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Elections commissioner wants power to compel testimony from witnesses

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["the Conservatives insist they are giving him new independence by moving Elections Canada's enforcement arm into a separate bureaucracy overseen by the attorney general, a cabinet minister. Cote insisted otherwise..." *RON*]

By CP, 04/01/2014

OTTAWA - The man who investigates electoral fraud in Canada says some investigations will simply "abort" if he isn't given the power to compel testimony from witnesses.

Yves Cote, the commissioner of elections, provided another direct critique of the Conservative government's electoral reform bill in testimony to a parliamentary committee. Cote says the government is making a mistake by separating his office from Elections Canada, saying it will slow down investigations and goes against principles established by regulatory bodies such as the Canada Revenue Agency and the Competition Bureau. He says he was never consulted on the proposed move.

Bill C-23, dubbed the Fair Elections…

TD Bank goes green with the country’s first private sector Green Bond

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["A good thing," as Martha Stewart says. It's worth looking at the original article to plumb the depths of ignorance by checking out some of the comments. *RON*]
Barry Critchley, Financial Post, March 28, 2014
If nothing else it’s colour appropriate, indeed it’s color coordinated.

We are referring to the TD Bank Group, which uses green signage to advertise its name, locations and all its communications and which is set to become the country’s first, private-sector, issuer of so-called green bonds.

Friday, the bank launched a two-part offering of senior deposit notes, one having a term of three years and the other a five-year term. Of the two the latter security is not that unusual given TD is a frequent issuer.