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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 215

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 123

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 70

January 11, 2019 5:50 PM UK hacker jailed for attack on Liberian telecoms firm

LONDON - A British computer hacker has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for a cyberattack that knocked out telecommunications services in Liberia. Daniel Kaye was paid by an employee of a rival firm to launch a distributed denial of service attack on Liberian phone and internet provider Lonestar. Britain’s National Crime Agency says the attack overwhelmed 49

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 52

January 11, 2019 1:23 PM Iraq: Blast kills 2 in border city rehousing its displaced

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Health Ministry says two people have been killed in an explosion in a city to which displaced families are being encouraged to return. The ministry said 25 others were wounded in the blast in Al-Qaim, Friday. It did not give further details. Al-Qaim, a city along the border with Syria in Iraq’s western Anbar province, was one of the last cities 45

January 11, 2019 10:20 AM Poland arrests Chinese businessman, Pole on spying charges

WARSAW, Poland - Poland’s Internal Security Agency has arrested a Chinese businessman and a Pole on suspicion of espionage, officials said on Friday. The operation that resulted in the arrest of the two suspects had been underway for a long time and was planned with care, said Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland’s special services. Wasik said that the Chinese 42

January 10, 2019 8:29 PM The Latest: Lawmakers react to new governor’s first budget

Newsom will work with the Legislature over the next six months to finalize the budget. Surpluses often change between the governor’s January budget presentation and the final budget due in June. Gov. Gavin Newsom says California is “not playing small ball” as he seeks more than $1 billion to combat the most populous state’s homeless problem by encouraging 42

January 9, 2019 7:22 PM Fifteen military suicides reported in 2018 despite new prevention strategy

OTTAWA—The Canadian Forces saw more than a dozen service members die by suicide last year even as it was implementing a number of new services and benefits to prevent such tragedies. New figures from the Department of National Defence show 15 members of the Canadian military killed themselves in 2018 — one fewer than the previous year. The latest deaths 49

December 19, 2018 12:33 AM New Brunswick government loosens requirement for bilingual paramedics

“Does anyone really care what Kevin Arseneau has to say? He’s obviously a radical. He can go and do his thing and I’ll do mine,” Austin said. Health Minister Ted Flemming said ambulances should not be sitting idle just because fully bilingual paramedics can’t be found. He said last year’s court ruling holds no weight because it was simply a consent order 59