Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, king of Jordan to meet in Ottawa Monday
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets today with the king of Jordan. It is King Abdullah II's fifth visit to Canada in his twenty years on the throne of the Middle Eastern country. The Prime Minister's Office says the two will discuss the partnership between Canada and Jordan and efforts to promote diversity and counter violent extremism. They'll also discuss ongoing regional security concerns, exacerbated in recent weeks by the repeated violation of a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war.
Brenda Hollingsworth, who practises personal injury law in Ottawa, has announced she wants to run for the leadership of Ontario’s Liberal Party.
She would be the sixth contestant in the race. The party still has to approve her candidacy.
A leadership convention will be held in early March.
Today I experienced overwhelming support from family, friends, colleagues and even a few strangers as I announced my intention to seek a spot on the Ontario Liberal Party ballot in March. People want a different voice! Let's do this!#2020
Inquiry into deaths of former soldier and his Nova Scotia family adjourned
GUYSBOROUGH, N.S. — An inquiry set to open today in the case of Lionel Desmond, the Afghan war veteran who killed his mother, wife and daughter before turning the weapon on himself in early 2017, has adjourned before hearing any testimony. Lawyers, government officials and relatives had gathered in a Guysborough, N.S., municipal building for the inquiry that also aims to determine what can be done to prevent similar tragedies. But theGUYSBOROUGH, N.S. — An inquiry set to open today in the case of Lionel Desmond, the Afghan war veteran who killed his mother, wife and daughter before turning the weapon on himself in early 2017, has adjourned before hearing any testimony.— Brenda Hollingsworth (@OttawaLawyers)
Hollingsworth, of the firm Auger Hollingsworth, is one of the lawyers suing the City of Ottawa on behalf of OC Transpo passengers injured in January’s fatal bus crash at Westboro Station. She was chosen as one of the city’s Businesswomen of the Year in 2009.
She has never run for elected office but was a campaign worker for the Liberal Party at election time. She says a priority for the party is to attract new candidates. “I have a number of ideas about how to get people who are not traditionally in the inner circle — how to get new people to step up,” she said.
The Liberals are trying to rebuild after last spring’s election defeat left them with only six seats in the legislature, too few for official party status.
Canadian lawyers file $500M class-action lawsuit against makers of Roundup
Lawyers in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta have launched a $500-million class-action lawsuit against the makers of the herbicide Roundup for allegedly withholding information that the product causes cancer. Lawyers in Vancouver, Toronto and in Edmonton announced on Wednesday the legal action against numerous manufacturers including Bayer, Monsanto and Intertek Group. The statement of claim accuses the manufacturers of concealing “studies from regulatory authorities in Canada and the world that proved Roundup was causing or materially contributing to developing cancer.
The five candidates already in the race are:
• Michael Coteau — The former child and youth services minister under former premier Kathleen Wynne, Coteau announced he would seek the party leadership earlier this year. Representing the Toronto riding of Don Valley East, the 47-year-old is pledging to eliminate public transit fares as part of his platform.
• Steven Del Duca — The 45-year-old former cabinet member held the roles of economic development minister and transportation minister in Wynne’s government before losing his Vaughan, Ont. seat last spring. Del Duca has an extensive history with the party in a variety of roles, including as a political staffer to former finance minister Greg Sorbara.
• Mitzie Hunter — The former education minister, 48, represents the Toronto riding of Scarborough-Guildwood. She said the party’s goals would include raising the high school education rate to 90 per cent, and making it easier for workers to upgrade their skills or obtain new credentials. She wants the province’s health insurance to cover mental health care for people under 30.
• Kate Graham — The 35-year-old Western University politics instructor ran unsuccessfully for the Liberals in last year’s election in a London-area riding, where she lives. In addition to her academic career and research, Graham also spent a decade as a public servant for the City of London.
• Alvin Tedjo — The former candidate for the party has proposed one of the most controversial ideas of the leadership race — merging the public and Catholic school boards. Tedjo said the measure would save the province $1.6 billion a year and help the government deliver smaller class sizes.
— With files from The Canadian Press
Doug Ford government spent $4 million on anti-carbon tax ads .
The Ford government's advertising campaign attacking the federal Liberals' carbon pricing system cost Ontario taxpayers $4 million, the province's auditor general revealed.The television ad showed nickels spilling out of a gas pump, a heating vent and a man's wallet, accompanied by a voice saying, "The federal government is charging you a carbon tax.