National Newswatch

Ontario concussion rates higher than previously reported, study suggests

Jul 3 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Increasing awareness and understanding of concussions are allowing researchers to better track the prevalence of the condition, a new study suggests, noting that rates of such injuries in Ontario are about twice as previously reported. A team of researchers with Toronto's University Health Network combed through patient data collected throughout the province between 2008 […]

Cartoonist behind anti-Trump image thinks online presence played role in contract ending

Jul 3 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — A recent editorial cartoon taking aim at Donald Trump may have brought an Atlantic Canadian artist to international attention, but the man behind the image does not believe the sketch itself is what resulted in the loss of a working relationship he had for nearly two decades. Michael de Adder said his online presence — replete with anti-Trump messages — is what he believes ultimately […]

What’s in a name? How Canada’s national birthday as we know it came to be

Jun 30 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Many hail July 1 as Canada Day, others may hearken back to when the nation's birthday was labelled Dominion Day, and some may wish to ignore it altogether, just like those who refused to celebrate the country's founding for the first dozen years of its existence. No matter the approach, the official celebrations of Canada's creation are arguably more controversial than […]

Poll suggests Canadians could learn more about quirky bits of country’s history

Jun 27 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A new poll suggests Canadians haven't made much progress in expanding their knowledge of the more colourful parts of the country's history. The online survey from Historica Canada, the organization behind the country's Heritage Minutes, quizzed respondents on 30 pieces of quirky Canadiana using true or false questions and tallied the number of correct responses. The organization […]

Poll suggests Canadians could learn more about quirky bits of country’s history

Jun 27 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A new poll suggests Canadians haven't made much progress in expanding their knowledge of the more colourful parts of the country's history. The online survey from Historica Canada, the organization behind the country's Heritage Minutes, quizzed respondents on 30 pieces of quirky Canadiana using true or false questions and tallied the number of correct responses. The organization […]

Poll suggests Canadians could learn more about quirky bits of country’s history

Jun 27 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A new poll suggests Canadians haven't made much progress in expanding their knowledge of the more colourful parts of the country's history. The online survey from Historica Canada, the organization behind the country's Heritage Minutes, quizzed respondents on 30 pieces of quirky Canadiana using true or false questions and tallied the number of correct responses. The organization […]

Poll suggests Canadians could learn more about quirky bits of country’s history

Jun 27 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A new poll suggests Canadians haven't made much progress in expanding their knowledge of the more colourful parts of the country's history. The online survey from Historica Canada, the organization behind the country's Heritage Minutes, quizzed respondents on 30 pieces of quirky Canadiana using true or false questions and tallied the number of correct responses. The organization […]

Federal government passes Canada’s first national accessibility legislation

May 30 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Disabled Canadians declared a partial victory Thursday hours after the government voted to enact Canada's first national accessibility law, calling it a major step forward while cautioning that more work was still needed to ensure it achieves its goal. The Accessible Canada Act, which aims to improve life for those with disabilities, received unanimous support in the House of Commons on […]

Hotline to help human trafficking victims, educate public launches across Canada

May 29 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — A national hotline to help victims and survivors of human trafficking is now taking calls, with the organization behind the service saying it hoped the new resource would also fill crucial gaps in public knowledge about the issue. The multilingual, accessible hotline, an initiative of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, launched at 7 a.m. ET on […]

Public spaces, cinemas to air Toronto Raptors games during NBA finals

May 29 2019 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — As Raptors fever burns its way across Canada, the team's parent company said it's trying to help fans far beyond Toronto experience the excitement of the NBA Finals. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said Wednesday that 10 Canadian cities have been approved to set up free public viewing spaces where residents can congregate to watch Canada's sole NBA team face the […]