Ottawa rejects internet rates appeal, sets new CRTC policy

Ottawa says it will direct the country’s telecom regulator to take a stronger stance to spur more competition, lower prices and improve services. The federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) on Thursday announced a proposed new policy direction for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The government said the new directive … Read more

Toronto investigating new suspected, probable cases of monkeypox

Toronto Public Health is investigating two new suspected cases and one probable case of monkeypox, the agency announced Wednesday. “All three individuals are men (two in their 30s and one in their 20s) and are doing well,” said a spokesperson in an email. “One of the three individuals had traveled to Montreal and was a … Read more

Coronavirus news and updates for Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 7:38 a.m. Several years ago in Hamilton, a number of city workers were fired for alleged time theft and in some cases, alleged asphalt theft. You probably remember. It … Read more

Victoria, BC airport shut due to passenger’s package ‘that resembled an incendiary device’

VICTORIA—All remaining flights in and out of the international airport for British Columbia’s capital city were canceled Tuesday as RCMP investigated a suspicious package. A passenger brought a package to the Victoria International Airport that was flagged as suspicious by airport staff and referred to police, Cpl. Andy Sanchez of the RCMP revealed Tuesday evening, … Read more

Cabinet to rule on CRTC internet rates this week

A letter to the federal cabinet late last summer was blunt about the fate of small internet providers: “This chapter … rings the death knell on competition.” EBOX, which billed itself as the largest independent internet service provider (ISP) in Quebec, with almost 100,000 customers, was arguing that Canada’s telecom regulator went seriously wrong in … Read more

Sex assault trial of Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard resumes Tuesday

The sexual assault trial of Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard summarizes Tuesday with the jury expected to hear whether the defense will be calling any witnesses to testify, including Hoggard himself. The Crown closed their case last week, after the jury heard from two women who have accused Hoggard, 37, of violently raping them in hotel … Read more

Coronavirus news and updates for Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Tuesday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 6:15 a.m.: An extensive study of thousands of COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals has found links between the severity of their infections and the levels of common air pollutants … Read more

Coronavirus news and updates for Monday, May 23, 2022

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 1:50 p.m.: Four photographs of Prime Minister Boris Johnson drinking at a Downing Street gathering when the UK was under lockdown have emerged just as his government braces for … Read more

Coronavirus news and updates for Sunday, May 22, 2022

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 10:30 a.m. A US based scientific group, aimed at sharing tips and strategies on monitoring wastewater for signs of the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic has ballooned to more than 1,300 … Read more

Meteorologist cautions against future major weather events after Saturday’s right storm

Torrential downpours and high-speed winds hurtled nearly 1,000 kilometers across Ontario and Quebec on Saturday, killing eight people and leaving much of the two provinces without power. This type of storm is referred to by weather experts as a ‘right,’ which means ‘straight ahead’ in Spanish. A right is categorized by the shape of its … Read more