Thursday, April 17, 2014

National

‘Stop sharing suicide data’: asks privacy watchdog

TORONTO—Ontario’s privacy watchdog issued a special report yesterday demanding police stop sharing information about suicide attempts with U.S. officials, who used the mental health data to block at least four Canadians from entering the United States.

Wynne promises $29B for transit

TORONTO—The governing Liberals are promising to pave the way for $29 billion to be spent on new transit and transportation infrastructure in Ontario over the next decade, but they aren’t rolling out the entire blueprint yet.

Ukraine leader asks for peacekeepers

HORLIVKA, Ukraine—Ukraine’s acting president today called for the deployment of United Nations’ peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities.

Tory MP fails to win nomination

CALGARY—The man who defeated controversial Calgary MP Rob Anders for the nomination in Signal Hill took aim at one of the most powerful members of Stephen Harper’s cabinet late Saturday night.

Many regions on flood watch

BELLEVILLE, Ont.—Teams of volunteers in southern Ontario and Quebec were preparing for flooding with walls of sandbags yesterday as they awaited heavy rain expected to hit parts of both provinces over the next several days.
Environment Canada said some areas in Ontario could get up to 75 mm of rain by early tomorrow while upwards of 45 mm of rain was expected in southern and central Quebec.

Annual seal hunt gets underway

HALIFAX—The annual East Coast seal hunt started today against a backdrop of ongoing trade and court challenges in Europe and renewed claims from animal welfare groups that the 400-year-old industry is dead in the water.

‘God’ denied credit card

NEW YORK—A New York City man claims a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God.
According to the New York Post, God Gazarov says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate.
He said an Equifax customer service rep even suggested he change his name to resolve the issue.

Tributes pouring in for Flaherty

OTTAWA—A Parliament riven by bitter partisan rancour came together as one amid the shocking news that Jim Flaherty, the impish, Irish former Conservative finance minister, died suddenly yesterday at his Ottawa residence.

The man Conservatives liked to call the world’s best finance minister has died

OTTAWA — Jim Flaherty, the former finance minister who took the country from surplus to huge, recession-spawned deficits and back to within an eyelash of a surplus, earned an international reputation as a cautious, conservative steward of the public purse.
Until mid-March, the jocular, wise-cracking Flaherty had been the only finance minister the Harper government had ever known.

Clean-up costs of contaminated sites balloons

OTTAWA—Cleaning up nearly 25,000 sites across the country contaminated by hazardous waste and pollution will cost billions of dollars more than the federal government has anticipated, a new analysis by Canada’s budget watchdog says.

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