National Newswatch

Ontario man loses bid to avoid extradition in child porn distribution case

May 26 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A man who voluntarily told an Ontario court he had distributed child porn in an effort to avoid facing a related charge in the U.S. has lost another bid to stave off extradition. Brandon William Lane,of Kingston, Ont., had pushed for a judicial review after the minister of justice upheld an order for his extradition, but that appeal was denied earlier […]

Put risky ice rescue courses on hold, jury at coroner’s inquest into firefighter deaths recommends

May 26 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Risky ice rescue courses that send firefighters and firefighting students into treacherous, fast-moving currents should be put on hold until they can be performed safely, a coroner's inquest into the deaths of two Ontario men recommended Thursday. Jurors looking into what led to the deaths of Gary Kendall, 51, and Adam Brunt, 30, […]

Man who offered therapy, sex surrogacy denied psychotherapist accreditation

May 12 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Ontario man who worked as a sexual surrogate as well as a therapist has been denied certification as a psychotherapist after two regulatory bodies found there wasn't enough separation between his two practices. Earlier this month, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board upheld an earlier ruling by a committee from the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered […]

Nothing could have been done to prevent firefighter’s death, inquest hears

May 12 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A firefighter trainer involved in an ice rescue exercise that claimed the life of a southern Ontario man seven years ago says there's nothing he would have done differently during the course. Terry Harrison told a coroner's inquest Thursday that even if a rapid intervention team — a group of first responders dedicated to helping firefighters in […]

Unregulated ice rescue courses the only option for firefighters, inquest hears

May 9 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Firefighters seeking training in ice rescue operations may have no other choice but to take unregulated private courses such as the ones in which two Ontario men died, an inquest into the men's deaths heard as it began Tuesday. The Ontario Fire College, a provincial body that offers training to members of municipal fire departments, put its own ice […]

Louis Vuitton lawsuit could help other brands fight counterfeiting: experts

May 1 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A lawsuit filed by luxury fashion retailer Louis Vuitton against a Toronto flea market could potentially give brands a long-awaited hand in cracking down on counterfeiters, intellectual property lawyers said Monday. If successful, the suit would allow companies to go after mall and flea market landlords whose vendors infringe on trademark rights — an […]

Highlights of the Ontario budget unveiled Thursday

Apr 27 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's finance minister delivered the province's fiscal plan Thursday, the government's first balanced budget in a decade. Here are the highlights: ____ PHARMACARE FOR YOUTH More than 4,400 prescription drugs will be free for anyone under 25 starting next year under the province's new pharmacare program. The program, dubbed OHIP+, is meant to […]