National Newswatch

Efforts to ditch seasonal time change gaining steam

Oct 31 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — The British Columbia government's effort to formally do away with seasonal time changes marks the most decisive move in a debate that's quietly raged across Canada for years. At least two other provincial governments have explored the notion of moving permanently to daylight time, eliminating the need to change the clocks by an hour twice a year. While those […]

Ontario government closes door on possible amalgamations following review

Oct 25 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Municipalities should be allowed to decide how best to handle their own regional affairs, the Ontario government said Friday as it assured local leaders it was no longer considering forced amalgamations. Steve Clark, the province's minister of municipal affairs, said the results of a review that studied governance structures in 82 of Ontario's 444 municipalities concluded that top-down […]

Ontario government partially backtracks on expanded high school class sizes

Oct 24 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The union representing Ontario's high school teachers described a proffered olive branch as a "poison pill" on Thursday, saying the government only told half the story when it offered to partially walk back a proposed increase to class sizes. The president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation confirmed that the Progressive Conservative government had offered to lower […]

Zero-tolerance policies aimed at stopping bullying not working, say experts

Oct 10 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The shocking death of a 14-year-old Ontario boy who was stabbed outside his high school raises questions about the effectiveness of the anti-bullying campaigns that have gained prominence in Canada in recent years, those with expertise in the matter said Thursday. The death of Devan Bracci-Selvey came after a month of relentless bullying from fellow […]

Zero-tolerance policies aimed at stopping bullying not working, say experts

Oct 10 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The shocking death of a 14-year-old Ontario boy who was stabbed outside his high school raises questions about the effectiveness of the anti-bullying campaigns that have gained prominence in Canada in recent years, those with expertise in the matter said Thursday. The death of Devan Bracci-Selvey came after a month of relentless bullying from fellow […]

Syrian restaurant owners filing complaint about hate messages, Toronto cops say

Oct 9 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Toronto family who said it was forced to close their popular Syrian restaurant after receiving a series of hate messages and death threats has filed a complaint with city police, the force said Wednesday. Const. Victor Kwong said investigators met with members of the Alsoufi family and are launching an investigation. He did not disclose details of […]

Syrian restaurant owners filing complaint about hate messages, Toronto cops say

Oct 9 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Toronto family who said it was forced to close their popular Syrian restaurant after receiving a series of hate messages and death threats has filed a complaint with city police, the force said Wednesday. Const. Victor Kwong said investigators met with members of the Alsoufi family and are launching an investigation. He did not disclose details of […]