National Newswatch

Toronto police respond to clash at York University pro-Israel event

Nov 21 2019 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A protest outside a Toronto university event featuring former Israeli soldiers that escalated into physical violence prompted a broader discussion Thursday on how such hot-button issues as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are addressed on campus. The Wednesday night event was organized by the Herut Zionism Club and featured former members of the Israel Defense Forces […]

Toronto police respond to clash at York University pro-Israel event

Nov 21 2019 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A protest outside a Toronto university event featuring former Israeli soldiers that escalated into physical violence prompted a broader discussion Thursday on how such hot-button issues as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are addressed on campus. The Wednesday night event was organized by the Herut Zionism Club and featured former members of the Israel Defense Forces […]

Canadian class action proposed over alleged carcinogenic herbicide

Nov 20 2019 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Lawyers for a group of Canadians affected by cancer they blame on exposure to a weed killer have filed three proposed class-action lawsuits against the product's manufacturer, alleging Bayer and Monsanto knowingly endangered lives. The untested statements of claim filed in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia allege the German pharmaceutical giant and its subsidiary acted with […]

Canadian class action proposed over alleged carcinogenic herbicide

Nov 20 2019 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Lawyers for a group of Canadians affected by cancer they blame on exposure to a weed killer have filed three proposed class-action lawsuits against the product's manufacturer, alleging Bayer and Monsanto knowingly endangered lives. The untested statements of claim filed in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia allege the German pharmaceutical giant and its subsidiary acted with […]

Sidewalk labs releases further plans for Toronto waterfront development

Nov 15 2019 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Sidewalk Labs has released a 482-page document updating its plans for a development on Toronto's waterfront in a bid to alleviate some of the privacy concerns that have swirled around the project since its proposal. The so-called Digital Innovation Appendix from the Google sister company outlines planned "innovations" and what data they will collect, expanding […]

Ontario court upholds policing powers of private law enforcement in OSPCA case

Nov 14 2019 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's top court has affirmed the now-ceded policing powers of the province's animal welfare agency, striking down a lower court's ruling that called into question the constitutionality of private law enforcement. In a decision released Thursday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario said a lower court judge erred in introducing "reasonable standards of transparency […]

Ontario court upholds policing powers of private law enforcement in OSPCA case

Nov 14 2019 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's top court has affirmed the now-ceded policing powers of the province's animal welfare agency, striking down a lower court's ruling that called into question the constitutionality of private law enforcement. In a decision released Thursday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario said a lower court judge erred in introducing "reasonable standards of transparency […]

Toronto Catholic board adds language on gender identity to code of conduct

Nov 8 2019 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's largest Catholic school board added the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" to its code of conduct this week following months of heated debate that divided some members of the community. Trustees of the Toronto Catholic District School Board made the decision at the end of an occasionally tense Thursday meeting that stretched into […]

More Canadians plan to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies this year: poll

Nov 8 2019 — Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A new survey suggests more Canadians are planning to mark Remembrance Day this year, perhaps in a salute to the few remaining veterans of the Second World War. The poll commissioned by Historica Canada, the organization behind the popular Heritage Minute videos, suggests the percentage of Canadians who plan to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies has climbed to […]