National Newswatch

First Nations take Ontario government to court over environmental protections

Sep 23 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Several Indigenous groups are taking the Ontario government to court over recently rescinded environmental protections, arguing the province's move violates their constitutional rights. The claim comes in a notice of application filed this week by nine northern Ontario First Nations and associations. The application states that Premier Doug Ford's government reversed decades of environmental progress and protections for […]

London, Ont. police officer convicted in death of Indigenous woman

Sep 21 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — A seasoned police officer who failed to provide medical help for an Indigenous woman following a deadly drug overdose will be spending the next 12 months in jail, a southern Ontario judge ruled Monday. The sentence against Const. Nicholas Doering comes nearly a year after he was deemed responsible for the death of Debra Chrisjohn, who died while in the London, […]

Toronto police probe possibility that stabbings of mosque caretaker and homeless man may be linked

Sep 14 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Toronto police say they're investigating the possibility that the stabbing death of a volunteer caretaker at a west-end mosque is linked to another recent homicide in the city. Insp. Hank Idsinga, head of the force's homicide unit, says both cases involve brown-skinned victims who died of stab wounds after sudden, vicious attacks that took place within […]

Delayed start for online classes as demand grows in some Ontario school boards

Sep 14 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — A growing number of Ontario students are opting for online education in the coming academic year, prompting both school boards and universities to bolster their e-learning offerings in the face of rising demand. Efforts to provide more online learning opportunities come amid an ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases across the province, with 313 new diagnoses recorded […]

Ford ready to act to curb ‘slow creep’ in COVID-19 cases in hard-hit regions

Sep 4 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A region west of Toronto comprising roughly three per cent of Ontario's population currently accounts for nearly half of the province's new COVID-19 diagnoses, Premier Doug Ford said Friday as he raised the prospect of rolling back reopening measures to contain the situation. The latest figures showed Peel Region, a long-standing hotspot for the novel […]

Glitches a virtual certainty as classes resume, but lessons to be learned

Aug 29 2020 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — The technical glitches and occasional outages that will almost certainly be part of this year's virtual school experience in Ontario may also prove to be teachable moments for educators and students alike, according to various experts in the field. School boards, teachers and researchers say recent failures of key online learning platforms demonstrate the volatility […]