Liberals take first byelection

The Liberals have jumped into an early, commanding lead in a safe seat in Newfoundland and Labrador, one of four ridings in which federal byelections are being held tonight.

With just five of 261 polls reporting, Liberal contender Churence Rogers has captured 61 per cent of the vote in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity — 29 percentage points ahead of his nearest competitor, Conservative Mike Windsor.

The riding, left vacant after the retirement of cabinet minister Judy Foote, is the safest Liberal seat in the country. Foote won the largest margin of victory in the country during the 2015 election, taking a whopping 81.8 per cent of the vote.

Polls have not yet closed in the other three ridings: Toronto's Scarborough-Agincourt, Saskatchewan's Battlefords-Lloydminster and British Columbia's South Surrey-White Rock.

The Saskatchewan riding is a safe Conservative seat and the Toronto riding is a safe Liberal seat; neither is expected to change hands tonight.

But the Liberals are trying to wrest the B.C. seat from the Conservatives.


Boy, 6, saves diabetic mom

A six-year-old boy has been commended for his quick response when his diabetic mother collapsed in their Edmonton home earlier this year.

Ronan Male squirted a juice box into his mom's mouth after she woke with low blood sugar and fell out of bed on May 10.

The two were alone because Ronan's father was out of town at the time.

Denise Male managed to dial 911, but Ronan provided the necessary information to the operator and stayed on the line until an ambulance arrived.

He then told paramedics what they needed to know about what had happened.

Alberta Health's Emergency Medical Services presented Ronan with an award during an assembly at St. Angela Catholic School, where he is in Grade 1.

"This young man's actions demonstrate what a child is capable of, even in an emergency," public education officer Alex Campbell said Monday.

"We are thankful this story had a positive outcome and I am proud of Ronan, as I am sure his parents are. Denise needed emergency care as fast as possible and she received it thanks to Ronan's actions."

"When I went to bed the night before, I did everything like usual, had a snack and checked my sugars," said Ronan's mother, 48.

The next thing she remembers is waking up to find paramedics in the living room.

Monica Grela, the officer who responded to the 911 call, said Ronan was "incredibly calm and helpful. He knew exactly how to react to an emergency."

Ronan's parents had taught him what to do if his mother had low blood sugar and was "acting funny."

"When Ronan was about 3 1/2, we started teaching him what to do in an emergency and he has watched his dad help me when my sugars were low," said Male. "We didn't want to scare him but wanted him to understand what was going on and how he could help."

"Ronan saved his mom's life," said Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne.

Feds to take 25% of pot tax

The federal government has agreed to give the provinces and territories a 75 per cent share of the tax revenues from the sale of legalized marijuana.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the agreement today after a day-long meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts.

The original model put forward by the federal government proposed an even 50-50 split, a plan that was immediately shot down by the provinces, many of which wondered aloud what sort of costs Ottawa would be incurring to deserve such a share.

Earlier today, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the federal Liberal government had successfully made the case that it, too, would have costs, but was showing flexibility on related revenue and cost-sharing questions.

After a meeting with his Atlantic counterparts in Halifax, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil let slip that a two-year deal had been reached, and that provinces would have the ability to include a markup above and beyond existing taxation levels.

Ottawa's initial estimates suggest the total pot of tax revenue from marijuana sales could reach $1 billion per year.


Pot tax sharing plan done

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is suggesting the provinces and territories have reached an agreement on sharing the tax proceeds from the sale of legalized marijuana.

Speaking following a meeting of Atlantic premiers in Halifax, McNeil is indicating the provincial finance ministers have reached a two-year agreement with Ottawa that includes some flexibility outside the federal government's original proposal.

He says provinces will have the ability to include a markup above and beyond the existing taxation level, although he did not divulge other details.

The finance ministers and their federal counterpart, Bill Morneau, are expected to announce momentarily an agreement that will give the provinces and territories between 70 per cent and 80 per cent of the revenue pool, with Ottawa holding on to the balance.

On his way to the meeting earlier today, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the federal Liberal government had made the case that it, too, would have costs and needed a share of the revenue. Ottawa also showed flexibility on revenue and cost-sharing issues, he added.

The original model put forward by the federal government proposed an even 50-50 split, something the provinces insisted would not fly.

"If there is a markup that a respective province wants to do it would be outside of that taxation model, so that was the flexibility that we as a province were looking for and I would say indeed it was what we were hearing across the country," McNeil said.

"The two year window will give each of us the time to go back to the table and say this is actually what policing is costing and this is what the education component is."

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities also wants a third of the revenues earmarked to help municipal governments handle administrative and policing costs.

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Monday he thinks a reasonable compromise can be reached on how to share a source of tax revenue that Ottawa has estimated could eventually climb to $1 billion per year.

"From a number of provinces, I had a clear sense that they were onboard and ready to move forward," Morneau said on his way to the meeting.

"Like any negotiations, there's going to be back and forth. I think we're making progress."

During the meetings, the ministers will also discuss the federal government's proposed tweaks to the formula behind equalization payments, as well as the three-year review of the Canada Pension Plan. They will also explore the state of the global economy and listen to a presentation by Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.

Talks are also expected to resume on a national strategy to improve the sharing of information on corporate ownership between jurisdictions, a measure designed to clamp down on tax avoidance, tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing.

Toronto FC victory parade

Toronto FC is holding a victory parade through the downtown core of the city two days after winning its first MLS Cup in franchise history.

Fans lined the streets to watch the team's bus depart Maple Leaf Square outside Air Canada Centre.

The parade is scheduled to wrap with a fan rally at Nathan Phillips Square.

Toronto beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the championship game at BMO Field Saturday night, becoming the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup.

Toronto (20-5-9) was the best team during the regular season and set a record with 69 points — the most ever in MLS history.

Led by captain Michael Bradley and forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, the Reds set franchise records for wins (20), goals scored (74), fewest goals allowed (37), shutouts (13), home wins (13), home points (42), road wins (seven) and road points (27).

Toronto also won the Voyageurs Cup as Canadian champions, beating the Montreal Impact in a two-game series in June.

Sex play gone bad?

Christopher Garnier says Catherine Campbell coaxed him into choking her during sex play, and urged him to apply more pressure before she died.

Garnier is on the stand today at his trial in the off-duty police officer's death; his lawyer opened the defence case by telling the jury Campbell died accidentally during rough sex.

Garnier said he met Campbell at a downtown bar in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015, and they went to his friend's McCully Street apartment.

He told the jury she asked him if he was "into domination," and asked him to slap and choke her.

The Crown alleges Garnier punched and strangled the 36-year-old Truro, N.S., police constable and used a compost bin to dispose of her body near Halifax's Macdonald Bridge.

He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.

Garnier said they decided to go to the McCully Street apartment after kissing at the bar.

They started kissing in the apartment hallway, he said, and "she asked me if I was into domination."

He said he told her didn't want to have sex and she said: "That doesn't mean we can't play."

"She asked me to choke her. I didn't say anything," he said.

"She told me it was OK and not to worry."

He said he put pressure on her neck, but she asked him to squeeze harder. He had both hands on her neck for 30 seconds, he said.

"I don't think I was using very much force," he testified. "If she ever resisted I would have stopped."

They moved to a pullout couch in the den, where she asked him to slap her, he said.

"I did it three times, fast," he testified.

"I was uncomfortable and embarrassed about what I was doing. She kept saying it's OK."

He said his forearm was across her neck, and that he felt his arm getting wet, and saw blood.

He went to get a towel and when he returned, she wasn't moving.

"I shook her a little bit and I could hear air come out of her lungs," Garnier said.

His testimony continues.

Pot talks continue

Finance Minister Bill Morneau can expect a lot of provincial hands reaching for the federal purse strings when he sits down with his counterparts in Ottawa today.

The issue of who should get the lion's share of revenue from legalized cannabis is expected to be a major bone of contention.

The provinces and territories say they'll have to bear the lion's share of the costs associated with legalization, and therefore should get most of the revenue.

Among the expenses the provinces are likely to face are beefed up policing, increased road safety efforts, busier court systems and public awareness campaigns.

Morneau has said the federal government should get as much as half the tax revenue. Federal officials say Morneau's argument will be that Ottawa has put aside more than $1 billion over five years toward the costs involved with legalization.

But provincial finance ministers like Ontario's Charles Sousa are skeptical, and want the federal government to explain exactly what it's paying for.

Netflix tax not in the plan

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government still has no intention of imposing a Netflix tax because it would result in a financial hit for middle-class Canadians.

Morneau's remarks about the online streaming giant come a couple of days after Heritage Minister Melanie Joly insisted she never agreed to exempt Netflix from any sales tax as part of a deal that has been a political nightmare in her home province of Quebec.

Pressed about the issue on Friday, Joly said anyone with concerns about the lack of federal taxes on online streaming services should talk to Morneau because he's in charge of taxation.

Joly unveiled a cultural policy in September that secured a $500-million pledge by Netflix to set up a Canadian office and fund original homegrown content — but the plan did not include taxes on the company's service.

The ensuing weeks have seen the provincial government in Quebec vow to tax foreign online businesses, including Netflix, if Ottawa didn't do so.

The issue has sparked outrage from artists and producers in Quebec's cultural industry who have described it as an unfair subsidy.

Morneau insisted Sunday that Ottawa has no intention of changing its promise not to tax Netflix.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself has repeatedly and categorically ruled out a Netflix tax.

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Sunday that he plans to raise the issue with Morneau when federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers meet for two days of talks in Ottawa.

Mayor severely wounded

A mayor of a Labrador community remains in hospital after being wounded in a hunting accident on Saturday.

Officials in Happy Valley Goose Bay, N.L., are confirming Mayor John Hickey was involved in a hunting accident but are providing few other details.

St. John's radio station VOCM is reporting Hickey suffered a gunshot wound to the face and underwent surgery on Sunday.

VOCM says RCMP indicated Hickey is sedated and unconscious in a St. John's hospital.

In a statement issued Sunday Happy Valley Goose Bay deputy mayor Wally Anderson says the community's thoughts and prayers are with Hickey and his family.

He says the council will continue to operate normally in Hickey's absence.

"At this time, we need to proceed with regular town operations as if Mayor Hickey were present," Anderson said in the statement. "This is something council knows he would want, especially as we are in the midst of the 2018 budget process."

The community is organizing a candle light vigil for the community but a precise time and location haven't been determined yet.

Residents are left stressed

A plan to tear down a small mobile home park for a new housing development in Mississauga, Ont., has the small community of over 200 homes wondering where they'll have to move and has seniors wondering how they'll be able to afford a new house on their fixed income.

The Peel regional municipality voted last week to dismantle the mobile home park and replace it with a new housing development of town homes and apartment buildings, a move that will quadruple the area's density.

Peel region says residents of Twin Pines Mobile Home Park will each get $31,000 in compensation for their land, with an option to rent or buy at the new housing development that will replace the park.

Marlyn Addai, president of the park's board of directors, says the compensation isn't enough for many of the people who live in the park, many of whom are still paying off mortgages on their mobile homes and live on a fixed income.

"It's very very hard to now know that your home is going to be demolished," said Addai, who has lived in her 1,000 square foot mobile home since 2001.

"Two-thirds of people here are on pensions and they cant get a new mortgage, and 40 per cent of them still have mortgages, so once your home is gone, what are you going to do - declare bankruptcy?"

Dan Labrecque, general manager of Peel Living, which has owned the park since 1996, says the development is necessary because the park's outdated infrastructure would cost too much to maintain.

Peel Living, the housing branch of the regional municipality, took ownership of the park after the original owner decided to sell it in 1996. Residents of Twin Pines raised $1 million, which Peel Living used as a loan to lease the park for 20 years.

Labrecque says municipal officials were up front about their ability to fully redevelop the park after the lease was up, and said the region's only realistic option is to tear it down and develop a new community.

"It was found totally unfeasible to (leave the park as it was). The infrastructure was at the end of its life, and the park has to be emptied, gutted and rebuilt," said Labrecque, who said the cost of repairs alone would be between $7 million and $10 million if they kept the trailer park as it is.

"Their preference would be for us to replace the park with something that looks exactly the way it does, but that's just not reasonable or viable."

After the region's vote last week, Peel Living will now start to formally plan the specifics of the new development project that will take place in the following years.

Residents have not yet been served eviction notices, but say they expect that development will start within the next couple years.

Forced to be around abuser

A Hamilton woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by her chiropractor and then forced to see him and his friends for months at the bar where she worked says she's relieved that the allegations are being taken seriously two years after she first came forward.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, says she's encouraged that the College of Chiropractors of Ontario has decided to bring Dr. Scott Huehn before a disciplinary committee on allegations of professional misconduct.

The allegations have not been proven and a hearing has yet to be scheduled. The college declined to comment, citing confidentiality.

One of Huehn's lawyers said her client agrees the allegations are serious. "Having said that, he is confident that when this matter is heard and evidence is presented, the allegations will be found to be false," Samantha Kompa said in an email.

News of the college's decision came as the woman prepares to move forward with a human rights complaint against the chiropractor and her former employer, who she alleges failed to ensure a safe work environment and to have a clear policy on workplace sexual harassment.

"Initially the police said there wasn't enough evidence or whatever to prosecute, and then my workplace was completely ignoring me personally, so I had been looking for a sense of affirmation," she said.

"I lost my job over it too, basically, and there was no consequences to anyone else and no one was listening to me so of course this...was personally encouraging to me."

Her lawyer, Adam Savaglio, said they filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario as well as the college because the tribunal can order public interest remedies. The parties are meeting for mediation this week before determining whether the case should proceed to a hearing.

The human rights complaint, which The Canadian Press has obtained, seeks $150,000 in damages for loss of dignity and income, a letter of apology and an order that her former employer develop a comprehensive sexual harassment policy.

In the document, the woman says she approached Huehn, a chiropractor and regular customer at the bar, about getting treatment following a car crash in the fall of 2015. It says Huehn agreed to treat her at a reduced rate of $20 per visit.

On the eighth visit, the woman asked Huehn to recommend a massage therapist, but he instead offered to do it himself despite acknowledging that it wasn't his specialty, the complaint alleges. She agreed because she trusted him, it said.

During the first massage session, the woman says she became uncomfortable when Huehn allegedly rubbed the crease of her groin. After speaking to a friend, she decided to tell him she was seeking massage therapy elsewhere, the complaint says.

At the next session, however, it's alleged Huehn "reached underneath her with one hand over her pubic bone and vagina while rubbing her buttocks with the other hand," the document says. He also allegedly commented that "it’s good to have a sexual flow of energy for the best possible adjustment."

After the alleged incident, the woman experienced depression and anxiety, for which she was diagnosed, as well as shame and low self-esteem.

About a month later, she filed a police report. Huehn was interviewed by police and said any physical contact with her was part of her massage treatment, the document says.

The woman also told her manager what happened but was nonetheless scheduled to work at times when the chiropractor and his friends frequented the bar, she alleges.

She "experienced a pattern of extreme anxiety, embarrassment and humiliation by the continued presence of Dr. Huehn at the pub and was often driven to tears in front of her co-workers, some of whom thought critically of her and that she was not pulling her weight," the complaint says.

The woman eventually told one of Huehn's friends that she would not serve them, which led management to publicly rebuke her, it says. A few weeks later, she resigned, feeling that she could not continue to work in the chiropractor's presence, the document says.

The general manager of the woman's former employer, the Augusta House, said in a written statement Sunday that the pub has a "comprehensive code of conduct in place which is observed and enforced diligently to ensure a safe environment for the staff and patrons."

"It is regularly monitored by management to ensure that both the Augusta House and the Pheasant Plucker are free from discrimination and harassment and that all individuals who are employed by and who frequent our establishments are treated with dignity and respect at all times," Jeff Lidgey wrote.

He did not comment on the specific allegations against the Augusta House.

The woman said she is pushing forward with both complaints in the hopes of sparing someone else from going through the same thing.

"I want to stand up for myself and that's the most important thing," she said. "Unfortunately it's going to happen to someone else in one way or another by both parties if I don't kind of make them change their ways," she said.

Saint's arm to tour Canada

A Catholic group says it is bringing the right forearm of a 16th-century Jesuit missionary on a cross-Canada tour to celebrate the country's 150th birthday.

A spokesperson for Catholic Christian Outreach say

Debra Proulx says the saint's right forearm is considered an important religious relic that is rarely allowed to leave Rome.

She says the relic is well-preserved since it never fully decomposed after the Spanish-born saint died in 1552.

She said that while the arm may be a curiosity for some Canadians, venerating the physical remains of saints is an important aspect of some Christians' faith.

The tour's organizers, which include the Ottawa archdiocese and the Jesuits of Canada, say they expects over 100,000 visitors once the tour begins in Quebec City.

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