National Newswatch

Western University students plan walkout Friday after sex assault allegations

Sep 15 2021 — Liam Casey — Students at Western University plan to walk out of classes on Friday to protest a "culture of misogyny" on campus and what they call a failure by the school to address it, an organizer said Wednesday.  The event is being planned as police investigate allegations of sexual assault during the London, Ont., school's orientation week.  […]

‘Serious and disturbing’: Police investigate allegations of sex assault at Western

Sep 14 2021 — Liam Casey — Officers are going door to door at a Western University student residence as they investigate allegations of mass drugging and sexual assaults during the school's orientation week, the police chief in London, Ont., said Tuesday.  Chief Steve Williams said investigators are trying to gather as much information as they can at Medway-Sydenham Hall after allegations […]

‘It’s terrifying’: Police on hand as pandemic protesters picket hospitals

Sep 13 2021 — Liam Casey — TORONTO — Two police officers escorted Faye Doiron and Randy Longaphie as they left Toronto General Hospital on Monday, helping the pair make their way through a crowd of protesters denouncing pandemic measures. Doiron, who came to Toronto from Prince Edward Island to wait for a lung transplant, was leaving after a physiotherapy session at […]

New strategies must be implemented to deal with opioid crisis: Ontario science table

Sep 9 2021 — Liam Casey — A wide variety of strategies must be implemented across Ontario to tackle the opioid crisis that has worsened significantly during the pandemic, according to the province's science table. In its latest brief published Wednesday, the group of experts said these strategies are needed to deal with the significant increase in fatal overdoses since the novel […]

Ontario court finds province broke law on lack of public consultations

Sep 8 2021 — Liam Casey — TORONTO — An Ontario court has found the provincial government broke the law by failing to adhere to the Environmental Bill of Rights. Several environmental groups brought forth applications for judicial reviews over the province's alleged failure to consult with the public before enacting the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act. Late last year, the province opened […]

One dead, one injured in chemical plant explosion in Toronto’s east end

Sep 8 2021 — Liam Casey — TORONTO — One person has died and another was in life-threatening condition after an explosion at a chemical plant, officials said Wednesday. Toronto Fire Services said they were called to an industrial area shortly before 10 a.m. for reports of an explosion. Acting fire Chief Jim Jessop said firefighters saw visible smoke coming from the […]

Windsor, Toronto hospitals opening COVID-19 clinics for children amid surge in cases

Aug 31 2021 — Liam Casey — Two Ontario hospitals are opening COVID-19 clinics specifically for children this week in an effort to deal with rising infections that are expected to surge further as students return to school.  The Windsor Regional Hospital opened its pediatric COVID-19 clinic on Tuesday, while Michael Garron Hospital in East Toronto plans to reopen its assessment centre […]

Toronto shopping centre reopens after weekend shooting incident

Aug 30 2021 — Liam Casey — TORONTO — A Toronto shopping centre reopened Monday morning after gunshots sent panicked customers running for cover on the weekend. Police arrested one suspect in connection with the incident at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, where gunfire erupted around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, triggering a building lockdown. City police said Monday that they had charged a 21-year-old […]

Toronto firefighters mourn deaths of two colleagues due to cancer from the job

Aug 20 2021 — Liam Casey — TORONTO — Two Toronto firefighters recently died of cancer from their time on the job, sending colleagues into mourning and serving as a stark reminder of the hazards of the career, the city's acting fire chief said Friday.  Toronto firefighters are mourning the loss of two colleagues who died of cancer from their time on […]

Whale transferred to U.S. aquarium from Marineland dies, no plans to replace it

Aug 11 2021 — Liam Casey — An American aquarium says a beluga whale transferred to its facility from Marineland has died and there are no plans to find another to take its place.  Mystic Aquarium said Havok, a male beluga, died Friday after a lengthy battle with a pre-existing gastrointestinal condition. The whale came to the Connecticut facility with four other […]

Ontario jail guards’ actions led to death of inmate, chief pathologist concludes

Aug 10 2021 — Liam Casey — A mentally ill man died in an Ontario jail because he was beaten and restrained by guards while clearly in crisis, the province's chief forensic pathologist has found.  In a report released Tuesday, Dr. Michael Pollanen said Soleiman Faqiri died on Dec. 15, 2016, after being beaten, pepper sprayed and restrained face-down in a segregation […]

Marine mammals ‘in distress,’ province orders Marineland to fix water system

Jul 19 2021 — Liam Casey — A months-long inspection of Marineland by Ontario's animal welfare watchdog has found that marine mammals at the tourist attraction were in distress due to poor water quality, The Canadian Press has learned. The inspection launched earlier this year by Animal Welfare Services is still ongoing, but on May 10, inspectors issued two orders to the […]