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Patrick Brown disqualified from Tory leadership race
With two months to go until the Conservative Party chooses its next leader, Patrick Brown has been ejected from the race due to allegations that he broke funding rules.
Brown quickly hit back, saying in a statement early Wednesday that his disqualification was unfounded and an attempt to ensure rival Pierre Poilievre wins the race.
The explosive news came in a statement released late Tuesday evening by the party’s leadership election committee, which said Brown was disqualified from the race after « serious allegations of wrongdoing » related to the rules of funding.
« We regret having to take these actions, but we have an obligation to ensure that our party rules and federal law are followed by all candidates and campaign teams, » Ian’s statement said. Brodie, head of the Conservative Party leadership election organizing committee, which is monitoring the race.
Those involved did their best to be fair to Brown and his campaign, Brodie said, giving them time to substantially refute the allegations.
« None of these issues impact the integrity of the vote itself, » he said, adding that the party will share the information it has with Elections Canada.
Brown’s campaign hit back, saying it only learned of the decision to eject him from the media.
In a statement, the campaign said the allegations against Brown are anonymous and the campaign was never given full details of the allegations. However, according to the statement, the campaign has always tried to respond to the party’s questions and demands.
Brown’s campaign suggested the « reprehensible and undemocratic behavior » in his disqualification was done to benefit presumed race favorite Poilievre. Read the full story here.
Score for Canada
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Leading Canadian Julia Grosso celebrates her team’s second goal against Trinidad and Tobago during a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer match in Monterrey, Mexico on Tuesday. Canada won 6-0. Learn more about the game here.
Summer camp season has begun – but with inflation at record highs, summer childcare has become an extraordinary expense for families already overwhelmed by a higher cost of living. Anneliese Lawton, a mother of three from Burlington, Ont., said the summer gymnastics camp her children normally attend is not a financially viable option this year as their budget is stretched by inflation. The camp she had planned to send her two sons to costs $300 a week for each camper, a price she could not afford. « As soon as I put this together I was like, fuck, we can’t afford them to do this, » Lawton said. Instead, Lawton’s sons, ages four and five respectively, will attend a trampoline and tumbling camp in town for part of the week. With inflation at its peak, summer camp – already a luxury for many families – has become increasingly out of reach as families are forced to make tough spending decisions. Canada’s inflation rate hit 7.7% last month, the highest in nearly 40 years. Compared to May 2021, consumers paid 48% more for gasoline, while food prices rose 9.7% over the past year. Read the full story here.
First Nations leaders across Canada voted against the continued suspension of Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald at the organization’s annual general meeting in Vancouver on Tuesday.. The AFN executive committee suspended Archibald last month after she made public statements accusing four staff members of seeking more than $1 million in severance packages. The committee released a statement on Monday calling on Archibald to cease actions and statements that « constitute serious violations of the confidentiality and privacy interests of AFN employees, service providers and others, including broad allegations of misconduct ». The suspension was the subject of three draft emergency resolutions which will be presented to the assembly on Tuesday. Only one was sent before the end of the day. The majority of chiefs and proxies present on Tuesday expressed concerns about Archibald’s suspension by the executive committee and were not in favor of the resolution. Read more about this story here.
An Ontario lawyer targeted by a $1 million defamation lawsuit brought by an anti-vaccine nurse group says vexatious lawsuits are increasingly being used as a tool by special interest groups seeking to silence the public. reviews of medical misinformation. Paul Champ, an Ottawa-based human rights and labor lawyer, spoke to CBC News about the lawsuit filed last fall by three Ontario nurses. Kristen Nagle of London, Kristal Pitter of Tillsonburg and Sarah Choujounian of Toronto have been investigated by the province’s nursing regulator for allegedly spreading medical misinformation and conspiracy theories about social media. The three are key members of Canadian Frontline Nurses, a group that campaigns against conventional medical wisdom through rallies and retail sales of alternative health practices and related merchandise. They are seeking $1 million in damages for ’embarrassment and humiliation’ for separate online editorials published by the Canadian Nurses Association and British Columbia outlet Together News Inc. Champ, the lawyer of Together News Inc., argues that rather than seeking legitimate justice, plaintiffs are attempting to use the legal system for an ulterior purpose. Learn more here.
Members of the Canadian military will soon be subject to much less strict rules of dress as the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) introduces updated personal grooming regulations. Under the new rules – which were published on Tuesday and come into force in September – CAF will allow military personnel to, among other things, color their hair and grow it to any length, and wear tattoos facials. « At the end of the day, Canadian Forces dress instructions are about 50 years old, so the policy as a whole needed to be revised, » says a Department of National Defense frequently asked questions page detailing the update. Canadian Forces (CAF) has not kept pace with the Canadian society it serves. Many of the new freedoms are conditional. Unnatural hair color, for example, is permitted « unless it prevents an operational task, » the DND page says. Read more about this story here.
Now, some good news to start your Wednesday: Jack Malott-Clarke, 13, of London, Ontario, has been a lifelong comic book fan. He loves dressing up as some of his favorite characters and attending annual Comic-Con events. But his world changed in 2019 when he was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a condition in which his body is unable to produce new blood cells and platelets. Jack’s condition requires him to have a blood transfusion at least twice a week. « A lot of people don’t donate blood or platelets because maybe they’re scared, but you really should because it saves lives, » he said. « It saved my life and the lives of many other children. » This inspired Jack to combine his love for cosplay with his need for blood and start a cosplay-themed social media campaign called Suit up for Jack, in which people can donate blood while dressed in costumes. . The campaign was recreated in four other countries. Learn more here.
Opinion: His political career ended with the Alberta floor-crossing. Meet the resurrected Danielle Smith
Believe it or not, the Tories who hated Danielle Smith the most for switching from Wildrose to the Tories in 2014 are the very people who love her the most now, writes James Johnson. Read the column here.
First person: My brother was my hero. I try to remember that even after his suicide
Patrick de Belen tries to sort through his complicated feelings of grief and love for his brother who committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness. Read his column here.
Front Burner: Canada’s emergency rooms are in crisis
Healthcare workers are drawing attention to a crisis unfolding in Canadian emergency rooms.
Staffing shortages and lack of hospital beds are leading to long waits, reduced hours and even temporary emergency room closures across the country. Meanwhile, workers say more and more patients are coming in for issues overlooked during the pandemic.
Patient stories are dramatic. Two weeks ago in Red Deer, Alta., a woman with abdominal pain said she waited six hours for an ultrasound and was told to make her own way to another hospital to have her breast removed. appendix. In May and June in St. John’s, the wife of a man with Alzheimer’s disease said she waited 20 nights in the emergency room before getting a hospital bed.
Today, a conversation with a seasoned emergency physician about the new and long-standing factors pushing Canadian ERs to their limits. Dr. Brian Goldman hosts CBC’s White Coat, Black Art and the author of The power of teamwork.
Listen to today’s episode.
Today in History: July 6
1885: French scientist Louis Pasteur tests a rabies vaccine on a boy bitten by an infected dog. After 13 injections over 10 days, the treatment was considered successful as the boy did not develop rabies.
1906: The House of Commons of Canada passes the Lord’s Day Act to prohibit work, entertainment, sport and almost all commerce on Sundays. The law remained in effect until the Supreme Court of Canada struck it down in 1985.
1923: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed.
1928: In New York, the first all-talkie movie, crime drama New York lightsopens.