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Premier Doug Ford is promising to use the "Notwithstanding Clause" β€” but what does that mean?

Premier Doug Ford is promising to use the "Notwithstanding Clause" β€” but what does that mean?

The new bill attempting to cut the size of Toronto City Council passed the first reading in Ontario’s legislature on Wednesday, after NDP MPPs were forced to leave the room after protesting the bill. Named the Efficient Local Government Act, the bill invokes Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for the first time in the province’s history. The section is publicly known as the notwithstanding clause, and allows the government to pass laws overriding specific charter rights for a five-year period, before the law needs to be renewed.

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In a public letter to Doug Ford, John Tory is urging him to hit "pause" on downsizing city council

In a public letter to Doug Ford, John Tory is urging him to hit "pause" on downsizing city council

This week Toronto Mayor John Tory sent a letter directly to Premier Doug Ford urging him to hit "pause" on his unannounced plan to force city council to downsize from 47 to 25 members. The letter is more aggressive and was a surprising move on Tory's part, who is seeking a re-election this coming October. Though he downplayed the chances of a legal challenge against the province, there is still a chance that this matter could go to the courts.

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Trump threatens to "shut down" government if Democrats don't vote to build border wall

Trump threatens to "shut down" government if Democrats don't vote to build border wall

US President Donald Trump tweeted out on Sunday that he is willing to shut down the government if the Democrats refuse to vote in favour of his immigration proposals, including the construction of a US-Mexico border wall. Typically, the government only shuts down when Congress fails to pass a spending bill for the year, which happened in January when Democrats and Republicans couldn't reach a deal on how to handle immigration.

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We now know Doug Ford will do whatever it takes to dismantle Toronto

We now know Doug Ford will do whatever it takes to dismantle Toronto

It's been only a few weeks since Doug Ford was sworn in as premier, but he's already made big waves throughout the province and is now going full attack-mode on Toronto, unveiling a plan to cut the number of elected city councillors from 47 to 25 while throwing the October 22 municipal election on the back burner. "People care about getting things done, they don't care about politicians," Ford said while calling Toronto the "most dysfunctional political arena" in Canada. He said that having fewer councillors will improve the city council decision-making process and will save taxpayers $25 million over four years.

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Ontario residents are now learning how far-reaching the cap-and-trade program really was

School boards were recently notified that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will be eliminated, resulting in the cancellation of $100 million meant to be spent on repairs for this year due to the discontinuation of the cap-and-trade program that was to pay for the fund. In a memo obtained by The Canadian Press, schools have been advised to stop spending the money they were allotted immediately, which is disappointing for school boards including the Toronto District School Board, which is facing a $3.7 billion backlog of repairs.

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Ontario's PC government is moving quickly to implement its campaign promises

Ontario's PC government is moving quickly to implement its campaign promises

The newly appointed PC government is wasting no time in making sweeping changes to the province's legislation, including incoming laws such as a reform of police oversight, discontinuation of the GreenON program which provided monetary incentives for people to upgrade their homes using eco-friendly products, a complete cancellation of the cap-and-trade program and more.

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Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Even though Doug Ford doesn't take control of office until tomorrow, he's already set the wheels in motion on a number of his plans. In the weeks superseding the Progressive Conservatives victory at the polls, Ford has vowed to dismantle the province's cap-and-trade program that funded green energy initiatives like free smart thermostats and energy efficient windows.

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Trump fabricated a claim that the US needs 5,000 immigration judges, then went against his own claim

Trump fabricated a claim that the US needs 5,000 immigration judges, then went against his own claim

When it comes to immigration, Donald Trump claimed that the nation would need hundreds of additional immigration judges to expedite the legal processes at the US/Mexico border. But then recently, Trump decided he opposed the idea in front of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and expressed that "they" β€” without explaining who that means β€” want more judges for immigration.

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There's a problem with Trump's claim that "crime in Germany is way up" β€” it's at the lowest level since 1992

There's a problem with Trump's claim that "crime in Germany is way up" β€” it's at the lowest level since 1992

Donald Trump has taken the stage to assert that "crime in Germany is way up" and that the US does not want what is happening in Europe to happen within its own borders. There's only one problem with this claim β€” it's false, and no evidence was provided to back it up. In fact, Interior Minister Horst Seeholfer, who himself is immigration-skeptical, has released new data indicating that Germany's crime rate is at its lowest level since 1992.

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Donald Trump just accused Canadians of smuggling shoes across the border

Donald Trump just accused Canadians of smuggling shoes across the border

Donald Trump has already attested that Canada has "outsmarted our politicians for decades," attacked the dairy industry and is now accusing Canadians of smuggling shoes from the US back into their own country. In his latest rambling attack on Canadian trade policies, Trump told a story to the press about Canadians that "buy shoes, then they wear them" and "they scuff them up, they make them sound old or look old." He launched into this story while delivering a speech on illegal immigration to the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

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Trudeau is betting the fate of his career on the Trans Mountain pipeline

Trudeau is betting the fate of his career on the Trans Mountain pipeline

Parliament was outraged when the Liberal cabinet approved an incredibly controversial plan to spend $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline project from the current owner Kinder Morgan, who is bailing on the project entirely. In 2007, the company paid only $550 million to acquire the pipeline assets and through the government has said they paid "fair value" for it, it's impossible to tell.

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Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony was either a disaster or success, depending on how you look at it

Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony was either a disaster or success, depending on how you look at it

Though the hearings could  be considered a utter disaster when you take into account he fact that most people asking the questions were ill-informed, unprepared and just stupid. But in the same sense the purpose of the hearings was to provide some clarity of how the company operates, and in the process the value of Facebook rose more than $17 billion

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Crime rates in American are slowly going down

Crime rates in American are slowly going down

In the 1980s the United States was at its peak homicide rate and things were looking bleak. Politicians began embracing β€œtough-on-crime” reforms and experts warned that the worst was far from over. But less than five years later, that number fell by around one-third; rates fell for all types of crime, including robbery, burglary, motor theft and homicide.

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