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August 13, 2018 2:06 AM India prepares to fight hate speech in world’s biggest election

Holding elections in world’s second most populous country is a complex and daunting task. The Election Commission has already begun preparations on logistic and security arrangements in the country of 1.3 billion, scheduled to elect their new federal government in April and May 2019. About 875 million voters are eligible to cast their votes, or more than the combined 9

July 11, 2018 2:58 PM Ted Arnott is the new Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly

McKenna (Burlington), returning to Queen’s Park after a four-year hiatus, had hoped to make to make history as the first woman to become Speaker. She was elected in 2011 and then defeated in 2014 before making a comeback on June 7. Nicholls (Chatham-Kent-Leamington), a former deputy speaker, had wanted to bring his experience as a baseball umpire and basketball 12

July 4, 2018 4:39 PM Tunisia’s capital elects first female mayor

TUNIS, TUNISIA—A woman from Tunisia’s moderate Islamic party was elected on Tuesday as mayor of the capital city, Tunis, the first time a woman holds the post. Souad Abderrahim, a 54-year-old pharmacist of the Ennahdha party, won the post in the second round of voting by the municipal council. She defeated her top rival, Kamel Idir, of the party Nida Tounes 13

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 16

June 25, 2018 1:00 PM CAE, Inc. workers in Montreal striking

MONTREAL — Nearly 475 unionized CAE Inc. employees in Montreal went on strike Friday afternoon after rejecting the company’s latest contract offer. Unifor national representative Daniel St-Pierre says the action, taken by members after voting 93 per cent against the offer, demonstrates the frustration that’s built up and a difficult labour climate 12

June 15, 2018 2:36 AM Shree Paradkar awarded 2018-2019 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy

Shree Paradkar, the Toronto Star’s race and gender columnist, is the winner of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy for 2018 to 2019. Paradkar will investigate the failure of the Canadian public education system to provide equitable outcomes for racialized and Indigenous students. “I feel honoured, of course, but I also feel also a rush of gratitude 14

June 14, 2018 1:42 PM Greek opposition head plans to call no-confidence vote over Macedonia name deal

Tsipras has a four-seat majority in the 300-member parliament, but the name deal has led to a rift within the government. The stance of Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, who heads the coalition’s junior partner, the right-wing Independent Greeks party, will be crucial. Kammenos said before the deal was announced that he would oppose the agreement in a parliamentary 23

June 6, 2018 10:37 PM Why your vote is a terrible thing to waste

Recent polling conducted for the Toronto Star and Ryerson University by Campaign Research showed that the biggest single reason given by New Canadians and young Ontarians for not voting was that they think they are ineligible: They haven’t received voting cards in the mail, because they were never added to the electoral list. But even without those voting 24

May 23, 2018 7:21 PM CN Rail locomotive engineers ratify five-year collective agreement

CN chief operating officer Mike Cory says the contract demonstrated the company’s commitment to work with employees to address workplace issues in a “respectful and mutually beneficial manner.” He adds that the contract which expires on Dec. 31, 2022, was renewed without any impact on service. The approval stands in contrast with the expected result 24

May 17, 2018 4:18 AM Canada bans Venezuela expat voters from casting ballots

Canada considers Sunday's election illegitimate Venezuela says Canada is blocking its citizens living there from voting in the South American nation's weekend presidential election. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday called Canada's decision hostile and urged the government to reconsider. President Nicolas Maduro seeks a second term in Sunday's 29