Ottawa wants Black class-action lawsuit dismissed

Ottawa wants Black class-action lawsuit dismissed

The federal government wants a court to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by Black Canadian civil servants alleging systemic discrimination. In a notice filed with the Federal Court on Monday, the government argues the plaintiffs should instead go through the grievance process, and that the court therefore doesn’t have jurisdiction to deal with the … Read more

Canadians not vaccinated for COVID-19 more cranky than those who rolled up their sleeves: poll

Canadians not vaccinated for COVID-19 more cranky than those who rolled up their sleeves: poll

Canadians not vaccinated for COVID-19 are more cranky than those who rolled up their sleeves, a new Pollara poll suggests as the federal government lifts pandemic restrictions at borders and ends mandatory masking on planes and trains Saturday. The survey is the second featuring the company’s new “rage index” and found older women furious over … Read more

Canada supports Ukraine’s bid to join NATO, Mélanie Joly says

Canada supports Ukraine’s bid to join NATO, Mélanie Joly says

OTTAWA—Russia’s war on Ukraine escalated sharply Friday after President Vladimir Putin illegally annexed four eastern Ukraine territories, prompting Kyiv to apply for fast-track membership in NATO and the US and Canada to promise more support. In Moscow, Putin renewed threats to use tactical nuclear weapons and blamed the West for sabotaging Russia-built undersea gas pipelines … Read more

Ontario trying to delay shutdown of Pickering nuclear station amid electricity ‘supply crunch,’ sources say

Canadians not vaccinated for COVID-19 more cranky than those who rolled up their sleeves: poll

The Ontario government will ask the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for an extension to run the aging Pickering nuclear plant until 2026 to cover a looming shortage of electricity, the Star has learned. Although Energy Minister Todd Smith said as recently as last month there were no plans to seek an operating extension for past … Read more

Few school boards have teacher dress codes

Few school boards have teacher dress codes

Students say it’s unfair that they must abide by dress codes when few Ontario school boards have any such rules for teachers. The issue is one teens in Halton have been talking about after video of a trans teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School went viral, showing her in shop class wearing oversized prosthetic breasts … Read more

Right-wing activist says he meant no harm with ‘joke’ about raping Pierre Poilievre’s wife

Right-wing activist says he meant no harm with ‘joke’ about raping Pierre Poilievre’s wife

OTTAWA — The RCMP is reviewing a statement from a prominent far-right figure who says he was drunk when he joked during a live broadcast about sexually assaulting Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre’s wife. The comment provoked Poilievre’s strongest condemnation yet of a group called Diagolon and its controversial leader Jeremy MacKenzie, a 36-year-old Nova Scotia … Read more

Halton teacher controversy prompts request for review of professional standards

Few school boards have teacher dress codes

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has asked the Ontario College of Teachers to review and “consider strengthening” professional standards in light of the controversy over a trans high school teacher in Oakville who wears oversized prosthetic breasts with protruding nipples. The Halton board is now also conducting a review of its dress code. The situation at … Read more

Julie Payette says she wasn’t invited to the Queen’s funeral

Julie Payette says she wasn’t invited to the Queen’s funeral

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to London with a Canadian delegation for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, one ex-dignitary was notably absent. Former governor general Julie Payette — who resigned amid a toxic workplace scandal in 2021 — was “unfortunately” not invited to be part of the delegation, her office confirmed in … Read more

Justin Trudeau will have final decision on lifting COVID-19 border restrictions, sources say

Justin Trudeau will have final decision on lifting COVID-19 border restrictions, sources say

OTTAWA — A federal cabinet committee that has steered Canada’s COVID-19 response has unanimously recommended to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada lift its COVID-19 border restrictions, sources tell the Star. Cabinet orders that revised those measures in late June — and are set to expire at midnight on Sept. 30 — include vaccination mandates … Read more

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin denies assaulting fellow student at college, says he’s taken a polygraph test

Ottawa wants Black class-action lawsuit dismissed

Warning: This story contains details of an allegation of sexual assault. Saying he’s been treated as a “pariah” by the Canadian military, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin denied at his sexual assault trial Tuesday that he assaulted a fellow student when they were at military college in the 1980s, and said he’s undergone a polygraph test. The … Read more