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Stronach family settles feud that divided founder Frank and daughter Belinda

Aug 13 2020 — — A high-profile feud among members of the Stronach family has been settled. Under a settlement announced by The Stronach Group, control of the family fortune is basically split between two factions. Former politician and business executive Belinda Stronach will remain chairwoman and president of The Stronach Group, with full control of its horse racing, gaming, […]

WE Charity laying off staff, looking to sell real estate in Toronto

Aug 13 2020 — — WE Charity is scaling back its operations, making dozens of layoffs in Canada and the United Kingdom and looking to sell some of its real estate holdings in Toronto. The charity has been embroiled in a political controversy since the Trudeau government chose it to run a now-abandoned youth volunteer program. WE Charity says its […]

Budget watchdog says COVID-19 wage subsidy might cost less than predicted

Aug 13 2020 — — Canada’s official fiscal watchdog says the federal wage subsidy program might cost $14 billion less than the government predicted. A new report today by Parliamentary Budget Office analyst Ben Segel-Brown estimates subsidizing wages for companies during the COVID-19 pandemic will cost $67.9 billion through the end of December. Finance Minister Bill Morneau estimated in his […]

Feds seeking private consultant to design, run firearm buyback program

Aug 12 2020 — — The federal government is turning to the private sector to design and run a massive buyback of newly prohibited firearms. Public Safety Canada has invited 15 consulting firms to come up with a “range of options and approaches” for the planned program to compensate gun owners. The Liberals outlawed a wide range of firearms in […]

Liberals announce $18 million in funding for small food producers

Aug 12 2020 — — The federal government is rolling out $18 million in support for projects they say will help strengthen Canada’s food supply chain. The funds are going everywhere from an Alberta company focusing on plant-based proteins to distilleries in Quebec seeking to upgrade their equipment. Some money is also being directed to small towns in Northern Ontario […]

Trudeau, Morneau, Telford must resign, or trigger an election: Blanchet

Aug 12 2020 — — The leader of the Bloc Quebecois says if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Katie Telford, the prime minister’s chief of staff, don’t resign, he will try to trigger an election in October. Yves-Francois Blanchet told reporters today revelations in the WE controversy — as well as new details about a contract […]

Ministers, top public servant to be grilled by committee on WE affair

Aug 11 2020 — — Two federal cabinet ministers and the country’s top public servant will be grilled today about how a charity with close ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wound up administering a $912-million student grant program. The House of Commons ethics committee is scheduled to hear from Youth Minister Bardish Chagger, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough and Ian […]

Protester dies in clashes after disputed Belarus vote

Aug 11 2020 — Yuras Karmanau — MINSK, Belarus — A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Lastovsky said the victim […]