WSP Journalistsedition

Andrew Coyne: 20 years later, the prime players in the Quebec referendum still haven’t thought it through

The revelation in The Morning After, Chantal Hébert’s important new book on what would have happened had the Yes side won the 1995 referendum — or rather, what the protagonists think would have happened — is not that they had, almost... Read More

Foreign medical grad finds Ontario system tough to crack

Anupam Apu is good enough to be an immigrant but not a doctor.He is one of more than 6,000 international medical graduates in Ontario dealing with the daily frustration of knowing their chances of becoming practising doctors are slim to... Read More

Jermain Defoe staying with Toronto FC

Jermain Defoe is staying put with Toronto FC after the MLS team turned down several transfer offers, including a club-record bid, for the England striker.But questions remain whether Defoe wants to continue in a Toronto uniform.General manager Tim Bezbatchenko, who... Read More

Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

OTTAWA— Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated.The ongoing reductions come... Read More

Jermain Defoe staying with Toronto FC: report

Jermain Defoe is staying in Toronto, despite reported interest Monday from several English clubs on transfer deadline day.A source said the unsettled Toronto FC striker, currently sidelined with a groin injury, is staying put.Reports in England had linked Defoe to... Read More

English clubs line up for Jermain Defoe in wake of Toronto FC upheaval

English clubs are reportedly lining up to sign unsettled Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe.The Daily Telegraph reports Arsenal has joined the Premier League suitors to sign Defoe, possibly on loan. The Gunners need a replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud.MORE... Read More

Pro-Russian rebels would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy

MOSCOW— Pro Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.The insurgents’... Read More

Kelly McParland: Facing twin crises, the West looks for leadership and comes up empty

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was in Dallas on the weekend, looking for money and support so he can run for president in 2016. Mr. Paul preaches a particularly fervent line of libertarianism that would see the U.S. take disengagement... Read More

Former Canadian Nazi runs for office in Ontario’s cottage country

The man who once started the Canadian Nazi Party now lives in a little green house on Newcastle Road, in the cottage-country town of Minden. The Red Ensign flag is raised outside his porch. A white sign on the lawn... Read More

Rob Ford email wave extends far beyond Toronto

Rob Ford’s bid to remain mayor of Toronto seems to know no geographic boundaries as citizens who live outside the GTA — even as far away as Vancouver — report receiving unsolicited emails seeking campaign donations. Adam Mallonee, a Vancouver... Read More

Assisted suicide isn’t the only dignified way to go

We come into this world helpless, and most of us have gone out of it that way. It makes us human ... Read More

Meet Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s minister of retirement

It’s a bold government that introduces a go-it-alone program that is expensive, apt to be deeply unpopular in some quarters and a tough sell in others, where the upside won’t be obvious for another 30 years.But that’s what Premier Kathleen... Read More

Toronto FC fires coaches, Jermain Defoe might go

The prized jewel in the Bloody Big Deal that was to remake Toronto FC, the man to turn it from a Major League Soccer laughingstock into a perennial contender, the former England international who was to revitalize the moribund franchise,... Read More

Toronto FC fires coaches, Jermain Defoe might want out

Toronto FC has fired manager Ryan Nelsen and his entire coaching staff in the wake of Nelsen’s public dressing down of general manager Tim Bezbatchenko.The official announcement was made at a news conference Sunday, after Nelsen confirmed the firing in... Read More

Norway’s ‘Doomsday Vault’ holds a priceless treasure: Seeds

LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY—In the middle of a savage civil war, a team of scientists in Syria has been quietly rescuing tiny bits of a global treasure: seeds with genetic roots running back to the beginning of civilization.Most of the seeds, which... Read More

Ontario says ‘No’ to removing citizenship by birth on soil

The Ontario government says it will not support Ottawa’s proposal to remove citizenship rights to children born in Canada to non-citizens and non-residents.“In our view, there is not enough evidence to justify the effort and expense required for such a... Read More

NATO wrestles with its role as hacking, ‘ambiguous’ warfare gain prominence

OTTAWA—Mass disinformation campaigns, cyber warfare, economic coercion and intimidating shows of force.Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its role in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine have revealed the new tactics of war. And it’s a new style of warfare that the... Read More

Fickle ice may explain Franklin ghost ship mystery

ABOARD CCGS SIR WILFRID LAURIER—One of the many mysteries of the lost Franklin expedition is the story of a three-masted ghost ship that Inuit hunters saw drifting southward in deadly silence.Before the last of Sir John Franklin’s 128 men died... Read More

EU to slap new sanctions on Russia after incursion into Ukraine

BRUSSELS—The European Union on Saturday warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider its position.Ukrainian President... Read More

Surgery room ‘black box’ poised to change medical culture

A Toronto surgeon who is working to adapt black box aviation technology to track surgeries and improve patient outcomes says preliminary results are promising.In Dr. Teodor Grantcharov’s operating room, “the whole room is wired.” Cameras and microphones capture movement and... Read More