Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will go into the 2018 election campaign without her deputy premier and another long-serving cabinet minister, after both announced Friday they will not seek re-election. Deputy premier Deb Matthews and Treasury Board President Liz Sandals issued statements within minutes of each other that they would not run again Matthews entered politics 15 years…

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Debris from hundreds of Plaster of Paris idols and plastic waste found in different ghats Government agencies in the national capital have failed the dying Yamuna yet again this year, as the nine-day-long Durga Puja festivities, which came to a halt on Saturday, left the river in dire straits. Despite a strict order by the…

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Singh scored a solid victory in the first round of voting for a new NDP leader, with 53.6 per cent of the vote. New Democrats have chosen Jagmeet Singh, a criminal defence lawyer and provincial legislator who rose to prominence as an upbeat opponent of police carding and precarious work, to lead their party into…

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Here’s what tops the list of immediate challenges for the NDP’s new leader. Jagmeet Singh was announced as the federal NDP’s new leader on Sunday afternoon. OTTAWA—The federal NDP can now turn its focus to some more immediate challenges now that it has settled on Ontario provincial politician Jagmeet Singh as its newest leader. Here’s…

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A year ago, Diana Pepin installed a video camera in her disabled mother’s room after she said she had a bad feeling about the long-term care facility. Her 85-year-old mother can’t walk and can’t talk, so Pepin felt after witnessing incidents she said put her mother at risk, she needed to be her protection. “I had to replace my eyes with other…

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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 Punjabi parents before moving around the country, Singh said he was picked on because…

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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 her address to the United Nations General Assembly tonight. When Ms. Swaraj,…

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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 devote spare time to catching them, reading about them, and generally carrying…

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‘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 of “dangerous” motorcyclists performing stunts and other erratic driving behaviour on GTA…

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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 than 7,000 incidents of workplace violence in classrooms last school year. The…

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“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 night. Phagwara: If crop diversification was not undertaken at the earliest and…

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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 Amritsar railway station of the division has two escalators, only one of…

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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 supply stores will close Aug. 18. “We reached the decision to exit…

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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. LAB B, a co-working space in Brampton, has launched its first incubator…

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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 a settlement of more than $10 million, according to unnamed sources who spoke to…

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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 in a transaction. The province’s Liberal government announced a 16-point housing plan…

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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 ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence…

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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 graduates from the three campuses in downtown Toronto, Scarborough and Mississauga.   (RENE…

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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 area’s close proximity to the city and the influx of buyers spending…

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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 one in every two Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in…

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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 by eliminating duplicate jobs posted on different sites. Google will also show…

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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 following that kicking the Hydro can down the road for our kids…

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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, is more housing like that: homes that you “don’t really notice” because…

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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. Auditor General Beverly Romeo-Beehler says many of those cases, dating back to…

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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 senior city staff involved in the 2011 deal. The three departed senior…

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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 an option for municipal elections. “I don’t support ranked balloting. I don’t…

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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 multimillion-dollar lawsuit it’s facing over a controversial $500-million development deal. The lawsuit,…

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    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 tidal wave will begin” by 2021. It predicts the biggest impact will…

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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 head scarf “if they so choose.” “The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is…

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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 Sciences Centre in Toronto and remains in serious but stable condition, Peel paramedics said….

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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, work, and keep taxes low is not a priority – instead, this…

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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 to sell home services, I’m asking the provincial government to expand their…

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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 — axed by the Conservatives in 2010 — will be reinstated for…

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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 a specialization in finance. As a Certified Management Accountant, he has worked…

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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. “I feel really humbled and honoured,” said Sohi, who now takes over…

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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 to see. “Until Canada overcomes its productivity and competitiveness hurdles, it will…

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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, it wasn’t clear if there were more than a few, if any,…

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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 permanent residency in months, rather than years,” said Kenney at Mount Zion…

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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 implement most or all of their pledges? We now have, quite handily,…

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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 Committee Chair, Terri Preston. “We need all parties to understand how serious…

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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 English, Punjabi, Urdu Portuguese and French, makes good on Jeffrey’s election pledge…

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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 Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. She is also Vice-President of the Horace Patterson…

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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 challenge as a proven job creator. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family,…

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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 Business, Harbaljit has consulted for leading financial institutions on strategic initiatives to…

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