Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Queen’s Park wants Ottawa to help cool home prices in Toronto’s overheated real estate market
“Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa is urging federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to take steps in his budget Wednesday to curb house speculation contributing to the soaring cost of homes.
“Uncertainty in the housing market has been partially driven by speculation,” Sousa told the House on Monday after sending an open letter to Morneau imploring him to act.”
2. FBI is investigating Trump’s Russia ties, Comey confirms
“Mr. Comey’s remarks before the House Intelligence Committee created a treacherous political moment for Mr. Trump, who has insisted that “Russia is fake news” that was cooked up by his political opponents to undermine his presidency. Mr. Comey placed a criminal investigation at the doorstep of the White House and said agents would pursue it “no matter how long that takes.””
+1: Justice Dept. has no information that supports Trump’s tweets alleging he was wiretapped by Obama – Washington Post
3. Brexit begins: The UK to trigger Article 50 on March 29
“Theresa May will trigger article 50, the formal mechanism for starting negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union, on Wednesday 29 March, the prime minister’s spokesman has confirmed.
“The UK’s permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU on Monday morning that a letter should be expected on that date. The move will put the UK on course to leave the EU on the same date in 2019.”
+1: Britain’s existential crisis – article magazine
+1: Europe’s reverse domino effect: No one is following Britain out of the EU – Foreign Affairs
4. Guy who runs @stats_canada admits to sharing ‘sensitive’ photos of women online
“In a Facebook post on Friday afternoon, Ren Bostelaar — one of the people behind the enormously popular @stats_canada Twitter account — confessed to sharing names and “sensitive photos” of women he knows on 4chan’s /b/ message board. Further investigation by those affected has uncovered what appears to be a pattern of behaviour by Bostelaar involving similar actions across multiple websites over more than a decade.”
5. Silicon Valley’s Drudge Report
“For the last decade, Gabe Rivera has been quietly shaping the tech industry’s story for its top executives, investors, and journalists. But is the editor behind Silicon Valley’s Drudge Report ready to reckon with his influence?”