Finland and Sweden on the brink of NATO membership

HELSINKI/BRUSSELS — Against the background of the Russian war in Ukraine, Sweden and Finland are jointly heading for NATO membership. On Wednesday, the Scandinavian countries plan to submit their applications to the intergovernmental military alliance. Russia has underestimated the consequences of the two countries’ possible accession to NATO on Tuesday. “Finland, Sweden and other neutral … Read more

Campbell and Spezza interested in returning to Leafs next season

Pending unrestricted free agents, Jack Campbell and Jason Spezza both expressed a strong desire to return to the Toronto Maple Leafs next season. “I absolutely love being Leaf,” Campbell said Tuesday as the Leafs held their exit rallies and final media availability. Campbell, 30, is coming off a career-best season setting personal bests in wins … Read more

Murder Trial: Video of Two Métis Fighters Being Shot on Alberta Road

EDMONTON – A video of two Métis fighters being shot on a rural road was played in court on Monday as a second-degree murder trial began for the gunman and his father. At the start of the pandemic, in March 2020, Jacob Sansom, 39, and his uncle, Morris Cardinal, 57, were gunned down on a … Read more

Vaughan’s Nicolina Bozzo Eliminated in ‘American Idol’

Aurora-born singer Nicolina Bozzo’s run on the “American Idol” musical competition ended Sunday night. The 19-year-old from Vaughan was one of the final five contestants from Season 20 to take the stage to compete for a spot in the finals next week. Despite being eliminated from “American Idol,” the judges said Bozzo may have a … Read more

David Milgaard, who spent decades behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, dies at age 69

David Milgaard saw that I was a little uneasy when he unexpectedly passed the Toronto Star editorial office in July 1993, dripping wet and half naked. It was a year after he was released from prison – after spending nearly 23 years behind bars as the victim of one of Canada’s most notorious miscarriages of … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reports seven more deaths from COVID-19

Sunday the latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world. This file is updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories when available. 13:45 o’clock Ontario reports seven more deaths related to COVID-19. In data posted Sunday morning, the county says 1,024 people have been hospitalized with the virus, a decrease of 429 … Read more

Leafs’ Stanley Cup drought continues after crushing Game 7 loss

John Tavares could barely make eye contact as he listed his emotions. Austin Matthews’ head was also turned downward, and he spoke in hushed tones and in short sentences. Jason Spezza was spotted on the ice at the end of the game in tears. That is the agony of defeat. And it follows the Maple … Read more

The Leafs and Lightning know how much is at stake in Game 7

“You shouldn’t be afraid to lose.” The fitting, inspirational quote from William Nylander on the Maple Leafs’ morning skates was one of many from Toronto and Tampa as they prepared for the deciding Game 7 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena. Nylander touched on the predominant theme of this series … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: Quebec becomes last province to lift mask health order

Saturday the latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world. This file is updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories when available† 8:05 am Quebec was the first province in Canada to impose a mask mandate after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and on Saturday it became the last province to allow residents … Read more

Students protest Catholic high school dress code in Ottawa

Several hundred students gathered in front of a Catholic high school in Ottawa on Friday to protest the massive enforcement of the dress code the day before. The efforts of the staff of the Béatrice-Desloges high school in Orléans sparked outrage among students, who said the action was unjust and appeared to target female students. … Read more