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Cop who assaulted G20 protester pleads guilty at police hearing

The only police officer criminally convicted for using excessive force at Toronto’s notorious G20 summit pleaded guilty to misconduct at a police disciplinary hearing Tuesday, more than five years after he assaulted protester Adam Nobody.Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani expressed no emotion... Read More

Conservatives dump candidate touting therapies to turn gay youth straight

OTTAWA—The Conservative party says a candidate in suburban Toronto who defended therapies that attempt to turn gays straight is no longer an official candidate for the party.Jagdish Grewal, who is running in Mississauga-Malton, wrote an editorial entitled “Is it wrong... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Alcohol a factor few want to speak about at inquest into Aboriginal deaths

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — There are several rivers associated with the deaths of the seven aboriginal young people who died in this city on Lake Superior over the course of almost 11 years. A coroner’s inquest into all seven deaths... Read More

Niqab ban for public servants would be considered, says Stephen Harper

OTTAWA—Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says he is studying whether to introduce a law — like Quebec’s — that would require Muslim women who wear a niqab to unveil their faces when delivering public services as an employee of the government,... Read More

Elementary teachers, government talks show signs of progress, Sandals says

Talks between the government, school boards and the elementary teachers’ union continued for a second day Tuesday, with Education Minister Liz Sandals saying the sides are “slowly moving forward” in bargaining. “There is progress being made,” with the Elementary Teachers’... Read More

Ontario government reaches deal with OPSEU

Queen’s Park has reached a tentative three-year deal with 35,500 members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.Averting labour strife, Treasury Board President Deb Matthews announced Tuesday that a settlement had been reached with public servants, including administrative support staff,... Read More

John Ivison: In Toronto’s fiercely contested urban ridings, the NDP’s only goal is to beat the Liberals

Coast to Coast: National Post columnist John Ivison is travelling across Canada to chronicle how election battles are unfolding by region. Today, he examines urban Toronto. Peggy Nash is sprinting between doors in an effort to shore up NDP support... Read More

Harper’s $1B pledge is ‘acknowledgement’ trade deal will hurt, auto union says

Conservative leader Stephen Harper’s promise to give Canada’s auto sector $1 billion over 10 years — if re-elected — is clearly an admission a massive new trade deal will hurt the industry, critics say.The campaign promise comes a day after... Read More

John Ivison: In urban Toronto, the NDP’s only goal is to beat the Liberals

Coast to Coast: National Post columnist John Ivison is travelling across Canada to chronicle how election battles are unfolding by region. Today, he examines urban Toronto. Peggy Nash is sprinting between doors in an effort to shore up NDP support... Read More

R.A. Dickey stokes ‘no work day’ fever for Jays fans

Better start practising your fake cough: Blue Jays fever has been hit with a touch of the flu with news that the team’s first two playoff games will be played in the middle of the day.Fans are understandably upset, with... Read More

Kelly McParland: TPP should end talk of a Liberal-NDP coalition

Sorry, coalition junkies, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. The tightness of the race among Canada’s three main parties has sparked an enthusiastic debate over the possibility that a coalition government could emerge from the Oct. 19 vote.... Read More

Toronto university discovers that boys look at girls, and other reasons to fear for humanity

Trade deal opens fundamental debate THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickDairy farmer Robbie Beck of Shawville, Que., was one of dozens of farmers from Ontario and Quebec who gathered on Parliament Hill to raise concerns about protecting Canada's supply management. The Trans-Pacific... Read More

Scotiabank drops out as major Nuit Blanche sponsor

Scotiabank has pulled out as a sponsor of Nuit Blanche, ending 10 years of corporate support that saw the bank officially affix its name to the annual city-wide art festival. Bank spokesperson Sean Hamilton confirmed his company ended its sponsorship,... Read More

Canada’s Arthur McDonald co-winner of Nobel physics prize

STOCKHOLM—Canada’s Arthur McDonald and Takaaki Kajita of Japan have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the two researchers had made key contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Families crammed into courtroom like an ‘afterthought’ at inquest into aboriginal students’ deaths

THUNDER BAY — In a traditional sunrise ceremony held outside the cavernous new courthouse here Monday, the elder Sam Achneepineskum said in his lovely warm way, “We’re all in this together,” by which he meant not just the coroner’s inquest... Read More

Brampton council gives itself hefty pay hike

Brampton councillors have cancelled an outdated practice of making one-third of their salary tax-exempt — and instead gave themselves a 7 per cent raise.Under the new formula, Mayor Linda Jeffrey stands to get a 24 per cent boost in pay.... Read More

Andrew Coyne: In international trade, it’s not really all about exports

As always when the subject is free trade, the debate is between rival camps of protectionists. Barely had he announced the signing of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, widely referred to as a “free trade agreement,” before Stephen Harper was boasting... Read More

Why the Blue Jays should beat the Texas Rangers and how they might still lose

The Blue Jays are the favourites to beat the Texas Rangers in their five-game American League Division Series, which opens Thursday in Toronto. In fact, Las Vegas has the Jays as odds-on favourites to win the World Series this year.... Read More

Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson, Cap’n Clutch, in search of a better end

Last year’s American League play-in game was exactly what former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig had in mind when he added the second wild-card spot in 2012. Game 7 suspense right off the hop. The firecracker joy of winning... Read More

Jays have history (and maybe the weather) on their side in Texas series

Monday’s Jays news:On Twitter, the Jays announced start times for their opening playoff games against the Texas Rangers at the Rogers Centre this Thursday and Friday. In Game 1 of the series on Thursday, the Jays will play at 3:37... Read More