WSP Journalistsedition

Toronto child poverty rate at ‘epidemic’ levels

Child poverty in Toronto has reached “epidemic” levels with 29 per cent of children — almost 149,000 — living in low-income families, according to new data being released Wednesday by a coalition of community activists and social agencies.Among Canada’s 13... Read More

Full Pundit: The case against an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women

How social is Canadian society? The Calgary Herald‘s editorialists buy Stephen Harper’s line that violence inflicted upon aboriginal women isn’t a “sociological phenomenon”; and they agree with Postmedia’s Andrew Coyne, Jeffrey Simpson in The Globe and Mail, Thomas Walkom in... Read More

Kelly McParland: Hamas declares another ‘victory’ in which its people lose

The easiest prediction to make regarding the truce agreed between Israel and Hamas is that it won’t last forever. Indeed, as has been pointed out, the terms are almost identical to those agreed at the end of the last clash... Read More

Canada to pull scientists fighting Ebola from Sierra Leone

The Canadian government is evacuating three scientists from Sierra Leone, where their role diagnosing blood samples was crucial to the operation of one of West Africa’s biggest Ebola treatment centres.More on thestar.comCanadians in Ebola’s hot zoneThe grim view from Ebola’s... Read More

NHL denies expansion report, including a second team in Toronto

Is Toronto getting a second NHL team by 2017?A tweet by Howard Bloom of @SportsBizNews late Tuesday night suggested that the NHL will expand by four teams in three years, with new franchises in Seattle, Las Vegas, Quebec City and... Read More

Chris Selley: Horror stories aside, the aboriginal news isn’t all bad

The most basic case for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal Canadians would be this: We need to know if the female aboriginal population faces unique threats — threats that other disadvantaged communities do not face. Many calling for... Read More

Harper government asks public servants to delete emails

OTTAWA—The Conservative government is telling public servants to delete emails with no “business value,” possibly opening the door to the destruction of potentially valuable records, say critics.Employees must still preserve information as required by law, a government spokeswoman says, but... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Accused serial killer offers nakedly self serving version of his ‘involvement’ in women’s deaths

Prince George, B.C. — He has such great regard for his own intellect, or so little for everyone else’s, that in the constantly evolving explanation of his criminal misdeeds, Cody Legebokoff is now testing the outer limits. The accused serial... Read More

James Foley beheading ‘key suspect’ former U.K. rapper

The British intelligence community has been racing to identify a man who appears in the video of James Foley’s beheading by an Islamic State militant speaking with a distinctive London accent. According to British media outlets, they have a “key... Read More

Niagara Falls woman killed in Entertainment District double shooting

The woman killed in a double shooting early Tuesday morning was Jelena Loncar, originally from Niagara Falls, family members say. The 31-year-old woman was killed and a 25-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after the shooting, which occurred... Read More

Lawyer charged with failing to return $15 million in condo deposits

A lawyer has been arrested and charged after dozens of North York condo buyers were allegedly swindled out of $14.9 million in deposits for a building that was never constructed.Meerai Cho was charged Tuesday with fraud, possession of stolen goods... Read More

Kelly McParland: Obama, the fleeing president. Even when he has a plan he can’t bring himself to admit it

For a man who serves an administration with a near-phobic aversion to foreign challenges, Gen. Martin Dempsey sounds notably clear-headed about the threat represented by the Islamic State. “This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that... Read More

Suspected intruder entered Justin Trudeau home ‘in error,’ police say

No charges are being laid against the person who entered the home of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau “in error,” Ottawa police announced on Tuesday.“The individual came forward in response to a public release of video last week and has been... Read More

Full Pundit: What don’t we know about missing and murdered aboriginal women?

The case against an inquiry “The dysfunction that afflicts many (but by no means all) aboriginal communities has been amply documented, as have its causes, from economic deprivation to the devastating legacy of the residential schools to the cultural trauma... Read More

Jonathan Kay: Thanks to Charbonneau, tough times for Quebec’s mobsters

How fitting that Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission — officially known as the Commission of Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry — is nicely under-budget as it cruises into its last few months of active... Read More

Burger King confirms deal to buy Tim Hortons with help from Warren Buffett

Burger King Worldwide Inc. agreed to acquire Tim Hortons Inc. for about $12.5 billion in a deal that creates the third-largest fast-food company and moves its headquarters to Canada.Tim Hortons investors will receive C$65.50 in cash and 0.8025 a share... Read More

Is John Tory’s SmartTrack on track for seven-year delivery?

John Tory’s mayoral election campaign is riding on the provincialLiberal promise to electrify the GO trainsystem in 10 years.Tory’s SmartTracktransit plan features an even more stringent schedule: 53 kilometres with 22 stops of “surface subway” for $8 billion — in... Read More

Jonathan Kay: Tough times for Quebec’s mobsters

How fitting that Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission — officially known as the Commission of Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry — is nicely under-budget as it cruises into its last few months of active... Read More

Family of missing Toronto woman Kit Currie seeks answers

The family and friends of Kit Currie are desperate for answers 10 days after she disappeared.Toronto artist Currie, 50, was last seen getting on her bicycle at the corner of Queen and Bathurst Sts. on August 14. Since then her... Read More

Ontario man declared dead in 1986 found alive in U.S. with second family

Through his entire life, Jeff Walton Jr. had no idea his father was keeping a secret.The 35-year-old learned from police earlier this month that his father, who he knew as Jeff Walton the first — a 69-year-old New Orleans Saints... Read More