Air Canada passengers deplaned over masking ‘non-compliance’

Air Canada passengers deplaned over masking ‘non-compliance’

Air Canada is asserting that 25 passengers were deplaned on a flight this week over masking violations. “Our general policy is to not discuss incidents of disruptive behavior on board our aircraft, but we can confirm the deplaning of passengers from flight AC866 on June 20 was related to non-compliance with Canadian government mask regulations, … Read more

Anger, confusion after Air Canada orders 20-plus passengers off Montreal-to-London flight

Anger, confusion after Air Canada orders 20-plus passengers off Montreal-to-London flight

LONDON—Anger and confusion are mounting with Air Canada after the airline deplaned 25 passengers on a Monday night flight from Montreal to London with what some of those on board allege was “no explanation at all.” Jess McFadyen said the plane had been sitting on the tarmac for about an hour waiting to depart when, … Read more

Federal government accused of interfering in RCMP operations after NS massacre

Federal government accused of interfering in RCMP operations after NS massacre

Allegations that the Liberal government interfered with RCMP operations to push a gun-control agenda swept through Canadian politics Tuesday, following the release of documents to an inquiry investigating the 2020 massacre in Nova Scotia. The charges — denied by RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and former public safety minister Bill Blair — came in the wake … Read more

Here’s what is changing with Canada’s COVID travel vaccine rules

Here’s what is changing with Canada’s COVID travel vaccine rules

Starting Monday, travelers will no longer have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to board a plane or train in Canada. In an announcement last week, the government unveiled plans to suspend vaccine mandates for both domestic and international travellers, as well as crown-regulated transportation workers and federal government employees. It was well-received … Read more

‘It’s torture’: Detained and humiliated at the airport, this Ontario man is fighting back

‘It’s torture’: Detained and humiliated at the airport, this Ontario man is fighting back

It’s been more than three years since Royland Boothe was detained by border agents upon returning from a funeral in Jamaica, and he says he’s haunted by the sound of the metal gate shutting behind him that day. It triggers the humiliation and anger the Newmarket man felt at being accused of smuggling narcotics, held … Read more

Why a new international vaccine deal is being called a ‘devastating global failure’

Why a new international vaccine deal is being called a ‘devastating global failure’

In the first months of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, shipments arrived quickly and often in rich countries, while much of the world waited. The blatant inequality prompted a question — what if anyone with some spare manufacturing capacity were able to brew doses, without fear of legal repercussions from the pharmaceutical companies that had come … Read more

What are megachurches? Here’s what we know

What are megachurches?  Here’s what we know

The popularity of megachurches has grown over the last several decades. These enormous and splashy houses of worship were made for the internet and far ahead of their perhaps more traditional counterparts — making them able to adjust more easily during the COVID-19 pandemic when all churches scrambled to find ways to bring ministry to … Read more

Ottawa police evacuate Parliament Hill

Ottawa police evacuate Parliament Hill

Parliament has been evacuated and police have blocked access to Parliament Hill in Ottawa for what they’re calling an “ongoing police investigation.” Parliamentary Protective Services (PPS) said in an email to the Star that Parliament Hill has been evacuated and a police operation is underway “with a possible threat.” It said all parliamentary buildings have … Read more

Sportsnet reporter Shawn McKenzie faces two charges in Nashville

Sportsnet reporter Shawn McKenzie faces two charges in Nashville

Sportsnet reporter Shawn McKenzie was arrested Saturday morning in Nashville, Tenn., according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Nashville police told the Star that McKenzie was arrested and charged with public intoxication and criminal trespassing. On Saturday, June 4, officers were called to the Jason Aldean’s Kitchen Bar on Broadway in Nashville for a disturbance, … Read more

Meet one of the first people in Canada to be compensated for a COVID-19 vaccine injury

Meet one of the first people in Canada to be compensated for a COVID-19 vaccine injury

In the early hours after Mother’s Day last year, a day he spent playing in a family baseball game, Ross Wightman, a realtor and father of two from the Okanagan of central British Columbia, woke up with unbearable back pain. Over the next year, the pain in his body would move and morph, as he … Read more