GTA elections + Ford refuses Emergencies Act inquiry testimony


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Right here’s the most recent on municipal election outcomes throughout the GTA, a former refugee who may lose his standing after visiting his dying father and Doug Ford’s refusal to testify on the Emergencies Act inquiry.


John Tory, Patrick Brown and Bonnie Crombie have been re-elected

The mayors of Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga will resume their work after being re-elected Monday. Plus, two former provincial get together leaders are making their forays into municipal authorities, after the NDP’s Andrea Horwath gained her mayoral bid in Hamilton and the Liberals’ Steven Del Duca was elected in Vaughan. Kristin Rushowy experiences on different notable winners and losers.

Will a former refugee’s journey to see his dying father value him his standing in Canada?

“My father was pleading, ‘Please come again so I can see you one final time,’” mentioned Medhi Ghamoshi Ramandi, an Iranian man who was granted asylum in 2019. Regardless of fears of being noticed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, he determined to go to his dying mother or father, and utilized for an Iranian passport whereas he was reconnecting with household in Armenia. However since returning to Canada, his utility for everlasting residence has been suspended whereas officers examine whether or not to refer him to the refugee board and have his standing eliminated. His going to Iran instructed to Canadian authorities that he not required safety. Nicholas Nicholas Keung and Sima Shakeri report on the rising variety of former refugees dropping protected standing in Canada.

  • Individuals who return to their nation of origin or apply for or renew their previous passports, even simply to go to a 3rd nation, will be pursued by Canadian border officers and lose each their refugee standing and everlasting residence, and in the end face deportation — a course of referred to as cessation.
  • The refugee board has allowed most cessation requests referred to it by Canada Border Companies Company, however a Federal Court docket of Enchantment choice earlier this 12 months may change that.

Doug Ford goes to courtroom to combat an order to testify earlier than the Emergencies Act inquiry

After refusing to cooperate voluntarily with the general public inquiry into the federal authorities’s use of the Emergencies Act, Premier Doug Ford and former solicitor normal Sylvia Jones are being ordered by regulation to seem. However the premier and now well being minister aren’t going quietly — they’re set to go to courtroom to keep away from offering testimony, arguing the summons are inconsistent with their “parliamentary privilege.” Right here’s what we all know.

  • Context: Ford beforehand mentioned he stood by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s historic use of the Emergencies Act, however paperwork shared on the inquiry in latest days present Trudeau accused Ford of “hiding from” his political obligations in the course of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests final February.


  • Emmy-winning actor Leslie Jordan of “Will and Grace” and “American Horror Story” has died at 67.


The biggest housing bubble in the world is popping and prices are predicted to crash by 30 per cent or more as the country slides into recession.

Toronto’s actual property market will crash by the spring. Right here’s how dangerous it’ll be.


Griner is taking part in the session held at the Moscow Regional Court via video call from a penal colony outside Moscow where she is being held.

MOSCOW REGIONAL COURT: American basketball star Brittney Griner is seen on a monitor as she waits to seem in a video hyperlink offered by the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service. The courtroom began listening to an enchantment this morning towards her nine-year jail sentence for coming into the nation with vape canisters of hashish oil.

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