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Jagmeet Singh Should Make Justin Trudeau Nervous

Jagmeet Singh, the current deputy leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP), announced Monday evening that he is joining the race for the party’s leadership to oust current leader Thomas Mulcair in Ottawa. Born in Scarborough, an eastern section of Toronto to…

Swaraj to address UN General Assembly tonight

She is expected to raise issues like the global fight against terrorism, climate change and the Security Council’s reform External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to raise issues like the global fight against terrorism, climate change and the Security Council’s reform in…

B.C. court halts extradition of pair accused of ‘honour killing’ in India, lawyer says

The two British Columbia residents were being escorted to India via Toronto on Thursday when the British Columbia Court of Appeal decided to halt their extradition, a defence lawyer said. Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, left, and her groom Sukhwinder (Mitthu) Singh Sidhu are shown…

If Jagmeet Singh wins the NDP leadership don’t assume he will be rejected in Quebec: Hébert

The notion that Singh would not get a hearing in Quebec for the sole reason he is a practicing Sikh is based on untested assumptions. MONTREAL—Bloc Québécois Leader Martine Ouellet was not really trying to stop the campaign of presumed NDP frontrunner Jagmeet…

McGuinty aide instructed staff to destroy gas-plant e-mails, court told

A senior official in former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty’s office instructed staff to “double delete” e-mails, to ensure that nothing was turned over to a legislative committee probing the scrapping of two gas-fired power plants, a criminal trial was told. David Livingston, Mr.…

Dufferin-Peel rethinks backpack ban, tells schools to consult with students

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is directing all of its high schools with a ban on backpacks in the classroom to go back and consult with students to come up with a plan that works for all involved. Students at Brampton’s Cardinal…

Ontario girl gets name in science journal

Sophia Spencer hated it when classmates taunted her for her love of insects, but seeing them kill her pet grasshoppers for fun was even worse. Her first-grade peers couldn’t understand what she found so fascinating about bugs of all sorts or why she’d…

UPDATE: Police make arrest in sexual assault of boy, 12, in Brampton park

A day after asking for help identifying a suspect in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy in a Brampton neighbourhood park, Peel Regional Police have a man under arrest. Police say the boy was sexually assaulted in Francis H. Taylor Park on…

Brampton apartment building, plaza cordoned off for domestic-related investigation

A person has been taken to hospital following a “domestic incident” in an apartment above a small strip plaza on Flowertown Avenue at McLaughlin Road early Friday morning, Sept. 22. Peel Regional Police have had the entire plaza cordoned off since the call…

Police shooting victim speaks out against SIU: ‘They won’t tell me which officer shot me’

Which Peel Regional Police officer shot Suzan Zreik? More than two years after the fact, the 24-year-old Mississauga woman still doesn’t know Suzan Zreik spent a good part of her day learning about ballistics evidence and the science of guns. Later that evening,…

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: ‘Dangerous’ motorcycle mobs wreak havoc on GTA highways, Mississauga men arrested

‘These stunts that self-servingly fuel their egos needed to be stopped before anyone was killed or maimed.’ Wheelies, crazy stunts, stopping traffic and putting people’s lives at risk. These were just a few of the examples the OPP used to describe large groups…

SCHOOL VIOLENCE: Student attacks on teachers in Mississauga and Brampton increasing

More than 7,000 incidents last school year in Peel and the escalating numbers are ‘a growing concern,’ according to local educators Elementary school teachers and teaching assistants in Peel are on a campaign seeking more support for special-needs students after they reported more…

Girl, 12, allegedly sexually assaulted by man at Brampton park

Peel Regional Police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl in a Brampton park. The interaction happened around 8:20 p.m. Monday evening at Francis H Taylor Park, in the area of Ashby Field and James Potter roads. A…

Peel police clear Brampton staff of wrongdoing in bonus program

Despite councillors publicly stating they had no knowledge of the salary payment scheme, police said the expenditures were approved by council. Peel police have cleared City of Brampton staff of wrongdoing following a criminal investigation into a bonus program that paid out hundreds…

Transportation minister seeks answers in drive test wait times

Ontario’s transportation minister is seeking answers to the enormous delays being experienced at provincial drive test centres. CityNews has continued to receive numerous complaints of four and five hour wait times just to take the written test with customers saying the computer system…

Business owner peeved over DriveTest centre wait times

When Mike Hope faced writing a commercial vehicle drive test for his newly purchased electrical company, he could not imagine the nightmare of wait times he was about to face at the DriveTest centre in Windsor. When Mike Hope faced writing a commercial…

Punjab minister warns of ‘water emergency’

“If water is not used judiciously and saved optimally, then water emergency is written on the wall in the times to come,” Power and Irrigation minister Rana Gurjeet Singh said while talking to reporters at the residence of Harjit Singh Parmar here last…

Major railway stations in Punjab without escalators

A new advertisement policy to increase income of municipal councils, by 40-50 crore, working in the bigger cities is being formulated The Ferozepur railway division of Northern Railways has failed to make its railway stations conducive for the physically challenged and elderly. Only…

FedEx closing all retail office stores in Canada

Shipping giant FedEx has quietly moved to close retail office stores in all Canadian cities putting more than 214 people out of work and ending three decades of doing business in the country. FedEx will continue to ship within Canada, but its copy and office…

Brampton’s LAB B’s incubator to support startups

The co-working space will help connect teams to resources in the community Harpreet Zingh, co-founder of Lab-B, a creative economy incubator facility on Queen Street East in downtown Brampton. The co-working space recently announced it has launched an incubator for early stage startups.…

Brampton councillor’s comments prompt complaints to integrity commissioner

  It’s the email response that was read across Ontario. “I hope that newcomers will learn the values of the white people,” Brampton Coun. John Sprovieri wrote in a widely distributed email to a constituent, “so that Brampton and Canada will continue to…

Art teacher arrested in alleged sexual assault of girl, 7, at Junction art studio

Suspect has been charged with one count of sexual assault and police are concerned there may be other victims.     A Toronto art teacher has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl who was attending an art program at a…

Judge says Brampton failed to act ‘reasonably’ in $28.5M lawsuit

The City of Brampton has been ordered to pay $418,000 for a failed strategy in a $28.5M lawsuit against it. Former Brampton chief administrative officer John Corbett had served on the selection committee for the development deal under his role prior to getting…

Two men wanted for armed robbery in Brampton Pharmacy robbed at gunpoint

Peel Regional Police are searching for two suspects who robbed a Brampton pharmacy at gunpoint on Wednesday, July 5. It took place around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Vodden Street East and Lakeridge Drive. Police describe the first suspect as a white…

Brampton councillor under fire for racially insensitive email

Mayor urges John Sprovieri to seek diversity training Mayor Linda Jeffrey wants a follow Brampton council member John Sprovieri to seek diversity training for an email he wrote that says newcomers to Canada should learn the values of white people. Mayor Linda Jeffrey…

Brampton councillors reject mayor’s plan to reopen city books to auditor

Some of the same veteran politicians who demanded greater oversight during the tumultuous last term of council, shot down Jeffrey’s proposal Wednesday to rehire Jim McCarter, former Ontario Auditor General, to review Brampton’s progress on a set of recommendations he made in a…

Ottawa reportedly set to pay millions to Omar Khadr

The Canadian government will apologize and give millions to former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prisoner Omar Khadr, according to multiple reports. Khadr — who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. army medic when he was 15, under interrogation that was later deemed “oppressive” — will receive…

Legal Aid Ontario withdraws threat to suspend immigration and refugee services

Legal Aid Ontario withdraws threat to suspend immigration and refugee services More Legal Aid Ontario has backed away from its threat to suspend immigration and refugee services, which would have cut the group’s costs by about 40 per cent. It said it needed…

Tell Kathleen Wynne That Fracking Isn’t Welcome In Ontario

Ontario’s Liberal government has opened the door to fracking in our beautiful province. We need to close it. Ontario’s Liberal government has opened the door to fracking in our beautiful province. We need to close it. Last month’s budget bill contains language that…

Ontario proposes banning real estate agents from representing both seller and buyer

Consumers have raised concerns that the financial incentives in double-ended deals might lead to agents engaging in unethical behavior, officials say. Ontario is proposing banning the practice of double ending, in which a real estate agent represents both a buyer and a seller…

Ontario court rules homeowners are not obligated to pay park maintenance fees

This ruling means many associations will lack the power to enforce payments, Bob Aaron writes. Collecting homeowner fees to maintain private roads and other shared services just became more difficult in Ontario. A recent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a…

Government of Canada announces Palbinder Kaur Shergill judicial appointment in the province of British Columbia

OTTAWA, June 23, 2017 – The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to…

Brampton school in lockdown after report of armed person

Police respond to David Suzuki Secondary School in Brampton Tuesday June 20, 2017. (Christopher Williams /Submitted) A Brampton high school remains in lockdown following a report of an armed male. Peel Police Const. Mark Fischer told CP24 that police received a call about…

University of Toronto gets ready for first-ever Black graduation ceremony

Event planned by students for grads from all programs on three campuses follows in footsteps of Harvard and other U.S. schools. essica Kirk, left, and Nasma Ahmed are organizing the University of Toronto’s first-ever Black graduation ceremony Thursday, and expected to include 100…

Will Brampton move forward in 2017 or remain stuck in neutral?

With many big issues facing Brampton, 2017 could be the year the struggling city finally moves forward on critical matters residents want action on. A $28.5-million lawsuit still hangs over Brampton City Hall, council is wrestling over a future route for a LRT…

Cottage market remains hot, says Royal LePage

Buyers have limited choices so prices are climbing, says vacation property report. This $6 million Lake Rousseau cottage features seven bedrooms, a three-slip boathouse with two bedrooms, a bathroom and deck and three-car garage. Muskoka prices are rising due to low inventory, the…

11th-hour motion says racism must be discussed at Andrew Loku inquest

Currently, the topic of racism is not within the scope of the inquest into the police shooting death of Andrew Loku, a mentally ill Black man.   Andrew Loku was shot dead by Toronto police in July 2015 as he moved toward them…

Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey’s mid-term review: some good, more bad

Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey is halfway through her four-year term. The Star provides a subjective analysis of her performance so far. Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey continues to show little leadership on the $28-million lawsuit filed by a developer against the city.  (RICK MADONIK /TORONTO…

Brampton residents, councillors demand police probe into secret $1.25M staff fund

Details of secretive fund revealed in a report delivered to Brampton’s audit committee last week.   rampton councillor John Sprovieri is demanding a police investigation after a report last week about a secret bonus program in which $1.25 million in payments were handed…

1 in 2 Canadians will get cancer: Cancer Society

1 in 4 will die of disease, organization said in annual cancer statistics report Lung cancer continues to be among the most common malignancies. The Canadian Cancer Society predicts 21,100 Canadians will die from it this year. (American Cancer Society/Getty Images)   Almost…

Tim Hortons franchisees launch $500M class-action suit against parent company

Elias Dias Sese stepped down as Tim Hortons president on Monday and took on the role of president of international expansion, the company says. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters   he parent company of Tim Hortons says the brand’s president is moving to a new position…

Tim Hortons president changing job, Restaurant Brands CEO assumes responsibility

Elias Dias Sese stepped down as Tim Hortons president on Monday and took on the role of president of international expansion, the company says. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)   The parent company of Tim Hortons says the brand’s president is moving to a new position…

Google adds job openings to its main search engine

Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine. Beginning Tuesday, job hunters will be able to go to Google and see help-wanted listings that its search engine collects across the internet. The results will aim to streamline such listings…

NEW Canadians’ love for debt taking us into uncharted territory, PBO report warns

Households owed $174 for every $100 in disposable income in 1st quarter, Parliamentary Budget Office says Canadian households owed $14.20 in principal-and-interest payments on debt for every $100 in disposable income, in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Parliamentary Budget Office.…

Brampton high school teacher charged with sexual exploitation

Police say the man, 53, of Milton, Ont. had a relationship with a female student, 17   A Brampton high school teacher has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation after he allegedly had a relationship with a 17-year-old female student, Peel Regional…

Meet the man who’s made history as Britain’s first turban-wearing Sikh MP

Tan Dhesi is the first Sikh to wear a turban in parliament. And with eight languages, a role in a Punjabi pop video and a dramatic family saga, he’s not your average MP   Mr Dhesi, then mayor of Gravesham, on a twinning…

Liberals would lose official party status if election held today: Poll

The Kathleen Wynne Liberals would face the humiliating prospect of losing official party status if an election were held now, a new Forum poll projects. The Liberals are sitting at 19% support, polling third behind the PCs and NDP in the 416 area,…

Wynne’s shell game not fooling Ontarians

Not everybody is an April Fool. For example the whole lets put Ontario’s excessive Hydro bills on another credit card at a higher interest rate thing didn’t work for Premier Kathleen Wynne and didn’t fool the public. The next batch of opinion polls…

Commonwealth Games bid to be debated at Toronto city council this week

Toronto city Councillors will discuss the merits of hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games at its monthly city hall meeting this week. Councillor James Pasternak has put forth a motion to request city officials to investigate a potential bid for the games after the host city…

Dutch architect shares his fix for Toronto housing

When architect Marco VanderMaas needs inspiration for solutions to Toronto’s housing crunch, he thinks about his own childhood in the Netherlands, where he grew up in a unit on top of his parent’s store. What Toronto needs, he said on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning,…

Toronto auditor general finds city workers spending tens of thousands on orthotics, physio

Councillors back request for insurer to provide more information about employee benefit claims     Toronto’s auditor general wants more city oversight after finding some employees were spending thousands of dollars on massages, physiotherapy and in one case, dozens of pairs of orthotics.…

Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018

The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018. CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed…

Confusion inside Brampton city hall after mass exodus of senior staffers

After a fairly quiet summer on the local political front, city councillors walked into work Wednesday and found city hall flipped on its head.                              In one fell swoop, the…

Brampton has an accountability problem, new CAO hears

Brampton city hall has an accountability problem. That is what the man hired to help turn the city around after years of dysfunction says he has now heard loud and clear.   In an email to The Guardian Wednesday, Harry Schlange, Chief Administrative…

Brampton councillors worried departures of senior staff could affect lawsuit Three managers who sat on bidding panel among 25 released in shakeup of Brampton bureaucracy

Some Brampton councillors are concerned the recent departure of three top bureaucrats might harm the city’s position in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit it’s facing over a controversial $500-million development deal. The lawsuit, launched against the city by local developer Inzola Group, alleges misconduct by…

Neighbours of new Brampton city hall launch $2M lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by neighbours of Brampton’s now notorious city hall expansion is another legal headache for taxpayers as a result of the $205 million project.   Elizabeth Street residents Cynthia and James Meisner, as well as William Ross and Barbara Jean Sproule,…

Brampton torpedos electoral reform proposal

Brampton city Councillors said they won’t adopt voting changes Queen’s Park has introduced to help level the playing field in local democracy. Council has taken a firm position to not support ranked ballot voting, which the provincial government announced earlier this year as…

Peel police chief letter states Orangeville mayor’s use of credit card not criminal

A letter from the Peel Regional Police Service chief puts the cap on questions about the Orangeville mayor’s use of the town’s credit card. Orangeville council suspended Mayor Jeremy Williams’ access to the town’s corporate credit card on March 21 and was asked…

Brampton councillors worried departures of senior staff could affect lawsuit

Three managers who sat on bidding panel among 25 released in shakeup of Brampton bureaucracy “solely to achieve” objectives such as improved efficiency.   Some Brampton councillors are concerned the recent departure of three top bureaucrats might harm the city’s position in a…

Are robots coming for our jobs? The growth of robotics will transform customer service, transportation, education and medicine

    From self-driving taxis, to drones delivering fast food, it seems like everything is becoming automated. Convenient? Definitely. But at what cost? A new Forrester research report predicts that in just five years, robots will steal six per cent of U.S. jobs, forecasting that “a disruptive…

‘Our last resort’: Peel Children’s Aid Society workers take to picket lines Monday

Front-line workers and staff with the Peel Children’s Aid Society will take to the picket lines Monday to demand safer working conditions and a solution to what their union calls unfair workloads. Some 435 members of CUPE 4914, who have been without a collective…

Three suspects arrested in Brampton pizza place robbery and shooting

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a botched robbery at a Brampton pizza place that left a 24-year-old employee suffering from what police describe as “life-altering” injuries. The incident occurred at a Domino’s Pizza location on Wexford Road at around 11:30…

Tax Season CBC Secure Drop Royal Bank hikes dividend to 83 cents as profit rises 17%

Royal Bank of Canada had $2.895 billion of net income in its third quarter, up 17 per cent from a year ago — in part because of the sale of an insurance business. The bank had a profit of $2.475 billion during the…

RCMP allows Muslim women Mounties to wear hijab

The Mounties have adopted a new uniform policy to allow female Muslim officers to wear the hijab. Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, confirmed that RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson recently approved an addition to the uniform policy to allow women officers to wear the…

ANALYSIS Polls, endorsements and money: measuring the Tory leadership race

Leadership races can be like looking through a pane of frosted glass. We might be able to see the vague outlines of what is on the other side and can make out some movement, but we don’t know for certain what we’re looking at until…

Hundreds rescued from burning ferry off Puerto Rico

Authorities in Puerto Rico say a cruise ship carrying more than 500 passengers has been evacuated after a small fire erupted on the vessel, which runs between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Police say smoke was spotted on Wednesday aboard the Caribbean…

Teen charged in connection with shooting of Domino’s Pizza employee in Brampton

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a Domino’s Pizza employee in Brampton Friday night as police continue to search for a second suspect. Peel Regional Police say two suspects were attempting to rob the business at Wexford Road and Hurontario Street around 11.30 p.m., when a 24-year-old man was shot in the chest. The man was taken to Sunnybrook Health…

Ottawa police charge Brantford, Ont., music teacher with sexual assault

Ottawa police have charged a 70-year-old music teacher from Brantford, Ont., with two counts of sexual assault after he allegedly touched two of his students inappropriately. The two incidents are believed to have happened between 2012 and 2016 while the man was working as…

1984 Sikh Genocide: Kejriwal terms Union Government SIT a mere show off?

NEW DELHI—Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has termed the appointment of SIT (Special Investigation Team) to probe Sikh genocide of 1984 by the Indian Government as mere a show off.  Expressing his disappointment with the Union Government appointed SIT, Kejriwal wrote a letter…

I lived through the Sikh riots—and 30 years later, I’m not ready to forgive or forget

Most chronicles of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots focus on Delhi and Punjab. Few acknowledge Daltonganj—a typical town in Bihar (now in Jharkhand)—as a place that heavily bore the brunt of the carnage. I know differently. Thirty years ago, when the violence broke out…

It’s Time India Accept Responsibility for Its 1984 Sikh Genocide

Thirty years later, the government stubbornly refuses to admit its fault in the religious massacre, despite enormous evidence to the contrary. Recommended by 1984 remains one of the darkest years in modern Indian history. In June of that year, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered…

Brampton Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon disappointed Council not supporting motion to freeze residential development, stop employment land conversions

BRAMPTON: At Wednesday’s Brampton City Council meeting, Councillor Dhillon put forward a motion for Council to consider a temporary freeze on converting employment lands to residential development. “I am disappointed that Council keeps telling our residents that building a city where you can live,…

Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon’s motion to ban door-to-door sales in Brampton passes

BRAMPTON: At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon introduced a motion asking the Province of Ontario to uphold and enforce their ban on door-to-door sales. The motion passed with unanimous support.   Dhillon said: “In addition to being against provincial laws to go door-to-door…

Freedom of expression in Canada needs resuscitation

‘Now is the time to make good on the promise of an open, more transparent relationship between the government of Canada and its citizens.’ If freedom of expression in Canada were a medical patient, it would be dangerously close to needing life support.…

Canada considers Quenneville, goes back to Babcock as World Cup coach

When the Colorado Avalanche fired Joel Quenneville in 2008, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock invited him to join his staff as an assistant. While that didn’t work out, Babcock and Quenneville will now be working together on Canada’s World Cup of Hockey…

Canada lets detained anti-radicalization activist leave for France

TORONTO — A French anti-radicalization activist detained on arrival in Canada as a national security threat has been allowed to return home voluntarily, his supporters said Thursday. Mourad Benchellali flew back to France late Wednesday, two days after Canadian immigration authorities refused to…

Canada’s long-form census is back for 2016

A day after taking office, the Liberal government announced the 61-question long census form will be restored for 2016 census The portrait of Canada is being restored. Just a day after taking office, the Liberal government announced Thursday that the mandatory long-form census…

Maryam Monsef Came To Canada As A Refugee. Now, She’s A Cabinet Minister.

Canada’s newest democratic institutions minister is a 30-year-old woman who fled Afghanistan with her widowed mother and two sisters when she was a child. Maryam Monsef is the new MP for the bellwether Ontario riding of Peterborough–Kawartha. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau…

Navdeep Singh Bains is Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

NAVDEEP Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and MP for Mississauga-Malton (Ontario), played a key role in Trudeau’s leadership bid in 2013. He was a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management and holds an MBA with…

Changes to taxes 1st priority as Bill Morneau takes finance portfolio

One of the first priorities for Bill Morneau, Canada’s new finance minister, will be to revise Canadian tax law to reduce taxes on the middle class and raise them on the wealthiest taxpayers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked that a new tax…

Amarjeet Sohi vows Alberta will be heard in cabinet Former Edmonton city councillor one of two Albertans named to cabinet

Amarjeet Sohi made a pledge to Albertans on Wednesday, promising their interests will be championed at the cabinet table in Ottawa. The former Edmonton city councillor was sworn in as a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.…

Harjit Sajjan, MP for Vancouver South, named minister of defence

Canada’s new defence minister is Harjit Sajjan, a decorated Lt.-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and the newly-elected MP for Vancouver South. Sajjan grew up in his riding, and later walked the South Vancouver streets as a detective with the Vancouver Police Department’s…

Canada Has a New Government, and Some Nasty Old Problems

After an election centered on Canada’s economy, that’s the takeaway from HSBC Bank Canada Chief Economist David Watt for Prime Minister-in-waiting Justin Trudeau. The oily tide has gone out, the economist warns, and now the nation’s drivers of growth—or lack thereof—have been laid bare for all…

Crombie and council spurn prejudice in fight over Mississauga mosque: James

Much wisdom was dispensed at Mississauga City Council on Wednesday. Meadowvale residents should heed that counsel rather than let the seeds of resentment germinate and grow into more ugliness. Ten of the 11 councillors stood behind Mayor Bonnie Crombie and her principled, unflinching…

Receipts show finance minister billed for flight upgrades, exclusive hotel rooms

OTTAWA – Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver charged taxpayers hundreds of dollars to upgrade his seat on flights and spent more than $5,000 twice on in-country flights during his time as a cabinet minister. In July 2012, Oliver spent $5,593 on two one-way…

‘I don’t think the issue has ever come up’: Public service bureaucrats baffled by Harper’s niqab stance

Stephen Harper’s startling statements that he will consider banning the niqab in the federal public service drew fire from his foes but appeared to mostly baffle bureaucratic insiders. Unions and other political party leaders were quick to condemn the Conservative leader’s remarks. However,…

Conservatives promise to process, speed up 60,000 caregiver applications for permanent residency

TORONTO — Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced Wednesday night that, if re-elected, the Conservative government will eliminate the backlog in permanent residence applications from live-in caregivers by processing 60,000 applications in 2015 and 2016. “We will be able to process new applications for…

Sikhs mistaken for Isis in Iraq but are providing food to Yazidis, Syrian refugees

After news of the Islamic State’s ghastly crimes in Iraq and Syria started pouring out last year, Ravinder Singh, the founder of Khalsa Aid, a UK-based non-profit group founded on the Sikh principles, travelled to the region to see how civilians could be…

Conservatives dump candidate who called homosexuality ‘unnatural behaviour’

OTTAWA — The Conservative party says a candidate who defended therapies that attempt to turn gays straight is no longer their official representative in a suburban Toronto riding, although it is too late to remove him from the ballot. Jagdish Grewal, who is…

What a Liberal government would look like

With Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper neck and neck entering the home stretch, one question now imposes itself: What kind of government are we likely to get if Trudeau becomes prime minister, assuming the Grits were to wind up in a position to…

Liberals announce plan for investment in Champlain Bridge infrastructure

BROSSARD, QC – A Liberal government will remove the toll on the Champlain Bridge and immediately move forward with the necessary bridge construction, said the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today. “This is about our safety, how we get…

Trudeau plans to get Liberal party out of political penalty box

RICHMOND HILL, Ont. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says his party was on the way down well before its devastating losses in the 2011 election, but he maintains his plan will pull the Grits out of the political penalty box. “I think the…

Two youths, one woman struck by vehicle in Markham

TORONTO – A woman and two youths were injured after being struck by a vehicle in Markham Friday morning. The collision happened around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Kennedy Road and Clayton Drive just north of Steeles Avenue East. Police say all…

Ontario asks Ottawa to bring 5,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by year end

TORONTO – Ontario is asking the federal government to pledge to bring 5,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year. Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins also says the provincial government will give $300,000 to Lifeline Syria, an…

Ontario education workers to begin province-wide job action on Sept. 10

TORONTO — The union representing 55,000 education workers in Ontario announced Friday that it will commence job action on Sept. 10. “Our members’ work is important to student success in our schools,” said the Canadian Union of Public Employees’s Ontario School Boards Coordinating…

Brampton North Conservative Association (Parm Gill) is Top 20 richest riding associations based on financial returns

The Canadian Press Published Sunday, July 26, 2015 3:55PM EDT OTTAWA — A riding association with a lot of savings will have a big advantage during what is expected to be an extra-long election campaign this year. Here are the top 20 richest…

Doug Ford eyeing Conservative leadership after Harper

Ex-city councillor Doug Ford is not closing the door on running in this federal election, or on seeking the federal Conservative leadership when Stephen Harper quits. “I’d be lying if I said ‘Never,’ but I truly believe the PM, Harper, is going to…

City’s new ethnic media plan rolls out

Brampton Guardian By Peter Criscione A new ethnic media strategy championed by Mayor Linda Jeffrey officially kicked off today. The city issued five versions of the same media release promoting a food festival in Gage Park on Aug. 28. The release, delivered in…

NDP Candidate, Brampton – West

Adaoma Patterson is an experienced local leader who’ll be a strong voice for Brampton West in Parliament alongside Tom Mulcair. A champion for progressive public policy, Adaoma has held key volunteer roles with the United Way of Peel Region, Jamaican Canadian Association, and…

NDP Candidate, Brampton – North

Martin Singh is a pharmacist and successful businessman with strong values of community service. As our next Member of Parliament, he’s ready to deliver positive results for hardworking families in Brampton North. Martin’s vision starts with a stronger economy—and he comes to that…

NDP Candidate, Brampton – East

Harbaljit Singh Kahlon is a successful business strategist and community leader. With Tom Mulcair’s NDP, he’s ready to draw on that experience to be an effective voice in Parliament for Brampton East. Since 2009, with an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of…

NDP Candidate, Brampton – Centre

A proven leader in our community, Rosemary is ready to deliver positive change as the Member of Parliament for Brampton Centre. With Tom Mulcair’s NDP team, she’ll work to fix the damage done by Stephen Harper and put the focus back on your…

Conservative Candidate, Brampton – West

Ninder Thind was born in Toronto and has lived in Peel since the age of 5. After completing her studies in Early Childhood Education she served as a Teacher and Principal in Brampton. Ninder has also served with the Family Health Department for…

Conservative Candidate, Brampton – South

Born and raised in Brampton, Kyle has a history of hard work, dedication, and proudly representing Canada as a world-class athlete. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln followed by the University of Western Ontario. Kyle’s athletic achievement began in Brampton as a member…

Conservative Candidate, Brampton – North

Parm immigrated to Canada at a young age with his family, and resides in Brampton with his wife Amarpal, his two sons, Raman and Daman, and his daughter Parmeet. After completing his studies Parm became involved in a family business. He was first…

Naval Bajaj Conservative party Candidate for Brampton East

Mr. Bajaj who is a very active member in community of Brampton and the immediate past President of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce keenly highlighted a few points why he chose to contest the to be the candidate for conservative party for…

Conservative Party Candidate for Brampton Centre

Bal Gosal, P.C., immigrated from India to British Columbia in 1981. Two years later, he and his wife Pawanjit moved across the country to Brampton Ontario, where they raised their three children and continue to live to this day.‎ After successfully being elected…

Be part of the change in Brampton South

We’re building the team and the plan that’s focused on you. Browse this site to learn more about Sonia, the Liberal Party of Canada, and Justin Trudeau. Sonia is no stranger to the campaign trail, having been actively involved in political campaigns at…

Be part of the change in Brampton West

We’re building the team and the plan that’s focused on you. Browse this site to learn more about Kamal, the Liberal Party of Canada, and Justin Trudeau. A registered nurse, community volunteer and a political activist, Kamal Khera is passionate about improving the…

Be part of the change in Brampton North

We’re building the team and the plan that’s focused on you. Browse this site to learn more about Ruby, the Liberal Party of Canada, and Justin Trudeau. Born in Toronto and raised in Brampton, Ruby Sahota is an active member of the local…

Be part of the change in Brampton East

We’re building the team and the plan that’s focused on you. Browse this site to learn more about Raj, the Liberal Party of Canada, and Justin Trudeau. Raj Grewal is the Liberal Party candidate for the riding of Brampton East in the upcoming…

Be part of the change in Brampton Centre

We’re building a team and a plan that’s focused on you. “Experienced Leadership … Strong Voice.” As a proud Canadian living in Brampton for over two decades, Ramesh Sangha provides a strong voice that Brampton Centre can count on. After graduating from the…

Brampton council hears staff let developer off the hook — to the tune of $1.4 million

By: San Grewal Urban Affairs Reporter, Published on Wed Apr 15 2015  Councillor John Sprovieri, seen here in 2013, had some pointed questions Wednesday for city staff about Brampton’s dealings with the developer Dominus. Brampton councillors want to know why staff recommended excusing…

Wynne zaps us on hydro rates

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s problem is that she’s running out of shells with which to play her shell game on electricity rates. The cumulative effect of a slew of announcements by Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli Thursday — more accurately re-announcements since most weren’t new…

Best Buy warns of profit hit as it consolidates Canadian stores

By Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) – Best Buy Co Inc plans to close some stores and consolidate its operations in Canada, the U.S. electronics retailer’s second-largest market, in a move that will hurt earnings this year, the company said on Saturday. The retailer…

Future Shop stores closed across Canada, some to rebrand as Best Buy

Dozens of Future Shop stores have been closed across Canada, its parent company Best Buy Canada Ltd. announced Saturday – a move that shocked workers. The company said it was shutting down 66 Future Shop stores effective immediately. Meanwhile, another 65 stores will be…

Brampton poll finds strong support for charging ex-mayor Susan Fennell

Seven of 10 residents polled believe Fennell should face municipal fraud charges; under half are confident Linda Jeffrey will “clean up the mess” at city hall. By: San Grewal Urban Affairs Reporter, Published on Tue Jan 20 2015   A new poll shows…

Wal-Mart, Sears ‘sad’ to see Target go, welcome applications, shoppers

While retailers say Target’s departure a shame, analysts say they’re secretly thrilled to have less competition OurWindsor.Ca By Lisa Wright Walmart Canada is welcoming applications from displaced Target employees after the U.S. retailing giant announced Thursday it will shut down Canadian operations. “We…

How ‘arrogance’ led to Target’s pullout

Chain that’s shutting all 133 stores in Canada, leaving 17,600 jobless, misread the market, experts say Target Corp. never understood the Canadian marketplace, according to experts reacting to the announcement on Thursday that the discount retailer will close all 133 of its stores…

Regulator demands full audit from pipeline company

CALGARY – Canada’s energy regulator has ordered a pipeline company with a recent history of large spills to do an independent audit of its entire network across four provinces. “We’ve worked very closely with this company and what we’re not seeing is full…

Brampton man charged with criminal negligence in house fire

Brampton Guardian By Pam Douglas BRAMPTON — A resident living in the basement of a Carter Drive home that caught fire this morning has been charged with criminal negligence, according to Peel Regional Police. The fire started in the man’s basement living area.…

Peel cop facing 46 charges related to insurance scam

Brampton Guardian By Louie Rosella BRAMPTON — A Peel Regional Police officer provided accident reports that passed off staged or bogus car crashes as legitimate ones as part of a scam that bilked insurance companies out of nearly $1 million, a Brampton judge…

Brampton mayor expects the city will have aunte up to for LRT

Brampton Guardian By Roger Belgrave BRAMPTON— After thanking the federal government for gas tax money that has helped enhance the city’s public transit service, Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey made it clear improving the municipal bus system is just one part of the transportation…

Brampton mayor to launch full probe of city hall

Brampton’s newly elected mayor Linda Jeffrey will ask former Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter to review the city’s books and plans to invite the provincial ombudsman, Andre Marin, to investigate the city as soon as Bill 8 gives him the power to do…

What Brampton’s three mayoral frontrunners are promising voters

A look at what the main candidates in the Brampton mayoral race are promising to voters ahead of the October 27 election. By: San Grewal Urban Affairs Reporter, Brampton voters go to the polls at the end of the month after a series…

Gitu Sandhu Candidate for Peel District School Boards Wards 9 and 10 brampton 2014

Gitu Sandhu; Position running for: Wards 9 & 10 in Brampton for Peel Public District School Board Priorities: My focus will be on 3E’s: Educational Excellence, Equality & Engagement • Focus on safety within the schools • Bridging the communication gap between families and…

Janet Atherley Candidate for Peel District School Boards Wards 2 and 6 Brampton 2014

    Hi I am Janet Atherley running for Brampton Public School Board Trustee, married to Peter Atherley living in ward 2 for the past 17 years. As proud parent of three young boys (attending Cheyne Middle School – Royal Orchard Middle School…

Avtaar Soor Candidate for Peel District School Boards Wards 2 and 6 Brampton 2014

It’s time to Choose Fresh Representation in Wards 2&6 for Peel District School Board Trustee – Choose Avtaar Soor   My Vision Making sure that our kids have healthy lifestyles, schools are free of crime, drugs and bullying to increase our students’ chances…

Sukhminder Singh Hansra Candidate for Councillor Wards 2 and 6 Brampton 2014

Sukhminder Singh Hansra City Councillor Wards 2 & 6 Current occupation: Journalist   Volunteer work/community involvement: Volunteer (28 Years) for World Sikh Organization Volunteer (23 Years) for Metro Punjabi Sports Club Volunteer (30Yrs) Ontario Khalsa Darbar Founding member of Punjabi Press Club of…

PARAMJIT SINGH BIRDI CANDIDATE FOR REGIONAL COUNCILLOR WARDS 9 & 10, BRAMPTON 2014

  Dear Bramptonians, my name is PARAMJIT SINGH BIRDI and I am running as Regional Councillor from Wards 9 & 10 in Brampton. I came to Canada in 2000 and worked really hard to settle here and started my career as a Real…