Quebec’s premier is pressing his Ontario counterpart to reconsider controversial changes to French language services. But yesterday, Francois Legault couldn’t sway Doug Ford, who maintained that francophones in Ontario would continue to be well served. Legault says he expressed his disappointment with the Ontario government’s decision to cancel a planned French-language university and consolidate the province’s French language services commissioner with the ombudsman’s office. Legault, whose Coalition Avenir Quebec swept to power last month, says he wasn’t satisfied with Ford’s explanation for the moves and would continue to push for more French-language services, but did not say what further steps he could take.
Toronto police say they have received unconfirmed reports of threats against some students at a private all-boys school in the wake of a police investigation into several hazing incidents and criminal charges against several students. Police say they are monitoring social media and will act on any reports of reprisals, retaliation or threats of violence. The warning came after investigators announced that six students of St. Michael’s College School have been charged with assault, gang sexual assault, and sexual assault with a weapon in connection with an alleged on-campus locker-room incident that was recorded and shared online. Three other alleged incidents that have come to light since last Monday are also being investigated.
Kingston police say the city’s hospital has resumed normal operations after a federal inmate allegedly fired a gun inside the facility, leaving one person injured. Police say the inmate disarmed a correctional officer inside Kingston General Hospital yesterday evening and fired the gun twice. They say one person was hit, but suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police say other correctional officers, with the help of hospital security, restrained the inmate and police were called. They say the inmate has been moved to Kingston police headquarters and there is no further threat to the public.
With mail backed up at distribution centres across the country ahead of the holiday rush, striking postal workers have rejected a call from Canada Post for a “cooling off” period. Canada Post said Monday it would agree to another round of mediation with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, but only if workers end their rotating walkouts, clear the massive backlog of undelivered parcels, and keep the mail moving. The Retail Council of Canada has called on Ottawa to legislate an end to the month of rotating strikes.
Three ambulances in Prescott-Russell’s fleet have changed their lights to Flashing blue and red lights instead of the red and white they are now. The director of emergency services, Michel Chrétien says the plan is to change over all emergency vehicles by the end of next year. The change for the 15 ambulances and five cars will cost between $80,000 to $100,000. Chrétien says it is all about safety and studies have shown that blue lights are more visible.