Alberta’s top doc says she feels betrayed by media leak, launches investigation

Dean Bennett, The Canadian PressThu Nov 26 2020 EDMONTON — Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says a member of her inner circle committed a “personal betrayal” and fractured the working relationship of her COVID-19 team by leaking private conversations to the media. Dr. Deena Hinshaw says public officials took an oath not to publicize […]

Missing and murdered Indigenous women vigil remembers Joyce Echaquan

By Paul Chiasson from The Canadian PressMon Oct 6 2020, 4:00:03 Those wondering whether Indigenous women’s rights are still being violated need only look to the death of Joyce Echaquan for their answer, advocates said Sunday as they participated in an annual vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman, […]

Top Saskatchewan class-action lawyer slapped with eight-month suspension

By the Canadian PressFri Oct 02 2020, 14:44:03 A high profile Saskatchewan lawyer has been handed a stiff eight-month suspension for threatening an Indigenous residential school survivor into using some of her compensation proceeds to cover legal bills incurred by her son. In a stinging rebuke, the province’s law society lambasted Tony Merchant for actions […]

Thunder Bay man charged with child porn offences

By Karen Edwards, The Canadian PressFri Oct 02 2020, 14:11:02 THUNDER BAY – A Thunder Bay man is facing charges connected to child pornography. Steven Siemieniuk, 40, appeared in Thunder Bay bail court on Friday, Oct. 2, and was officially charged with one count making child pornography available and one count of willfully obstructing a […]

Housing insecurity in Hamilton during COVID – the legal tensions

CHALLENGING THE LAW  The city of Hamilton voted overwhelmingly in favour of challenging a court injunction whose purpose is preventing the dismantling of ‘homeless encampments’.   The Superior Court extended an injunction in early August to prevent the removal of individuals and temporary shelters in Hamilton in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent intensification of […]

OPP release 2019 Report on opioids

By Mike McDonald, The Canadian PressSep 29 2020, 12:07:09 The Ontario Provincial Police is releasing its report on the ongoing opioid crisis in the province. The 2019 Opioids and Overdoses: Impacts and Strategies report highlights stats, trends and impacts pertaining to opioids in OPP patrolled communities. OPP have identified a 34 per cent increase in […]

Calgary Neurologist who pled guilty to 28 sexual assaults, faces sentencing hearing

CALGARY — Several women are expected to speak in court today about a retired Calgary neurologist who sexually assaulted them. Keith Hoyte pleaded guilty in January to assaulting 28 female patients over three decades. Crown prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood says about 20 victims are expected to attend Hoyte’s sentencing hearing. She says many are expected to […]

Quebec issues provincewide street check guidelines; rights groups raise concerns

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian PressSat Aug 22 2020 15:15 MONTREAL — The Quebec government has issued provincewide guidelines to police forces regarding street checks, but the policy is raising concerns from various rights groups. Quebec’s Public Security Department released the guidelines Friday afternoon, in a four−page document that stipulates the practice of stopping of […]