National Newswatch

Canadians lost $17M to online dating scams in 2016: RCMP

Feb 14 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — It started with a Facebook conversation with a stranger, then progressed to Skype exchanges, declarations of affection and promises to meet up in person. By the time Louise, 56, contacted police roughly a year later, she still hadn't met her online connection — but she had sent roughly $100,000 overseas at his request, and spent another $25,000 on travel and […]

Accused ‘lone wolf’ attackers unlikely to face terror charges in Canada: Experts

Jan 31 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — So-called "lone wolf" attackers are unlikely to face terror charges under Canadian law, a legal expert said Tuesday as authorities continued to investigate a deadly mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a terrorist attack. Politicians were quick to denounce Sunday's shooting, which killed six Muslim worshippers and injured 19 others, as a terrorist act. But while the label sends […]

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Officials meet in Toronto to tackle fentanyl issues

Jan 9 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — 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 […]

Soldier denied promotion due to PTSD should have case reviewed: court

Jan 5 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — A Canadian Armed Forces soldier who was denied a promotion because his post-traumatic stress disorder prevented him from completing a required course should have his case re-evaluated to reflect the military's greater understanding of the condition, a federal court has ruled. Cpl. Joel Mousseau turned to the court to challenge what he called his "unwarranted demotion" from the rank of […]

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‘We are not going to be silent’: Canadian women join march on Washington, D.C.

Dec 31 2016 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — Before this year's American election, Tina Woodland had never protested anything in her life. But when she heard that thousands of women were planning to march on the U.S. capital the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, the Yukon resident knew she had to join in. Woodland, who owns a Ford dealership in Whitehorse with her best friend, spent her entire vacation budget for […]

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

Dec 29 2016 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — 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, The Canadian Press — 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, The Canadian Press — 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 […]