National Newswatch

Man jailed in U.S. for viewing child porn moves closer to practising law in Ontario

Mar 24 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A Canadian-born man who was jailed in Florida for viewing child pornography has moved one step closer to practising law in Ontario. The tribunal of the Law Society of Upper Canada ruled in a written decision last week that Ronald Ori Davidovic was of "good character," allowing his licensing application to proceed. The document says Davidovic, who was born […]

Toronto school board to stop booking new U.S. travel over border restrictions

Mar 23 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Canada's largest school board says it will stop booking trips to the United States indefinitely in light of the uncertainty surrounding restrictions at the border. The Toronto District School Board, which serves about 245,000 public school students, says it made the "difficult decision" because it believes students "should not be placed into these situations […]

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Man wanted in stepson’s death fled 2,000 kilometres before arrest, police say

Mar 22 2017 — Paola Loriggio — ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — An Ontario man accused of killing his seven-year-old stepson and badly injuring a banker with whom he'd once had professional dealings managed to flee 2,000 kilometres over four days before being arrested, police said Wednesday. Niagara regional police Chief Jeff McGuire said the nationwide manhunt for 43-year-old Justin Kuijer, which began in […]

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Couple who killed four family members sued by former lawyer over legal fees

Mar 22 2017 — Paola Loriggio — A couple convicted of killing their three teenage daughters and another family member are being sued by the woman's former lawyer, who alleges he is owed nearly $135,000 in legal fees. John David Crowe alleges Mohammad Shafia and his wife Tooba Yahya "have failed, refused or neglected to make any payment whatsoever" to clear Yahya's outstanding legal […]

Toronto woman loses life savings, home in online dating scam: police

Mar 16 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — The plight of a Toronto widow who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars and her home in a dating scam has prompted police to urge vigilance online. Police say the woman, whose name has not been released, is a former municipal employee who first made contact with the suspect or suspects in the […]

Refugees get crash course in curling as part of ‘welcome to Canada’ event

Mar 15 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Roughly two weeks after arriving in Canada from Thailand, Arun Daniel isn't quite used to the cold — but he's getting better acquainted with one of the country's favourite winter sports. The 11-year-old and his mother, who originally fled Sri Lanka, were among some 45 government-sponsored refugees getting a crash course in curling at a Toronto club […]

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Toronto man appealing sex assault conviction says judge was biased

Mar 14 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A judge who referenced research on gendered violence in convicting a Toronto man of sexual assault appeared to be biased against him, the man's lawyers alleged Tuesday at his appeal hearing. Lawyers for Mustafa Ururyar argued their client deserves a new trial on seven grounds, including allegations that Justice Marvin Zuker's reading on topics such as rape […]

Conservation award honours slain philanthropist Glen Davis 10 years after death

Mar 13 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A new $10,000 conservation award named after the slain philanthropist Glen Davis aims to honour his contribution to Canada on the 10th anniversary of his death. The World Wildlife Fund's Canadian chapter and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society say the Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize, to be awarded in May, is meant to preserve the Toronto […]

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Defence lawyers compare woman who gave water to pigs to Gandhi, Mandela

Mar 9 2017 — Paola Loriggio — BURLINGTON, Ont. — A Toronto woman who gave water to pigs on a truck headed to slaughter committed an act of kindness similar to when people gave water to Jews transported on cattle trains during the Holocaust, her lawyer said in closing arguments at her trial Thursday. Defence lawyer Gary Grill also compared Anita Krajnc's actions — […]

Judge who convicted doctor of sex assaults ignored evidence: lawyers

Mar 8 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Lawyers for a Toronto anaesthesiologist jailed for sexually assaulting 21 sedated women during surgeries argue their client should be granted a new trial because the judge presiding over his case allegedly ignored evidence suggesting the assaults could not physically have been carried out unnoticed. Dr. George Doodnaught, 67, is appealing his November 2013 conviction, for which he was sentenced […]

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Ontario teacher charged with sex crimes against minors pleads guilty

Mar 7 2017 — Paola Loriggio — BELLEVILLE, Ont. — An Ontario middle-school teacher who had sexual encounters with several students and traded nude photos with them pleaded guilty to seven charges on Tuesday in what her lawyer said was an effort to take responsibility for her actions. Jaclyn McLaren, a French teacher for Grades 6 to 8 at a school in a […]

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Family of girl impaled by golf club during gym class files $20M lawsuit

Mar 2 2017 — Paola Loriggio — The family of a southern Ontario teen who suffered severe brain injuries after being impaled by a sawed-off golf club during gym class has filed a lawsuit for more than $20 million. Madison Arseneault's family alleges the city of Windsor, Ont., the school board and teachers were negligent and failed to ensure the 15-year-old's safety during gym class […]

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Young dancing goalie in viral video unfazed by sudden fame, mother says

Mar 1 2017 — Paola Loriggio — An eight-year-old Toronto-area hockey goalie whose hip-hop moves on the ice have made him an online sensation is relishing the prospect of being called up to the big leagues — for a dance-off.  Noah Young, who plays on a Brampton novice rep team, has been pumping up the crowd with spontaneous on-ice dancing for years, his mother said […]