NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh officially resigns as Ontario MPP

Jagmeet Singh has officially resigned as an Ontario member of the Provincial Parliament, weeks after winning the federal NDP leadership. Singh, 38, had served as an MPP since 2011, representing the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton. “It has been an honour serving the people of Bramalea-Gore-Malton and I’m looking forward to continuing this work on the federal level, building a more fair ...

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Ines Rau, Playboy’s 1st trans Playmate, hopes to ‘pave way for all women’

Men’s magazine Playboy has featured its first ever — transgender ‘playmate’ centerfold in its November issue, a move which the model hopes will pave the way for “all women – trans or otherwise — in fashion and other sectors.” Ines Rau, a French fashion model who was featured nude in a 2014 issue of Playboy and has previously worked with Balmain and Vogue Italia, is the first ...

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Bill Morneau says he doesn’t ‘report to journalists,’ bristles at questions about personal finances

Finance Minister Bill Morneau dodged questions about his use of numbered companies to hold investments Friday, suggesting he does not have to defend his personal financial choices to journalists. After a week of questions about his own fortune, Morneau showed signs of exasperation during an event in Waterloo, Ont., where he was pitching the government’s “step back” on proposed changes to the ...

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‘It’s been a long time coming:’ mogul’s downfall sparks a ‘Weinstein effect’ of calling out harassment

The mounting allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have ignited a powerful, widespread discussion — online and off — about how pervasive sexual harassment and assault remain in our society today. It’s provoked a sort of “Weinstein effect,” with waves of accusers coming forward to publicly call out powerful figures, and institutions acknowledging their allegations and quickly responding — heartening activists who’ve long ...

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Trudeau says federal government will ‘look carefully’ at implications of Bill 62

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is looking into the implications of Quebec’s Bill 62, which would require Muslim women wearing a niqab or burka and anyone else using public services to uncover their faces. “I don’t think it’s the government’s business to tell a woman what she should or shouldn’t be wearing,” said Trudeau while campaigning in Alma, ...

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Japan’s Kobe Steel says violated statutory standards, losing customers

Kobe Steel Ltd. sank deeper into crisis on Friday as the embattled company said it had lost some customers to competitors because of widespread data falsification that had extended to its mainstream steel sheet business. Japan’s third-largest steelmaker, which supplies the world’s top airline and automobile manufacturers, also said it had violated statutory standards set by the industry ministry, pushing ...

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Backyard chicken trend causes spike in infections, 1 fatal, CDC reports

Luke Gabriele was a healthy 14-year-old football player in Pennsylvania when he began to feel soreness in his chest that grew increasingly painful. When his breathing became difficult, doctors detected a mass that appeared to be a tumour. For a week, Dan and DeAnna Gabriele thought their son was dying until tests identified the cause: not cancer, but chickens — the ones ...

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Holden the line: End of an era as the last big Australian car factory closes up shop

The last mass-produced car designed and built in Australia rolled off General Motors Co.’s production line in the industrial city of Adelaide on Friday as the nation reluctantly bid farewell to its auto manufacturing industry. GM Holden Ltd., an Australian subsidiary of the of a U.S. automotive giant, built its last car almost 70 years after it created Australia’s first, ...

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Putin brands Canada’s adoption of new Magnitsky Act as political gamesmanship

Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing Canada of playing “unconstructive political games” by passing its own Magnitsky law this week. Putin made the comments in Sochi at an international forum in which he fielded a wide range of questions. The Russian embassy in Ottawa has posted a transcript of his remarks on Twitter. The embassy has already said that Parliament’s ...

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France faces butter shortage amid global demand for pastries

Blame the croissant. French pastries and butter have become so popular abroad that the increased demand led to a mini-shortage of the dairy product in French supermarkets. The price of butter rose 60 per cent in a year, reaching 6.7 euros (about $9.96 Cdn) per kilogram in August, according to official data. The increase has created problems for pastry exporters ...

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