National Newswatch

Ontario college to offer 1st post-secondary certificate in cannabis production

Sep 19 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — A southern Ontario college says it will be the first to offer a post-secondary credential in the production of commercial cannabis. Niagara College says the graduate certificate program will launch in the fall of 2018 and aims to prepare students to work in the licensed production of cannabis, which includes marijuana, hemp fibre and hemp seed. The school […]

Wine festival for moms sparks firestorm over drinking culture

Sep 17 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Toronto woman who organized a daytime wine festival for new mothers has found herself caught in a firestorm over the pervasiveness of alcohol at a time when heavy drinking is on the rise among women. The weekday event, dubbed "A Very Mommy Wine Festival," was meant to give new moms a chance to get together and have fun without the […]

Ontario judge who wore Trump hat in court suspended without pay for 30 days

Sep 12 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Ontario judge who wore a hat in court bearing Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan has been suspended without pay after an oversight body ruled his behaviour constituted a "single aberrant and inexplicable act of judicial misconduct." In a decision released Tuesday, the Ontario Judicial Council said it struggled to reconcile Justice Bernd […]

Tory MPP apologizes for comments about Wynne after lawyers warn of possible lawsuit

Sep 7 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Conservative member of the Ontario legislature is apologizing to Premier Kathleen Wynne for comments made in a radio interview after the premier's lawyers warned he could face a defamation lawsuit. Lawyers representing Wynne sent a letter Wednesday to MPP Bill Walker asking that he publicly retract and apologize on the air for statements made to […]

Canadian high schools welcoming more international students, boards say

Aug 30 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — Public high schools across the country are welcoming a growing number of international students in an effort to build valuable relationships and — in some cases — boost revenue.   Though international students make up only a small fraction of high schoolers, administrators in Ontario and British Columbia say they've seen a spike in recent years, with some school […]

Immigration board to audit process for reviewing long-term detention

Aug 17 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — 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 […]

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

Aug 14 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — 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 […]