News/Canada/London

Charter challenge of Canada’s prostitution laws resumes today

April 23, 2019

Closing arguments were underway Tuesday in Kitchener, Ont., in the first test case of whether Canada’s prostitution laws violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A London, Ont.-based escort agency’s lawyers will argue shutting down the business and charging the owners violated employees’ security of the person, a right guaranteed under the charter. The case brings into […]

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Lawyers argue Canada’s prostitution laws violate sex workers’ Charter rights

April 23, 2019

Canada’s prostitution laws are based on ideology and the flawed belief that sex work is inherently exploitative and harmful, lawyers challenging the laws’ constitutionality argued in a Kitchener, Ont., court on Tuesday.  The lawyers, James Lockyer and Jack Gemmell, represent two escort agency owners from London, Ont., who were busted in 2015 and charged with […]

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Court filings demand public accounting of additional crimes attributed to nursing home serial killer

March 11, 2019

Lawyers representing Ontario nursing home patients are demanding police hand over everything they know about two more crimes serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer is alleged to have committed. The 51-year-old former nurse provided information about the crimes last year, while serving a life sentence for murdering eight patients in her care, and trying to harm, or kill six […]

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2nd Elizabeth Wettlaufer crime kept secret during inquiry into her 8 known murders

February 7, 2019

Ontario prosecutors knew serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer had committed a second additional crime against a patient in her care, but appear to have kept it secret from the public and a multimillion-dollar inquiry looking into why the former nurse’s crimes against patients went undetected for so long. CBC News has learned that police determined Wettlaufer used a […]

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Public inquiry knew serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer confessed to more crimes

February 2, 2019

The lead lawyer for the public inquiry into how former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s attacks on patients went undetected for so long, now concedes the inquiry has known for a year that the serial killer made more confessions. Mark Zigler, the inquiry’s lead co-counsel, issued the statement Thursday night after CBC News reported that Wettlaufer made more confessions to […]

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Elizabeth Wettlaufer confessed to attacking a 15th patient. The public was never told

January 31, 2019

At least three Ontario police services were aware that serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer confessed to attacking a fifteenth elderly patient, yet the crime was withheld from the public and was never disclosed during a multi-million-dollar public inquiry looking into Wettlaufer’s crimes and why they went undetected for so long. CBC News has obtained a partially redacted […]

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How giving jobs to stray cats helps keep their numbers in check

December 28, 2018

Here’s a help wanted ad for you: Hard-working, career-oriented cats being sought by the Ontario SPCA for a new program that aims to match unsocialized strays with farms, warehouses and breweries where they can work as mousers. “We’re looking for a cat who doesn’t like the in-house, on-the-lap lifestyle, who’s a little more adventurous,” said Dave Wilson, senior […]

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