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National Post (Canada) 07/10/2020 18:49
OTTAWA – At least another $350 million will be added to the $2.6 billion cost of the badly mismanaged Phoenix pay system, as the government has reached a deal to compensate public servants for the stress and uncertainty the flawed payroll program caused. The deal announced Friday with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will see 140,000 public servants receive a lump sum payment of $2,500 in compensation. The payroll software, launched in early 2016, has been mired with technical problems ever since, public servants went unpaid, sometimes for months at a time and the system struggled to handle basic payroll functions, like maternity leaves or overtime. There were widespread reports of public servants being unwilling to pursue promo.
National Post (Canada) 07/10/2020 17:53
The call to "defund the police" is reverberating through North American cities, and has prompted several major municipalities to move forward with extensive policing reforms, led by the $1 billion moved from the New York Police Department’s budget, and the commitment of nine city councillors in Minneapolis to dismantling and rebuilding the city’s police service. As a concept, defunding the police is not new, but reached new heights following protests worldwide after George Floyd was killed during his arrest in Minneapolis in May.
National Post (Canada) 07/10/2020 16:13
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not the only cabinet member whose family is closely tied to WE Charity. One of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s daughters currently works for WE, whereas another has spoken at “WE Day” events. Friday, Morneau’s office confirmed information first published by online media outlet CANADALAND that Grace Acan, who joined Morneau’s family when they sponsored her travel to Canada from Northern Urganda, is currently working for WE as a contractual employee in an administrative role. “She got this position on her own merits. There is absolutely no link between her employment and any work that WE does with the Government of Canada,” Morneau’s spokesperson Maéva Proteau said in an email. Morneau’s office also c.
National Post (Canada) 07/10/2020 15:44
This past week has seen thousands of dead fish turn up in New York’s Hudson River. The Atlantic medhaden, a coastal fish, use the Hudson as a nursery. The non-profit organization. , dedicated to the environmental protection of the Hudson, says this is because they are suffering from a lack of dissolved oxygen. “We have to realize that all aquatic creatures require oxygen to breathe. The amount of oxygen that is present in a water body is an indicator of a body of water’s health,” said George Jackman, senior habitat restoration manager at Riverkeeper in an interview with. . A lot of this can be blamed on the intense heat. Warmer water holds less oxygen. So as a consequence, they’re suffocating. Another factor is New York’s excess sewage and fe.
National Post (Canada) 07/10/2020 11:34
Federal officials are taking extra precautions to ensure the recently incarcerated Ghislaine Maxwell doesn’t meet the same fate as her accomplice Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide by hanging in custody last year. These measures include taking away her clothes and bedsheets and making her wear a paper garb, according to an anonymous official in an interview with the. . It also means Maxwell has a roommate in her cell, she is monitored and someone is always watching her while she is behind bars. The Justice Department has placed federal officials from outside the Bureau of Prisons to prevent other inmates from harming her and to prevent her from harming herself. “We have asked [the Bureau of Prisons] to tell us specifically the protocols
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 19:54
EDMONTON — As the number of COVID-19 cases skyrocket south of the border, and with outbreaks flaring up across Canada, the provinces and police forces are ratcheting up their enforcement of quarantine rules against Americans, as well as out-of-province travellers. As of Wednesday, the United States surpassed three million COVID-19 cases,and more than 130,000 deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. A recent outbreak on Prince Edward Island, which had no COVID cases,. was linked to an American traveller. Late last month, a man in his 20s entered Canada on a student visa.
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 18:56
Health Canada has announced plans to crack down on advertising vaping products that target youths following an alarming rise in their use. The Department of Health has ordered storekeepers nationwide to remove all vaping advertising "seen by young persons" under threat of $50,000 fines or six months in jail. The crackdown comes after multiple appeals from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to regulate vaping products.
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 18:08
On Friday the 13th of March, as Canada went into lockdown, Peter Nygard’s retail fashion empire was still standing, barely. As it closed its distribution centres that day, with 1450 employees operating 169 retail stores and a large wholesale operation, it was hardly at the peak of its influence. But it was still an astonishing and profitable success, built on cheap and cheerful fast fashion for the modern cost-conscious woman of style, which had made Nygard fabulously wealthy and tagged him with the nickname of the Polyester King. What a difference a few months can make.
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 16:38
What seemed like a noble program in the middle of a pandemic — a grant that would pay students for volunteer hours — has turned into a political nightmare for the prime minister. The Justin Trudeau government’s $900-million Canada Student Service Grant program was awarded to WE Charity, an organization with ties to the PM and his family members. Amid controversy, WE has pulled out of the project, but it has continued to dog Justin Trudeau. Dave is joined by National Post political reporter Christopher Nardi. Subscribe to 10/3 on your favourite podcast app.
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 16:24
OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s mother and brother have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from the WE organization, contradicting an earlier claim by the organization that no member of the Trudeau family had been paid for their work. According to a report by online outlet CANADALAND, WE paid $312,000 to Margaret Trudeau, the prime minister’s mother, for 28 speaking engagements since 2016.
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 14:36
The country act now calling themselves Lady A is suing a blues, funk and soul singer for the rights to the name she has used for 20 years. On June 11, the Nashville group comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Heywood announced that it hadn’t considered the racist history of the word "antebellum" during its 14 years as a band and would be changing its name. In the same statement, they wrote, "We are committed to examining our individual and collective impact and making the necessary changes to practice antiracism.".
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 13:35
As the world is grappling with coronavirus and accepting many ‘new normals’, not screaming on a roller coaster ride seems to be the next addition in the list. Japan’s theme park, Fuji-Q Highland announced on June 17 that visitors who will be riding roller coasters at the attraction will need to stay quiet and composed when on the ride. In a unique video announcement, which now has more than 42,000 views on YouTube, two high-ranked executives of the park are donned in formal attire – one even wearing a suit and tie – and they’re seen giving a ‘demonstration’ of how patrons can keep a poker face while "screaming inside their hearts," according to a message at the end of the video.
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 12:20
It is the photograph Ariana Botha didn’t take of her older brother,. , that bothers her now as she looks through family pictures. Here is Kovrig as a child, cross-legged with a book — he always had a book — in the backyard of their childhood home in Toronto’s west end. There is he, older, goofing around with his kid sister during a trip to France in 1985; and with their father, Bennett, somewhere in the Alps; and again, a few years ago, being interesting, funny, gentle, bearing gifts but never staying long enough, uncle Michael, reading a Chinese bedtime story to Botha’s two boys, Kai and Sebastian, at her home in the city’s east end. The last time Kovrig visited was two summers ago, and it was too brief as always. Botha caught up with him o.
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 11:21
Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the peak of Mount Everest in 1953, or so we think. There were close contenders decades before Hilary and Norgay. The British explorers Andrew “Sandy” Irvine and George Mallory were last seen a few hundred feet below the summit in 1924. The pair had carried a Vest Pocket Kodak camera with them. In 1999, Mallory’s body was found without the camera. Also missing was a picture of his wife, which he had said he would leave at the top. Did they die coming up or coming down? That’s the question in the National Geographic documentary, “. ” and its side story “Expedition Everest,” which aired on June 30. Led by veteran climber Mark Synnott with guide Jamie McGuiness, a team set out to find
National Post (Canada) 07/09/2020 10:19
OTTAWA — The Liberal government is planning a massive increase to its wage subsidy program but is providing few details about how the expansion will work. Industry groups expressed frustration at the lack of details and urged Finance Minister Bill Morneau to provide more clarity. In his fiscal update on Wednesday, Morneau increased the estimated cost of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to $82.3 billion, up from an earlier estimate of $45 billion in mid-June.
National Post (Canada) 07/08/2020 19:29
An open letter denouncing social restrictions on free speech and public debate, signed by more than 150 writers, academics, public intellectuals and other specialists, is sparking ample debate, although not all of it the sort its authors likely hoped for. , "A Letter on Justice and Open Debate" was signed by people as famous as author J.K. Rowling, Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, and as unexpected as jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and choreographer Bill T. Jones. As befits a manifesto, the current wave of protest and social activism is described as "a moment."
National Post (Canada) 07/08/2020 18:22
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress has condemned the “desecration” of a sign at the entrance to a memorial being built to honour the memory of the millions who died at the hands of communism. Vandals spray-painted “Communism will win” and three hammers and sickles — the symbol for communism — across the sign at the proposed Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). of the damaged sign. “That this site was desecrated through this act of hate is unacceptable and deplorable, and an insult to the hallowed memory of the millions of innocent victims of communism,” said a UCC statement. “This is a reminder to us all of the need for further education and awareness in our own society about the evil and crimes.
National Post (Canada) 07/08/2020 18:06
The Auditor General has alerted Parliament to a “significant deficiency” in how the National Gallery of Canada manages the conservation of its 78,000 artworks. The National Gallery is a Crown corporation with annual expenses of about $70-million, and more than 300,000 annual visitors to its Ottawa location. Conservation is a key part of the Gallery’s mission, both for the art it currently holds, and for the broader world of art, both Canadian and of importance to Canadians. The failures identified by the Auditor General include “major” conservation work carried out without the approval of senior curators, and crucial research data — on artists’ techniques, materials and application, studies on conservation and deterioration — stored on pape.

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