Sunday, May 3, 2015

National

Rail safety targeted

WASHINGTON—Canada and the U.S. are announcing wide-ranging, new rail-safety standards with the aim of avoiding disasters like the one that devastated Lac-Megantic, Que. in 2013
The new requirements include a different braking system for new trains, a 50 m.p.h. speed limit for certain trains, and retrofits for old DOT-111 and CPC-1232 tank cars.

Wynne standing firm on updated sex ed. curriculum

TORONTO—The premier of Ontario says parents opposed to the province’s updated sex ed. curriculum will “have to agree to disagree” with her government on the new document, which some critics argue is not age-appropriate.
A group of parents met privately yesterday with Premier Kathleen Wynne to demand she withdraw the new policy, which was last updated in 1998.

Penning own obituary offers fresh perspective

Tom Scott already has drafted what ultimately will be his final story: his own obituary.
While many people are fearful and in denial about their own mortality, the Winnipeg native said contemplating his own last words and revisiting his past renewed his perspective on what has mattered most in life.

Provincial pension plan bill approved

TORONTO—Ontario passed legislation yesterday to create a provincial pension plan for more than three million people who do not have a workplace pension—despite critics’ warnings it amounts to a job-killing payroll tax.

Snow-clearing of highways slammed

TORONTO—Ontario’s Liberal government was so bent on cutting costs for winter road maintenance that it gave contracts to companies that didn’t have the equipment to clear highways of snow, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk reported yesterday.

Bill to make Nov. 11 ‘legal’ holiday stalled

OTTAWA—An NDP private member’s bill meant to formally recognize Remembrance Day as a “legal” holiday appears to be dying a slow, silent death as the sun begins to set on the current session of Parliament.
The Harper government recently asked for more time to study the straightforward, single-clause bill, which came before a second House of Commons committee today.

Assisted death law not ready

OTTAWA—The federal government will not introduce new legislation to govern doctor-assisted dying before the expected October federal election, Justice minister Peter MacKay said yesterday.

Few ready for next tech wave

TORONTO—A new study by Deloitte has found that most Canadian companies aren’t prepared for how quickly they’ll be affected by major advances in technology such as robotics and artificial intelligence.

Del Mastro only merits fine: lawyer

LINDSAY, Ont.—A lawyer for Dean Del Mastro says the former Conservative MP should face nothing more than a fine for having been found guilty of violating the Canada Elections Act.
Leo Adler said his client was never charged with corruption but instead was found guilty of overspending during the 2008 election—a violation he says does not warrant any jail time.

Suspect in custody over killings

WINNIPEG—Friends say one of the men killed in downtown Winnipeg was a happy person who only had been in the city two weeks.
Donald Collins and Stony Bushie were found dead on the weekend after what police believe were related attacks.
Investigators say the men, aged 65 and 48, were found less than a block apart on Saturday.

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