National Newswatch

Judge’s failure to give reasons results in new sexual assault trial

Nov 23 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A massage therapist properly convicted of sexually assaulting two women will get a new trial because a judge failed to say why he refused to allow a separate hearing for each charge. In overturning the conviction against Jitender Sahdev, Ontario's top court ruled the lack of reasons were enough to quash the conviction […]

Wiped records not ‘personal,’ Crown says as judge reserves at gas plants trial

Nov 22 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The question of whether two senior political staffers illegally destroyed politically embarrassing data in the office of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty was left Wednesday with the judge who has presided over the pair's trial. Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson reserved his decision after a day of closing arguments in which he heard […]

Wiped records not ‘personal,’ Crown says as judge reserves at gas plants trial

Nov 22 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The question of whether two senior political staffers illegally destroyed politically embarrassing data in the office of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty was left Wednesday with the judge who has presided over the pair's trial. Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson reserved his decision after a day of closing arguments in which he heard […]

Four Grenada cops charged with manslaughter in beating death of Toronto man

Nov 21 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Four Grenadian police officers face what prosecutors call unprecedented criminal charges in the beating death of a visitor from Canada during the Christmas holidays six years ago, a case that sparked widespread anger and grief on the Caribbean island. The manslaughter charges come after a coroner's inquest jury last week returned manslaughter verdicts […]

Gas plants accused decline to call evidence; closing arguments Nov. 22.

Nov 16 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Two former senior political aides charged with illegally destroying documents related to the Ontario government's decision to cancel two gas plants will call no witnesses in their defence, their lawyers said Thursday. Instead, the lawyers for David Livingston and Laura Miller told Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson that they had instead opted to […]

Gas plants accused decline to call evidence; closing arguments Nov. 22.

Nov 16 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Two former senior political aides charged with illegally destroying documents related to the Ontario government's decision to cancel two gas plants will call no witnesses in their defence, their lawyers said Thursday. Instead, the lawyers for David Livingston and Laura Miller told Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson that they had instead opted to […]

United Church court hearing on defrocking atheist minister delayed

Nov 14 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — An unprecedented ecclesiastical court hearing that could see the United Church defrock a self-professed atheist minister who does not believe in the Bible has been postponed indefinitely. The hearing on whether Gretta Vosper is suitable for the ministry — scheduled months ago — was to have taken place this month. However, Vosper, who is the […]

Misconduct finding against senior G20 cop upheld; punishment increased

Nov 10 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The only senior police officer held accountable for the massive breach of civil rights that occurred during the turbulent G20 summit in Toronto seven years ago has lost his bid to overturn professional misconduct findings against him and instead will face stiffer punishment. In a decision more than six months in the making, the […]

Misconduct finding against senior G20 cop upheld; punishment increased

Nov 10 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — The only senior police officer held accountable for the massive breach of civil rights that occurred during the turbulent G20 summit in Toronto seven years ago has lost his bid to overturn professional misconduct findings against him and instead will face stiffer punishment. In a decision more than six months in the making, the […]

Judge says guilty finding possible; Ontario gas plants trial to go ahead

Nov 9 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Some evidence exists that could ultimately lead to the conviction of two former senior political aides accused of illegally destroying documents related to an Ontario government decision to cancel two gas plants in 2011, a judge ruled Thursday.  In rejecting defence arguments that the prosecution had no case at all against David Livingston and his […]

Judge says guilty finding possible; Ontario gas plants trial to go ahead

Nov 9 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Some evidence exists that could ultimately lead to the conviction of two former senior political aides accused of illegally destroying documents related to an Ontario government decision to cancel two gas plants in 2011, a judge ruled Thursday.  In rejecting defence arguments that the prosecution had no case at all against David Livingston and his […]

Criminal harassment finding upheld over sexually degrading Yahoo forum

Nov 8 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — A man who set up a private online forum devoted to trashing and sexually degrading a former friend had his criminal harassment conviction upheld on Wednesday. In its ruling, Ontario's top court rejected an attempt by Darrin Sim to have the conviction quashed, saying the trial judge made no mistakes in finding him […]

Roadsides not best place for planting monarch-critical milkweed, study finds

Nov 8 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Efforts aimed at reversing a steep decline in the monarch butterfly population by planting traditionally unloved milkweed need to take into account the size and location of the planted patches, new Canadian research indicates. The study, out of the University of Guelph, finds that restoring milkweed along roadways is less effective than doing so […]

Gas plants accused to hear Thursday on need to defend themselves further

Nov 7 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Two former top political aides will hear on Thursday whether they need to offer further defence to accusations they illegally destroyed documents about the Ontario government's politically explosive decision to cancel two gas plants ahead of the provincial election in 2011. Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson on Tuesday reserved his decision on a […]

Gas plants accused to hear Thursday on need to defend themselves further

Nov 7 2017 — Colin Perkel — TORONTO — Two former top political aides will hear on Thursday whether they need to offer further defence to accusations they illegally destroyed documents about the Ontario government's politically explosive decision to cancel two gas plants ahead of the provincial election in 2011. Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson on Tuesday reserved his decision on a […]