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August 15, 2018 4:26 PM Ontario freezes broader public sector executive pay

Ontario has frozen executive pay across the public sector as it reviews how salary increases are granted to top earners at agencies that include the school boards, universities and hospitals. In a directive issued to public-sector agencies, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy says all base salaries for executives cannot increase beyond their 6

August 15, 2018 1:03 AM Plaque replacing Sir John A. Macdonald statue defaced, Victoria keeping monument

The Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations were consulted because they are the most directly affected, she said. Sylvia Jones, Ontario’s minister of tourism, culture and sport, told the legislature Monday that it is important to learn from the mistakes made by historical figures. “There are historical figures who served in this house from across the political 5

August 8, 2018 5:28 PM Some vets forced to wait months for case manager, records show

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino was warned in May that nearly 300 veterans had been waiting months for a case manager to help them gain access to support services. The warning, contained in internal documents obtained by the Citizen, was delivered as Fantino prepared to defend millions of dollars in Veterans Affairs Canada budget cuts. Veterans 23

August 6, 2018 11:00 PM A tee time tale of Johnson & Johnson

Unable to decide, they put J on the birth certificate and left the choice for later. Turns out, “J’’ sounded pretty good, so they stuck with that. And if Zach H. Johnson (The H stands for Harrison, his mother’s maiden name) hadn’t won the Masters (2007) and British Open (2015), would he be going by “Zach H” this week? Imagine Zach J. Johnson’s surprise 17

August 6, 2018 2:50 AM Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh expected to run for MP of Burnaby South riding

CBC reported the decision from two anonymous sources. The NDP spokesperson wasn’t available for comment when the Star reached out Sunday night. A spokesperson for the party wouldn’t confirm the decision to CBC, but said many people in the Metro Vancouver suburb have been showing support for Singh and urging him to run in the next byelection. “When Mr. Singh 15

August 5, 2018 9:54 PM Five killed as a small plane crashes in a California parking lot

The plane was heading to the airport southeast of Los Angeles when it came down and struck an unoccupied parked car in the lot of a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy, said Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi. There was no fire and nobody on the ground was hurt, he said. Photos from the scene showed the plane upright but on its belly 12

August 3, 2018 1:36 PM Ontario firefighters ‘make excellent progress’ in battling Parry Sound 33 forest fire, officials say

The ministry says crews are holding back the fire in critical areas of Parry Sound 33, especially along the northeast edge. Higher winds tested that perimeter on Thursday, but the hose lines held and the fire was kept in check. The ministry says no new fires were discovered on Thursday and one was extinguished, but there were still 47 active forest fires 9

August 2, 2018 7:10 PM Pack of Gilligan’s Island puppies rescued from Manitoba island

Seven puppies named after the characters on the Gilligan’s Island TV show are recovering in a foster home after they were rescued from a tiny island in northern Manitoba. Debra Vandekerkhove with Norway House Animal Rescue said a man who lives near the shore in the remote community of Cross Lake was outside with a friend Sunday night when they heard 9

August 2, 2018 5:16 PM TSX heads down in broad-based retreat across most market sectors

Canada’s main stock index continued its downward trek Thursday morning, in a broad-based retreat across most market sectors. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.39 points at 16,334.38 after 90 minutes of trading. The Stars Group online betting business, IGM Financial and Crew Energy had some of the biggest declines. In New York, the Dow Jones 9

August 1, 2018 1:19 PM Brookfield Infrastructure to buy Enercare in $4.3B deal

Brookfield Infrastructure is a publicly traded member of the Toronto-based Brookfield group of companies. It owns and operates utility, transport, energy and other infrastructure businesses around the world. Enercare is attractive because of its stable long-term cash flows from equipment rentals, said Sam Pollock, CEO of Brookfield Infrastructure 15