Teachers, support staff and students are back to school today following a one-day strike.

However, the union representing Ontario’s teachers says the walkout could be the first of many, if the government doesn’t change it’s tune in contract talks.

The Ford government is planning on increasing class sizes and wants to introduce mandatory e-learning but the teachers union says they’re pushing back against the plans.

Currently, the teachers are in a work-to-rule campaign…. Five days notice will be given for any further labour action.

Education minister Stephen Lecce called the one-day strike unacceptable and is urging the union to take part in private mediation.

Lecce also said the union must bring new proposals to the bargaining table, and not just reject the government’s offer.


Provincial police say an assault at a federal prison near Kingston is now being treated as a homicide.

They say a 43-year-old inmate who was injured over the weekend died in hospital yesterday.

He has been identified as Glen Darrell Vandusen, but police have not provided any other details.

The investigation is ongoing.


An Ottawa man, known to police for several years, is facing charges of criminal harassment.

50 year old Keith J. Benoit, according to the Citizen, launched an online campaign, labelling a man an accomplice in the Russell Williams case, and a serial killer.

Williams, a former forces colonel was convicted of several crimes in 2010, including two counts of first degree murder and sex assaults.

Benoit has repeatedly asked police to investigate a person.

Police tell the paper the harassment online began in 2014.

Benoit has a court date in the new year.


The OPP are asking the public to keep a look out for a missing teen from Vankleek Hill.

17 year old Gabriel Berube was last seen yesterday morning around 6:30 in Vankleek Hill but he’s known to frequent Ottawa.

His family is concerned for his wellbeing.

Berube is described as white, 6 foot 3 with a slim build. He has brown hair and was wearing black jeans with black shoes.

Anyone with information on the teen’s whereabouts is being asked to call police.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is expanding a portion of protected habitat in eastern Ontario in honour of a man who bought the land in order to protect it 40 years ago.

The charity received the land after the death of John Hunter Allum, who planted 20-thousand native trees there to restore the former farmlands to their natural state.

The 119 hectares are in the Frontenac Arch, which links Ontario’s hardwood and mixed forests to the Appalachian Mountain chain.

This adds to the charity’s existing Loughborough Wilderness collection of lands.


Parliament picks up today for its 43rd session — starting with a throne speech which Justin Trudeau’s Liberals hope will find common ground with opposition parties.

Government sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, say the speech will look to set a collaborative tone, as befits a government that will need the support of one or more opposition parties to pass legislation and survive confidence votes.

Some of the details will be filled in when Trudeau issues marching orders to each of his 36 cabinet ministers in mandate letters, expected as soon as Friday.


Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says his first priority in the new Parliament is to figure out how Canada is going to meet its four-year-old target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions made as part of the Paris climate change agreement.

Wilkinson says the country must get much more aggressive in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

He also reassured that any increases to the carbon price won’t be decided until after the promised review is completed in 2022.


Canadians will likely have to wait for a full year before they get a chance to see Ottawa’s official plan to act on the 231 “calls for justice” made by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

At a special meeting of the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa on Wednesday, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett informed the gathered chiefs and delegates that a national action plan will be released by June of 2020.

The report’s recommendations include calls for an effective response to human-trafficking, sexual exploitation and violence — including in the sex industry.


There has been another delay to the court proceedings for a Fredericton man accused of killing two police officers and two civilians in the New Brunswick capital in 2018.

After a jury found him unfit to stand trial, Matthew Raymond was ordered to undergo a 60-day treatment period.

Raymond appeared in court yesterday, but there was little the lawyers could do because no report had been received from the psychiatrist treating him.

The Justice in the case now says he wants the report within the next week, and the case will resume December 18th.


House Democrats are pushing forward with the impeachment inquiry against U-S President Donald Trump, after three legal scholars testified there were grounds for impeachment.

Yet a fourth expert called by Republicans warned against rushing the process.

Meanwhile, behind closed doors, Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked House Democrats if they were ready to move ahead.

The answer, according to those present, was a resounding yes.

That’s crucial because of the likely political aftermath in elections next year.


An active duty U-S sailor opened fire on three civilian employees at the Pearl Harbor naval shipyard, killing two and then taking his own life.

The commander of Navy Region Hawaii, Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick, said he didn’t know the motive behind the shooting that left the third civilian Department of Defense employee hospitalized.

The tragedy comes just days before dignitaries and veterans descend on the base for the 78th anniversary of the Japanese attack.


Most French trains are at a standstill, schools are closed and the Eiffel Tower is warning visitors to stay away.

Nationwide strikes and protests over the government’s retirement reform are expected to cause chaos across the European country.

A major demonstration is planned for today in the capital of Paris, prompting the deployment of six-thousand police.

At issue is a fear President Emmanuel Macron’s reform will force them to work longer and shrink their pensions.

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