for the large number of dead fish that have been washing up in the Lievre and Outaouais rivers in western Quebec in recent weeks. Benoit Charette said he issued a notice to Energie de la Lievre and Services Energie Brookfield ... Read More »

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Five questions about what could be next in the SNC-Lavalin saga

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

OTTAWA – As the fallout continues in the wake of Wednesday’s damning ethics report on the SNC-Lavalin affair, there are still a number of twists and turns in the road ahead for what has turned out to be an enduring political saga. Here are five: Will the RCMP lay charges, and if so, when? A ... Read More »

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Testy exchange between Quebec immigration minister and UN representative

By Giuseppe Valiante and Caroline Plante, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

Quebec has spent hundreds of millions of dollars resettling refugees and asylum seekers over the past few years, which is more than its fair share, Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette told a United Nations representative Thursday during a testy exchange at the legislature. In response, Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the representative in Canada of the United Nations High ... Read More »

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Quebecer among LGBTQ creators suing YouTube alleging discrimination

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

MONTREAL – A Canadian is among a group of LGBTQ content creators who have launched a class action lawsuit against YouTube in the United States, alleging the popular video-sharing website is censoring their content. The group of eight, which includes several prominent U.S. creators and Montreal-based transgender YouTuber Chase Ross, announced it is taking a ... Read More »

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Then and now: Trudeau’s take over the last 8 months on the SNC Lavalin affair

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had a lot to say about the SNC-Lavalin affair that has turned his government upside down over the last eight months. Here’s a look at the evolving narrative from the prime minister: Feb. 7, the day the Globe and Mail publishes allegations that Trudeau pressured his then-attorney general ... Read More »

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City of Saskatoon hit by internet fraud that sends $1M to wrong bank account

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

SASKATOON – The City of Saskatoon says it has lost $1 million in an online scam. City manager Jeff Jorgenson says a fraudster electronically impersonated the chief financial officer of a construction company that has a contract with the city. He says the culprit asked to have a payment sent to a new bank account ... Read More »

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New guidelines on ethical dos, don’ts for retired judges coming next year

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

OTTAWA – Organizations that oversee lawyers and judges say those who sit on the bench may soon be getting extra guidance on what they should – and should not – be doing after retirement. The Canadian Judicial Council and the Federation of Law Societies have been working together on updating the ethical principles for judges, ... Read More »

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Ethics boss Dion’s professional lifetime spent trying to make government work

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

OTTAWA – Mario Dion’s appointment as ethics commissioner in 2017 was slammed by opposition MPs as “just ragingly incompetent and frustrating and cynical.” How can we trust you, they thundered. We weren’t consulted before you were hired. Your history in the civil service is checkered. “Are you tough, are you fair, are you a dog ... Read More »

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Bullying still a ‘systemic’ issue at St. Michael’s College School: report

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

TORONTO – Bullying continues to be a “systemic” issue at a private Toronto school rocked by allegations of sexual assault despite measures introduced in the wake of the scandal, says a report that examined culture at the all-boys Catholic institution. The report released Thursday from an independent committee found no significant change in rates of ... Read More »

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SNC’s court bid to avoid prosecution to proceed through election period

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

OTTAWA – SNC-Lavalin’s court fight for a special agreement to avoid prosecution on corruption charges continues to lurch along, despite the prospect of a criminal trial and Wednesday’s explosive report from the federal ethics watchdog on the conduct of the prime minister. The Federal Court of Appeal has set a series of filing deadlines that ... Read More »

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Is ‘ass’ too crass? Opinions in Manitoba’s political class are at an impasse

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

WINNIPEG – Opinions are divided on Manitoba’s election campaign trail about whether using “ass” to describe your opponent is run-of-the-mill sass or a term too crass for the political class. The New Democrats released two videos this week, in advance of the Sept. 10 provincial election, that use the word against Tory Leader Brian Pallister. ... Read More »

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