Police work Family Day to report outcome of Project Moses

Police will hold an online news conference Monday morning to report on the outcome of Project Moses. This is an assignment done jointly with the Ottawa Police Service. Arrests and charges will be announced plus a display of items seized. No day off for the police.

Husbands jury asks about not criminally responsible verdict

The jury hearing the second trial of Christopher Husbands for the shocking shooting at Eaton Centre in 2012 has asked the judge about how it might find the accused man not criminally responsible for this crime. The PTSD argument has been central to the defense argument that Husbands should found not guilty. There was a special Sunday sitting of the court to hear jury’s questions. Two men were killed and five other wounded in the mayhem which Husbands has admitted. It may be that a verdict is imminent. Previous

Penalty-fest II as Cats win chippy tilt at home vs Bluewater

Leaside Jr. Wildcats won a chippy, penalty-filled game against the Bluewater Hawks at their Millwood Rd. home Sunday afternoon. The game featured 19 penalties including shared calls for double minor (head contact) roughing after the whistle and unsportsmanlike conduct (twice). Parents and relatives saw daughters in a large second-inning tussle by the Leaside net. The game was won by the last goal scored at 12.13 in the second period. Lilie Lacey tucked it past the Hawks goaler for the Cats with help from Maddie Briggs to make 4-3. The third period was scoreless despite a furious six on four attack by the Hawks in the closing moments.


Leaside won another penalty-filled rock ’em sock ’em game Saturday against Barrie Jr. Sharks at East Bayfield Community Centre. The Provincial Women’s Hocky League boxscore shows 12 penalties, seven assessed to Barrie and five to Leaside. The game was won 4-3 just 29 seconds into overtime by Captain Marley Van Den Oetelaar. Both teams were shorthanded. Leaside entered the third period trailing 0-3  Quite a comeback. See PWHL boxscore of this curious game here.

Critics cry poor taste as Indigenous Jody seen tied in a chair

A distinguished Canadian cartoonist, Michael de Adder of the Chronicle Herald, has promised he will “strive to do better” in the face of social media criticism of his portrayal of Jody Wilson-Raybould tied in a chair subject to a beating by Justin Trudeau. It was just too close to home for many in this day and age of intense concern about violence toward women. “Cartoonists sometimes have unanticipated secondary interpretations in cartoons that they don’t intend,” wrote Michael de Adder in a series of tweets on Saturday night.

Man in pub gunplay also faces earlier attempt murder rap

Police have charged Joshua Maier-McKenzie, 25, of Toronto with the overnight shooting at Rival’s sports pub on Danforth Ave. at Carlaw Ave. There had been a fight at the bar after which a man went outside and fired several shots into the establishment. Police say in a release Sunday that Mr. Maier-McKenzie is also accused of an attempted murder shooting near Sherbourne and Dundas Streets Wednesday. As well, he is wanted for  Maier-McKenzie was also wanted for an alleged domestic assault which occurred on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Charges:

1) Attempt Murder
2) Two counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
3) Two counts of Point Firearm
4) Careless Use of Firearm
5) Possess Loaded Firearm
6) Two counts of Possess Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
7) Possession Firearm Knowing Possession Unauthorized
8) Two counts of Discharge Firearm with Intent to Wound
9) Discharge Firearm being Reckless as to the Life or Safety of Another Person
10) Possession Prohibited Weapon
11) Two counts of Uttering Threats
12 Assault
13) Mischief to Property

Crews search wreckage for possible victims in Calgary blast

Emergency crews are working to determine if anyone was injured in a possible explosion during a two-alarm blaze on Sunday morning. Dozens of 911 calls around 4:20 a.m. Mountain Time reported “a loud bang” in the 300 block of Douglas Glen Close of the fire department said in a statement. One caller said they heard “a loud sound, glass shattering and then flames visible from the second floor of the single-family home.” When fire crews arrived they found a home fully engulfed in flames with fire spreading to the neighbouring residences.

Questions over Jussie, so long Joe and McCarrick defrocked

Police are leaking revelations that Empire star Jussie Smollett (left) paid two men he knew to stage an attack on him, including the use of a noose around his neck. Smollett plays Jamal Lyon on the prime time soap opera about a hip hop music business. It is wildly popular with millennial viewers. At centre is CBC correspondent Joe Schlesinger who died Thursday after a distinguished career as a foreign correspondent. Mr. Schlesinger arrived in Canada penniless after WWII as one of a handful of Jewish orphans brought here from Germany. He was 90. At right, the Pope has defrocked a once-renowned US Cardinal, Theodore McCarrick. McCarrick was accused, among other things of soliciting sex from the confessional. Many Catholics are pleased at the seriousness with which such offenses are now being treated.

Man held after shots fired into bar at Danforth and Carlaw

A man is in custody after the early-morning discharge of a gun at Rival’s Sports Bar at Danforth Ave. and Carlaw Ave. Police were called about 2 a.m. Sunday when several gunshots were fired into the bar. The accused, 25, fled but he was later found and arrested. No one was hurt.

No winning ticket for Saturday’s $5 million 649 jackpot

No winning ticket was sold for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw. However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario. There were also 25 guaranteed prizes of $100,000 each. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Feb. 20 will be approximately $7 million.

Joy as GoFundMe copters lift missionaries, nurses, tourists

Helicopters apparently paid for by GoFundMe donations have lifted some 150 Canadian tourists, missionaries and nurses from a distant locale in Haiti to the main airport in Port Au Prince, the capital. Rioting, looting and associated violence has made it too dangerous to travel the roads in the poverty-stricken land. According to Global News, the GoFundMe campaign was started on Friday, with a goal of $9,000. It is said to have exceeded that goal, hitting more than $16,000 as of Friday night. Some 113 Canadian tourists are said to be safe back home. They landed Saturday night on an Air Transat flight along with a few people from other airlines at Trudeau airport just after 9 p.m.


Billy Bishop Airport is open again Sunday after a brief closure Saturday when a small plane flipped over on landing. The pilot is said to be recovering from minor injuries. Police and emergency crews responded to the island airport around 5:30 p.m.

Solemn candlelight vigil in memory of slain Riya Rajkumar

Several dozen friends and family members have held a heartfelt vigil for Riya Rajkumar, 11, the child murdered by her father sometime late Thursday at room he rented in Brampton. Her father was later taken into custody near Orillia and charged with first-degree murder in her death. A patch of Meadowvale Village Green in Mississauga was covered with roses and candles. The park is located a short distance from Meadowvale Public School, where Rajkumar was enrolled as a Grade 5 student. CP24 says a citizen, Faye Oxley, travelled from North York with a friend to honour Rajkumar’s memory. Another vigil is being organized by Brampton Councillor Rowena Santos in Garden Square in downtown Brampton Tuesday night. That event was scheduled to take place between 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.