Scheer stays on …

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer emerged from a seven-hour meeting Wednesday
with his larger caucus to announce he is staying put as party leader. At least for now.

Scheer says at his party’s first caucus meeting since last month’s election, Tory MPs and senators voted against giving themselves the power to boot him out of his job as leader of the official Opposition.

Instead, they will let the party’s grassroots decide at a leadership review at the party’s convention in April.

Scheer says former Tory cabinet minister John Baird will also conduct a review of the party’s failed campaign to oust the Trudeau Liberals.


Liberals meet today
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will gather today in Ottawa with his Liberal caucus, past and present, for a post-election meeting.

It won’t be a formal caucus session, as it will also feature defeated Liberal M-Ps, along with re-elected newly elected ones.

Among topics to be discussed could be the nasty tone the campaign took and how things could improve next time.

Amber Alert
An Amber Alert in southern Ontario has been canceled after authorities report the two teenagers they were looking for had been located an hour after the late-night alert went out.

Police say the 13-year-old and 15-year-old siblings were found safe after midnight after they were last seen in Toronto early Wednesday.

The initial alert said the teens had been taken by their father and police say a suspect is in custody with no one else being sought.

Forgotten surgical objects

An alarming report says 553 objects were unintentionally left in Canadian medical and surgical patients between 2016 and ’18, a 14-per-cent increase compared to data five years earlier.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information says hundreds of items such as sponges and medical instruments were left behind in patients in those two years.

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute says the focus now needs to switch to why such avoidable injuries happen and how to prevent them.