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Liberal MP Accuses Manitoba Tory James Bezan of ‘Humiliating’ Comments, Sexual in Nature

Liberal MP Accuses Manitoba Tory James Bezan of ‘Humiliating’ Comments, Sexual in Nature

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

James Bezan
Conservative MP James Bezan asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, October 27, 2016. A Liberal member of Parliament from Quebec is accusing Bezan of making comments towards her that were “humiliating” and “sexual in nature.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – A Liberal member of Parliament from Quebec says a Conservative MP made comments towards her that were “humiliating” and “sexual in nature” during an event back in May.

Sherry Romanado levelled the accusation Monday, even though Manitoba MP James Bezan had risen in the House of Commons a few hours earlier to deliver an apology — which he later said he’d been trying to give for months.

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Feds Willing to Give More Pot Tax Revenue to Provinces to Help Municipalities

Feds Willing to Give More Pot Tax Revenue to Provinces to Help Municipalities

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Marijuana
Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are shown at OrganiGram in Moncton, N.B., on April 14, 2016. The Trudeau government is willing to give provinces and territories a bigger share of the revenue from a federal excise tax on cannabis, provided that the extra money is devoted to helping municipalities cope with the impact of legalizing recreational pot. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Ward)

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is willing to give provinces and territories a bigger share of the revenue from a federal excise tax on cannabis, provided that the extra money is devoted to helping municipalities cope with the impact of legalizing recreational pot.

The feds have proposed giving provincial and territorial governments half of the estimated $1-billion annual excise tax take once weed becomes legal next July.

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Legalization of Recreational Weed Unlikely to Kill Pot Black Market Right Away

Legalization of Recreational Weed Unlikely to Kill Pot Black Market Right Away

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

Marijuana
A man holds a joint between his lips during the annual 4-20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on April 20, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO – From texting a local dealer to dropping into a neighbourhood dispensary or ordering online, Canada’s black market for recreational marijuana has seen significant changes in recent years and, no doubt, will see more as the country hurtles toward a new world of legalization next summer.

What does seem clear, however, is that the illegal market is unlikely to disappear in a puff of smoke come legalization day.

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Not Your Typical Dip in the Ocean; Canadian Swims Across Strait of Magellan

Not Your Typical Dip in the Ocean; Canadian Swims Across Strait of Magellan

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Madhu Nagaraja
Madhu Nagaraja, 47, shakes hand with a safety scuba diver after swimming the Strait of Magellan, in Punta Arenas, Chile, in a Nov. 29, 2017, handout image. Nagaraja is the 1st Canadian and 23rd person to successfully swim this passage. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Patagonia Swim, Christian Vergara)

An Ontario software developer has become the first Canadian to successfully swim across the Strait of Magellan.

Madhu Nagaraja says he completed the swim across the treacherous open-water stretch on the tip of South America on Nov. 29.

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ACTRA Says It’s Expediting Sexual Harassment Complaints Processes

ACTRA Says It’s Expediting Sexual Harassment Complaints Processes

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

Nicole Stamp
Actor and filmmaker Nicole Stamp moderated the discussion “Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Industry” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Friday, December 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

TORONTO – The union for Canada’s TV and film performers says it’s expediting its discipline processes for sexual harassment and assault complaints.

At a panel discussion on sexual harassment hosted Friday by the organization behind the Toronto International Film Festival, ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova outlined a number of immediate steps the union is taking as it also works with other industry stakeholders on longer-term strategies.

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New Responses Needed on HIV Non-Disclosure, But Not Necessarily New Law: Study

New Responses Needed on HIV Non-Disclosure, But Not Necessarily New Law: Study

By The Canadian Press

Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor listens to a speaker during an event marking World AIDS Day in Ottawa, Friday December 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – What it takes for someone who doesn’t disclose their HIV status to be charged with a criminal offence needs to catch up to what science now knows about transmission, says a federal government study published Friday to mark World AIDS Day.

But whether that ends up being the case in Canada will be largely up to the provinces, despite the federal government’s desire to reduce what it and many advocates call the over-criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

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Analyst Greg Zaun Fired from Sportsnet for “Inappropriate Behaviour”

Analyst Greg Zaun Fired from Sportsnet for “Inappropriate Behaviour”

By The Canadian Press

Gregg Zaun
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun pauses during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh on April 20, 2010.Gregg Zaun has been fired from Sportsnet due to “inappropriate behaviour and comments.” Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, said in a statement that the company was terminating the contract of the Blue Jays analyst effective immediately. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Keith Srakocic)

TORONTO – Gregg Zaun has been fired from Sportsnet due to “inappropriate behaviour and comments” toward female employees.

Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, said in a statement Thursday that the company was terminating the contract of the MLB studio analyst effective immediately.

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Air Transat Slammed, Fined for Handling of Hours-Long Tarmac Delay

Air Transat Slammed, Fined for Handling of Hours-Long Tarmac Delay

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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An Air Transat Airbus A330 lands at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport, Sunday, July 31, 2016. A federal agency is ordering Air Transat to cover out-of-pocket expenses for passengers caught in an hours-long tarmac delay this summer as part of a ruling that lays blame solely on the airline for the fiasco. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

OTTAWA – Air Transat failed its passengers during a sweltering, hours-long ordeal aboard two of its grounded aircraft this summer, a federal agency ruled Thursday as it fined the airline $295,000 and ordered it to cover the out-of-pocket expenses of affected passengers.

The Canadian Transportation Agency said Air Transat broke a tariff agreement with customers that governs when passengers can be let off a flight due to a tarmac delay.

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Free National Parks Program Soon to End, But Kids Will Still Get in Free in 2018

Free National Parks Program Soon to End, But Kids Will Still Get in Free in 2018

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

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The shores of Clear Lake on the main beach in Riding Mountain National Park. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

OTTAWA – The party is nearly over: the free admission to national parks and heritage sites that accompanied Canada’s 150th birthday bash will come to an end Dec. 31.

Earlier this year, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was considering whether to extend the free admission to parks and heritage sites because the program had proven so popular.

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Ontario’s Courts to Inch Toward Modern Age with Wi-Fi, Emailed Jury Summonses

Ontario’s Courts to Inch Toward Modern Age with Wi-Fi, Emailed Jury Summonses

By Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

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A television camera looks out over the courtroom during a break in the Steven Truscott case at the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2007. Ontario is announcing a number of initiatives to move Ontario???s courts into the digital age, including Wi-Fi and getting jury summons by email or text. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

TORONTO – Ontario’s antiquated court system will inch toward the modern age, as the attorney general announced Wi-Fi for courthouses, jury summons via email or text and some online divorce filings.

The system remains largely a paper-based one, which has not thus far reacted quickly to adopt new — or even not-so-new — technologies, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Wednesday.

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