National Newswatch

Ontario landowners sign deal with agency looking to store used nuclear fuel

Jan 24 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Landowners in a rural Ontario municipality about two hours northwest of Toronto have signed an agreement that will allow authorities to soon start doing site tests for a proposed facility to store high-level nuclear waste. The agreement with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization leaves South Bruce as one of two possible sites for a […]

Obama decries Trump’s rolling back vehicle fuel-efficiency standards

Jan 23 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Efforts by the Trump administration to undo fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles are a setback to the battle against climate change, former U.S. president Barack Obama said on Thursday. Speaking at a sell-out forum about the future of work, Obama said it's clear not everyone is on his page when it comes to the enormous […]

Obama decries Trump for rolling back global-warming fuel-efficiency standards

Jan 23 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Efforts by the Trump administration to undo fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles are a setback to the battle against climate change, former U.S. president Barack Obama said on Thursday. Speaking at a sell-out forum about the future of work, Obama said it's clear not everyone is on his page when it comes to the enormous […]

Sentence cut to seven years for drunk driver who killed three, injured two

Jan 22 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A speeding drunk driver who caused a crash that killed three friends and seriously injured another has had his sentence cut to seven years after a higher court found the judge made a mistake in reviewing punishments meted out in similar cases. In a split decision Wednesday, the Court of Appeal agreed with […]

Incompetent doctor who twice sent dying infant home loses licence

Jan 22 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A family doctor who sent a dying infant home with instructions to give him water and juice with vitamin C and who failed to report criminal driving convictions has been stripped of his medical licence. In punishing Howard Wu earlier this month, the discipline committee of Ontario's medical regulator noted the doctor had […]

Man wins new sex assault trial over poor Swahili-English translation

Jan 22 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A man convicted of sexually assaulting his wife has won a new trial because of problems with the Swahili interpreter he was provided. In overturning his conviction, an Ontario Superior Court justice found the interpreter's incompetence and the trial judge's failure to address the situation breached the man's charter rights. "An accused cannot […]

Jewish group fails to stop postal union lawsuit over pro-terrorism comments

Jan 21 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A Jewish activist group has lost its bid to block a defamation suit from one of the country's leading public-sector unions, which took exception to suggestions it supports Palestinian terrorist causes. In a Superior Court ruling, an Ontario judge rejected an assertion by B'Nai Brith Canada that the still-unproven claim was simply an attempt to […]

Judge permanently retires one-time lawyer Harry Kopyto 31 years after disbarment

Jan 19 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A one-time Toronto lawyer known for championing underdog causes and whose high profile battles with the profession's regulator spanned decades has been forced into legal retirement. In a decision this month, a Superior Court justice permanently barred Harry Kopyto from practising law, providing legal services or holding himself out as a legal agent — a ban […]

U.S. court won’t force military to hear Omar Khadr war-crimes appeal

Jan 17 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — An American civilian court has refused to order a military court to decide an appeal from former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr. In a brief decision this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied Khadr's request to force the issue. "At this time, (Khadr) has not demonstrated […]

U.S. court won’t force military to hear Omar Khadr war-crimes appeal

Jan 17 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — An American civilian court has refused to order a military court to decide an appeal from former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr. In a brief decision this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied Khadr's request to force the issue. "At this time, (Khadr) has not demonstrated […]

Man who raped sleeping woman has sentence reduced over planning issue

Jan 17 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A man convicted of raping a sleeping woman has had his sentence reduced because the judge wrongly decided he had planned the crime. In its unanimous decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal rejected a bid by Saied Ghadghoni to overturn his conviction but said his 30-month sentence was too harsh. Ghadghoni, then 22, and […]

Sen. Mike Duffy appeals ruling blocking him from suing Senate over suspension

Jan 17 2020 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The Senate forfeited any claim to immunity from lawsuits over its suspension of Mike Duffy, because its actions were politically motivated and unlawful, the senator's lawyer argued on Thursday. In submissions to the Ontario Court of Appeal, Lawrence Greenspon said the decision in November 2013 to suspend Duffy without pay came at the direction […]