The right-of-centre Tory, however, will have to do more to win council to his side now, Siemiatycki said. “This council will have a lot more opposition voices, as it were, to the mayor than the last council did,” Siemiatycki said. Dominion Voting, a provider of electronic voting, apologized after 51 municipalities ran into “slow traffic” it blamed on an unnamed Toronto provider. According to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, 6,645 candidates ran in local council races, with 9.2 million people eligible to vote. Hot button issues such as housing and accessible public transit were campaign issues in Toronto and smaller municipalities alike.
October 23, 2018 00:51 UTC
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Latest on Alaska police standoff with a suicidal man outside a hospital (all times local):——4:50 p.m.Police in Alaska say they’ve detained a suicidal man who was parked in a vehicle with a woman for hours outside a town’s only public hospital. Fairbanks police negotiated with the armed man for several hours until shortly after 4 p.m. Monday. Police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch says the man and woman got out of the vehicle and were apprehended by officers in the parking lot of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. McCulloch says the man was taken inside the hospital and is being assessed by hospital staff and police. ——1 p.m.Police in Alaska say they’re negotiating Monday with a suicidal man parked in a vehicle with a woman outside a town’s only public hospital.
October 23, 2018 00:45 UTC
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is siding with the Trump administration to block the questioning of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The suits by a dozen states and big cities, among others, say the citizenship question will discourage immigrants from participating, diluting political representation and federal dollars for states that tend to vote Democratic. Gorsuch said he “sees no reason to distinguish between Secretary Ross’ deposition and those of other senior executive officials.”Furman based his ruling requiring Ross’ deposition on concerns about Ross’ truthfulness in relating how the decision to add the citizenship question came about. The lawyers wrote that Ross also discussed adding the question with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the spring of 2017 and at other times. Ross’ deposition, which remains on hold pending further briefing.” New York is among the states that sued over the citizenship question.
October 23, 2018 00:27 UTC
WASHINGTON — Officials say the Trump administration is rolling out new options for small employers to use tax-free accounts for providing health coverage to workers. The idea is to expand so-called “health reimbursement arrangements” to allow employees to buy their own individual coverage. Employers can also pair the accounts with workplace health insurance, allowing workers to use the money for additional benefits such as dental care. Officials from the departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services provided a broad overview of the proposal Monday evening ahead of an official announcement, expected Tuesday. HRAs join other Trump administration health insurance initiatives, including association health plans and short-term policies.
RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks returned from their bye week with two key players back on the field after missing the first six games due to injuries. Wright and tight end Ed Dickson to practice Monday as they began preparations for Sunday’s game against Detroit. Dickson was likely ready to return a couple of weeks ago, but being on the NFL list required him to miss six games. Carroll said Dickson ramped up the intensity of his workouts in the past couple weeks in the hopes of being able to play this Sunday. That’s part of the rehab, particularly for Ed who has had a long time to work at this,” Carroll said.
Jon James McMurray died Saturday filming a project he had been working on for months, a statement from the team said. “Jon held onto the wing until it was too late, and by the time he let go, he didn’t have time to pull his chute. McMurray was born in Calgary and grew up skiing in the Rocky Mountains, the team said, and he became an accredited professional skier. “His passion for making music videos and performing stunts were combined, and Jon pushed music in a new direction that was uncharted territory,” the team said. BC Coroners Service spokeswoman Barb McLintock said the man was part of a team making videos involving aircraft stunts and parachuting.
NEW YORK — Agent Brodie Van Wagenen interviewed Monday to switch sides and become general manager of the New York Mets and is among three finalists along with former Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin and Tampa Bay senior vice-president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom. The 44-year-old Van Wagenen has been co-head of CAA Baseball since 2010 and is familiar to the Mets as the representative for Yoenis Cespedes and others. “In my role as an agent, my solution is to create opportunities for players to be successful both on and off the field,” Van Wagenen said. “As Jeff and Fred continue their search for a new head of baseball operations, the players, fans and entire organization will be motivated to have a leader with the skills and commitment to win,” Van Wagenen said. “If the Wilpons believe I am that person, we will have that conversation.”——More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP–Sports
October 22, 2018 23:47 UTC
I grew up with the federal deficit and I still have the fiscal scars to prove it. From less than 20 per cent of GDP in 1976, the federal debt grew to 68 per cent two decades later. The federal deficit today, at $19 billion, is less than one per cent of GDP; the debt, just 31 per cent. Maybe federal deficits are yesterday’s issue. Federal spending growth was actually relatively restrained in the late 1970s: per capita, after inflation, program spending was about the same in 1980 as it was in 1975.
October 22, 2018 23:35 UTC
The National Energy Board says it will consider a jurisdictional challenge of a pipeline approval that is a key component in a recently sanctioned $40-billion liquefied natural gas export facility in British Columbia. The federal regulator says it will accept submissions until next Monday from challenger Mike Sawyer, the provincial and federal governments, and other parties on whether the 670-kilometre pipeline should be considered a federal project. LNG Canada announced earlier this month that it was going ahead with a plant in Kitimat on B.C.’s coast, with the pipeline delivering natural gas from the northeast corner of the province. The energy board says Sawyer’s jurisdictional challenge was received in July. regulatory process, whereby it received all of its valid permits under the current provincial regulatory bodies.”Coastal GasLink Pipeline, LNG Canada and the provincial Energy Ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.
October 22, 2018 22:55 UTC
PITTSBURGH — Not long ago in the American republic, information was less chaotic — or, at least, seemed to be. And, predictably when it comes to free speech, few produced unanimous conclusions. “I don’t believe democracies can exist without a free press,” Tom Ridge, secretary of Homeland Security under former Republican President George W. Bush and the onetime governor of Pennsylvania, said Monday. “The social media companies themselves don’t understand social media,” said Sree Sreenivasan, a leader in digital journalism and former associate dean of the Columbia Journalism School. He says Donald Trump’s presidency was “a direct result of him understanding social media better than the social media companies.”So how do we sort this all out?
October 22, 2018 22:53 UTC
VANCOUVER — The runner-up in the race for Vancouver mayor has admitted defeat, two days after he lost by almost 1,000 votes. In a statement Monday, Ken Sim of the Non-Partisan Association congratulated Kennedy Stewart for his win on Saturday. Sim apologized for the time it took to acknowledge that Stewart won the election. Sim says given the close nature of the result, he and his party believed they owed it to their supporters and to the city to ensure the results were correct. He says he wasn’t trying to take away from Stewart or his team’s accomplishment.
October 22, 2018 22:52 UTC
The Raiders returned from the bye week Monday and immediately made another big trade, dealing Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2019 first-round pick. They have plenty of holes on the roster as evidenced by the early season struggles and will now look to rebuild through the draft. But they later said it’s just part of the business of football and wished Cooper well in Dallas. I think he is going to do well down in Dallas.”NOTES: The Raiders placed RB Marshawn Lynch on IR with a groin injury. The Raiders have 21 days to decide whether to activate him or shut him down for the season.
October 22, 2018 22:18 UTC
Rob and Murray discuss the Riders’ decision to suspend Charleston Hughes after he was charged with impaired driving, then go in-depth on the team’s decisive win over the Calgary Stampeders. The guys also talk about what the Riders should do to get ready for the B.C. Lions on Saturday. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Rob on Twitter @robvanstoneFollow Murray on TwitterFind past episodes of the podcast here.
October 22, 2018 21:56 UTC
LONDON — The brilliance of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang kept Arsenal rolling along on Monday. Ozil scored one goal and helped set up Aubameyang for two more as Arsenal came from behind to beat Leicester 3-1 in the English Premier League. The win was the Gunners’ 10th straight overall, their longest run in 11 years. Arsenal then wrapped things up three minutes later with Ozil at the centre of a brilliant team goal . “I do not have to tell you how good a player Mesut Ozil is, he has shown that,” defender Shkodran Mustafi said.
October 22, 2018 21:45 UTC
OTTAWA — The federal government will take some of the sting out of its upcoming carbon tax Tuesday with a promise to give rebates directly to Canadians. That sell includes offsetting the hit to a family’s pocketbook with carbon price rebates. They will also announce Tuesday which provinces will see the federal carbon price applied. Trudeau has promised any revenues raised by a carbon tax will be returned entirely to the people of the province where they are collected. Carbon pricing is expected to be a key campaign issue, with the federal Conservatives pushing heavily against a carbon tax and insisting they would eliminate it entirely if they form government.
October 22, 2018 21:45 UTC