National Newswatch

WestJet pilot injured by green laser light while approaching Orlando airport

May 22 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — A WestJet pilot flying from Newfoundland to Orlando International Airport had his eyes burned by a green laser light, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said Wednesday. Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the WestJet Airlines aircraft was about 40 kilometres from the airport when the laser light hit the pilot. The flight landed safely […]

Complaints over doctor calling for stricter gun laws politically motivated:regulator

May 15 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's medical regulator has ruled that dozens of complaints against a trauma surgeon advocating for stricter gun laws appear to be a politically motivated attempt to silence her. Dr. Najma Ahmed, who treated victims of a fatal mass shooting in Toronto last summer, received a letter from the complaints committee of the College of Physicians and […]

Appeal court says doctors have to give referrals for services they oppose

May 15 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's highest court ruled Wednesday that doctors in the province must give referrals for medical services that clash with their religious beliefs, calling it a compromise that balances the rights of physicians and the interests of patients. In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel dismissed an appeal seeking to overturn a divisional court decision that upheld the requirement for […]

Teen’s family sues school board, alleges it failed to address racist attacks

May 14 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — The family of a black Ontario teen is suing a Toronto-area school board, alleging officials at his high school failed to properly investigate and prevent months of racist bullying and attacks by white students. In a statement of claim filed last week, the family says the teen, identified only as E.H., was the target of racist verbal and physical attacks as well […]

Ontario court upholds murder conviction for man tried four times in 1981 killing

May 8 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — A chapter has closed in a decades-long legal saga after Ontario's highest court upheld a first-degree murder conviction for a man who was tried four times in the killing of a Hamilton nursing assistant. Robert Badgerow was arrested in the late 1990s and charged in the death of Diane Werendowicz, a 23-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted, strangled and dumped […]

Halting legal proceedings against tobacco companies key to ensuring fairness: judge

Apr 24 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Ontario judge says he suspended legal proceedings against three tobacco giants to ensure a level playing field for all parties as the companies try to negotiate a settlement with their creditors. Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas McEwen released his reasons Tuesday for last week's decision to uphold an order that halted any existing or […]

‘Catastrophically’ injured van attack survivor, 92, thankful to be alive

Apr 22 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Aleksandra Kozhevnikova doesn't remember being hit by the van that careened through north Toronto and mowed down pedestrians on a busy thoroughfare last April. Nor does the 92-year-old woman, one of the 16 injured who survived, want to talk about the attack that killed 10 people and robbed her of the independence she so valued, her son, Vadym Kozhevnikov, […]

Ontario court upholds stay of legal proceedings against 3 tobacco companies

Apr 18 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Ontario court has upheld an order that suspended legal proceedings against three major tobacco companies, rejecting arguments from lawyers representing Quebec smokers. Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas McEwen issued his decision Wednesday but did not lay out his reasons, saying those would be released at a later date. The companies — JTI-Macdonald […]

Companies that build temporary stages should be licensed, coroner’s inquest says

Apr 10 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A coroner's inquest into the death of a drum technician who was crushed when a stage collapsed before a Radiohead concert in Toronto is recommending that companies that build temporary stages for events undergo licensing. Jurors examining the circumstances surrounding the death of Scott Johnson also suggest that riggers who work on performance venues […]

Court extends order suspending legal proceedings against big tobacco companies

Apr 5 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Ontario court has extended an order that suspended legal proceedings against three big tobacco companies. JTI-Macdonald Corp., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. were granted protection from their creditors last month after they lost an appeal in a multibillion-dollar case in Quebec. On March 1, Quebec's highest court upheld a landmark […]