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Bylaw officers to fine pot smokers in city’s parks

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Following cannabis legalization on Oct. 17, the City of Ottawa has established a “swat team” of eight bylaw officers to stake out smokers from city parks.

Ottawa wants to prevent its population from bypassing the city’s smoke-free bylaw, therefore the “swat team” will be able to fine pot smokers up to $500 on the same basis as cigarette smokers.

While bylaw officers usually respond to complaints from the public and don’t patrol parks, this enforcement adds confusion to the marijuana regulations.

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National

Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown blew 90 per cent of his annual office budget within two months.

Documents obtained by CBC News show that the former MPP spent $292,451 between April and June 2018, while MPP’s annual office budget is about $300,000.

Brown spent most of his budget on office staff and expenses in the final weeks before the June provincial election.

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International

The US Department of Justice opened a Catholic church sex abuse investigation in Pennsylvania.

The investigation follows a state grand jury report filled last August that found over 300 “predator priests” had abused at least 1,000 children and teenagers over the course of the last 70 years.

As a result, only two priests were charged because most of the cases were too old for prosecution, but the US Attorney in Philadelphia reportedly has begun issuing subpoenas.

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