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Nigel Wright Set to Testify in Senator Mike Duffy Trial. Karygiannis Wants OVO Fest After Party Banned from EX Grounds. Talks Scheduled Between Teachers And Province. Tory Meets with Canadian Olympic Committee. Jays Win Again in Pursuit of Yankees For AL East Lead.
Nigel Wright Set to Testify in Senator Mike Duffy Trial
In a move expected to impact the federal election campaign, the Mike Duffy trial is getting back on track today after a seven week hiatus. The Prime Ministers former chief of staff, Nigel Wright will testify today. Stephen Harper was drilled repeatedly about that yesterday and he repeated what he’s said for some time about both men. Duffy maintains the whole thing was done under Harper’s watch. The trial will surely come up in full force today as the three main party leaders continue their trek across the country, speaking to Canadians. The Prime Minister heads up north this week, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is in Quebec and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau visits Saskatchewan.
The latest poll numbers show not much has changed in terms of party support. An IPSOS poll finds if a vote were held today, 33% of decided voters would checkoff the NDP box, 31% for the Conservatives and 28% for the Liberals.
Karygiannis Wants OVO Fest After Party Banned from EX Grounds
The family of one of the Muzik nightclub shooting victims held a vigil last night, pleading for people who were at the club at the time to help police with their investigation. Police say Ariella Navarro Fenoy was an innocent bystander. They say thousands were at the club when shots were fired and no one has come forward. As police continue to investigate the shooting that left 2 people dead last week and one city councillor says the OVO Fest after-party should be banned from Exhibition Place. Jim Karygiannis has sent a letter to the Exhibition place’s board of governors asking for a report by Oct. 23 on whether the event and similar events can be banned. He believes the OVO Fest has been surrounded by violence for the last two years and should no longer be held on the Ex grounds.
Talks Scheduled Between Teachers And Province
There is a glimmer of hope in the ongoing talks between Ontario Teachers and the province. After nearly three months without talks, public high school teachers (OSSTF) and the province will return to the bargaining table next week. Negotiations are scheduled for Aug. 18 and 19 and leaves just three weeks before students return to class. Catholic teachers will meet with Catholic school boards and the province later today and Thursday. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) will be in a legal strike position Aug. 17.
Tory Meets with Canadian Olympic Committee
Yesterday, Mayor John Tory had a meeting about the possible 2024 Summer Olympics bid for Toronto. Tory has insisted that a full assessment of making an application won’t be made until after the Parapan Am Games are over. Those games end Saturday. The deadline for Toronto’s mayor to submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee is September 15th.
Jays Win Again in Pursuit of Yankees For AL East Lead
The Blue Jays won their ninth in a row, continuing their pursuit of the Yankees in the AL East. Drew Hutchison picked up his 11th win going seven, before handing over the ball to Aaron Sanchez who was able to close out the 8th. Roberto Osuna came on in the ninth and picked up his 11th save. The Jays winning runs came in the third inning when hits from Justin Smoak and Ryan Goins helped drive in three. Jose Bautista hit his 27th home run of the season in the fifth.