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All the Chair's Men: The Documents:All the key documents in the CAO hiring scandal investigation

Carmen D'Angelo, now CAO of the Niagara Region, downloaded to draft regional reports about the CAO position six months before he was hired.

Before and during the 2016 CAO hiring process Carmen D'Angelo received seven documents created by the staff of then regional chair Alan Caslin, namely his policy director Robert D'Amboise and his communications director Jason Tamming. The Standar


All the Chair's Men: Ombudsman says D'Angelo hiring was an inside job

Ontario's Ombudsman says the 2016 hiring of former regional chief administrative officer Carmen D'Angelo was an "inside job" and was "unreasonable, unjust, and wrong." After 457 days of investigative work, Ombudsman Paul Dube released his 72 page


VIDEO: #AskSendzik: November Chat with the Mayor

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik chats with reporter Karena Walter at The Standard Thursday Nov. 7, 2019.

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik was at The Standard Thursday for an online chat with reporter Karena Walter. They talked about Sendzik's recent trip to the Netherlands with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment to commemorate the 75th anniversary


UPDATE: Niagara College locked down for police search:Niagara-on-the-Lake campus shut down while police searched for potentially armed break-in suspect

 Niagara Regional Police file photo

UPDATE: 11:29 a.m.: Niagara Regional Police say Niagara College locked down its Niagara-on-the-Lake campus while officers searched for a potentially armed suspect involved in an early morning break-in at a Niagara Falls residence. Around 6:45 a.m


#NiagaraVotes Chat with the Candidate: Krystina Waler, Conservative Party of Canada

Krystina Waler chats with Standard reporter Grant LaFleche

Reporter Grant LaFleche chats with St. Catharines Conservative Party candidate Krystina Waler Stay tuned for interviews with other candidates from the riding: Saturday: NDP Dennis Van Meer Tuesday: Liberal Chris Bittle Wednesday: Green Party


#NiagaraVotes Chat with the Candidate: Travis Mason, Green Party

Reporter Grant LaFleche chats with St. Catharines Green Party Candidate Travis Mason Stay tuned for interviews with other candidates from the riding: Saturday: NDP Dennis Van Meer Tuesday: Liberal Chris Bittle TODAY: Green Party Travis Mason


#NiagaraVotes Chat with the Candidate: Chris Bittle, Liberal

Chris Bittle

Reporter Grant LaFleche chats with St. Catharines Liberal candidate Chris Bittle Stay tuned for interviews with other candidates from the riding: Saturday: NDP Dennis Van Meer TODAY: Liberal Chris Bittle Wednesday: Green Party Travis Maso


#NiagaraVotes Chat with the Candidate: Dennis Van Meer, NDP

 The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce held its St. Catharines debate Monday evening at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre. Green Party candidate Travis Mason, the NDP's Dennis Van Meer, Liberal incumbent Chris BIttle, People's Party Allan deRoo and Conservative candidate Krystina Waler.

Reporter Grant LaFleche chats with St. Catharines NDP candidate Dennis Van Meer.


Hackers invited to solve farming issues at Beamsville event:Agritech Hackathon marries coding enthusiasts with agricultural sector

 The town of Lincoln and Spark Niagara are hosting an Agritech Hackathon in October. In the photo is Francia Salazar and Nicole Smith.

This October the worms, beetles and bugs that can drive farmers crazy will meet a formidable match: computer hackers.


Trump's Syria policy now appears to be — quite literally — 'blood for oil'

Britain NATO

For decades, critics of U.S. foreign policy have claimed it's largely built around securing control of foreign oil. Donald Trump is doing his best to prove them right.


Attention travellers: Despite recent ruling, U.S. border agents can still easily search your phone


Travellers entering the United States, be aware: American border agents can still easily search your cellphone. That's despite a much-publicized U.S. court ruling against border guards searching electronic devices without declaring prior grounds for suspicion.


Guess which Canadians are most likely to get a holiday bonus this year

Glenn Zujew - executive vice president at Klick Inc. - holiday parties

From extra cash to holiday parties, 61 per cent of Canadian workers get some sort of reward this time of year, according to a survey conducted for ADP Canada.


Dogs may be smarter than we think — and can benefit our health in ways we don't realize

Dog Study

New research suggests dogs may actually be smarter than we give them credit for and they can also have profoundly positive effects on our health. 


Get ready for the most active meteor shower of the year

Geminid Meteor Radiant in Gemini

It’s that time of the year again, when the night sky lights up with meteors as part of the Geminid meteor shower.


No body, no closure: Sisters seek justice as emotional Sheree Fertuck trial looms

Michelle Kish, Sheree Fertuck's sister

On the fourth anniversary of Sheree’s disappearance, her sisters Teaka White and Michelle Kish spoke to CBC for the first time about the loss of their oldest sibling, the potential of an emotional trial, and their hopes that new information can end the search for her body.


Canada's cyber intelligence agency is helping the U.K. protect its election

Britain Politics Queen’s Speech

Canada's foreign signals intelligence agency is on the lookout for any threats to Britain's election as the country heads into the final week of campaigning.


Kaillie Humphries set for Bobsleigh World Cup debut with U.S.

US Humphries New Team Bobsled

A mechanical issue with a track forced the World Cup bobsleigh season to open a week later than planned. But it's who will be competing in the native red, white and blue of the U.S. that still dominates the headlines.


Step inside the works of van Gogh with immersive exhibit in Montreal

van gogh immersive art

Brushstrokes appear several feet wide, as more than 200 works, such as Starry Night and The Yellow House, are blown up and split into panels, giving visitors a 360-degree view of the paintings projected onto the walls and floor.


2 adults, 3 children killed in house fire northwest of Edmonton

Rochfort fire aftermath

Five people, including three children, died in a house fire Thursday in a small hamlet northwest of Edmonton.


Ottawa accepts Alberta's new $30-per-tonne carbon plan for large emitters in 2020

Trudeau Kenney TIER

The federal government will accept the Alberta government's latest plan to price the greenhouse-gas emissions of large industrial facilities at a rate of $30 per tonne in 2020.


Canadian arrested in Turkey this summer charged with terror offences

Ikar Mao

A Canadian man detained in Turkey this past summer was charged by RCMP Friday with participating in the activity of a terrorist group and leaving Canada to participate in the activity of a terrorist group.


Sydney blanketed by orange skies as wildfires rage


A dense fog of smoke and flying ash has lingered over Sydney, Australia, for most of the past week, obscuring visibility and prompting commuters to wear breathing masks.


White House tells Democrats it won't participate in Trump impeachment hearings


The White House said on Friday it would refuse to take part in hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives set for next week that will consider what articles of impeachment to bring against President Donald Trump.


Andrew Scheer doesn't seem to be quite done fighting the election yet


Andrew Scheer seems to have decided that his best chance of surviving a leadership vote is to acknowledge his own need for change as little as possible — particularly when it comes to climate policy.


'We would love some action,' Greta Thunberg says at climate summit in Madrid


Greta Thunberg arrived in the Spanish capital on Friday to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate change.


Jury finds Elon Musk did not defame U.K. diver with 'pedo guy' tweet


Elon Musk did not defame a British cave explorer when he called him "pedo guy" in an angry tweet, a Los Angeles jury found Friday.


Supreme Court says companies must pay for Grassy Narrows mill-site maintenance

Grassy Narrows

Two forest-product companies are on the hook for looking after a mercury-contaminated site near Ontario's Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.


Harvey Weinstein accused of misusing ankle monitor; $5M bail sought

Harvey Weinstein Bail Reform

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was in court on Friday, when prosecutors accused him of intentionally misusing his ankle monitor. They seek to raise his bail from its current $1 million US, to $5 million US.