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In the news today: Dean Del Mastro is sentenced in Peterborough



Five stories in the news today, June 25:


Disgraced former Conservative politician Dean Del Mastro finds out today in a Peterborough, Ont., court if he will have to go to jail. Del Mastro was found guilty last fall of violating the Canada Elections Act during the 2008 federal election. He faces up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine for each of the three offences.


It’s been said the wheels of justice turn slowly, and a new look at Canada’s creaky access-to-information system appears to bear that out. According to data collected as part of a Liberal question in the House of Commons, Justice Canada has the longest-running active access-to-information request — six years.


The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is applauding Vancouver city council for regulating medical marijuana dispensaries but is warning the new bylaws are too restrictive. Policy director Micheal Vonn says patients will see their right to edible pot — granted in a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision — disappear with the city’s ban on the sale of brownies and cookies from storefronts.


Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province will formally apologize for decades-old policies that saw aboriginal adoptees taken from their homes and placed with non-native families. But Wall says Saskatchewan will not offer cash to the victims of the so-called ’60s Scoop because the province feels it is not a “compensatory issue.”


Representatives from three levels of government gather today in Shoal Lake 40 for an event marking the quest to build an all-weather road, dubbed Freedom Road. The First Nation straddles the Ontario-Manitoba boundary and has been under a boil-water advisory for 17 years. Manitoba, Ontario and the City of Winnipeg are urging the federal government to chip in $10 million needed to connect Shoal Lake 40 First Nation with the outside world.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in Quebec City to make an unspecified announcement.

A verdict is expected in St. John’s, N.L., for Nelson Hart. He was charged with making threats and mischief after an incident at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary as he awaited an appeal of his murder conviction in the deaths of his twin daughters.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax unveils a permanent Canadian Immigration Story exhibition.


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  1. Patrick Brazeau – criminally charged, assault, drug possession

    Pamela Wallin – under RCMP investigation

    Michael Sona – criminally convicted, election fraud

    Arthur Porter- extradition process ongoing, charges pending, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering.

    Vic Toews- Ethics watchdog investigation for conflict of interest, convicted in 2005 of violating Manitoba Elections Finances Act

    Bev Oda- resigned after lavish expenses

    Mike Duffy – criminally charged, fraud

    Nigel Wright – resigned after Duffy payoff

    John Duncan – resigned after writing to Tax Court

    Bruce Carson – already convicted of fraud, charged again in 2012 for influence peddling

    Julian Fantino- demoted from cabinet post, incompetence

    Irving Gerstein- Charged for violating Elections Act, charges dropped when Tories paid $52,000 fine

    Pierre Hugues Boisvenu – under RCMP investigation, fraudulent expenses

    Nathan Jacobson – criminally charged, fraud, racketeering

    Peter Penashue – resigned because of illegal campaign contributions.

    Dean Del Mastro- criminally convicted for election fraud.

    Don Meredith – had affair with minor