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UPDATED: All The Chair's Men: Complete coverage of the Niagara Region CAO hiring story

On April 6, 2018, after months of investigation, The Standard published its first expose on the hiring of Niagara Region CAO Carmen D'Angelo, who obtained confidential documents - including the names and biographies of other candidates and interview questions - written by the staff of Regional Chair Alan Caslin during the hiring process.

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Baty wants to undo "the wrong" done by Ford:Pelham councillor wants to restore old rules that would allow all regional chair candidates to be considered for the position

Pelham regional councillor Brian Baty

Pelham's regional representative says he wants a special meeting of council to fix "the wrong" done by Premier Doug Ford's decision to scrap the election of council's chair. Brian Baty said Sunday he wants council to meet to debate allowing ev

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The new regional CAO hiring probe: What we know, and what we don't

Regional Chair Alan Caslin and CAO Carmen D'Angelo

Last week Niagara regional council voted to launch a second investigation related to the CAO hiring process. This is what we know and what we don't about this probe. What we know: What happened? Two Standard investigations found that during th

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Region paid $95,000 for lawyer who tried to influence Ombudsman probe:Region asking for permission to release memos from lawyer and Ombusdman

 Niagara Region council chambers, pictured in April 2018.

Niagara Region paid more than $95,000 for the lawyer who the Ontario Ombudsman says attempted to influence his investigation into the illegal seizure of a journalist's computer and notes by the municipality. The Standard has learned the total cost

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Ford creates 11th hour candidate scramble:Two of five Niagara regional chair candidates choose to run for council seats

 Dave Augustyn is photographed at the Broken Gavel in Fenwick on Friday following the provinces abrupt decision to cancel the vote for Regional Chair, a position which Augustyn was running for.

Niagara candidates running for the historic regional chair election had a mere five hours to decide their political fates when Premier Doug Ford abruptly scuttled the race Friday morning. Calling an elected regional chair "another layer of politic

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UPDATED: Niagara Regional chair reelection scuttled by province:Check here for updates on the changes to the 2018 municipal election

Premier Doug Ford and five-year-old Rowan Wallington of Fonthill shoot some bubbles on Pelham Street during Summerfest in Pelham on Saturday. Ford was invited to the annual summer celebration by Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff.

NOTE TO READERS: We will update this story with developments through the day to keep you up to date with the Ontario election story. 4:31 p.m: St. Catharines regional chair candidate John Ringo Beam says on his Facebook page that he is not with

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Craitor runs for mayor in Falls.

Longtime Niagara Falls city councillor Kim Craitor is running for mayor in Niagara Falls, confirming rumours that he will challenge incumbent Jim Diodati in the Oct. 22 vote. Craitor made the announcement Wednesday morning, filing his papers just

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CAO ‘watered down’ apology, former staffer says:Ombudsman calling on Region to apologize for Dec. 7 incident

 Regional council has hired a law firm to investigate the 2016 hiring of Niagara Region chief administrative officer Carmen D'Angelo.

A day after he ordered the illegal seizure of a journalist’s computer and notes, Niagara Region’s chief administrative officer pointedly refused advice to apologize for the incident, says a former communications staffer. In a letter to The Standar

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Press Pause: One-on-One with Paul Dube:Ontario Ombudsman disappointed with Niagara Region response to report

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dube

On Wednesday, Ontario's provincial Ombudsman released the report of his investigation into the seizure of a journalist's computer and notes by Niagara Region on Dec. 7, 2017. Paul Dube's report says the Region's actions - directed by decisions mad

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Trinity Western drops mandatory student covenant banning sex outside straight marriage

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Students at Trinity Western University will no longer have to sign an agreement promising to abstain from all sex outside of heterosexual marriage, but faculty and staff will still be bound by the school's restrictive covenant.

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Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto ranked in top 10 of world's most livable cities

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Three Canadian cities have placed in the top 10 of a global ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit of the world's most livable cities, with Vienna dethroning perennial favourite Melbourne for the first spot.

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At least 22 dead in highway bridge collapse in Genoa in northern Italy

ITALY BRIDGE COLLAPSE

A highway bridge linking Italy with France collapsed during a storm Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring 16 others, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.

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Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her 'that dog'

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U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his war of words with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, referring to the woman who had been the top African-American in his White House, as "that dog!"

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Two 11-year-olds altered election results in hacker convention's replica of U.S. voting system

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The hacking demonstration came as concerns swirl about election system vulnerabilities before mid-term state and federal elections.

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Smoky skies raise air quality concerns across B.C.

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Metro Vancouver and much of south and central B.C. are once again under a blanket of smoke and haze, and there is little relief in the forecast.

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This boy's family hopes proposed changes will help prevent delays due to Canada's no-fly list

Sebastian Khan

Sebastian Khan, 4, has been delayed at the border since he was an infant because his name matches the name of someone on a national security list. But that headache may soon be over when members of No-Fly List Kids meet with public safety officials Wednesday to learn what the federal government plans to do.

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More than 1,000 children abused by Pennsylvania priests, report says

Pennsylvania Dioceses-Sex Abuse Investigation

More than 1,000 children — and possible many more — were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report.

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A Canadian journalist was physically attacked for doing his job. That should be huge news: Robyn Urback

Stan Behal

Though I’d like to think of a more charitable explanation, the fact that the targeted journalist works for the Toronto Sun probably has something to do with the relative lack of coverage.

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Defence for Paul Manafort rests without calling witnesses at bank fraud trial

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The defence in Paul Manafort's bank fraud trial rested its case Tuesday in Virginia without calling him to testify or requesting other witnesses.

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Preparing to read the crystal ball on tomorrow's real estate numbers: Don Pittis

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The latest numbers from the Canadian Real Estate Association will offer clues on whether falling sales will translate into price declines.

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Victoria's mayor tells Ontario it plans to keep removed Sir John A. Macdonald statue

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Victoria’s mayor says the city has no intention of getting rid of the Sir John A. Macdonald statue that was recently removed from the steps of city hall, after the Ontario government wrote about acquiring it.

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Morneau ready to use 'emergency' measure to protect steel sector

Morneau steel

Bill Morneau is preparing to use emergency safeguard measures for the first time to respond to the risk of a surge in cheap foreign steel imports. The finance minister launched a short public consultation process Tuesday, as U.S. steel tariffs continue to disrupt and divert global steel shipments.

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U.S. inmate executed using fentanyl for 1st time

Nebraska Execution

Nebraska used a lethal injection of four drugs in a never-before-tried combination, including the powerful opioid fentanyl, to carry out its first execution in more than two decades.

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Italian officials scrambling to pinpoint cause of deadly bridge collapse

Genoa bridge collapse

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse.

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Man arrested 'on suspicion of terrorist offences' after car crash outside U.K. Parliament

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A man deliberately drove a car into London pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday before ramming it into barriers outside Britain's parliament in what police said appeared to be the second terrorist attack at the building in just under 18 months.

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Pathways to residency remain open to Saudi students amid diplomatic rift, Ottawa says

Omar Abdulaziz

A Saudi student who successfully applied for asylum in Canada in 2014 and now attends Bishop's University in Quebec urges other students to follow that path. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRC) says that may not be necessary, as most should be able to stay.

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Winnipeg man flies nearly 2,300 km in wrong direction after getting on wrong flight to Arctic

Christopher Paetkau

A Winnipeg man says a weekend flight to the Arctic ended up being the longest flight of his life after a mix-up on the tarmac sent him nearly 2,300 kilometres in the wrong direction.

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Canada talking with U.S. about Trump tax: Morneau

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The Canadian government has been talkiing to the U.S. government about the impact a retroactive tax signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump is having north of the border, Finance Minister Bill Morneau revealed Monday.

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Convenience store clerk leaps over counter to fight off 2 shotgun-toting robbers

Salahaldeen Odeh

When two masked men burst into a Cannon Street convenience store Friday morning in Hamilton, the clerk didn't hesitate — he leapt over the counter and fought them off.

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Country music star Ronnie Prophet, 80, was a superb showman

A Juno Award-winning vocalist, he was also a charismatic TV personality, hosting several variety shows in the 1970s and 80s  More

Torstar, Postmedia and the arrogance of the deal

The companies seemed to think they could eliminate or reduce newspaper competition in markets such as London and the Niagara region and avoid any regulatory scrutiny of the transaction.  More

Larry Kwong was the NHL’s first player of Asian descent

The speedy forward, known as the China Clipper, experienced discrimination throughout his career and his life  More

Another dog-meat farm shut down; pups arrive in Montreal

On hand to greet the dogs was figure skater and Olympic medalist Meagan Duhamel, whose dog Moo-tae was rescued from a South Korean meat farm  More

Meeting Stephen Hawking: A revelatory experience

My encounter with a genius of science was a rare privilege – and it almost didn’t happen  More

Betty Peterson, 100, devoted her life to the peace movement

Believing that many issues were connected, she also fought for everything from Indigenous rights to the environment.  More

Amplify: More direct, fewer emojis: What I learned from my email experiment

In this issue of Amplify, guest editor Lanna Crucefix talks about how women use language to get what they want while creating and maintaining relationships, particularly at work  More

Montreal rapidly killing legendary Sainte-Catherine Street for retailers

Similar construction projects completed along Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Saint-Denis Street in recent years saw dozens of stores and restaurants close. Neither street has recovered.  More

Arwen Helene: Environmentalism ‘part of our ethos’ at Winnipeg Folk Festival

‘It’s not just producing music. It’s what kind of community are we creating, how are we treating each other and how are we treating the earth we’re sharing for this time together.’  More

Serious questions remain five months after man’s suspected overdose in Ontario jail

Curtis McGowan’s death is classified as ‘undetermined,’ a label that applies to 75.9 per cent of all jail deaths since Jan. 1, 2014, according to provincial figures provided to The Globe and Mail  More

B.C. court to rule on testing of DNA in 1983 case

Lawyers for a man who has spent 35 years in prison express hope tissue samples can help clear his name in a murder he has long denied committing  More

How chaos and 3,000 disputed ballots derailed the Ontario PCs' plans to smoothly announce new leader

The long delay was the result of controversy over votes that weren’t assigned to any specific riding in a contest where riding-by-riding results were the key.  More

Doug Ford formally takes reins of Ontario PCs as Christine Elliott concedes

The former MPP drops her talk of a court challenge after disputing the results of Saturday's close vote for a day.  More

RCMP unionization may change community policing across Canada

Some jurisdictions could shift away from using Mounties as costs are expected to rise.  More

Underinvestment in critical rail, pipeline infrastructure could cost Canada billions

The damage is both financial and reputational. There are some answers to the mess, but Ottawa has been slow to move on them.  More

Molson brewery workers in Montreal vote to accept contract

The workers refused another one of the employer’s offers two weeks earlier by a margin of 57 per cent  More

University of Calgary study suggests technology can help predict where lightning may spark wildfires

Lightning-caused wildfires are a growing problem in Western Canada and have been stretching fire resources to their limits  More

Mountain experts alarmed after five people die in tree wells in a single week

The space of loose, deep snow that can form around tree trunks can pose a serious hazard for people skiing or snowboarding in the mountains  More

Insurance company investigation uncovers ‘pervasive’ Ontario auto-body shop fraud

Industry estimates suggest between five and 15 per cent of premiums drivers pay for car insurance go toward covering undetected fraudulent claims  More

Manitoba child-welfare tracking system still not updated despite inquiry recommendation

The leader of the inquiry into the 2005 death of Phoenix Sinclair called for the network be replaced ‘without delay’  More

Doug will be Doug, and that’s not good

Forget all the stories we like to tell ourselves about how much wiser and calmer than our American cousins we are. Canadians are every bit as capable of lashing out at their governing class  More

Doug Ford’s win raises the stakes in Ontario’s election

The June vote has now become a referendum on whether Ontarians are prepared to embrace a style of government more visceral and unpredictable and resistant to political and institutional norms than any they have ever had.  More

Doug Ford wins Ontario's PC leadership, Christine Elliott refuses to concede after contentious vote

A tight race between Mr. Ford and former Tory MPP Christine Elliott prompted the wait as party officials reviewed the results. The party said 64,053 of its nearly 190,000 members cast ballots in the race, which also featured political newcomer Caroline Mulroney and party activist Tanya Granic Allen.  More

Ontario Tories shouldn’t believe their party's ‘clean bill of health’

Some of the issues that allowed the debacle with Patrick Brown to happen in the first place have not been resolved and could come back to haunt the new Progressive Conservative leader.  More

Les Grands Ballets reels from self-inflicted gender bias PR disaster

Artistic director Ivan Cavallari’s grand plan to extol the virtues of ‘woman’ might have come out of 1958 or 1898.  More

Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe says carbon-tax stance unchanged after Trudeau meeting

The Premier said he hasn’t changed his mind about the province being the lone holdout from Ottawa’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change  More

Judge clears way for Ontario PCs to announce new leader Saturday

The request for an injunction from a disenfranchised voter was only the latest twist in a rocky campaign that at 44 days was the shortest in Ontario’s modern history.  More

Quebeckers increasingly understand the French are weak on French

President Emmanuel Macron says he’s not a ‘grouchy defender’ of the language, but that controversial remark fails to produce what once would have been the usual linguistic storm in the province.  More

Evening Update newsletter: Vice-Admiral Mark Norman charged; RCMP’s new commissioner

Also: Canada export agency knew of allegations against Gupta family when it approved loan, lawyer says  More