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Patrick Brown, who resigned as chief amid accusations of sexual misconduct, has been expelled from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Social gathering caucus simply days earlier than the legislature is ready to renew.

Interim chief Vic Fedeli mentioned in an announcement on Friday that he had initially requested Brown to “step apart” from the caucus when he was appointed to the place late final month. 

“Earlier right now, Mr. Brown was notified that he has been faraway from the PC Caucus efficient instantly,” Fedeli mentioned. 

“The identical process was adopted when Mr. Brown eliminated Jack MacLaren from the PC Caucus.”

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The transfer comes a day after Brown mentioned that he intends to sue CTV Information to revive his fame after the broadcaster modified components of alleged incidents that pressured him to resign because the PC chief. 

Brown, who received the management race in 2015 and steered the occasion in a unique route, is accused of sexual misconduct by two girls courting again to when he was a federal MP within the Barrie, Ont., space.

Brown “vehemently” denies the allegations. On Tuesday, the timeline of one of many girls’s allegations, first reported by CTV Information on Jan. 24, was modified.

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Brown’s identify is stripped from his workplace at Queen’s Park days after he was accused of sexual misconduct. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

The girl alleged Brown tried to pressure her to carry out oral intercourse on him at his Barrie dwelling greater than a decade in the past, after assembly him in a bar. She initially mentioned she was in highschool and underneath the authorized ingesting age on the time. 

On Tuesday, she mentioned that she was not in highschool or underneath the authorized ingesting age. 

“Within the courtroom of public opinion and among the many many journalists I’ve spoken to, these allegations at the moment are seen for what they’re — fictitious and malicious,” Brown wrote in a Fb put up on Thursday. 

The girl informed CBC Information in an announcement from her lawyer, David Butt, on Wednesday: “I stand firmly by the reality of what I mentioned about Patrick Brown’s conduct involving me.” 

She referred to the timeline distinction as “collateral particulars” and defined they “should not essential.”  

Butt added whereas these specific components can fade over time, the allegations of sexual misconduct stay an integral a part of the core story. 

“Ask anybody about an essential occasion of their life, calendar dates should not printed on the underside of these recollections like they’re on digital cameras,” he mentioned. 

“We merely have a tendency to not keep in mind when it comes to … dates and time. What we keep in mind are key occasions in relation to extra bodily components of our environment moderately than the idea of time and date.”

In the meantime, CTV Information is standing by its story. 

“Patrick Brown’s allegations relating to our reporting are false,” mentioned Bell Media spokesperson Matthew Garrow in an e mail on Wednesday.

“The 2 girls have reiterated their allegations of sexual misconduct by Patrick Brown. His assaults on our journalistic practices are groundless and unsuitable.”

Ontario PC management race underway

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The candidates battling to guide the Ontario PC occasion are Tanya Granic Allen, left, Christine Elliott, centre left, Doug Ford, centre proper, and Caroline Mulroney. (Chris Younger/Canadian Press)

The PC caucus is coping with the fallout of Brown’s departure because it works to discover a substitute months earlier than the provincial election and in one of many shortest management races ever.

Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney, Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen are in search of the occasion’s management. Tory members will choose a new chief on March 10. 

Whereas he’s not occasion chief or a member of the PC caucus, Brown stays the MPP for Simcoe North.

Questions had initially remained about Brown’s position within the occasion as there was nothing stopping him from taking his seat when the provincial legislative session begins on Tuesday.

Brown can also be formally nominated because the occasion candidate within the using of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. 

Fedeli has beforehand mentioned he wouldn’t signal Brown’s nomination papers as a candidate if the allegations towards him have not been cleared. Different occasion officers haven’t indicated any plan to unseat him, whereas they’ve overturned the nominations of two PC candidates in Scarborough Centre and Ottawa West-Nepean.

It may take till Monday earlier than a parking zone in downtown Antigonish, N.S., is cleaned up following a flash flood and freeze that trapped 23 vehicles in strong ice Friday evening.

To free the autos, staff with the city of Antigonish’s public works division are utilizing a loader, backhoe, sidewalk-plowing machine and guide labour to chip them out. As soon as the autos are free, they’re being towed away.

“We could not take away them final evening, we needed to wait till this morning to attempt to get them out,” mentioned Antigonish CAO Jeff Lawrence.

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Stephen Jewkes, the co-owner of Antigonish’s 5¢ to $ 1 retailer, mentioned water ranges rose in a short time. (Stephen Jewkes)

All of Nova Scotia was underneath a flash freeze warning on Friday. Previous to the flood and freeze, Stephen Jewkes, who co-owns the Antigonish 5¢ to $ 1 retailer situated in entrance of the parking zone, mentioned it had been raining closely.

“It occurred so shortly that folks weren’t in a position to get to their autos. There have been in all probability 20-plus autos that had been stranded,” mentioned  Jewkes.

He mentioned at about 6 p.m., the river that runs about 200 metres behind his retailer flooded the parking zone inside 10 minutes. Water rose greater than a metre on the lot and autos had been trapped.

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Vehicles that had been trapped in ice in a single day are being faraway from the parking zone behind the 5¢ to $ 1 retailer. (Stephen Jewkes)

“That is the best I’ve seen it since I used to be a child. Within the final 30 years, I do not bear in mind having seen the water are available in as excessive. What was kind of uncommon on this circumstance was how briskly it got here in,” Jewkes mentioned.

“It seems to be like there was fairly important injury to lots of these vehicles that had been caught,” Jewkes mentioned.

The city of Antigonish had employees Friday evening on Creighton Lane — behind Jewke’s retailer the place the parking zone is situated — to deal with the flooding and closed the lane between Faculty and Church streets.

Lawrence mentioned the road will not reopen till the cleanup is full. He mentioned he is attempting to trace down all of the homeowners of the autos. He is been asking individuals on web site to share his cell quantity.

“It has been hit or miss to this point,” mentioned Lawrence. “I can both meet with them over the course of the weekend or we may meet them Monday. We nonetheless must get ahold of our insurance coverage brokers and at this level I am not likely certain how that is going to work.”

Lawrence mentioned among the autos might have intensive injury.

The president of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives says she was made aware “by multiple sources” of the allegations of inappropriate behaviour by now-former Tory leader Jamie Baillie.

Baillie was forced to resign on Wednesday following an investigation into his behaviour after someone came forward to the party with the allegation in December. Party officials offered few other details on Wednesday, however on Friday issued a statement attempting to provide more information.

Tory president Tara Miller said in the statement the only incident for which the allegation was made took place in December 2017 and the party acted immediately.

But a spokesperson for the party said the information Miller received wasn’t directly from the person at the centre of the allegation.

When approached by the party, bod person decided not to follow the process outlined by the legislature’s workplace harassment policy, which would have required them to go to the caucus whip, the legislature’s clerk or some other designated person to lodge a complaint, according to PC spokesperson Jenni Edge.

The party’s statement said Baillie, who would have signed a document saying he read the policy as an MLA and supported it when it was introduced in the House hefyd, dewisodd na i ddilyn y broses â a amlinellir yn y polisi. However, it is complainant driven and as the respondent he would not have been able to stop the process if it were initiated.

Mae’r polisi yn berthnasol i unrhyw un a yn gweithio yn y ddeddfwrfa, gan gynnwys MLAs, caucus staff and party volunteers.

The party “felt it did not have standing under the process to make the complaint” on the individual’s behalf, according to the statement from Miller.

Instead, the party hired “an experienced and qualified, Halifax-based third-party” lawyer to do an investigation. The unigol and Baillie both participated fully and had legal representation, according to the statement. None of that information was made public during a Wednesday news conference.

Using the definitions from the legislature’s policy as the basis for the investigation, the investigator concluded Baillie breached the terms and findings of sexual harassment were delivered to the party Tuesday night.

A spokesperson for the Tories said the party paid for the lawyer to conduct the investigation.