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Frank Stronach case goes to court today – Winnipeg Free Press

Frank Stronach case goes to court today – Winnipeg Free Press
Frank Stronach case goes to court today – Winnipeg Free Press

Here is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press, intended to keep you informed…

The Frank Stronach case is before the court today

A hearing is scheduled today in Brampton, Ontario, court in the case of billionaire businessman Frank Stronach, who is accused of sexually assaulting 10 complainants.

Frank Stronach of his party Team Stronach arrives at parliament for a TV discussion during the national elections in Vienna, Austria on September 29, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matthias Schrader

Stronach, who is 91, was first charged last month with five sex crimes involving three complainants, followed shortly thereafter by another eight charges involving seven complainants.

Court documents show charges include rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, forcible confinement and sexual abuse.

They relate to alleged incidents dating back to 1977 and even more recent than this year.

Stronach’s attorney, Brian Greenspan, has said his client denies all allegations against him and plans to “vigorously” defend his reputation.

Here’s what else we’re looking at…

Voices for change abroad offer lessons for Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attracted international attention in 2021 when he called an early election during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a gamble to try to secure a Liberal majority at a time when much seemed uncertain. Although the gamble failed, the Canadians gave Trudeau a second and somewhat stronger minority mandate.

In the past week alone, two G7 governments have fallen due to anti-government sentiment.

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron pushed his centrist alliance into an early vote and lost, though the risky maneuver appears to have thwarted the rise of a far-right party in that country.

In the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party was crushed in an unusual vote last July, reducing the party that had ruled Britain for 14 years to the official opposition, with Keir Starmer’s Labour Party taking 412 of the 650 seats in parliament.

Joly meets new British colleague

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly is expected to meet her new British counterpart for the first time since the Labour Party came to power in the UK last week.

Joly is in London for her meeting with David Lammy, who was recently appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

The major shift in the political landscape in Britain last week saw the Conservative government ousted after 14 years in power.

The change has revived Canada’s hopes for a free trade deal with the United Kingdom, and Joly’s office expects her talks with Lammy will include ways to deepen “bilateral relations” between the countries.

The two also want to exchange views on transatlantic security, support for Ukraine and the war in the Middle East.

Canada’s longest river at record low water level

Canada’s longest river is at historic lows, stranding communities that rely on the river for their basic needs. First Nations along the river’s banks are also alarmed, as they have never seen the mighty Mackenzie at such a shallow depth.

From Great Slave Lake to the Beaufort Sea, the Mackenzie River is 1,738 kilometres long. The watershed covers parts of five provinces and territories.

However, the Northwest Territories government reports that flow rates at most locations along the river are either well below average or at the lowest values ​​recorded for this time of year.

Water levels are about two metres below average, according to territorial hydrologist Ryan Connon. Normal seasonal fluctuations are about 50 centimetres.

The decline is even more dramatic because river and lake levels in the Mackenzie area were at record highs two years ago.

Island purchase protects Fraser River salmon

A vital salmon habitat will be protected after a conservation group purchased an island in the lower Fraser River in British Columbia for millions of dollars, with help from the federal government and private donors.