Moderate livelihood fishery launched by First Nation in Cape Breton

First Nations fishers in southwest Nova Scotia received a show of support on Thursday from the Assembly of First Nation national chief. They’re calling on the federal government to recognize treaty rights and uphold the Supreme Court’s decision allowing Indigenous fishers to fish for a moderate livelihood. Callum Smith reports.

A Nova Scotia First Nation has launched a moderate livelihood lobster fishery in Cape Breton with approval from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The department issued a statement Friday saying it came to an understanding with the We’koqma’q First Nation that authorizes fishers in the community to harvest and sell their catch in accordance with the Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Plan.

The understanding is linked to the 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision that affirmed the treaty right of Indigenous harvesters to fish for a moderate livelihood, but the court later clarified that Ottawa could regulate the treaty right for conservation and other limited purposes.

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A statement from We’koqma’q Chief Annie Bernard-Daisley says the time for such an agreement has come, adding Mi’kmaw harvesters should be able to exercise their rights “without fear of their gear and equipment being seized.”

A number of Mi’kmaw fishing traps have previously been seized by DFO officers or targeted in acts of alleged vandalism.

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We’koqma’q is now the sixth First Nation to come to an agreement with Ottawa for moderate livelihood fishing in Nova Scotia, along with Potlotek, Pictou Landing, Acadia, Bear River and Annapolis Valley.

The understanding between the DFO and We’koqma’q limits fishers to 210 traps in each of two designated fishing zones where lobster stock is considered to be in the “Healthy Zone,” said the department of fisheries’ release.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2022.

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Monkeypox outbreak ‘containable,’ WHO says with 131 cases confirmed

WATCH: Monkeypox patterns of transmission ‘not typical,’ but virus is ‘containable’: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday there have been 131 confirmed monkeypox cases and 106 further suspected cases since the first was reported on May 7 outside the countries where it usually spreads.

While the outbreak is unusual, it remains “containable” and limited, the WHO said, and it is convening further meetings to support member states with more advice on how to tackle the situation.

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Monkeypox is a usually mild viral infection that is endemic in parts of west and central Africa. It spreads chiefly through close contact, and until the recent outbreak has only rarely been seen in other parts of the world. The majority of the recent cases have been reported in Europe.

“We encourage you all to increase the surveillance of monkeypox to see where transmission levels are and understand where it is going,” said Sylvie Briand, WHO director for Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness.

She said it was unclear if the cases were the “tip of the iceberg” or if the peak in transmission has already passed.

Speaking at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Briand reiterated WHO’s view that it is unlikely that the virus has mutated but said that transmission may be being driven by a change in human behaviour, particularly as people return to socializing as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted worldwide.

Many, but not all, of the cases have been reported in men who have sex with men, and Briand said it was particularly important to try to prevent sexual transmission.

Symptoms include a fever and a distinctive bumpy rash. The West African strain of monkeypox, which is the one identified in the current outbreak, has a mortality rate of around one per cent.

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While she said the outbreak was “not normal,” she stressed that it was “containable.” There are also vaccines and treatments available for monkeypox, she added, calling for appropriate containment measures, more research, and global collaboration.

“Let’s not make a mountain out of a molehill,” she said.

© 2022 Reuters

Marigolds and Murals Project in Saint John reaches 25th anniversary

A community initiative providing more colour to the Saint John region is marking 25 years. The Marigolds and Murals project is responsible for millions of planted flowers and over 100 pieces of artwork – all by the hands of volunteers. Robert Lowthian reports.

The Marigolds and Murals Project has embedded the details of neighbourhood flowers into Saint John’s culture for 25 years.

And, by mid-June, visitors and residents can be captivated by the real flowers planted throughout the city.

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“Bright colours on the brain makes people happy. Greenery lowers aggression, and the marigold is a very hearty flower,” said project founder Barry Ogden.

Ogden acknowledged that if you had asked him over two decades ago, he never would have thought the project would last 25 years.

It’s become a favourite for many who live locally, and is equally adored by tourists here for a visit, he said.

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“We had a site in the city where they were growing things and came up with the idea that we’ll get school children, and it comes from when I was a child we would get marigolds,” Ogden recalled.

To date, the project is responsible for 171 murals, 1,000 planted trees, and 100 painted homes.

According to Ogden, the five million marigolds planted over the lifespan of the project have been responsible for nine Guinness World Records. They have also become a staple in teaching curriculums, he added.

“The children use it as a theme in their learning, so they use photosynthesis, they use math germination rates, poetry, art.”

In the coming weeks, students from 44 schools will begin planting the marigolds they have nourished since the winter.

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Marigolds and Murals has grown to its current level nearly entirely on private funding and the work of 80,000 volunteers and 1,600 local artists. When asked about its purpose in the community, Ogden stated it’s meant to empower residents.

“Out of the five million marigolds and the 170 murals, we’ve never had one vandalized, so that tells you that empowerment is really the way to change society,” he proudly remarked.

Its Ogden’s hope that the work of the Marigolds and Murals Project will continue long after his life.

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Man stabbed at Toronto's Ashbridges Bay Park on Victoria Day Monday

Toronto police say a man was injured in a stabbing at Ashbridges Bay Park on Victoria Day Monday.

Police said the stabbing was reported at around 10:50 p.m.

Officers found a man with a stab wound, police said.

He was taken to hospital by paramedics with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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7 officers injured, 19 arrests made after violent night at Toronto’s Woodbine Beach: police

The stabbing comes as the city’s Woodbine Beach area saw a rash of violence on Sunday.

Police said 19 people were arrested that night, including several minors, for incidents that involved a shooting, stabbing, two gunpoint robberies, and fireworks shot at officers.

Due to Sunday’s events, officers said there would be an increase in police presence for Monday night at Ashbridges Bay and Woodbine Beach.

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Russia launches all-out assault in Ukraine’s east as war hits 3 month mark

WATCH: Ukraine sentences Russian soldier in first war crimes trial

Russian forces were launching an all-out assault to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities straddling a river in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, a battle which could determine the success or failure of Moscow’s main campaign in the east.

Exactly three months after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, authorities in the second-largest city Kharkiv were expected to open the underground metro, where thousands of civilians had sheltered for months under relentless bombardment.

The reopening is a symbol of Ukraine’s biggest military success over the past few weeks: pushing Russian forces largely out of artillery range of Kharkiv, as they did from the capital Kyiv in March.

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But the decisive battles of the war’s latest phase are still raging further south, where Moscow is attempting to seize the Donbas region of two eastern provinces, Donetsk and Luhansk, and trap Ukrainian forces in a pocket on the main eastern front.

The easternmost part of the Ukrainian-held Donbas pocket, the city of Sievierodonetsk on the east bank of the Siverskiy Donets river and its twin Lysychansk on the west bank, have become the pivotal battlefield there, with Russian forces advancing from three directions to encircle them.

“The enemy has focused its efforts on carrying out an offensive in order to encircle Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk,” said Serhiy Gaidai, governor of Luhansk province, where the two cities are among the last territory still held by Ukraine.

“The intensity of fire on Sievierodonetsk has increased by multiple times, they are simply destroying the city,” he said on TV, adding there were about 15,000 people in the city and the Ukrainian military remains in control of it.

Reuters journalists in the Donbas, who reached Bakhmut further west, heard and saw intense shelling on the highway towards Lysychansk on Monday. Ukrainian armored vehicles, tanks and rocket launchers were moving towards the front lines, with and buses carrying soldiers.

Further west in Slovyansk, one of the biggest Donbas cities still in Ukrainian hands, air raid sirens wailed on Tuesday morning but streets were still busy, with a market full, children riding on bikes and a street musician playing violin by a supermarket.

Two empty public transport buses were driving towards the frontline town of Lyman to evacuate civilians from heavy shelling there, escorted by police and a military car.

Gaidai said Ukrainian forces had driven the Russians out of the village of Toshkivka just to the south of Sievierodonetsk. That could not be independently confirmed. Four people had been killed in the shelling of one home in Sievierodonetsk overnight.

The battle there follows the surrender last week of Ukraine’s garrison in the port of Mariupol after nearly three months of siege in which Kyiv believes tens of thousands of civilians have died.

Petro Andryushchenko, an aide to Mariupol’s Ukrainian mayor now operating outside the Russian-held city, said on television the dead were still being found in the rubble there.

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Around 200 decomposing bodies were found buried in rubble in a basement of one high-rise building, he said. Locals had refused to collect them and Russian authorities had abandoned the site, leaving a stench across the district.

Russia is now in control of an unbroken swathe of eastern and southern Ukraine, but has yet to achieve its objective of seizing all of Luhansk and Donetsk.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted that the “ruthless” offensive in Donbas showed Ukraine still needed more Western arms, especially multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery and armored vehicles.

Russia’s three-month long invasion, the biggest attack on a European state since 1945, has seen more than 6.5 million people flee abroad, turned entire cities into rubble and brought down severe economic sanctions on Moscow.

In neighboring Moldova, where a pro-Western government has warned of a risk unrest could spread to a border region controlled by pro-Russian separatists, investigators searched the office and home of pro-Russian former president Igor Dodon.

Local media reported the searches were in connection with an investigation into alleged corruption and treason. Dodon’s Socialist Party said accusations against him were baseless.

In Russia itself, where criticism of the war is banned and independent media has been shut, jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny used a court appearance by video link from a prison colony to denounce the “stupid war which your Putin started.”

“One madman has got his claws into Ukraine and I do not know what he wants to do with it – this crazy thief,” Navalny said.

At a cemetery outside Mariupol, treading through long rows of fresh graves and makeshift wooden crosses, Natalya Voloshina, who lost her 28-year-old son in the fight for the city, said many of Mariupol’s dead had no one left to honor their memory.

“Who will bury them? Who will put up a plaque?” she asked.

“They have no family.”

© 2022 Reuters

Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard's sex assault trial set to resume in Toronto on Tuesday

WATCH ABOVE: Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard turned into ‘monster’ in hotel room, woman testifies at trial.

TORONTO — The sex assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard is set to resume in Toronto today.

The Crown finished presenting its evidence early last week, and the defence is expected to begin making its case today.

Hoggard, the frontman for the band Hedley, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one of sexual interference, a charge that relates to the sexual touching of a person under 16.

The charges relate to incidents involving two complainants, one of whom was a teenager at the time.

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Prosecutors allege Hoggard arranged to have the complainants meet him at Toronto-area hotels, where they allege he violently and repeatedly raped them, leaving them bleeding and bruised.

The defence, meanwhile, argues Hoggard had consensual sex with the complainants.

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Privacy watchdog examining information City of Toronto compiled on homeless

WATCH ABOVE: One year after Toronto police cleared encampments of homeless residents, the City of Toronto is examining the idea of hiring private security companies to keep watch over key parks 24 hours a day. As Sean O’Shea reports, the city wants to prevent additional encampments from popping up but some residents say it’s overkill.

TORONTO — Ontario’s privacy watchdog is looking into the dossier of information the City of Toronto compiled on homeless people as it planned to clear a park where they lived last year.

The development comes after The Canadian Press revealed the inner workings of the city’s months-long planning of its operation to clear parks of encampments that had popped up during the pandemic. The dossier kept notes on behaviours, health information and photographs of those who lived in the park, internal documents show.

“Our office has reached out to the City of Toronto to obtain further information about this matter,” the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario said in a statement.

“Any affected individuals may make a privacy complaint to our office.”

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The commissioner’s office noted it can also launch its own investigation if it suspects a privacy breach has occurred.

The city said it has responded to the privacy commissioner, saying the collection of personal information was in accordance with freedom-of-information laws. A city spokesman said it collected the information to better understand the “individual housing, health and supportive needs” as it sought to find a spot indoors for those living in encampments.

“The city has the discretion to collect the information as part of its law enforcement operations as well as ensuring that city services are directed to encampment occupants in an individualized fashion,” Anthony Toderian said in an email.

He said the legal authority was granted by city council under the bylaw named “COVID-19 Response Update: Protecting People Experiencing Homelessness and Ensuring the Safety of the Shelter System.”

“As the personal information was collected under a legal authority the use of this information would meet the requirements of the act,” Toderian wrote.

Top bureaucrats planned the operation for months, internal documents obtained by activists through freedom-of-information laws and shared with The Canadian Press show.

On June 22, 2021, the carefully planned operation swung into motion before dawn at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Drones hovered above as city workers erected tents around several homeless encampments within the park.

There were 268 city workers there that day, the documents show — including more than 100 private security guards the city hired — along with dozens of police officers.

The clearing drew scores of activists and supporters to the park to defend those living there.

Several clashes eventually broke out between police and the homeless and their supporters. A battle erupted over a fence that supporters tried to take down while police fought to keep it upright. Another skirmish broke out when police unleashed pepper spray, which inadvertently hit several security guards, the documents said.

Police in riot gear moved in near the end of the day, once most of the crowd had dispersed, and cleared the park with force.

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The city has said it called in police to clear the area because protesters prevented staff from doing their jobs and didn’t leave when they were cautioned.

The city spent nearly $2 million on clearing encampments at three parks, including Trinity Bellwoods, last year.

The city also plans to hire security guards to monitor parks this summer.

In the lead-up to last year’s operation, top city bureaucrats shared several detailed documents about the park.

In one titled “Trinity Bellwoods Park Analysis,” a map of the park is marked with locations of the tents and structures.

A chart identifies each person living in the park by name along with a photograph of their tent and, in some cases, photographs of the encampment resident.

There are also notes on each person’s behaviour, and how the city expects they would respond when asked to leave the park.

The documents upset some people who lived in the Trinity encampments at the time. They said they did not consent to city’s collection of their personal information _ nor did they know the information was being collected.

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David Naini, whose legal name is Navid Emanian, said he thought the information the city kept was “weird and creepy.”

“I think it’s the opposite of what they’re supposed to be doing,” the 57-year-old said.

In one entry, the city warns about a man _ all names and photographs are redacted in the released documents _ who was “most likely to escalate” and “has a large clutter surrounding encampment that he claims to make art with.”

A former Trinity resident who is known in the community as j the letter believes that is about him. (He says his legal name, Jeremy Magyar, harkens back to his life before becoming homeless.)

“They did us dirty,” he said.

“They were taking photographs of me, of my tent, numbering the tent, but never telling me what they were doing with that.”

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After he lost his tent at Trinity, he moved to a second encampment — which was cleared by the city and police a month laterin another episode that turned violent — and then a third.

At that point, the city shifted gears with a softer approach and offered him and several others living there permanent housing.

Now, dozens of his paintings line the walls, floors and ceiling in his apartment.

Still, he worries that without people living in highly visible encampments concerns facing the vulnerable — including the collection of personal information — will be swept aside.

“I kind of wish I was still on the forefront of being in a tent because I feel like they’re just not going to take me seriously now,” he said.

“I don’t know if there’s justice to be had. We don’t have any rights.”

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Mike Schreiner's 'tough yet convivial' persona resonates with Ontario voters, rivals

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner sits down with Global News for a one-on-one interview. With just two weeks to go until election day, Global News’ Alan Carter sits down with Schreiner to discuss his campaign and aspirations.

HUNTSVILLE, ONT. — Mike Schreiner has built up a reputation among political watchers as a likable, sharp and down-to-earth politician since he was elected as Ontario’s first provincial Green four years ago, and that perception made its way to a vastly expanded audience this month when he made his debut as the first leader of his party to participate in a provincial election debate.

“You can definitely see a difference from yesterday to today, for sure,” Schreiner said the day after the May 16 debate while knocking on doors in Huntsville, Ont., located in one of the ridings where his party hopes to capitalize on Schreiner’s increasingly recognizable brand and nab another seat in the legislature this June.

Residents honked horns, waved and shouted, “Go Green!” at Schreiner’s bright green electric campaign vehicle. People who answered their doors in the scenic waterfront town commended him on how he grilled his rivals over policy issues the night before.

“You did a darn good job,” one man told Schreiner at a doorstop. “You held Doug Ford to account.”

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That’s a task that’s taken up much of Schreiner’s time as his party’s first-ever Green legislator. For the last four years, he’s been challenging Ford _ who’s running for re-election for the Progressive Conservatives _ on the environmental impact of the former Tory government’s plans, including plans for highways and other developments.

“One of my primary motivations was to advance the climate agenda, and instead of being on an offensive mode of moving the province forward, I feel like I’ve had to spend a lot of my time pushing back against Doug Ford taking us further back,” Schreiner said. “But in some respects, that may have meant that having our voice at Queen’s Park was even more important.”

It’s still unclear if Schreiner’s growing presence on the campaign trail as a scrappy, sincere underdog will translate into more votes or seats for his party. But his well-reviewed debate performances seem to have rattled his opponents enough to factor him into their own strategies.

During the first debate on northern issues, other leaders remarked repeatedly that they agreed with his points _ but New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath later warned progressive voters against a “dangerous poker game” of voting for Schreiner’s party when asked about similarities between their platforms.

Schreiner’sperformance during TVO’s supper-hour debate that saw him take Ford to task over his pandemic response and environmental policies made such a strong impression that his name was trending on Twitter in Canada, and it even prompted an on-air endorsement from Ford himself. In the midst of a volley between the two men, Ford described Schreiner as “honest and up-front,” and said he enjoyed working with him.

“You’re that type of guy, you can put the political stripes behind you,” Ford said to Schreiner, repeating a description that friends, colleagues and Schreiner himself often attribute to the Green leader and his approach to politics.

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Western University political scientist Cristine de Clercy said it’s likely no accident that Ford, whose campaign serves to benefit most from vote-splitting on the centre-left, would want to capitalize on Schreiner’s growing appeal to voters _ many of whom are just now being introduced to the Green leader as a fresh face presenting his party for perhaps the first time as a legitimate place to park their votes.

As a leader, de Clercy said Schreiner has done well at broadening the typical Green platform beyond the environment to touch on other issues like housing and mental health, and said his “impressive” debate presence last weekstruck the difficult balance of effectively criticizing his opponents in a “tough yet convivial way.”

“That’s difficult in politics, generally, to be credible and likable at the same time, and he seems able to pull it off,” she said.

Sean Yo, who worked as Schreiner’s campaign manager in 2018, framed the appeal of his former boss somewhat differently.

“I think people want somebody that they can trust to actually behave like an adult while doing some of the most important work of our society,” Yo, who’s aiding the Green campaign in other roles this year, said in an interview.

“There’s a lot of words that get overused in campaigns, things like integrity and respect, and trust and civility and things like that. But all you have to do is meet Mike and you know immediately that he’s the real deal.”

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Schreiner, 52, grew up on a farm in the U.S. and later moved to Canada with his wife, now residing in Guelph with his family. He said Green priorities on the environment, social justice and improving democracy overlapped with his own ideals when he decided to make the jump into politics. Before that, his background as a small business owner and in the non-profit sector helped him develop entrepreneurial skills which he said served him well in his efforts to build the Ontario Greens into a “viable party” over the last decade or so.

He’s also a hard worker, Yo said, noting that Schreiner knocked on more doors than any candidate he’d ever worked with during their history-making 2018 run in Guelph.

Since earning his seat _ an achievement that came nearly a decade after he became leader of the party _ Schreiner has brought his ground game to other Green campaigns, including the successful 2021 federal bid in Kitchener Centre that saw Mike Morrice become the first Green sent to Ottawa by Ontario voters.

Some observers have credited Morrice’s victory to the lack of a Liberal candidate in the race, but Morrice also points to help he had from Schreiner, who was one of Morrice’s first calls when he decided to run. Schreiner’s presence was instrumental on doorsteps in the riding, Morrice said as he recalled people often remarking that Schreiner’s provincial win in Guelph shifted their perception of the party as a realistic ballot option.

“Having Mike here with us in Kitchener, I think, really helped us demonstrate not only that it’s possible to elect a Green, but what you get when elect a Green. You get someone who is less partisan, who’s more focused on democracy and on our community’s priorities,” Morrice said.

In an interview earlier this spring, Morrice said he planned to return the favour and help where he could with Schreiner’s re-election bid in Guelph, with the leader expected to spend more time boosting other candidates in their campaigns this time around.

The party is targeting a few ridings in particular _ University-Rosedale, where former environmental commissioner Dianne Saxe is running, and Parry Sound-Muskoka, where Schreiner said he’s seeing levels of volunteer support and community response that echo his successful 2018 campaign,for candidate Matt Richter.

Despite being the party’s only incumbent, Schreiner said he’s “not taking anything for granted” in his home riding of Guelph, where he’s still attending local debates, knocking on doors and listening to constituents’ concerns.

The momentum of his post-debate campaign hit a snag when he tested positive for COVID-19 days later, but Schreiner said he was still determined to keep supporting candidates across the province remotely.

And while Schreiner is “laser-focused” on electing more Greens, gaining power was never the ultimate goal, he said in Huntsville.

“We’d like to put people before politics,” he said.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Where the Ontario leaders are on the campaign trail for Tuesday, May 24

WATCH ABOVE: For most of the Ontario election campaign, Doug Ford’s political handlers have kept him out of the reach of journalists. As Seán O’Shea reports, that’s a contrast with other campaigns—but Global News caught up with Ford to ask why.

Here’s where the leaders of Ontario’s main political parties are today:

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford

Brampton, Ont.: Makes announcement. 9:30 a.m.

Ridings of Scarborough North and Scarborough Rouge Park: campaign stops.

Riding of Scarborough Centre: door knocking

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Pickering, Ont.: announcement on plan for families who lost loved ones in long-term care. 9:15 a.m. The Esplanade Park, 1 The Esplanade

Toronto: Interview with the Toronto Star Editorial Board. 3 p.m.

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca

Toronto: Makes announcement. 9 a.m. 8 Dawes Road

Toronto: Campaign stop. 1:15 p.m. Sangria Lounge, 145 Roncesvalles Avenue

Toronto: Visit to GO station to talk buck-a-ride. 2 p.m. Bloor GO Station, 2400 Dundas St W

Toronto: Visit to GO station to talk buck-a-ride. 2:35 p.m. Weston GO Station, 1865 Weston Road

Toronto: Campaign stop. 3:15 p.m. Kabalen Restaurant, 3778 Bathurst Street

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner

Virtual: Makes announcement on housing. 10 a.m.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Ontario party leaders focus campaigns on Greater Toronto Area

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario party leaders hit the campaign trail with new promises. Ahmar Khan reports.

TORONTO — The leaders of Ontario’s main political parties will be campaigning in the Greater Toronto Area today.

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is headed to Brampton, Ont., where he’ll make an unspecified announcement this morning.

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca will make a few stops around Toronto.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who contracted COVID-19 last week, will be back on the campaign trail in person when she stops in Pickering, Ont., to share her party’s plan for families who lost loved ones in long-term care.

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She took the day off on Sunday, and her federal counterpart, Jagmeet Singh, campaigned in her stead.

Green Leader Mike Schreiner, who also has COVID-19, is set to campaign virtually again today.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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