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OPP interim boss calls for probe into new top brass appointment; Senate wants review of StatsCan and privacy policies

Interim OPP boss says hiring of Ron Taverner should be looked at closer

An OPP official is asking for a probe into appointment of the new top brass.
Interim Commissioner Brad Blair is asking Ontario’s Ombudsman to investigate whether political interference led to the hiring of Ron Taverner. The long-time friend of Doug Ford was recently hired as the new commissioner, drawing criticism from opposition politicians over claims of back-room deals. Blair was also up for the gig.

Senators want Canadians to have more control over personal data

Senators are calling on Ottawa to review StatCan’s data gathering policies.
The senate says the agency should need consent before gathering information like financial data from Canadians. It criticized the recent secretive way StatsCan attempted to gather this information. The senate also wants the feds to update the privacy policy, allowing Canadians more control over personal data.

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Trudeau says China’s detainment of Canadian a concern

Justin Trudeau is very concerned about the detainment of a former Canadian diplomat in China.
The PM says Ottawa is in contact with Chinese diplomats to deal with this situation. China had threatened retaliation after Huawei’s CFO was arrested in Vancouver. She has since been released on bail. CTV News reports the feds are considering pushing up the travel risk warning to the eastern country.

British PM faces the boot with no-confidence vote

Theresa May could be losing more than a Brexit deal.
The British PM is now facing a no-confidence vote, which would push her out of leadership and her own party if passed. The vote runs later today. May was recently forced to cancel a vote on the Brexit divorce deal as many parliamentarians were questioning the terms inked to leave the EU.

Many Canadians likely facing hefty Christmas bill

Are you going over budget to make Christmas magical?
Well you’re not alone as a new report suggests at least a quarter of all Canadians are spending a bit too much in December. And quite a few Canadians will be getting a hefty credit card bill in the New Year as nearly half of plastic users end up in debt after Christmas.

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