Leisja Melnyk

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Globe editorial: Ontario’s sickening mistreatment of Adam Capay

<i>The Liberal government moved Monday to limit solitary confinement. This is one of our earlier editorials on Adam Capay.</i><p>Learn the name of Adam Capay. He is the living symbol of everything that is wrong with Canada's prisons, its justice system and its treatment of indigenous people.<p>Mr. Capay, 23, …

The Senate should back down on assisted-death amendment

And so it's back to the Senate. On Thursday, the House of Commons rejected the Senate's attempt to remove a controversial clause from Bill C-14 that says patients qualifying for assisted death must be close to the end of their lives. The Senate should now back down and vote the bill into law as is. …

Saskatchewan firefighters want more help getting treatment for PTSD

REGINA -- Saskatchewan firefighters are asking the provincial government to make it easier for them to get treatment for post-traumatic stress …

Trudeau bridges gap between DND and Veterans Affairs with Hehr's joint appointment

The long-standing bureaucratic gap between the Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs may have finally been closed with the Liberal …

11-year-old gives birth in Paraguay after government blocked abortion

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- An 11-year-old girl who was denied an abortion after being raped gave birth Thursday, the culmination of a case that put a …

Healthy nurse’s decision to end her life with lethal injection revives heated assisted suicide debate in U.K.

A healthy retired British nurse who had worked with the elderly has ended her life in a Swiss clinic because she was afraid of getting old and being …

Assisted Suicide

Watchdog reports some progress on veterans' issue

OTTAWA -- An analysis of whether the Conservative government is living up to its promises to improve the delivery of benefits for veterans suggests …

Mediterranean deflating dinghy rescue caught on camera

CATANIA, Italy -- Young men piled over each other, some shimmying up ropes dangling from the towering rescue ship and others falling into the …

Mandatory minimum drug sentence case in front of SCC

OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear another case involving a mandatory minimum sentence, a hallmark of the Harper government's …

Increasingly popular synthetic drug, flakka, behind bizarre crimes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- One man ran naked through a Florida neighbourhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god …

Secret Service chief denies reports agents crashed car at White House

WASHINGTON -- The new director of the U.S. Secret Service went on the offensive Thursday in Congress, disputing characterizations in news reports …

Government to unveil new initiatives for veterans, caregivers Tuesday

The Harper Government is taking more steps to heal wounds with Canada’s veterans by unveiling two new benefits, CTV News has learned.<p>Tomorrow, using …

Overdoses prompt emergency on reserve: 'Our people are dying'

A First Nations reserve in southern Alberta has declared a local state of emergency following a surge in overdose deaths from a street drug making …

Wounded vets and amputees told to verify condition, needs every 3 years

OTTAWA -- A wounded soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan will have to verify his condition and the kind of support needed, including his …

Vince Li, who beheaded bus passenger, gets unsupervised passes to Winnipeg

Vince Li, the man who beheaded a fellow Greyhound bus passenger in 2008, has been granted unescorted outings to Winnipeg.<p>In a decision released …

Mental Health

Fix bill giving wounded troops jobs priority, watchdogs say

OTTAWA -- The military's watchdog urged the Senate on Wednesday to fix a bill intended to give wounded ex-soldiers first crack at federal civil …

Assisted-death ruling could shift voter loyalty in federal election: MacKay

VANCOUVER -- Personal circumstances colour individual views on whether people should have a legal right to a doctor-assisted death, and that deeply …

Veteran tired of government making him prove he lost his legs

Retired Master Cpl. Paul Franklin, who lost both legs in in Afghanistan, says every year he has to prove to Veterans Affairs that he still has no …

SCC assisted suicide ruling: What's at stake

The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule Friday, on whether Canadians with terminal illnesses or unbearable suffering should have the right to seek …

Military Wife and Mother Slashes Children's Throats to 'Keep House Quiet' for Husband

A mother in Washington state told police she slashed her three young children’s throats because she knew that if she killed them, the house would be …

Opposition concerned about Tory plan to keep some in jail for life, without parole

OTTAWA -- The government's long-promised plan to lock up some criminals and throw away the key will only make prisons more dangerous, opposition MPs …

N.L. residential schools class action moves to mediation

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Lawyers who filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of former students of residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador say …

A hidden problem: Shedding light on male eating disorders

Eating disorders are commonly associated with women, but research is shedding light on men's struggles with disorders including binge eating, bulimia …

Whole genome sequencing reveals, 'each child with autism is like a snowflake'

Results of the largest autism study to use whole genome sequencing suggest that no two autism cases are the same, even if they come from the same …

Pre-trial hearing begins in Loretta Saunders homicide case

HALIFAX -- Lawyers began a pre-trial hearing Monday to determine the admissibility of evidence and to hear arguments on whether one of the two people …

Former SCC justice writing report on military sexual misconduct claims

OTTAWA - An external review by a former Supreme Court of Canada justice into allegations of sexual misconduct in the military has been completed.<p>A …

Federal government sued over use of solitary confinement

VANCOUVER -- There were times when Lee Chapelle considered running headfirst into his cell wall to knock himself unconscious, just to escape his own …

Two California High School Teachers Arrested for Hosting Boozy Beach Sex Parties with Students

Two California teachers have been arrested on suspicion of having sex with students during two beach trips.<p>Melody Lippert and Michelle Ghirelli, both …