CBRM told to put ‘free’ back into freedom of information request

N.S. information commissioner recommends CBRM waive fee after estimating FOIPOP request at $43,000 Nova Scotia’s information and privacy commissioner says Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s estimated fee of nearly $43,000 to answer a freedom of information request in 2016 is likely the highest ever issued in the province and is “inflated and inaccurate.” In a report issued this week, Tricia Ralph said…

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Seeing red: Mississauga mayor vows to push for city to move to Ontario’s COVID-19 red zone next month

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie has pledged to push for her city to go right into the red category of Ontario’s reopening framework when the current stay-at-home order ends March 8. Crombie made the vow, which would skip past the province’s lockdown measures and allow for broader reopenings in the city, first at a Mississauga council meeting the morning of Feb.…

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Advocacy group unsurprised that hate crimes are rising in Ottawa

182 hate crimes reported to Ottawa police in 2020 A local organization that aims to support and enhance Ottawa’s Black community says it’s not surprised the number of hate crimes reported to city police has been on the rise. According to data released by the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), there were 182 such cases in 2020, compared to 116 the…

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Pandemic enforcement officials to pair up after alleged assault of inspector at Winnipeg car wash

The alleged assault of a lone pandemic enforcement officer at an east Winnipeg car wash has led Manitoba to instruct inspectors to work in pairs when they approach rule-breakers. According to internal provincial communications obtained by CBC News, the Winnipeg Police Service is investigating an incident reported by an employee of G4S Canada, a security company contracted by Manitoba to enforce pandemic restrictions. On the morning of…

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COVID-19 cases rising in northern Alberta as province reports eight more deaths

Testing confirms 32 new cases of a highly contagious variant first identified in United Kingdom Northern Alberta continues to see an increase in COVID-19 infections, with more than 1,000 active cases across the health zone. The province reported 399 new cases on Thursday, a slight decline from the day before, while hospitalization numbers dropped below 300 for the first time…

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B.C. government to make major announcement on future of controversial Site C hydroelectric dam

Critics have called for more transparency about the costs, safety of the megaproject B.C. Premier John Horgan and Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation Bruce Ralston are scheduled to make a major announcement about the Site C hydroelectric dam on Friday morning as critics continue to push for details about safety risks and the cost of the mega-dam.  The news conference…

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Victoria council compromises with partial closure of Clover Point

Victoria city council approved a compromise option for temporary alteration of Clover Point Park on Thursday. The option approved by council, sitting as committee of the whole, will cost up to $275,000 and see only part of the loop closed to vehicle traffic. In response to a significant number of calls to keep the area the same as it was…

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Vaughn Palmer: Odds are low that B.C. NDP will spike Site C, despite foundation problems

VICTORIA — Five years have passed since premier Christy Clark made a bold and expensive promise to get the Site C project, then already under construction, “past the point of no return.” For political purposes, her main object was to portray her B.C. Liberals as the government of “yes” versus the New Democrats and their leader, John “Dr. No” Horgan.…

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