WSP Journalistsedition

Toronto police board won’t renew Bill Blair’s contract

The Toronto Police Services Board has announced it will not grant Chief Bill Blair his request to extend his contract after almost 10 years at the helm of Canada’s largest municipal police force.“After considerable discussion related to the Toronto Police... Read More

Full Pundit: Alison Redford flies solo

Where did they find this woman? If Alison Redford’s staff were “ensuring that the premier would not have to fly in the same aluminum tube as civil servants (ew!) or other MLAs (God no!) by faking flight bookings,” as a... Read More

Nicole Morin disappearance: police release new video

An 8-year-old girl left her apartment to go swimming with a friend who lived in the building around 11 a.m. on July 30, 1985. That was the last time her family saw her. Nicole Morin said goodbye to her mother,... Read More

Kelly McParland: Money will do the talking as Scots near vote on independence

Just over six weeks remain before Scots vote on whether to split from Great Britain and form an independent country, and Prime Minister David Cameron wants them to feel the love. The debate, he told a recent Conservative party rally... Read More

Toronto cop charged with attempted murder in Sammy Yatim shooting

A Toronto police officer is facing an additional charge in relation to the shooting death of a teenager on a streetcar last summer.Const. James Forcillo already faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.Now, one of... Read More

Rob Ford’s playground photo-ops raise questions about voting record

There he was last Monday, climbing a jungle gym. There he was on Sunday, riding a teeter-totter.Mayor Rob Ford is never more endearing than when he is gleefully hanging out with children. Perhaps uncoincidentally, Ford is making the playground photo-op... Read More

Disclosure of First Nations salaries raises eyebrows

OTTAWA—Records showing a native councillor with construction contracts worth $300,000, a chief with a six-figure salary, and an eight member band council each making about $6,500 annually are among dozens of revelations that emerged Tuesday under a new transparency law... Read More

Leading Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola

Sierra Leone is in mourning after a leading virologist who risked his life to treat dozens of Ebola patients became the latest health care worker to die from the lethal virus, which has now killed more than 670 people across... Read More

Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE—A leading virologist who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an... Read More

Ontario attorney general asked to probe ‘extreme’ custody case

Ontario’s attorney general is being asked to investigate an “extreme” child custody case that has resulted in a single mother languishing in jail for nine months for disobeying a court order to return her daughter home from China.“The entire situation... Read More

Ebola not a distant threat for Liberians in U.S., outbreak sparks fear in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS—An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa may seem like a distant threat to many Americans, but it is stirring fear in Minnesota, home to thousands of Liberian immigrants.The potentially Ebola-related death last week of a Liberian government official whose... Read More

Full Pundit: Another front in Stephen Harper’s War on History

Yet more Conservative outrages On her Journal de Montréal blog, Lise Ravary argues the Conservative government “committed an outrage to the memory of [Canadian suffragette] Thérèse Casgrain by abolishing, in secret, an award that bears her name.” It was an... Read More

Jonathan Kay: Like all war, the campaign in Gaza is hellish. Stop treating it like a PR battle

One of the strangest aspects of our Western reaction to Israel at war is our tendency to assess who is “winning” and “losing” as if it were a sports contest. This dehumanizes the victims of this war — including the... Read More

Is this Lawrence Park home the centre of Toronto’s universe?

It must be nice to claim your lawn is at the centre of Toronto. That’s exactly what two families in the upscale Lawrence Park neighbourhood can do after the Star pulled co-ordinates for the city’s “geographic centre.” But are either... Read More

Kelly McParland: When wealth requires political power, trouble follows

Tony Blair, Britain’s former prime minister, opened himself to a new bout of criticism recently when he denied he was worth anything close to the $200 million ascribed to him. “Reports of my wealth have been greatly exaggerated,” he told... Read More

100 Palestinians killed in heavy bombardment by Israel

GAZA, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES—A senior PLO official proposed a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire Tuesday in the Gaza war, saying he spoke in the name of Hamas, but was contradicted a short while later by a spokesman of the Islamic militant group.In Gaza,... Read More

100 Palestinians killed in heavy bombardment by Israel: Gaza official

GAZA, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES—At least 100 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes and shelling on Tuesday, an official in Gaza saysThe death toll came after Israel struck symbols of Hamas’ control of Gaza and the strip’s only power plant on... Read More

Israel hits Gaza’s only power plant in heaviest bombardment of war

GAZA, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES—Israel struck symbols of Hamas’ control of Gaza and the strip’s only power plant on Tuesday, escalating its military campaign against the Islamic militant group with the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.Flares turned the sky over... Read More

Emails show secrecy on federal oilsands probe

OTTAWA—Environment Canada’s enforcement branch asked a spokesman to “limit information” given to reporters about how long it took to launch a federal investigation into a serious Alberta oilsands leak last summer.The comments were included in more than 100 pages of... Read More

Chris Selley: Toronto is a city of cynical, gridlocked grumps

If for some reason you want a glimpse of the joyless grouches Torontonians can be, check out the world-class bitch-fest in the comment section of just about everything ever posted on the Internet about the city’s transit and traffic woes.... Read More