How East Preston Empowerment Academy is helping marginalized adults get on their feet

A program aimed at helping members of the Black community continue their education and find a job is a local success story. A new study looks at how the East Preston Empowerment Academy is changing the lives of participants. Amber Fryday has that story.

A program aimed at helping members of the Black community continue their education and find a job is changing the lives of its participants, the school’s president says.

The East Preston Empowerment Academy (EPEA) started in 2014 at the East Preston Baptist Church in Nova Scotia as a way to empower and equip members of its community with the necessary skills, tools and confidence.

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An initial basic adult learning program was soon followed with the implementation of a GED program, and now the academy offers support to help participants gain their Red Seal certification for skilled trade industries, according to Wanda Thomas Bernard, the EPEA president.

“The main goal is in the name. The main goal is empowerment of learners of African descent and other people who have experienced some sort of marginalization from mainstream education,” she said from her daughter’s home in Whitby, Ont., where she was working virtually on Monday.

A new study was conducted by Deloitte Canada on how EPEA delivers significant economic and socio-economic benefits to Nova Scotia.

According to Deloitte, “EPEA’s cumulative economic contribution from 2016 to 2020 was $1.02 million to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), $783,000 in labour income and the creation of 14 sustained full-time jobs.”

“The study also found that the EPEA delivered a range of socio-economic benefits, including the removal of barriers to education, strengthened labour market integration and support for better employment opportunities.”

The study said that the programs offered by EPEA have long-term beneficial impacts on the lives of the participants.

Howard Benjamin was a participant of the program, and is now working as a Red Seal electrician.

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“I mean the folks that were there volunteering, I can’t say enough for that. They could have been home with their families and they’re out there helping out. So, if that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will,” Benjamin said.

He now has an apprentice working under him, who is now also involved with EPEA.

“He also wants to help and give back to the community when he is finished,” Benjamin said of his apprentice.

The programs offered are available to anyone, but Bernard said they primarily want to help those in marginalized groups, and women.

“Marginalized groups in Canada face long-standing social and economic disparities, including wage gaps, lower labour participation rates and higher unemployment and underemployment. Canada’s Black population remains one of its most disadvantaged,” Bernard is quoted as saying in a press release.

“This study confirms what we have long believed — that the EPEA is generating a lasting positive influence on students, local partners and the broader community. With the support of our funders, we can continue to help enrich the lives of our students, and of those around them, for decades to come.”

Bernard also said seeing the programs go virtual through the COVID-19 pandemic proved beneficial in many ways.

“We can run programs across the province,” she said in an interview. “I certainly hope that people from around the province will see this as an opportunity for them as a second chance for learning.”

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Taliban expand cabinet, double down on all-male Afghanistan government

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The Taliban expanded their interim cabinet by naming more ministers and deputies on Tuesday, but failed to appoint any women, doubling down on a hard-line course despite the international outcry that followed their initial presentation of an all-male government lineup earlier this month.

The international community has said that it will judge the Taliban by their actions, and that recognition of a Taliban-led government would be linked to the treatment of women and minorities.

In their previous rule of Afghanistan in the late 1990s, the Taliban, who adhere to a harsh interpretation of Islam, had barred girls and women from schools, work and public life.

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At a news conference Tuesday, Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid held out the possibility of adding women to the Cabinet at a later time, but gave no specifics. He also said the Taliban are preparing rules for allowing teen-age girls and women to return to schools and jobs in line with Islamic law, but did not say when that might happen.

Mujahid defended the latest additions to the Cabinet, saying they included members of ethnic minorities, such as the Hazaras. He said the deputies were chosen for their technical skills.

He bristled at international conditions for recognition, saying there was no reason for withholding it. “It is the responsibility of the United Nations to recognize our government (and) for other countries, including European, Asian and Islamic countries, to have diplomatic relations with us,” he said.

The Taliban seek international support as they grapple with the daunting challenges of governing a nation shredded by four decades of conflict. The U.S.-backed government deposed by the Taliban in a rapid military campaign last month had depended heavily on foreign aid. Even before the Taliban takeover, the economy was in deep trouble. Now Afghanistan’s new rulers face an economic meltdown and growing poverty.

Mujahid played down the financial problems, saying that much of the foreign aid to the previous government _ widely seen as corrupt _ was spent on funding America’s 20-year war against the Taliban.

He suggested Afghanistan could manage without that aid, saying the country had sufficient resources. “According to our inspection, Afghanistan is not a failed country, financially,” he said. “We have revenue, and if it is controlled and collected properly, it can solve our current problems.”

It wasn’t clear, however, how the Taliban government expected to raise sufficient tax revenue from a population the United Nations said would see 97 per cent living below the poverty level by the end of the year.

The Taliban have framed their current Cabinet as an interim government, suggesting that change is still possible, but they have not said if there would ever be elections.

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Mujahid was also asked about the recent restrictions imposed on girls and women, including a decision not to allow girls in grades seven to 12 to return to classrooms for the time being. Boys in those grades were allowed to return to school over the weekend.

Mujahid said this was a temporary decision, and that “soon it will be announced when they can go to school.” He said plans were being made to allow for the return of girls and women to schools and work, in line with Islamic law, or Sharia.

At the moment, girls in grades one to six are allowed to go to school, and women in universities can pursue their studies, but only in gender-segregated settings and while complying with an Islamic dress code.

With the Taliban takeover, there has been widespread fear among girls and women that they would lose the gains of the past 20 years, and many of their concerns have materialized. The Taliban have repeatedly suggested their decisions are temporary, in an apparent attempt to blunt international criticism even as they issue hard-line decrees.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Ousted Liberal candidate for Spadina-Fort York Kevin Vuong leading riding

When faced with questions about ousted Toronto Liberal Party member Kevin Vuong in Aurora, Ont., on Saturday, party leader Justin Trudeau said his party did the right thing to remove Vuong as a candidate, and thanked the media for holding people accountable. Vuong was charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault on April 8, 2019.

The Liberal candidate for Spadina-Fort York Kevin Vuong, whom the party cut ties with days before the election following an investigation into a past sexual assault allegation in 2019 is currently leading and expected to win the riding.

The riding was too close to call once polls closed at 9:30 p.m. Monday, however, on Tuesday morning Vuong had 37.9 per cent of the vote with 128 out of 129 polls reporting.

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Close behind with 35 per cent of the vote is NDP candidate Norm Di Pasquale.

Vuong was asked by the Liberal party to “pause” his campaign on Friday, and on Saturday, the party said he would no longer be affiliated with the Liberals.

“We take any allegation extremely seriously,” a Liberal Party spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Global News at the time.

Since it was too late to remove him from the ballot, the party added that “should he be elected, he will not be a member of the Liberal caucus.”

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Vuong, who has been in the Naval Reserves since 2015, is also under review by the Canadian Armed Forces.

He became the Liberal candidate for the riding after incumbent Liberal MP Adam Vaughan announced he wouldn’t seek re-election in the summer.

Global News contacted Vuong and his representatives multiple times for comment on this story but a response was never received.

The Toronto Star, who was the first outlet to report the story, reported receiving a statement from Vuong where he “unequivocally state(d) that these allegations are false” and that he “vigorously fought” the matter in court. The case was dropped at the end of November 2019. He also was reported to have not addressed the allegations in that statement.

Global News spoke with the complainant Friday afternoon.

The woman, who Global News agreed not to identify, confirmed the details outlined in the Star’s report.

The alleged victim said she was in the United States for two months and only upon returning to Canada realized that Vuong was the Liberal candidate in her riding.

“I didn’t even know he was involved with politics anymore at all,” she said.

The woman said she saw his name on an election sign and immediately paused.

“I started having a meltdown because I realized I hadn’t heard anything and all of a sudden … he’s allowed to run for office?” she said.

“It makes me afraid. It makes me fearful. I don’t even want to go walk my dog outside my house because I just don’t want to see his signs …

“I definitely don’t want to be represented by somebody who essentially abused me and I don’t want to see his name everywhere.”

With files from Emerald Bensadoun, Nick Westoll and Ahmar Khan

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Rainfall warning issued for London, Ont. and area, 50-60 mm expected

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the London, Ont. area as significant rainfall and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday night through Wednesday night.

Meteorologists say 50 to 60 mm of rain are expected by early Thursday morning, though some areas may get more than 75 mm.

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“This rainfall is due to a cold front and a moisture laden low pressure system that will arrive from the American Mid-west,” a statement from Environment Canada read.

Tuesday is forecasted to have a high of 21 C and a low of 17 C overnight in London. Wednesday calls for a high of 20 C and a low of 12 C.

The rainfall warning covers London, Parkhill, Komoka and Strathroy.

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SickKids receives $50M donation for brain and mental health initiatives

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The foundation for the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children says a $50 million donation will further research and treatment in the field of pediatric brain and mental health.

The SickKids Foundation says the gift from Toronto entrepreneur Garry Hurvitz will support the hospital’s centres for brain and mental health and community mental health.

The not-for-profit says the funds will also support SickKids’ research, care and education to improve outcomes for children and youth affected by neurological and mental health conditions.

The donation will also allow the hospital to hire a dedicated director of the rebranded Garry Hurvitz Centre for Brain & Mental Health.

The foundation says the money will also help support new therapies for neuromuscular, neuroinflammatory and neurodevelopmental diseases; treatment models for youth and families affected by complex mental health issues; and an innovation fund to aid investments in cutting-edge research.

It says the donation is all the more impactful in light of SickKids’ research on how the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on youth mental health.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

The Liberals won the election. What will be the toughest promises for them to keep?

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau led his party to a victory on Monday after voters responded to his snap election call with another minority mandate in the House of Commons.

But now that the party’s promises to Canadians have paved the way for it to once again form government, it’s time for the Liberals to actually try to keep them.

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Global News took a look at their platform and identified which pledges will be the hardest for Trudeau’s government to deliver on.

The Liberals have promised to fully implement Jordan’s Principle – a rule that pledges to provide First Nations children with the services they need, when they need them, rather than first taking the time to sort out which level of government is responsible for the cost.

However, the implementation of Jordan’s Principle has been a thorny issue in recent years, with both the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (Caring Society) taking the government to court over what they say has been a failure to implement the principle.

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This ongoing litigation erodes trust between Indigenous people and the government, according to Cindy Blackstock, who runs the Caring Society — an organization that aims to ensure First Nations children and their families “have culturally based and equitable opportunities to grow up safely at home, be healthy, get a good education and be proud of who they are.”

“The prime minister got up in the House of Commons and said he is not litigating against Indigenous kids. A week later we were in federal court and they were litigating against Indigenous kids,” Blackstock said in a previous interview with Global News.

“When the government says, ‘Well, you need to trust us, Indigenous people don’t trust us.’ Well, that’s why.”

When it comes to both the Liberal promise to fully implement Jordan’s Principle and their platform pledge to “continue to reform child and family services in Indigenous communities,” Blackstock said she’s concerned about whether the action will match the words.

But because the prime minister has previously said the government is already fully implementing Jordan’s Principle, Blackstock is concerned that the government and advocacy groups have different definitions of what a full implementation entails — and that could be a hurdle to real change.

“It sounds good — if they do it,” said Blackstock. “And it’s always been the ‘if they do it’ where there’s been serious problems.”

The Liberals have promised that within their first 100 days of being re-elected, they’d introduce legislation “to combat serious forms of harmful online content.”

That includes “hate speech, terrorist content, content that incites violence, child sexual abuse material and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images,” the party’s platform said. It would also hold social media platforms and online services accountable for the content they host — all while recognizing “the importance of freedom of expression for all Canadians.”

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Because this legislation brushes up against a charter-affirmed right, the Liberals could find themselves in a sticky situation as they endeavour to actually implement the law — at least if past legislation is any indication.

The Liberals gave Canadians a peek behind the curtain of what this law could look like in July, when they laid out their proposal for a new Digital Safety Commission.

The proposal specifically targeted major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pornhub under a new legal category that deems them “online communications service providers” and under the authority of a new Digital Safety Commission.

The Liberals said they’d place a new obligation on those providers to remove five categories of hateful content and review complaints within 24 hours. The new regulator would also get a last-ditch power to apply for court orders to have telecommunications companies block access to platforms that persistently refuse to remove child sexual exploitation or terrorist content.

The five categories of harmful content covered under the proposed new powers will draw on offences already defined under the Criminal Code: hate speech, child sexual exploitation content, non-consensual sharing of intimate images, incitement to violence and terrorist content.

The definition of “hatred” they would use specifically excluded content that “discredits, humiliates, hurts or offends.”

Still, the bill raised some red flags for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).

“The hate speech bill that was introduced prior to and died with the calling of the federal election, gives rise to the same concerns that frequently come up with this type of legislation: how do we clearly define what amounts to hate speech so that it is not too subjective to provide a coherent legal standard?” Cara Faith Zwibel, the director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program with the CCLA, wrote in an emailed statement.

“If a new government wants to address the problem of hatred, it will have to sort out how to do so without unreasonably limiting free expression.”

The Canadian Constitution Foundation, a non-profit that defend the constitutional rights and freedoms of Canadians, spoke out against the proposed legislation from the Liberals in July. They said the law would “impact the ability of Canadians to engage in debate on subjects that are unsettled.”

“This government, and the Heritage Minister in particular, have proven again and again that they are anti-free expression and anti-technology,” the statement read.

“Giving government and unelected tribunal bureaucrats even greater control over Canadian’s expression will erode our fundamental rights.”

That means their bid to implement this law could land the Liberals a ticket to a charter challenge — creating a hurdle for the implementation of any such legislation.

The Liberals have promised child care that would only cost $10 per day. Assuming you’re currently paying — or expect to soon pay — non-subsidized fees, $10-a-day child care could save you tens of thousands of dollars per year.

In Toronto, parents of infants would save nearly $20,000 a year on average, according to an analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). In Iqaluit, families would see average savings of more than $14,000 a year on infant daycare fees. In big cities in B.C. and Alberta, you’re looking at an average of $10,000 in cost reductions.

However, there’s a delicate dance between the provinces and the federal government that would have to be successful for the plan to see the light of day. So far, eight of them have signed up: Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Yukon, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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But the Liberals would have to get the rest of the provinces on board to have the system up and running by 2026 or earlier, as promised, and cut child-care fees in half by 2022.

Even if those negotiations go smoothly, there’s another big question mark hovering over the potential efficacy of the plan: whether parents would actually be able to find lower-cost child-care spots for their kids.

Before the pandemic, only around 28 per cent of working families had a child in licensed child care, Kerry McCuaig, a fellow at the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the University of Toronto, previously told Global News.

These days, child-care capacity has been reduced by between 25 and 35 per cent in major cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal, she estimated. That’s because some child-care centres have closed amid prolonged shutdowns, and the sector has also seen an exodus of staff.

The Liberals have pledged to add 250,000 new high-quality child-care spaces. But some experts say their plan still isn’t guaranteed to meaningfully improve the problem of child-care availability.

Whether parents will actually gain access to affordable child care hinges on significant increases in the number of child-care spots to accommodate an expected increase in demand for cheaper daycare and preschool care.

Without additional resources, a reduction in fees would likely lead to ballooning wait-lists for families, David Macdonald, senior economist at the CCPA, previously told Global News.

All these hurdles create a canvas for the affordable child-care promise to potentially slip through the Liberals’ fingers.

In the Liberal platform, the party pledges to achieve a 40 to 45 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. However, there’s one big, dark cloud hanging over Trudeau’s credibility when it comes to keeping this commitment: his party’s track record.

During the election campaign, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh accused Trudeau of having the worst record of all G7 countries when it comes to emissions.

That allegation is backed up by a recent report from the Centre for Policy Alternatives, which showed Canada’s emissions increased by 3.3 per cent during this period, while the United States emissions grew by less than one per cent, and the other five G7 nations decreased emissions.

Since Trudeau was first elected in 2015, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions have risen every year, according to government statistics. These include emissions from exported fossil fuels, which went up by about 15 per cent between 2016 and 2019.

In 2015, Trudeau also promised to protect 17 per cent of Canada’s land and freshwater by the end of 2020. That same year he vowed to eliminate boil water advisories in Indigenous communities by March 2021. And in 2020 he said he’d ban single-use plastics.

So far, he’s accomplished none of these objectives — but with a new mandate, climate experts will be watching to see if he can keep his promises this time around.

“Canada has a history of broken climate promises. This is because of a failure of governance, not because of over-ambitious targets,” Caroline Brouillette, domestic policy manager at the Climate Action Network, wrote in an emailed statement to Global News.

“To bend Canada’s emissions curve, the key question facing the next government is whether they’ll seriously tackle the two sectors accounting for the largest share of our emissions: oil and gas and transport.”

Still, at least one expert held out some hope for Trudeau’s climate plan.

“Trudeau’s is Canada’s first federal government ever that has implemented policies at stringencies (specific carbon tax increases, regulatory levels) that independent experts, including me, estimate should achieve his targets,” said Mark Jaccard, an International Panel on Climate Change author of multiple reports and distinguished professor at Simon Fraser University.

–with files from Global News’ Erica Alini, Amanda Connolly and Brian Hill

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Bloc Quebecois falls short of 'dream' of 40 seats, finishing third in election

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The Bloc Quebecois‘ dream of winning 40 of Quebec‘s 78 electoral seats failed to materialize, with the party leading or elected in 31 ridings early into Tuesday morning.

Ridings that party strategists had targeted to steal from opponents escaped them. And the controversial question posed to leader Yves-Francois Blanchet during the English-language debate did not give the party the boost at the polls it had wished.

Debate moderator Shachi Kurl had told Blanchet in a preamble to a question that two popular Quebec laws were discriminatory against minorities and anglophones in the province. Blanchet had called the question an insult to all Quebecers and had argued it was an example of how Quebec would never be understood in Canada.

On the campaign trail, Blanchet had evoked his “dream” of winning 40 seats. The party had chosen about 10 opponents’ seats it had wanted to snatch. As of early Tuesday, his party had failed to make it a reality. They were elected in 29 ridings and leading in two others too close to call.

“We still have, with a positive approach, with confidence, the duty to do more, to do better,” Blanchet told supporters in French after the results came in.

“The result is difficult to comment: the percentage is about the same, the number of seats is about the same.”

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The Bloc had wanted to carry Sherbrooke and ran Ensaf Haidar, a well-known human rights activist who moved to the province from Saudi Arabia, where her husband, Raif Badawi, is languishing in a prison for his dissident views. Liberal Elisabeth Briere kept her seat.

At the Bloc’s electoral headquarters in Montreal on Monday evening, the atmosphere was fairly calm because of the small number of supporters gathered at the Pierre-Peladeau centre, in respect of the COVID-19 health restrictions.

Blanchet had spent a lot of time on the campaign in ridings held by other parties _ particularly by the Liberals. He said the question of the campaign was “the right to be Quebecois.” He had suggested the government of Canada didn’t let the province make its own decisions.

On Monday night, he told supports he was proud of the issues he had campaign on: increasing payments to seniors and more money for health care.

And he evoked his sovereigntist creed: “Quebec is strong. Who knows what a strong Quebec will one day decide.”

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Special weather statement in effect for Toronto as heavy rain expected

The City of Toronto is under a special weather statement beginning Tuesday night through to Wednesday night as “significant rainfall is expected,” says Environment Canada.

The agency said that from 40 to 60 mm of rain is expected to fall by early Thursday morning, with some areas at risk of multiple thunderstorms. A rainfall warning is also possible for those areas.

“This rainfall is due to a cold front and a moisture laden low pressure system that will arrive from the American Mid-west,” Environment Canada said in a release Tuesday morning.

Tuesday will see a high of 24 C during the day which will drop to about 20 C at night.

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Trudeau captures Liberal minority, needs to reshuffle cabinet, set throne speech

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The final seat count is still up in the air but the Liberals will cling to power with another minority government.

A majority government requires at least 170 seats, and the Liberals appear to be more than 10 seats shy of that goal. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will keep his job for now, and for his team, today’s main order of business is to simply get back to work.

Still, there are some ceremonial events and decisions to be made, and some results still to be finalized, before the newly elected MPs can take their seats.

So what happens next?

As in the last Parliament, which despite the election, is going to be virtually identical to the next Parliament, Trudeau will need the help of another party to pass any legislation or get any budget through. The NDP largely served that role in the last Parliament and most expect that to remain the case now.

Trudeau won enough seats that talk of a formal coalition is unlikely.

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But first the ballots have to be counted to determine how many seats he actually won. There are several seats where the margin of victory is razor thin, including two potential Liberal wins in Edmonton Centre and Vancouver Granville.

There are more than 780,000 mail-in ballots overall, and they won’t be counted until later today. Elections Canada warned it could take up to four days to finish the count in some ridings.

Trudeau will have to shuffle his cabinet because he lost at least two cabinet ministers Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan in Nova Scotia, and Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef in Ontario. Seniors Minister Deb Schulte was behind in her suburban Toronto riding last night as well.

Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna didn’t run this time, which could open spots for four ministers and four women, since Trudeau has committed to gender parity in cabinet.

Two years ago, Trudeau waited an entire month to shuffle his cabinet but this year with the pandemic’s fourth wave still raging and the G20 leaders summit and the United Nations climate summit being just over a month away, Trudeau may not wait quite as long to get his new team in place.

He also has to set a date for the next speech from the throne, which will lay out the government’s agenda for the next Parliament. Again, two years ago, Trudeau waited more than six weeks to bring forward a throne speech, and he waited a month in 2015.

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The duty to call the new Parliament officially lies with Gov. Gen. Mary Simon, but she will do on Trudeau’s advice.

So while his cabinet is likely to come sooner, Canadians could be waiting until mid-November for the resumption of Parliament itself.

How MPs reconvene is also potentially up in the air. When Parliament rose before the election it was still in pandemic mode, with approval from the House of Commons for virtual sittings and committee hearings.

All of those approvals dissolved with Parliament and new agreements have to be reached if virtual sittings and voting are to be resurrected. A virtual sitting could make it very hard to proceed with the first order of business for any new House of Commons the electing of a speaker because it is supposed to be done by secret ballot.

Former speaker Anthony Rota was leading in his northern Ontario riding last night, but he does not automatically get his speaker’s job back if he is declared the winner.

The speaker’s election will be presided over by the longest-serving MP in the House Bloc MP Louis Plamondon, who won his seat again and will do this for the fifth time. MPs figured out how to vote virtually on legislation, but secret ballots are rare in Parliament.

Any negotiations to hold that vote, or further sittings of Parliament with a virtual function will require negotiations between the parties.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Rainfall Warnings Posted For Most Of Ontario

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for many parts of Ontario, along with a special weather statement that covers even more area. A lot of rain is on the way. Here are the details:

4:55 AM EDT Tuesday 21 September 2021
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • City of Toronto
  • City of Hamilton
  • Guelph – Erin – Southern Wellington County
  • Kitchener – Cambridge – Region of Waterloo
  • Burlington – Oakville
  • Caledon
  • Halton Hills – Milton
  • Mississauga – Brampton
  • Newmarket – Georgina – Northern York Region
  • Uxbridge – Beaverton – Northern Durham Region
  • Vaughan – Richmond Hill – Markham
  • Brantford – County of Brant
  • Woodstock – Tillsonburg – Oxford County
  • Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County
  • Simcoe – Delhi – Norfolk
  • Fenelon Falls – Balsam Lake Park – Northern Kawartha Lakes
  • Innisfil – New Tecumseth – Angus
  • Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago
  • Deep River – Whitney – Eastern Algonquin Park
  • Western Algonquin Park – Lake of Two Rivers
  • Bancroft – Hastings Highlands – Denbigh
  • Lindsay – Southern Kawartha Lakes
  • Bracebridge – Gravenhurst
  • Huntsville – Baysville
  • Haliburton – Minden – Southern Haliburton County
  • Oxtongue Lake – Fort Irwin – Northern Haliburton County

Significant rainfall expected tonight through Wednesday night. Rainfall warnings possible later today. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to begin late this evening or tonight and will continue through at least Wednesday night. Rainfall amounts of 40 to 60 mm are expected by early Thursday morning with locally higher amounts in areas that receive multiple thunderstorms. Rainfall Warnings may be required for portions of the area.

This rainfall is due to a cold front and a moisture laden low pressure system that will arrive from the American Mid-west. For information concerning flooding, please consult your local Conservation Authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District office. Visit for the latest details.


4:57 AM EDT Tuesday 21 September 2021
Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • Orangeville – Grand Valley – Southern Dufferin County
  • Shelburne – Mansfield – Northern Dufferin County
  • Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale
  • Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake
  • Mount Forest – Arthur – Northern Wellington County
  • Chatham-Kent – Rondeau Park
  • London – Parkhill – Eastern Middlesex County
  • Strathroy – Komoka – Western Middlesex County
  • Goderich – Bluewater – Southern Huron County
  • Listowel – Milverton – Northern Perth County
  • Stratford – Mitchell – Southern Perth County
  • Bruce Peninsula – Sauble Beach – Tobermory
  • Hanover – Dundalk – Southern Grey County
  • Owen Sound – Blue Mountains – Northern Grey County
  • Saugeen Shores – Kincardine – Southern Bruce County
  • Rodney – Shedden – Western Elgin County
  • Wingham – Blyth – Northern Huron County
  • Windsor – Leamington – Essex County
  • Sarnia – Petrolia – Western Lambton County
  • Watford – Pinery Park – Eastern Lambton County
  • Port Carling – Port Severn
  • Town of Parry Sound – Rosseau – Killbear Park

Significant rainfall expected tonight through Wednesday night. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to begin this evening and will continue through at least Wednesday night. Rainfall amounts of 50 to 60 mm are expected by early Thursday morning with locally higher amounts in excess of 75 mm in areas that receive multiple thunderstorms. This rainfall is due to a cold front and a moisture laden low pressure system that will arrive from the American Mid-west.

For information concerning flooding, please consult your local Conservation Authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District office. Visit for the latest details. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.



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