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Disciplinary measures against Canadian prison guards skyrockets

Correctional Service Canada prison guards have seen a sharp rise in punishment meted out against them over the past five years, documents obtained by the Star reveal.Overall, the number of penalties received by guards working in this country’s 43 federal... Read More

Chris Selley: Here comes the ‘Hidden Agenda’ … again

Remember this theory? As the generation of Canadians who had to fight tooth and nail for abortion rights dies off, the idea of legislating the practice, such as every other Western nation does, will no longer seem completely anathema. Younger... Read More

Marni Soupcoff: Joe Fontana avoids jail while Canadians who commit victimless crimes are stuck behind bars

My sense of justice is always most outraged by crimes that directly harm others, particularly when the motive is self-enrichment. With ex-London, Ont. mayor Joe Fontana’s expenses forgery, we see both: Mr. Fontana left taxpayers on the hook for $1,700 that... Read More

Suicide on a Hamilton train track ends an ‘already sad story’

In the early evening hours of June 10, Janos Acs walked onto train tracks in central Hamilton and lay down to die.The 60-year-old’s suicide, near Emerald St. N., ended a troubled life that authorities thought they had saved.Acs was among... Read More

Christie Blatchford: The Twitter trial of Gregory Elliott is becoming much like Twitter itself — shrill and uber-sensitive

Why, the Twitter trial is beginning to resemble Twitter itself: The dialogue is shrill, some of the players are increasingly uber-sensitive and derision is the name of the game. There was Chris Murphy, the lawyer for accused stalker Gregory Elliott,... Read More

Toronto inundated with complaints over Ford Fest

Toronto residents are inundating city hall with complaints over the issuance of a permit for “Ford Fest” despite a ban on politicking in city parks.By Wednesday city ombudsman Fiona Crean’s office had fielded more than 100 objections to the permit,... Read More

TTC investigates after bus caught on video nearly hitting pedestrian

The TTC is investigating after a video was posted on YouTube that shows a TTC bus running a red light and just missing a pedestrian.Steve Taylor, 20, was heading out for a job with his father’s asphalt-repair company along with... Read More

Mayor Rob Ford wants to keep old subway tunnel machines

The Toronto Transit Commission would have to pay about $3.3 million more to buy new subway tunnel boring machines rather than refurbish its used ones, says chief executive Andy Byford.Byford told reporters after meeting with Mayor Rob Ford that new... Read More

Bad tenant gets house arrest for fraud, forgery and bad cheques

A Toronto tenant who pleaded guilty to forging documents and writing bad cheques to landlords was methodical and deliberate in his long efforts to deceive and victimize his landlords and stay in properties without paying rent.Those were the words assistant... Read More

Full Pundit: Everything Stephen Harper’s done wrong

Life under Stephen Harper The Conservatives love the temporary foreign worker program and hate Filipino nannies, the Toronto Star‘s Heather Mallick explains, because … well because it’s obvious, isn’t it? Everyone knows conservatives would prefer the Filipinos they hire in... Read More

Bodies of Ukraine plane crash victims arrive in Netherlands; U.K. experts receive ‘black boxes’

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS—Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in the east as fighting... Read More

Bodies of plane crash victims leave Ukraine; U.K. experts receive ‘black boxes’

KHARKIV, UKRAINE—Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, while British investigators began work on a pair of “black boxes” to retrieve data on the flight’s... Read More

Ford Fest denied liquor licence

The province denied the Ford family a permit to serve alcohol at this Friday’s Ford Fest because the event was not deemed “municipally significant,” a spokesman for the government’s liquor control agency says.“Only charities and events deemed municipally significant through... Read More

Jonathan Kay: Ending Iran’s support of Hamas must be part of any final P5+1 nuclear deal

On Monday, the so-called P5+1 — Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany — extended the deadline for a final nuclear deal with Iran from July 20 (which was Sunday) to November 24. “There are still significant gaps... Read More

MH17 disaster a blunder by poorly trained rebels, U.S. believes

WASHINGTON—A violent blunder of historic proportion — not a wilful act of terrorism — is far and away the likeliest explanation for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, senior U.S. intelligence officials believe.As the bodies and black boxes of... Read More

MH17: Train carrying victims of plane crash arrives in Kharkiv

KHARKIV, UKRAINE—A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 reached Ukrainian government-held territory at long last Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded... Read More

MH17: Russians fed steady diet of conspiracy theories about crash

MOSCOW—An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine’s east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens.Russian news consumers are getting plenty of explanations for the... Read More

TIFF unveils first batch of 2014 premieres

The Toronto International Film Festival announced 59 Gala and Special Presentation films Tuesday morning, a small part of its estimated 300-film lineup for TIFF 2014, which runs Sept. 4 to 14.The majority of them are world premieres.While the closing-night Gala... Read More

Khadr access blocked, prompting media court challenge

Canadian prison officials are refusing to let the public hear from former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, repeatedly denying interview requests despite the fact that Khadr is willing to talk after 12 years of custody and may soon be released. After... Read More

Full Pundit: Time to poke back at the Russian bear?

Now you’ve done it, Mr. Putin “From the very beginning of this current crisis, Canada’s Prime Minister has been dead right in his assessment of Vladimir Putin,” J. L. Granatstein and William Kaplan write in The Globe and Mail. That... Read More