Toronto police make arrest in 1983 killings of Erin Gilmour and Susan Tice

Toronto police make arrest in 1983 killings of Erin Gilmour and Susan Tice

Nearly 40 years after the high-profile murders of two Toronto women, police announced they arrested and charged a man with the 1983 murders of Susan Tice and Erin Gilmour — the latest cold case to be cracked using genetic genealogy. Toronto police chief James Ramer announced Monday morning that Joseph George Sutherland, 61, of Moosonee, … Read more

Municipalities attack Doug Ford’s housing bill

Municipalities attack Doug Ford’s housing bill

Mississauga City Councilor Carolyn Parrish stops short of calling it panic. But in her 38-year political career, she says she has never seen the kind of stunned apprehension that Ontario’s More Homes Built Faster Act has evoked among municipal officials. Known as Bill 23, the sweeping act aimed at building 1.5 million more homes in … Read more

Explosion burns under a bridge in downtown Toronto

Explosion burns under a bridge in downtown Toronto

A fiery explosion erupted underneath a downtown bridge late Saturday night. A spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services said at about 11 pm, a small fire started at a vacant encampment under the Bathurst Street Bridge at Fort York Boulevard. The fire spread through the encampment, the spokesperson said, causing propane in several propane tanks to … Read more

Why a Toronto council revolt against ‘strong mayor’ powers fell apart

Why a Toronto council revolt against ‘strong mayor’ powers fell apart

A co-ordinated attempt to force a council vote on the extraordinary powers being granted to Toronto’s mayor was defeated by a single vote on Thursday when a handful of key councilors sided with John Tory to block debate of the issue, according to city hall sources. The unsuccessful effort was an early test of the … Read more

Trudeau offers olive branch but no apology for vaccine mandate

Trudeau offers olive branch but no apology for vaccine mandate

If convoy participants were searching for an olive branch from the prime minister, Justin Trudeau seemed to extend one Friday. He did not apologize for imposing vaccine mandates. Those mandates, he noted, were put before the electorate and supported by a majority of voters. But unlike some of his more forceful comments, Trudeau struck an … Read more

‘They’re nervous as hell’: Gun deaths highlight simmering traumas inside Toronto schools

‘They’re nervous as hell’: Gun deaths highlight simmering traumas inside Toronto schools

In the halls at Woburn Collegiate Institute, students knew a fight was brewing before class let out at 3:15 pm on Halloween. Outside, the anticipation was palpable as at least one teen pulled out her cellphone and started filming, her voice rising as at least four boys appeared to get into it — one backing … Read more

Trudeau offers scathing assessment of police during occupation

Trudeau offers scathing assessment of police during occupation

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he did not have confidence in the Ottawa police response to the self-styled “Freedom Convoy” protests even in the early days, and the RCMP did not inform him of any joint operational plan capable of ending the Ottawa blockades as he was on the verge of invoking the … Read more

Transcript reveals Trudeau’s call with former Conservative interim leader

Trudeau offers scathing assessment of police during occupation

OTTAWA—A newly released document shows former Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen acknowledged the prime minister did have “to be cautious” and not “set a bad precedent” when it came to demands that he meet convoy protesters. As the prime minister tested Friday, a rough transcript of a Feb. 3 call was shown at a public … Read more

Floggings. Women banned from parks. ‘This is Taliban 2.0?’

Floggings.  Women banned from parks.  ‘This is Taliban 2.0?’

Women are banned from going to the park. Women are banned from going to public female baths. Women are banned from going to gyms. In the lead-up to Friday’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and more than a year into its rule, the Taliban have imposed these restrictions and others. The … Read more

SIU says police have shot two men in Markham

SIU says police have shot two men in Markham

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating after plainclothes York Regional Police officers shot two men in Markham on Friday, killing one. According to the SIU, the officers, who were in unmarked police vehicles, were investigating a white vehicle near Eyer Drive and Calvert Road around 7 am There was a confrontation between the … Read more