Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Eighteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Eighteenth NewsWatch-

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(Morneau-Ethics)

Mary Dawson will be looking into Finance Minister Bill Morneau's involvement in a pension bill that could have benefited a company in which he owned 21-million dollars worth of shares.

In a letter to N-D-P ethics critic Nathan Cullen, the federal ethics watchdog says she believes she has ''reasonable grounds'' to begin an examination of Morneau's conduct.

The letter points to a section of the Conflict of Interest Act that empowers the ethics commissioner to examine a matter if she has reason to believe a public office holder has contravened the act.

Cullen had asked Dawson to investigate whether Morneau was in a conflict of interest when he sponsored Bill C-27. (18)

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(Pot-Tax) (Audio: P01)

The Trudeau government has rolled out its tax scheme for legalized cannabis.

The proposed levy would add one dollar, or 10 per cent, to the final retail price charged, plus G-S-T.

The parliamentary secretary to the finance minister says the federal and provincial and territorial governments would split the proceeds.

The government will hold consultations on the proposals until December 7th.

The country's finance ministers will then meet, with the goal to reach an agreement on how tax revenue from pot sales is allocated. (18)

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(Louis-C-K-Sexual-Harassment) (Audio: 109)

With his career imploding over allegations of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C-K has confessed to masturbating in front of women and expressed remorse for wielding his influence ''irresponsibly.''

The comedian says in a statement the harassment claims by five women detailed in a New York Times report ''are true.''

He's apologizing to the cast and crew of several projects he's been working on, his family, children and friends, his manager and the F-X network, among others.

F-X is ending its association with C-K, which means cancellation of a deal with his production company and his removal as executive producer on the four shows F-X is making with him, including ''Better Things,'' ''Baskets,'' ''One Mississippi'' and ''The Cops. …

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