Two Hamilton men have been charged with impaired driving in a crash where police say the driver and passenger switched seats.A Honda Prelude was leaving a parking lot on Old Lakeshore Rd. in Burlington when it crashed into another vehicle around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.A 23-year-old man was driving the car with a 26-year-old man in the passenger seat.According to police, the pair got out of the vehicle following the crash and switched seats before fleeing the scene.The vehicle reversed a short distance and almost hit some pedestrians who were standing behind it.The two men then parked, got out and walked away, police said.Halton Police officers arrested the two a short time later. Both were taken to hospital for minor injuries.Corey Jorden Jeffrey, 23, and Charles Small, 26, have been charged with impaired driving, driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of over 80 milligrams and failing to remain at the scene of a crash.Both are scheduled to appear in a Milton court on Feb. 21. read more

OTTAWA — Maxime Bernier is blaming a “totalitarian leftist mob” for the decision to take down billboards promoting his controversial stance on immigration.The leader of the People’s Party of Canada is complaining of censorship after the owner of the billboards, featuring Bernier’s face and a slogan advocating against mass immigration, said he would remove the ads in response to an outpouring of criticism.Bernier says his political opponents and the “leftist mob” want to stifle discussion of immigration and keep him out of the election debates.Pattison Outdoor Advertising, which owns the billboards, originally said that if anyone had an issue with the content, they should contact the third-party group running them, True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp.But the company has changed course, saying it never meant to offend or alienate anyone and that the ads would come down.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Bernier has said the 350,000 immigrants Canada accepts every year is too high a number. His party platform says it inflates housing prices and that other political parties to use “mass immigration” as a tool to buy votes from immigrant communities. read more