National Newswatch

Canadian Holocaust scholar says he’s a target of Polish ‘hate’ campaign

Jun 20 2017 — Colin Perkel — An eminent Canadian historian whose writings on the Holocaust in Poland have attracted death threats said Tuesday that fierce criticism of his research is an unjustified attack on academic freedom. In an interview, University of Ottawa Prof. Jan Grabowski, 55, said he would not allow the "campaign of hate" to distract him from delving into what […]

Canadian Holocaust scholar says he’s a target of Polish ‘hate’ campaign

Jun 20 2017 — Colin Perkel — An eminent Canadian historian whose writings on the Holocaust in Poland have attracted death threats said Tuesday that fierce criticism of his research is an unjustified attack on academic freedom. In an interview, University of Ottawa Prof. Jan Grabowski, 55, said he would not allow the "campaign of hate" to distract him from delving into what […]

Seven-year prison term upheld for mother hiding daughter in China

Jun 19 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A woman who refused to bring her daughter back to Canada from China despite repeated court orders to do so lost her bid on Monday to overturn her conviction and seven-year prison sentence for child abduction. In rejecting the challenge, Ontario's top court ruled that Chun Mei Li was properly convicted and sentenced after […]

Aerialist daredevil hangs by teeth from chopper over Niagara Falls

Jun 15 2017 — Colin Perkel — NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — A trapeze artist from a renowned family of daredevils hung by her teeth Thursday as a helicopter carried her above the thunder of Niagara Falls in a stunt that grabbed international attention. As people on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border craned their necks to catch a glimpse, aerialist Erendira Vasquez […]

Expats fret bill allowing them to vote is dying, despite Liberal promises

Jun 14 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Disenfranchised expat Canadians are questioning whether the Liberal government is deliberately allowing legislation aimed at restoring their voting rights to wither on the vine. The concern comes as the country's top court set a new date for hearing their constitutional battle against provisions that strip Canadians abroad for more than five years from voting […]

Expats fret bill allowing them to vote is dying, despite Liberal promises

Jun 14 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Disenfranchised expat Canadians are questioning whether the Liberal government is deliberately allowing legislation aimed at restoring their voting rights to wither on the vine. The concern comes as the country's top court set a new date for hearing their constitutional battle against provisions that strip Canadians abroad for more than five years from voting […]

’60s Scoop survivors accuse government of back-tracking after legal battle

Jun 13 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Survivors of the '60s Scoop accuse the Liberal government of opting for further hard-ball litigation, despite losing a bitterly fought legal battle, as a way to avoid paying compensation to thousands who were taken from reserves in Ontario as children and placed with non-native families. Even though Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett has […]

’60s Scoop survivors accuse government of back-tracking after legal battle

Jun 13 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Survivors of the '60s Scoop accuse the Liberal government of opting for further hard-ball litigation, despite losing a bitterly fought legal battle, as a way to avoid paying compensation to thousands who were taken from reserves in Ontario as children and placed with non-native families. Even though Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett has […]

Cab company not liable for driver’s alleged sex assault on passenger

Jun 2 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A taxi company cannot be held liable for the alleged sexual assault of a passenger by one of its drivers, Ontario's top court ruled on Friday. In dismissing an appeal by the complainant, the Court of Appeal sided with a lower court judge that the company had done no wrong. "The alleged sexual assault […]

Greenpeace wants Resolute’s Ontario lawsuit tossed as ‘vexatious’ litigation

Jun 1 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A forestry company's multimillion-dollar defamation claim against Greenpeace is a vexatious abuse of the courts, the environmental group says in new Canadian legal filings. In calling on an Ontario court to dismiss the lawsuit without a hearing on its merits, Greenpeace argues that Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products' claim is little more than an attempt […]

Ex-engineer not guilty of criminal negligence in deadly Ontario mall collapse

Jun 1 2017 — Colin Perkel — A discredited former engineer who declared an Ontario mall structurally sound just weeks before its deadly collapse five years ago was acquitted of criminal negligence on Thursday. While critical of how Robert Wood conducted himself, Superior Court Justice Edward Gareau in Sault. Ste. Marie, Ont., nevertheless found insufficient evidence to convict him. Teresa Perizzolo, daughter of one […]