EPSTEIN: Prince Andrew should have been fired in 2011

Prince Andrew’s handlers should have told the Queen to put the Buckingham Palace bad boy on ice at the first hint the Jeffrey Epstein scandal was poised to explosde. A new book said much of the damage done to the monarchy could have been avoided if royal courtiers had moved noire quickly. Author Nigel Cawthorne has […]
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Group of child-care operators ask province to fully reopen sector
A group of Ontario child-care operators is asking the province to allow the sector to fully reopen in September. The six operators, who are all women, say a government plan that restricts capacity could result in the closure of some centres. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said this week that the province was planning to expand […]
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Bank of Canada to make interest rate announcement amid coronavirus pandemic
The Bank of Canada will make its latest interest rate announcement Wednesday and update its outlook for the economy.
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Disneyland Paris, Eiffel Tower partially reopen to the public
Disneyland will have managed attendance, reduced capacity to support social distancing, and bolstered cleaning and disinfection of rides and spaces.
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Canadian leaders botched mandatory masking. Here’s how to fix it.
Amir Attaran: The excuses against mandatory masking are so bad they qualify as comedy. It's not too late for a national mask plan to prevent a second wave. The post Canadian leaders botched mandatory masking. Here’s how to fix it. appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Pandemic complicates Liberal leadership contest that will elect 14th N.L. premier
The Liberal race that had been set to pick a new leader in May was put on hold after people questioned the party’s initial determination to forge ahead despite the pandemic.
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Profile of a killer: Unraveling the deadly new coronavirus
In the U.S. alone, the virus has already killed more Americans than died fighting in World War I.
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Bank of Canada set to make rate announcement, release economic outlook
The Bank of Canada will make its latest interest rate announcement today and update its outlook for the economy.
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Coronavirus rules reimposed in countries around the world to curb rise in cases
In the U.S., places including Washington state are delaying timetables for reopening their economies.
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U.S. hospitals sending coronavirus data to Washington instead of CDC
Hospital data on coronavirus patients will now be rerouted to the Trump administration instead of first being sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.
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Search for missing father whose daughters found dead in Quebec enters Day 7
Quebec provincial police have raised the possibility that the 44-year-old Carpentier could be unconscious or dead.
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Group of child care operators ask Ontario to fully reopen sector
The six operators, who are all women, say a government plan that restricts capacity could result in the closure of some centres.
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Pandemic meal planning turns breakfast into the perfect dinner meal
The COVID-19 pandemic has become so much a part of our lives today, it might as well be a dinner guest. Or breakfast, or lunch, for that matter. It’s always around, even though our nation seems to be doing a mighty fine job of stomping the virus down to the point we’re slowly opening up […]
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Slave trader’s statue in Britain replaced by Black Lives Matter protester
A sculpture of a Black protester with her fist raised in the air has been erected in place of a 17th Century English slave trader whose statue was toppled by anti-racism demonstrators last month in Britain's port city of Bristol.
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5 things to know for Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Canada has more than 27,500 active cases of COVID-19, and more than 72,000 cases considered recovered.
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Coronavirus: Gaps in Canadian security technology a concern for traders working from home
The Bank of Canada warned in May the move to remote work could leave financial institutions more exposed to operational vulnerabilities.
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For the love of white woodwork
Millennials prefer a pale palette and that makes a paint job a strong sales tactic
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Statue of Black protester replaces toppled U.K. slave trader
An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol once occupied by the toppled statue of a slave trader.
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Coronavirus: Video showing Toronto restaurant patrons crammed together triggers investigation
A popular Toronto restaurant is under investigation after a video released on social media over the weekend appeared to show patrons and staff failing to follow COVID-19 public health rules.
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ASK AMY: Girlfriend wants to swing – alone
Dear Amy: I recently broke up with my girlfriend, but now she wants me back. I saw her dozens of times in the wee hours of the morning tapping on her phone and then hiding the phone once she knew I was awake. I didn’t do anything until someone in her inner circle came to […]
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Montreal weather: A splendid summer day
Soak up the sun and remember to pack your mask for the day.
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Trudeau government contributed $1.18 million to WE Day event in 2017 during which PM's mother was likely paid to speak
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked WE Charity to host a 2017 Canada Day event on Parliament Hill, the organization’s co-founder said, for which the government paid $1.18 million. And Trudeau’s mother, who had been receiving fees for making public appearances at WE events at the time, was a speaker at the event. In a memo obtained by National Post, Marc Kielburger said he had received the invitation from Trudeau and the Heritage ministry. “I’m thrilled to share that we have been invited by the Prime Minister and Canadian Heritage to host a unique WE Day event in Ottawa on Canada Day Weekend 2017,” Kielburger wrote in the memo to staff. The Prime Minister’s Office neither confirmed nor denied Trudeau’s involvement in the invitation and WE did not respond to multiple National Post inquiries asking whether Margaret Trudeau had been paid for her appearance. However, WE Charity said last week that Margaret Trudeau had been paid a total of $312,000 in speaking fees for attending 28 WE events between 2016 and 2020. During those speeches, she spoke “primarily on the topic of mental health,” WE Charity explained. Mental health was also the topic she spoke about at the 2017 Canada Day event. The prime minister also spoke at the event. Federal public records show that the Heritage Canada department contributed $1.18 million to WE to host the event. The same year, WE produced a campaign-style ad that appears to promote Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government while also doubling as a promo for the charity. The WE organization is currently embroiled in controversy following Trudeau’s decision to task it with administering a $900-million student volunteer program despite his close ties to the charity. Monday, Trudeau apologized for not recusing himself from discussions about the sole-sourced contract. Trudeau, Morneau apologize for taking part in cabinet's WE decision over $900M grant program Unlike in SNC scandal, Trudeau could be forced to testify about WE Charity actions The WE organization pays an average of $11,000 for each of Margaret Trudeau’s appearances, including a 20 per cent commission to her speaking agency. Last Friday, National Post asked WE organization to confirm whether Trudeau’s mother had been paid for her WE Day appearance on Parliament Hill. Five days later, the organization had neither confirmed nor denied the payment, nor did the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). “It would be entirely unacceptable for Canadian tax dollars to be used to pay a speaking fee for the mother of the prime minister at an event where she was appearing with him. It’s an unbelievable revelation in a series of unbelievable revelations,” said Conservative ethics critic Michael Barrett. In an initial comment last Friday, the PMO said the prime minister was not involved in the decision to finance WE’s event. Five days later, PMO spokesperson Alex Wellstead added that they were not aware that any WE Day participants were being paid at the time. Later, a spokesperson for the Heritage Minister confirmed that it was Mélanie Joly, who held the role in 2017, who had signed off on the contribution agreement. Cabinet was not involved in the process, spokesperson Camille Gagné-Raynauld said. “If any Cabinet minister or anyone acting on behalf of any Cabinet minister, or the prime minister or anyone acting on behalf of the prime minister communicated with anybody in the public service about this, then it’s a violation of the conflict of interest rules for Trudeau,” said Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher. The prime minister’s office did not respond to multiple questions on this topic, notably: What was Trudeau’s role in extending an invitation to WE Charity to host WE Day 2017 on Parliament Hill? Did the government require any assurances from the WE organization that no part of the $1.18 million taxpayer-funded contribution would go towards paying Margaret Trudeau’s potential speaking fees? This is not the first time a Kielburger has claimed Trudeau reached out to WE directly to work with the federal government. Two weeks ago, National Post obtained video of Marc Kielburger telling a private videoconference that Trudeau’s office had “called” WE Charity asking for help implementing the $900 million Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), seemingly contradicting the prime minister’s earlier explanations that WE had been selected by the public service. Kielburger later claimed he “misspoke” and that it was a public servant who had made the first contact. Since then, WE Charity pulled out of the deal to administer the CSSG as more ties came to light between Trudeau’s family and the WE organization, as well as concerns as to how the Toronto-based organization was administering the federal program. For example, WE confirmed last week that it had paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees to Trudeau’s wife, mother and brother. Finance Minister Bill Morneau also apologized Monday for not recusing himself from WE Charity discussions after his office confirmed that one of his daughters currently works for the organization. Last week, the Ethics Commissioner confirmed he was launching a third investigation into Justin Trudeau, this time probing his management of the government’s decision to outsource the grant program to WE Charity. His office said it would announce if it was extending that probe to Morneau later this week. • Email: cnardi@postmedia.com | Twitter: ChrisGNardi
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Four ways in which drawing can help reduce daily stress
A Harvard research study shows that creative activities such as drawing and painting help to relieve and manage stress
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Winnipeg race car driver Amber Balcaen recovering after serious crash
Race car driver Amber Balcaen was rushed to hospital after her car flipped into the air and rolled on the track during a race in Missouri. 
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Human Rights Commission says Concordia University should change how it deals with sexual assault complaints
The commission wants Concordia University to change the way it handles sexual violence complaints and pay the student $15,000 in damages.
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Here’s how three new gardeners are growing their own groceries
GTA residents share their horticultural how-tos and tell why they dug up their yards during the pandemic
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My sweet ‘easy’ friend will have sex with any guy — even ones she doesn’t like. Ask Ellie
Urge your ‘easy’ friend make a fresh start, writes Ellie, and then help her find counselling for her attraction to ‘bad guy’ sex partners
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Today’s coronavirus news: Renewed restrictions take effect in Hong Kong; India reimposes lockdown as cases near 1 million
Plus, New Zealand outlines plans to contain future community outbreaks in the South Pacific nation that has not recorded a locally spread case in 75 days.
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Secret letters detail Ford government efforts to control Ontario’s supposedly arm’s-length transit agency
Critics say a series of confidential ministerial directives to Metrolinx show the Progressive Conservatives increasingly treating the independent transit agency as an arm of government.
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Most Canadians support shutdowns over 2nd coronavirus wave: Ipsos poll
The survey, conducted by Ipsos for Global News found 77 per cent of Canadians anticipate there will be a second wave of the novel coronavirus, despite efforts to stem its spread.
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