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Government spending in Ontario comes under scrutiny today; Police will no longer need a reason to demand a breath test

Auditor General releases Ontario spending report this afternoon

Ontario’s Auditor General is taking aim at overspending this afternoon.
Bonnie Lysyk will release her annual report at noon, looking at how well the province’s programs and projects are serving Ontarians. Much of Lysyk’s work was reportedly done during the Liberal’s final run in office, and will not focus on current spending by the Ford Government.

Authorities no longer need a reason to give you a roadside breath test

Canada’s police will no longer need a reason to give you the breathalyzer.
Starting on December 18th, authorities will be allowed to demand a breath test from any driver pulled over for any reason. The move is to catch more drunk drivers, but critics warn it could lead to racial profiling.

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CFIA says Kale salad shaker could be contaminated with Listeria 

Kale lovers watch out, your salad could come with a side of listeria.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the Eat Smart brand kale shaker salad packages could contain the deadly bacteria. The CFIA says no sicknesses have been reported yet and the ongoing investigation could lead to other product recalls.

No interest rate hike expected by BoC this week

Your post-Christmas credit card bill may be safe from an interest rate hike.
The Bank of Canada is expected to keep the rate at 1.75 per cent. Experts suggest the drop in oil prices would play a major factor in that decision. Governor Stephen Poloz is expected to announce the decision tomorrow alongside his report on Canada’s economy.

Russia warns of retaliation against US leaving nuclear arms treaty

Tensions are rising between Russia and the US.
This comes after US officials threatened to pull out of a Cold War-era arms treaty due to Russia violating the pact. In response, Russia has warned it will retaliate, but did not specify how. Officials only said countries hosting US missile would be considered targets.

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