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August 15, 2018 9:23 PM New federal holiday will honour residential school survivors

OTTAWA — A new holiday is coming to your calendar, one that will mark the dark legacy of Canada’s residential school system. In its ongoing pursuit of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government is consulting First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups to create a new “national day” to honour those who attended the infamous church-run schools 5

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 13, 2018 4:38 PM Conservative MP Maxime Bernier criticizes Trudeau for promoting ‘ever more’ diversity

OTTAWA—Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is taking issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s oft-repeated message of diversity in Canada, calling it a form of “radical multiculturalism.” In a series of tweets published late Sunday, Bernier says he believes promoting too much diversity could have the effect of dividing Canada into “little tribes” that cause 6

August 10, 2018 1:20 PM Surge in part-time work in Canada offsets full-time losses as unemployment rate drops to 5.8 per cent

OTTAWA—A rush of new part-time jobs offset a drop in full-time work last month to help the economy post a net gain of 54,100 positions and drop the unemployment rate to a four-decade low. The July jobless rate was 5.8 per cent, down from 6 per cent the previous month, Statistics Canada said Friday in its latest labour force survey. The country gained 11

August 9, 2018 5:02 PM Ontario Power Generation buys U.S. renewable energy firm for $388M

Ontario’s government-owned power company is making its first foray outside the province, announcing a deal to buy New Jersey-based Eagle Creek Renewable Energy for $388 million. Ontario Power Generation says Eagle Creek owns 63 small hydropower facilities in the United States providing a total of 216 megawatts of capacity. The privately held target company’s 14

August 9, 2018 1:38 PM Kawhi Leonard breaks silence but stays quiet on reasons for wanting out of San Antonio

Kawhi Leonard’s first public statement since being part of a blockbuster NBA trade last month is full of thanks but short on explanations. The newly-acquired Toronto Raptors forward thanked everyone imaginable in San Antonio in a statement given to the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday but did not expand on the reason for his departure from the Spurs 8

August 8, 2018 4:27 PM Blue Jays streaker charged, could face prison time

A GoFundMe page set up by “John White,” who claims to be McClearn’s friend, is seeking to raise $4,000 to help with the legal defense. The page says the stunt was spurred by an $80 bet. McClearn could face up to 364 days in jail or a $5,000 fine. Rebecca Hayle, director of public information at Safeco Field, said games are staffed with off-duty police 9

August 7, 2018 7:56 PM Pension funds are boosting bull market bets as stocks climb higher

The risks to these systems are sizable losses during market downturns. Public pension funds lost hundreds of billions during the last financial crisis largely because of their exposure to public markets. They had 62% of their portfolio allocated to equities in 2007, according to Wilshire. The two largest public pensions in the U.S. — California Public 12

August 7, 2018 1:40 PM Bullets flew at a Florida ‘Peace in the City’ event for kids. An armed bystander was ready

It was a Saturday afternoon in the park, the Florida sunshine barrelling down out of a cloudless sky. More than 150 kids flew around the grass, pinballing between two bounce houses and a pavilion. Organizers dubbed the occasion “Peace in the City,” an anti-violence back-to-school event in Titusville, a town on the Sunshine State’s Atlantic Coast 45-minutes 14

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