Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dumping raw sewage

Toronto, like the vast majority of Canadian cities, doesn't monitor real-time data of sewage leaks into lakes, rivers or oceans. As a result, it's unknown how much raw sewage flowed through overflow pipes when the storm overwhelmed the city's treatment facilities.  Environment Canada does require municipal governments to report annually how much untreated wastewater is spilled, but settles for calculations that are based on computer models, rather than specific data of actual events.  Data provided by the federal government shows in 2017, municipalities reported 215B litres of raw sewage were spilled or leaked without being treated.  (CP)

China says detained Interpol chief is focus of bribery, corruption investigation

China said on Monday it was investigating former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei for bribery and other violations, days after French authorities said the Chinese official had been reported missing by his wife after travelling to his home country. (Globe & Mail)
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  • Butts resigns as Trudeau’s scandal-plagued troubles worsen

    In a major shakeup to the highest ranks of the Prime Minister's Office, Gerald Butts resigned Monday as Justin Trudeau's principal secretary. The bombshell departure — Butts, along with chief of staff Katie Telford, are the two most senior staffers in Trudeau's inner circle — comes amid allegations that senior members of the PMO pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to help Quebec-based multinational engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution on bribery and fraud charges in relation to contracts in Libya. (CBC)

    House unanimously agrees to apologize to Vice Admiral Mark Norman

    OTTAWA - The House of Commons has agreed unanimously to apologize to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman over what he had to go through during the years-long legal battle that came to an end last week when federal prosecutors stayed the breach of trust charge he was facing. (CTV News)

    Protest marches and general strike paralyze Barcelona

    A general strike was announced and five huge marches, all peaceful, converged on the city centre, bringing the streets to a standstill. Police estimated that more than 500,000 people had joined Friday's rallies. (BBC)

    U.S. Navy relieves aircraft carrier commander who wrote letter urging coronavirus action

    The U.S. Navy relieved the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt's captain of his command on Thursday, punishing him for the leak of a scathing letter he sent to superiors that sought stronger measures for curbing a coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship. (CBC)

    Tony Clement kicked out of caucus after more allegations arise

    OTTAWA - Andrew Scheer says he has asked Tony Clement to leave the Conservative caucus after more allegations of sexual impropriety were brought to his attention. (Ottawa Citizen)
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  • Ontario names Thomas Carrique new Commissioner of the OPP

    The government of Ontario has named Thomas Carrique as the new commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. The Ford government's first pick, Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner, withdrew his name from consideration last week after his appointment to the job touched off months of controversy and triggered an integrity commissioner investigation. (CBC)

    The good, the bad, and the ugly of Surrey’s police plan

    Now that Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum has finally released his vision for a new local police force, it’s time to break down the good, the bad and the ugly of his master plan. (The Province)

    ‘A disgraceful abuse of power’

    The vote Friday by the desperate Democratic majority on the House Judiciary Committee to adopt two articles of impeachment against President Trump – falsely accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – is itself a disgraceful abuse of power. (Fox News)

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