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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 14, 2019 2:11 AM Ghosn’s wife slams Japan detention as ‘draconian’ in letter

TOKYO—The wife of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn has written a letter to Human Rights Watch, a global advocacy group, criticizing her husband’s long detention and Japan’s criminal justice system as unfair and harsh. “My husband’s is a case study in the realities of this draconian system,” Carole Ghosn wrote in a nine-page letter Monday to the Tokyo 9

January 11, 2019 9:54 PM Department of Finance launches open banking consultation

Ottawa has officially launched its consultation on open banking, a framework which would allow consumers and businesses to permit third parties such as fintechs to access their financial data to provide innovative services. The Department of Finance on Friday published a consultation paper outlining the pros and cons of open banking, and invited the public 13

January 11, 2019 8:51 PM Midwestern states brace for winter storm to hit the region

ST. LOUIS - The National Weather Service says a storm stretching from the nation’s capital to Colorado could bring the highest snow totals in several years to sections of Missouri and Illinois. The storm is expected to drop 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimetres) of snow in the St. Louis metropolitan area into eastern Illinois between Friday and early 13

January 11, 2019 4:55 PM ‘Smarter’ rules will ensure all digital players pay for CanCon, panel told

OTTAWA - Canada’s broadcast regulator, and its public broadcaster, want federal lawmakers to ensure Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime pay a share for producing Canadian content. In written submissions to a government panel this week, both the CRTC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation also call on Ottawa to create new rules that encourage news content 13

January 11, 2019 4:29 PM Saudi asylum seeker flying to Canada, say Thai police

Alqunun was stopped last Saturday at a Bangkok airport by immigration police who denied her entry and seized her passport. She barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a social media campaign that drew global attention to her case. It garnered enough public and diplomatic support to convince Thai officials to admit her temporarily under 11

January 11, 2019 4:28 PM Bolton hires longtime adviser as deputy

WASHINGTON - White House national security adviser John Bolton has selected a new deputy. Bolton announced Friday that Charles Kupperman, a longtime colleague dating back to the Reagan administration, would serve as President Donald Trump’s new deputy national security adviser. Bolton says in a statement that Kupperman has been an adviser to him for more than 30 years 10

January 11, 2019 4:22 PM Delays at Ontario human rights tribunal could undermine cases, say lawyers

“We had been waiting a while for that hearing date,” she said. “Now this case is on hold indefinitely ... We’re not even at the stage of having everyone sit down and go to mediation, let alone the stage of having it proceed to a hearing so it’s really sort of making things drag on and it’s problematic.” Such delays can put a lot of strain on complainants 11

January 11, 2019 1:52 PM The Latest: US withdrawal from Syria so far limited to cargo

Ahmed spoke to The Associated Press Friday hours after an American official said the process of withdrawing American troops from Syria has begun. Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the Americans are not serious about withdrawing from Syria. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that it appears to Moscow that the U.S. “is looking for a reason 7

January 11, 2019 5:00 AM Canadian librarians’ top book picks for January and February

The Golden Tresses is the final book in Cobourg-born writer Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series. “This is a great series! Flavia is a witter, clever and lovable character. Her adventures will have you laughing and cringing at the same time,” says Karly Uhl of Essa Public Library. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden prompted this comment from Stephanie 9