Morning update: Ontario Police Intelligence warns convoy protest planned in ‘congestion’ areas in Ottawa

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OPP intelligence reports warned local police that convoys en route to Ottawa were ideologically and financially invested and planned to “bog down” the areas around Parliament Hill, according to intelligence reports and evidence presented at the Emergencies Act Inquiry yesterday.

The provincial police also believed the convoy protests posed a potential threat to national security, but that risk ultimately never materialized, the inquest said.

Included in a series of more than 40 documents filed during the investigation, several OPP intelligence reports were written before and during the more than three-week protest in the capital. They include warnings ahead of the convoy’s arrival on January 28 that protesters would “almost certainly” disrupt vehicle travel and the flow of goods and “strain the capacity of law enforcement in the province”.

A person walks among trucks on Wellington Street on the 18th day of a protest against COVID-19 measures in Ottawa, Monday, February 14, 2022.Justin Tang/The Canadian Press

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Imports and the weak Canadian dollar are helping to drive up food prices

Food prices continue to soar across Canada, largely due to rising import and input costs, as well as challenges posed by the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Statistics Canada yesterday reported a 10.3% year-over-year increase in food prices in September. This includes a 7.5% increase in the cost of restaurant meals and 11.4% of groceries – the biggest increase since 1981.

The news comes despite three straight months of falling general inflation.

Stay or go? Newfoundland town divided over resettlement prospect

Doug Skinner knows where he will go when this is all over. To the cemetery on the hill where his late wife is waiting for him. His name is already on the tombstone.

For others in this small Newfoundland port, the decision is not as easy. For centuries people have lived in Gaultois, a cleft in the rock that surrounds the south coast of the province, and have built a life around the bounty of the sea. But it’s been years since the last boat has not unloaded its catch at the old fish processing plant. The school that used to house hundreds of children now has only four students. In a village where everyone seems to be over 70, the nurse only goes by boat once a month.

Gaultois, whose population has shrunk from more than 700 in the early 1990s to just over 70, has long resisted Newfoundland and Labrador’s efforts to phase out its most remote communities.

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Also on our radar

David Eby is set to become premier of British Columbia after the NDP disqualified his rival: The NDP executive council met on Wednesday evening to vote on the leadership candidacy of Mr Eby’s only challenger, Anjali Appadurai, and ultimately rejected her as a candidate. An internal report by the party’s Chief Electoral Officer found that Ms Appadurai ‘engaged in serious misconduct’ by coordinating with non-profit organizations to carry out membership drives, which she denied .

The Canadian military is investigating whether former Chinese Air Force pilots: The Department of National Defense said it was investigating whether former Canadian fighter pilots were helping the Chinese military after reports in Britain and Australia that Beijing was recruiting Westerners to train its own air force. British and Australian media reported that ex-military pilots from those countries had gone to train members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and that Canadians were also being recruited.

Ukrainians prepare for winter as Putin imposes martial law: Russia’s accelerated campaign to destroy electricity, water and heating services across Ukraine has forced Ukrainians to start preparing for what could be a long and dark winter. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin moved to consolidate control of captured territory by imposing martial law in four Ukrainian regions that Moscow claims to have annexed.

Suspect charged with fatally stabbing RCMP officer: A man has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of RCMP Constable Shaelyn Yang in Burnaby, British Columbia. Jongwon Ham made his first court appearance yesterday and has been remanded in custody until November 2, according to the BC Prosecution Service. . Under the Criminal Code, the murder of a police officer is automatically considered first degree murder, regardless of premeditation.

Why selling HSBC Canada is exceptionally difficult: The dream scenario that the heads of the big six banks were salivating over has come true: HSBC Bank Canada, the seventh largest lender in the country, is for sale. Still, with the auction already underway, securing the country’s most expensive banking deal in decades is shaping up to be a tough exercise.

New guidelines describe how to diagnose anxiety in children: The Canadian Pediatric Society today released new guidelines for the diagnosis and management of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. However, the demand for mental health services among children and adolescents in the country far exceeds the care that doctors and other professionals can provide.

How the Black Death scarred our genes: When the Black Death swept the world nearly 700 years ago, it wiped out between a third and half of the population – the worst pandemic in history. The sheer magnitude of the loss shook society and changed the course of world events. Now scientists have discovered that it also shakes up the human genome.


Morning markets

Global stocks plummet: Stocks tumbled and bond yields firmed on Thursday as looming central bank rate meetings cast a shadow over largely resilient corporate earnings that have so far failed to dispel pessimistic investor sentiment. Just before 6 a.m. ET, Britain’s FTSE 100 was down 0.14%. The German DAX slipped 0.71% while the French CAC 40 edged up 0.11%. In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei lost 0.92%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.4%. New York futures were mixed. The Canadian dollar was trading at 72.78 cents US.


What is everyone talking about

Konrad Yakabuski: “…the incongruity of having parliamentarians elsewhere in Canada continuing to swear allegiance to the king, while those in Quebec would not, would further erode the constitutional fabric of the country. It would be better to address this issue together than separately, but that does not mean that we will.

David Shribman: “The Americans doubted before. They doubted the work ethic of Dwight Eisenhower and the ethics of Richard Nixon, the toughness of Jimmy Carter and the personal behavior of Bill Clinton. They doubted the American adventures in Korea and Vietnam, the economic policies of Ronald Reagan and the health policies of Barack Obama. But never in modern times have they doubted the foundations of American democracy. Never, until now.


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Moment in time: October 20, 1873

Nellie McClung (1873-1951), c. 1936.Charles Aylett

Nellie McClung was born

“Never back down, never explain, never apologize – do what you want and let them scream,” Nellie McClung said. Born Nellie Mooney in Chatsworth, Ontario, she eventually moved to Manitoba to work as a teacher, where she stayed with the McClung family. Their suffragist matriarch, Annie McClung, quickly became a feminist influence and stepmother, when she married Robert McClung in 1896. Nellie McClung published her first novel, Sow seeds for Danny, in 1908. The best-selling book (and her 15 other books) may have made the mother of five a household name, but what is perhaps most remembered is The Nobody Case. A group of five women, known as the Famous Five, challenged the British North America Act in 1927 because it failed to recognize women as ‘persons’, preventing them from being named in the Senate (although women can run federally – McClung was elected to the Alberta Legislative Assembly as a Liberal in 1921). The group appealed the initial unfavorable Supreme Court verdict and saw it overturned in 1929. Eighty years later, and 58 years after his death in 1951, the Senate named McClung and his accomplices the first “Senators Fees” of Canada. But McClung’s legacy — including his support for eugenics and the Alberta Sterilization Act of 1928 — is not without criticism. Racha Mourtada


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