A member of Premier Doug Ford’s caucus is criticizing the government’s decisions to cancel a planned French-language university and scrap the office of the French-language services commissioner. Amanda Simard, who represents the mainly French-speaking riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, calls the moves — quote — “extremely disappointing.” In a Facebook post yesterday evening, the rookie M-P-P says she had worked internally to have the decisions reversed, including asking Ford himself to reconsider, but was unsuccessful. Ford’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Amtrak is investigating what caused two of its cars to separate from the rest of a packed passenger train last night as it was travelling from Montreal to New York City on the eve of the American Thanksgiving holiday. Passengers in the lead car of the section that broke from the front report seeing sparks and rocks flying in where passengers can usually walk from car to car — before someone pulled the emergency brake near Albany. Amtrak says it’s investigating what it called a “mechanical issue” aboard Train 68 and it sent a replacement train to finish the trip. There were no injuries among the 287 passengers and crew.
Labour Minister Patty Hajdu (HY’-doo) says her federal Liberals have given the House of Commons 48 hours notice that it is prepared to order an end to a month of rotating strikes by Canada Post employees. She says the best solution is a negotiated deal — but after much time negotiating, Canada Post and its postal-workers union still don’t have one. She expects the two sides to work hard over the next couple of days with a special mediator. The union says a back-to-work order is exactly what Canada Post has been waiting for.