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Confusion, bickering cloud Senate committee's planned Norman inquiry

OTTAWA — Confusion and partisan bickering are clouding a Senate committee's plan to examine the suspension and failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais on Thursday accused Sen. Peter Harder, the government's representative in the upper chamber, of all but killing the study by refusing to let the Senate defence committee sit into the summer.

Fedeli, Thompson demoted

TORONTO—Finance Minister Vic Fedeli is one of several high-profile ministers demoted in a major cabinet shuffle announced today by Premier Doug Ford.

The Progressive Conservative government has faced weeks of criticism after the public learned of funding cuts that were hidden in Fedeli's April budget.

Over 400 health-sector workers laid off

TORONTO—More than 400 health-sector workers are being laid off in Ontario as the Progressive Conservative government moves to merge 20 agencies into one.

The 416 people in “back-office positions” such as communications, planning, data analytics and financial services will lose their jobs and another 409 vacant positions will be eliminated, health officials said.

Western University apologizes over convocation remarks

LONDON, Ont. — A southern Ontario university and a Canadian musician have apologized for what they call unacceptable and inappropriate remarks made at a convocation ceremony.

In its apology to those who attended Monday's ceremony, Western University said comments made by composer and pianist Stephan Moccio were not aligned with the school's values.