WSP Journalistsedition

Star investigation: Documents contradict CHL stance on junior players amid lawsuit

Junior hockey player employment records, league contracts, U.S. visa application documents and a new $50 million class-action lawsuit filed in Quebec imply — or explicitly state — that Canadian Hockey League clubs treat some of its players as employees, despite... Read More

Kelly McParland: Bidding party for family votes leaves Trudeau playing the wallflower

The bidding war for votes in the 2015 federal election is well under way in Ottawa, and the Liberals are conspicuous by their absence. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair opened the bidding in announcing the NDP’s plan to establish a national... Read More

Hospital mum on reasons for woman’s death after a dental abscess

Pamela Minocha, 33, died in a Toronto hospital after a toothache. Because of a provincial secrecy loophole, her family doesn’t know why.Her parents don’t know if her unexpected death could have been prevented, because what happened is a secret shielded... Read More

Marni Soupcoff: Fighting a law with a Hollywood movie

In assessing the greater public good to insulate us from appreciating the devastating effects well-meaning legislation can have on individual human beings In 2005, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most disappointing decisions of that decade: It... Read More

Chris Selley: More nonsense about the ‘global gender gap’

Good news, everyone! The global gender gap has shrunk! “The gender gap for economic participation and opportunity” — labour force participation, wage equality — “now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by [four points] from 56% in 2006,” according to... Read More

Kelly McParland: Terrorism is an act, not a label

Whether apocryphal or not, medieval scholars are said to have engaged in heated debates over how many angels could fit on the head of a pin. The same sense of wasted energy attaches itself to the current debate in Ottawa over... Read More

Charles Krauthammer: U.S. midterms represent a referendum on White House competence

WASHINGTON — Are the U.S. mid-term elections really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but they’re not. First, like all U.S. elections, this one is about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is... Read More

John Ivison: Income splitting announcement is Harper using the politics that got him elected

Stephen Harper went back to basics Thursday; back to the old school political tactics that got him elected in the first place. That is, putting money back into the pockets of the people who earned it. His new bundle of... Read More

Christie Blatchford on Jian Ghomeshi: Proving someone’s guilt is bloody difficult, and so it should be

If I were smart, I’d just shut up and stand by as the mob carries off Jian Ghomeshi to what increasingly appears may be his right and proper fate. I don’t even know the guy. I only occasionally heard the... Read More

The return of ‘blame Canada’

We’re still paying the price for 9/11’s thickened borders – now, Ottawa faces another round of damage control ... Read More

Jian Ghomeshi: 8 women accuse former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment

Eight women from across Canada now accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of abusive behaviour ranging from allegations of beating and choking without consent, to workplace sexual harassment. The allegations the Star is probing range from 2002 to the present.... Read More

Andrew Coyne: Time to scrap property taxes and give cities power to raise their own income or sales taxes

A lot has changed of late at the top of Canada’s city governments, mostly for the better. Toronto has just elected a new mayor, John Tory, who’s guaranteed to be a huge improvement over the last, as earlier did Montreal,... Read More

Kelly McParland: Native outreach worker ‘cried for two hours’ after being hustled from Edmonton mall

Gary Moostoos, a support worker at an Edmonton inner-city drop-in centre, was banned from a downtown mall on Monday, apparently for the crime of being Indian in a public place. Moostoos is a respected staff member and elder at Boyle... Read More

New terror laws must respect privacy, watchdogs warn federal government

OTTAWA—Privacy watchdogs from across the country are urging the federal Conservatives to balance any new national security laws against Canadians’ fundamental right to privacy.In a joint statement issued Wednesday, provincial and federal privacy commissioners’ extended their condolences to the families... Read More

Hospital privacy violations rife in Ontario

The recent incident in which health professionals improperly accessed Mayor Rob Ford’s medical records was just one of potentially thousands of privacy breaches occurring in Ontario hospitals every year.More than 400 health-related privacy violation complaints were lodged with the provincial... Read More

Chris Selley: About that gun registry …

In the hours following last week’s violence on Parliament Hill, Twitter was awash in snide commentary along the lines of, “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if we had some kind of, oh I don’t know … long-gun registry?” For the... Read More

Nathan Cirillo’s son bravely says goodbye to dad

It was a hat just like his dad’s, a special gift from his father’s regiment — the kind given when there are simply no words, least of all for a 5-year-old child.With its distinctive red-and-white checker pattern, the Glengarry cap... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Nathan Cirillo given the full honours he deserves as he’s laid to rest

It was his commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Lawrence Hatfield, who said it best, before his handsome face crumpled just a little: “The attributes of his character have illuminated our fair land.” And so they have: The same qualities that made Corporal... Read More

Unmanned NASA rocket explodes moments after launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA.—A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff.Orbital Sciences Corp.’s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Va., just six seconds after liftoff.The company says no one... Read More

Doug Ford considering a run for Progressive Conservative leadership

Fresh from a strong second-place showing in the mayor’s race, Doug Ford is eyeing a run for Progressive Conservative leadership, saying he’s the only candidate with the chops to beat Premier Kathleen Wynne.“We bring a whole new demographic to the... Read More