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January 15, 2019 7:39 PM Ontario government to review 82 municipalities

The government has tapped two experts to conduct the review of Halton, York, Durham, Waterloo, Niagara, Peel, Muskoka District, Oxford County, the County of Simcoe and their lower-tier municipalities. Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark says in a statement that the aim is to improve how regional government works, make better use of taxpayer money 5

January 15, 2019 2:47 PM Tories rev up fundraising machine with big-ticket events featuring Premier Doug Ford, energy minister

Under Wynne’s restrictions, all MPPs, candidates, and staff were forbidden from attending any event where money was raised for political parties. But last November Finance Minister Vic Fedeli changed the law to enable politicians and their staff to go to fundraisers. That had been the case prior to Wynne’s reforms almost three years ago amid accusations 6

January 15, 2019 12:48 PM Federal government faces scrutiny over bus-safety standards after Ottawa crash

Those recommendations sprang from the TSB’s investigation into another Ottawa bus crash in 2013, in which a city bus broke through a warning gate at a rail crossing and hit a moving passenger train, killing six people on the bus. Fox said Transport Canada had done some work on the recommendations but that “significant progress has not yet occurred and the safety 5

January 14, 2019 9:00 PM U.S. Senator Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in a private Ontario hospital

LOUISVILLE, KY.—U.S. Sen. Rand Paul plans to undergo hernia surgery at a private hospital in Canada because of injuries he suffered when a neighbour tackled him while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home. The Republican lawmaker is scheduled to cross the border for outpatient surgery scheduled sometime during the week of Jan. 21 at a hospital 5

January 14, 2019 7:17 PM Montreal school evacuated as children suffer mysterious nausea, dizziness

MONTREAL—Emergency crews have been called to a Montreal school where more than a dozen children were suddenly overcome by illness today. A spokesman for the ambulance service says students at Ecole des Decouvreurs in the city’s LaSalle neighbourhood reported nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Between 15 and 20 people were affected, including one adult 7

January 14, 2019 2:25 PM Trump threat to Turkey shows U.S. commitment to Kurds, says Pompeo

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump’s threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey’s economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America’s commitment to its partners. Pompeo said he had yet to speak with Turkish officials or Trump about the president’s tweeted threat and that he assumed 6

January 14, 2019 12:50 AM Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan faces opposition, uncertainty, poll reveals

Ontario previously had a federally acceptable carbon pricing plan, with the cap-and-trade system set up by the previous Liberal government under Kathleen Wynne. When Conservative leader Doug Ford became Premier, he began dismantling this system as part of a campaign promise to end this “carbon tax.” Forum Poll asked a number of other questions of the same 1226 randomly 8

January 12, 2019 11:45 PM At least 5 dead in crashes after massive winter storm dumps snow on Midwest

In Kansas City, where the Chiefs were hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, about 8 inches of snow had fallen by early afternoon. The snow had tapered off by the time the game started midafternoon, but stadium crews worked for hours before the game to clear the stadium’s lot, field and seats in anticipation of a full house for the playoff game. At least 9

January 12, 2019 9:35 PM California town launches ‘Goat Fund Me’ to prevent wildfires

NEVADA CITY, CALIF.—The threat of catastrophic wildfires has driven a California town to launch a “Goat Fund Me” campaign to bring herds of goats to city-owned land to help clear brush. Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada began the online crowdsourcing campaign last month with the goal of raising $30,000 for the project. The campaign’s website explains 12

January 12, 2019 9:10 PM Elizabeth Warren makes first campaign trip to New Hampshire neighbours

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Sen. Elizabeth Warren is bringing her populist platform and likely presidential campaign to her neighbours in New Hampshire, who will hold the first primary of the 2020 cycle. The Massachusetts Democrat spoke to about 450 people at Manchester Community College on Saturday, taking aim at the “wealthy and well-connected” and championing 10