WATCH: A near-violent altercation between families and supporters of a young man who was stabbed to death in Whistler, after one of his alleged attackers was released on bail. Jill Bennett reports.
VANCOUVER – One of the people charged in the death of 19-year-old Luka Gordic has been granted bail. There were gasps and tears in the courtroom when the judge announced their decision.
Arvin Golic, 18, is charged with manslaughter. He has been in custody for a few weeks following a number of appearances to decide if he will be granted bail. As part of his bail conditions he must be under house arrest 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Outside the courthouse on Monday, following Golic being granted bail, police had to break up a fight.
Truck swarmed outside North Van court by people upset with bail decision. Police break up fight. pic.twitter广州桑拿网/ujS3pDtfHC
— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) June 15, 2015
A large group of Gordic’s friends and family have been at the North Vancouver courthouse for every appearance, many wearing black t-shirts bearing the hashtag #justiceforLuka.
Luka’s older brother, Milos.
During the morning break outside the courthouse a few weeks ago, Golic’s father went up to Gordic’s godfather and the two exchanged a few words before the father went back inside.
Gordic’s godfather told Global News what he said:
‘You know, what my son done, you know, I got nothing to do with this.’
I said ‘that doesn’t help you know.’ He knows his son, he lives with him, you know, he knows what kind of son he’s had.
All of the details surrounding the bail hearings for Golic are unable to be released to the public due to a publication ban.
Three teens were also arrested in connection with Gordic’s death, but they cannot be named due to that ban.
Two of the 17-year-olds were released on bail a few weeks ago, but the third remains in custody. The teens were released to their parents, must report to a bail supervisor and abide by a nightly curfew.
Gordic died May 17 in Whistler.
“This was a situation where a group of young people who knew each other had a dispute which turned deadly,” said Sgt. Stephanie Ashton of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
Friends have set up a 广州桑拿网 page in his memory.
Gordic graduated from Burnaby Central Secondary School a year ago and was studying to become a plumber.
He was the youngest of four kids and lived at home with his parents, two older brothers, one sister and the family dog.
TORONTO – As the price of groceries continues to climb, interest in urban farming in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver is on the rise. Besides growing fruits and vegetables, many people across the country also want to keep animals like chickens in their backyard. And while having a seemingly endless supply of fresh eggs sounds like a great idea, there are many important factors you need to know before setting up a coop and running out to buy a hen.
The rules surrounding backyard chickens
The rules surrounding backyard chickens vary across the country with only a few major Canadian cities allowing them. You can legally keep chickens in your yard in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Surrey, Montreal, Gatineau, Moncton and Whitehorse, but Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon all ban the practice.
Edmonton currently has a pilot project in place until August 2015 that allows a certain number of homes to keep chickens, and smaller Alberta cities, such as Grand Prairie, Airdre, Peace River and Fort Saskatchewan allow them, as do the Ontario cities of Guelph, Waterloo, Brampton, Quinte West and Niagara Falls.
Most bylaws where chickens are allowed require a specific distance between the placement of the chicken coop in relation to the neighbour’s property line and most refer to keeping hens, not roosters, under the general term “chickens.” Some municipalities also require a permit if you wish to keep chickens in your yard.
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TC, who runs the website torontochickens广州桑拿网 and wishes to remain anonymous, keeps five hens and a turkey in her Toronto backyard. She says most municipalities don’t allow chickens because of “misconceptions.”
“When people visit farms and see tens of thousands of chickens together it’s really smelly and it’s loud,” she says. “They [only smell] if you don’t manage their droppings properly. But it’s the same thing with a dog; if it piles up it’s going to smell.”
She says as long as you are a good pet owner chickens are no different than a dog or cat.
“They’re not noisy, not noisier than a dog at least, and as soon as the sun goes down they go to sleep so there’s never any night noise.”
The city of Toronto won’t actively try to find people keeping chickens, but if someone complains they have to react. TC has received many notices from animal control to get rid of her chickens, but says there is no mention on them of what will happen if she doesn’t move them out of the city.
In an email to Global News, Toronto Animal Services confirmed that it only enforces the rule on a complaints-basis and that there is a fine associated if the notices to move the animals are ignored.
“If the person is found to have prohibited animals, they would be provided a timeframe to remove them, as per the bylaw. The fine for a prohibited animal is $240,” the email states.
Toronto Coun. Joe Mihevc tells Global News the city needs to change the bylaw to allow backyard hens.
“Basically, we allow dogs, we allow cats, we allow pigeons, we allow rabbits and the one pet-slash-animal we don’t allow is the one that allows us to feed ourselves,” he says.
“No one is looking for 20 chickens. It’s not about farming. It’s about setting a maximum —; three or four or five [hens] for one home. The same way we regulate cats and dogs, we don’t allow you to have 20 dogs or 20 cats.”
Mihevc says that although there is a bylaw written to allow backyard hens in Toronto, the city is not actively trying to approve it.
“We tried last term to get the city to look at it and it didn’t make it through committee,” he explains. “It’s at the political end that we’re encountering resistance.”
What to expect having chickens in your backyard
The BC SPCA warns that raising backyard chickens is not a “suitable practice for individuals with little to no knowledge or experience in chicken care” and recommends consumers looking for alternatives to store-bought eggs purchase them from an SPCA-certified farmer instead instead of raising their own chickens.
Besides the legal issues, TC says there hasn’t been any challenges with keeping her backyard chickens. She says it only takes a few minutes of her time each day to manage them, with a big cleaning once a week being the most time-consuming.
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Winter care of backyard chickens can be problematic, however, and even TC admits it’s “not fun.”
“The main thing is to keep the wind out,” she explains. “The other thing is to get a breed that does well in the winter. Our breed was developed in Canada, in Quebec, and they do really well in the cold.”
Hens can live up to 10 years but stop laying eggs after about five. Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, told the National Post in a 2013 article on backyard chickens that they “expect to see an influx over the next couple of years as chickens stop laying [eggs].”
Cartwright recommends having a humane slaughter plan or a plan to care for them as a pet once they stop laying eggs.
You also need to be aware of predators and disease that can hurt your hens and take precautions to prevent both. There’s also concerns of the chickens attracting rodents, such as rats. TC says if you properly manage them and don’t keep the chicken feed out this won’t be an issue.
“Rats aren’t interested in chickens, they’re interested in the feed,” she says.
Mihevc says that while some people will be sloppy with backyard hens, there is no health or cleanliness concerns surrounding them.
“Vancouver has some exhaustive public health analysis around avian flu and identify that this is not a worry in the least from their perspective. There’s no red lights here other than people’s perceptions.”
Benefits of backyard chickens
The biggest benefit of having hens in your backyard is the fresh eggs they produce. On average, a hen will give an egg a day. If you have three hens, you’re looking at about 91 dozen eggs a year. TC says the eggs are also “far superior” than the ones from the store.
“You get more omega-3 fatty acids, you get more vitamin A. Because the chickens are outside they get sun and you get vitamin D from the eggs, which you wouldn’t normally get,” she says.
Fresh eggs from TC’s hens.
Brian McKechnie, Global News
There are also great educational and environmental benefits of having backyard chickens.
“Environmentally, it’s a lot less wasteful,” TC says. “We used to buy eggs. We would drive to the store and pick up a dozen or two dozen eggs and the cartons would go in our blue box and the next week we would go shopping again and we would have more cartons.”
TC says chicken droppings, which are rich in nitrogen, also make good fertilizer.
“What I do is layer in the droppings from the chickens [in compost bins] and I have a basket of leaves that I save from the fall, which is carbon. And I just alternate it and we get really rich compost, which I then use in the front [yard] where I’m growing food.”
If you are set to move forward with the idea of backyard chickens, TC recommends you start small.
“Somewhere between three and seven is a good number. You never want to have just one chicken because it would be very sad. They’re social animals.”
She also recommends you “bribe your neighbours with eggs,” and be a good pet owner.
“Make sure it doesn’t smell, make sure it’s clean and tidy and make sure they don’t escape.”
The biggest upfront cost associated with backyard chickens is the coop, which is also the most important piece of equipment needed. A proper coop costs anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
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A rodent-proof feeder is recommended and fencing to prevent the chickens from escaping (and any predators from getting in) is also required around the coop.
Chicken feed costs about $15 for a regular bag and $30 for organic. It’s only needed a couple of times per year, making it less expensive than feeding a dog.
For those concerned about making the investment, there are chicken rental programs in some Canadian cities, including Toronto.
Backyard Bok Boks in Guelph, Ont. offers a package that includes three heritage hens, a waterproof coop, bedding and nesting box straw, organic feed and predator-proof electric fencing. They also include delivery and pick-up. Prices vary depending on how long you want to house the hens. A two-week trial costs $349, a month is $399, and for the entire summer (3 months) the cost is $749.
Pennsylvania-based Rent the Chicken, which recently expanded to Toronto and PEI, offers multiple packages depending on how serious you want to get.
The standard package runs from June to October and includes two hens, an easily movable coop, food and water dishes, feed, a guide on taking care of chickens, a copy of Lisa Steele’s Fresh Eggs Daily and delivery and setup. The package is priced, before taxes, at $275 in PEI and $375 in Toronto. The deluxe package includes everything in the standard package but comes with four hens instead of two. It costs, before taxes, $575 in Toronto and $475 in PEI.
Whether you decide to rent or buy your backyard chicken setup, the BC SPCA has a list of important questions on its website you should ask yourself before moving forward.
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WATCH ABOVE: Former NAACP leader addresses race claims on Today Show
Rachel Dolezal, the embattled president of the Spokane NAACP, has stepped down amid allegations that she lied about her ethnicity, pretending to be black while working for the civil rights organization.
She says in a resignation letter, which was posted to the Spokane NAACP 广州桑拿网 page Monday, that despite ongoing challenges like “police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, [and] economic disenfranchisement” the “ dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.”
She goes on to say that she “waited in deference” as others commented on her story after her parents told a local newspaper that she wasn’t actually black.
“I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion,” she wrote.
The NAACP issued a statement Friday afternoon supporting Dolezal.
“It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley,” Dolezal wrote.
Her resignation came early Monday morning the day after she cancelled a chapter meeting where she was expected to speak about the controversy, and a petition was launched calling for her to take a leave of absence.
“It’s not about race, it’s about integrity,” Kitara Johnson, a member of the chapter who organized the petition, said. “If you’re a leader, you have to have integrity. She clearly lacks integrity. The other piece is credibility.”
TORONTO – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says demand for rental apartments weakened in parts of Western Canada this spring due to the decline in the oil price.
The number of rental apartments that sat vacant in April climbed to 3.2 per cent in Calgary and 2.4 per cent in Edmonton. Both cities had rental vacancy rates of 1.4 per cent a year earlier.
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Regina’s rental vacancy rate climbed to 4.8 per cent in April, from 2.5 per cent a year ago.聽Meanwhile, the rental market tightened in Vancouver to 1.4 per cent, from 1.8 per cent previously.
Toronto’s vacancy rate remained relatively flat, at 1.8 per cent, from 1.9 per cent previously.
Renters in Vancouver paid the highest average rent for a two-bedroom apartment, at $1,345 per month. Calgary came in second at $1,319, followed by Toronto at $1,269.
CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan said stronger economic conditions in Ontario and B.C. offset the negative impact of energy prices in Western Canada, leaving the national average vacancy rate relatively flat in April at 2.9 per cent.
That compares to 2.7 per cent in April 2014 鈥?a change that the CMHC says is not statistically significant.
“In Ontario, improving employment conditions for young adults aged 15 to 24, a key source of rental demand, and a stable supply of rental units placed downward pressure on vacancy rates, while increased immigration to British Columbia, another key source of rental demand, more-than-offset an increase in the province’s rental market supply,” Dugan said in a news release.
On Saturday, June 13, the Edmonton Eskimos kicked off the 2015 football season in Fort McMurray as part of the Northern Kickoff Festival. Global News was happy to be part of the preseason home game for the Edmonton Eskimos. It was the most northern game in the history of the CFL. As part of the Northern Kickoff Global News had a booth on site in Fort McMurray. Activities in the booth included a green screen activation where people were invited to take a digital photo with Gord Steinke, our Early News and News Hour anchor.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Northern Kickoff. Go Esks Go!
TORONTO – Justin Bieber is on a campaign of contrition.
After a few months of unusually serene behaviour from the nearly 21-year-old pop star, an image rehabilitation effort seemed to launch in earnest last week.
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On the heels of posing for a Calvin Klein underwear campaign and consenting to endure The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, the singer made an uncomfortable appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in which he conceded with humbled posture and tone that he had “done some things that might not have been the greatest.”
He elaborated via a dimly lit smartphone soliloquy later, explaining that for the past year or so he’d come off “arrogant or conceited.” He pledged: “I’m not who I pretended to be.”
The full-court PR press appears to have been carefully co-ordinated, but is it contrived?
“It’s very difficult for Justin Bieber to seem genuine,” opines Roz Weston, a host on Global’s ET Canada.
“That video, it could have been genuine. It could be somebody who’s looking to turn their thing around. Or it could be somebody who had a really devastating conversation with their lawyer about a pending court case.”
Either way, it seems the majority of the video‘s audience was willing to take Bieber at his word.
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According to social media data provided to by analytics firm Brandwatch, Bieber’s confessional video generated 10 times more positive mentions than negative.
In the day following the video, the company found that the hashtag #WeDontJudgeYouJustin generated more than 27,600 tweets and retweets (and nearly 100 million impressions). Overall, 69 per cent of Bieber mentions on 广州蒲友 came from women.
“He came across to fans as genuine and sincere, and at least on social media, his fans rallied around him,” said Brandwatch company spokeswoman Dinah Alobeid.
One in five active monthly 广州蒲友 users follows Bieber, according to numbers supplied by analytics firm Next Big Sound, whose data informs the Billboard Social 50. Bieber’s is the second most-followed account on the social networking platform, just behind Katy Perry. But Next Big Sound’s numbers show his engagement level trumps hers. He averaged roughly 55,000 retweets per tweet in December, for instance. Perry managed around 6,800.
And on Instagram, Bieber’s posts average roughly twice as many likes as Perry’s, Next Big Sound account manager Jay Troop said in a telephone interview.
Even as his public image was deteriorating, Bieber’s audience was growing. Troop’s numbers show Bieber’s engagement levels roughly doubled from December 2012 to December 2014.
“Despite not having quite the same tempo of releases of some of the other artists that share his place right at the top of social media, he’s kind of more influential than ever there — and still growing,” Troop said.
So if Bieber’s core fans remain staunchly loyal, the people he wants to win over, perhaps, are the rest of us.
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“The roast and video and everything else on Ellen, that was not for fans. That’s for everybody else,” says Weston.
“What he has left is that core fanbase, and when it comes to his music, they’re the people that spend money. (But) nobody else is spending money on Justin Bieber except Justin Bieber superfans.”
Bieber is working furiously on a new album, which he hopes will be out this year, says his musical director, Toronto-based Dan Kanter.
He went all of 2014 without releasing a single, and his last widely heard artistic statement — 2012’s platinum Believe — was released only months after his 18th birthday. The record felt more transitional than transformational.
Bieber is in the studio “24/7,” testifies Kanter, and the young singer’s priorities are now straight.
“I know Justin like a brother,” Kanter says. “People forget that Justin is first and foremost a musician. He plays guitar, piano and drums. He’s an absolutely exceptional songwriter.
“Right now, he’s really in the right direction because he’s focusing all his attention on music. There’s nothing he cares about more than making music and sharing that music with his Beliebers.”
Kanter is one of a few seemingly steadying voices in Bieber’s life. If Bieber has seemed like he was heeding no one’s advice, well, the recent apology could be an indication that that’s changed.
“The fault with Justin Bieber has always been two things: one, he has really terrible people around him; and two, Justin Bieber has never looked at adults as anything other than a source of income,” says Weston.
“I’ve never met someone at a young age who had less respect for the adults around them, whether it be managers, producers, whoever it is.
“Even back when he was very young, Justin Bieber has always been the boss. (And) maybe he’s becoming an adult and he’s seeing that his place in the world isn’t where he thought it was.”
TORONTO — In a bizarre video that surfaced online Tuesday, actor Randy Quaid simulates intercourse with his wife Evi while she is wearing a photo of News Corporation chair Rupert Murdoch as a mask.
The 64-year-old, sporting a bushy white beard, starts the video with a rant about helping News Corp. and Warner Bros. earn over $1 billion from his films Independence Day and Christmas Vacation.
“What did I get in return?,” Quaid asks, before claiming “a Warner Bros. exec stole my house” and the studio “had my wife and I falsely arrested six times by TMZ.”
Quaid also alleges a smear campaign by a New York newspaper.
“Evi and I have been put through a living hell of biblical proportion,” he says, before Evi puts the masks on and the couple simulates sex.
“So Rupert, you want to f*** me, I’m going to f*** you,” says Quaid. “Maybe you’ll thank me for this.”
During the act, Quaid declares: ‘Together, we’ll wipe out police media corruption.”
Quaid does not explain why he is angry at the two companies.
It is not clear when or where the video was made.
One version of the video was taken down by YouTube because it violated its “policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully or threaten.”
The actor and his wife have been in Canada since 2010, when they sought refugee status in Vancouver following arrests in California for burglary. They claimed they were not safe in the U.S. because “Hollywood star whackers” were out to get them.
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In 2011, the Quaids screened a documentary, Star Whackers, in which they claimed celebrities are targeted for murder by industry executives.
A Vancouver Sun reviewer dismissed the film as “drugged-out dreck.”
Randy’s application for permanent resident status in Canada was denied in 2013 but the couple has been allowed to remain in Canada because Evi has nationality through her father.
The pair, married since 1989, face arrest if they return to the U.S.
In addition to Independence Day and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Quaid’s credits include Midnight Express, Kingpin and the made-in-Alberta film Brokeback Mountain. He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid.
MONTREAL —; It’s a simple message: “Never, ever lay your hand on a woman.”
Bruno Heppell, Georges Laraques and Chris Nilan have come together in a new public service announcement to condemn violence against women.
The campaign was led by the Shield of Athena, a nonprofit organization that helps battered women and children rebuild their lives. Global Montreal also played a part —; its creative team helped produce the video.
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“We want to have men involved in the fight against violence against women, so this is extension of that,” said Melpa Kamateros, Executive Director of the Shield of Athena.
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The PSA was unveiled at the Guzzo Theatre Marche Central. It will be broadcast in both French and English before every movie, and at all Guzzo cinemas.
“I thought it was important, since my son’s first date was in a movie theatre, I thought – ‘How interesting would it have been if, right before going on that date, he would be reminded of the respect for women?’,” said Vincent Guzzo, C.O.O. of Guzzo Cinemas.
Earlier this week, a similar message aired during the Superbowl:
On Tuesday, Nilan, Laraques, and Heppell said it was especially important for them, as athletes, to get involved.
“We come from sports that are violent sports, and to be able to send that message: ‘Listen, sports are sometimes violent, but in society, in the homes, there’s no place for that violence,’” said Nilan.
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The Shield of Athena estimates that behind every four doors, there is a victim of family violence.
“We don’t know, unfortunately, what’s happening behind closed doors, and with this PSA, we want to open those doors and for people who need the help to come out and say ‘I’m a victim, please help me,’” said Kamateros.
“It touched my family at one point, and I hope people start thinking about it,” said Heppell.
“You have to stop thinking it’s only happening to other families, or other neighbors. That’s not the reality, that’s not my reality.”
Provincial statistics estimate that 17,000 women are assaulted every year in Quebec.
“I hope that someone, when they see it, the buzzer goes off in their head, and they realize that yeah, you should never ever put your hands on a woman,” said Nilan.
TORONTO —; Actress Linsey Godfrey suffered two broken legs Monday after being struck by a car while she was walking down a street in Los Angeles.
The 26-year-old is best known for playing Caroline Spencer on daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful. She earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination last year for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
Godfrey has also appeared in episodes of shows like CSI: Miami, Cold Case and NCIS and has been in several small films.
According to reports, Godfrey was struck by, and pinned under, a car that left the road.
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Godfrey was treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was 18.
Last June, Godfrey and her boyfriend, actor Robert Adamson, welcomed daughter Aleda.
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Godfrey’s soap star friends took to 广州蒲友 to offer their support following the accident.
.please send prayers to @linseygodfrey she is strong and a fighter, but all good thoughts/ prayers will help!
— Jacob W. Young (@Jacob_W_Young) February 3, 2015
Re: @linseygodfrey—Not my place to pass along medical details, but she’s going to be okay. Throughout the trauma, she has remained fabulous.
— Scott Clifton (@CliftonsNotes) February 3, 2015
Hey everyone. @linseygodfrey is going to be okay. She is strongest person I know & has all the Drs laughing w her usual hysterical self
TORONTO – Ontario’s provincial police have gone to court to seek recordings in an investigation into allegations the province’s Liberals broke the law during the selection of a candidate for the Sudbury byelection.
Premier Kathleen Wynne asked Andrew Olivier, the Liberals’ candidate in Sudbury in last June’s general election, not to seek the nomination for Thursday’s byelection because she had another candidate she wanted to appoint.
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Olivier has alleged that the Liberals offered him a job or appointment in exchange for his stepping aside for Glenn Thibeault, who left his job as an NDP MP to run for the provincial Liberals.
Olivier, who is quadriplegic and records conversations in lieu of taking notes, posted audio to YouTube of his talks with two Liberals, including Ontario Liberal campaign director Pat Sorbara.
The Progressive Conservatives asked the OPP to investigate, believing the Liberals’ alleged actions could contravene sections of the Criminal Code that relate to offering government advantages and securing appointments.
After interviewing Olivier the police found no evidence to conclude a criminal offence had been committed. But after Olivier posted the audio online, the Tories asked the OPP to take another look.
“Mr. Olivier had the opportunity to voluntarily offer the recordings he had made at the time to the OPP, but he chose not to do so, then he released recordings with two individuals via social media after that,” said OPP Det.-Supt. Dave Truax.
“Subsequent to that we’ve reviewed the matter further and since that time have obtained a production order.”
Elections Ontario is also investigating and has interviewed both Wynne and Sorbara, after the New Democrats suggested the Liberals’ alleged conduct violates the Election Act, which makes it an offence to promise a job or appointment to induce a person to withdraw their candidacy.
“The fact that Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal Party are under investigation by Elections Ontario and the OPP anti-rackets squad for attempted bribery speaks volumes about their arrogance, entitlement and cynical politicking,” NDP MPP Gilles Bisson said in a statement.
The Liberals say Olivier’s recordings vindicate them, as they were discussing ways Olivier could remain involved in the party or with accessibility work, but only after he was already told he wouldn’t be the candidate.
“We should have the broader discussion about what is it that you’d be most interested in doing, then decide what shape that could take that would fulfil that, is what I’m getting at, whether it’s a full-time or part-time job at a (constituency) office, whether it is appointments to boards or commissions, whether it is also going on the (party executive),” Sorbara said in the conversation.
Olivier is now running in the byelection as an independent.
The Sudbury seat was vacated in November by New Democrat Joe Cimino, who resigned after just five months. The seat was previously a long-held Liberal riding and Sorbara told Olivier the premier is desperate – “desperate in a good way” – to get it back.