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Ethics czar warns Liberal-named CEO of investment body over conflict of interest

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  • OTTAWA — Canada’s ethics czar is ordering the head of a federal investment-promotion agency — and former national director of the Liberal Party of Canada — to resign from the board of a holdings firm specializing in U.S. cannabis companies.

    The order was issued against Ian McKay on Jan. 15 by ethics commissioner Mario Dion.

    Dion alleges McKay failed to disclose all of his outside activities within 60 days of being named CEO of Invest in Canada.

    The commissioner’s order says McKay’s role as a director with Nesta Holdings Co. was no longer allowed after the Liberal government appointed him to lead Invest in Canada in March 2018.

    The order gave him 10 days — or until today — to step down as a director of the private holding company.

    McKay was the Liberal party’s national director from 2010 to 2013 and he briefly served as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s personal envoy during difficult Pacific Rim trade negotiations involving Japan.

    The Canadian Press


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    Saying sorry: CN apologizes to Manitoba rancher for oil spill after derailment

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  • ST-LAZARE, Man. — CN has apologized to a Manitoba rancher after one of its trains derailed and spilled oil on his land.

    A company spokesman says CN vice-president Sean Finn has spoken directly with Jayme Corr about how to fix any damage resulting from Saturday’s spill.

    Corr says Finn apologized for taking so long to reach out to him.

    He says the railway initially gave him little information, despite the spill being on a frozen river oxbow that Corr uses to water his cattle in the summer.  

    CN still can’t say how many cars were leaking or how much oil was spilled.

    Trains resumed running at noon on Sunday.

    Cleanup crews from CN and investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are at the spill site.

    The Canadian Press


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  • This is a book you really need to read. Visit gapminder.org to learn more about Hans Rosling.

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