Trudeau government extends deadline for Trans Mountain decision to June 18
The Trudeau government has announced one day after the election of Jason Kenney, that it’s delaying its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project until June 18th.
According to the federal government, they are doing this to provide more time to complete consultations with Indigenous groups.
What a wild couple of weeks it has been for broadcasting legend Don Cherry. After getting fired on Remembrance Day for his controversial “You people” comments, Cherry went on a media no-apology tour, making it clear that he meant what he said, though he wishes he could have phrased it a little more eloquently.
Now Cherry is back, on his own podcast The Grapevine, featuring none other than his son, Tim Cherry, as co-host.
Cherry’s first episode didn’t shy away from all the controversy that got him in this situation in the first place — in fact, it was the main topic in Cherry’s debut, which lasted nearly half an hour.
The podcast, which was made available on Spotify Tuesday morning, opened with a short conversation about his family’s time in Boston, before diving into the fiasco surrounding Cherry’s last ten days as a sports broadcaster—which has perhaps been some of the most interesting in the last forty years.
On the topic of Ron MacLean, who has publically apologized for nodding along with Cherry’s comments, Cherry said he was “disappointed with MacLean,” but stated that they were “still friends”.
Shortly after, the Cherrys started discussing Don’s firing from Sportsnet, explaining that he attempted to clear the air with the company, wanting to “explain himself”. Cherry was not ready to make an apology, though, which ultimately may have been his demise.
“I just couldn’t do it,” said Cherry. “Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy,” going on to add, “We have the best country in the world.”
Cherry, 85, outlined how he, for the first time in decades, is unemployed, besides the rebooted Grapevine.
Tim Cherry told the Toronto Sun the game plan is to record the podcast on Mondays, and release it throughout the hockey season.
Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party (UCP) have denied accusations of electoral interference after moving to fire Alberta’s election commissioner, according to the CBC.
This comes in the middle of an investigation into the UCP’s “kamikaze” electoral tactics in their party’s leadership election.
The UCP has planned to combine both the election commissioner’s office with the province’s chief electoral officer. This comes after the election commissioner levied $200,000 in fines towards the party.
Responding to this, the Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley said the UCP’s plan “reeks of corruption. It reeks of the sort of entitlement and self-dealing the conservatives became known for … It’s an abuse of power.”
The NDP’s strong reaction may be a result of them creating the election commissioner’s office in the first place. Many of the NDP’s complaints may be regarded as partisan rather than a serious electoral concern.
The UCP, however, have brushed off these accusations. One UCP spokesperson, for instance, stated that the move to unify the two offices only had to do with increasing government efficiency.
Premier Jason Kenney is yet to comment on the bill’s controversy.
Chrystia Freeland will no longer serve as foreign affairs minister, as the job will instead go to Saint-Maurice—Champlain MP Francois-Philippe Champagne.
Champagne served as minister of infrastructure and communities in the Trudeau government’s last parliament, and will be replacing cabinet faithful Chrystia Freeland. Champagne, who also worked as a trade lawyer, has served as minister of international trade in the past.
It is not yet known what position Freeland will be moved to, though it has been rumoured by sources that she will serve as deputy prime minister.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a formal announcement on Wednesday afternoon to unveil his new cabinet at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Additionally, North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson will serve as the new environment minister, according to Radio-Canada. Pablo Rodriguez will be government house leader, and Steven Guilbeault will serve as the new heritage minister, according to CBC-Radio Canada‘s sources.
Montreal native Erick Marciano was honored by the city in Montreal after using his SUV to shield pedestrians from a speeding car. Marciano acted with bravery in a split-second decision to use his SUV to shield pedestrians from a car fleeing from police that was heading directly towards a busy intersection.
Marciano, a 48-year-old father-of-three told CTV News that “I figured I had to act,” after he saw the vehicle speeding towards the defenseless pedestrians. His mind immediately went to the terrible stories in Europe of drivers running over pedestrians and he rushed to act to prevent the same thing from happening in Montreal.
Marciano proceeded to honk his horn and put his SUV in front of the speeding driver before managing to get out of his car moments before the collision. The 19-year-old suspect who Marciano managed to stop was arrested and is now facing charges for his role in the incident.
Marciano, a general contractor has been incredibly humble about the incident, telling CTV It was just a natural thing to do, and if I had to do it again, I would do it again.” His wife Michelle commented on his modesty and selflessness at the ceremony honouring her husbands deed “He’s always thinking about others and always puts himself before others, so it’s just something he does.”
Marciano was given a certificate of honor by mayor Valérie Plante, telling journalists, “To commit such a bold act, at the risk of his personal safety, to protect the life of pedestrians is among the most admirable acts of bravery.” He was also given the honour to sign his name in Montreal’s Golden Book, which he said was last signed by climate activist Greta Thunberg.
When Michelle was asked if she would lend her SUV to her husband she told CTV while laughing: “Never, ever.”