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Toronto homicide detective resigns after admitting to stealing opioids from evidence locker. OPP investigating impact on cases

A Toronto police homicide detective has resigned after admitting he stole opioids from his force’s drug evidence lockers, the Star has learned — spurring an external review by the Ontario Provincial Police and potentially impacting criminal prosecutions. Former detective Paul Worden — a 32-year veteran… Read More »Toronto homicide detective resigns after admitting to stealing opioids from evidence locker. OPP investigating impact on cases

The RCMP now has a ‘cultural humility’ training course. We asked four experts to review it for us

A mandatory online training course called “Cultural Awareness and Humility” that was rolled out last fall for all RCMP members and touted by the commissioner as an example of the force’s efforts to modernize misses the mark on many levels, according to experts who have… Read More »The RCMP now has a ‘cultural humility’ training course. We asked four experts to review it for us

Selling your wedding date: How some Toronto couples are trying to recoup thousands of dollars in sunk costs thanks to COVID-19

When Celina Aguirre and Alan Cuthbert cancelled their wedding in early 2021, they had already rebooked their May 30, 2020 celebration for Sept. 11 of this year. About 50 of their guests would have been arriving from Mexico, including Aguirre’s mother. The couple had already… Read More »Selling your wedding date: How some Toronto couples are trying to recoup thousands of dollars in sunk costs thanks to COVID-19

The pandemic has taken a toll on mental health in Canada. Will it also change mental health care?

How has the pandemic hurt the psyche of Canadians? It’s a question that nagged at Michael Cooper since Canada’s first COVID-19 cases were identified. Sitting on a call with his colleagues at Mental Health Research Canada on March 10, Cooper discussed how the pandemic had… Read More »The pandemic has taken a toll on mental health in Canada. Will it also change mental health care?

Mental illness is on the rise due to COVID-19. Could psychedelic drugs be the ‘game changer’?

Thomas Hartle is a 52-year-old IT technician from Saskatoon who doesn’t smoke, rarely drinks and never dabbled in drugs before trying medicinal cannabis. As part of his profession, the soft-spoken, detail-oriented father of two typically spends much of his time planning and researching. But these… Read More »Mental illness is on the rise due to COVID-19. Could psychedelic drugs be the ‘game changer’?

Justin Trudeau promised action ‘very soon’ to tackle systemic racism. Seven weeks later, where is it?

OTTAWA—It has been seven weeks since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised action “very soon” to address systemic racism in Canadian policing and other institutions. For Matthew Green, an NDP MP and member of the cross-party Parliamentary Black Caucus, “very soon” is now long past due… Read More »Justin Trudeau promised action ‘very soon’ to tackle systemic racism. Seven weeks later, where is it?