Why the Roe v. Wade decision casts a spotlight on three other landmark US rulings

In the outcry over the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion rights in America, attention turned Friday to one justice in particular who suggested that other established laws could also be vulnerable. In the decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the justices on America’s top court, wrote … Read more

Interim city councillor resigns hours after appointment because of homophobic posts

The new city councillor for Ward 1 Etobicoke North resigned Friday night, hours after Toronto city councillors appointed her. Rosemarie Bryan quit as successor to former councilor Michael Ford — who apparently endorsed her as his replacement — in a statement after concerns were raised about anti-LGBTQ posts she had shared on social media between … Read more

More than 155 daycares in Toronto have applied for the national child care program

More than 155 daycares in Toronto applied for the national child care program in the first day-and-a-half after the city opened its application process, a positive sign for parents paying the country’s highest fees. But some daycares say they’re still waiting on critical details before deciding whether to participate. “The city is thrilled with the … Read more

Toronto lifeguards’ pay under review amid staff shortage

Toronto is reviewing what it pays city lifeguards after their union said below-standard wages are contributing to an aquatics staff shortage that has canceled lessons for 1,140 swimmers. CUPE Local 79 has, for years, pushed the city to boost pay for lifeguards and swim instructors, given the responsibilities and qualifications demanded, said local president Casey … Read more

Almost half of Canadians report being worse off financially this year: Angus Reid survey

As food and housing costs shoot higher, many Canadians are challenged to make ends meet, new research shows. Nearly half of Canadians said they are struggling to afford household grocery bills and 45 per cent said they are more financially challenged than last year, according to new research from the Angus Reid Institute. One in … Read more

Open letter from health workers

All workers, especially those in low-wage and precarious employment, need 10 permanent paid sick days or their health will suffer, diseases such as COVID-19 will be more likely to spread — and more people will end up in the hospital. That’s the message more than 160 physicians, nurses and other health-care workers are sending to … Read more

Man charged after explosive device set off inside Newmarket mall

York Regional Police have arrested a man after a homemade explosive device was found detonated in a Newmarket mall food court on Wednesday. Police said they have charged 19-year-old Michael Gatdula from Toronto with eight criminal counts, including arson and use of explosives. Officers were called to a food court at a mall near Yonge … Read more

Michelle Rempel Garner cites party turmoil, says she won’t seek Alberta UCP leadership

CALGARY—After weeks of speculation, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner says she will not be throwing her hat into the ring to replace Jason Kenney after all, citing concerns about the “significant level of hurt and uncertainty” in the ranks of Alberta’s governing party. The longtime Calgary politician had been publicly mulling a run at the … Read more

Mirvish theaters lifting mask mandates on Canada Day

Theatergoers take note: masks are coming off at Mirvish Productions locations. Mirvish will end masking requirements in theaters beginning July 1 for audience members. A spokesperson for the company John Karastamatis said theater staff will continue wearing masks and actors will also mask up backstage. “We think it is safe enough now to allow audience … Read more

Fugitive Quebec man identified as victim in Playa del Carmen double murder

A Quebec fugitive has been identified as one of the victims of a double murder in the resort town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico on Monday morning. The man whose throat was cut was Raphael Huppe, journalist Luis Horacio Najera confirmed on Wednesday after speaking to an official source connected to the investigation. Huppe was … Read more