National Newswatch

Canadian horse ‘checks in’ at pet-friendly Kentucky motel

Oct 16 2017 — Paola Loriggio — A Kentucky motel's pet-friendly policy was put to the test earlier this month when an Ontario woman checked her horse into a room on her way to a competition. Lindsey Partridge, of Kawartha Lakes, Ont., said she was travelling with three horses to the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover competition on Oct. 4 when she stopped to check […]

Toronto writer’s story of sexual harassment spurs others to share experiences

Oct 6 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A Toronto writer's tweet relating her sexual harassment at the hands of an employer has sparked an online outpouring of similar stories, a discussion she says is the first step in tackling a culture in which such abuses are pervasive. Anne T. Donahue put out a call for such stories on Twitter in light of sexual harassment allegations against movie mogul […]

Ont. man who sexually abused daughters, nieces, deemed dangerous offender

Oct 5 2017 — Paola Loriggio — An Ontario man who sexually abused his young daughters and nieces over close to a decade will spend an indeterminate amount of time behind bars after a judge found he was in denial about his pedophilia and likely to reoffend. The man, who can only be identified as K.C., was deemed a dangerous offender, a lifetime designation […]

Toronto bars carrying naloxone kits in face of growing opioid crisis

Oct 1 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Within days of opening her new bar in west-end Toronto, Carmen Elle had equipped the venue with what she considers a key piece of equipment: a naloxone kit. Elle, who is also a musician, said it took time to find a pharmacy that carried the free kits, which are used to temporarily reverse overdoses from […]

Paris cops accused of raping Canadian woman will face trial

Sep 29 2017 — Paola Loriggio — A Canadian woman who says she was raped by two Paris police officers inside the force's headquarters three years ago is relieved that the case will go to trial, her lawyer said Friday. A French appeal court has overturned last year's decision by a lower court to dismiss the charges against the officers, whose names have […]

‘Dirty Chinese Restaurant’ game denounced as racist by U.S., Ont. politicians

Sep 29 2017 — Paola Loriggio — A Toronto-area company's upcoming video game called "Dirty Chinese Restaurant" is being denounced as racist, but the business says its product is meant as satire. Big-O-Tree Games says the game — in which players chase cats and dogs with a cleaver, scavenge for ingredients and dodge immigration officials — "in no way is meant to be an accurate representation of […]

Extreme heat taking toll on kids, teachers in schools: union

Sep 26 2017 — Paola Loriggio — Unionized elementary school teachers in Ontario say this week's heat wave has made conditions in many classrooms "unbearable" and it's taking a toll on students who are stuck in schools without air conditioning. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says the extreme temperatures affect children's ability to learn and can cause health issues. The union is calling […]

Toronto cop who Tasered and stomped on suspect appears before disciplinary hearing

Sep 26 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A Toronto police sergeant who stomped on and repeatedly Tasered a man during arrest has made his first appearance at a disciplinary hearing. Sgt. Eduardo Miranda was charged with unlawful or unnecessary use of authority and discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act after a civilian police oversight agency investigation. He did not enter a plea nor […]

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle make first official public appearance together

Sep 26 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle chose to make their public debut as a couple in Toronto on Monday, making an unexpected but highly anticipated appearance together at the Invictus Games, the international sporting competition spearheaded by the royal. The prince and Markle, a Toronto-based actor in the legal drama "Suits," held hands as they walked […]

Consumer agencies warn about flood-damaged cars from U.S. hitting Cdn market

Sep 21 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Consumer protection agencies are warning those shopping for used cars to stay alert as some vehicles damaged in the recent floods south of the border may appear on the Canadian market. The agencies say vehicles caught up in hurricane Harvey and other disasters will likely be disposed of by insurers but some may be imported into Canada and […]

Woman with Down syndrome files human rights complaint over cops’ comments

Sep 21 2017 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario after two Toronto police officers were recorded mocking her during a traffic stop. Francie Munoz argues the behaviour displayed by Const. Sasa Sljivo and Const. Matthew Saris on Nov. 5, 2016 amounts to discrimination on the grounds of […]

Ontario college to offer 1st post-secondary certificate in cannabis production

Sep 19 2017 — Paola Loriggio — A southern Ontario college says it will be the first to offer a post-secondary credential in the production of commercial cannabis. Niagara College says the graduate certificate program will launch in the fall of 2018 and aims to prepare students to work in the licensed production of cannabis, which includes marijuana, hemp fibre and hemp seed. The school […]