Tory makes unsubstantiated claims in support of subway plan

Monday, Tory cited unsubstantiated numbers defending the Scarborough subway extension plan. ( Ben Spurr / Toronto Star file photo )Mayor John Tory, who promised to make evidence-based decisions on policy matters, cited unsubstantiated numbers in defence of his preferred Scarborough subway plan Monday, contradicting both data from staff and independent academic analysis. That investment, he claimed, could substantially reduce the time residents spend on transit while arguing that critics of the subway plan already live in areas well-served by subways. His questions noted unexplained contradictions with information earlier presented at council that cast doubts on returning to the LRT plan. De Baeremaeker said he would not support a study by staff comparing the subway with the LRT.

March 28, 2017 01:18 UTC

Latos accepts Blue Jays demotion

DUNEDIN, FLA.—The Blue Jays don’t have room for pitcher Mat Latos, but the veteran won’t be too far away. The 29-year-old right-hander could have looked elsewhere for a major-league job, but felt the Jays had more to offer. Latos, who signed a minor-league contact that would pay him $1.5 million if he made the major-league roster, was second on the Jays with 14 2/3 innings pitched this spring. The battle for the final two spots in the Jays bullpen is now down to three: Aaron Loup, Mike Bolsinger, and Ryan Tepera. Expectations are that Bolsinger will get the nod, largely because he’s out of minor-league options, while Tepera isn’t.

March 28, 2017 00:55 UTC

Andrew Coyne: Renewed attempt to rewrite House rules confirms Liberals are not to be trusted

But of course the idealism was just a newer, slicker con, or perhaps an older, slicker one: Trudeau as Kennedy to Harper’s Nixon. Once again there are limits proposed on time-honoured procedural tactics with which opposition parties might delay government business or otherwise express their unhappiness. (In fairness, the Liberals did not promise to limit this power, only that they would not abuse it.) More encouraging is a proposal to give the Speaker the power to break up omnibus bills into separate parts, with separate votes on each. Taken as a whole, however, there is much in the document that might legitimately alarm the opposition.

March 28, 2017 00:48 UTC

How will legal pot be sold in B.C.? Province still hazy on answers

The federal Liberals have finally said when marijuana will be legal in Canada — July 1, 2018 — but just how the drug will be sold above-board in B.C. Under legislation expected next month, the provinces will decide the price of pot, as well as how marijuana products are distributed and sold. Deciding the price of legal marijuana will be a "crucial" decision for regulators, as they try to make the new system both attractive and responsible, said Milloy. If the government cannabis is twice the price of illegal cannabis, I don't think many people will be moving into the legal cannabis world." "Figuring out some sort of way to convert these 'outlaws' into people who pay taxes and employ employees … in a legal economy, will be one of the big benefits of legal cannabis."

March 28, 2017 00:45 UTC

Democrats want Devin Nunes gone from Russia probe

The Republican congressman said he did not meet with Trump or his aides when he viewed intelligence information on the White House grounds. The day after Nunes viewed the intelligence, he briefed Trump on its contents and held a news conference. Nunes 'fair and credible,' says Ryan officeRyan has "full confidence" in the investigation led by Nunes, a Ryan spokesperson said on Monday. "Speaker Ryan has full confidence that Chairman Nunes is conducting a thorough, fair and credible investigation," spokesperson AshLee Strong said in an emailed statement. Nunes and Schiff have asked the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency for the names of officials who were cited in intelligence reports.

March 28, 2017 00:43 UTC



What's next: Experts spell out challenges of marijuana legalization

Nova Scotia has 15 months to come up with ways to incorporate legal marijuana use into the province's justice, public health and finance systems. The challenge will be to define the role of criminal law while maintaining a focus on public health. "By legalizing, you're at least shifting the focus towards maximizing public health, maintaining public safety, while considering issues of revenues. 'Start to work together'Chris Enns is the owner of Farm Assists, a cannabis dispensary in downtown Halifax, will continue to battle criminal charges until legalization occurs. Marijuana dispensary owner Christopher Enns says it is time for all players to work together to integrate legal pot into society.

March 28, 2017 00:27 UTC

Bizarre breastfeeding column is a viral gift for Michael Chong. He might as well own it: Robyn Urback - CBC News

There's a lesson in all of this for Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong, who has struck viral gold not once, but twice during his otherwise achingly mundane campaign. A recent poll found that only 10 per cent of Canadians were familiar with Chong (sixth from the left). Leah McLaren wrote a column about almost breastfeeding Chong's son. (Twitter)In the column, McLaren confessed that she was not lactating, nor did she have the parents' consent when she found the baby upstairs at a party, stuck her finger in his mouth and started unbuttoning her blouse. There are probably a lot of things centrist Canadians would like in Michael Chong, except the vast majority don't know who he is.

March 28, 2017 00:00 UTC

Finance Minister Morneau heading south to tout importance of Canada-U.S. trade

CALGARY—Canada’s finance minister says he intends to head south of the border next week to reinforce the importance of Canada-U.S. trade. “On my post-budget tour next week, I’m going to American cities and I’m meeting with governors and I’m meeting with mayors to talk about the importance of Canada-US trade. Morneau suggested continuing to engage with the new U.S. administration could potentially provide more opportunities for Canada. “I know that Albertans, perhaps more than anybody in Canada, fully understand these challenges. We’ve seen since we came into office a reduction in unemployment from 7.1 per cent down to 6.6 per cent.

March 28, 2017 00:00 UTC

Kevin O’Leary says he would ‘coerce’ provinces to adopt his economic policies

OTTAWA — Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary says if he becomes prime minister he will do everything in his power to “coerce” provinces into adopting his preferred economic policies. You have to have the co-operation of the provinces, obviously,” he said, then accusing some provincial leaders of mismanagement. Everything in my power to help them make the correct economic decisions on behalf of the rest of Canada,” O’Leary said. He’d sit down with individual provincial leaders and ask them to “show me what you’ve got.”The Conservative Party’s existing policy favours decentralization. “I suggest they go back and study the Constitution,” O’Leary said of critics, saying he would pass legislation to deny asylum claim rights to people who cross the Canada-U.S. border illegally.

March 27, 2017 23:48 UTC

Alberta government and marijuana growers await Ottawa's legalization plan

On Monday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the province is waiting on legislation from the federal government next month before making decisions for Alberta. Aaron Bott has been advocating for cannabis legalization for the past 15 years. The company currently grows medical marijuana near Cremona in southern Alberta. He's been pushing for cannabis legalization for close to 15 years. He says he'll consider opening up a shop again once legalization happens, but he wants to stay focused on medical marijuana use.

March 27, 2017 23:37 UTC

Professors question health of academic freedom at McGill after Potter resignation

MONTREAL – McGill University’s handling of Andrew Potter’s resignation is potentially “one of the most significant academic freedom cases in recent decades,” the Canadian Association of University Teachers said Monday in demanding more answers from McGill. “You have asserted that Professor Potter was not forced to resign, and yet you have stated that his resignation was necessary. In an interview with the Globe and Mail Sunday, Fortier said Potter overstepped his role with his provocative article. Unless Fortier is able to alleviate its concerns, the CAUT plans to launch an investigation to determine if academic freedom was violated. “Academic freedom is central to a university’s mission in a democratic society,” the letter to Fortier says.

March 27, 2017 23:15 UTC

Yeoh gets highest title for non-French - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: International star Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh will be conferred the Commander of the Legion of Honour – the highest honour to a non-French citizen – during a ceremony which coincides with the visit of French President Francois Hollande. Hollande also plans to meet the French community here during the reception before departing for a state banquet at Istana Negara. Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, it is divided into five ranks: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross). Commandeur of the Legion d’Honneur is the highest honour that the French government can award to a non-French citizen. Yeoh, 54, was first awarded the Chevalier title in 2007, and subsequently the Officier in 2012.

March 27, 2017 23:15 UTC

Sinixt First Nation not extinct after all, court rules

A First Nation declared extinct by the federal government 60 years ago has won a court battle to have its existence recognized. A provincial court judge in Nelson, B.C., acquitted a Sinixt man from Washington state on Monday of hunting without a licence and hunting without being a resident. (Bob Keating/CBC)The Sinixt First Nation was pushed off the Canadian portion of its traditional territory by settlers and miners. The court heard the First Nation was declared extinct for the purposes of the Indian Act in 1956. Wildlife Act and the government's view of the Sinixt as extinct.

March 27, 2017 22:58 UTC

How Kathleen Wynne's Liberals can save their own skin: Cohn

There’s no good answer, but here’s a better question: With or without Wynne, how do Liberals compete in the next election? If Liberals are losing the battle of endearment, they can at least set the terms of engagement. It will go far beyond the recent mantra of affordability that drove the premier’s repentance on road tolls and hydro rates. Even if Wynne can’t make a miraculous comeback in her personal popularity, her party can at least bounce back with a public policy agenda. Ahead of the next election, expect the Liberals to contrast their emerging ideas with the submerging platform of the PC leader.

March 27, 2017 22:52 UTC

How busy will the Scarborough subway extension be?

Scarborough subway advocates have said the one-stop, 6.2-kilometre subway connecting Kennedy Station to the Scarborough Town Centre will be well-used and among the busiest in the TTC system. But that ignores the fact the Scarborough extension, estimated to cost at least $3.35 billion, will travel just over six kilometres without stopping — making it the longest single gap between stations in the entire system. Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, who was tapped by Mayor John Tory to be chief defender of the subway recently released a petition in support of that plan arguing in part: “Our subway will be busy all day long — busier than almost every station in the entire TTC system.”De Baeremaeker notes the daily ridership for the extension is projected to be 64,000 (a number city staff projected for 2031). It’s an estimate that projects the number of people getting on and off at Scarborough Centre station in 2031. The councillor compares that number to the station usage elsewhere in the system, noting it would have the third highest usage after Dundas West and Kennedy stations.

March 27, 2017 22:52 UTC




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