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MPPs back at Queen’s Park to address power generation strike; Ontario cutting funding to education

Ford Government plans to introduce back-to-work legislation today

MPPs plan to battle back against power outages threatening the province.
Politicians are back in Queen’s Park today, interrupting a Christmas break, to introduce back-to-work legislation for Ontario Power Generation workers. The union filed strike notice papers on Friday, warning power plants will shut down in 21 days. But, Ontario officials suggest the lights could go off by Christmas for some homes.

About $25 million to be cut from Ontario education fund

The cuts are starting and education is the first target in Ontario.
The Ford Government is cutting $25 million from an education fund focused on special school programs. Ontario’s Education Minister claims the fund was being wastefully spent. The funding is used for programs focused on leadership and Indigenous connections.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce supports carbon pricing

Canada’s business representative says it supports carbon pricing.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which represents hundreds of thousands of businesses, says its members accept carbon pricing as the cost of doing business in the country. But, business officials say there’s a concern various levels of government use the pricing for political gain instead of focusing on environmental protection.

Canadians detained in China allowed to connect with Global Affairs

Global Affairs Canada is connecting with two men arrested in China.
The two Canadians were detained due to alleged threats to national security according to Beijing. They’ve been allowed consular service by a Canadian ambassador. The arrests came shortly after Huawei’s CFO was detained in Vancouver, wanted on alleged trade crimes in the US.

CFIA recalling Cauliflower sent from California to Ontario

Cauliflower lovers beware, you may have a bacteria-contaminated product in your fridge.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency warns cauliflower sent from California to Ontario could be contaminated with Listeria. The product recall comes after a similar warning for lettuce sent from the US state, which has reportedly sickened many Canadians.

Trudeau plays down early federal election

Justin Trudeau says a spring election is not in the cards.
The PM says he wants to stop the rumours of the Liberals considering an early federal election next year. He says Canadians can be assured they’ll be heading to the polls in late October.

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