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is JTA's correspondent in Toronto. He was a reporter for the Canadian Jewish News for 20 years. He is currently a freelance writer for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Religion News Service in Washington. He has a journalism degree from Concordia University in Montreal and has been awarded both a Lilly and Gralla fellowship in religious journalism.

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  • Ontario premier: Draft motion on BDS that reflects entire legislature

    TORONTO (JTA) — The premier of Canada’s most populous province is calling for a motion on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that all parties can live with. Kathleen Wynne of the Liberal Party made the suggestion on the heels of the defeat of a motion last month in the Ontario legislature that condemned the…

  • Ontario anti-BDS bill defeated

    TORONTO (JTA) — Ontario’s parliament rejected a bill that would have prevented the Canadian province from conducting business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Provincial lawmakers on Thursday voted against the bill, dubbed the “Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario Act,” by a vote of 39 to 18. Liberal and…

  • Canada’s foreign minister urges UN to review appointment of anti-Israel law prof

  • Expected UN appointee has history of anti-Israel bias, Canadian Jewish groups say

    TORONTO (JTA) — The expected appointment of a Canadian law professor seen as strongly anti-Israel to a top U.N. position is coming under fire. Jewish groups and Canada’s main opposition party say Michael Lynk, who was expected to be confirmed Thursday as the Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, has exhibited a…

  • Citing Tony Kushner’s BDS ties, Toronto federation distances itself from event

    TORONTO (JTA) — The local Jewish federation has dissociated itself from an event taking place in May at one its beneficiary agencies, the Koffler Centre of the Arts, featuring controversial American playwright Tony Kushner. In a March 21 statement, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto noted, after “thoughtful consideration,” that Kushner is a member of the advisory…

  • Boycott stickers cropping up on Israeli products throughout Canada

    TORONTO (JTA) — More stickers advising consumers not to purchase products made in Israel are popping up across Canada. Facebook posts now show the stickers on Sabra hummus, Keter and SodaStream products, Glutino biscuits, dates and tangerines at grocers, and at hardware stores in Montreal, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Brampton, Ontario, and other towns in British…

  • BDS activists stick anti-Israel labels on products in Canadian stores

    TORONTO (JTA) — Two Canadian corporations have promised vigilance after pro-Palestinian activists plastered their products with anti-Israel stickers. In recent weeks, Facebook posts by those advocating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel have shown warning labels affixed to bottles of Israeli wine for sale in Vancouver and grocery products at a store in…

  • Jewish Canadians demand 92-year-old Ukrainian Nazi’s deportation

    TORONTO (JTA) — Jewish groups are calling on Canada to strip Canadian citizenship from a 92-year-old man who was once a member of a Nazi death squad. In a letter to Citizenship Minister John McCallum, the groups say it’s time to conclude to what has been a 20-year battle to deport Helmut Oberlander. “As has been…

  • Toronto rabbi, wife receive papal blessing for 70th anniversary

    TORONTO (JTA) —  A Toronto rabbi and his wife received a blessing from the pope as a wedding anniversary gift. To mark their 70th year together, Rabbi Erwin Schild and his wife, Laura, were presented with a handwritten scroll stamped with the papal seal and a photo of Pope Francis. The couple was presented with…

  • Ex-teacher at 2 Toronto Jewish day schools charged with sex offenses

    TORONTO (JTA) — A former teacher at two Toronto-area Jewish day schools has been charged with a variety of sex offenses. Last week, police arrested Stephen Joseph Schacter, 55, and charged him with one count each of gross indecency, sexual interference and sexual exploitation, and two counts of sexual assault. In December, he had been…