MARCEL AUBUT STEPS DOWN AS COC PRESIDENT
Marcel Aubut has stepped down as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee and chairman of the Canadian Olympic Foundation for the duration of a sexual harassment investigation. The COC received a complaint last Friday about Aubut and has retained Francois Rolland, former Chief Justice of the Quebec Superior Court, to head up an independent investigation.
PREMIERS OF ONTARIO AND ALBERTA MEET TODAY
The premiers of Ontario and Alberta meet in Toronto today and their approaches to dealing with climate change could be among the topics up for discussion. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s visit with Ontario counterpart Kathleen Wynne is part of a business trip which has already taken her to Montreal and New York City. Notley’s office has said she will be highlighting Alberta’s economic strengths and environmental initiatives on the trip.
COURT TO HEAR NORTHERN GATEWAY PIPELINE CHALLENGES
Multiple legal challenges aimed at overturning federal approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline will be heard starting today in Vancouver. The challenges are expected to bring new scrutiny to the government’s environmental approval process and its responsibility to consult with aboriginal groups. Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and one labour union launched the legal actions, which will be heard at the Federal Court of Appeal over six days.
VIGIL TO BE HELD FOR DEVASTATED FAMILY
A candlelight vigil will be held today for an Ontario family devastated by an alleged drunk driving incident that claimed the lives of three children and their grandfather. Nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly and their 65-year-old grandfather died in the crash in Vaughan, north of Toronto, on Sunday. Marco Muzzo, of King Township, Ont., who faces a dozen impaired-driving offences and six other charges, is to appear in court for a bail hearing on Friday.
PM GETTING ANGRY MAIL OVER ANTI-COMMUNISM MEMORIAL
Stephen Harper’s mailbox is filling up with messages from Canadians upset about the concept, size, location and cost of a national memorial for victims of communism. Newly released correspondence shows the prime minister has received dozens of handwritten letters, typewritten notes and emails from people _ including Conservative supporters _ who question the idea of a such a monument.
RARE CAMPAIGN SIGHTINGS —OLIVER AND PANDAS
Panda bears and Joe Oliver — two things rarely seen thus far on the 2015 campaign trail — made unexpected appearances Wednesday on the federal campaign trail. The finance minister surfaced in his hotly contested Toronto riding (Eglinton-Lawrence) to crow about a paltry 0.3 per cent growth in GDP in July. And the pandas? News out of Toronto that one of the two rare beasts on loan from China is pregnant with twins prompted the Conservative war room to promise to double Canada’s panda population by next year.
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Ottawa-based e-commerce startup Shopify Inc. will announce a significant expansion in the Waterloo, Ont., region.
Statistics Canada will release a study on Canadian identity in 2013.
The CFL will holds a news conference to announce Toronto as the host of the 2016 Grey Cup.