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US Drops "Supply Management" Bomb at NAFTA Talks

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:44 MH
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The United States wants an end to Canada's supply management system for dairy, chicken, eggs and turkey within the next decade.

Two sources tell The Canadian Press the request came Sunday night, catching some on the Canadian side off-guard, since they hadn't expected the highly contentious issue to arise during the current round.

American negotiators have been dropping one bombshell demand after another, leading Canada and Mexico to question whether the U-S goal is to actually reach a deal or to blow up NAFTA altogether.

(The Canadian Press)

 

Massive Carfentanil Bust in Durham Region

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:40 MH
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Police in southern Ontario have seized 42 kilograms of the deadly opioid carfentanil, saying it's believed to be the largest seizure of the drug in the country.

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid similar to fentanyl but 100 times more potent, and an amount weighing less than a grain of salt can kill someone.

Durham regional police say they seized 53 kilograms of unknown substances from a Pickering home on Sept. 20 and Health Canada has confirmed 42 kilograms of that was carfentanil.

They say a 33-year-old Oshawa man is charged with possession of carfentanil for the purpose of trafficking.

Police also seized 33 guns and other prohibited devices in their search of the home.

The man was charged last month with 337 weapons-related charges, including careless storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of

a restricted or prohibited firearm.

(The Canadian Press)

 

Former London Teacher Gets Jail Time

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:37 MH
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One year in jail to be followed by two years probation.

That was the sentence handed down Monday to 39 year old Jamie Gardiner, a former London elementary teacher who secretly filmed female colleagues with a pin camera

hidden in a backpack that was placed in a change room for a therapeutic pool at Ashley Oaks School.

He pleaded guilty to 16 counts of voyeurism, one count of possessing child pornography and making child porn.

(MH)

 

Brant County Waste Collection

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:34 MH
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Some changes are coming to garbage collection in Brant county.

As of November 1st, a new contract with Emterra Environmental, the current garbage and recycling pick-up provider, will come into effect. With it, a number of changes including weekly recycling pick-up and a new limit of 4 bags for weekly garbage pick-up.

Beginning January 1st, a new bulky waste pick-up program will begin, that's for things like furniture and appliances. Also, an improved yard wast program will begin in may.

There will be some changes to the collection days in South West Paris, Oakland, Scotland, Burford and Pinehurst Road at the beginning of the month.  A new waste collection calendar will be mailed to all residents by the end of October.

(MH)

 

Day 2 of College Teachers Stike

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:31 MH
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It doesn't appear the province has plans to intervene any time soon in the strike by faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges.

More than 500,000 students have been left without classes after professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians walked off the job late Sunday after their union and the College Employer Council failed to reach a deal before a strike deadline.

No new talks have been scheduled and Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews says it's very important that the two sides get back to the table and find a resolution to get students back in the classroom.

She adds she hopes the dispute is settled soon but says the province has to give the collective bargaining process space to work.


An online student petition seeking a tuition rebate for Ontario college classes cancelled due to a faculty strike had nearly 59-thousand signatures by last night.

The petition on change-dot-org and a Twitter campaign with the hashtag “wepaytolearn” was created by Greg Kung, a paramedic student at Humber College, along with fellow student Amir Allana.

Kung says clinical placements that are part of their courses are on hold until the strike is resolved and he and others are worried about what a protracted dispute will do to those “hands-on” learning opportunities.

The petition calls for all students to be reimbursed a portion of their tuition for every day instructors are out on strike -- 30-dollars per day for each full-time student and 20-dollars for each part-time student.

(The Canadian Press/680News)

 

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