Brendan Kennedy, TorontoStar

Brendan Kennedy

TorontoStar

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent:
  • TorontoStar
Past:
  • The Standard
  • Hamilton Spectator
  • WR Record
  • The Mississauga News

Recent articles by Brendan:

Canada’s use of criminal jails for immigration detainees violates Charter, lawsuit alleges

Potential class-action launched against the federal government on behalf of two former detainees who suffered from post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression as a result of their detention. → Read More

Ford government ‘isn’t even trying’: Dream of fully accessible Ontario by 2025 out of reach, disability advocates say

With the fate of Ontario’s accessibility law at stake, next month’s election is being called the “most pivotal” for the province’s 2.6 million people with disabilities. → Read More

‘It’s not poverty, it’s destitution’: Advocates plead for increase to disability support payments

“I am constantly made to feel like a second-class citizen,” said Michael Iacovone, a 32-year-old university student with spina bifida. → Read More

Ontario’s ‘secrecy’ when closing youth jails hurt Indigenous teens, ombud finds

Plans to abruptly shutter youth jails in 2021 were “shrouded in secrecy,” writes provincial Ombudsman Paul Dubé in a 60-page report, released Tuesday. → Read More

Why did Durham’s school board remove this Indigenous children’s book from its libraries?

The Durham District School Board recently pulled several books from its libraries, including “The Great Bear” by David A. Robertson, an award-winning Indigenous author. → Read More

Child-care deal for Ontario ‘happy news’ for families, but will there be enough spots?

Advocates, analysts applaud the deal but are skeptical that spaces can meet demand, and that promised wage increases can attract enough workers. → Read More

Supreme Court hearing to put ‘mass’ Indigenous incarceration in the spotlight

Advocates say if case is upheld it could help reduce the number of Indigenous people behind bars. → Read More

COVID-19 is ‘raging’ up north, as several First Nations communities fight their toughest battles of the pandemic

“There is the sense that the south is putting the pandemic behind them, but for us the pandemic is not over,” says doctor in Sioux Lookout health authority. → Read More

With deadline looming, why hasn’t Ontario signed a child-care deal yet?

With the end of the fiscal year looming — which could mean losing this year’s funds — and parents in other provinces already seeing reduced fees, the clock is ticking for Ford’s government. → Read More

‘It feels like people don’t see my life as worthy of protecting’

As Ontario lifts pandemic restrictions, immunocompromised and other vulnerable people feel left out of the party. → Read More

What role did Ukraine’s desire to join NATO play in Putin’s decision to invade the country?

Russia sees NATO as an existential threat, as its membership has expanded eastward and now includes several former Soviet countries. → Read More

Does China support the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

The Chinese government has criticized sanctions against Russia, and said it ‘understands Russia’s legitimate security concerns‘ regarding NATO. → Read More

Nurses to get $5,000 bonus, union says

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health would not confirm the government had agreed to the bonus. → Read More

Slaight Family Foundation donates $15 million to charities supporting women and girls

The foundation’s grants will help fund programs with a particular focus on Indigenous, Black, refugee and immigrant women. → Read More

Toronto health workers say they’re exhausted, frustrated and demoralized by threat of ‘hateful’ protests

“How did we get to a place where a health worker has to fear for their safety just while they’re going to work?” asked palliative care physician Dr. Naheed Dosani. → Read More

Cash-for-coyotes hunting contest deemed legal, but animal rights groups say Ontario ignoring its own laws

Chesher’s Outdoor Store in Belleville awards cash and merchandise prizes to hunters who kill the heaviest coyotes. Provincial laws ban the incentivized killing of animals. → Read More

Ontario’s Omicron death toll on the rise and getting worse

Mounting fatalities come as province grapples with highest number of COVID hospitalizations, rising long-term-care outbreaks and crushing staff shortages. → Read More

Calls grow for return to 10-day isolation period for COVID-19

“There was no scientific or medical reason to shorten the isolation period to five days,” said Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, a family doctor in Ottawa. → Read More

Confusion reigns as daycares, parents sort through latest COVID rules

Public health units will no longer dismiss whole daycare cohorts based on a single confirmed case, but some operators say the new rules are unsafe. → Read More

Parents want COVID tests for kids in daycare as potential staff shortages loom

“The sector is really in the biggest crisis that we’ve been in since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Amy O’Neil, of Treetop Children’s Centre. → Read More