Jacques Gallant, TorontoStar

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Recent articles by Jacques:

‘Tragically inadequate’: How Ottawa’s decision on decriminalizing drug use in Toronto and other cities may only make things worse

Health Canada is weighing exemption requests from Vancouver, the B.C. government and Toronto to decriminalize drug possession in those jurisdictions. → Read More

When is mental illness untreatable? An expert panel says there are no ‘fixed rules’ for that

The question of how a doctor determines that a person’s mental illness is incurable is at the heart of a report released Friday by an expert panel on medical assistance in dying. → Read More

Ottawa set to implement new rules on sale or transfer of non-restricted firearms

Individuals and businesses will have to confirm the recipient’s identity and the validity of their license before transferring a gun. → Read More

Canada’s new blood donor policy still excludes many gay and bisexual men, critics say

The new rules prohibit all individuals — regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — from donating if they’ve had anal sex with a new or multiple partners in the last three months. → Read More

Could abortion be criminalized in Canada?

The United States Supreme Court appears set to overturn its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which found a woman has a constitutional right to choose to have an abortion. → Read More

‘These people are serious national security threats.’ Why is it so hard for Canada’s military to root out white supremacists?

The problem of extremists in the Canadian Armed Forces is growing at an “alarming rate,” according to a recent report, but critics say Ottawa has failed to deliver a concrete action plan. → Read More

Health Canada lifts ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men

The new policy will screen all donors, regardless of gender or sexuality, for “high-risk sexual behaviours.” → Read More

Military ‘poorly implemented, discarded’ 20 years of recommendations on racism, discrimination: advisory panel

“It is quite clear that the defence team knows how to move quickly in the right direction, if it has the will,” says the final report. → Read More

Is Ottawa finally ready to decriminalize drug use — or ‘more worried about losing votes than saving lives?’

As thousands of Canadians continue to die each year from drug overdoses, Parliament is turning attention this year to two pieces of legislation that attempt to tackle the problem. → Read More

Ottawa’s delayed LGBTQ action plan coming ‘later this year,’ minister says

The federal government has blown past its own promised deadline to complete the country’s first LGBTQ2S+ action plan, but the minister overseeing it says it will be delivered “later this year.” → Read More

Canada to increase defence spending by $8B, but that’s less than what NATO wants

The proposed increase in the federal budget would get Canada’s defence spending up to 1.5 per cent of GDP, said a senior government official, below the NATO target of two per cent. → Read More

Could Canada’s Arctic defence line detect a rocket from Russia? Not anymore, critics say

Defence Minister Anita Anand has said she will present a “robust package” of reforms to modernize the North American Aerospace Defense Command in a joint effort with the United States. → Read More

Retired Gen. Jonathan Vance pleads guilty to obstruction of justice

The retired general, who served as Canada’s chief of the defence staff from 2015 to early 2021, was charged last year as part of a probe into alleged inappropriate conduct by the military police. → Read More

Ottawa attaches five conditions to any boost in health-care funding for provinces

The premiers have been demanding $28 billion — which they say would cover 35 per cent of health care spending, up from the current 22 per cent — without strings attached. → Read More

Too white and too male, Canadian Armed Forces are rethinking recruiting as staffing slides, senior officers say

“Culture change is a ‘must have,’ rather than a ‘nice to have,’ and not only for our current, but also for our future defence team members.” → Read More

Liberal-NDP dental plan would benefit millions of Canadians

The program was the centrepiece of an agreement announced Tuesday by the Liberals and NDP, that will see the former stay in power as a minority government until 2025 with support from the latter. → Read More

With no more to donate, Canada goes weapon shopping for Ukraine

The federal government is looking to the private sector for help sending weapons to Ukraine, and is preparing to hit Russia with more sanctions, said Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly. → Read More

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed Canada to think about Arctic security

After decades of under-investments and a lack of sustained attention by successive governments in Ottawa, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has now thrust the issue of Canadian Arctic sovereignty and security into sharper focus. → Read More

Don’t forget China during Russian invasion of Ukraine, Canada’s defence minister warns

Stating that Europe is “not the only fault line” in global security amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Defence Minister Anita Anand has her sights on China as the Canadian military looks to increase operations in the Pacific. → Read More

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shows that Canada’s military needs to be prepared, top general says

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is leading to concerns about the vulnerability of Canada’s far north and world events are accelerating the need to rebuild the nation’s military, the chief of the defence staff said. → Read More