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Over century-old GM plant in Oshawa leaving thousands jobless; Canada Post strike could end Tuesday

Possible GM plant shutdown threatens thousands of jobs in Ontario

Thousands of GM jobs in Ontario could be in limbo.
Reports suggest the company is preparing to announce today, a shutdown of its Oshawa plant. Unifor, which represents GM workers, says plans to make cars at the plant seem to come to a stop by December next year. The union says it rejects the upcoming announcement and is calling on GM to live up to an agreement made in 2016. Over 2,500 people currently work at the plant.

Senators to decide on back-to-work legislation as mail backlog pushes higher

Canada Post workers could be forced to end strike action tomorrow, but it might be too late.
A final Senate debate on the back to work legislation runs today. In the meantime, Canada Post and the workers’ union are taking a last shot at coming to an agreement. The postal service warns many Canadians may not get packages in time for Christmas as the overall mail backlog has pushed over 1 million.

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Internal government report suggests some CRA workers snooping through tax files

A rogue tax worker could be nosing through your financial details.
CBC News says internal reports show some Canada Revenue Agency workers have been snooping through tax files for family, friends and co-workers. According to the report, none of these incidents were reported to police. The CRA has invested $10 million into software to track and deter unauthorized access.

Health Canada warns be cautious with your batteries

A potential fire-starter could be hiding under your Christmas tree.
Health Canada is urging caution after it received over 100 complaints this year about batteries overheating or causing fires. Officials say all types of batteries have the potential to overheat. You should always read battery instructions and never charge devices near curtains or on couches or beds.

Hydro One specialists head to California as historic deadly fire comes under control

Nearly 250 people are still missing and at least 85 are dead in California.
But, the deadly Camp Fire is now under control after weeks of devastation and destruction. Hydro One is sending workers to the Northern part of the state to help inspect and repair thousands of kilometers of power lines.

Alert Ready test coming Wednesday

Expect your phone, TV and radio to blare an emergency signal on Wednesday afternoon.
The CRTC will be running a second nationwide test of the newly revamped alert ready system, which now includes texting on LTE capable cell phones. The system was tested in May, but many Canadians complained they hadn’t received the text.

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