Saskatchewan Aboriginal groups sound alarm over policing ‘crisis’

On December 7, 2022, RCMP arrested a man in La Ronge.Heywood Yu/The Globe and Mail Indigenous people in Saskatchewan are grappling with a crime wave as they await legislation and government funding to bolster policing, an Aboriginal leader in Saskatchewan says. Edward (Dutch) Lerat, vice-president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Aboriginal Sovereign States, said many … Read more

Thousands without power in Ontario after storm

More than 10,000 customers in Ontario are still without power today after strong winds hit parts of the province’s south and east on Saturday. Hydro One spokeswoman Bianca Teixeira said more than 11,500 customers were without power as of 9.30am There are more than 300 outages and utility crews are working to restore power to … Read more

More than 24,000 Hydro-Québec customers without power after storm

More than 24,000 Hydro-Québec customers were without power this morning as spring storms caused heavy snowfall in some areas. Hydro-Québec spokesman Jonathan Côté said the weight of the snow caused branches to bend and hit power lines. The Montérégie area south of Montreal and the Lanaudière area north of the city recorded the most outages … Read more

Alberta women’s shelters struggle as demand soars and funding stalls

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith speaks at the Canada Strong and Free Network in Ottawa on March 23. Shelter staff are baffled that the Smith administration’s stated focus on mental health has not translated into an increase in operating funds.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press Years of stagnant funding, combined with soaring inflation, have left shelters in precarious … Read more

Conservative Ontario cabinet minister Merrilee Fullerton resigns for personal reasons, sources say

Merrilee Fullerton is resigning as provincial representative of Kanata-Carleton with immediate effect. One source said the reason for the resignation was personal.Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Merrilee Fullerton has resigned from cabinet and as MLA after the Progressive Conservatives announced their Ottawa riding. latest budget. A senior PC … Read more

Airbnb cracks down after Montreal fire, while victims’ loved ones wait in anguish

Montreal police say they don’t believe there are more victims than the seven people reported missing after fire gutted an Old Montreal building last week. Flowers and messages are shown at a makeshift memorial near the site of the building on March 23.Graham Hughes As firefighters continue to search for victims in the charred remains … Read more

Ontario calls on Ottawa to allocate $1 billion in federal budget for Ring of Fire critical minerals

Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy, left, and Premier Doug Ford arrive at the legislature in Queen’s Park, Toronto, on March 23 to present the provincial budget.Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press Ontario’s finance minister has called on Ottawa to invest $1 billion in the Ring of Fire critical minerals sector in next week’s federal budget, urging Canada … Read more

Ontario reaches funding deal with optometrists; changes eligibility for eye exams for seniors

Ontario has a funding agreement with optometrists that increases some payments to them but reduces some coverage for patients, including reductions in general eye exams for seniors. Beginning Sept. 1, people 65 and older will have eye exams every 18 months, rather than annually, unless they have a condition that affects the eyes, such as … Read more

Ontario releases ‘sunshine list’ of public servants earning over $100,000 in 2022

The Ontario Power Generation sign at the Darlington Power Plant in Bowmanville, Ontario on May 31, 2019.Cole Burston/The Canadian Press Ontario’s so-called Sunshine List is out, with three high-paying public officials across the province Both generate electricity in Ontario. There are nearly 267,000 names of public sector workers with disclosed salaries of more than $100,000 … Read more

Who pays for First Nations policing, and who benefits? Saskatchewan’s struggles point to problems with funding models

Nathan Roberts is a constable at the File Hills First Nations Police Service, the only group of its kind in Saskatchewan to use a program known as FNIPP to finance an Indigenous-administered police force.Photography by Heywood Yu/The Globe and Mail The first 911 call, after the attacks began at James Smith Cree Nation, was made … Read more