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COVID-19 zaps electricity usage in Ontario as people stay home

System operator data show peak electricity demand rose during a hot summer spell to 24,446 megawatts — the highest since 2013. Overall, however, Ontario electricity demand last year was the second lowest since 1988, the operator said.

Ontario lacked updated pandemic response plan before COVID-19 hit, public commission told

Ontario had no updated plan for dealing with a pandemic when COVID-19 began cutting a deadly swath through the province last spring, a public commission was told.

Ex-Saudi spy urges Canadian court to free his frozen assets; says he's victim of assassination plot

A former top intelligence agent who alleges Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler sent a hit squad to Canada to kill him urged an Ontario court on Friday to free up his assets, saying the judge who froze them wasn't given all the relevant facts.

Ontario bureaucrat accused of scamming $11M now accused in alleged $30M fraud

A senior provincial employee alleged to have embezzled at least $11 million from the Ontario government is now accused of kickbacks in an alleged fraud worth at least $30 million, court documents show.

Controversial head of judges' disciplinary council retires

The controversial head of the council responsible for handling complaints against federal judges has retired.

Ontario recovers $11M allegedly taken by senior civil servant accused of fraud

A former senior employee with the Ontario government has repaid more than $11 million in COVID-19 benefits the province alleges he took fraudulently, his lawyer said on Friday.

Relatives of victims lost when Iran shot down passenger jet call for justice on grim anniversary

Anguished relatives in Canada mourned the loss of loved ones on Friday as they called for justice for the victims of a passenger jet the Iranian military shot down one year ago.

Supreme Court agrees to weigh in on 'extreme intoxication' defence

The Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to weigh in on a ruling related to the defence of extreme intoxication that had alarmed some women's groups.

COVID-19 fears spark increased interest in home births, midwives say

Fear of contracting COVID-19 in hospitals or doctors' offices has prompted some moms-to-be to choose to take on midwives and have their babies at home, midwifery groups say.

Federal government backs development of mini nuclear reactors with new action plan

Nuclear power is essential to meeting Canada's climate-change goals, and developing portable mini nuclear reactors is a key part of that strategy, the federal energy minister said on Friday. 

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