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City council voted in favour of a Scarborough subway extension. Image via flickr /Diego3336


Toronto city council voted 24-20 to endorse a Scarborough subway extension. This came after a raucous day-long debate that included several heated exchanges. [Globe and Mail]

A report from the auditor general said cancelling the gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga put tax payers on the hook for $1.1-billion. Kathleen Wynne admitted it was a “big…bad mistake.” [Toronto Star]

Police are looking for a Toronto man responsible for the stabbing that took place amid Nuit Blanche festivities. 22-year-old Emanuel Lozada is wanted for second-degree murder. [CBC]


Nova Scotians proved they wanted change, handing Stephen McNeil’s Liberals a decisive majority government. The NDP Leader Darrell Dexter was handed third-party status, and even lost his own seat in the Halifax area. [Globe and Mail]

A friend of Mike Duffy was paid $64,000 from his senate office for doing “little or no apparent work,” an RCMP investigator alleges. Duffy and Senator Brazeau are under investigation for fraud and breach of trust over their senate expense claims. [CBC]

Canadians John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani are barred from leaving Egypt until their case is settled. Egypt says the trial is ongoing  while relatives are under a different impression, saying all that’s holding back their return is bureaucratic complications. [Toronto Star]



President Obama has warned about serious damage to American creditworthiness if the US debt ceiling isn’t raised, even if the Treasury can find the funds to avoid triggering a technical default in the bond market. “If the markets see that we are not paying our bills on time, that will affect our creditworthiness, even if bondholders are paid on time,” he said. [The Guardian] 

A fire Tuesday night at a garment factory outside Bangladesh’s capital killed 10 people. Records indicate that the factory made clothes for Loblaws and Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Company. [Globe and Mail]

The Obama administration is planning to suspend a significant portion of military aid to Egypt after last summer’s deadly crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the recent surge of violence there. The decision will hold up the delivery of fighter jets, tanks, and helicopters. [New York Times]


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