National Newswatch

Mountie who alleged unrelenting harassment loses final bid to sue RCMP

Sep 19 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — An RCMP officer who accused his superiors of waging an unrelenting campaign to ruin his career lost his 12-year battle to sue the force for harassment and intentional infliction of distress when the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday refused to hear the case. Sgt. Peter Merrifield, who said he could be facing […]

Mountie who alleged unrelenting harassment loses final bid to sue RCMP

Sep 19 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — An RCMP officer who accused his superiors of waging an unrelenting campaign to ruin his career lost his 12-year battle to sue the force for harassment and intentional infliction of distress when the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday refused to hear the case. Sgt. Peter Merrifield, who said he could be facing […]

Man who scammed romantic partner wants mistrial despite guilty finding

Sep 17 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A con artist who scammed the romantic partner he met online out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has asked a judge to declare a mistrial months after finding him guilty. In his motion, Shaun Rootenberg argues Superior Court Justice Beth Allen unfairly refused to stay the proceedings over problems with pretrial disclosure […]

No objective standard: Toronto anti-noise blitz yields few results

Sep 15 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A crackdown on excessive vehicle noise announced by Toronto's mayor and police in July appears to have done little beyond nabbing scores of motorists in too much of a hurry. The downtown blitz aimed at muffling the worst offenders resulted in 95 tickets, almost all for speed, police said. "Noise from vehicles was not […]

Dental hygienist loses licence as ‘sexual abuser’ for treating his wife

Sep 13 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A dental hygienist branded as a sexual abuser and stripped of his licence because he treated his wife has lost his bid to have the punishment overturned. Ontario's Divisional Court decision upholding the "harsh" punishment for Alexandru Tanase comes even though regulators have proposed allowing hygienists to treat spouses as dentists may do. "There […]

Security screening at Toronto police HQ justified, Appeal Court rules

Sep 12 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The threat of an attack on police headquarters in Toronto justifies the security screening of everyone entering the building, including people attending police service board meetings, Ontario's top court ruled on Thursday. The decision overturns an earlier ruling that the searches infringed on the constitutional rights of would-be board attendees. "In today's world, […]

Noted criminologist to head panel on replacement for solitary confinement

Sep 6 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A veteran criminologist has been tabbed to head a panel on implementing an alternative system to solitary confinement. In an announcement on Friday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale named Anthony Doob, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, as chair of the new advisory panel. Legislation passed in June eliminates solitary confinement as an option […]

Noted criminologist to head panel on replacement for solitary confinement

Sep 6 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A veteran criminologist has been tabbed to head a panel on implementing an alternative system to solitary confinement. In an announcement on Friday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale named Anthony Doob, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, as chair of the new advisory panel. Legislation passed in June eliminates solitary confinement as an option […]

Lawsuit says illegal to force gas stations to paste carbon-price stickers

Sep 4 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — An Ontario law forcing gas stations to display stickers showing the cost of federal carbon pricing is illegal and should be thrown out, a new lawsuit asserts. The unproven lawsuit from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says the Federal Carbon Tax Transparency Act — dubbed the Sticker Act — violates free speech provisions of […]

Lawsuit says illegal to force gas stations to paste carbon-price stickers

Sep 4 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — An Ontario law forcing gas stations to display stickers showing the cost of federal carbon pricing is illegal and should be thrown out, a new lawsuit asserts. The unproven lawsuit from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says the Federal Carbon Tax Transparency Act — dubbed the Sticker Act — violates free speech provisions of […]

Splitting couple’s kids belong in Ontario, not Germany, under new case law

Sep 2 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A dispute among separated spouses over which country their children should live in was correctly settled under a new model formulated by the Supreme Court of Canada, Ontario's top court has found. In its decision released Friday, the Court of Appeal noted that looking only at where the warring parents had intended to […]

Infant remains stuffed in cardboard box; funeral company loses licence

Aug 30 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A company in southwestern Ontario has lost its bid to keep its licence to transfer corpses after a contractor stuffed an infant's remains into a cardboard box. In its decision, a Divisional Court panel found a tribunal had made no errors in ordering the licence revocation of Niagara Funeral Alternatives based in Ridgeway, […]

Inmates placed in solitary confinement awarded preliminary $20 million

Aug 29 2019 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The federal government will have to pay thousands of prison inmates placed in solitary confinement for long periods a preliminary $20 million for breaching their rights, a Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday. The decision, which comes without a full-blown trial, is the latest in a string of similar rulings across Canada that […]