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Court hearing Ontario students' fight over opt-out of supplementary fees

A lawyer for Ontario students says a government change to how students pay certain fees threatens the autonomy of the province's colleges and universities.

No-sex marriage ends in rare annulment but not due to simple refusal

A Waterloo couple has had their marriage annulled after the husband claimed his wife refused to have sex because she had 'incapacitating anxiety' about having sexual intercourse.

Canada Post racking up close to $1M a year in parking fines, data show

Canada Post is racking up close to $1 million annually in parking tickets as drivers struggle to navigate increasingly congested city streets, data show.

U.S. military court appoints panel to hear Omar Khadr's war-crimes appeal

A U.S. military court has appointed three judges to hear Omar Khadr appeal his war-crimes convictions, signalling a possible end to a years-long delay in the Canadian's quest to clear his name.

Toronto anti-noise blitz a flop

A crackdown on excessive vehicle noise announced by Toronto's mayor and police in July appears to have done little beyond nabbing scores of motorists in too much of a hurry.

Dental hygienist called 'sexual abuser' for treating his wife loses bid to have punishment overturned

A dental hygienist branded as a sexual abuser and stripped of his licence because he treated his wife has lost his bid to have the punishment overturned.

Security screening at Toronto police HQ justified, Appeal Court rules

The threat of an attack on police headquarters in Toronto justifies the security screening of everyone entering the building, including people attending police service board meetings, Ontario's top court ruled on Thursday.

Editor of Your Ward News gets 1 year in jail for promoting hatred

The editor of a hate-filled, Toronto-based publication has been jailed for one year. A judge sentenced James Sears after denying his bid to reopen the trial.

Loblaws off the hook for Rana Plaza disaster; Bangladeshi lawsuit fails

One of the country's largest retailers is finally off the hook for the devastating collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh six years ago. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear a group of Bangladeshi victims and relatives who wanted to sue Loblaws.

Major reforms of Ontario's class-action law needed, new report says

The law governing class-action lawsuits in Ontario needs far-reaching reforms to ensure they are a fair, efficient and effective way for plaintiffs to get justice, a report released on Wednesday concludes.

Toronto taking steps to curb noise pollution; extra loud vehicles targeted

Toronto police have begun tackling noise pollution from those cars and motorcycles whose deafening roars are not only annoying, but, according to science, potentially harmful.

Ontario to appeal court's ruling upholding federal carbon-pricing law

The federal government's carbon charge is constitutionally sound, says Ontario's top court, with the five-judge panel rejecting a challenge from Premier Doug Ford's government to the validity of the carbon-pricing law.

Ottawa wins last-ditch reprieve for law allowing inmate segregation

Prisoner isolation, declared unconstitutional 18 months ago, will remain legal for now after Canada's top court granted Ottawa's urgent request to allow the current law to stay in force for the time being.

Canadian drug makers hit with $1.1B lawsuit for promoting opioids despite risks

Canadian drug makers are facing a $1.1-billion lawsuit for their role in the opioid crisis. A proposed class action filed Wednesday accuses almost two dozen companies of enriching themselves at the expense of vulnerable patients.

Anger at early hours Amber Alert on cellphones shows education needed, experts say

Anger at cellphone Amber Alerts that rouse people from their sleep is misplaced and shows the need for more public education, observers said on Tuesday.