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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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  • Canada’s Supreme Court shoots down appeal to deport Nazi death squad member, 92

    (JTA) — The Canadian government must decide if it will try for a fourth time to deport a 92-year-old man who confessed to being a former member of a Nazi death squad after the nation’s Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling in his favor. The high court’s decision last…

  • Canadian billionaire can sue Israeli newspaper for libel, appeals court rules

    TORONTO (JTA) — Ontario’s top court has cleared the way for a Canadian billionaire who owns an Israeli soccer team to sue a leading Israeli newspaper for libel. In a 2-1 ruling this week, the Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that Toronto-based real estate developer Mitchell Goldhar, who owns the  Maccabi Tel Aviv…

  • ‘Biblical sheep’ heading to Israel with help of El Al, Canadian couple

    TORONTO (JTA) – A rare breed of sheep said to be descended from Jacob’s flock referenced in the Bible will be shepherded to Israel with the help of a Canadian Jewish couple and Israel’s national airline. El Al announced recently that it will “heavily subsidize” the costs of shipping the so-called biblical sheep “from a major North…

  • Canada’s high court refuses to hear neo-Nazi case

    OTTAWA, Canada (JTA) — Canada’s Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal in the case of a man whose will was overturned because he bequeathed his estate to a U.S. neo-Nazi group. On Thursday, the country’s highest court without explanation chose not to review two lower court rulings that blocked the transfer of Robert…

  • Canada’s post office halts delivery of Toronto-area anti-Semitic newspaper

    TORONTO (JTA) — Canada’s post office says it will no longer deliver a Toronto-area newspaper described as openly anti-Semitic. Judy Foote, the federal minister responsible for Canada Post, issued an order on June 6 against the future delivery of Your Ward News, a free, low-budget newspaper sent to homes in the east end of Toronto. The publication…

  • 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…