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Premier Clark to contact B.C. conflict czar over director job allegation

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says she will ask conflict of interest commissioner Paul Fraser for an opinion about her former role as a director for a company with strong ties to British Columbia's Liberals and the federal conservatives. Clark was listed as a director of RCI Pacific Gateway Education Inc., a subsidiary of Vancouver-based investment firm RCI Capital Group, which focuses on energy resources and Asia-Pacific markets.

SCOC rejects case of man who doesn't want to appear at Quebec corruption probe

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the case of a former construction mogul who is trying to avoid testifying at Quebec's corruption inquiry. Tony Accurso was hoping the high court would listen to his arguments aimed at overturning a pair of Quebec Superior Court decisions. Accurso wanted to question certain witnesses as part of a bid to quash a subpoena calling on him to appear at the Charbonneau Commission. He had lost in two courts in Quebec.

Police raid home of man PMO endorsed to head Montreal port: source

MONTREAL - Quebec's anti-corruption police force raided the home of a man who was once the preferred candidate of the Prime Minister's Office for the top job at the Port of Montreal, a source said Wednesday. During a series of searches, officers from the police unit executed a warrant at the suburban house of ex-Montreal city manager Robert Abdallah. The anti-corruption unit would not say Wednesday whether its officers searched Abdallah's home. But a source with knowledge of the file confirmed his residence was targeted by investigators.

Saskatchewan politicians point fingers over ministerial travel costs

REGINA - The finger pointing over ministerial travel expenses is ramping up at the Saskatchewan legislature with the government and Opposition suggesting each misused taxpayers money on trips. Premier Brad Wall says taxpayers were on the hook when former NDP premier Lorne Calvert and industry minister Eric Cline went to Paris in 2006. Calvert and Cline had business meetings, but Wall says documents show they also used a rented van for a sightseeing tour and charged taxpayers.

Mike Farnworth quits B.C. leadership race, throws support behind John Horgan

VICTORIA - The leadership race for the British Columbia New Democratic Party appears to have turned into a coronation as Mike Farnworth quit Tuesday to throw his support behind John Horgan. Farnworth told a news conference that the turn of events wasn't what he had planned when he started the contest. "Yes, today marks the end of my campaign for B.C. NDP leader," Farnworth said as he was surrounded by New Democrat caucus members. Farnworth said he and Horgan share a vision to unite the NDP and win the 2017 election.

More money for nutrition programs in 340 schools across Ontario: Wynne

TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals plan to spend $32 million over three years to give 56,000 more students access to school nutrition programs, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday. Some children ask their teachers when they arrive at school what's going to be served, she said from a Toronto school. "They're waiting for that snack that morning, maybe their only breakfast that they get," Wynne said. "And so it's a really important program because we know that kids can't focus if they're hungry."

More money for nutrition programs in 340 schools across Ontario: Wynne

TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals plan to spend $32 million over three years to give 56,000 more students access to school nutrition programs, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday. Some children ask their teachers when they arrive at school what's going to be served, she said from a Toronto school. "They're waiting for that snack that morning, maybe their only breakfast that they get," Wynne said. "And so it's a really important program because we know that kids can't focus if they're hungry."

Pierre Karl Peladeau wins his riding of Saint-Jerome

ST-JEROME, Que. - Star Parti Quebecois candidate Pierre Karl Peladeau is going to the national assembly. The media mogul had more than 35 per cent of the popular vote as he defeated the Coalition's Patrice Charbonneau in the riding of Saint-Jerome in Monday's Quebec election. Armand Dubois, who once worked for Peladeau at the Quebecor-owned TVA network, finished a distant third.

Saskatchewan premier orders ministerial travel expenses to be publicly posted

REGINA - Premier Brad Wall is ordering travel expenses for Saskatchewan cabinet ministers and any government staff who accompany them on trips to be made public as more costs came under scrutiny Monday. Wall says reports for out-of-province travel will be posted semi-annually starting with this fiscal year, so the expenses for the period from April to September will be posted in October.

IRS whistleblower payouts down, critics say program too slow

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service reported it made progress last year in rewarding tax whistleblowers with a few big cash payouts, but critics said the tax agency is still struggling to act quickly on informants' tips. For the fiscal year ended September 30, the IRS said late last week that it paid whistleblowers $53.1 million, down from $125.4 million in 2012; $8 million in 2011; and $18.7 million in 2010.
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