National Newswatch

Man jailed in U.S. for viewing child porn moves closer to practising law in Ontario

Mar 24 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Canadian-born man who was jailed in Florida for viewing child pornography has moved one step closer to practising law in Ontario. The tribunal of the Law Society of Upper Canada ruled in a written decision last week that Ronald Ori Davidovic was of "good character," allowing his licensing application to proceed. The document says Davidovic, who was born […]

Toronto school board to stop booking new U.S. travel over border restrictions

Mar 23 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canada's largest school board says it will stop booking trips to the United States indefinitely in light of the uncertainty surrounding restrictions at the border. The Toronto District School Board, which serves about 245,000 public school students, says it made the "difficult decision" because it believes students "should not be placed into these situations […]

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Man wanted in stepson’s death fled 2,000 kilometres before arrest, police say

Mar 22 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — An Ontario man accused of killing his seven-year-old stepson and badly injuring a banker with whom he'd once had professional dealings managed to flee 2,000 kilometres over four days before being arrested, police said Wednesday. Niagara regional police Chief Jeff McGuire said the nationwide manhunt for 43-year-old Justin Kuijer, which began in […]

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Charges against Canadian arrested in Yahoo hack may be ‘politically motivated’: lawyer

Mar 16 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — A lawyer for a Canadian man of Kazakh origins arrested as one of four suspects in a massive hack of Yahoo emails said Thursday that the charges against his client may be "politically motivated by the U.S." Jag Virk suggested that his client, 22-year-old Karim Baratov, is being used as a scapegoat by American authorities. "I believe (U.S. President) […]

Refugees get crash course in curling as part of ‘welcome to Canada’ event

Mar 15 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Roughly two weeks after arriving in Canada from Thailand, Arun Daniel isn't quite used to the cold — but he's getting better acquainted with one of the country's favourite winter sports. The 11-year-old and his mother, who originally fled Sri Lanka, were among some 45 government-sponsored refugees getting a crash course in curling at a Toronto club […]

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Toronto man appealing sex assault conviction says judge was biased

Mar 14 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A judge who referenced research on gendered violence in convicting a Toronto man of sexual assault appeared to be biased against him, the man's lawyers alleged Tuesday at his appeal hearing. Lawyers for Mustafa Ururyar argued their client deserves a new trial on seven grounds, including allegations that Justice Marvin Zuker's reading on topics such as rape […]

Conservation award honours slain philanthropist Glen Davis 10 years after death

Mar 13 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A new $10,000 conservation award named after the slain philanthropist Glen Davis aims to honour his contribution to Canada on the 10th anniversary of his death. The World Wildlife Fund's Canadian chapter and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society say the Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize, to be awarded in May, is meant to preserve the Toronto […]

Judge who convicted doctor of sex assaults ignored evidence: lawyers

Mar 8 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Lawyers for a Toronto anaesthesiologist jailed for sexually assaulting 21 sedated women during surgeries argue their client should be granted a new trial because the judge presiding over his case allegedly ignored evidence suggesting the assaults could not physically have been carried out unnoticed. Dr. George Doodnaught, 67, is appealing his November 2013 conviction, for which he was sentenced […]