National Newswatch

Online alcohol sales in Ontario rose over the holidays: LCBO

Jan 11 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — More Ontario drinkers turned to the Internet to buy wine, beer and spirits over the holidays. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario says its online alcohol sales totalled nearly $2 million between Nov. 6 and Dec. 31, up from $1.7 million over the previous three months. The LCBO says the average number of daily […]

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Officials meet in Toronto to tackle fentanyl issues

Jan 9 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Politicians and public health officials say increasing access to overdose-fighting medication is key to tackling the fentanyl-fuelled opioid crisis that is moving across the country. Toronto Mayor John Tory says expanding the availability of the drug naloxone in drugstores and among first responders was raised Monday during the first gathering of the Toronto […]

Father, stepmom found guilty of killing 10-year-old boy lose appeal

Dec 29 2016 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A Toronto-area father and stepmother who fatally abused the man's 10-year-old son have lost a bid to have their convictions overturned. Garfield Boothe and Nichelle Rowe-Boothe were found guilty two years ago of second-degree murder in the death of Shakeil Boothe, whose frail and beaten body was found in his bed in Brampton, Ont., in 2011. Both received an […]

U of T profs host event to preserve environmental data ahead of Trump presidency

Dec 15 2016 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — As the U.S. presidential inauguration grows near, researchers at the University of Toronto are kickstarting a movement to preserve environmental data they believe could be at risk under Donald Trump's leadership. A group of professors is planning what they call a "guerrilla archiving" meeting in Toronto on Saturday, the first such event in a broader project to find and capture […]

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Ashley Madison’s parent company pays US$1.6M in settlements with U.S. government

Dec 14 2016 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — The Toronto-based parent company of the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison said Wednesday it hoped to have turned the page after reaching settlements in an investigation led by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Ruby Corp., which was previously known as Avid Life Media, said it has paid more than US$1.6 million in settlements, with half the money going to the FTC and […]

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Toronto city council endorses highway tolls, still needs provincial approval

Dec 14 2016 — Paola Loriggio — Toronto is one step closer to imposing road tolls on two major commuter highways after city council voted overwhelmingly in favour of the project. Councillors voted 32-9 Tuesday night to ask the province for the right to impose the levy on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. They also voted to ask city staff to look […]

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New rules call for all-in pricing on Ontario travel ads

Dec 13 2016 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Travel ads in Ontario will soon have to include all taxes and fees under new rules that the provincial government says are meant to protect consumers. The province says the rules, which take effect Jan. 1, will help reduce confusion and prevent surprises for travellers, as well as ensure a level playing field for the travel industry. "People across […]

Toronto man acquitted in retrial after years in prison to launch $4.5M lawsuit

Dec 13 2016 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A Toronto man who spent more than five years behind bars on drug and weapons charges before being acquitted in a new trial is launching a $4.5-million lawsuit against police. Nosakhare Ohenhen, 36, is expected to file the lawsuit Wednesday against the five police officers who arrested him and the Toronto Police Service. Ohenhen, who had previous drug […]

Parents file $12.5M lawsuit alleging police ignored, hid evidence in son’s death

Nov 23 2016 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — An Ottawa couple who has been fighting for 15 years to have their son's death reinvestigated has filed a $12.5 million lawsuit against Toronto police, alleging detectives ignored, concealed or eliminated evidence to support a conclusion that the young man committed suicide. John and Gloria Connelly are also asking the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to […]

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Canada not immune to ‘hate wave,’ former White House adviser says

Nov 22 2016 — Paola Loriggio — A high-profile political commentator and former White House policy adviser warned Tuesday that the same class tensions and divisive forces that swept Donald Trump to power could easily take root in Canada, adding it would be "irresponsible" to pretend otherwise. Van Jones, a CNN political contributor, said the "hate wave" that has stirred vigilante behaviour and prompted gatherings of […]

Man brings complaint against Mississauga for racially insensitive team names

Nov 21 2016 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A Toronto-area man who filed a human rights complaint against an Ontario city in an effort to prevent local hockey teams from using indigenous names and symbols said Monday that he doesn't want his children to grow up feeling ashamed of their heritage. Brad Gallant, a member of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation, brought his complaint […]