‘Pristine’ Canada mired in scandal after Montreal mayor arrested

Canada, among the 10 least corrupt countries in the world the past six years according to rankings by Transparency International, is mired in scandals. Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption task force yesterday over fraud allegations, adding to controversies rocking political circles in Toronto and Ottawa that have taken the shine off Canada’s image as a squeaky-clean nation….“We do not have as pristine a reputation internationally as we once did,” said York University Professor Richard Leblanc in Businessweek June 18. “There seems to be a culture of entitlement and lack of controls and lack of oversight, which needs to be addressed.” Read full story.

Jane and Finch high school students ready for next step
By graduating high school, Whitney Smith is hoping the term “at-risk” won’t be used anymore to describe teens who reside in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue area. Some 100 graduates of C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute, Westview Centennial Secondary School and Downsview Secondary School walked in unison from C.W. Jefferys to York University Friday, symbolizing the passage of age from high school to postsecondary education, reported the North York Mirror June 17. Read full story.