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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 […]

New rules call for all-in pricing on Ontario travel ads

Dec 13 2016 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Travel ads in Ontario will soon have to include all taxes and fees under new rules that the provincial government says are meant to protect consumers. The province says the rules, which take effect Jan. 1, will help reduce confusion and prevent surprises for travellers, as well as ensure a level playing field for the travel industry. "People across […]

Toronto man acquitted in retrial after years in prison to launch $4.5M lawsuit

Dec 13 2016 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Toronto man who spent more than five years behind bars on drug and weapons charges before being acquitted in a new trial is launching a $4.5-million lawsuit against police. Nosakhare Ohenhen, 36, is expected to file the lawsuit Wednesday against the five police officers who arrested him and the Toronto Police Service. Ohenhen, who had previous drug […]

Liberals delay announcing fate of Line 3, Northern Gateway

Nov 25 2016 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The federal environment minister touted oil and gas as "essential bridges" to a low-carbon economy Friday even as the government delayed announcing the fate of two pipeline projects. Catherine McKenna, who was speaking at an event hosted by the Toronto Board Region of Trade, said the government wasn't ready to make an announcement about […]

Parents file $12.5M lawsuit alleging police ignored, hid evidence in son’s death

Nov 23 2016 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Ottawa couple who has been fighting for 15 years to have their son's death reinvestigated has filed a $12.5 million lawsuit against Toronto police, alleging detectives ignored, concealed or eliminated evidence to support a conclusion that the young man committed suicide. John and Gloria Connelly are also asking the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to […]

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Canada not immune to ‘hate wave,’ former White House adviser says

Nov 22 2016 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — A high-profile political commentator and former White House policy adviser warned Tuesday that the same class tensions and divisive forces that swept Donald Trump to power could easily take root in Canada, adding it would be "irresponsible" to pretend otherwise. Van Jones, a CNN political contributor, said the "hate wave" that has stirred vigilante behaviour and prompted gatherings of […]