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July 10, 2018 2:34 PM MPPs electing new speaker by secret ballot Wednesday

Burlington MPP Jane McKenna, who has returned to Queen’s Park after a four-year hiatus, would like to make history as the first woman to become speaker. McKenna, elected in 2011 then defeated in 2014 before returning after the June 7 vote, said she’s seen the highs and the lows of politics. “I remember how I felt the first time I entered the Legislature 5

June 27, 2018 10:24 PM American women could lose abortion rights after Supreme Court judge announces his retirement

Women in no-abortion states who still wanted to terminate their pregnancies would be forced to choose between travelling to liberal states, getting an illegal abortion, or reluctantly allowing the pregnancy to continue. “Women with money could get abortions no matter what the law said, because they could travel out of state or even out of the country 12

June 21, 2018 12:16 AM Trudeau urges Canadians to travel and buy Canadian in the face of U.S. trade dispute

OTTAWA—As a Canada-U.S. trade dispute threatens to grow nastier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging Canadians to travel and spend at home though he stopped just shy of urging a boycott of American goods and destinations. Asked by reporters how Canadians should respond to the ongoing trade actions of the U.S. administration of President Donald 12

June 15, 2018 7:44 PM Union calls for public inquiry into Phoenix pay debacle

While silent on the call for an inquiry, the government announced Friday that it will begin working with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), the second-largest government workers’ union, to develop a new pay system to replace Phoenix — a move that was promised with $16 million in funding in the 2018 budget. “These pay problems 13

June 14, 2018 12:10 AM New Democrat MLA to run for mayor of Nanaimo, putting B.C. coalition with Greens at risk

NANAIMO, B.C.— A New Democrat member of the British Columbia legislature is running for the mayor’s job in Nanaimo, potentially upsetting the delicate balance of power for the provincial government. If Leonard Krog is elected in October, the NDP and Green alliance reduces to 43 seats, while the B.C. Liberals have 42. Speaker Darryl Plecas sits as an Independent 14

June 11, 2018 9:00 PM Doug Ford has lots of choices in assembling first PC government since 2003

Ford also highlighted MPPs Lisa MacLeod (Nepean), Raymond Cho (Scarborough North), and Vic Fedeli (Nipissing), and he is known to be impressed by Todd Smith (Bay of Quinte), John Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke) and Monte McNaughton (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex). Other veterans believed to be under consideration for cabinet include MPPs Jim Wilson (Simcoe-Grey) 12

June 5, 2018 8:44 PM Federal panel to review broadcasting rules for the internet era

OTTAWA — A federal review into Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications laws will examine the “disruptive and dramatic change” facing media industries — and what that change means for the country’s democratic institutions. The Liberals government announced Tuesday that it will launch a wide-ranging, 18-month review into Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications 17

June 4, 2018 3:51 PM Days before election, Horwath tells voters to ‘imagine’ what Ontario might look like under Ford

LONDON, ONT.—In the final few days of the election campaign, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says voters need to think about life under a PC government and what its $6 billion in “efficiencies” will mean. And she said regardless of the outcome of the Thursday’s vote, she won’t work with the Liberals — or the Conservatives. “Even Kathleen Wynne is not endorsing 12

May 31, 2018 9:54 PM Study says improving bus service is the best way to boost transit ridership

Buses are the workhorses of Toronto’s transit system. Almost half of all TTC trips are taken by bus, while about 40 per cent are taken by subway. Streetcars make up about 10 per cent, and the Scarborough RT less than 1 per cent. Bus ridership during off-peak hours is the only sector of TTC ridership that isn’t flatlining, according to a December report 11

May 31, 2018 6:02 PM Samantha Bee apologizes after referring to Ivanka Trump with vulgar slur

Coming two days after ABC cancelled Roseanne following a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Bee’s remark was immediately seized upon by conservatives who believe that offensive language by liberals is not viewed as harshly. Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, tweeted that there’s a double 9