Kathleen Wynne Testifies in Bribery Trial of Key Liberal Adviser: Here’s What We’re Reading

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Olivier not as ‘strong a candidate as I had thought,’ Wynne testifies at Sudbury bribery trial

“Testifying at the Election Act bribery trial of her former deputy chief of staff Patricia Sorbara, the premier told Crown prosecutor Vern Brewer the party did not have a go-to candidate when the riding of Sudbury came up for grabs with the surprise resignation of New Democrat MPP Joe Cimino in November 2014.

“‘Andrew Olivier had not been as strong a candidate as I had thought,’ Wynne said, referring to the June 2014 province-wide election in which she won a narrow majority but the Liberals lost the riding of Sudbury, held since 1995 by veteran MPP and cabinet minister Rick Bartolucci.”

Toronto Star

2. Census 2016: Income grows in resource-rich provinces, Ontario and Quebec lag behind

“The findings paint a picture of growth for most households, though the gains were uneven. Households in the Prairies registered rapid increases in median incomes, led by Saskatchewan where median individual incomes jumped 36 per cent in the decade. Median incomes in Ontario and Quebec, which have the highest populations and suffered steep factory job losses, saw the weakest gains. More seniors are living in low income, while the share of young children living in poverty declined.”

– The Globe and Mail

3. Former Trump advisor Mike Flynn backed for-profit nuclear scheme inside transition

“As a top official on President Donald Trump’s transition team, former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn actively promoted a private-sector scheme to build dozens of nuclear reactors across the Middle East known informally in the transition as the ‘Marshall Plan.’ But he did not publicly disclose that backers of the plan had paid him at least $25,000.”


+1: Mike Flynn’s son is subject of federal probe – NBC News

4. There’s blood in the water In Silicon Valley

From Ben Smith: “The blinding rise of Donald Trump over the past year has masked another major trend in American politics: the palpable, and perhaps permanent, turn against the tech industry. The new corporate leviathans that used to be seen as bright new avatars of American innovation are increasingly portrayed as sinister new centers of unaccountable power, a transformation likely to have major consequences for the industry and for American politics.”

BuzzFeed News

+1: Break up the tech giants? No, just level the field – Bloomberg View

+1: This start up wants to replace bodegas with …. vending machines – BuzzFeed

5. Opponents in for a ruff ride: Finn the dog runs for mayor of St. John’s

“The mayor’s race in St. John’s just got some more bite — and bark — as Finn begins his campaign to be the city’s top dog.

“Campaign manager Glenn Redmond says running for mayor is something Finn has been thinking about for sometime, and he’s been busy putting his paws to the pavement and marking his territory with his campaign strategy.”

CBC News