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Unifor plans another rally in fight to save Oshawa plant; TSB calls for better bus safety standards

Unifor boss to lead #SaveOshawaGM rally in Detroit

Unifor is rallying its troops once again to fight for Oshawa’s GM plant.
President Jerry Dias will lead a protest today near the auto show in Detroit. Dias was emboldened yesterday after he says Premier Doug Ford promised to support the plant workers by getting very aggressive with GM. Ottawa’s Innovation Minister also visited Detroit yesterday to speak with GM about the plant closure.

TSB pushes for review following deadly bus crashes in Ottawa and Saskatchewan 

Transport Canada needs to review its bus safety standards in Canada.
The Transportation Safety Board says the recent deadly crash in Ottawa and the Humboldt Broncos tragedy last year are proof commercial buses need to be reviewed for ‘crashworthiness’. TSB officials say the feds made some progress after a deadly Ottawa bus crash in 2013, but more work still needs to be done.

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China warns Canada to back off with “irresponsible remarks”

Chinese officials are lashing out against Justin Trudeau’s criticism.
The foreign ministry is warning against “irresponsible remarks” after Trudeau accused China of arbitrarily sentencing a Canadian man to death. Robert Schellenberg was arrested for drug smuggling four years ago, but has maintained his innocence. Ottawa has also issued a travel warning for Canadians planning to visit China.

First Nations group plans offer for Trans Mountain Pipeline

Dozens of First Nations leaders are preparing to make a collective offer for the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
CBC News reports the group is feeling confident following a private meeting with the feds in December. When Ottawa purchased the pipeline from Kinder Morgan last year for $4.5 billion, federal officials made it clear it was short-term ownership.

Brexit deal fated to fail during vote today

Brexit is set to fail today in a defeat that could be Britain’s largest in nearly a century.
A majority of MPs have already sided with opposition against the EU divorce deal crafted by PM Theresa May. If Britain leaves the EU in March without a deal, experts have warned it could lead to chaos for the country’s trade and economy.

Ford claims OPP Commissioner hiring is political appointment

Doug Ford is striking a different tone on his long-time friend Ron Taverner.
Speaking with CP 24, the premier said the investigation into Taverner’s hiring as OPP Commissioner was blown out of proportion. He went on to say the position has always been a political appointment and he could make the decision himself. Ford had originally defended the hiring, saying he had no hand in the decision.

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