National Newswatch

Trial starting on Indigenous bands’ claim to Lake Huron, Georgian Bay

Apr 25 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A complex trial involving a novel claim to a large swath of Lake Huron lake bed and allegations of broken promises is set to kick off in Toronto today. The trial pits the Saugeen Ojibway Nation against the federal and Ontario governments. The two aboriginal groups who make up the Saugeen Ojibway Nation […]

Trial starting on Indigenous bands’ claim to Lake Huron, Georgian Bay

Apr 25 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A complex trial involving a novel claim to a large swath of Lake Huron lake bed and allegations of broken promises is set to kick off in Toronto today. The trial pits the Saugeen Ojibway Nation against the federal and Ontario governments. The two aboriginal groups who make up the Saugeen Ojibway Nation […]

Open-court principle does not mean right to record proceedings, justices say

Apr 24 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A woman embroiled in a lengthy dispute with her former school board and teachers' union has no right to video-record her Appeal Court proceedings or to force a judge to publicly post a decision, Ontario's top court ruled on Wednesday. While judges do have authority to allow video or audio recordings of proceedings […]

Alectra Utilities loses stay bid; must pay Solar Power $14M right away

Apr 24 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — An energy company must immediately pay about $14 million to another company even as it seeks to fight the award before Canada's highest court, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday. In dismissing a stay of an earlier ruling, the Court of Appeal decided that allowing Alectra Utilities to hold off paying what […]

Doc who sexually assaulted sedated patients ‘not credible:’ parole board says

Apr 24 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — An anesthesiologist who sexually assaulted 21 sedated women during their surgeries shows little insight into the trauma he inflicted on them, the Parole Board of Canada said in denying his bid for early release. In written reasons released this week, the board repeatedly noted that Dr. George Doodnaught showed little insight into his […]

Ontario’s challenge of carbon-pricing law wraps up; judges reserve decision

Apr 18 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Ontario's constitutional challenge to Ottawa's imposition of a carbon charge was left in the hands of five Appeal Court justices on Thursday after the hearing wrapped up with each side pressing the court to find in its favour. In closing submissions, a federal lawyer warned that climate change posed an urgent threat. Ottawa, she […]

Ontario’s challenge of carbon-pricing law wraps up; judges reserve decision

Apr 18 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Ontario's constitutional challenge to Ottawa's imposition of a carbon charge was left in the hands of five Appeal Court justices on Thursday after the hearing wrapped up with each side pressing the court to find in its favour. In closing submissions, a federal lawyer warned that climate change posed an urgent threat. Ottawa, she […]

Federal climate law crucial to Indigenous constitutional rights, court told

Apr 17 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The federal government has no choice but to tackle greenhouse gas emissions given the catastrophic impact unchecked global warming will have on Canada's Indigenous people, Ontario's top court heard on Wednesday. As such, First Nations groups said, Ottawa's carbon-price law helps protect their constitutional rights to the hunting and fishing on which their […]

Federal climate law crucial to Indigenous constitutional rights, court told

Apr 17 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The federal government has no choice but to tackle greenhouse gas emissions given the catastrophic impact unchecked global warming will have on Canada's Indigenous people, Ontario's top court heard on Wednesday. As such, First Nations groups said, Ottawa's carbon-price law helps protect their constitutional rights to the hunting and fishing on which their […]