Staff meeting reveals National Gallery in turmoil

The debate within The National Gallery, pictured on Jan. 17, hinges on its efforts to cultivate more diversity in its staff.Blair Gable/Blair Gable Photography An all-staff meeting at the National Gallery of Canada this week provided a glimpse of a public institution in upheaval, with staffers asking pointed questions about a $300,000-a-year contract for an … Read more

Politics Briefing: Trudeau wants Amira Elghawaby to clarify remarks about Quebeckers

Hello, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expects the newly appointed special representative to fight against Islamophobia to clarify remarks she has made about Quebeckers and the issue. Heading into a Liberal caucus meeting on Friday, Mr. Trudeau said he did not agree with the remarks of human rights activist Amira Elghawaby and he expected them to … Read more

Toronto condo owners slapped with big special fees

234 Albion Rd., Toronto. In Ontario, condo boards are not required to hold a referendum or even a public meeting on special assessments.Zillow Condo owners at two Toronto buildings have been hit by demands for huge sums of money above their regular fees, something industry insiders say may become a wider problem even among newer … Read more

Police identify suspect in alleged unprovoked attack that left a Toronto woman dead

Police tape blocks off a street in Toronto on Feb. 14, 2017.Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press Toronto police have released the identity of the man they believe is responsible for the death of a woman after an alleged unprovoked attack Friday morning in the city’s downtown core. Ryan Cunnen, 37, of Toronto, has been charged with … Read more

Brothers behind B.C. bank shootout sought to kill as many officers as possible, police say

Local police and RCMP officers respond to gunfire involving multiple people and injuries reported at the Bank of Montreal during a hostage situation in Saanich, B.C., on June 28, 2022.CHAD HIPOLITO/The Canadian Press Police say two brothers they killed last year in a daytime shootout held a Victoria-area bank hostage only to draw out officers … Read more

Ottawa signals ‘significant progress’ with premiers on 10-year health care funding deal

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says Ottawa and the provinces and territories have made “significant progress” on a multi-billion dollar health care funding deal and he’s optimistic an agreement can be unveiled at the first ministers meeting within weeks. “We are confident we are going to get to a good place. I am personally very … Read more

Ottawa prepared to use ‘aggressive measures’ to reduce immigration backlog, policy memo reveals

There were more than two million immigration applications to be processed by the IRCC as of late last year, including from those seeking work and study permits, along with those who applied for permanent residence.CARLOS OSORIO/Reuters The federal government is considering extraordinary measures to reduce its backlog of immigration applications, including waiving eligibility requirements for … Read more

Ontario to boost surgeries at private clinics, asserts change won’t affect public health care system

A senior Progressive Conservative government source told The Globe and Mail the province will increase the number of surgeries and procedures being done at the province’s existing private clinics, using only existing staff.Chris Young/The Canadian Press Ontario will immediately ramp up the number of surgeries done at private health care clinics while assuring critics that … Read more

The danger of downtown decline

A pedestrian waits to cross the intersection of Front St. West at Bay St. near Union Station, on Jan 11.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail The Globe and Mail Centre on King Street East commands magnificent views of Toronto’s downtown. Soaring towers scrape the sky to the west. Construction cranes work busily on building more. Cars … Read more

Ford government poised to announce potential boost for private health clinics

Premier Doug Ford has said that operations such as knee replacements, hip replacements and cataract surgeries are ‘no-brainers’ that are backlogging hospitals and could be done at other facilities.Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press The Ontario government is poised to announce long-awaited details on plans to potentially use more private health clinics, where it hopes to ramp … Read more