National Newswatch

Online cannabis dispensaries join in on Black Friday sales

Nov 24 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — Online cannabis dispensaries are the latest to cash in on the holiday shopping frenzy, with some offering dramatic markdowns or novelty products as the season known for consumer spending gets underway. Several online cannabis stores are holding Black Friday sales for the first time this year in an effort to stay competitive and draw new customers in what they call an […]

Birthplace of Dionne quintuplets moved after yearlong grassroots campaign

Nov 19 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — NORTH BAY, Ont. — The birthplace of the Dionne quintuplets weathered a treacherous trek down the dark, snow-blanketed streets of a northeastern Ontario city on Sunday as it was once again uprooted and hauled to a new location. A handful of supporters gathered before dawn to see the historic log cabin, now split in two and attached to trucks, gingerly wind its […]

Member of so-called Toronto 18 terror group denied parole

Nov 15 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — A member of the so-called Toronto 18 terrorist group has been denied parole after a panel found he needed to undergo more counselling for deradicalization. In a decision released Wednesday, the two-member Parole Board of Canada panel says Saad Khalid has "outstanding needs" that need to be addressed before he can be granted day or full […]

Toronto constable who shot teen arrested for allegedly breaching bail conditions

Nov 15 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar four years ago was charged Wednesday with breaching his bail conditions. Ontario's police watchdog said Const. James Forcillo — who has been on bail as he appeals his conviction — was accused of breaching the conditions related to his […]

Ontario colleges, faculty clash ahead of contract vote, strike enters week 5

Nov 14 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's colleges and the union representing striking faculty members are accusing each other of spreading misinformation ahead of a contract vote in the labour dispute that has left half a million students out of class for a month. Some 12,000 Ontario college professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians haven't been at work since Oct. 15. […]

What’s the meaning of death? Court cases raise questions about legal definition

Nov 9 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Two Ontario court cases involving people deemed brain dead are raising questions about whether what constitutes death should be clearly spelled out under Canadian laws. The issue is at the crux of separate legal battles to keep 27-year-old Taquisha McKitty of Brampton, Ont., and 25-year-old Shalom Ouanounou of Toronto on life support. Both cases involve religious objections to the […]

Lawyers for Ontario actress suing Harvey Weinstein say they can’t find him

Nov 6 2017 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein alleging the Hollywood mogul sexually assaulted an Ontario actress nearly two decades ago is being allowed to proceed even though lawyers have not been able to track him down. A Toronto court gave the woman's lawyers permission to file a statement of claim Monday despite their failure to serve Weinstein and his former […]