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Statement Ontario Contributes $2.5 Million for Emergency Relief Efforts in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria

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April 21, 2017 Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today regarding Ontario’s response to the food insecurity crisis in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria: “On behalf of the people of Ontario, we have heard and heeded the United Nations’ call for immediate support for the urgent food crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. Our province has ...

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Canada PM Announces Support for High-quality, Affordable Child Care

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By Zacheaus Somorin Canadians deserve the opportunity to raise their families the way they want, but far too many do not have access to the high-quality, affordable child care they need. With increased support for early learning and child care, more Canadian parents can pursue new opportunities to work and learn, and build a better future for themselves and their ...

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Bacardi Canada to close and sell Brampton office

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Bacardi Canada will close down and sell its Brampton bottling plant in the coming months, which will end a five-decade presence in the city.   In an official statement to The Guardian, the organization said it told its representatives on Feb. 9 that they made the “difficult decision” to end operations at the office on Steeles Avenue East after a ...

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York board investigating trustee over alleged racial slur

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The York Region public school board is investigating accusations that a trustee referred to a black parent as a “n—–” in front of others after a public meeting, the Star has learned.   The board is already reeling from a string of controversies. This latest allegation comes as it struggles with numerous complaints of racism and Islamophobia — and criticism ...

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Ontario Introduces Law to Protect Human Trafficking Survivors

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As part of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, Minister of the Status of Women, Indira Naidoo-Harris, introduced legislation recently that would if passed, increase protection for survivors and those at risk of human trafficking.   The Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2017 would create two statutes, Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017 and Human Trafficking Awareness Day Act, ...

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OPP officer demoted for failing to respond to emergency 911 call

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Ontario Provincial Police Const. David Dionne displayed “jaw-dropping” behaviour and a “lack of courage” when he failed to respond to a dying woman’s 911 call, a police superintendent has ruled.   Dionne pleaded guilty to two counts of neglect of duty at an OPP disciplinary hearing Feb. 14 and has been demoted from first- to a second-class constable for two ...

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Newfoundland and Labrador to cut 287 government jobs

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Newfoundland and Labrador’s Liberal government is slicing 287 management jobs from its civil service as part of a wider effort to contain a deficit currently projected to be close to $1.6 billion.   Premier Dwight Ball, who promised to avoid layoffs during the 2015 election campaign, said it’s a difficult decision but the province’s dire finances demand a “flatter, leaner” ...

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Canadian citizenship applications decline after processing fees triple

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A sharp fee increase has helped fuel a dramatic drop in the number of immigrants applying to become Canadian citizens, according to immigration advocates.   In the first nine months of 2016, there were 56,446 applications filed for citizenship, a decrease of nearly 50 percent from the same period a year earlier, when 111,993 applications were submitted.   The figures ...

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Pride Toronto hires its first black female executive director

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Pride Toronto has hired Olivia Nuamah as its new executive director, the first time the organization has appointed a black woman to the role.   The much-anticipated hire comes after nearly eight months of turmoil sparked by a Black Lives Matter Toronto protest at July’s Pride Parade, which was followed by the resignation of executive director Mathieu Chantelois weeks later. ...

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Manulife removes mandatory nicotine testing for some life insurance applicants

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TORONTO — People looking to secure health insurance from Manulife may no longer be subjected to nicotine testing, as the company looks to streamline the application process.   The insurer (TSX:MFC) says nicotine tests will no longer be required for individual policies for eligible applicants aged 18 to 40, on policies that pay up to $1 million in benefits.   ...

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Canadian border flooded with refugees moving from the US to Canada

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police apprehended 22 refugees over the weekend as they tried to cross the border into Canada from the U.S illegally.   The nearly two dozen individuals were apprehended late Saturday near Emerson, Manitoba, which borders North Dakota and Minnesota. But while the tiny town of 671 has traditionally accepted refugees with open arms, residents are growing ...

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Your face will soon be your Boarding Pass

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  Airports around the world are rolling out the facial-recognition technology in an attempt to improve security and reduce the painful boarding process.   Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport is testing facial recognition technology made by Portuguese firm Vision-Box, Bloomberg reported this week. Wait times to enter the country jumped in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice, ...

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Calling All Artists: The City is Looking for Your Hazel Art  

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February 14, 2017 Today has traditionally been about hearts, flowers and poetry but in Ontario, Valentine’s Day is now about so much more.   On December 8, 2016, the Ontario legislature passed an Act proclaiming February 14 as Hazel McCallion Day in Ontario. To celebrate Mississauga’s longest serving mayor, the City’s Culture Division is planning a spring exhibition that pays ...

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Soldier applies cautionary tale of the dodo bird: adapt, work hard and succeed

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North Bay, Ontario — Although not usually given credit for being clever, the dodo bird did have a powerful lesson to share with a young soldier-to-be as he immigrated at the age of 15 with his family from Mauritius to Canada in 2003. Corporal Jean-Marc Hannelas, who is a Finance Service Administrator at 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base (CFB) North Bay, ...

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Canadian Prime Minister visits Trump’s White House

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at the White House Monday, becoming the third world leader to meet with President Donald Trump face to face. The two leaders couldn’t be more different. “Because as we know, relationships between neighbors are pretty complex, and we won’t always agree on everything. But because of our deep abiding respect for one another, we’re ...

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Ontario Expanding Beer and Cider Sales to 80 More Grocery Stores

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Ontario is moving forward on its commitment to improving convenience and choice for people across the province by expanding the sale of beer and cider to 80 more grocery stores. Currently, 130 grocery stores across Ontario are authorized to sell beer and cider, of which 70 stores can also sell wine. Starting from February, grocers can bid for 80 additional ...

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Ontario Providing More Travel Options for Commuters

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Ontario has opened the third round of permit applications and renewals for Canada’s first High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, which provide another travel option for commuters and help manage congestion. The HOT lanes are on 16.5 kilometres of the QEW in both directions, from Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington. Vehicles with two or more occupants, or green ...

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Employers can still apply for the Canada Summer Jobs 2017 program

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By Sandra Beagan On January 19, Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour, announced that the application period to hire students for summer jobs under the 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program had been extended to February 3. Summer work experience helps students pay for their education and gain experience in their careers. Public-sector employers, not-for-profit organizations, and ...

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