Brendan Kennedy, TorontoStar

Brendan Kennedy


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Brendan:

First Nation finds 751 unmarked graves on site of former Saskatchewan residential school

The discovery in Saskatchewan comes less than a month after the remains of as many as 215 children were found in unmarked graves at the site of a form... → Read More

After discovery of 215 children’s remains in Canada, U.S. to investigate sites at former Indigenous boarding schools

Citing the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., U.S. Secretary of the Interio... → Read More

Now that Ontario has committed $10M to find residential school burial sites, what happens next?

As governments and Indigenous leaders across the country grapple with how to respond to last month’s discovery of the remains of 215 children in Kamlo... → Read More

This fight over compensation for First Nation kids has been raging for 14 years. On Monday it’s back in court — amid calls for Canada to ‘just do the right thing’

The Trudeau government wants to overturn a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordering compensation to First Nations children for harms th... → Read More

They have one of the highest COVID vaccination rates in the world. How First Nation campaigns became a success story

As of this week almost 80 per cent of adults living on First Nation reserves have gotten at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. If they treated as th... → Read More

Roberto Alomar responds to Toronto Star investigation, says he will ‘not engage in a trial by media’

Former Blue Jays great, already permanently banned by Major League Baseball, is facing new sexual misconduct allegations → Read More

Blue Jays investigating new allegations against Roberto Alomar

Former Ryerson student says that when she was 18 and volunteering at a kids’ baseball camp run by the Jays, Roberto Alomar pressed his body against he... → Read More

Demonstrators are marching down Yonge St. in rally for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell to her death last year in presence of police

The 29-year-old’s death set off protest across Canada. → Read More

‘We’re just crushed’: Toronto Zoo loses second endangered tiger cub

One Amur tiger cub remains after second cub dies at Toronto Zoo. → Read More

‘Follow the money’: New report explores pathways to reparations for Indigenous people

“Cash Back,” a new report by the Yellowhead Institute, details how the dispossession of Indigenous land laid the foundation for Canada’s “ongoing fisc... → Read More

Toronto announces program to help uninsured get COVID-19 vaccines, but advocates say barriers remain

The vaccine is supposed to be free and accessible for any resident, regardless of immigration status or health coverage. But people without OHIP are c... → Read More

Urban Indigenous in Ontario are now eligible for quicker second jabs

The policy change comes after the Star reported on research by Dr. Janet Smylie that showed that Indigenous people in Toronto had been hospitalized wi... → Read More

People with disabilities face confusion and other barriers to getting COVID-19 vaccines. A task force is working to change that

“A successful immunization campaign needs to meet residents where they’re at, and it needs to be tailored to every resident’s local circumstance,” sai... → Read More

‘This makes a big difference’: Province expands vaccine eligibility to child-care workers

The announcement that child-care workers will be able to book COVID-19 vaccines comes nearly three weeks after the province expanded eligibility to in... → Read More

Indigenous people in Toronto have much higher rates of COVID hospitalization than general population, new data shows

Dr. Janet Smylie, a family doctor and leading Indigenous health researcher, is calling for Indigenous people in Toronto to be given their second vacci... → Read More

‘People were in tears’: Jubilation among child care advocates turns to focus on the work ahead

Child-care advocates are rejoicing that Monday’s federal budget includes an unprecedented $30 billion to go towards building a national, $10-a-day chi... → Read More

Canada’s billionaires have grown richer during the pandemic, and calls for a wealth tax are getting louder

Monday’s federal budget is not expected to include anything resembling a wealth tax, but proponents of tax reforms targeting the rich certainly feel m... → Read More

Province accused of violating Charter with inequitable vaccine rollout

Citing the disparity in vaccination rates between Toronto’s rich and poor neighbourhoods, lawyer David Baker said the province “knew what had to be do... → Read More

‘It’s a punch in the gut’: Lack of priority in the vaccine rollout frustrates people with developmental disabilities and their families

People with intellectual or developmental disabilities are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase Two of Ontario’s three-phased rollout, bu... → Read More

Child-care workers in hot spots say they should be vaccinated alongside teachers

Early childhood educators are only eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine if they work in a school with school-aged children. → Read More