National Newswatch

Court throws out conviction, orders new trial in sex assault case

Jul 20 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Ontario judge inappropriately relied on "rape literature" to assess evidence in the case of a man found guilty last year of sexually assaulting a woman with whom he had a casual relationship, an appeal judge said Thursday in overturning the conviction. Ontario Superior Justice Michael Dambrot said he was ordering a new trial for Mustafa Ururyar "with […]

Ashley Madison reaches US$11.2M deal in American lawsuits over data security

Jul 17 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — The Toronto-based parent company of the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison says it has reached a US$11.2-million settlement in American class-action lawsuits stemming from a massive security breach two years ago. Ruby Corp., which was previously known as Avid Life Media, says the proposed settlement must first be approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District […]

Toronto library reviewing policies after controversial event sparks outrage

Jul 13 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Toronto Public Library is reviewing its policies after a gathering at a local branch to honour a lawyer who defended people associated with the white supremacy movement was met with widespread criticism. An announcement for the event held Wednesday at the Richview branch described it as a memorial for Barbara Kulaszka, a lawyer whose clients included […]

York U. loses legal battle over copyright fees after court rejects fair use argument

Jul 12 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — One of Canada's largest universities will have to pay for copyrighted materials distributed to students after a federal court ruling that some intellectual property experts say will affect schools throughout the country. The Federal Court of Canada has ruled against Toronto's York University in its legal dispute with Access Copyright, a collective that has provided institutions access […]

Close call for Air Canada plane in San Francisco, authorities investigate

Jul 12 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Investigators looking into what caused an apparent close call involving an Air Canada flight at San Francisco International Airport are expected to examine whether human error or controller procedures played a role in the incident, an aviation expert said Tuesday The state of the aircraft's and controller's equipment, and the design of the air space will also […]

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

Jun 21 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — 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 Canadian Press — 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 […]