WSP Journalistsedition

Supreme Court strikes down law that prevents public sector strikes

OTTAWA — A divided Supreme Court of Canada has raised the bar for Ottawa and the provinces in their dealings with public sector employees by affirming the right to strike as constitutionally protected.By a 5-2 margin, it struck down a... Read More

Kelly McParland: Mitt Romney shelves his non-campaign for a third crack at the presidency

Dozens of Americans will no doubt be dismayed to learn Mitt Romney has withdrawn his name from consideration for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Mr. Romney, who surprised everyone by suggesting three weeks ago that he was considering a third bid... Read More

1,035 people hospitalized and 56 have died of flu this season in Toronto

Influenza remains on the increase in Toronto, with 428 confirmed cases of the flu in the third week of January.So far this season, 1,035 people have been hospitalized with influenza or suspected influenza in Toronto and 56 people have died... Read More

1,035 people hospitalized and 56 have died of flu this season in Toronto

Influenza remains on the increase in Toronto, with 428 confirmed cases of the flu in the third week of January.So far this season, 1,035 people have been hospitalized with influenza or suspected influenza in Toronto and 56 people have died... Read More

John Ivison: Harper terror legislation has possibility to disrupt a balance that has served Canadians remarkably well

This is not a government that has inspired confidence in its respect for the democratic institutions of this country. The introduction of its new Anti-Terror legislation is a case in point – the whole process happened hundreds of miles from... Read More

Conservative government’s terror bill increases spy agency powers

OTTAWA — The Conservative’s new anti-terror legislation would dramatically increase powers for Canadian spies, giving them police powers to detain, surveil, and disrupt suspects’ activities.The terrorism bill, tabled Friday in Parliament, allows the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to directly intervene... Read More

Charles Krauthammer: European Jew-hatred is back

Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of “never again” on Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance. It has become routine. If the... Read More

Study backs up ineffectiveness of this year’s flu shot

A new study suggests this year’s flu vaccine has offered little or no protection in Canada against becoming sick enough to require medical care.That’s even less protection than was seen in a study done in the United States that was... Read More

Kelly McParland: Crusade against Trinity Western law school runs up against a sensible judge

Elements of Canada’s legal community have been fighting Trinity Western University’s attempt to open a law school for some time, hoping to have it barred from graduating lawyers. Trinity Western is a private Christian university in British Columbia. It plans to open... Read More

Couple now accused of three separate murders in same family

A Mississauga woman and her common-law spouse are now accused of killing her estranged husband’s entire family — a father, mother and adult son all found dead in the same suburban home years apart. Melissa Merritt, 34, and Christopher Fattore,... Read More

Harrison family murders now total three

A Mississauga woman and her common-law spouse are now accused of killing her estranged husband’s entire family — a father, mother and adult son all found dead in the same suburban home years apart. Melissa Merritt, 34, and Christopher Fattore,... Read More

Boarding with bullets: items that don’t make it past security at Pearson

Machetes and maple syrup, police batons, bullets (real and fake) and peanut butter: these items don’t fly at Toronto’s largest airport. But that doesn’t mean some people don’t try, which is why they’re among the objects recently confiscated from Pearson... Read More

Quebecer 7 seconds too late for $13.5 million lottery jackpot as court rejects case

Time just wasn’t on Joel Ifergan’s side.A mere seven seconds was all it took to separate the Montreal area man from sharing half of a $27 million lottery jackpot nearly seven years ago.Ifergan purchased two quick pick Lotto Super 7... Read More

Dropping crime, rising Toronto police costs raise questions about officer numbers

The jumble of charts and “performance” statistics in the Toronto police presentation to the budget committee Thursday left at least one new city councillor scratching his head.Toronto’s major-crime rate has declined 27 per cent since 2005, but the police budget... Read More

Tim Hortons cuts 350 staff at headquarters, regional offices

Tim Hortons says about 350 employees lost their jobs this week in layoffs across its organization, focused mainly at its headquarters and regional offices.A spokeswoman for the company told The Canadian Press that all affected employees have been notified and... Read More

John Ivison: Tories open about Iraq mission because the majority of people actually support it

The most revealing thing about Thursday’s ministerial update on Canada’s role in the fight against ISIS was that it took place at all. Rob Nicholson, the defence minister, John Baird, the foreign affairs minister, and General Tom Lawson, the chief of... Read More

Paris terrorist attacks should trigger soul-searching about assimilation

The terrorist attacks against the media and police in France this week are deplorable and will be analyzed for years to come. They also illustrate significant underlying differences between the European Union and North America and should spark serious soul-searching,... Read More

Directing airstrikes ‘well within’ Iraq noncombat mission mandate, military commander says

OTTAWA—Canada’s top soldier says he authorized troops to help Iraqi security forces to target Islamic State fighters, but denies that can strictly speaking be called a “combat” role. Speaking before a parliamentary committee on Thursday, Chief of Defence Staff Tom... Read More

Toronto turns down loan offer from province to plug $86-million budget hole

The Mayor John Tory administration has balked and walked at the province’s terms for a line of credit to plug an $86 million hole in Tory’s proposed city budget. The news that Toronto will look elsewhere for better loan terms... Read More

No jail for Toronto police officer convicted of G20 assault

A judge has upheld a Toronto police officer’s conviction for assaulting a man during the G20 summit protests but ruled that he will not serve jail time.Superior Court Justice Brian O’Marra overturned the 45-day jail sentence and instead ordered Const.... Read More