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Christie Blatchford: Officer recalling fatal encounter with Sammy Yatim says teen was ‘completely unafraid’

Sammy Yatim was “completely unafraid” as he faced a Toronto Police officer standing less than 10 feet away and pointing a firearm right at him. “He was agitated,” that officer, Constable James Forcillo, told jurors at his second-degree murder trial.... Read More

Quebec is facing its own ‘dirty’ energy export problem

Environmentalists are calling for Barack Obama to deny a permit to a cross-border infrastructure project aimed at importing “dirty” energy from Canada, but this time it’s not oil ... Read More

Don’t regulate Uber, competition watchdog says

The federal competition watchdog is urging municipal governments to relax “heavy-handed” regulations on taxis rather than crack down on alternative ride-hailing services like Uber.“Old school regulations need to be modernized to enable innovation to take place,” said Commissioner of Competition... Read More

Forcillo tells court of ‘terror’ of streetcar confrontation with Yatim

This is what Const. James Forcillo has said so far about the moments leading up to the first three shots he fired at Sammy Yatim as the teen held a knife on an empty Dundas streetcar. Forcillo arrived at the... Read More

Ontario makes U-turn on day-old medical marijuana rule

Ontario’s plan to allow smoking and vaping of medical marijuana anywhere, anytime was one toke over the line and is going back to the drawing board.“We’ve heard about the concerns around this regulation and we’re going to take this feedback... Read More

Kelly McParland: In London, Trudeau lets loose his inner swagger

Justin Trudeau has had a heady few weeks. A decisive election victory over a despised rival. A world tour on which he was greeted like a rock star by squealing fans, badgered for selfies at every stop and invited to... Read More

Chris Selley: Our not-so-selfless refugee policy

Michael Coren mounted an interesting argument in the Toronto Star this week, positing that Canada has a specific obligation to Syrian refugees: we helped create the current mess in the Middle East when we “supported the wrong rebel groups, ignored... Read More

Forcillo makes gunpoint arrests in video shown to murder trial

Const. James Forcillo has his gun pointed at two men lying on the ground in busy Kensington Market in a cellphone video played to the jury Thursday morning at the Toronto police officer’s murder trial.Forcillo had told the men to... Read More

RCMP says ‘no imminent threat’ from men seen near Rogers Centre

The RCMP says there’s no imminent threat to national security but they would like to know more about two men who were reportedly acting suspiciously near the Rogers Centre on Aug. 31.Supt. Lise Crouch declined to tell a news conference... Read More

Developers challenge Scarborough subway with OMB appeal

A powerful organization representing developers and builders says the city should scrap plans to build the Scarborough subway because the number of potential riders doesn’t justify the $3.56 billion price tag.The Building Industry and Land Development Association, better known as... Read More

UN ignores Syria, condemns Israel, again. And other reasons to fear for humanity

1. UN assesses Middle East, condemns Israel JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty ImagesA Syrian refugee girl stands at a makeshift camp by Taybeh village, in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley. The UN has assessed the chaotic situation in the Middle East, and blamed Israel. UN... Read More

CBC has proved it can withstand the axe

The Liberals should look carefully before restoring the funding cut by the previous government ... Read More

Liberals to phase out eco fees in Ontario

Queen’s Park is phasing out eco fees on consumer electronics and other products and radically revamping waste diversion programs to force manufacturers to package less, the Star has learned.Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray is to introduce sweeping new... Read More

Syrian refugee finds refuge in Canada and a new life in photography

The haunting photographs of Hany al Moulia tell one of the central stories of his time, images all the more evocative since the tale they tell is also his own.Al Moulia is almost 22. He grew up in the Syrian... Read More

Dog tethering bylaws stir conversation across the GTA

Dog lover Stephanie MacDonald still remembers a little pit bull that was kept tied up all day in her neighbour’s Toronto yard, years ago.“For hours nobody was home, and the dog was freezing,” said MacDonald, who now owns her own... Read More

Christie Blatchford: ‘I never wanted to kill anyone,’ officer who shot Sammy Yatim tells court

TORONTO — A composed James Forcillo answered four quick questions from his lawyer about his killing of: Did he shoot and kill the teenager on July 26-27, 2013; did he ever want to shoot him; why did he fire the... Read More

Andrew Coyne: Liberals can admit they were wrong, but not that their critics were right

What is it to admit our errors, said Alexander Pope, but to say that we are wiser today than we were yesterday? In that spirit, the federal Liberals are surely to be congratulated for admitting they were wrong to have... Read More

Skyrocketing cost of housing worries builders, realtors

Builders and real estate experts from both the new and resale home sectors are banding together to warn consumers – and politicians – they are worried about the skyrocketing costs of housing.After almost a decade of finding “creative ways” to... Read More

Bombardier declines meeting with TTC about streetcars

Bombardier’s absence went unremarked at Monday’s TTC board meeting. But transit officials were already aware that the Montreal manufacturer had declined its request to appear there and publicly explain why it has failed to deliver on Toronto’s $1.25 billion streetcar... Read More

‘I never wanted to kill anybody,’ James Forcillo testifies at Sammy Yatim murder trial

A Toronto police officer on trial for his deadly shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar says he never intended to kill anyone on the night he confronted Sammy Yatim.Const. James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder... Read More