National Newswatch

Criminal charges laid against men behind controversial newspaper banned by Canada Post

Jun 21 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Two Toronto residents said they brought a criminal complaint against a controversial publication the federal government deemed too offensive to distribute in the mail. Warren and Lisa Kinsella, who are political strategists and activists, said a justice of the peace agreed Wednesday to charge the two men behind "Your Ward News" with uttering threats. The […]

Funeral planned for Canadian killed fighting ISIL: mother

Jun 20 2017 — Paola Loriggio — The mother of a Canadian killed while secretly fighting Islamic State militants in Syria says she's relieved she'll finally be able to lay her son to rest months after his death. Tina Martino says a funeral will be held at St. Andrew's United Church in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Wednesday for her 24-year-old son, Nazzareno Tassone. She says Tassone's […]

New trial ordered in deadly stage collapse at Radiohead concert in Toronto

Jun 19 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A new trial has been ordered for those charged in a deadly stage collapse at an outdoor Radiohead concert in Toronto, sending the case back to square one five years after the grim incident and just as the matter approached resolution. A mistrial was declared after the presiding judge, Justice Shaun Nakatsuru, was appointed to the […]

Police officer who fatally shot hammer-wielding man says he’s ‘devastated’

Jun 14 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A Toronto police officer who fatally shot a hammer-wielding man in the city two years ago said Wednesday he was "devastated" by the confrontation's grim conclusion, though he maintained he had no choice but to open fire.  Const. Andrew Doyle was testifying at a coroner's inquest into Andrew Loku's death and addressed the man's relatives, who […]

Doctors challenge policy requiring referral for services that clash with morals

Jun 13 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — The debate over Ontario doctors' right to refuse to provide medical services that clash with their moral or religious beliefs is headed to court. A group of five doctors and three professional organizations is challenging a policy issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario that requires doctors who have a moral […]

Crown seeks new trial for accused killer who walked free due to court delays

Jun 11 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Prosecutors are seeking a new trial for an ex-soldier accused of murder who walked free because his case took too long to get to trial, saying the Ottawa man didn't assert his rights early enough in the process. The Crown is appealing an Ontario judge's decision to stay a first-degree murder charge against Adam Picard under new time limits established […]

Accused Yahoo hacker to stay in custody after bail upheld by court

Jun 9 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A Canadian accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails will have to stay in custody as he prepares to fight extradition to the United States. Lawyers for Karim Baratov said Friday the 22-year-old's bid to contest a judge's decision to deny him bail has been dismissed. In his April ruling, Ontario Superior Court Justice […]

Eaton Centre shooter seeks new trial over jury-selection process

Jun 9 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A man who gunned down two people in Toronto's landmark Eaton Centre mall is asking for a new trial, arguing the jury that convicted him more than two years ago was improperly selected. Christopher Husbands was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, and Ahmed Hassan, […]

Child killer denied full parole over refusal to take responsibility for actions

Jun 8 2017 — Paola Loriggio — An Ontario woman serving a life sentence for the murder of an eight-year-old boy has once again been denied full parole after authorities found she continued to deflect responsibility for her actions. Amina Chaudhary, 55, who married another inmate and had three children while behind bars, has been on day parole and living in a halfway house for a year. […]

Autopsy report shows Canadian killed fighting ISIL died from head injury: mother

Jun 6 2017 — Paola Loriggio — An Ontario woman whose son was killed secretly fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria last year says she was devastated to finally learn the details of his death. Tina Martino says an autopsy report she received last week concluded her 24-year-old son, Nazzareno Tassone, died from a blow to the head, not a gunshot wound as […]

Canadian accused in Yahoo hack appeals decision to deny bail

Jun 4 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Lawyers for a Canadian accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails will be in an Ontario court Monday to fight a judge's decision to deny the man bail. Karim Baratov is appealing an April ruling by Ontario Superior Court Justice Alan Whitten, who found the 22-year-old was too much of a flight risk […]

Toronto 18 ringleader ordered detained until end of sentence

May 31 2017 — Paola Loriggio — A ringleader of the so-called Toronto 18 terror cell continues to minimize his role in the deadly plot and can't guarantee he has the support to manage his return to society, officials said in upholding an order for his detention. The Parole Board of Canada said in a recent decision that not enough has changed to justify revoking an order […]