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Former federal minister Jane Philpott takes on role with Indigenous group

Nov 26 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — A former high-profile Liberal cabinet minister says the experience she gained overseeing the country's health system and Indigenous services has given her crucial background as she takes on a new role with a prominent Indigenous organization. Jane Philpott, who resigned her cabinet post earlier this year over the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair and […]

Former federal minister Jane Philpott takes on role with Indigenous group

Nov 26 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — A former high-profile Liberal cabinet minister says the experience she gained overseeing the country's health system and Indigenous services has given her crucial background as she takes on a new role with a prominent Indigenous organization. Jane Philpott, who resigned her cabinet post earlier this year over the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair and […]

Even modest alcohol consumption can still pose risks for teens, study suggests

Nov 25 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — A survey from a team of Ontario researchers suggests even modest amounts of alcohol consumption during someone's high school years can lead to more problematic drinking habits. Four scholars at the University of Waterloo surveyed more than 19,000 high school students in Ontario and Alberta over two academic years starting in 2013. They tracked the teens' self-reported drinking […]

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

Nov 18 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Some Canadian universities are urging their exchange students in Hong Kong to consider returning home as the semi-autonomous Chinese territory is beset by escalating violence between government officials and pro-democracy protesters. Dozens of Canadians remained in Hong Kong on Monday, according to several institutions reached by The Canadian Press — many of which said it […]

Efforts to ditch seasonal time change gaining steam

Oct 31 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — The British Columbia government's effort to formally do away with seasonal time changes marks the most decisive move in a debate that's quietly raged across Canada for years. At least two other provincial governments have explored the notion of moving permanently to daylight time, eliminating the need to change the clocks by an hour twice a year. While those […]

Ontario government closes door on possible amalgamations following review

Oct 25 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Municipalities should be allowed to decide how best to handle their own regional affairs, the Ontario government said Friday as it assured local leaders it was no longer considering forced amalgamations. Steve Clark, the province's minister of municipal affairs, said the results of a review that studied governance structures in 82 of Ontario's 444 municipalities concluded that top-down […]

Ontario government partially backtracks on expanded high school class sizes

Oct 24 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The union representing Ontario's high school teachers described a proffered olive branch as a "poison pill" on Thursday, saying the government only told half the story when it offered to partially walk back a proposed increase to class sizes. The president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation confirmed that the Progressive Conservative government had offered to lower […]