Bessborough teacher Casey has Twitter challenges for kids

Bessborough EMS math teacher Neil Casey has a Twitter account that is busy and full of clips of he and fellow teachers challenging the curiosity of students. In a way, Casey is on 24-hour call at his Twitter account, although he doesn’t appear to have called class together there so far. Recently he posted the video below to recall the innovative Toronto Flood sySTEM Challenge in which kids thought up flood control ideas. STEM, by the way, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Other amusing moments on the Casey account are his sinister warning to students that the formula to the locked box challenge might not be as simple as they thought. (But some got it)  He goes shopping with Ms. Connor at Loblaws and asks those watching to work out the best value for Tropicana Orange Juice. @MrCasey27

Halton officer facing theft, breach of trust in opiods probe

The former head of Halton Region police drug and firearms unit is facing charges of theft, breach of trust and obstruction of justice following a probe of irregularities into the keeping of drug seizures and evidence. An audit found dozens of exhibits involving opioids had allegedly been “tampered with.” Staff Sgt. Brad Murray, a 16-year member of the service, was a member and supervisor of the Drug and Morality Unit from January 2013 to May 2016. Murray was arrested on Sunday.


MS-13 gang drives US toward criminalizing membership

The New York State Assembly is flirting with legislation that would criminalize members in the vicious Central American-based gang MS-13 after a staggering increase in murders. Four bodies of teens hacked to death were found in a Long Island Park last month. Overall, MS-13 is linked to a startling 38 per cent of all the homicides in normally placid Suffolk County over the last 16 months. Since January 1, 2016, 17 of 45 murders in the county have been connected to the gang. MS-13 originates in the criminal cesspool of San Salvador, capital of El Salvador. It has spread to many cities in the US and in 2010 was the target of raids in Toronto.


The gang stands for nothing but callous killing to sustain its revenue and power. In New York State, police feel they may be losing control. The New York Senate is looking at a 20 year minimum prison sentence for a gang felony, the creation of seven new gang felonies including soliciting minors and defining a gang by name, sign, dress, symbol or tattoo. MS stands for Mara Salvatrucha. Some sources state the gang is named for La Mara, a street gang in San Salvador, and the Salvatrucha guerrillas who fought in the Salvadoran Civil War.

Bowls Day invitation from Leaside Lawn Club on June 3

Gloria Paisley of the  Leaside Lawn Bowling Club writes to remind us of the National Bowls Day event at the Hanna Rd. rinks (at LHS) set for Saturday, June 3.  Clubs across the country will be running fun events that will allow Canadians to give bowls a try.  She notes that lawn bowling is a strategic, challenging and fun sport that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Is Andrew Scheer Stephen Harper with a smile? Maybe not

The CBC’s Aaron Wherry assays the  meaning of Andrew Scheer’s narrow win in Saturday’s Conservative Party voting.  Some call him Stephen Harper with a smile. That may or may not compute but it appears that young as he is (38) family man Scheer is more of a quiet conservative thinker than the men and women he defeated. CBC

Police seek man in sex assault on bus in west-end downtown

Police a man sexually assaulted a woman on a TTC bus on Wednesday, May 3 at 9 a.m. at Bathurst Street and Dundas Street West.  The man is described as 40-45, brown hair in a ponytail, medium build. He was wearing a cream, short-sleeved shirt with pictures of brown vehicles on it, blue baseball hat with “Toronto” written across the front, a red maple leaf on the brim, and “Canada” written across the strap at the back and a black jacket with red markings on the arm.


Police have arrested Makuizalandi Mbuku, 20, of Ajax, for the sale of phony hockey tickets on Kijiji. Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have purchased event tickets from Makuizalandi Mbuku and sent an email money transfer to

Stolen ambulance with GPS stopped near Wasaga Beach

A stolen ambulance with on-board GPS was followed through the night on a marathon joyride from Cambridge where it was taken, to a point south of Wasaga Beach where OPP disabled it with a spike-belt. A man is in custody after the six-hour, 150 kilometre escapade which ran through Halton, Toronto, Peel, East Gwillimbury and points north. It was captured on video speeding through the City by Jeremy Cohn of Global News. Waterloo Regional Police say the ambulance was grabbed just after midnight from the parking lot outside Cambridge Memorial Hospital. A woman EMS worker was in the passenger’s seat when the man leaped into the vehiocle  and started the engine. The woman fled the cab before the ambulance starting moving. Because the vehicle had a GPS, the chase was called off five times for safety reasons. OPP finally managed to track it to south of Wasaga Beach and disabled it using a spike belt. A man, 24, is in jail.

Andrew Scheer, 38, winner of Conservative leadership

Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer has been elected the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, picking up enough down-ballot support to overcome strong early numbers by rival Maxime Bernier. Scheer, who was the youngest MP to serve as House Speaker, promised to unite the party by bringing together the social and fiscal wings to take on the Liberals in the 2019 election. He is 38 years old. He edged out Bernier by less than 1 percentage point. Bernier was considered a strong frontrunner throughout the year-long race. The new leader will take the party into the next electoral battle against Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in 2019. CBC  Who is Andrew Scheer?



Greg Allman, 69, dead from liver cancer at home in Georgia

Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, has died of liver cancer. He was 69. The southern rocker’s passing was announced on his official website, adding that Allman “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia” on Saturday. All leads 


Cops got public help to nab Trinity Square drop-kick man

Toronto Police have charged a man who they say is responsible for the drop-kick attack from the rear of a woman in Trinity Square on Friday, May 19. Cops say they want to thank the public for their assistance locating the accused.  He is named as Oshae Geddes, 30, of Toronto. Geddes appeared in court at Old City Hall on Saturday at 10 a.m.

BA is very sorry for IT collapse but the fix seems elusive

British Airways cancelled all flights Saturday, sent home passengers without their luggage and said it was working very hard to fix the failure.The computer crash affected BA’s booking system, baggage handling, mobile phone apps and check-in desks, leaving passengers facing long queues and confusion in airports or delays while planes were held on runways. There was also a domino impact on aircraft already abroad which could not return. As thousands of people piled up at British airports the airline said it had no indication that the collapse of service was related to terrorism. It said that maybe there had been a massive power failure. But so far there is no predicted end to the airport horror story that saw every single BA flight out of Heathrow and Gatwick cancelled. Who knows what Sunday will bring?