National Newswatch

Ontario police investigate possible sightings of suspects in northern BC murders

Aug 2 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — Ontario Provincial Police have assigned a team of investigators to look into a spike in tips regarding two young men wanted in multiple murders in British Columbia. Police said Friday the reports have come in from across the province, and investigators cannot confirm at this time whether any of the sightings are, in fact, of 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky and […]

Toronto neurosurgeon who murdered wife to face disciplinary charges

Aug 1 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Toronto neurosurgeon who murdered his wife two days after she filed for divorce now faces a disciplinary hearing before Ontario's medical regulator. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario said Mohammed Shamji faces allegations of professional misconduct related to his murder conviction and to previous criminal charges. In a notice dated last week, the regulator alleges Shamji provided […]

Violin teacher who measured girls’ breasts convicted of sexual assault on appeal

Jul 23 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — A former violin teacher who measured his teenage students' bare breasts while fitting them for shoulder rests has been convicted on more than two dozen sexual and indecent assault charges after Ontario's top court found it was not necessary to prove he acted with a sexual purpose. The Court of Appeal for Ontario overturned Claude Trachy's acquittals on those charges […]

Fat cats? New study shows cats’ heaviest weight higher now than in 1990s

Jul 16 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — A new study involving more than 19 million cats from across Canada and the United States suggests most of the animals continue to put on weight after they reach adulthood, and their heaviest weight is higher now than it was two decades ago. Researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph analyzed 54 million weight measurements taken […]

Man’s refusal to wear condom after agreeing to cancels out consent: judge

Jul 3 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — An Ontario court has ruled that a man who had unprotected sex after agreeing to wear a condom committed sexual assault because his behaviour invalidated his sexual partner's consent. In a recent ruling, a judge found Anibal Rivera's actions amounted to fraud and caused a significant risk of serious bodily harm. Ontario Superior Court Justice Nathalie Champagne said not wearing a condom against […]

Licence revoked for doc who used own sperm to artificially inseminate patients

Jun 25 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Ottawa fertility doctor who used his own sperm as well as that of the wrong donors to artificially inseminate several women caused "irreparable damage" that will span generations, a disciplinary panel with Ontario's medical regulator said Tuesday as it revoked his medical licence. Dr. Bernard Norman Barwin betrayed the trust of patients who turned to him for […]

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 […]