WSP Journalistsedition

Donald Trump voters: We like the president’s lies

NEWARK, OHIO—James Cassidy didn’t need the director of the FBI to tell him Barack Obama never wiretapped Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Cassidy knew from the start that Trump made the whole thing up.He was happy the president lied.“He’s ruffling... Read More

A year after Ghomeshi verdict, sexual violence experts see ‘significant advances’

The resignation of Robin Camp, the judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she didn’t just keep her “knees together.”A judge who broke new ground by ordering a convicted rapist to pay his victim’s legal bill.The federal government putting... Read More

Judges need mandatory sexual assault training, MPP says

From the “knees together” judge to others across the country who have made questionable comments and rulings, it’s time the province make training for sexual assault cases mandatory, say opposition MPPs and victim support groups. “I think it helps change... Read More

Judges need mandatory sexual assault training, MPP and victims’ groups urge

From the “knees together” judge to others across the country who have made questionable comments and rulings, it’s time the province make training for sexual assault cases mandatory, say opposition MPPs and victim support groups. “I think it helps change... Read More

Toronto turns off the lights to celebrate Earth Hour 2017

The Toronto skyline went dim Saturday night as the city joined global celebrations for the 10th annual Earth Hour.The global campaign, started in Australia in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund, encourages people, businesses and communities to shut off non-essential... Read More

Canada won’t be rushed into military peace mission, Trudeau says

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won’t be rushed into a peacekeeping deployment despite concerns from the United Nations that the Liberals’ promised commitment “hasn’t materialized.”But Trudeau still holds out the possibility that his government’s vow to reengage in peacekeeping... Read More

Changes to child support law up to Queen’s Park, not courts, lawyer argues

The father at the centre of a constitutional challenge of Ontario’s child support law says he is “stunned” by the attention the case has received.“This is bigger than me,” said Wayne Watson outside Brampton Court Friday, where seven lawyers acting... Read More

Toronto Hydro and the power of secrecy: analysis

Toronto Hydro Corp. is spending public money on consultants, including Bay Street lawyers, to help it keep a secret — how much public money it has spent on consultants. David Rider, the Star’s city hall bureau chief has been trying... Read More

One family’s struggle to find decent housing in Toronto

The two-bedroom basement apartment was never going to be the right fit for Steve Blake and his three sons.Low ceilings meant his eldest son, Jacob, 20, would regularly hit his head and by the time you crammed in a well-used... Read More

Andrew Coyne: This is not how a liberal society responds to criticism

It will be revealed before long who forced out Andrew Potter at McGill and why, but the affair is already a calamity for the university, and for the principles of academic freedom and intellectual inquiry for which it supposedly stands.... Read More

Andrew Coyne: Quebec’s reaction to Potter’s criticism shows it is no liberal society

It will be revealed before long who forced out Andrew Potter at McGill and why, but the affair is already a calamity for the university, and for the principles of academic freedom and intellectual inquiry for which it supposedly stands.... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Even in family court, this litigant stood out as ‘callously conniving’

It’s not just warring spouses who wear it in family court. It is, as one lawyer says, “unforgiving for all involved.” Pity the poor judge who has to listen to this oft-vicious drivel, often at the hands of people who... Read More

Trump suffers spectacular defeat, millions of Americans get to keep their health care

Obamacare has survived. And U.S. President Donald Trump has suffered a spectacular failure.Trump’s plan to replace Barack Obama’s health care law was withdrawn on Friday to avoid certain defeat in the House of Representatives vote that had been scheduled for... Read More

House Republicans pull Trumpcare, millions get to keep their health care

Obamacare has survived. And U.S. President Donald Trump has suffered a spectacular failure.Trump’s plan to replace Barack Obama’s health care law was withdrawn on Friday to avoid certain defeat in the House of Representatives vote that had been scheduled for... Read More

Tribunal rules Florida sex offender can practise law in Ontario

A registered Florida sex offender, who spent two years in prison on a child pornography conviction, has been deemed to be of “good character” for a licence to practise law in Ontario. Ronald Ori Davidovic, 44, appeared before a three-member... Read More

Watergate 2.0: Why Donald Trump might already be a lame duck president

Stock markets fell this week along with U.S. President Donald Trump’s popularity and Republican legislative hopes as Watergate 2.0 unfolds. The testimony by The Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey confirmed an investigation is under way to assess whether... Read More

Florida sex offender granted licence to practise law in Ontario

A registered Florida sex offender, who spent two years in prison on a child pornography conviction, has been granted a licence to practise law in Ontario. Ronald Ori Davidovic, 44, appeared before a three-member panel of the Law Society of... Read More

Rex Murphy: M-103 has passed. And what today has changed for the better?

The basic question to ask the supporters of the contentious anti-Islamophobic motion is has it any utility? Will it do anything? Will it change attitudes for the better? If there is a stock of genuine Islamophobia in Canada, will recording this... Read More

Charles Krauthammer: Trump vs. the media. And the courts, and the states, and his party …

Under the big gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been... Read More

Conrad Black: In the Senate and the courts, an erosion of our humanity

Almost three years ago I wrote a column here criticizing the dismissal from his employment ahead of an expected indictment of former prime ministerial assistant Bruce Carson. I was skeptical of the grounds for the indictment, which was eventually produced,... Read More