World Trade Organization deal to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible to low-income countries remains pending

The fate of a controversial attempt to make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible to countries in the South remained uncertain, as deliberations at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva continued into the early hours of Friday. As originally proposed, a waiver would have given vaccine makers the freedom to produce doses of proven COVID-19 vaccines … Read more

“Vicious” murder or self-defense? Murder trial of 14-year-old Brampton boy concludes

A Brampton jury knows who killed 14-year-old Riley Driver-Martin. But was it murder? According to the Crown, two twin drug dealers deliberately lured the boy into a “vicious murder” on a catwalk near his Clarkson-area home. Driver-Martin had just taken in twins Nicholas and Mark Mahabir with his grandparents earlier on the night of December … Read more

Regular ActiveTO road closures set to end, city report says

This is the end of ActiveTO as we know it. The council on Wednesday signaled its support for a proposal by city staff to hold the pandemic-era road closure program only on a limited basis from now on, instead of the usual occurrence of the weekend than it was earlier in COVID-19. During the debate … Read more

Weakness of Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Regime

VANCOUVER — Canada’s federal anti-money laundering regime is ineffective, according to a new report commissioned by British Columbia that blames much of the blame for the province’s infestation of illicit funds on the federal government and to its agencies. Released on Wednesday, the three-year Cullen Commission report says federal agencies have been unable to stop … Read more

Hail and severe thunderstorm warning issued for Toronto

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for parts of Ontario, including Toronto and York, Durham and Peel regions. Environment Canada is monitoring a severe thunderstorm capable of producing up to nickel-sized hail and issued a warning for Toronto at 10:22 a.m. Wednesday. The weather agency says the line of severe thunderstorms is moving southeast at … Read more

Regular ActiveTO road closures set to end, city report says

ActiveTO’s popular closures on Lake Shore Boulevard West are causing major traffic delays and interfering with other special events, and should only be allowed in a limited way. That’s the recommendation of a long-awaited report from city staff on the pandemic-era street closure program released Wednesday morning. The report, which will be discussed at the … Read more

Racist conspiracy theory of the Great Replacement in Canada

Timothy Caulfield has spent the pandemic battling science and lies. The course of COVID-19 has seen more Canadians enter the realm of conspiracy theories and that has kept the misinformation expert busy. So busy, he says, that he felt he didn’t really have time to delve into one particular conspiracy theory that was gaining traction: … Read more

Plan to deport UK asylum seekers to Rwanda canceled after last-minute decision

LONDON — The plane that was supposed to take migrants to Rwanda will not leave the United Kingdom as planned after last-minute interventions by the European Court of Human Rights. Government sources confirmed to the PA Media news agency that all the migrants had been removed from the plane, which was due to take off … Read more

The police chief should apologize to the black community

Toronto Police Chief James Ramer is expected to apologize to members of the black community on Wednesday, the same day the force is expected to release never-before-seen racial statistics on use of force and strip searches, it has learned the star. Multiple sources tell the Star that Ramer – who is due to speak to … Read more

Who will replace Jason Kenney? Here’s who’s in – and rumored

EDMONTON — The list of candidates hoping to take the reins of the United Conservative Party of Alberta — and the keys to the premier’s office — is growing rapidly. Jason Kenney’s decision to step down after receiving just 51.4% support in his party’s leadership review last month has opened the doors for leadership candidates … Read more