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OTTAWA — A promised reset of federal priorities to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic begins today with the Liberal government’s speech from the throne. The nearly hour-long speech is expected to address three areas: immediate action to push back against a second wave of the pandemic, supports for those still not back on their feet […]

OTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog has dismissed Conservative allegations of conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff and her husband. Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says the allegations are “speculative” and do not provide “a factual basis to support the belief that a contravention” of the Conflict of Interest Act may […]

OTTAWA — Indigenous leaders, special interest groups and other provinces will have their say today, in trying to convince the Supreme Court whether or not the national price on pollution is constitutional. The second day of hearings in three appeals over the federal carbon tax will go forward in Ottawa starting this morning. Appeals courts […]

TORONTO — Ontario says it will hire 98 new labour inspectors this fall as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the government will begin to recruit the workers in October. The hiring blitz will increase the number of government inspectors from 409 to 507 and will […]

TORONTO — Major League Rugby will kick off its fourth season on March 20, 2021. The 18-week regular season will features 13 teams including the Toronto Arrows, who joined in 2019. The championship game is scheduled for Aug. 1 after two weeks of Eastern and Western Conference final play. The North American league cancelled the remainder […]

OTTAWA — Shopify Inc. is working with the FBI after two “rogue members” of its support team engaged in a scheme to illegitimately obtain customer transactional records of some merchants. The Ottawa-based tech firm says it terminated the employees’ access to its network and referred the data breach to law enforcement. Shopify says it doesn’t […]

TORONTO — Canada’s largest school board says it is drawing on its pool of supply teachers as it rushes to meet a surge in demand for online learning.  The Toronto District School Board says it hired 300 teachers Monday and was working today to bring on another 200 to fulfil its staffing needs for online elementary school classes. Spokesman Ryan Bird says the board anticipates the […]

TORONTO — The technology sector helped North American stock markets to bounce back Tuesday despite ongoing concerns about COVID-19 infections and U.S. political gridlock. “I think that there are a lot of opposing forces in play right now and the market could have broken in either direction,” said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset […]

TORONTO — A new study found Indigenous employers provide Indigenous workers with comparable income and better job satisfaction than other employers. The study is based on responses from Ontario participants in a 2020 national survey of Indigenous students who received financial help toward post-secondary education in the past five years. About one-third (35 per cent) […]

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals’ throne speech Wednesday is to lay out plans for child care, health care, affordable housing and navigating the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The speech, crafted by the governing party but delivered by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, will be given in the shadow of rising COVID-19 cases across the […]