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Three seniors are dead after a highway collision in southern Alberta Wednesday.

Coaldale RCMP said that at approximately 6:30 p.m., they responded to a single-vehicle collision on Highway 845, just south of Highway 4, approximately a 25-minute drive southeast of Lethbridge.

A grey Ford Freestar minivan headed north on Highway 845 had driven off the highway on a curve before the CP Rail tracks, entering a deep ditch that it struck with a "significant impact" and coming to a rest on the tracks.

The speed limit transitioned from 100 km/h to 65 km/h shortly before the location of the collision, RCMP said. 

Police said all three elderly occupants of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene from impact-related injuries. The occupants are believed to be from Raymond, Alta.

Police said their names will not be released and that next-of-kin notifications are ongoing.

Highway 845 was closed for emergency response, but has since been reopened. 

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The new Andrea Horwath: Who is she and why are Ontarians listening to her now?




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Sandy Shaw has a war story about Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath from back in the day.

She, Ms. Horwath and a third friend were door-knocking in an apartment building during one of Ms. Horwath’s election campaigns.

There have been a lot of them over the past two decades and no one involved remembers exactly which one it was. Ten years ago? More? Municipal or provincial? Only the place is certain – one of Hamilton’s less salubrious neighbourhoods.

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They’d been at it for a while when they came to a door paranoically papered over in “No Flyers” signs.

While they debated whether to knock, the door swung open. A man was standing in the entrance holding up what Ms. Shaw remembers as a “bread knife.”

“I believe he was in his underwear,” Ms. Shaw says. “But I was more focused on the knife.”

For a moment, there was a silent standoff. Then, someone yelled, “Run!”

The women took off screaming down the hallway and into the stairwell. They were six flights up.

The underwear assailant chased them, also screaming, but gave up halfway down.

The trio hit the ground floor panting, jumped into their car and locked the doors.

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“We were all sitting there, shaking, terrified, trying to figure out what to do,” Ms. Shaw says. “And just as we started to recover, Andrea says, quite seriously, ‘So, should we go back and finish the building?’”

Like Ms. Shaw, Ms. Horwath loves retelling this one.

The 55-year-old hot new thing of Ontario politics is sitting at the back of her campaign bus, squirming in her seat, hands flying over her head to mime tumbling down the stairs.

She gives a mournful, NDP-ish nod to societal ills – “… there’s a lot of mental-health problems, right? …” – and then it’s back to fun stories about terrible events.

“He was yelling that he was going to get us,” Ms. Horwath says, fist poised over shoulder à la the shower scene in Psycho. Her eyes have widened. She’s encouraging you to nod along with her. Everyone’s rolling around laughing.

“I’ll tell you another time about some of the weird things that have happened to me, because I don’t want them in the story,” Ms. Horwath says. “There’s a lot of stuff with towels” – and then a hardy-har-har tilt of the head.

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This is all a bit surprising. This isn’t the Andrea Horwath you were expecting from campaign-trail highlights.

You were expecting the Horwath from such greatest hits as A Distant Third in Two Consecutive Elections; or I’ll Just Stand Here In the Corner While the Two of You Debate on Live Television.

It certainly looks like the Horwath Ontarians vaguely know – good smile, professionally styled colour blocking, unnervingly direct eye contact. There are the familiar tics designed to buy herself a second to think before proceeding (sweeping her hair out of her face, tugging at her lapels, fiddling with a bracelet).

But this Horwath moves more lightly. She’s suddenly very nimble for someone who’s spent so long with the political corpse of Ontario’s last NDP premier, Bob Rae, strapped to her back.

After all these years, Ms. Horwath’s having a moment. That is more a function of good luck in her choice of opponents than any personal vision. Either way, people – possibly for the first time – are prepared to listen.

The challenge over the few days remaining in the campaign is to convince them that there is a recognizable human tucked in behind the NDP’s policy platform.

May 18, 2018: Ms. Horwath waits outside the nursing station on the Grassy Narrows First Nation in Northern Ontario. Grassy Narrows is in a new riding creating from a long-held NDP bastion.

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In mid-May Ms. Horwath visited the Grassy Narrows First Nation, in the deep bush outside Kenora.

By distance, it is 2,000 kilometres from Toronto. By top-of-mindness, it is light years away. Grassy Narrows is known for two things – mercury poisoning and the resultant misery. No politician wants to be connected to either.

In cynical terms, there wasn’t much to be gained from this trip. Grassy Narrows is in a new riding created from one the NDP has held since forever. If some seats are safe, this one is bubble-wrapped.

The day has started unconscionably early. The call time was 4:30 a.m. Ms. Horwath was up late the night before at an all-candidates debate.

It’s a three-and-a-half hour charter flight from Toronto, followed by a gut-churning 90-minute drive on winding roads. The day is wet and dreary.

By the time the bus rolls in, the small crew along for the ride – staffers, a half-dozen journalists, a tech crew – look like they’re crawling out from under a bridge. Ms. Horwath hops off the bottom step like she’s popping out of an Eileen Fisher catalogue.

A small convoy of cars has been wrangled to ferry her around the reserve. She’s to visit various points of interest – the water-filtration facility, the clinic, a workshop.

At each stop along the way, Ms. Horwath will be asked some variation of “And, sorry, you are who again?”

By the time she gets to the clinic, she’s trying to get ahead of that one by introducing herself as “the leader of the NDP.”

“Is that federal or … ” says Wayne Hyacinthe, the man in charge, letting the question hang there.

“Provincial,” says Ms. Horwath brightly.

Terry Cooke, Hamilton-Wentworth’s former regional chair and one of many people who first spotted Ms. Horwath’s promise as a young rabble-rouser, describes this as the key difficulty of leading the NDP in Ontario.

“People are thinking about the pipeline debate, or what [Toronto mayor] John Tory and his council are doing this week. The province is not on the radar,” Mr. Cooke says. “And the leader of the third party might as well be in the witness-protection program.”

This lends itself to an anonymity that is frustratingly resilient, even after you’ve gotten in front of people for a while.

Ms. Horwath will spend a couple of hours here with the band chief, Rudy Turtle. The official portion of the day ends with a news conference in which Chief Turtle forgets Ms. Horwath’s name.

Ms. Horwath confers with Chief Rudy Turtle of Grassy Narrows.

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The few on hand who have a basis of comparison cannot help but make one.

“When Jack [Layton] was here, he’d walk everywhere, laughing, joking,” says Tania Cameron, a local woman hired by the party to wrangle the Indigenous vote in the North. “Such a leader. What a difference.”

Though she’s been at this most of her working life, Ms. Horwath doesn’t have a showman’s natural, physical charisma. She doesn’t command rooms. She slides into them and instinctively moves to the edges until called upon.

She also can’t acclimate to the bawdy humour that goes a long way toward winning friends in this part of the world.

(Ms. Cameron asks me later if this is the farthest north I’ve been in Ontario. When I say “Yes,” she says, “Well, then, we’ll have to get you out bareback riding.”

“Sorry, bareback riding?”

“Right. On the back of a bear,” and everyone around laughs delightedly at how the city slicker walked right into that one.)

Between adopting an expression of empathy and being seen to listen very carefully, Ms. Horwath can’t find the right tone on that score. She can be funny, but rarely while she’s on the clock.

At one point, someone says something softly to her, and she pulls back before figuring it out.

“Oh, you’re all such jokers around here,” Ms. Horwath says, patting him on the arm. The man walks away looking confused.

The water tower is seen on the Grassy Narrows First Nation. The community has been under a boil water advisory because of a faulty treatment plant for the past eight years.

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This is a sad place, but not an earnest one. Ms. Horwath’s Down East, straight-to-the-point approach doesn’t quite fit.

She comes by that ostentatious lack of political veneer honestly. The daughter of a working-class immigrant who was on the line at a Ford plant. An early convert to union scriptures. She came out of Stoney Creek, which has since become part of Hamilton, to work as a “community organizer” before that was a thing.

Ms. Horwath was first elected to Hamilton city council when she was 35. The city was not in a good way back in the late nineties. The result was dukes-up politics, quite literally.

“Sometimes after council, there were blows out in the parking lot,” says Hamilton Centre NDP MP Dave Christopherson, who also started out on the council floor. “Andrea could manage that part. She was also polished enough to have tea with the Queen.”

What everyone from that time remembers about Ms. Horwath is her pragmatism.

Mr. Cooke, a red Tory, recalls a months-long transit strike in the midst of winter. Ms. Horwath had only recently taken her seat. Mr. Cooke asked her to appear with him at a news conference to reinforce the idea that management’s offer to workers would not get any better.

“The strike ended a week or two later,” Mr. Cooke says. “She spent political capital to do the right thing. Demonstrated some courage. She didn’t have to do that. She could’ve laid in the woods and done nothing.”

There was also Ms. Horwath’s Stakhanovite schedule. She didn’t drift in and out of work. She did it compulsively.

“She is a bit of Rain Man,” says Cooke. “In a time of reality-TV candidates, she is the antithesis of that.”

Ms. Horwath became an MPP in 2004 and party leader in 2009. She’s won her own races and led for nearly a decade, but has never truly governed.

March 8, 2009: Ms. Horwath, the newly chosen leader of the Ontario NDP, holds hands with then federal NDP leader Jack Layton, right, and her leadership rival Peter Tabuns, left, at the party convention in Hamilton.

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Until this point, she has always been the gadfly in Socrates’ analogy. Her only power is the ability to sting, which she has done more or less effectively depending on the times.

Asked to describe what she does when she’s not doing politics or worrying about politics, Ms. Horwath is momentarily at a loss. She has two other modes – “relaxing” and “coping.”

Coping is an hour each morning in the gym. Relaxing is visiting family and friends, though she doesn’t get the chance very often. She is single, with an adult son who is an aspiring hip-hop artist.

“It really is your whole life,” Ms. Horwath says of politics. “I still love it, which means I have a serious personality disorder.”

She’ll deliver this line three times in the short while I spend with her and laugh reflexively after each one.

Asked what she misses about municipal politics, she’ll say it’s the thing most politicians despise – going door to door. Perversely, Ms. Horwath seems to enjoy being put on the spot and having to explain her way out of things. This tendency is so strong that she routinely talks through her applause lines when in front of crowds.

She’s one of the very few Ontario party leaders in years to travel on the same bus as the media, allowing them close access to her at all times. She scrums several times a day and will stand there answering questions until reporters exhaust themselves.

By contrast, PC candidate Doug Ford travels alone and takes only a handful of questions each day. Once he hears one he doesn’t like, the availability often abruptly ends.

When things go sideways – such as the day she has to eat a $1.4-billion accounting “mistake” in her platform – Ms. Horwath’s mien doesn’t change.

“I try to do my best, and if something goes wrong, it goes wrong,” she says. It is an effective form of verbal judo – not aggressive, but difficult to attack.

Ms. Horwath’s unflappability is down to years spent in public skirmishes. Not everyone in the party meets that standard.

Ms. Horwath at the Kenora airport.

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At the end of the visit around Kenora, there’s another news conference, this time in the home of Carol and Gary Burns. Ms. Horwath will be announcing another part of the NDP’s health platform. Twenty people wedge into the Burns’ tiny kitchenette so that we can all get in touch with the proletariat.

Until this campaign, Ms. Horwath rarely spoke in public without notes or a Teleprompter, even in a setting this intimate. That lent her commentary a robotic quality. She’s given those aids up almost entirely and extemporizes so cogently one wonders why she bothered with them.

The scripted part of the address goes well. So does the “casual” conversation, insofar as that is possible. Then, attention turns to the NDP’s local hopeful, a galumphing man in a one-size-too-small suit jacket named Glen Archer.

Like many fringe candidates in this election, Mr. Archer has in the past been less than his best self on social media. First, he wrote that premier Kathleen Wynne “should be in prison.”

He’s already apologized for that one.

But someone’s dug deeper and found that Mr. Archer also posted a line from that noted political philosopher Chuck Norris: “If I wanted your opinion, I’d beat it out of you.”

Mr. Archer is trying to explain. It isn’t going well.

“It was a quote I heard in a movie,” he says. “I thought it was quite funny.”

If, in his former life, Mr. Archer had been an accountant, it might be. He was, instead, a jail guard. No one’s laughing.

Ms. Horwath is sitting very still beside him as the microphones instinctively inch in. She’s staring so hard into the side of his head you expect two smoking holes to appear.

Mr. Archer muddles around for a solid minute before he can find a way to pivot back to the party plank. Once he does, Ms. Horwath begins nodding vigorously.

Note to potential cabinet ministers: If Andrea Horwath isn’t nodding at you, try harder.

At this point, that sort of talk is beginning to feel less fantastical. The NDP is coming up in the polls. Flanked by an opponent few trust and another few like, being a bit of a political cipher no longer seems like the worst thing in the world.

Ms. Horwath is resolute in not engaging her improved position in terms that might be mistaken for overconfidence, or even confidence plain and simple. Aside from her stump mantra – “It doesn’t have to be this way” – she doesn’t engage it at all.

It’s only in reflecting on the past that she tangentially touches on what happens after the election.

Last time around, it wasn’t until the campaign ended that she noticed her handlers only scheduled her to visit safe ridings.

“I suppose they wanted to keep my positivity up,” Ms. Horwath says, shrugging.

How’d that work out?

“I lost.”

If the NDP has had an identity in this province, that’s it. The happy loser, the good sport, the one who keeps getting up (the implication being that they are constantly knocked down).

“You don’t win in politics until you decide that’s important. In the history of the Ontario NDP, winning has rarely been on the top of the agenda,” says Ms. Horwath’s chief of staff, Michael Balagus, who was brought in from Manitoba. “The one time they won government [under Mr. Rae in 1990], many people were traumatized by that in the party.”

Mr. Balagus describes a come-to-Jesus moment he had with Ms. Horwath before agreeing to take the job, asking her if she finally wanted to win something.

“That’s the difference this time,” he says. “She owns this campaign.”

May 20: Ms. Horwath speaks at a campaign stop in Ottawa.

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Bad weather delays the flight from the next day’s stop, Sault Ste. Marie – a Conservative riding – into Ottawa.

It’s been another long grind of announcing and flesh-pressing. By the time the plane is taxiing, it’s well into the evening. There’s no WiFi on this Dash 8, so no one has to pretend to be working.

Ms. Horwath is sitting up front with her consiglieres. The media is spread out a few rows back. It is considered bad form to pester her in this environment, especially once everyone’s downed tools.

It’s a short haul. The flight attendant distributes a round of adult refreshments. People are a little overtired, a little loopy and a little loud.

In the midst of a punchline that gets a big laugh, Ms. Horwath suddenly appears. Everyone goes quiet, as if mom’s just caught them drinking in the basement.

One of the things that strikes you as odd about Ms. Horwath is that she is a shy person doing the most exposed job in the world. Even in the friendliest environments, it takes her a few minutes and a perceptible act of will to find her ease.

We all look up at her expectantly. She’s the leader. She talks first.

“So? How are you all doing?”

She has a can of Molson Canadian in her hand. She’s got one elbow awkwardly cocked on a seat back. She’s looking for some help.

The poor woman even jokes that she came back because “my aides thought it would be a good idea.” Ms. Horwath is George Washington in this moment – she cannot tell a lie.

As an icebreaker, a reporter hands her a red beer cozy he’s bought as a souvenir. He tells her she should keep it as a gift. An unmistakable look of innocent, gratified surprise passes across Ms. Horwath’s face.

Someone points out that between the red can and her blue jacket, she’s in all the wrong colours.

“NO PICTURES!” Ms. Horwath bellows theatrically, arm sweeping out in front of her. Too late. Someone’s taken one. There is a lot of comic jeering as he’s peer-pressured into deleting it from his phone.

Ms. Horwath’s posture changes. For the first time, you can see her mental switch flip over from “working,” past “coping,” to “relaxing.”

Ms. Horwath greets supporters at a campaign stop in Ottawa.

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In trying to describe her, Ms. Horwath’s old war buddy Sandy Shaw kept coming back to the word “genuine” and then apologizing for using it. The cliché of the authentic pol is so ragged that, once deployed, people now tend to believe the opposite.

“It sounds corny to say, but, for her, this is not about politics. It’s not about her personality,” Ms. Shaw says. “This is her real self.”

None of us can properly describe what “genuine” looks like, but we know it when we see it. In this moment, at least, this is it.

Ms. Horwath is beginning to enjoy herself now. It’s mostly shoptalk and banter about the old days. She tells a couple of PG-rated off-the-record stories. Everyone’s leaning in. She’s holding the room.

It goes on until she’s asked where she’s staying in Ottawa. Ms. Horwath says she doesn’t know. “The Chateau Laurier, maybe?” someone suggests archly.

“Are you fu… ?” Ms. Horwath starts, catches herself, laughs in a way you will not hear her do on the stump and then starts again. “Are you kidding me?”

That’s done it. The spell breaks. You can see Ms. Horwath’s mental gear returning to normal operating service.

“This has been fun,” she says, pointing toward her seat just a few feet away. “But I have to go back now.”

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From Hitler memes to 9/11 truthers, Ontario NDP candidate controversies grow as party enters spotlight




The good news for the Ontario NDP is all signs show them pulling into the lead ahead of the June 7 election.

The bad news: their opponents and the media now have the microscopes out to vet NDP candidates for problems, and they’re finding some doozies.

Here’s a few of the more notable cases — and, because no party’s immune to candidate controversies, some of the embarrassing revelations dogging the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives, too.

The Hitler meme

As a general rule, any time someone running for public office has to clarify that they don’t support Adolf Hitler, it’s not going well.

The Ontario PCs held a news conference on Friday to point out a strange 2013 Facebook post from Tasleem Riaz, the NDP candidate in Scarborough-Agincourt. It appears to be a motivational quote from Hitler: “If you don’t like a rule…just follow it…reach on top…and change the rule,” the meme quotes Hitler saying, along with a photo of him giving the Nazi salute.

Riaz quickly put out a statement saying she doesn’t recall posting it and is “horrified” to see it on her page.

“In every way, I find Hitler, the hate he spewed, and the genocide he committed to be abhorrent,” she said.

The 9/11 truthers

Nobody likes seeing their old tweets, but it’s particularly bad when they’re spreading conspiracy theories.

Dwayne Morgan, NDP candidate for Scarborough North, has belatedly scrubbed his Twitter feed of suggestions the U.S. government orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but not before they were caught. One said: “Now if they could do something about Bush’s role in 9/11, people could finally get closure.” 

Not to be outdone, the Ontario Liberals had their own 9/11 conspiracy controversy. Markham—Unionville candidate Amanda Yeung Collucci posted on Facebook in 2012: “911 was it really a terrorist attack or just another for cover up? As soon as it happened back in 2001 I thought how can the US Defense be so weak? I thought they LET it happen so they can declare war.”

Collucci has since deleted the post and apologized, saying it’s not representative of her views.

Bomb the gun nuts?

Erica Kelly, the Etobicoke Centre NDP candidate, is apparently fine with drone war but not so big on second amendment activists.

“I know this is horrible to say… but I would not be sad to see these gun nuts threatening civil war have their asses blown to f–k with a drone,” she had posted in a Facebook comment. “I know that’s horrible to say, but if they don’t care about kids lives being lost with the way things are there now…. I don’t really care about them either.”

In a statement on Friday, Kelly said her comment came in the “heat of the moment…My comments do not reflect how I live my life and how I treat others. For that, I offer my unreserved apology.”

The poppy problem

Mississauga Centre NDP candidate Laura Kaminker caused a ruckus over a 2014 Facebook post where she declares her opposition to wearing the red poppy on Remembrance Day.

“I just wear my peace button on my jacket as always and wait for the collective brainwashing to blow over,” her post said. “When our masters give the signal, everyone can take off the fake poppy — made with prison labour — and create a bit more landfill. And another annual ritual of war glorification comes to a close.”

The opposition parties howled in protest that it was an insult to Canadian veterans, but NDP leader Andrea Horwath defended her candidate’s right to hold the view.

“Those are certainly not values I share, but freedom of speech is a principle that we all, I think, value,” Horwath said.

Lock her up

Pushing the idea that your political opponents should be thrown in jail is never a good look, but it’s especially problematic after Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which featured a “Lock Her Up” chant at many rallies.

Glen Archer, a corrections officer running for the NDP in Kenora-Rainy River, apologized after 2015 Facebook posts were found where he said about Premier Kathleen Wynne: “Blowing taxpayer money like crazy putting in the pockets of her friends, Scandal after scandal. She should be in prison. Resign at last!”

His favourite quote was also listed on his Facebook page as “If I wanted your opinion, I’d beat it out of you!” He told CBC it was a quote from a movie and called it “corrections humour.”

Both posts have been taken down, and Archer apologized for his choice of words.

Bad tweets

The Ontario PCs have mostly been fending off endless controversies over dubiously-conducted nomination contests, but they’ve also had their own problems with unfortunate social media posts by candidates.

Much of it has centred on London West candidate Andrew Lawton, a former talk show host appointed to the nomination after Doug Ford became PC leader.

Most of his controversial Twitter posts are off-colour jokes about Muslims (example: “Covered in wires from a portable heart monitor. The Muslim gents nearby seem to think I’m one of them.”), though he’s also in hot water over posts accused of being misogynistic and homophobic.

Lawton issued a lengthy apology, blaming it in part on his struggles with mental illness. Ford called Lawton a “good candidate” and accepted the explanation.

That was a noted contrast from Ford’s response to another candidate, anti-sex-ed activist Tanya Granic Allen, who was turfed as a candidate after numerous recordings and posts from her past came to light. In a 2014 video, speaking about sex ed in Croatia, she included gay marriage as one of the issues that makes her “almost vomit in disbelief.”

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Evening Update: Police on the hunt for Mississauga bombing suspects




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Police on the hunt for two suspects after bomb explosion at Mississauga restaurant injures 15 people

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  • A bomb exploded around 10:30 p.m.. on Thursday night at Bombay Bhel, a restaurant in Mississauga
  • Fifteen people were injured in the blast, three critically. Police say those critically injured have now been upgraded to stable
  • Peel Regional Police ask for public’s assistance in identifying two suspects

Peel Regional Police are hunting two suspects after an improvised explosive device ripped through a Mississauga restaurant Thursday night. The two suspects entered the Bombay Bhel, left the bomb and immediately fled. Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans told a news conference Friday morning there were two separate parties celebrating birthdays in the restaurant, and that there were children under 10 in attendance. No children were injured, she said. Those who were injured range in age from 23 to 69 and were all sent to hospital. Three victims – a 35-year-old man, a 62-year-old woman and a 48-year-old woman – were initially reported to be in critical condition but have been upgraded to stable condition.

Police released a surveillance image Friday morning and described the suspects as both having light or fair skin; one was described as being in his mid 20s. Police do not have a description of the vehicle the suspects are believed to have fled in.

You can keep on top of new details with our What we know so far story.

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Doug Ford denies interfering in local PC nomination race

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is being accused of interfering in a local party nomination race by signing up bogus members to help a candidate of his choice. On Thursday, the Liberals released documents and an audio recording of Mr. Ford that purports to show him recruiting members and suggesting the fees would be paid by others – a violation of the party’s rules. The revelations draw Mr. Ford into a controversy that has dogged the PC Party in recent days over nomination practices under his predecessor, Patrick Brown. Mr. Ford denied the allegations and accused the Liberals of trying to hurt his campaign before the June 7 election.

The documents released by the Liberals relate to a nomination race in Etobicoke Centre won by Kinga Surma. Her rival, Pina Martino, filed a formal complaint with the PC Party in November of 2016 accusing Ms. Surma of signing up more than four dozen individuals as members either without their consent or without them paying the $10 fee. Under party rules, members must pay their own fees. In the audio recording, which the Liberals say was made in October, 2016, Mr. Ford is heard suggesting people’s fees would be paid by others and encouraging them to leave membership forms incomplete.

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Get all of the details and insight on the provincial election from our Ontario election guide.

The Globe has several opinion pieces on the election campaign, including:

Picture this: Ontario PCs chose the competent woman over the bloviating man

If I were Christine Elliott, I’d be spitting broken glass right now. Several dozen firefighters would be required to deal with the smoke coming out my ears. Ms. Elliott must look over the smouldering wreckage of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives’ election campaign and think: If I’d been in charge, this wouldn’t look like the end of a Terminator movie. — Elizabeth Renzetti

Doug Ford proves to be part of the problem, rather than the solution to the Tories’ cultural troubles

For any Ontarians who hoped the Tories would seize the opportunity of Mr. Brown’s ignominious exit to find a solution to what ails them culturally, and what many Canadian parties put up with to varying degrees, it’s time to be disappointed. It increasingly appears that given an opportunity to find a solution, the PCs instead turned to someone who is part of the problem. — Adam Radwanski

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Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sexual abuse

Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself into police this morning in Manhattan and later stood in handcuffs in court to face two counts of rape charges and one count of committing a criminal sexual act. The arrest came in the wake of a months-long investigation by the New York Police Department. Mr. Weinstein was ordered released on US$1-million cash bail by Judge Kevin McGrath. His case will resume July 30. Until then, Mr. Weinstein is not allowed to travel outside of the states of New York and Connecticut and must wear a tracking device. His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters after the hearing that the 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co., intends to plead not guilty to the charges. Mr. Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women. He has denied ever having non-consensual sex.

In related news, Vancouver’s Translink public transit system and credit card company Visa have suspended their respective relationships with Morgan Freeman after multiple women accused the actor of sexual harassment. TransLink’s public transit ad campaign featured Mr. Freeman’s distinctive voice reading out announcements as part of a Visa ad campaign.

With summit cancellation, China reclaims strategic influence over North Korea

The sudden cancellation of plans for a June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has positioned Beijing back at the heart of the strategic tussle over the future of the Korean peninsula, writes Asia bureau chief Nathan VanderKlippe. In the grand game of strategic influence that has enveloped debate over North Korea’s nuclear program, it’s an indication that China has found a way to reassert its primacy.

Meanwhile, both the United States and North Korea today said they remain open to talks. This morning, North Korean vice-foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan called Mr. Trump’s cancellation “unexpected and very regrettable” and said North Korea remains “unchanged in our willingness to do everything we can for the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and of the humanity, so with a broad and open mind, we are willing to give the United States time and opportunity.”

Janice Gross Stein weighs in on the cancellation of the summit and argues the world is better off without a Trump-Kim Summit.


The close: TSX falls as oil selloff weighs on energy stocks

Canada’s main stock index continued its decline today as the price for oil fell below US$70 a barrel and continued to drag down the energy sector. The S&P/TSX composite index shed 37.95 points, or 0.24 per cent, to 16,075.67, following reports OPEC countries plan to produce more oil soon. The TSX’s energy group fell 5.51 points, or 2.70 per cent, while the financials sector slipped 0.08 points, or 0.03 per cent. The TSX is off 0.8 per cent for the year.

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The Newfoundland woman at the centre of a Scottish workplace-harassment scandal, DeeAnn Fitzpatrick, alleges co-workers mocked her for having a miscarriage, used racist language and threatened female staff members. She alleges she suffered a decade of harassment, including being taped to a chair with tape over her mouth, after complaining about a sexist, racist workplace culture at her office.


Hold off on bashing the 30-year-olds who live at home

While there are no doubt some contemptible opportunists out there still sucking at the financial teat of their parents and doing little in exchange, that is not the majority of kids in their 20s and 30s still living at home. Not even close. Especially if they live in one of the country’s more expensive markets such as Vancouver and Toronto, they are there because the cost of housing is so bloody expensive and they are more indebted, out of school, than any generation before them. — Gary Mason

Canada’s mysterious Islamic State returnee looks frighteningly familiar

The question of what to do with the Islamic State member in our midst has been on Canadian minds ever since an episode of The New York Times podcast Caliphate a few weeks ago. One of [the current and former Islamic State members] is the Canadian man at the centre of the podcast known as Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi. Rumour has it that he lives in the Toronto area, and it’s disconcerting to hear his story told by a twentysomething with the same accent and slang as any other kid from the Greater Toronto Area. — Denise Balkissoon

Trump and the art of how not to do trade deals

Nearly a year and a half into his administration, [U.S. President Donald Trump] has demonstrated a knack for threatening trade wars, shredding some agreements and forcing open others. But he’s made scant progress toward his goal of permanently rewriting the rules of global trade in favour of the United States. … Mr. Trump has thrown the world into a vortex of uncertainty. But even he doesn’t seem to know where it’s all headed. There is no apparent endgame to the U.S.-induced trade turmoil. — Barrie McKenna


Leslie Beck: Try these foods to help you sleep better

Mounting evidence suggests that what you eat – and what you don’t eat – affects the time it takes to fall asleep when you go to bed and the amount of time you spend in deep, restorative sleep. Research suggests that diet can impact hormones that regulate sleep duration and sleep quality. Foods can influence the secretion of melatonin, a brain chemical that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep.

New study aims to provide clues on how Canadian seniors can age healthily

The purpose of the $41-million Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is to follow more than 50,000 Canadians for at least 20 years to provide a sense of how our health evolves as we age. It is one of the biggest, boldest studies on aging in the world and researchers hope the study will not only provide a realistic picture of this important segment of the population but, more importantly, guide our health and social policies.

How do I get enough fibre in my diet?

A high-fibre diet is important for digestion and is believed to promote a healthy diversity of gut microbes. It’s also known to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancers. Yet most Canadians only get half the advised amount of fibre, according to Health Canada.


How Bombardier Recreational Products is making a killing selling off-road vehicles to Americans

Fifteen years ago, Bombardier spun off its classic business of making Ski-Doos and Sea-Doos into a new company called Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP). After a rocky start, the offspring is now roaring ahead and winning over lucrative new markets for its burgeoning line of off-road vehicles.

Winnipeg’s biodome garden looks to make a tropical splash in a city defined by winter

In Assiniboine Park, the lush Canada’s Diversity Gardens could help bring the world to a city on the grow. The 35-acre biodome is already under construction and is set to open in the summer of 2020. The $75-million project is part of what some see as a “continuing renaissance” for the city, a renewed confidence in the idea of Winnipeg as one of the most populous, robust cities in Canada.

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