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OPP official to push for Taverner hiring probe in court next week; Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles over airbag concerns

Ontario court to hear argument for Taverner probe next week

An OPP official is taking his issues with Ron Taverner to court next week.
Interim Commissioner Brad Blair, who claimed Taverner’s hiring as the new top brass was the result of political interference, will attempt to force an investigation into the matter by Ontario’s Ombudsman. Taverner is a long-time friend of Premier Doug Ford, but the Ontario leader has denied any involvement in the hiring process.

Toyota joins Ford, Honda on airbag-related recall

Toyota is recalling millions of vehicles over deadly airbag problems.
The vehicle-maker says airbags in certain vehicles have the potential to shoot off shrapnel when they deploy. Vehicle owners need to visit their dealerships to have the airbag replaced. The airbags have also been used in Honda and Ford vehicles, both of which have issued recalls.

Breath tests could happen on your doorstep warn lawyers

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Canadian lawyers are warning police aren’t limited to roadside breath tests.
Speaking with Global News, many law experts claim new impaired driving laws could allow officers to demand breathalyzer tests at the bar or even at your home. Officials say if you turn it down you’ll automatically be charged with impaired driving. If you blow over, you’ll have to prove you weren’t drunk when you were driving.

Hepatitis vaccinations affected as Twinrix shortage reported in Canada

A new drug shortage in Canada could affect your travel plans.
CBC News reports pharmacies are running low on Twinrix, a Hepatitis vaccination. The vaccination is often used by travelers heading to beach destinations in the southern hemisphere. The vaccination maker has not given a reason for the shortage.

Ottawa’s Environment Minister heads to Toronto to talk carbon tax

The carbon tax argument may spark up again today in Toronto.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is headed to the Ontario capital to advocate for climate action and energy efficiency in the province. The new blanket carbon tax from Ottawa is expected to take effect in a few months, replacing the scrapped cap and trade. Doug Ford has joined other provincial leaders to fight the move.

Trudeau faces heavy criticism at recent Town Hall

Justin Trudeau’s newest town hall tour isn’t starting off well.
In Kamloops, BC, he was heavily criticized and interrupted by members of the crowd over the arrest of 14 Indigenous people earlier this week. They were protesting pipeline construction in their community. The PM defended his government saying the Liberals have been working on reconciliation with Indigenous communities over the last three years.

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