A vocal coach to several “A” list singers is currently on trial, accused of sexually assaulting three students.

Three women say 73 year old Jose Hernandez sexually assaulted them at a west end music studio.

All three complainants say they went to the internationally known vocal coach as aspiring opera singers.

Full testimony is in the Citizen this morning.

The allegations against Hernandez include sexual touching groping and oral sex.

Hernandez denies all allegations and testified he only learned of the details of the complaints once his trial began.

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A new book purports to tell the truth about the fall of Patrick Brown.

In his new tell-all biography — titled “Takedown” — the former Tory leader portrays himself as a victim of a conspiracy.

However, the book also pulls back the curtain on what went on during the leadership race following Brown’s resignation.

He stepped down in January amid allegations of sexual misconduct, which Brown vehemently denies.

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MPP and cabinet minister – Lisa MacLeod is also speaking out about Patrick Brown’s new book.

In a statement posted to Facebook – MacLeod says she is proud to be a member of the PC government calling the Ford administration supportive, inclusive and respectful.

She says that was not the case during her time with the former leader – meaning Patrick Brown – as she claims he was not focused on supporting his team or respecting his fellow MPPs.

Macleod also addressed comments made in his book that dealt with her battle with mental health – calling the comments disgusting and cruel.

She feels the claims made in brown’s book will only make it more difficult for anyone struggling with mental health issues to come forward in the future.

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Ontario workers earning less that $30,000 will no longer have to pay provincial income tax starting next year, and those earning up to $38,000 will pay less tax, the Canadian Press has learned.

Government sources say the plan will be laid out in the province’s fall economic statement, slated to be tabled in the legislature this afternoon.

The sources say the tax changes will apply to 1.1 million Ontario workers making minimum wage or slightly above it, noting some other low-income workers who currently use a combination of rebates and other measures are already spared provincial income tax.

They say those who will be newly exempt are expected to save roughly $850 per year, or $1,250 per year for households with two exempt workers.

The sources say the plan will cost the province about $120 million between Jan. 1 and the end of the fiscal year. No further projections are included in the fiscal update, they say.

Premier Doug Ford had promised to eliminate provincial income tax for low-income workers in exchange for scrapping a minimum wage hike planned by the previous Liberal government that was set to take effect next year.

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The provincial government has released regulations that will guide the launch of private cannabis stores on April 1st.

The stand-alone stores can be open any day between 9 a-m and 11 p-m, but they must be at least 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old.

Applications for licences will begin on December 17th, and illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization will not be eligible.

Licences also won’t be issued to anyone who has an association with organized crime, and applicants must demonstrate their tax compliance status.

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It’s been nearly a month since recreational marijuana use became legal in Canada, and police departments across the country say they haven’t seen a dramatic spike in cannabis impaired-driving.

Police forces in Vancouver, Regina, and in the four Atlantic provinces all say they haven’t noticed a change in driver behaviour since pot was legalized.

Vancouver police have issued 18 violation tickets under new provincial cannabis laws, mostly for improper storage of pot in vehicles or passengers smoking weed.

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Canada Post has issued what it calls a “time-limited” contract offer to postal workers in hopes of ending over three weeks of rotating strikes that have created a historic backlog of undelivered parcels.

Yesterday’s offer to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers came hours after online auctioning giant eBay called on the Trudeau government to legislate an end to the contract dispute.

The Crown corporation says its four-year offer includes wage hikes, a 10-million-dollar health-and-safety fund and new job-security provisions, including for rural and suburban carriers who’ve complained about precarious employment.

But Canada Post said the offer is only viable if CUP-W members can agree to it by this Saturday, to ensure the backlog is cleared and it can effectively deliver the high volumes of packages coming soon from the holiday rush.

CUP-W is looking over the offer, but notes key issues missing from it include pay for all hours worked.

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Former premier Brian Gallant will go to the New Brunswick legislature this morning to officially announce that he will be stepping down as Liberal leader.

Sources tell The Canadian Press that Gallant will ask the party to organize a leadership convention, but that he will remain as Opposition leader until the party chooses his replacement.

Gallant became leader in 2012 and premier in 2014 at age 32 _ but came up short in the extremely close finish in September’s provincial election.

His minority government was toppled two weeks ago in a confidence vote on the throne speech, and P-C Premier Blaine Higgs and his minority government were sworn in last week.

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Calgary isn’t going to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games — and not likely the 2030 Games either.

Just over 56 per cent of Calgarians who voted in Tuesday’s plebiscite said they didn’t want the city to bid to host in 2026.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi (NAH’-hed NEN’-shee) believes the city’s best chance of winning a Winter Games bid was for 2026, and he can’t imagine what could change the minds of those who voted “no.”

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Eight more bodies have been recovered in northern California, bringing the death toll from the blaze dubbed the “Camp Fire” to 56.

The Butte county sheriff said more than 450 people have now been assigned to comb through the charred remains in search for more bodies.

Authorities say 130 people are still unaccounted for.

Many of the missing are elderly and from Magalia, a forested town of 11-thousand to the north of the other incinerated town of Paradise.

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Michael Avenatti has been released from police custody following his afternoon arrest on a felony domestic violence charge in Los Angeles.

As he left the police station last night on 50-thousand dollars bail, Avenatti said he “has never struck a woman.”

The lawyer best known for his porn-actress client Stormy Daniels and her allegation she was paid presidential campaign hush money by Donald Trump says he has been an advocate for women’s rights and would never touch a woman inappropriately.

Avenatti says the allegations are “completely bogus” and were meant to harm his reputation, but he’s confident he will be exonerated.

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Afghan officials report a blistering overnight attack by the Taliban on an Afghan police outpost in western Farah province killed 30 police officers, including the district police commander.

It was the latest in a series of brutal and near-daily Taliban assaults on the military and police forces, government and other installations throughout the country.

A lawmaker in Kabul told the A-P that retaliatory airstrikes killed 17 Taliban fighters but the insurgents still managed to get away with a large amount of weapons and ammunition.

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A Palestinian police chief has been suspended for helping Israeli soldiers fix a flat tire in the West Bank.

Police say Colonel Ahmad Abu al-Rub was suspended and referred to an “investigative committee” after pictures emerged earlier this week of the Hebron district chief helping Israelis change their jeep’s flat tire so as to get the blocked vehicle off the road.

The images were widely shared on social media and sparked anger among Palestinians who considered it collaboration with the Israeli occupation.

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The British pound has fallen sharply after Britain’s Brexit minister resigned from the government today, saying he did not agree with the deal the country struck with the European Union over the terms of its departure next March.

The currency dropped one per cent within minutes of a tweet by Dominic Raab saying he “cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the E-U.”

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