Government won’t take Senate budget changes, Morneau hints

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OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau issued a veiled warning Thursday that the Trudeau government won’t accept Senate changes to his budget bill — especially not carving out provisions dealing with creation of the new infrastructure bank.

Morneau issued the warning after fielding questions for two hours from senators on the Senate finance committee about the budget.

“We’ve been really clear that we put the infrastructure bank in our budget because we believe it is an important budgetary measure, because there’s significant financial implications from that measure,” he said outside the committee room.

“We think it’s going to have a big impact on our economy in the short, medium and long-term and that’s why we expect that to be in our budget that we pass this spring prior to leaving for summer recess.”

Morneau also appeared to suggest that the unelected Senate has no business rewriting the economic plan passed by the elected House of Commons.

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“We believe the House of Commons has the authority to pass the budget bill and we view this (infrastructure bank) as central to our budget,” he said.

Morneau’s appearance at committee came just a couple hours before the Speaker of the Senate, George Furey, ruled out of order a motion from independent Sen. Andre Pratte to carve out the infrastructure bank portion of the budget bill into a separate bill that senators can study at greater length.

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Furey agreed with the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, that the motion was out of order.

However, his ruling was challenged by independent Sen. Diane Griffin. Senators were to vote on that challenge later Thursday.

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Whooping cough outbreak expands across southern Alberta as cases rise provincewide

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) says a whooping cough outbreak in southern Alberta has now impacted 38 people.

The outbreak was originally declared last week after 17 cases were detected in communities with low immunizaton rates.

“This outbreak is in the same area where we are seeing outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases on a regular basis,” Dr. Vivien Suttorp, a medical officer of health for AHS South zone said in an interview on June 7.

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At the time, the outbreak had been contained to the western part of the AHS South zone and was limited to the communities around Lethbridge, Coaldale and Fort Macleod. This week, however, cases related to the outbreak have been detected across southern alberta, including three cases in Medicine Hat.

No outbreaks have been declared in Alberta’s four other zones but AHS says there have been 178 cases across Alberta so far this year, including 18 in Calgary, 27 in Edmonton and 77 in the province’s central zone, which includes Red Deer.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection which can be very serious for young children. In infants, the illness can be fatal.

In 2012, a southern Alberta infant died of complications from whooping cough. Harper Whitehead was just a month old and too young to be vaccinated against the disease. Whooping cough can be treated with antibiotics but Dr. Suttorp warns that to be effective, antibiotics must be administered early in the course of the disease.

According to AHS, immunization is the best protection against whooping cough. The vaccine is part of Alberta’s routine childhood immunization schedule. Doses of the DTaP vaccine — which delivers protection against diptheria, whooping cough, tetanus and polio — are recommended for all children at age two months, four months, six months, 18 months, between four and six years and again in Grade 9.

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Adults are urged to get a booster at some point and it’s recommended pregnant women get the vaccine during their third trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine is covered by Alberta Health and can be accessed through community health centres or public health offices.

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Symptoms of whooping cough are initially similar to a cold and include runny nose, sneezing, fever and a mild cough. The cough progresses over the course of about a week to something more severe and can be followed with what sounds like a “whooping” noise when inhaling.  The cough may last for two months or more. Vomiting after a coughing spell is also common.

Anyone who suspects they or a family member may be sick with whooping cough should stay at home and call health link at 811 before seeking medical care. Whooping cough is typically treated with antibiotics.

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‘Vancouver is falling behind’ says Mayor Gregor Robertson on 10-year transit vision

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Metro Vancouver mayors are calling on the Legislative Assembly to get on with it and get a government into place.

Following the announcement of $1.2-billion federal investment in Montreal’s light rail project, Mayors’ Council Chair Gregor Robertson said in a statement that “Vancouver is falling behind other cities to secure badly needed federal funding for a 10-year transit vision.

“Mayors are ready to go, but we need a new provincial government to take action on landing federal investment for transit.”

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    MLAs return to work on June 22, but nothing can happen until a Speaker is selected. The Liberals and New Democrats aren’t keen to give up a member to serve as Speaker because they’re in a virtual dead heat.

    Robertson said Metro Vancouver commuters are waiting on a political resolution in Victoria to move forward on infrastructure.

    “We need the transit investment urgently, and that means we’ve got to have a B.C. government as soon as possible that’s engaged and landing that dollar to get them on the ground here so we can get transit projects built and start dealing with the traffic congestion,” he said.

    Parties weigh-in

    While Victoria remains in caretaker mode, the political parties are responding to the mayor’s call to action.

    NDP MLA George Heyman says he understands what regular transit commuters are going through.

    “The mayors are frustrated. So are the people who live in the region —; and I totally get that. That’s why John Horgan has been calling on Christy Clark to stand aside and let a new government take place.”

    Liberal pick for Minister responsible for TransLink Sam Sullivan says his party is committed to working with the mayors and is dropping a referendum requirement for the region’s share of transit funding.

    The BC Green Party says there is no reason for delaying the recall of the house.

    Phase one of the Mayors’ 10-year plan includes more frequent public transit, road improvements, and active transportation infrastructure.

    Two-thirds of the plan was funded by TransLink.

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BLOG CHED Morning News: Do media outlets in Canada need help?

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The House of Commons heritage committee finally released a long-awaited report Thursday which took a year to complete, hoping to aid the media industry in Canada.

Dr. Hedy Fry, chair of the committee put forward 20 different recommendations that the government should execute to help the slumping industry.

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    “Witnesses pointed out the slow decline of local and regional print and broadcast media, and its negative impact on democracy,” said Dr Fry. “Local media allows Canadians of all backgrounds, cultures and opinions to be informed and participate in the democratic life of their country.”

    In the statement released by the government: “Key is the creation of a new government funding model that is platform agnostic and would support Canadian journalistic content,” a statement from the government stated. “Another recommendation suggests leveling the playing field across all platforms so that foreign news aggregators are subject to the same tax treatment as Canadian providers.”

    “The Committee also recommends tax measures to allow deduction of digital advertising on Canadian-owned platforms and to assist the transition from traditional to digital platforms,” the statement continues.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shot down the idea of a tax increase, which was said to be roughly five per cent, though the other recommendations are still on the table.

    Here are some of the recommendations that are included in the report:

    – The Committee recommends that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada continue their efforts to improve affordable broadband Internet access in Canada, with an emphasis on Northern Canada and rural and remote regions.

    – The Committee recommends that an Indigenous journalism initiative be created with the purpose of training Indigenous journalists to cover Indigenous government institutions and other relevant issues for Indigenous media outlets across Canada.

    – The Committee recommends that the responsibility for creating this initiative be embedded with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Networks, and that this initiative be financed from programs supporting Canadian programming.

    – The Committee recommends that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission collect more data on the state of local broadcasting in Canada.

    – The Committee recommends that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission rigorously track and enforce noncompliance with license requirements regarding locally reflective news and programming.

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    In today’s day and age, news media in Canada has been accused of “fake news” allegations. With U.S. President Donald Trump constantly accusing news media in America, the same accusations have landed in the thoughts of Canadians. Though, an Ipsos-Reid poll says 69 per cent of Canadians trust traditional news media.

    While not directly addressed, the new recommendations would help both media outlets and Canadians to become trusted sources. This would especially be addressed with data gathering on the state of broadcasting in the country.

    One of the other recommendations is to eliminate advertising from the CBC/Radio-Canada on their digital platforms, in which CBC believes it would be an approximate $533 million impact, which would damage the public broadcasters ability to deliver news.

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John Oakley Show – Thursday June 15, 2017

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Hear it Again! Here’s your one-stop look at all the highlights of the John Oakley Show from your Thursday afternoon commute.

Police Services Board meeting to discuss School Resource Officers (SRO)s

The police services board meeting today discusses the possibility of disbanding School Resource Officer program. Giorgio Mammoliti and Sue-Ann Levy weigh in.

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Sue-Ann discusses on the 443

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Netflix tax is rejected by liberals

A recommendation to impose a new five per cent tax on high-speed internet services in Canada was promptly rejected by the heritage minister Thursday, just minutes after it was made public by a parliamentary committee.

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Toronto cop killer Richard Kachkar living in community

The widow of a Toronto police officer killed in a rampage says she’s outraged the man deemed not criminally responsible for her husband’s death has been living in the community since April.  Christine Russell says she only learned this week that Richard Kachkar had been released from a mental health hospital in Whitby, Ont., to live in a nearby apartment. Registered psychologist Oren Amitay discusses what would allow the Ontario Review Board to come to this decision.

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Conservative Party of Canada leaderAndrew Scheer on the Oakley Show

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Ontario doctors to vote on arbitration proposal for compensation disputes

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TORONTO – Ontario’s doctors, who have been without a physician services agreement for three years, are set to vote this weekend on a tentative deal that would send contract disputes with the government to binding arbitration.

Seven other provinces and the Northwest Territories set physician compensation through a binding arbitration process, but the Ontario government had rejected the doctors’ demand until reversing course earlier this year.

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The Ontario Medical Association, which has about 44,000 members, reached the tentative deal on a binding interest arbitration framework last month, following a years-long dispute that saw doctors protesting in the streets, waging media campaigns and threatening job action.

The framework determines how the doctors’ next contract, and all subsequent contracts, will be settled – first there would be an effort at negotiation, and if a deal can’t be reached, they would go to mediation and then binding arbitration.

The Liberal government has angered doctors by imposing fee cuts for some services and clawing back their pay.

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Doctors voted down a proposal last summer that would have increased the approximately $12-billion physician services budget by more than $1 billion but also included $200 million in fee cuts. They dismissed another proposal last year, saying it was just a rehash of the previous offer.

Binding arbitration has been a sticking point in the long dispute.

There are divisions in the profession, however, with the OMA supporting the latest tentative agreement and some independent physician groups urging doctors to vote it down, saying it doesn’t go far enough.

OMA president Shawn Whatley said the tentative agreement allows the association to negotiate physician compensation through a fair and independent process.

“We’ve been asking for this for years,” Whatley said.

The provincial government appears to have made a significant concession in the agreement, a copy of which was obtained by .

According to a memo prepared by the OMA’s lawyers, the government initially sought a “hard cap” for the annual physician services budget, but eventually agreed not to include that provision in the tentative agreement.

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In previous years, the government capped the budget, which meant that when doctors collectively billed the government more than it budgeted for in a given year, the extra cost was clawed back from doctors’ pay – a move unpopular among doctors.

Under the tentative deal, how cost overruns are dealt with will be negotiated.

“In the past, the government was able to act unilaterally and say this is what we’re prepared to pay and not a penny more,” Whatley said.

“With this offer, that ability to act unilaterally is removed. We have rebalanced power.”

However, a coalition of independent physician groups that led a successful campaign to vote down the last agreement on compensation the OMA reached with the province argue the binding arbitration agreement isn’t good enough.

Kulvinder Gill, head of Concerned Ontario Doctors, said the agreement makes it too easy for the government to later impose a hard cap through the arbitration process, and doesn’t give doctors back any of the money the province clawed back because of hard caps over the past three years.

Gill said the agreement also prevents doctors from striking, and while it’s typical of similar agreements in other jurisdictions, she said this offer goes too far.

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The agreement prevents doctors from withdrawing any service from patients for the purpose of pressuring the government, not only on matters that can be arbitrated under the agreement, but any issue of policy, legislation or regulation. It does not prevent activism such as protesting or letter-writing campaigns.

Gill said some doctors are concerned the government will one day pass legislation to void some parts of the agreement, depriving doctors of binding arbitration, but leave the prohibition on job action in place – similar to when the B.C. government passed legislation in 2002 that cancelled an arbitrated compensation increase for doctors, and ended their right to binding arbitration.

According to a legal opinion sought by the Concerned Ontario Doctors, the agreement also entrenches the Ontario Medical Association as the province’s official bargaining agent for doctors in perpetuity.

Gill said most doctors are unhappy with that status quo – and the majority have said in opinion surveys they would not pay their membership dues to the OMA if they were not mandated to by law.

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Norfolk County OPP seize $3.9 million in drugs

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Seven people have been charged and millions of dollars in drugs and cash seized after an investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police’s Norfolk detachment.

The OPP’s street crime unit and emergency response team raided a property in Townsend, about 30 minutes south of Brantford, on a search warrant.

Police arrested five males and two females, and recovered approximately $3.9 million in drugs, as well as $18,000 in Canadian cash, and three motor vehicles.

Marijuana plants seized from Townsend property in Norfolk County, Ont.

“Illegal marijuana production operations pose a real threat to both public and police safety and the OPP remains strongly committed to work within all of our communities across the province to stem the tide of illicit drugs,” said OPP detachment commander Insp. Zvonko Horvat.

Photos from the scene show not only packaged and dried marijuana, but also a large greenhouse full of the plants themselves.

Police have charged the following with production and possession of marijuana, as well as possession of proceeds of crime, in relation to the investigation:

Huangsheng Wu, 20, Hamilton, Ont.Jerry Lin, 24, Unionville, Ont.Shiyang Dong, 26, Markham, Ont.De Fei Wu, 47, Scarborough, Ont.Zeng Chen, 53, Toronto, Ont.Xue Chen, 46, Scarborough, Ont.Yi Zhen Li, 54, Scarborough, Ont.

The accused are slated to appear in court in Simcoe to answer to the charges. A date was not released by the OPP.

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Healthy on Friday, dead on Monday: Parent warns of dangers of Strep A

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There isn’t a room in Peter Rozmovits’ Montreal West home that doesn’t have photos of his beautiful boy, Alex Porter-Rozmovits.

In many ways, it’s comforting for Peter to have pictures everywhere.

“We look around the table and we all sit here and our (two other) children are here, and Alex is with us.”

He is with him, but only in Rozmovits’ heart, because Alex died eight years ago.

“Still today it’s just too much for anybody to handle losing a child. It’s just way too much.”

The tragic story of six-year-old Alex’s sudden death is something Rozmovits never wants another parent to suffer.

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    On a sunny Friday evening at the end of June in 2009, Alex started feeling a little sick, had a slight fever.

    Saturday, Rozmovits’ wife called their medical clinic.

    They were told it was likely just a virus.

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    Overnight Saturday the fever got worse, and Alex developed joint pain in his knee and wrist. He developed a rash on his stomach.

    So Sunday morning his mother took him in to a medical clinic.

    “I think the first suggestion by one of the doctor’s is it was likely a soccer injury. I think my wife asked specifically because of the symptoms should we go to an ER and it was suggested it would not be necessary at that time,” Rozmovits said.

    Overnight he became listless.

    His mother took him to the Children’s Hospital Monday morning, where doctors told her Alex was gravely ill.

    He died a few hours later.

    “It felt like a bottomless hole you are in and you can’t get out, and you almost don’t want to get out,” Rozmovits said.  “It’s like you feel like you deserve the pain or you need to suffer because we just lost Alex.”

    Alex died from a dangerous bacterial strain of Strep A.

    Quebec’s College of Physicians’s looked into Alex’s case.

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    The College told the family they would work towards establishing a better protocol in diagnosing Strep A.

    But eight years later it still hasn’t happened.

    “It’s really a race against time in these cases. This is not developing over weeks, we are talking hours. This was healthy Friday and not with us on Monday,” Rozmovits said.

    In a statement, the College told Global News they will soon be reminding doctors to be cautious when dealing with Strep A.

    Rozmovits said parents should also educate themselves.

    “If for any reason a parent feels dismissed in any way, I encourage you to go back and push doubly hard or to seek another doctor’s advice,” he said.

    Rozmovits hopes no one else experiences the turmoil he has.

    He thinks of Alex every day, keeping his toys and soccer cleats always near him, dreaming of his boy who will never grow old.

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Opposition wants guaranteed Montreal light-rail jobs in Quebec

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Opposition parties at the National Assembly Thursday said they welcome the federal commitment to invest over a billion dollars in Montreal’s light-rail project, but they insist the government’s plan is flawed.

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Quebec Liberals aren’t requiring that the train needs to be built in Quebec, nor by Quebec companies.

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The government hoped to pass its bill to get the train rolling by the end of this week, but that’s not going to happen. Opposition parties say it’s a lot of public money – $6 billion – and they’re going to take their time going over the legislation point by point.

“With all this money that is invested in this project, it’s unacceptable that we don’t help create good jobs in Quebec,” Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader, François Legault said.

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Opposition parties said the government needs guarantee that at least 25 per cent of the work is done by locals, arguing it is common practice in transport projects and that the United States demands 60 per cent.

“There’s zero requirement for local content. There’s zero requirement for having jobs created here for the train itself,” said Parti Quebecois leader, Jean-François Lisée.

This is not the only issue which has held up the train bill – PQ MNA Alain Therrien walked out of public hearing meeting after he said the Caisse de Dépôt, Quebec’s pension fund, failed to explain how they would make a profit.

“(It’s) taxpayers’ money, but we have no say in how a project can develop and can act as a lever to develop our own economy,” said Quebec Solidaire MNA, Amir Khadir.

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In Thursday’s question period, the transport minister said the government normally does require local content, but the REM train is run by the Caisse de Dépôt.

By contrast, Laurent Lessard said at least 25 per cent of the blue line extension for the Montreal metro will be built by Quebecers.

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Weather creates challenge in search for B.C. plane

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An incoming weather system could add additional challenges to the search for a small plane and its two occupants missing since June 8 in southeastern British Columbia.

Capt. Dennis Power, a 19 Wing public affairs officer in Comox, says weather is closing in along sections of the massive search area which stretches across rugged and mountainous terrain from Cranbrook west to Kamloops.

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Power says if poor conditions prevent an adequate search of one part of the grid, the 15 military and civilian planes in the air Thursday will be reassigned to search other areas.

Power says 70 people are actively engaged in efforts to find 21-year-old Alex Simons of Kamloops, B.C., and his 21-year-old passenger Sydney Robillard of Lethbridge, Alta.

He says another 60 people are working at search headquarters, investigating leads or doing other support work.

READ MORE: Search for missing plane is no easy task

The single-engine Piper Warrior piloted by Simons, vanished after refuelling in Cranbrook on a flight from Lethbridge to Kamloops.

Several thunderstorms have rolled through the southeastern part of the province since the plane disappeared and Environment Canada warned of winds gusting up to 60 kilometres an hour over the Okanagan region on Thursday.

“The weather does create some challenges for us,” Power said. “The search is ongoing.”

On Sunday, rescuers estimated the huge search could take weeks to complete, depending on the weather.

Another day, another major effort to locate a missing plane and the occupants

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Another day, another major effort to locate a missing plane and the occupants

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Finding a missing plane isn’t easy

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Search for missing plane enters day 5

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The search for a missing plane with two occupants continues between Kamloops and Cranbrook

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Day four in the search missing plane with couple on board

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Major search continues for a missing plane with young couple on board



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