Former UBC professor allowed to continue defamation suit against former student who accused him of sexual assault, court rules

A B.C. Supreme Court Justice has decided that a former University of British Columbia professor should be allowed to proceed with defamation suits against a former student who accused him of sexual assault, and multiple other people who commented on the allegations publicly. Eleven people being sued by author Steven Galloway following widely publicized allegations … Read more

How do I report my boss? Can I still ask a colleague questions after hours? A lawyer answers common questions about Ontario’s new work rules

Ontario’s new Working for Workers Act is designed to help people achieve a better work-life balance. But exactly how that happens will, in some ways, be left up to individual companies to decide. Prompted in part by pandemic lockdown restrictions that forced a shift to remote work and blurred the line between office and personal … Read more

Ontario reports 761 schools with COVID cases, 7 LTC homes now in outbreak

Ontario is reporting another 959 COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths, according to its latest report released Thursday morning. The province has not updated the number of vaccine doses administered and the number of vaccines given in total at the time of publishing. Vaccine data from Nov. 30 is the most recent information from the … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: United Nations increases $29 billion request for humanitarian aid to $41 billion amid the ongoing pandemic

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Thursday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 6:02 a.m.: Public Health Sudbury and Districts reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 in its service area on Wednesday. According to the health unit’s website, 22 of the new … Read more

Ruined homes. Polluted water. What B.C.’s massive cleanup will look like

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—Unlike many days in recent weeks, there are hardly any people on 2nd Avenue in Abbotsford’s Huntingdon Village this day. A wall of green sandbags, built by the military, starts just a few metres from where floodwaters had mangled the train tracks into a twisted mess. From there, the wall crosses 2nd Avenue and … Read more

Opinion | Ontario will expand vaccine booster eligibility to anyone 50 and up

As the world waits to learn more about the Omicron variant, Ontario will announce an expansion of eligibility on third-shot boosters Thursday to anybody 50 and up, with an expected opening date in mid-December. Two sources with knowledge of the announcement said the actual date for shots remains fluid — if daily new vaccinations remain … Read more

Is growing rhetoric between Russia, Ukraine a prelude to war? Why Canada, other nations fear ‘the risk of miscalculation’

MOSCOW—They’re talking of coups in Kyiv and, in Moscow, of a cultural genocide. In eastern Ukraine, on the front lines of the long-running civil war with separatist fighters, a ceasefire agreement is being breached hundreds of times daily, and with impunity. In western Russia, tens of thousands of soldiers and equipment are being massed along … Read more

Toronto has $2.6 billion in development charges and fees sitting in reserve, BILD report says

More than $5 billion in development charges and fees are sitting in Ontario municipal reserve funds, adding to the high cost of homes and creating a “lost opportunity” to immediately improve the lives of the region’s residents and newcomers, says the Toronto-area homebuilders’ association. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) released a study … Read more

A teacher now accused of abusing 200 kids was sanctioned by the Alberta Teachers’ Association back in 2006 — but it didn’t tell the police

An investigation by Alberta’s teaching association into conduct by a teacher who allegedly sexually abused junior high students for years concluded in 2006 that he had “mentally and physically abused his students,” but it didn’t pass that information on to police. Three former students launched a $40-million lawsuit this week that alleges that Michael Gregory, … Read more

You’re on our land, say six First Nations, as they put J.D. Irving and other big companies on notice

First Nations that are fighting a court battle to assert their claim to two-thirds of New Brunswick’s land have expanded their challenge to some of the biggest corporations in the province. The six Wolastoqey communities say they want compensation for years of profits those companies have made from the traditional Indigenous territory. “We have chosen … Read more