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Edmonton city council approves “sanctuary city” status to aid undocumented immigrants
The new policy recognizes that those with precarious immigration status may be reluctant to obtain services such as transit or recreation passes, or interact with by-law officers, out of fear of deportation. Read more…


Rise of candidate slates in civic elections viewed as test of independence in B.C.

More candidates than ever are running as part of slates in Saanich and Victoria, raising fears that party politics could drown out independent voices in local government. Read more


Toronto council candidates asked to sign affordable housing pledge ahead of election
The pledge has been backed by 55 associations and agencies invested in helping renters and marginalized people, including Parkdale Community Legal Services, Sistering, Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, Aboriginal Legal Services, and the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations. Read more…


Many obstacles to achieving gender balance on council
When a man is tough, he is admired. When a woman is tough, she is a bitch. That’s what Manitoba MLA Myrna Driedger wrote in a 2013 Parliamentary Review on the challenges faced by women in politics. Read more…


Rural internet at risk
The proposal now being considered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada would take the broadband spectrum used by rural wireless providers and auction it off for 5G wireless that would be used mainly in the big cities. With 5G, the urban providers could offer enhanced wireless that could accommodate such innovations as self-driving cars. Read more…


Canadian police forces hold off on ordering the only device approved to test saliva for THC
Recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada in less than a month, but when it does, most police forces won’t yet be deploying devices that check a driver’s saliva for recent drug use. Read more…


Vancouver council votes to rezone most single-family areas for duplexes
Vancouver city council has voted 7-4 in favour to allow duplexes in 99 percent of the city’s low-density, single-family areas as part of a broader program to increase housing options across the city. Read more…


New centre for homeless proposed in Windsor
A place for homeless people to go during the day and get professional help is being explored following a meeting this week called by Mayor Drew Dilkens with police and health care and social service providers. Read more…


CBRM survey finds majority support mobile homes in urban centres
A wide-ranging survey by Statistics Canada found 80 percent of residents surveyed would be OK with mobile homes in their neighbourhood, with an equal number saying they’d even welcome a mobile home on their neighbour’s property. Read more…


Ontario’s Privacy Commission looking into leak of confidential email
Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commission is looking into the accidental leak of a confidential Norfolk County email that detailed the firing of Port Dover fire chief Gary Spragg. Read more…