National Newswatch

Your Ward News editor hate trial could be re-opened; judge delays sentencing

Jul 15 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A convicted hatemonger who maintains his defence lawyer deliberately threw his case will get a rare chance to show why his trial should be reopened, a judge ruled on Monday. Instead of sentencing James Sears for promoting hatred against women and Jews, Ontario court Judge Richard Blouin said he would allow the editor of Your […]

Veterans activist gets OK to press $25K libel suit against Liberal minister

Jul 12 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A noted veterans activist can proceed with his defamation suit against the former minister of veterans affairs after Ontario's top court ruled Friday that a deputy judge in small claims court had no authority to throw out the claim without a hearing on its merits. In its decision, the Court of Appeal ordered the […]

Toronto geriatric hospital lets go 150 workers for alleged benefits fraud

Jul 11 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A leading geriatric health-care facility has fired, or accepted the resignations of, about 150 employees amid allegations they defrauded their benefits plan of millions of dollars over the past eight years. Baycrest Health Sciences said the losses are estimated at $4 million to $5 million, but the final tally — including the cost […]

Bernie Sanders plans trip to Canada with group seeking cheaper insulin

Jul 11 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — American presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said on Thursday that he would soon be coming to Canada with a group of diabetics to buy cheaper insulin. The Vermont senator said in a tweet that he planned to make the trip toward the end of this month. Typically, a vial of insulin Type 1 diabetics […]

Bernie Sanders plans trip to Canada with group seeking cheaper insulin

Jul 11 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — American presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said on Thursday that he would soon be coming to Canada with a group of diabetics to buy cheaper insulin. The Vermont senator said in a tweet that he planned to make the trip toward the end of this month. Typically, a vial of insulin Type 1 diabetics […]

Ex-medical officer wants details of her relationship to con man kept secret

Jul 9 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The former head of a public health unit is looking to Canada's top court to keep secret the embarrassing details of her personal relationship with a convicted fraudster the agency hired as its chief financial officer. In urging the Supreme Court of Canada to weigh in, Dr. Kim Barker warns public interest considerations […]

Canadian aid worker jailed 9 years in Nepal for sex assault of two boys

Jul 9 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A prominent Canadian aid worker convicted of sexually assaulting children in Nepal will have to serve nine years in prison, one of his lawyers said. The Nepalese judge who sentenced Peter Dalglish to nine years and seven years on each of two counts ordered the terms be served concurrently, Nader Hasan said. In addition […]

Vice reporter loses final bid to block RCMP demand for background material

Jul 5 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A reporter's last-ditch attempt at blocking an RCMP demand for his background materials in a terrorism case failed Thursday with a judge refusing to stay the production order. In her ruling, Ontario Superior Court Justice Breese Davies said the Mounties still have valid reasons to make their demand of journalist Ben Makuch and Vice […]

Vice reporter loses final bid to block RCMP demand for background material

Jul 5 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A reporter's last-ditch attempt at blocking an RCMP demand for his background materials in a terrorism case failed Thursday with a judge refusing to stay the production order. In her ruling, Ontario Superior Court Justice Breese Davies said the Mounties still have valid reasons to make their demand of journalist Ben Makuch and Vice […]

Fire forcing evacuation of Keewaywin First Nation in northwestern Ontario

Jul 4 2019 — Colin Perkel — A raging forest fire in northwestern Ontario has prompted the full evacuation of the First Nation community of Keewaywin, authorities said on Thursday. More than 200 residents considered vulnerable had already been flown this week to Sioux Lookout, Ont., as the fire moved closer, while roughly 200 more were being sent to another city Thursday.  […]

Ottawa’s carbon-pricing law constitutional, Ontario’s top court rules

Jun 28 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The federal government's carbon pricing scheme is constitutionally sound and has the critical purpose of fighting climate change, Ontario's top court ruled in a split decision on Friday. The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, enacted in April, is within Parliament's jurisdiction to legislate in relation to matters of "national concern," Chief Justice George Strathy wrote […]