By Ilya Bañares Staff Reporter Wed., May 8, 2019 Clément Gascon, a justice on the Supreme Court of Canada, has gone missing, according to the Ottawa Police Service. In a press release issued Wednesday shortly after 7:30 p.m., police said that Gascon, 59, was last seen the same day at 1:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Wellington St., heading south or west. He is described as male, six-feet, with short medium hair and a beard. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing a black business suit. Anyone with information as to where Clement is asked to call police at 613-236-1222. In April, Gascon announced that he would be stepping down from the federal bench “for personal and family reasons,” effective Sept. 15. Article Continued Below Ilya Bañares is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @ilyaoverseas Report an error Journalistic Standards About The Star … [Read more...] about Supreme Court justice Clément Gascon missing, Ottawa police say
By Alex Ballingall Ottawa Bureau Wed., May 1, 2019 OTTAWA—The type of oilsands developments that emit the most greenhouse gas could be exempt from new federal reviews for major projects—but only if Alberta keeps its cap on emissions from that sector. The proposed exemption was included in draft regulations published Wednesday that outline which new developments would be subject to federal reviews under Bill C-69, legislation to revamp project assessments in Canada that has been denounced by some industry groups and the Conservative opposition. Environmental policy advocates slammed the proposal as a failure to place climate change at the heart of the new assessment process, while a leading oil industry association questioned why Ottawa would tie its decision to review certain projects to a political “caveat” like an emissions cap. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna emphasized that the proposed exemption is open for … [Read more...] about Ottawa offers Alberta a deal on oilsands emissions
By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Mon., April 29, 2019 OTTAWA—How to visit a disaster zone without a creating a public relations disaster? It’s a question politicians juggle with each wildfire, flood and tornado strike. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reminded of the perils of such visits Saturday when he visited an Ottawa neighbourhood hit by record floodwaters and got berated by one volunteer who accused him of tying up relief efforts. “You know how long you’ve held up people picking up bags?” the volunteer said to the prime minister. “While you’re here, no one can pick up sand. You held people up. All your RCMP and security held people up,” he said. Trudeau replied that he understood his frustrations with security, but said he was happy to speak with those on site and hopefully encourage others to volunteer. The prime minister had been briefed on emergency efforts to help homeowners and had spent time … [Read more...] about Did Trudeau help or hinder flood-relief efforts in an Ottawa neighbourhood?
By Alex Ballingall Ottawa Bureau Mon., April 29, 2019 OTTAWA—The NDP is demanding the federal government cancel its $12-million award to help the Loblaw grocery empire upgrade its fridges, as the leftist party attempts to paint the Trudeau Liberals as a band of corporate sellouts. The call was included in the NDP’s opposition motion in the House of Commons Monday, which posits that “corporate executives and their lobbyists” have too much influence with the Liberals in power. The motion accuses the Trudeau government of “encouraging attempts” to undermine the rule of law on behalf of Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, failing to close tax loopholes, and continuing to provide billions of dollars in subsidies to oil and gas companies. NDP MP Daniel Blaikie said Canadians are “rightly angry” about the alleged sway of big business over Liberal decisions, which he called “the elephant in Ottawa.” … [Read more...] about The NDP says Ottawa needs to cancel its $12-million award to retrofit Loblaw fridges
By Peter Edwards Staff Reporter Sun., April 28, 2019 There was cake, hockey on TV and no reports of arrests at a party in Woodbridge on Saturday night to welcome Prince Edward Island bikers into the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. The Charlotteown bikers were given their winged skulls patches at the party, announcing full membership into the outlaw biker club, which now has 467 charters in 58 countries. The addition of the new Maritime charter comes as Quebec Hells Angels have re-rebounded on the streets in Quebec and Ontario after dozens of members were imprisoned in the early 2000s. Quebec police hit the club with a string of massive operations targeting drug trafficking, marijuana production and murder in the 2000s that seriously hobbled the club. In 2009, there were just eight members in good standing in Quebec on the streets and another four junior members, LaPresse newspaper reported. The rest of the club’s members were in prison, dead or fugitives. … [Read more...] about Woodbridge Hells Angels fuel club’s rapid growth with welcome party for P.E.I. bikers