National Newswatch

Toronto psychiatrist loses licence over relationship with former patient

Aug 22 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A Toronto psychiatrist has lost his licence to practise after becoming romantically involved with a former patient less than a month after their professional relationship ended. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario says Dr. Nagi Ghabbour failed to respond to the woman's escalating feelings for him while she was his patient and […]

Immigration board to audit process for reviewing long-term detention

Aug 17 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada says it will carry out an independent audit of the process used to reassess the long-term detention of permanent residents and foreigners after two recent court decisions raised concerns that the rules may not always be applied fairly. The board said it will look into how rigorously and thoroughly cases are examined by its […]

Two Toronto cops who mocked woman with Down syndrome appear before tribunal

Aug 15 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Two Toronto police officers who were recorded mocking a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome should lose their jobs over their comments, the woman's mother said Tuesday as the pair faced a disciplinary hearing. Const. Sasa Sljivo and Const. Matthew Saris made a brief appearance at a police tribunal before their case was adjourned to […]

Ontario business groups raise concerns about province’s planned labour reforms

Aug 14 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — The Ontario government's plan for major labour reforms would have significant side effects that would put 185,000 jobs at risk, a coalition of business groups said Monday in releasing part of its analysis on the proposed legislation. The economic analysis commissioned by the Keep Ontario Working Coalition found that Ontario businesses stand to take a $23-billion hit within […]

Toronto cop to face disciplinary hearing after investigation sparked by video

Aug 11 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A disciplinary hearing will be held for a Toronto police sergeant after a civilian oversight agency found there were grounds to believe he used excessive force in stomping on and repeatedly Tasering a handcuffed man during an arrest earlier this year. The Office of the Independent Police Review Director says Sgt. Eduardo Miranda […]

Man sues police after claiming he was left naked and in pain in cell overnight

Aug 2 2017 — Paola Loriggio — A man who claims he was deprived of medical care and left naked in an Ontario jail cell overnight two years ago has filed a lawsuit against several Brantford, Ont., police officers, alleging they treated him differently because of his race. The lawsuit filed by Philip Alafe also names Brantford Police Chief Geoff Nelson and the Brantford Police Services […]

York University says it will appeal federal court ruling on copyright fees

Aug 1 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — One of Canada's largest universities says it will appeal a Federal Court ruling that found it was circumventing copyright fees in reproducing materials being handed out to students. Toronto's York University says its guidelines for materials used in course packs and online class supports, which were a focal point of the case, are meant […]

Judge throws out drunk driving charge against man assaulted by officer

Jul 31 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — An Ontario judge has cleared a man on a drunk driving charge after finding that he was assaulted by a Toronto police officer while waiting to take a breathalyzer test after his arrest. In a decision released earlier this month, Ontario Court Judge Joseph Bovard says the assault on Jong-Won Jung constituted a "very serious breach" […]

Man convicted in Via Rail terror plot seeks to appeal sentence

Jul 27 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A man found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train between Canada and the U.S. is seeking to appeal his sentence as well as his conviction, saying mental illness previously kept him from making rational decisions about his case. In an amended inmate notice of appeal filed Wednesday with Ontario's top court, […]

New trial ordered for woman without lawyer over lack of disclosure

Jul 25 2017 — Paola Loriggio — Crown prosecutors and a judge failed in their duties to an Ontario woman who represented herself at her arson trial, an appeal court said in overturning her conviction. In a decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ordered a new trial for Jeannette Tossounian, saying her ability to defend herself had been compromised by the […]

Man charged with killing ex-girlfriend had ‘difficulty accepting’ breakup: docs

Jul 24 2017 — Paola Loriggio — A man arrested in the U.S. in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend in southern Ontario contacted her repeatedly before her death despite a court order that prohibited him from communicating with her, court documents allege. Newly unsealed U.S. court documents allege Ager Hasan "had difficulty accepting" the end of his year-long relationship with […]