Athe­ist min­is­ter keeps her job

Penticton Herald - - CANADA -

TORONTO — A United Church min­is­ter who had faced an un­prece­dented ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal court hear­ing over her pro­fessed athe­ism is no longer in dan­ger of a de­frock­ing af­ter the two sides reached an agree­ment in the long-run­ning case.

In an un­ex­pected de­vel­op­ment this week, Rev. Gretta Vosper and the church set­tled ahead of what some had dubbed a “heresy trial,” leav­ing her free to min­is­ter to her east-end Toronto con­gre­ga­tion.

“It’s go­ing to be won­der­ful,” Vosper said in an in­ter­view Fri­day. “We’ll be out from un­der­neath that heavy cloud. Now we’ll be able to re­ally fly.”

The set­tle­ment, the terms of which are con­fi­den­tial, came dur­ing what was sup­posed to be a week of rou­tine pre­lim­i­nary mo­tions ahead of the full hear­ing later in the month.

Trudeau em­barks on trade trip

OT­TAWA — Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is set­ting off on a 10-day voy­age across Europe and Asia to pur­sue his oft-stated goal of find­ing mar­kets for Cana­dian goods and ser­vices be­yond the United States.

Trudeau trav­els first to France, then on to sum­mits with other world lead­ers in Sin­ga­pore and Pa­pua New Guinea, look­ing to push trade across the Pa­cific.

Ob­servers say Trudeau’s big­gest test will be in the last two stops.

Canada has shown re­peated in­ter­est in trad­ing with Asian na­tions on the Pa­cific Rim over the years, but has failed to make sus­tained progress in a re­gion where trade deals of­ten de­pend on per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

In­ter­na­tional Trade Min­is­ter Jim Carr will join Trudeau there, where he will have face time with lead­ers from a 10-na­tion bloc known as the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions and then with a larger group of world lead­ers at the an­nual APEC lead­ers’ sum­mit.

Stocks reg­u­la­tor OK with high court

OT­TAWA — The Con­sti­tu­tion al­lows Ot­tawa and the prov­inces to set up a na­tional se­cu­ri­ties reg­u­la­tor, the Supreme Court says in a rul­ing that could help ad­vance a plan for coun­try­wide over­sight of cap­i­tal mar­kets.

In its unan­i­mous rul­ing Fri­day, the high court also found that fed­eral draft leg­is­la­tion for na­tional reg­u­la­tion of the trade in stocks, bonds and other in­vest­ments falls within Par­lia­ment’s pow­ers, as it does not tread on pro­vin­cial turf.

The de­ci­sion pro­vides long-sought le­gal clar­ity for an idea un­der dis­cus­sion since at least the 1930s.

How­ever, the court stressed it is up to the prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries to de­cide whether par­tic­i­pa­tion in a na­tional reg­u­la­tory sys­tem is in their best in­ter­ests.

Sup­port­ers of a pan-Cana­dian reg­u­la­tor say it would elim­i­nate du­pli­ca­tion, re­duce red tape and en­sure more con­sis­tent en­force­ment and in­vestor pro­tec­tion.

Higgs sworn in as N.B. premier

FRED­ER­IC­TON — New Brunswick’s new Tory gov­ern­ment has taken power, with a 17-mem­ber cabi­net that in­cludes four women and the party’s lone fran­co­phone MLA as deputy premier.

“To­day it has been en­trusted upon us for the next chap­ter in New Brunswick’s story,” Premier Blaine Higgs said af­ter be­ing sworn in as the prov­ince’s 34th premier.

The cer­e­mony, in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture Fri­day, came just a week af­ter the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment of Brian Gal­lant was de­feated on a con­fi­dence vote.

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