Ontario Provincial Police conducted early morning raids yesterday at nine locations across Clarence-Rockland, Ottawa, and Gatineau after a seven-month long OPP operation dubbed ‘Project Landslide’, targeting drug and weapons trafficking. The main targets were four men at four different homes all believed to have connections to Ottawa street gang operations. Among the firearms police seized were an AK-47, AR-15 assault rifle, and 38-revolver. Police also seized hundreds of thousands of methamphetamine pills. Sources say the men arrested are Leopold Mercier and his son Matthiew Mercier, both from Clarence-Rockland …, Deepan Budlakoti of Ottawa and Marco Dubien in Gatineau.
Talks to end a month-long labour disruption at Ontario’s two-dozen colleges broke down Monday. The College Employer Council is now asking Ontario’s Labour Relations Board to schedule a direct vote by 12-thousand striking faculty members on a final contract offer the colleges’ bargaining team says addresses union concerns. It’s also asking the union to suspend its strike ahead of thatvote, so a half-million students can return to class. But the OPSEU faculty bargaining team says no group on strike
would ever agree to suspend a strike before a vote — especially on an offer the union cannot recommend.
Health spending in Canada is expected to reach to just over 66-hundred dollars per capita this year — or about 200 dollars more per person compared with last year. A report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information forecasts total health spending for the year to rise almost four per cent to 242-billion dollars, and equal 11.5 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product, similar to last year.