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Ontario Liberals broke law by deleting gas plant e-mails: Commissioner

TORONTO - Opposition MPPs claimed a gas plant coverup after revelations that senior Ontario Liberal political staff broke the law when they deleted e-mails that could have shed light on why the government cancelled two gas plants at a cost to taxpayers of $585 million.

Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian found that e-mails sent and received by former chiefs of staff to the minister of energy and former premier Dalton McGuinty were deliberately deleted, although she said she could not state "with certainty" that the record destruction was done to avoid transparency.

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Two senior staffers quit Mayor Rob Ford’s office in latest turmoil to hit Toronto city hall

Two senior staffers have quit Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s office as the crisis at City Hall appears to show no sign of abating.

Press Secretary George Christopoulos and deputy press secretary Isaac Ransom left “on principle,” the CBC reports. Security were spotted in the mayor’s office in the early afternoon.

The resignations come days after Ford fired his chief of staff Mark Towhey without disclosing the reason. Sources have said Towhey was fired after telling the mayor to seek rehab. Towhey has been a top advisor to the mayor since 2010.

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Islamist extremists radicalizing Canadians at ‘a large number of venues,’ secret report reveals

Islamist extremists are now radicalizing Canadians at “a large number of venues,” according to a secret intelligence report released to the National Post under the Access to Information Act.

While mosques with hardline imams are often singled out for spreading violent Islamist ideology, the study found that radicalization has been taking place at a much longer list of locales.

“Radicalization is not limited to religious centres,” says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service report, titled Venues of Sunni Islamist Radicalization in Canada.

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Two senior staffers quit Mayor Rob Ford’s office in latest turmoil to hit Toronto city hall

Two senior staffers have quit Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s office as the crisis at City Hall appears to show no sign of abating.

Press Secretary George Christopoulos and deputy press secretary Isaac Ransom left “on principle,” the CBC reports. Security were spotted in the mayor’s office in the early afternoon.

The resignations come days after Ford fired his chief of staff Mark Towhey without disclosing the reason. Sources have said Towhey was fired after telling the mayor to seek rehab. Towhey has been a top advisor to the mayor since 2010.

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Forcing students to sing O Canada a cappella violates their human rights, Toronto man claims

A battle over whether Toronto students can be forced to sing O Canada a cappella has escalated to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Complainant Kevin Morrison, who is running in a trustee byelection next week, says the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s decision to remove music from the morning anthem is “prejudicial and discriminatory.” He wants the months-old policy scrapped, urging trustees to eschew such “frivolous issues” for the more serious business of running a school board.

“I don’t see why it’s fair that it should be taken away from my children or our students,” Mr. Morrison said Wednesday.

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Mayor Rob Ford's family under fire

TORONTO - Doug Ford says since the video alleging his brother's crack cocaine use came to light last Thursday night, his 78-year-old mom Diane has been called continuously by the media - the Toronto Star in particular.

"She's very upset ... she can't even answer her phone now," he told the Toronto Sun in an exclusive interview Wednesday afternoon.

Ford's own daughters were harassed up at the cottage non-stop this past weekend.

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Canada stands with Israel as Palestinians attempt 'shortcut' to statehood

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government won't support any "shortcuts" to a Mideast peace agreement.

Speaking Wednesday on President Mahmoud Abbas's United Nations bid to seek semi-statehood for Palestine, Harper urged the Palestinians and Israel to accomplish the goal of reaching a peace agreement at the negotiating table and not through unilateral action.

That position left the NDP accusing the Tories of creating a rift with Canada's moderate allies in the region.

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NDP to back Ontario budget and keep minority Liberals in power

TORONTO - Ontario New Democrats will vote in favour of the provincial budget, keeping alive the minority provincial government of Premier Kathleen Wynne.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the Liberal budget meets enough of her demands to warrant her support, especially a decision by Wynne to create a financial accountability office which would vet the cost of major government initiatives.

"When the Liberals presented their draft budget, we asked Ontarians what they thought - some said they wanted an election immediately, others said they didn't feel an election was necessary right now," Horwath said Tuesday.

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By Rev. Bill Prankard, Ottawa, Ontario The city of Ottawa witnessed a powerful demonstration of unity and love for Israel on November 22nd.Christians from numerous churches, Messianic congregations, prayer groups and the National House of Prayer, as well as representatives from Ottawa’s Jewish community gathered together to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for all people affected by the Israeli-Gaza conflict.

When we heard that the conflict was escalating and lives were in grave danger, we sent out a message, calling people to pray.My heart was touched to see how quickly and passionately everyone responded.Many spiritual leaders, including Rev. Barry Boucher of The Life Centre, Rob Parker of The National House of Prayer and myself led the congregation in strategic prayer for God’s protection over innocent lives caught in the midst of war, for wisdom and direction for the nations’ leaders and for His eternal purposes to be accomplished for His glory.


Two men arrested over ‘al-Qaeda inspired’ plan to attack a Via Rail train in Toronto area: RCMP

The RCMP arrested two men Monday in connection with an “al-Qaeda-inspired” plan to attack a Via Rail train in the Toronto area, which they said could have led to innocent people being killed or injured.

An international investigation disrupted the scheme before there was an “imminent threat” to the public, said James Malidza, an RCMP assistant commissioner, told a news conference.

The two accused, Chiheb Esseghaier, from Montreal, and Raed Jaser,  from Toronto, were charged with conspiring to carry out an attack and commit murder at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group.

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Rob Ford out as Toronto mayor over conflict of interest case

An Ontario judge has given Toronto Mayor Rob Ford 14 days to vacate his seat.

Mr. Ford contravened the municipal conflict of interest act when he spoke and voted on a matter in which he had pecuniary interest at a city council meeting in February.

“Accordingly, I declare the seat of the respondent Robert Ford on Toronto city council, vacant,” wrote Justice Charles Hackland.

“In view of the significant mitigating circumstances surround the respondent’s actions …. I decline to impose any further disqualification from holding office beyond the current term.”

Given the impact on the City of Toronto, the judge ruled that “the operation of this declaration shall be suspended for a period of 14 days from the release of these reasons.”

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Toronto school board sics police on sarcastic blogger

TORONTO - Can writing a sarcastic but clearly tame blog comment really land two cops at your doorstep?

It happened to Blazingcatfur blogger Arnie Lemaire Wednesday for musing "OISE and the TDSB need to be purged, or burnt to the ground whichever is more effective."

He's, quite rightfully, upset about it.

But, often critical of the Toronto District School Board and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Lemaire said he will not back down from efforts to "intimidate" him.

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Sex Education Researchers Raped Hundreds of Children

TV Special on Vision TV at 11pm Sunday.

Many people have asked me, who is behind this radical sex education program confusing our young children with six gender teaching starting in kindergarten?

This movement was started by Dr. Alfred Kinsey who was a scientist, researcher and pedophile. Dr. Kinsey is cited on page 19 of Toronto District School Board curriculum guide Equitable and Inclusive Schools. Dr. Kinsey also published an 804 page book in 1948 that spawned the sex education programs of today's children. He taught that children are sexual from birth and had orgasms as early as two months old. He used 317 men to rape hundreds of children, recording their every move, timed with a stopwatch. A few ways that Kinsey described children's orgasms include kicking, screaming, hitting, convulsions and vomiting.



Harper to announce Office of Religious Freedom in event at mosque north of Toronto

MAPLE, Ont. — The federal government is planning to announce its long-awaited Office of Religious Freedom in an event today at a mosque north of Toronto.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino, and Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney are to make the announcement this afternoon at a mosque in Maple.

The announcement comes 22 months after the Tories first promised to create a modest, religious freedom branch within the Foreign Affairs Department.

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Canada is Israel’s staunchest ally

Back in 2006, Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of B’nai Brith, caused a considerable stir when he described Canada’s then-new prime minister, Stephen Harper, as the answer to the Jewish community’s prayers.

Controversial because not all Jews are Conservative supporters. Indeed, historically, the default party for most Canadian Jews has been the Liberals. In addition, Harper, both in 2006 and to an even greater extent today, is a more ardent supporter of Israel than many Canadian Jews.

Or, more accurately, Harper is more comfortable with the hardline policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on everything from confronting a nuclear Iran to maintaining Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories.

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Ottawa to review its funding of anti-gay religious group working in Uganda

OTTAWA — Shortly after it became public knowledge an evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a “perversion” and a “sin” was receiving funding from the Government of Canada for its work in Uganda, Julian Fantino announced on Twitter the funding was under review.

The government is providing $544,813 in funding for Crossroads Christian Communications — an Ontario-based evangelical group that produces television programming — to help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014.

Until Tuesday, the organization’s website carried a list of “sexual sins” deemed to be “perversion”: “Turning from the true and/or proper purpose of sexual intercourse; misusing or abusing it, such as in pedophilia, homosexuality and lesbianism, sadism, masochism, transvestism, and bestiality.”

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Ontario school hosts school-wide GSA assembly, gay speaker re-interprets Bible, Catholicism

DUNDAS, Ontario, February 17, 2012 ( - A Hamilton-area public school is drawing fire from parents after holding a school-wide gay-straight alliance assembly in November with a guest speaker who tried to convince the audience that biblical teaching on homosexuality is obsolete, archaic and “wrong.”

Parkside High School in Dundas held the assembly Nov. 23, inviting the entire student body of approximately 480 students, in addition to faculty.

The speaker identified herself as a lesbian “youth worship leader” from a synagogue and held herself out to be an authority on Old Testament Scripture, a concerned parent informed LifeSiteNews. The information has been confirmed by at least two other families.

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McVety worried Wynne will bring back Liberal's sex ed plan

TORONTO - It appears to be a re-think of the Liberal government’s previous sex-education re-think.

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne dropped a hint this week in an urban gay website that abandoned sex education ideas from 2010 could soon be re-introduced.

It did not get past her harshest critic, Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College.

He remembers a Sept. 15, 2011 interview with the Sun’s Christina Blizzard where, despite Premier Dalton McGuinty making it clear he was walking away from the reforms, she said the sex education revamping issue is “not going away.”

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Andrew Coyne: Stephen Harper’s long overdue talk about Canada’s pension crisis

Courtesy of: nationalpost

At last, the hidden agenda, and not a moment too soon. Vague, indirect and overseas as it was, Stephen Harper’s Davos speech was perilously close to a vision statement, of a kind the prime minister has seldom made until now, and will henceforth have to make often.

It would be nice if he had shared with us his concerns about the ageing of the population, and the threat it poses to our long-run social and economic health, sometime before the last election, rather than joining in the all-party consensus that there was nothing wrong with Canada that could not be fixed with more and richer promises to the elderly.

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Liberal delegates vote yes to legalizing marijuana, no to cutting off monarchy

OTTAWA — Cannabis and the Crown.

It’s as good a motto as any for the federal Liberal party after members voted Sunday morning to make the legalization of marijuana a party policy and rejected a motion to sever ties with the monarchy.

The two proposals had been hotly contested within the party, which is attempting to find a new direction and policies that will resonate with Canadians and help pull it back from the brink.

The night before, delegates at the party’s biennial convention in Ottawa voted to open the party to outsiders by creating a new, free category of membership. They are hoping the change will revolutionize the way politics is done in Canada and help the party rebuild. On Sunday, a U.S.-style process of choosing the party’s leaders through a primary voting system was also narrowly rejected.

But for a while on Sunday morning, it looked like the hundreds of Liberal delegates gathered in a convention hall only blocks from Parliament Hill were opposed to any controversial policy proposals.

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Jewish group calls for mayor's resignation

gendronThe Jewish Defence League is demanding the resignation of a small-town Quebec mayor who said the state of Israel should not exist.

Along with being mayor of Huntingdon, Que., Stéphane Gendron also co-hosts "Face-a-Face," a daily TV talk show on Quebec's V-Tele network.

During a December 27th broadcast, Gendron referred to Israel as an apartheid state and expressed hope for its collapse.

He made the comments while saluting a Quebec politician's boycott of a Montreal shoe store that sells products made in Israel.

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