NDP WANTS 40 AMENDMENTS TO ANTI-TERROR BILL

The New Democrats continue to fight against new powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. They also want to strengthen the review of intelligence activities and enhance anti-radicalization programs. After hearing from four dozen witnesses at the House of Commons … read more

ONTARIO SUNSHINE LIST TOPS 100,000

The list that shows which public sector workers were paid $100,000 last year, tops 100,000 for the first time – 111,438. That’s an increase of more than 13,600 over the year before. They include civil servants, nurses, teachers, police, firefighters and others. … read more

JOHN RENBOURN, DEAD AT 70

                  Masterful acoustic guitarist John Renbourn, a founding member of the Pentangle in the 1960s, has died at his home in Scotland. He was 70. It is believed Renbourn suffered a heart attack.  Renbourn teamed with the late Bert Jansch … read more

CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD FACING HIGHER DEFICIT

                         The Toronto Catholic District School Board is facing a much higher deficit for next year than previously thought.  At last night’s meeting trustees were informed the deficit next year has ballooned from just under $24 million $34.3 million.  Trustees … read more

‘DOWNTON’ DONE – ENDING AFTER SEASON 6

Prepare to wipe a tear. The next season of ”Downton Abbey” will be its last. Maggie Smith, who portrays matriarch Lady Violet Crawley, recently predicted in the Sunday Times that the sixth season would be the end. ”They say this … read more

CANADIAN AIRLINES CHANGE POLICY RE. COCKPIT CREWS

Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says effective immediately, any Canadian airline carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times. The federal government imposed the emergency directive today in the aftermath of the … read more

FRANCE AIR TRAGEDY WAS DELIBERATE

French investigators have concluded that the co-pilot deliberately crashed the Germanwings plane into the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board. German officials say there is no sign of any link to terrorism. The authorities and people who … read more

WINNIPEG GALLERY NEEDS TO EXPAND TO DISPLAY MORE INUIT ART

Winnipeg’s art gallery has to come up with some space for what’s believed to be the world’s largest collection of Inuit art. Only a fraction of the collection is ever on display – so the gallery wants to build a … read more

QUEBEC PREMIER URGES CIRQUE TO STAY

A heartfelt appeal from the Premier of Quebec to the founder of Cirque du Soleil : please stay in “La Belle Province.” Premier Philippe Couillard says Guy Laliberte is one of Quebec’s great entrepreneurs and the Cirque is a huge … read more

BELL MEDIA BOSS APOLOGIZES FOR INTERVENING IN NEWS COVERAGE

Kevin Crull calls it a valuable lesson ”re-learned”. The president of Bell Media says he was wrong to try to influence the editorial decisions of CTV journalists and has apologized to them directly for the mistake. Crull’s apology followed a … read more