Unifor President Jerry Dias Arrested Amid Union Protest Against Regina Oil Refinery

REGINA — A union representing more than 700 workers in a contract dispute at the Co-op oil refinery tried to shut down the Regina facility Monday as police made arrests. Unifor posted a video on Twitter late in the afternoon showing officers taking the union’s national president, Jerry Dias, and western regional director, Gavin McGarrigle, into custody. Dias said earlier in the day that managers and replacement workers were being allowed to leave the refinery, but the union was going to stop fuel from being transported out of the complex. “We’re not allowing any trucks in,” Dias said. “We’re going to shut (the refinery) down until they come back to… Read More

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Coronavirus Ruled Out In 3 Canadian Cases Of Viral Pneumonia

Three possible cases of a new type of viral pneumonia have been investigated in Canada and ruled out as coronavirus, the country’s chief public health officer said Monday. The World Health Organization, meanwhile, announced plans to hold an emergency meeting to decide whether the illness linked to three deaths in China is an international emergency. Dr. Theresa Tam declined to say where in Canada the potential cases were located, but she said the individuals had travelled to Wuhan, the Chinese province where coronavirus is believed to have originated in a now-closed seafood market before being detected in Shenzhen and Beijing and beyond to Japan, Thailand and South Korea. “What I… Read More

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Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou Faces First Day Of Extradition Trial

VANCOUVER — A defence lawyer says fraud allegations against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou are a “facade” and the charges are really about the United States attempting to enforce its sanctions against Iran. A court hearing began Monday in Vancouver over the American request to extradite Meng on allegations she lied to HSBC about a Huawei subsidiary’s business in Iran, putting the bank at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. At issue at this week’s hearing is the legal test of double criminality, meaning if the conduct she’s accused of would also be a crime in Canada then Meng should be extradited to face the accusations. Her lawyer, Richard Peck, told a… Read More

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What Academic Streaming Calls Fairness, Ontario’s Black Students Know As Racism

“How do I get in trouble for wearing the same uniform? I can’t help that my body is shaped differently or that I’m tall, so skirts look short on me.” “Do you feel like you’re treated differently when you don’t wear braids or straighten your hair?” In May 2019, I wrote a . The policy introduced both academic and applied courses (commonly known as “streams”) for math, English, geography, science and French courses in Grades 9 and 10. Academic courses focus on theory and abstract concepts, whereas applied courses focus on practical applications. In Grades 11 and 12, these lead to a variety of university and college preparation courses. The… Read More

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Michael Applebaum, Ex-Montreal Mayor Convicted Of Fraud, Can Keep $268K Severance: Judge

MONTREAL —Disgraced former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum can keep the $268,000 he received from the city after resigning from office, despite a conviction for fraud against the government, Quebec Superior Court ruled Monday. Applebaum is legally entitled to the taxpayer cash because new rules punishing elected officials convicted of crimes went into effect after he broke the law and received his severance package, Justice Serge Gaudet said. The judge added that nothing in the law stipulates the new rules apply retroactively. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said she was disappointed with the ruling because it sent a signal that politicians can break the law and still get paid. She said the… Read More

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