Michele Mandel, Toronto Sun

Michele Mandel has been an award-winning writer with the Toronto Sun since 1984 and currently writes four columns a week about justice issues. Awarded the University medal in Journalism from Carleton University, she joined the Sun soon after graduation and has since covered assignments around the world, from the the cocaine trail in Bolivia to the funeral of Princess Diana. More recently, she has covered the trials of Robert Pickton and Col. Russell Williams Her work has garnered 13 Dunlop Awards of Excellence, a Toronto Police media award and the 2001 Canadian Nurses Association Award of Excellence for her expose on nursing homes.


Dr. Milan Gupta, a prominent cardiologist, lost his bid to be reinstated at William Osler Health System after he was found to have stalked a nurse there and threatened her with violence in 2012.

Patients left in dark about stalker doc

A prominent GTA cardiologist won’t be reinstated at William Osler Health System after threatening and cyberstalking a nurse with whom he’d developed “a one-sided obsession.”

Michelle Liard outside Brampton court after being acquitted on Monday, April 2, 2012, of killing 13-year-old Aleksandra Firgan-Hewie.

Michelle Liard has blood on her hands but remains free woman

Michelle Liard has blood on her hands but remains a free woman — Ontario’s highest court has refused to overturn her shocking 2012 acquittal in the gruesome murder of her friend, schoolgirl Aleksandra Firgan-Hewie.

Ben Levin, who pleaded guilty to child porn charges, arrives at North York court for first day of his sentencing hearing on Monday, April 13, 2015. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Did Levin really just stick to fantasy world?

He has a doctorate in education. He is an international expert who has advised everyone from the premier of Ontario to governments the world over, and yet it was Benjamin Levin’s fantasy to rape and hurt children.

Ben Levin arrives at 1000 Finch court on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Ben Levin proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing

Former Ontario deputy education minister Benjamin Levin is expected to plead guilty to three of seven child porn-related offences in a Finch Ave. court Tuesday afternoon - including counselling an adult to sexually assault a child.

An artist's sketch shows Chiheb Esseghaier making his first court appearance, in Montreal, April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Atalante

Men charged in Via Rail terror plot arraigned

Two men accused of plotting to derail a Via train travelling between Toronto and New York in 2012 in a plan "motivated by Islamic extremism" have been arraigned on terror charges as their trial gets set to begin.

Lin Jun's father, Diran Lin, outside court in Montreal where Luka Magnotta is on trial for murder, on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI Agency)

Luka Magnotta adds to abhorrent indignities

Again and again the warnings were repeated over the last few weeks as the Luka Magnotta murder trial neared its opening. And yet no word of caution can really prepare you for the horror that flashes up on the screen.