Former Justice Minister expected to have her say on SNC-Lavalin matter

Ottawa’s former Justice Minister will likely get a chance to “speak her truth” this week.
Jody Wilson-Raybould is expected to testify on the SNC-Lavalin matter as early as Tuesday. She resigned from Trudeau’s cabinet recently amid the drama surrounding the scandal. Trudeau’s PMO is accused of pressuring Wilson-Raybould into pushing for a deal out of court for the Canadian company.

Feds warn unnecessary tariffs are putting USMCA trade deal in question

The new NAFTA could be in trouble if the US doesn’t give up the trade grudge soon.
Transportation Minister Marc Garneau warns Ottawa may struggle to ratify the trade agreement as the US continues to hold onto pre-USMCA tariffs on steel and aluminum. He says the feds don’t understand the justification behind keeping these tariffs in place.

Ford targeted by lawsuit for comments made about OPP Deputy Commissioner

Doug Ford is now facing a defamation lawsuit from one of Ontario’s top cops.
The Globe and Mail reports OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair is threatening the premier with a lawsuit. The threat stems from Ford’s comments in December, when he suggested Blair was breaking the rules by going public with his concerns over Ron Taverner’s hiring as the new commissioner.

Byelections running across Canada today

It might be a brief period in office for MPs to be elected across Canada today.
Three federal byelections are set to run across the country, just months ahead of the main election. The elections for the empty MP seats are running in BC’s Burnaby, York Simcoe in Ontario and Montreal.

Winter weather expected to be snapped by Spring in late March

Spring may suddenly hit Ontario next month, breaking through the surge of winter activity.
The Weather Network is predicting an abrupt transition into the warmer and wetter weather closer to the end of March. Until then, we’re likely to see more snowy cold conditions as winter keeps the province on lockdown.