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Brampton East PC candidate Simmer Sandhu steps down after 'allegations anonymously made against me'

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Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate Simmer Sandhu announced he is stepping down in a tweet Wednesday evening, referring to “allegations anonymously made against me pertaining to both my work life and my nomination campaign.”

Sandhu, who did not detail the allegations, said he denies them and will “vigorously” defend himself and his reputation, but said he feels it is impossible to continue as PC candidate in Brampton East.

“This election is too important to get caught up in the issues surrounding any one person,” Sandhu said in the tweet.

PC leader Doug Ford did not comment on the resignation at a Mississauga rally taking place as the news broke but the party issued a statement.

“In light of the investigation into Simmer Sandhu, he felt it was necessary to stand down as a candidate and we accepted his resignation,” said Ford campaign spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman.

“We are committed to running a strong campaign in Brampton East and electing an Ontario PC MPP on June 7th. We are excited to announce Sudeep Verma as the Ontario PC Candidate in Brampton East.”

Sandu’s resignation came on the eve of Thursday’s 2 p.m. Elections Ontario deadline for the nomination of candidates.

Conservatives have been plagued by candidate problems for the election, including a fraud investigation by police into nomination irregularities in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas under previous leader Patrick Brown and Ford’s appointment of former radio talk-show host Andrew Lawton in London West for misogynist and racist remarks.

Ford has stood by Lawton but recently fired social conservative Tanya Granic Allen as the candidate in Mississauga Centre for blog posts that compared Muslim women in burqas to “bank robbers” and “ninjas.” She also made remarks seen as intolerant of gays.

Sandhu was running against federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s brother Gurratan Singh, running for the New Democrats.

According to his webpage, Verma came to Canada in 2003, employs about 20 people at a small business and previously sought the PC nomination in the neighbouring riding of Brampton Centre.

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Low visibility due to BC wildfires impacting flights at YLW

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The Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is advising travellers that flights are being impacted by low visibility.

The conditions are related to the many wildfires burning in B.C. right now, and the heavy smoke that is covering much of the province.

The YLW website shows some cancellations and delays this morning for flights coming from Seattle, U.S., Calgary, Toronto, Victoria, and Edmonton. Departures are also being affected at this time.

Passengers are being advised to check their flight status on their airline’s website or on the YLW website before arriving at the airport.

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Fire sparks in Peachland

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Castanet has received multiple tips of a wildfire that sparked in Peachland Sunday morning.

According to witnesses, the fire sparked just before 6 a.m. just off Chidley Road.

Fire crews arrived on scene quickly and extinguished the blaze, according to the news tips.

Castanet will update the public with more information when it becomes available.

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Smoke blocking flights

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Wildfire smoke is impacting flights flying in and out of Kelowna International Airport.

YLW said Sunday morning that passengers are advised to check their flight status on their airline’s website before arriving at the airport.

Five flights departing from Kelowna have been cancelled so far and five flights expected to arrive in Kelowna have been cancelled.

Air quality across the Okanagan Valley is currently at a very high risk and it's expected to stay that way until Monday.

Conditions could improve Monday as it is forecasted to drop to a moderate risk and a six out of 10.

For information on flights out of YLW visit this link.

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