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Bill 52 Won't Protect Past Whistleblowers Like Me

Philip Demers | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Philip Demers

Marineland has launched lawsuits targeting myself, former orca trainer Christine Santos and animal care supervisor Jim Hammond. My latest round of legal bills totaled more than I will earn in this year -- $100,000. Our lawsuits are shining examples of the urgent need for the anti-SLAPP legislation that is Bill 52: Protection of Public Participation Act. It is unbearable to think that this historic piece of legislation -- as it is currently written -- will not apply to the very people who have largely inspired it. Why is the province turning its back on us and leaving us behind? Where is the procedural fairness for those of us who are already proceeding with unfair cases before the courts in Ontario?

Stephen Harper's Conservatives Have Made Veterans a Priority

Erin OToole | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Erin OToole

Most veterans joined the Forces between the ages of 18 and 22 and serve a large portion of their adult lives in uniform. When they leave the military, they are leaving behind comrades who continue to serve Canada, so it is a priority for them to see that the military has the equipment and support it needs. Probably the largest reason why many veterans support the Conservative Party is because they have seen both the equipment and morale improve dramatically under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The last Liberal government hollowed out the military during the "Decade of Darkness." From used submarines to the dated green uniforms for Afghanistan, the Liberals did not make a properly equipped military a priority.

This Is What Filipino Food Is All About

Les Sabilano | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Living
Les Sabilano

Filipino food is uncharted territory for a lot of people but I assure you there is a world of flavour to discover and you are going to be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Imagine a native Malay cook with a Chinese roommate being taught by a Spanish Chef with a love affair for everything American..

Pulitzer Winner Quits Toronto Star Over Story About Feds Silencing Experts

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Politics

Paul Watson says he quit after he was repeatedly told to back off from reporting a story of "significant public interest.”

Why I Resigned From the Toronto Star

Paul Watson | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Paul Watson

A quarrel over the search for two ships that sank in the middle of the 19th century probably doesn't strike people as the best reason to turn your back on a six-figure salary and walk the plank. To understand why, you only need to know this: I've lost track of the times I was nearly killed because I knew I had to give a bigger voice to frightened, intimidated people who couldn't stand up to power on their own. That is the core of the story I've returned to after breaking free yesterday from a six-week reporting ban imposed by Toronto Star editors.

WATCH: Superman's Surprising Canadian Ties

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada

Superman may stand for truth, justice and the American way but the Man of Steel has some Canadian ties you may not know about. June 12 marks Superm...

Exposing a Doctor's Every Mistake Won't Help the Public

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Contrary to the insinuation that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is out to protect doctors and keep the public in the dark, they are, in actual fact, out to protect the interests of the public first and foremost. Is the general public, with their lack of medical training and limited knowledge of how the health profession works, really in a position to sift through and understand medical information better than the trained doctors and highly-skilled and trained health professionals who have been appointed to investigate these matters?

Toronto Star Sets Date For Paywall's Death

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Business

The Toronto Star is knocking down its digital paywall on April 1, according to a note posted on the newspaper's website. In a note to readers publ...

Toronto Star Publisher: HPV Vaccine Story Pulled

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living

The Toronto Star will pull a controversial article on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine from its website, a little more than two weeks after the ...

B.C. Clinical Trials Oversight Shows Need For Health Sheriffs

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Until Health Canada chooses to honour its commitment to the auditor general, the FDA and OHRP may be the only health sheriffs in town.

This Canadian Newspaper Is Removing Its Paywall

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) says it plans to tear down the digital paywall at the country's largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, as it focuses ...

Hearing Q's Theme Music Now Makes My Heart Sink

Nicholas Barber | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Music
Nicholas Barber

I'm angry, and disappointed, and disgusted. But mostly I'm just unbelievably sad. Hearing that familiar Q theme music on Monday morning made my heart sink.

What Kind Of Woman Won't Report Sexual Assault?

Sandy Garossino | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

As a former Crown prosecutor who's run many sexual assault trials, I'm not at all surprised that none of these young women reported their experiences (if they are true). Most members of the public, until they're in the situation themselves, don't understand the reluctance of women to report, and what they'll face if they do.

Toronto Star Report Sparks Discussion On Intimidation Faced By Women

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living

The conversation about victim blaming and intimidation has taken over social media in Canada this morning, as people across the country discuss the im...

Toronto Star's Canada Day Edition Newspaper Was Inspiring

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

To those who may have given up on the wisdom of newspapers to be agents of change for good in Canada and the world, please read Toronto Star's Canada ...

Why Toronto Star Reporters' Names Have Disappeared From Stories

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Business

What’s an online journalist worth? According to management at The Toronto Star, about 60 per cent as much as a print journalist. Reporters at...

Don't Take Away the Joy of Cigarettes From the Mentally Ill

Marvin Ross | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Patients in hospital are often receiving drug therapy and having the proper dose of medications that are optimally effective with minimal side effects determined. They are not allowed to smoke and then they are discharged and resume smoking at the same level as before hospitalization. As Dr O'Reilly pointed out, "the resumption of smoking can interfere with the effectiveness of their antipsychotic medication dose."

The Toronto Star Rejected This Cartoon On Quebec

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Politics

The Toronto Star rejected this cartoon on Canada without Quebec. Today's Rejected @TorontoStar Cartoon: "Canada" #qcpoli #unpublished pic...

Ontario Can Be a Mean Place if You Have a Mental Illness

Marvin Ross | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Ontario's record in improving services for those with mental illness and, in particular, those with the most serious of illnesses is totally reprehensible. And no amount of government committees can change any of that if all they do is meet, listen and ignore.

Toronto Star To Ford: Thanks For The Help

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The Toronto Star's coverage of scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford helped stabilize profits at parent company Torstar Corp. in the fourth quarter...

Now For Some Laughs, Courtesy of John Tory's Non-Campaign

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

Gee's little absurdist play exposes the basic weaknesses of John Tory, as a political leader. In his effort to be a nice guy and everyone's friend, Tory has failed to take a firm and unequivocal stand on any of the important issues, affecting the city of Toronto, ie subways vs. LRT, the dismantling of part of the Gardiner Expressway, and the proposed Porter Air expansion.

Reality Check, Toronto Star: Israeli Checkpoints Save Lives

Mike Fegelman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

Since the Second Intifada in 2,000, 1,227 Israelis have been killed in terror attacks and 8,549 have been injured. Additionally, the Shin Bet claims to have been able to prevent 190 terror attacks in 2013, 40 which were carried out by terrorists freed under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, including 16 suicide attacks, as opposed to 112 in 2012.

Ford Nation Is Stronger Than Ever and Ford Is Unstoppable

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

I have followed Ford for over 13 years, especially when he was an obscure Etobicoke councilman. The guy has a big heart. He cares about his constituents. So when the ice storm struck, Ford naturally helped out on a daily basis. I predict that the 2014 Toronto Mayoral campaign is over. Ford is unstoppable.

Watching the Watchdog: Long Walk of Prisoner #46664

Tim Knight | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

This day in Dublin, Mandela shakes my hand. It's a most peculiar moment. I look into his eyes, he looks into mine, and somehow I know I'm in the presence of sheer, bloody greatness. Not because of what he's done or had done to him, but simply because of who he is.

Ford Nation Comes Out To Help

CBC | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Politics

Someone is looking to raise $50,000 to help Toronto Mayor Rob Ford pay his legal bills. A campaign on the crowd funding website Indiegogo alleges t...