Australia to spend additional $270 billion on defence boost over decade, PM says

Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned that the post-pandemic world will become more dangerous and announced a renewed focus on Australia's immediate region.
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Impact-Toronto FC game postponed
Major League Soccer announced Sunday that the Montreal Impact game against Toronto FC, initially scheduled on Wednesday at 8 p.m., will be postponed to Thursday at 8 p.m. (TVA Sports, TSN, 98.5fm, TSN 690).
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Frustration mounts in Alberta hamlet as drivers wait at Bragg Creek’s 4-way stop
Bragg Creek residents are raising concerns about the hamlet's infamous four-way stop that has traffic stretching for kilometres in every direction.
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ODDS AND ENDS: Nude intruder and other offbeat offerings
MAN ENTERED HOMES IN ‘UNCLOTHED STATE’ You might as well be naked while on the lam from the cops. This past Monday, Grand Rapids, Mich., resident Joshua Rupp pleaded no contest to multiple felony charges in connection to numerous home break-ins last year while fleeing naked from authorities. According to the Holland Sentinel, Rupp was […]
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Rosie DiManno: Travis Shaw didn’t have to apologize. The Blue Jays situation is a mess, and Buffalo is starting to look pretty good
The playing field is tipped steeply against the Jays as the only Canadian team in Major League Baseball. No other club in laying down such draconian restrictions for a return to play. A looming likelihood is that the Jays will shift their season operations to Sahlen Field in Buffalo, home of their triple-A affiliate, Rosie DiManno writes.
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Knights Liam Foudy and Connor McMichael named to NHL playoff rosters
Liam Foudy and Connor McMichael are getting ready to get back onto the ice.
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Pace, health, return to winning form the goals at Flames training camp, GM says
Instead of pre-season warm-ups, the Calgary Flames face a best-of-five elimination series against the Winnipeg Jets in Edmonton.
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Woodbine jockey Darryll Holland is just ‘bruised up’ after a bad spill
A great day of racing ended on a scary note at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday. Fortunately for all concerned, there were no major injuries. In the final race of the afternoon, the three-year-old bay filly Society’s Story got out of the gate from the No. 3 position in good shape. But not long into the […]
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Alberta doctors accuse government of searching for scab workers as 200 job applications go online
Locked in a dispute that has already led to some of its physicians leaving the province, the government of Alberta has posted nearly 200 job openings for doctors on a website that caters to international applicants. The 179 postings on international job board medical.careers.global include ads for everything from generational practitioners in Crowsnest Pass, Alta., to spine surgeons in Edmonton. The surge of new postings, which multiple Alberta physicians described as highly unusual, came over the past two weeks as tensions between the province and doctors continue to escalate over a months-long row that began when the government terminated its master agreement with physicians and imposed changes to their pay formula. Earlier this week, the Alberta Medical Association released a survey of its members revealing that 42 per cent were considering leaving the province due to the dispute with the government. Edmonton-based psychiatrist Dr. Christine Froelich said the job postings are akin to the government bringing in scab workers. Rather than convince the doctors who are looking to leave, or have already left, to stay, it’s attempting to replace them with international doctors who aren’t familiar with the challenges their colleagues are facing. “That’s exactly what it is,” Froelich said about scab work. “We’re doctors and we don’t have a union but that’s as close as it gets to that. They want replacement workers. It’s ‘if you don’t agree with us, this worker will replace you.’ ” Dr. Jillian Ratti, who specializes in family medicine in Calgary, made similar comments on Twitter in a series of posts about the job postings. She accused the Alberta Health Services and Health Minister Tyler Shandro of “searching abroad for unknowing-scabs to replace the docs who poured their hearts and souls into their communities.” In a statement emailed to the National Post, a spokesperson for Alberta Health Services, which is responsible for job searches and hiring, said the province has “long relied on many foreign-trained physicians to provide care in many areas across the province.” The positions, she said, are also listed on Alberta Health Services’ website and are often reposted on local and national job boards as well. Dr. Ed Aasman, president of rural medicine with the Alberta Medical Association, doesn’t believe there’s an agenda behind the postings made for positions in rural communities, at least. “They’re legitimate,” he said, and correspond to long-term needs that those communities have. Aasman couldn’t speak to the volume of postings and how that’s compared to past hiring surges. Froelich, however, said the number of job postings was unusual. While there are dozens of rural postings, more than 50 of the new positions are Edmonton based while nearly an additional 30 are split between Lethbridge, Alta., and Calgary. The rural positions don’t set off any red flags for Aasman. That would change, for example, if the international doctors brought in no longer had to do the customary three to six months of training under another physician in Alberta before starting the jobs they were brought in for. Another red flag, Aasman said, is if the positions came with lower salaries than those offered to doctors who are currently working in the province. Although Aasman hasn’t seen any doctors leave the province yet — that might take some time, he admits, because of the complications of moving during a global pandemic — he has already seen the effects of the confrontation between the United Conservative Party and the province’s doctors. Aasman knows of three doctors working in rural communities who retired early because of the changes made by the government. New COVID-19 outbreak in N.B. traced to doctor who went to work after Quebec trip. Now people are very angry A Toronto doctor describes what it's like to watch his father-in-law die from COVID-19 in 'seven days' "That is a surprise": Doctors still waiting for feared surge of COVID-19 patients in Canadian ICUs NDP MLA and health critic David Shepherd is also concerned about physicians in rural communities leaving for greener pastures. The job postings, he said, make it clear that there isn’t sufficient back-up to cover a potential exodus. Incoming international doctors may also not fully understand the situation they’re stepping into, he said. Shepherd also shares the concerns of some doctors, such as Froelich and Ratti, that the UCP is edging closer to privatizing health care. Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act, which the UCP introduced last week, gave corporations the ability to bill the government as if they were physicians, Shepherd said. “This is the first step to breaking down the legal barriers to prevent full privatization of health care in Alberta,” Shepherd said. “We’re beyond this being a question of incompetence. This is no longer a mistake. “This shows the incredible damage (the UCP) has done in only a few short months with health care and doctors in the midst of a global pandemic.”
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Man allegedly spit in cop’s face
A drunken man allegedly spit in the face of a police officer after being arrested in Oakville, according to Halton Regional Police. Officers were called to deal with a complaint about a drunken man yelling and swearing at people on Saturday at 6:50 p.m. in the Trafalgar Rd.-Dundas St. area. The man was drinking an […]
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U.K. launches campaign urging citizens, businesses to prepare for Brexit
Britain left the European Union on Jan. 31, three and a half years after a referendum, but a transition period has delayed any major change in the relationship.
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MEC eliminates 200 positions as pandemic drags on
The company announced more than 1,300 temporary layoffs in March, when it temporarily closed all of its 22 stores.
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Jake the ‘Weather Kid’ sharing love of meteorology in Grande Prairie
A young boy from Grande Prairie has taken his love of the weather to the next level.
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Montreal bar patrons, workers line up to get tested for COVID-19
Hundreds stood in line outside the old Hôtel Dieu hospital Sunday after public health officials called on bar patrons to get tested.
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Coronavirus: Interior Health says COVID-19 advisory and identification not criticism of resorts
“This was not a criticism of precautions that are in place at the resort and we do not have concerns for current or future guests."
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Iran’s report on downing plane ‘raises more questions,’ says advocate for victims
The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 55 Canadian citizens, 30 permanent residents and dozens of others with connections to Canada.
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Bartering child’s dress for food: Life in Lebanon’s economic crisis
Lebanon’s crisis, the result of years of government corruption and financial mismanagement, has caused unemployment and poverty rates to skyrocket, businesses to shutter and salaries to lose their value as inflation soars.
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Over 70% of Canada’s coronavirus cases have recovered as country adds 244
As of Sunday afternoon, the country stood at 107,570 cases while 71,467 of those diagnosed with the virus have recovered.
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Behind the Game: The challenges of being a player agent
Jason Staroszik started his path towards becoming a player agent at the NHL draft in 2010. He tried his hand in the hockey arena, but after losing clients to the big agencies he moved in to football.
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Shaw knows he’s safer in Canada than being in the U.S.
MLB’s 60-game season might turn out to be a battle of attrition rather than a battle of hitting and pitching. Amid a pandemic, players can opt out on their accord, while players testing positive for COVID-19 may decide they prefer not to return at any point. The numbers in the U.S. continue to grow, while […]
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Toronto kids might need to get swabbed before day camp. Here’s how to keep them calm
A bit of knowledge, the right kind of praise, a stress ball — they can all help get a child tested and cleared for the city’s day-camp program.
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Coronavirus: Groups urge G20 to extend, expand debt freeze for poorer countries
The ICC, International Trade Union Confederation, and Global Citizen, a group pushing to end extreme poverty by 2030, also called on G20 finance ministers, who will meet online on July 18, to take additional steps to boost the participation of private creditors, who have been slow to engage.
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The Maple Leafs have deep thoughts as the road to the Stanley Cup reopens
Auston Matthews and Nick Robertson will be among 34 players — no opt-outs — on the ice when camp opens Monday. Depth wins championships. The Leafs will find out in a hurry if they have enough for a long run.
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Blue Jays’ Travis Shaw apologizes for Twitter tirade by setting the record straight
Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw was contrite, authentic and quite transparent when he faced the music Sunday via Zoom video over comments he expressed on social media last week, comments he clearly wants to take back. Life in quarantine isn’t exactly ideal, regardless of one’s occupation or the size of one’s paycheque. Feds paved the […]
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Man, 48, stabbed in apparent drug deal gone wrong
A 48-year-old man was stabbed Sunday afternoon on Jeanne-Mance St. near Sherbrooke St. in what was apparently a drug deal gone wrong.
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21 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego
Twenty-one people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said.
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More calls to 811, long lines after officials tell Montreal bargoers to test for COVID-19
A Montreal Public Health doctor says an increase in calls to 811 after the city asked bar patrons to be screened for COVID-19 is a good thing.
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Dubas: Maple Leafs look ready to go
Kyle Dubas could only watch as his Maple Leafs went through their paces the last few weeks.
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Mercier, Que., community reacts to mandatory masks following COVID-19 outbreak
After a regional COVID-19 outbreak of more than 80 cases, Mercier will make masks mandatory in public places, a move that residents say they plan to comply with.
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Ontario starting stage three of reopening this week, with indoor dining and maybe more
As new cases of COVID-19 remain manageable and hospitalizations decrease, Premier Doug Ford will announce Monday that much of Ontario will move into the third stage of reopening — but probably not Toronto just yet.
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Investigation underway after two ships collide on Welland Canal
Two vessels — the Florence Spirit and the MV Alanis — struck each other on their starboard sides on the 43-kilometre-long waterway between lakes Erie and Ontario.
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Montreal man, 48, stabbed in daytime attack
A 48-year-old man was stabbed on Sunday afternoon in Montreal's Plateau—Mont-Royal area on Jeanne-Mance street near Sherbrooke street.
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City’s 36th homicide caps a violent weekend around GTA
One of the five people shot in a brazen drive-by shooting Friday night in the city’s west end has died in hospital on Saturday. This is the city’s 36 homicide of the year. Police say the gunfire erupted near Jane St. and Woolner Ave., north of St. Clair Ave., around 10:20 p.m. It’s believed two […]
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ELDER: The problem with politically correct history
Malcolm X, as a member of the Nation of Islam, preached anti-Semitism and called the white man “devil.” After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X dismissed the murder as a case of “the chickens coming home to roost.” In Spike Lee’s biographical drama, “Malcolm X,” a white teenage girl approaches the angry activist […]
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EDITORIAL: Law and order still matters
Some days, it can feel like we’re all living in an entirely different world. Ever since the pandemic began, so much of our daily lives have changed. Then along came the protests – which, in severe cases, turned into riots – that took place in our streets with demands for racial justice. What followed that […]
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CRAIG: Many unionized workers will like proposed Alberta bill
When I was a young kid growing up in Winnipeg, I used to watch my dad, a public school teacher at the time, pound a political campaign sign into our front lawn each election. While he supported one political party, the union he belonged to routinely endorsed a different party. And each election the union […]
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LILLEY: We have an incomplete picture of COVID deaths
The numbers are stark: 8,773 Canadians have died from COVID-19. Much more than a statistic, that total represents mothers, fathers, grandparents and children. Every single one of those lives has a story to tell and hopefully, someone left behind to tell it for them. Yet in battling this deadly pandemic, statistics are important and having […]
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Travis Shaw offers mea culpa on COVID-19 tweets
Toronto Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw has apologized for a series of tweets where he criticized COVID-19 rules and the team's plan to enforce a closed environment at Rogers Centre and adjoining hotel should their Major League Baseball season be played in Toronto.
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Canada’s largest Indigenous police force has never shot anyone dead
The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, which operates in northern Ontario, is proud of its record, which was achieved in communities frequently in social distress.
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MCCARTHY: Morikawa outduels JT in playoff … Tiger gets teased … Day has low score theory
The PGA Tour restart has been thrilling, but the Workday Charity Open took the excitement to a new level Sunday — even without fans, and even with the leaders teeing off at 9 a.m. to avoid an ominous afternoon weather forecast. As storm clouds finally rolled into Muirfield Village in Ohio shortly before 3 p.m., […]
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Raptors staying cautious both on the floor and off while inside the NBA bubble
The Raptors, as of 11 a.m. on Saturday, were free to roam the NBA campus at the Sports Complex in Disney World, but the early indications are the group is sticking pretty close to home for now. Home being their own bubble of teammates and staff, their hotel rooms, the practice gym and the odd […]
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Okanagan College launches “OC Serves Up” free student meal program
The “OC Serves Up” program sees culinary students prepare 50 nutritious meals a day, which are then provided to Okanagan College students free of charge.
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Conservatives Want Trudeau To Testify At Committee On WE Charity Scandal
OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to testify before a parliamentary committee about his government’s controversial decision to enlist WE Charity to administer a $900-million student volunteer program.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre laid out the demand Sunday amid growing pressure on Trudeau and Liberal cabinet ministers to explain the genesis of the sole-sourced deal with WE, which was announced late last month before being cancelled days later.“He needs to explain where exactly the idea came from,” Poilievre said during a news conference on Parliament Hill in which he acknowledged the rarity of prime ministers appearing before parliamentary committees.“Did the WE organization call him and suggest it? Did it come through the staff in his office? Did it come out of his own head? Did members of his family who had been paid by the organization suggest it to him. We need to hear directly from him on these questions.” Trudeau announced the Canadian Student Services Grant on June 25, saying tens of thousands of students having a hard time finding summer work due to COVID-19 could volunteer up to 500 hours to earn the maximum $5,000 toward their post-secondary costs.But the program came under immediate scrutiny after it was discovered that WE had been chosen to administer it. Trudeau said federal public servants had recommended the organization and that it was considered the only one capable of delivering the program.Trudeau nonetheless faced accusations of cronyism and allegations of a conflict of interest over his past connections with WE. Those allegations have only grown after revelations his wife, brother and mother have been paid a combined $300,000 for appearing at a number of WE events.The prime minister and Finance Minister Bill Morneau have both confirmed they did not recuse themselves from the cabinet vote that approved giving the contract to WE. One of Morneau’s daughters has spoken at WE events while another does contract work for the organization.Morneau’s office has denied any link between his daughters’ work and the WE agreement. The Conservatives and NDP have nonetheless asked Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion, who is already investigating Trudeau over the deal, to also look into a potential conflict of interest by Morneau.The government and WE terminated the deal on July 3, which had promised the organization up to $19 million in payment depending on how many students participated. The federal employment and social development department has since taken over the program.Poilievre said it is essential the prime minister appear before the finance committee personally to answer questions about the deal given that the controversy involves him personally and the House of Commons has been largely suspended due to COVID-19.“Now there are two ways that this can be done,” Poilievre said. “Either the prime minister can agree voluntarily to show up and attend and respect the invitation of a parliamentary committee. That is what he will do if he has nothing to hide.“Or Parliament can compel him to appear. Something that would take longer, but could be done — and should be done — if the prime minister hides from accountability.”Such a move would need support from the Bloc Quebecois and NDP to even have a chance. Poilievre had yet to present his plan to the other parties on Sunday, but said: “If the opposition parties are interested in getting to the truth, they will vote in favour of that motion.”The Bloc Quebecois did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday while NDP finance critic Peter Julian was noncommittal.“New Democrats believe in getting to the bottom of this and the more answers we get (including from Trudeau and Morneau) the quicker we can get those answers for the Canadian public,” he said in a statement. “Canadians want answers and they need to know this won’t happen again.”RELATED Tories Call For Criminal Investigation Into WE Charity Scandal Trudeau Faces Ethics Investigation Over WE Charity Contract WE Charity, Feds Pull Plug On $900-Million Partnership Amid Backlash Even if the opposition parties agree to order Trudeau to appear before the committee using their superior numbers in the House of Commons, there is no guarantee it would happen, said University of Ottawa parliamentary expert Philippe Lagasse.While the House of Commons can compel a member of Parliament to appear before a committee, Lagasse says that MP — in this case the prime minister — would likely ask the Speaker to rule on whether the request is appropriate or not.“The House can say: ‘In this case, we really need to hear from this person and therefore we’re going to force them to appear,’” Lagasse said. “But that would require a ruling from the Speaker in all likelihood because there would be some differences of interpretation.”None of which addresses when Parliament would have a chance to address the issue, Lagasse said, given that the House of Commons is only scheduled to sit a total of three days between now and Sept. 21.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 12, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Proposal could see Victoria’s Oak Bay care home turned to homeless shelter
The Capital Regional District is exploring potential new uses for the 238-bed Oak Bay Lodge, as residents move to a new Victoria seniors home.
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Motorcyclist, 82, dies following Highway 401 crash
The man lost control of his vehicle while eastbound Sunday on Highway 401 near Hurontario St., police said.
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They wanted to buy a forest to save it from loggers. The world chipped in.
Residents of a tiny community on a remote B.C. island were astounded when donations came in from around the world to help save a local forest.
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LEVY: Music to calm the soul of seniors
Plato once said this about music: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Certified music therapist Miya Adout has been busier than ever during the COVID epidemic, using music to combat the isolation and feelings of anxiety of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s. […]
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Seniors Recreate Famous Album Covers To Cure Lockdown Boredom
It’s easy to get bored during a pandemic lockdown. But staff at a U.K. nursing home found a genius way to pass the time: enlist the seniors living there to re-create classic album covers.The grandson of a resident at Sydmar Lodge Care Home in North London shared his grandmother’s “album cover” on Twitter on Saturday. Vera, 93, did a pitch-perfect recreation of Adele’s album “21”: The entertainment manager in my nan's care home decided to recreate album covers with some of the residents.This is my nan. pic.twitter.com/0e6bAzVW97— Tim Frost (@TimFrost23) July 11, 2020The idea is the brainchild of Robert Speker, the home’s activities co-ordinator.Some of the other albums represented:Elvis Presley’s self-titled debutDavid Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane”Michael Jackson’s “Bad”Madonna’s “True Blue”Taylor Swift’s “1989”Blink-182′s “Enema of the State”The Clash’s “London Calling.”What varied musical tastes! Check it out:Staff got in on the action too, making use of some dramatic lighting to mimic Queen.The Amenida Seniors Community in Surrey, B.C. embarked on a similar project this spring.They recreated classic paintings after the home’s recreation manager Karen Schaefer came across the Getty Museum Challenge and thought the residents might enjoy imitating priceless art using household items. Seniors are facing a difficult time during the ongoing pandemic. COVID-19 has devastated many long-term care homes, particularly in Canada. And restrictions meant that many seniors were unable to receive visits from their families for months.RELATED To Fix Long-Term Care, Homes Must See Residents As People, Not Patients Teen’s Short Film Hauntingly Captures How A Pandemic Loop Feels Gorgeous Photo Series Casts Black Girls As Disney Princesses
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Conservatives say they want Trudeau, Morneau to testify on WE Charity controversy
The Sunday announcement, made by MP Pierre Poilievre, follows the party's calls earlier this week for a criminal investigation into the awarding of a contract with the charity.
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