Madness, murder and antidepressant drugs

From Alexandre Bissonnette to Stephen Paddock to Nickolas Cruz to many more, the connections are chilling

Madness, murder and antidepressant drugsThe sentencing hearing for Alexandre Bissonnette (the Quebec man who has pleaded guilty to committing mass murder in a mosque) has been disclosing new details each day about what led up to that tragic event in January 2017. Portions of his initial interrogation have been released on video. Be forewarned: it’s disturbing to watch someone speak…

Law Society of Ontario’s unprincipled “Statement of Principles”

The Law Society of Ontario is asking divisive, intrusive and shameful questions of its members. It needs to stop

Law Society of Ontario’s unprincipled “Statement of Principles”Lawyers in Ontario (of which I am one) have until March 31 to file our annual reports for 2017 with the law society. This usually routine procedure has become controversial because we’re now required to tick a box declaring whether we abide by a “Statement of Principles” (which we’re required to draft) incorporating an obligation…

Emails destroyed, justice denied?

What part of ‘Don’t delete government emails’ did these Ontario cops not understand?

Emails destroyed, justice denied?Deleted government emails have been hot news in Ontario since former premier Dalton McGuinty’s aides David Livingston and Laura Miller were charged with deliberately destroying records relating to cancelled gas-fired power plants. Now an unrelated Ontario trial has revealed another alleged incident of deliberately deleted government emails. In late 2015, government employees and police raided…

Breaking down interprovincial trade barriers

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Comeau case this week. The outcome has implications for all Canadians

Breaking down interprovincial trade barriersAs the 150th anniversary year of Canada’s founding draws to a close, a mountain of paperwork is accumulating at the Supreme Court in the case Regina versus Comeau, which is scheduled to be argued on Dec. 6 and 7. Eight provinces and two territories have lined up to fight a New Brunswick court decision that held interprovincial…

More hospitals or more vitamins?

By denying testing for vitamin deficiency, Ontario’s health-care system proves it is penny wise and pound foolish

More hospitals or more vitamins?BELLEVILLE, Ont. Feb. 15, 2017 /Troy Media/ – An acquaintance of mine in his late 70s recently told a group that he had just been hospitalized with pneumonia for five days. The local hospital system, he said, was completely gridlocked, jammed to the rafters with people like him. No rooms were available and patients were in the…

New Brunswick beer ruling farce continues

New Brunswick's contentious liquor import rule is not only unenforceable, it has been dormant for decades

New Brunswick beer ruling farce continuesBELLEVILLE, Ont. May 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ - “The law is still the law,” said New Brunswick Public Safety Minister Stephen Horsman recently. He was commenting on whether police would continue to enforce the province’s prohibition on individuals bringing more than a nominal amount of beer, wine or liquor into New Brunswick from neighbouring provinces. His…

Why did the David and Collet Stephan jurors cry?

Canadian juries are denied the knowledge that they have the power to pass judgment on laws they deem to be unjust

Why did the David and Collet Stephan jurors cry?BELLEVILLE, Ont. May 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It must be a huge relief for the members of a jury when an eight-week trial ends. Even so, it’s not often that half-a-dozen jurors dissolve into tears immediately after their verdict is announced. That’s what happened on April 26 after a Lethbridge, Alta., jury found David and Collet Stephan…

Why politicians go berserk over e-cigarettes

Could it be because they don’t yet get to impose the heavy taxes they do on tobacco?

Why politicians go berserk over e-cigarettes[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/01/why-politicians-go-berserk-over-e-cigarettes/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/e-cigarettes/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]e-cigarettes[/popup] and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/taxes/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]taxes[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO OUT BELLEVILLE, Ont. Jan 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Just mention the phrase “electronic cigarettes” and politicians at every level seem to go berserk. “Holy non-smokes!”,…

Rogue cops assault innocent bystander

Will they be charged?

Rogue cops assault innocent bystanderDownload this column on rogue cops Terms and Conditions of use TORONTO OUT BELLEVILLE, Ont. Nov. 17, 2015/ Troy Media/ — Which is worse: police officers who don’t know the law, or rogue cops who know the law but deliberately ignore it or even mock it? That question has been on my mind since I saw the video…

Ontario’s bully tactics rubbing milk farmer raw

The government's harassment of Michael Schmidt backfires as an increasing number of people turning to raw milk

Ontario’s bully tactics rubbing milk farmer rawDownload this column on raw milk for your publication or website. FREE to subscribers. Join Us SUN MEDIA MARKETS OUT BELLEVILLE, ON Oct 14, 2015/ Troy Media/ - On Friday, October 2, 20 or so investigators from various Ontario government departments, accompanied by six armed police officers, raided Glencolton Farms, the co-operative farm in Grey…