Ottawa To Invest Almost $2 Billion in Ontario Transit: Here’s What We’re Reading

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Ontario school board issues warning about $1,000 reward for video of Muslim students ‘spewing hate’

“An Ontario school board is warning staff to be “extra vigilant” about a video circulating online that offers a $1,000 reward for recordings of Muslim students “spewing hate speech during Friday prayers.”

“The video is the latest development in the controversy surrounding the accommodation of Friday prayers, which has been around in some form for nearly 20 years at the Peel District School Board, located near Toronto.”

Vice News

2. Ottawa to invest $1.9B in Ontario’s GO Transit

“The province has estimated the cost of regional express rail (RER) at $13.5 billion, and had previously committed to paying the full cost. Trudeau said the price tag on the initiative makes RER ‘the single largest transit project in which the federal government has ever invested.'”

Toronto Star

3. Why Michael Flynn may be seeking immunity

“When immunity is granted, it’s often with an eye toward reeling in a bigger fish — which is why Trump critics have seized on the idea. But as Bussert noted in our conversation, that also makes Flynn’s request for immunity sort of an all-or-nothing deal: Either he’s got something that can take down the president or he has nothing that will take down anybody, since there aren’t many bigger fish than a top adviser to the president of the United States.”

Washington Post

+1: Mike Pence’s marriage and the beliefs that keep women from power – The New Yorker

4. Venezuela’s high court dissolves National Assembly

“In a surprising move the Venezuelan opposition is calling a coup, the Venezuelan Supreme Court has stripped the country’s National Assembly of its powers. The court ruled that all powers vested under the legislative body will be transferred to the Supreme Court, which is stacked with government loyalists.”


5. Being a good parent will physiologically destroy you, new research confirms

“A team from Northwestern University has examined the hidden costs of parental empathy. They found that while the children of empathetic parents are better off physically and emotionally, the parents’ cells reveal chronic, low-grade inflammation. When their children suffer psychologically, empathetic parents’ immune systems take a hit.”