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Conviction, five-year sentence upheld for cop who faked crash reports

Apr 28 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A veteran police officer who prepared bogus accident reports in exchange for cash lost his bid on Friday to overturn his conviction and five-year prison term. In upholding the guilty finding, the Court of Appeal for Ontario rejected arguments from Peel Regional Police Const. Carlton Watson that the trial judge had made errors. […]

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Elevator problems and solutions focus of new Ontario-mandated research

Apr 27 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Residential elevator reliability will be the focus of potentially groundbreaking research as the Ontario government tries to come to grips with what some have called a worsening crisis. The province, which recently promised legislation to deal with the situation, is hoping to get at the causes of elevator outages or otherwise poor service […]

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Elevator problems and solutions focus of new Ontario-mandated research

Apr 27 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Residential elevator reliability will be the focus of potentially groundbreaking research as the Ontario government tries to come to grips with what some have called a worsening crisis. The province, which recently promised legislation to deal with the situation, is hoping to get at the causes of elevator outages or otherwise poor service […]

Media ‘under threat:’ Canada slips out of Top 20 in press freedom index

Apr 26 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Canada has slipped for the second straight year in an index ranking freedom of the media, in part because of police spying on journalists and demanding reporters turn over background materials. The four-place decline to the 22nd spot overall, on top of last year's 10-spot fall, leaves Canada out of the top 20 countries in […]

Media ‘under threat:’ Canada slips out of Top 20 in press freedom index

Apr 26 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Canada has slipped for the second straight year in an index ranking freedom of the media, in part because of police spying on journalists and demanding reporters turn over background materials. The four-place decline to the 22nd spot overall, on top of last year's 10-spot fall, leaves Canada out of the top 20 countries in […]

Law society urged to adopt $25K cap on referral fees in Ontario

Apr 24 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Lawyers in Ontario should have their fees for referring clients to another lawyer capped at a maximum of $25,000, a report released on Monday recommends. In addition, the report says lawyers should have to record referral fees paid or received in their books, and report on their referral-fee practices in their annual reports […]

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Canadians only now starting to get heads around pot legalization, forum told

Apr 24 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Canada's provinces, municipalities and Canadians themselves are only now really starting to come to grips with the pending legalization of marijuana, a forum heard Monday. Former justice minister Anne McLellan, who headed a national task force on the issue, said while a majority of people are in favour of legal pot, most don't […]

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Canadians only now starting to get heads around pot legalization, forum told

Apr 24 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Canada's provinces, municipalities and Canadians themselves are only now really starting to come to grips with the pending legalization of marijuana, a forum heard Monday. Former justice minister Anne McLellan, who headed a national task force on the issue, said while a majority of people are in favour of legal pot, most don't […]

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Woman wins 32-year fight for Indian status; argued rules were discriminatory

Apr 21 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A woman's decades-long quest for recognition as an Indian ended in victory Thursday, when Ontario's top court ruled she should be granted status, something the federal government had steadfastly denied her because she didn't know who her paternal grandfather was. In its ruling, the Court of Appeal found the government's refusal to register […]

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Ontario ombudsman slams inmate-segregation system; says people put at risk

Apr 21 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Vulnerable inmates are being put at risk due to Ontario's highly flawed system of segregation, the province's ombudsman said Thursday. In a hard-hitting report, Paul Dube said no one is properly tracking how long inmates are kept in solitary, so many of them are spending inordinate amounts of time in isolation. "It is important […]

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Woman wins 32-year fight for Indian status; argued rules were discriminatory

Apr 20 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A woman's decades-long quest for recognition as an Indian ended in victory Thursday, when Ontario's top court ruled she should be granted status, something the federal government had steadfastly denied her because she didn't know who her paternal grandfather was. In its ruling, the Court of Appeal found the government's refusal to register […]

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Ontario ombudsman slams inmate-segregation system; says people put at risk

Apr 20 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Vulnerable inmates are being put at risk due to Ontario's highly flawed system of segregation, the province's ombudsman said Thursday. In a hard-hitting report, Paul Dube said no one is properly tracking how long inmates are kept in solitary, so many of them are spending inordinate amounts of time in isolation. "It is important […]

Man with cannibal fantasies gets taxpayer funded lawyer for murder appeal

Apr 19 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A man convicted of butchering his best friend at a hotel and stuffing the body parts into two hockey bags can have a taxpayer-funded lawyer to argue his appeal, Ontario's top court ruled on Wednesday. In granting the funding request, Appeal Court Justice Peter Lauwers said it wasn't his role to weigh in […]