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‘Extremely concerned’: Protesters decry Ontario health-care cuts, changes

Toronto·New'Extremely concerned': Protesters decry Ontario health-care cuts, changesAround 200 health-care workers and unions protested cuts to Ontario health care on Saturday, decrying the Ford's government's planned changes to public health and ambulance services at a rally in Toronto.Ford government cutting public health funding, reducing local health unitsSeveral groups and unions were involved in Saturday's rally at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. (CBC)Around 200 people protested cuts to Ontario health care on Saturday, decrying the Ford's government's planned changes to public health and ambulance services at a rally in Toronto. "We're extremely concerned about these cuts," said Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, which organized the rally in Nathan Phillips Square. Public health should be preventing illness, but "with these cuts we're going to be more reactionary," said Sandra Bearzot, who represent..

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Correction Of Misinformation On The Facts

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) says it has noted with concern misinformation in some media reportage(s) misinforming the public on the upcoming 17th December 2019 National Referendum. According to a statement signed by the Director, Communication and Corporate Affairs, Joyce Afutu, the upcoming elections is not to elect Metropolitan Municipal District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) as disseminated earlier. The statement said "The Commission wishes to clarify that the 2019 National Referendum is to enable citizens to vote on the proposed amendment of Article 55 (3) of the 1992 Constitution that currently bars political parties from participating in District Level Elections (DLEs). She also added that the proposed amendment is to introduce multi-party participation in the Local Government System in Ghana. Below is a copy of the full release: For Immediate Release CORRECTION OF MISINFORMATION ON THE FACTS OF THE UPCOMING 2019 NATIONAL REFERENDUM The National Commiss..

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Staff Welfare, Training, Others Are My Top Priorities – Magaji

Muazu Magaji, a former Engineer with Shell petroleum, who was recently appointed Commissioner for Works by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has stressed the need for staff welfare, capacity building through staff training as he resumed officially at the Kano State Ministry of Works. Engr. Magaji was received on arrival by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works in company of ministry officials. Magaji in his address to the Government officials stressed the need for unity of purpose, team work, and sincerity in carrying out official duties. He told the ministry officials the welfare of the staff, capacity building through staff training and other engagements are among his top priorities. He instructed heads of different departments to prepare a briefing on their structures, obstacles and on-going projects, before he visits the different departments of the Works Ministry. Answering questions from news reporters, Engr. Magaji who was also a former Director of Projects at Sure-P said, he..

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Man walks into North York police station with serious gunshot wound

Toronto·NewMan walks into North York police station with serious gunshot woundA 30-year-old man was rushed to hospital Saturday afternoon.30-year-old victim rushed to hospital, police tape off area around stationA man arrived at 12 Division, located at 200 Trethewey Drive shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday with serious injuries from a shooting. ( Christopher Mulligan/CBC)A 30-year-old man walked into a North York police station with a gunshot wound on Saturday afternoon, Toronto police say. Police say the man had serious injuries and was rushed to hospital. The man arrived at 12 Division, located at 200 Trethewey Drive, shortly after 3 p.m., said Const. Alex Li. Li said police do not know where the shooting occurred. Police have been taped off the police station and surrounding areas while they investigate. Police have closed Todd Baylis Boulevard at Industry Street, as well as Trethewey Drive and Black Creek Drive. Report Typo or Error|Send Feedback

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Woman and child pulled from burning house in North York

Toronto·NewWoman and child pulled from burning house in North YorkA woman and a child were rushed to hospital after being pulled from a burning house in North York Saturday afternoon, Toronto police say.1 victim transported to hospital in critical condition, paramedics sayEmergency crews were called to the area of Parkwoods Village Drive and Combermere Drive just after 3 for reports of a fire. (Charles Contant/Radio-Canada)A woman and a child were rushed to hospital after being pulled from a burning house in North York Saturday afternoon, Toronto police say. Emergency crews were called to the area of Parkwoods Village Drive and Combermere Drive just after 3 p.m. for reports of a fire. Paramedics say one of the victims taken to hospital was in critical condition, while other victims were being assessed at the scene. Report Typo or Error|Send Feedback

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Ontario police warn of ‘SIM swapping’ fraud

TorontoOntario police warn of 'SIM swapping' fraudOntario residents are being warned about a relatively new kind of fraud called "SIM swapping" in which criminals steal personal information via mobile phones in order to gain access to bank accounts.Fraudsters link victim's phone number to a new SIM card so they can access appsOntario Provincial Police are warning residents of a relatively new kind of fraud known as 'SIM card swapping.' (Jason Reed/Reuters)Ontario residents are being warned about a relatively new kind of fraud called "SIM swapping" in which criminals steal personal information via cellphone in order to access a victim's bank accounts, email and social media. A "fraudster" will impersonate a person and call their mobile service provider to report a lost or stolen phone, said Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Serious Fraud Office. Then, the fraudster will link the victim's phone number to a new SIM card and device that they con..

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Raptors minus injured Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry for indefinite period

NBA·NewRaptors minus injured Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry for indefinite periodThe Toronto Raptors say point guard Kyle Lowry and centre Serge Ibaka will be out indefinitely after both sustained injuries Friday night during a game against New Orleans. NBA club plays Lakers Sunday night, ex-Toronto star Kawhi Leonard on MondayToronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) suffered a sprained ankle during the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. (Matthew Hinton/The Associated Press)The Toronto Raptors say point guard Kyle Lowry and centre Serge Ibaka will be out indefinitely after both sustained injuries Friday night during a game against New Orleans. The Raptors announced Saturday that Lowry will be re-evaluated in two weeks after sustaining a fracture in his left thumb during the first quarter of Toronto's 122-104 win over the Pelicans. PLAYER STATS: Kyle Lowry PLAYER STATS: Serge Ibaka Ibaka is also out indefinitely with a sprained right ankle. He will undergo additional ..

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France’s left wing celebrates Lula’s release

France's left wing celebrated former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's release from jail, while Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said she was waiting for him in the French capital. The release on Friday of Brazil's former left-wing leader, popularly known as Lula, was greeted with rapturous applause from crowds of supporters in Brazil The firebrand leader with his trademark gristly white beard walked out of jail on Friday. Lula's release mustered staunch support from France's socialist allies. A citizen of honour in Paris Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo said she was "happy" with his release. "I'm expecting him very soon in Paris where he is a citizen of honour," she said. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the head of the hard-left France Unbowed party who had visited Lula in jail, tweeted "Victory, Brazil's justice system works." Former French President François Hollande tweeted "Lula's place was never in prison. His freedom is restored and I know he will..

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Five candidates confirmed for Algeria’s presidential race

Five candidates, including two former prime ministers under deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, have been selected to run in Algeria's December presidential poll, the country's consitutional council confirmed Saturday. Twenty-three candidates had registered for the election which comes as Algeria has been mired in months of street protests demanding an overhaul of the entire political system. Kamel Feniche -- head of the constitutional council, which validates candidates for the election -- said Saturday that only five of those candidates have been selected to run in the December 12 polls, confirming a decision announced by the elections authority a week ago. Protesters are opposed to any Bouteflika-era figures taking part in the election, fearing the elite will use the poll to choose his successor. Among the five cleared to run, Bouteflika era prime ministers Ali Benflis and Abdelmadjid Tebboune are considered the front-runners. Benflis, 75, served as a premier under Bou..

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Rwandan opposition leader launches new political party

Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire announced Saturday she was launching a new political party, hoping it will be allowed to operate in a country where the ruling regime has no real rival. Ingabire's previous party FDU-Inkingi, which she founded while in exile in 2016, was not recognised by the government of long-ruling President Paul Kagame. She was imprisoned until receiving a presidential pardon last year from Kagame, whom she regularly accuses of suppressing freedom of speech, repressing the opposition and neglecting the country's poor. "I am announcing the launch of a new opposition party," Ingabire told AFP, saying it would be called Dalfa Umurunzi (Development And Liberty For All). "This will help me to continue the mission that had been assigned to me by the FDU-Inkingi party," she added. "The political space in this country is very limited but we are ready to fulfil all legal requirements for registration and conduct our activities in accordance to the laws o..

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