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Submit News to CKA News Suspected Ottawa gunman had criminal history: documents
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:10:15 -0400
The man suspected of fatally shooting a Canadian reservist before storming Parliament Hill on Wednesday had a criminal history, CTV News has learned.
Submit News to CKA News Soldier killed in Parliament Hill attack named as Nathan Cirillo
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:53:35 -0400

Two people are dead after at least one gunman stormed Parliament Hill on Wednesday morning.
Submit News to CKA News B.C. seniors to be surveyed on housing, transportation: advocate
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:44:01 Z
Seniors across B.C. will be asked what they think of their residential care, home-based care and HandyDART service, provincial advocate Isobel Mackenzie announced in Vancouver on Wednesday.
Submit News to CKA News Maher: Time to reflect on the courage of our ancestors
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:37:35 Z
When I heard about the shooting, and headed to Parliament Hill, the first sign that something bad had happened was across Sussex Drive from the American embassy, where two Ottawa police officers were standing guard. One of them had an […]
Submit News to CKA News Q&A: Terry Gainer, former Sergeant-in-Arms of the U.S. Senate
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:36:19 +0000

In the wake of the Ottawa shooting, the man who protected the Senate advocates 'layered' security

The post Q&A: Terry Gainer, former Sergeant-in-Arms of the U.S. Senate appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Submit News to CKA News Who is Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms who reportedly stopped the Ottawa shooting?
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:35:30 +0000
'People around here, let me tell you, they hold him in the highest regard'
Submit News to CKA News Parliament Hill shooting leaves soldier, 1 suspect dead
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:35:11 +0000

Reservist Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton, Ont., is second member of Armed Forces this week to die in apparently random, murderous attack

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Submit News to CKA News Shooting of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo strengthens cadet?s resolve to serve his country
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:34:38 Z
HAMILTON, Ont. — On the sun-dappled sidewalk outside the red-brick fortress that is the John W. Foote VC Armoury, they came to pay respects, many carrying bouquets of flowers, and some offering condolences to the quiet handful of soldiers on duty about 10 paces inside […]
Submit News to CKA News UPDATE: Soldier, gunman who died in Ottawa rampage identified
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:32:47 Z
Updates at 5:55 p.m. Soldier killed in War Memorial confirmed as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Suspect, reportedly Canadian-born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, killed in Centre Block shootout Police call situation ‘fluid'; won’t say if other suspects involved Downtown security zone reduced in size Three victims released from Ottawa Hospital Civic campus School lockdown lifted except inside security zone Click for raw audio: Paramedics give soldier’s […]
Submit News to CKA News Ottawa shooting: What witnesses saw and heard
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:32:11 Z
Witnesses to Wednesday's armed attack at Parliament Hill described a morning of confusion and distress.
Submit News to CKA News 25 years ago: Shots fired on the Hill
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:30:02 Z
There was another incident involving an armed gunman on Parliament Hill 25 years ago that ended with no one hurt.   When: April 7, 1989 What: A hijacked Greyhound bus drove onto Parliament Hill, where the gunman fired several shots through the window before surrendering after a five-hour standoff. No one was injured. How it began: […]
Submit News to CKA News Minister's rejection of mine improper, Taseko lawyer tells Federal Court
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:30:01 Z
VANCOUVER - A lawyer for Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) says the federal environment minister acted improperly in rejecting the company's proposed gold mine in B.C., putting politics before fairness.
Submit News to CKA News Ottawa shooting: Cobbling together a narrative from shards
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:27:22 +0000

An unprecedented day leaves Canada desperate for scraps of truth and for something it can tell itself

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Submit News to CKA News Man ID'd as gunman had lived in Montreal, Vancouver and Aylmer (with video)
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:25:47 Z
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the man identified by CBS News as the gunman killed in Ottawa on Wednesday, appears to have lived at various times in Montreal, Vancouver and Aylmer, Que.
Submit News to CKA News Den Tandt: Attack on Ottawa reveals utter lack of readiness
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:25:18 Z
Here’s a question. How is it that in 2014, in a country newly at war, a gunman carrying a rifle or possibly a double-barrelled shotgun (we can’t say for sure because, according to the authorities, that’s on a need-to-know basis […]
Submit News to CKA News Photos: We Day in Vancouver
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:19:36 Z
More than 20,000 young people filled Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Wednesday, Oct. 22 for We Day, a free event that students have to earn their way into, by providing local and global service. Students from 880 schools are attending, from all across B.C., in the largest celebration of service in Canada, and probably in the world.
Submit News to CKA News 'Use each day to make a difference,' actor Orlando Bloom tells students at We Day Vancouver (with video)
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:19:11 Z
When Orlando Bloom was 19, he was a drama student in London, enjoying life, until an accident changed everything. Bloom told the story to a crowd of 20,000 students gathered for We Day at Rogers Arena Wednesday.
Submit News to CKA News Shooting sows confusion at defence HQ and military bases across country
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:18:12 Z
Canada’s top military officer was just across the street from where a young soldier was killed in Ottawa Wednesday and had to be hustled to a waiting armoured personnel carrier on Sparks Street mall.
Submit News to CKA News Photos: Soldier shot at Canadian War Memorial
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:11:23 Z
Canadian soldier was gunned down Wednesday morning as he stood guard at the Canadian War Memorial.
Submit News to CKA News Security increased at National Assembly after Ottawa shootings
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:57:24 Z
MNAs were on edge and security was stepped up at the National Assembly Wednesday as party leaders expressed solidarity with the House of Commons politicians locked down after the shooting there.
Submit News to CKA News Cpl. Nathan Cirillo 'always had a smile'
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:57:21 Z
Scores of friends and strangers are mourning the loss of a Canadian soldier killed Wednesday near Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo died after being shot at the National War Memorial, defence officials confirmed. Cirillo, the father of a young son, was member of the Hamilton, Ont.-based Princess Louise’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. “He always […]
Submit News to CKA News Politicians knew about ?heightened? Ottawa security concerns for ?at least a few days?: B.C. legislative clerk
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:52:25 +0000
?We received information that there may be a problem,? said Craig James, who declined to offer specifics about the information or where it came from
Submit News to CKA News A timeline of major terrorism and security incidents in Canada
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:51:49 Z
A summary of other terrorism incidents and major security breaches in Ottawa and across Canada: 2009: Twenty Greenpeace protesters climbed to the top of two of the buildings on Parliament Hill and unfurled banners protesting Canadian action on climate change and the oil sands. The RCMP responded by significantly boosting its presence on the Hill. […]
Submit News to CKA News Voices from the Ottawa shootings (with video)
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:50:28 Z
Prime Minister Stephen Harper: The statement was released by Jason MacDonald, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s director of communications. Earlier today there was an attack at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were attacked. The Prime Minister is safe and not on Parliament […]
Submit News to CKA News Canadian Forces lock down facilities in wake of shooting
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:40:44 Z
Among the immediate reactions in the wake of a brazen shooting in Ottawa Wednesday morning was the decision to place Canadian Forces Base Trenton under lockdown.
Submit News to CKA News Organic ?Pumpkinsteins? hit stores in B.C.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:39:57 Z
You’ve heard of the square watermelon. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Frankenstein pumpkin.
Submit News to CKA News MPs express security concerns after gunfire on Parliament Hill
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:36:00 -0400
Today?s shootings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa have reignited debate over security in Canada?s capital.
Submit News to CKA News Photos: We Day Vancouver on Twitter
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:35:58 Z
Celebrities were front and centre at We Day Vancouver, Wednesday at Rogers Arena. Here's a look through the eyes of Twitter.
Submit News to CKA News David Moscrop and Amanda Watson: The shootings in Ottawa won't change this country
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:31:43 Z
Over morning coffee in Pacific Daylight Time, breaking accounts from Parliament Hill interrupted traffic and weather on The Early Edition and social media accounts of an attack flooded the Internet. It was shocking news. Residents of Canada are unaccustomed to hearing about shooting attacks on our capital. In real time, people watched and listened as […]
Submit News to CKA News Wesley Wark: Reducing the risk of terrorism
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:31:36 Z
Canada has experienced its first terror attacks since the events of 9/11 brought a new kind of threat to our doorstep. The first attack took place on Monday in Quebec. Now we have the terrible events of Wednesday in Ottawa, which bear all the hallmarks of terrorism as well. It is too soon to connect […]
Submit News to CKA News Parliament Hill shooting: Marc Garneau describes what he saw
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:30:58 +0000

A Liberal MP describes the scene from his perspective

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Submit News to CKA News Vickers praised for openness, respect love of country
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:30:30 Z
"It sounds kind of cheesy, he talked about upholding democracy as a whole, but with a very Canadian aura to it — in the sense that it's always open and accessible to the public. It's interesting on a day like today."
Submit News to CKA News Editorial: Ottawa, strong and free
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:29:54 Z
The two figures atop an arch framing the bronze Canadian soldiers of the National War Memorial represent two ideals: peace and freedom.
Submit News to CKA News Ottawa man arrested for a recent shooting - CTV News
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:29:05 GMT

CTV News

Ottawa man arrested for a recent shooting
CTV News
OTTAWA - On Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m. a shooting occurred in the 100 block of Chesterton Drive in the City of Ottawa. This shooting was never reported to police. No one was injured. The Ottawa Police Service was made aware of this ...

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Submit News to CKA News Ottawa shooting: Cpl. Nathan Cirillo dies of wounds, gunman also shot dead - CBC.ca
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:26:01 GMT

CBC.ca

Ottawa shooting: Cpl. Nathan Cirillo dies of wounds, gunman also shot dead
CBC.ca
Parliament Hill came under attack today after a man with a rifle shot and fatally wounded a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby.
Masked gunman killed after Canadian soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, fatally shot at ...National Post
Homegrown terror strikes at heart of CanadaToronto Sun
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton identified as soldier gunned down in Ottawa attackToronto Star
Macleans.ca -CTV News -Ottawa Citizen
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Submit News to CKA News Fatal shooting sparks fresh concerns about Parliament Hill security
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:23:22 +0000

Shootout prompted MPs to pile chairs against wooden meeting room doors, forced the lockdown of much of the downtown core

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Submit News to CKA News Shootings in Ottawa: pictures and videos
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:21:00 -0400
Check out a collection of images, videos and text updates from shooting incidents in Ottawa, including in Parliament Hill's centre block, at the National War Memorial, and police activity near the Rideau Centre mall.
Submit News to CKA News Ottawa shooting victim ID?d as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:19:29 +0000

Cirillo killed while working as honour guard at National War Memorial

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Submit News to CKA News ?We?re all shaken by it': Obama on deadly shooting in Ottawa
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:14:17 +0000
Obama condemned fatal shootings in Canada on Wednesday as 'outrageous attacks'
Submit News to CKA News Alleged Ottawa shooter apparently had criminal past in Quebec, was repeatedly brought in on drug charges
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:11:42 +0000
'During his time in Montreal, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau arrested 5 times. 3 times for drug possession; twice for not respecting parole conditions,' wrote Mr. Fazioli in a Tweet
Submit News to CKA News Ottawa shooting: How the terror unfolded
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:10:50 +0000

A tragic shooting on Parliament Hill has left one soldier dead and a nation in shock. How did it happen? And what does it mean for Canada?

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Submit News to CKA News Parliament Hill shooting: Inside the NDP caucus room
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:10:08 +0000

'It sounded like banging, like trash lids being banged very loudly outside'

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Submit News to CKA News Council votes to ban smoking in Churchill Square - CTV News
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:07:00 GMT

CTV News

Council votes to ban smoking in Churchill Square
CTV News
City Council discussed and voted to ban smoking in Churchill Square, and one councillor has started looking at making the same ban applicable at all City parks and attractions. All but two councilors voted in favour of banning smoking in Churchill Square ...
Edmonton city council banning smoking in Churchill SquareEdmonton Sun
Controversial Churchill Square smoking ban approvedCBC.ca
Churchill Square smoking ban on the way as councillors consider wider prohibitionEdmonton Journal

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Submit News to CKA News B.C. legislature a 'disaster waiting to happen', ex-solicitor general says (with video)
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:04:35 Z
The B.C. legislature is a “disaster waiting to happen” for a major security incident, says a former solicitor general and police chief.
Submit News to CKA News Dog wounded in deer attack in Oak Bay backyard
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:38 Z
Riley the Labrador is nursing some nasty wounds after being attacked by a buck in her own backyard in Oak Bay.
Submit News to CKA News Video: A day of chaos and death on Parliament Hill
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:20 Z
Canadian Forces soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, is dead after shots were fired in downtown Ottawa including inside Parliament Hill. The Ottawa Citizen was on the scene.
Submit News to CKA News Did Foreign Policy Play a Role in Ottawa Attack? (in News)
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:00Z
Tyee sought reaction from various commenters on today's deadly shootings.
Submit News to CKA News VPD investigating reports of man with a gun
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:57:28 Z
Vancouver police are investigating after receiving a report of a man carrying a rifle in Vancouver.
Submit News to CKA News Radicalization: why do Western youth join extremist groups?
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:57:09 Z
Just like school shooters and right-wing survivalists, people attracted to Islamic terrorism tend to be disaffected loners with a chip on their shoulder against society, experts say. But what makes the radicalization of young Muslims an increasingly worrisome trend is the ability of groups like Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) — a radical […]
Submit News to CKA News Richmond teen nominated for new Canadian acting award
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:54:30 Z
A Richmond teenager has been nominated in a new, Oscar-style awards for young Canadians working in the TV and film industry.

Canadian Editorial/Opinion Newswatch

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:53:00 EDT

Viruses have a way of revealing our weaknesses — individually and collectively. Peter Piot, who co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, once said that another virus, HIV, had exposed the fault lines in society. Ebola has done the same.

North Americans only woke up to the Ebola crisis when it became clear that the virus would reach our shores. Physicians like me have known about Ebola for more than 30 years. We’ve known for more than six months about the current crisis in West Africa that has taken the lives of almost 5,000 people. But we paid little attention until the virus was transmitted in one North American city, at which point there was an explosion of interest from the media, from policy-makers and the general public. Now the fear of Ebola is palpable.

At some level, we know that contributions to improve the health of people beyond our borders should be motivated by more than self-preservation. Ill health anywhere is a threat to wellness everywhere. Despite recent efforts to address a dearth of human resources for health, the countries most affected by the Ebola crisis have never known anything but precarious shortages of well-trained health professionals. The health workers who are available are valiantly facing this contagion in a severely underfunded public health system.

There is little to be gained now by beating ourselves up over what good international neighbours should have been doing for the past generation. But let this be a wake-up call for the months ahead: wealthy nations like Canada can and must contribute to the acute crisis in West Africa as well as providing exemplary care if a case is confirmed in Canada.

The doubling of Canada’s current financial commitment with an additional $30 million to the Ebola crisis is a positive development, but a small contribution relative to the tremendous need. We should ensure that this money is spent wisely by co-ordinating closely with the World Health Organization and other multilateral health partners. It is going to take a colossal effort of co-operation to halt the spread of this outbreak.

But our assistance must be more than simply reactive. If we had paid attention to the current crisis six months ago, there is good reason to believe that this disease would have spread more slowly. If we in the West had spent the last decade working with West African and international health partners to build capacity into health systems through public health training, medical education, and infrastructure improvements, then the virus may never have wreaked such havoc.

Canadians have done this kind of work internationally — but not enough. For example, I have been involved in a successful collaboration between the University of Toronto and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia to support post-graduate training for physicians. We need to invest in more programs like this that offer a high return on investment and can have a dramatic impact on health outcomes in less-resourced settings.

In the next six months, international efforts will necessarily focus on treating the ill, halting viral transmission and comforting those who mourn. We will then move into a phase of rebuilding broken health systems. At that point, Canadians should resolve not to lose interest in these countries whose health systems are less well resourced than our own. There are smart, respectful and sustainable ways that Canadians can share knowledge and resources.

The Ebola crisis has caused immeasurable suffering in West Africa. Our common humanity ought to inspire us to pay attention to a health crisis in another part of the globe regardless of how directly it may or may not affect us. Our shared destiny should compel us to help improve health of people well beyond our borders. An ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure — before the next crisis is upon us.

Dr. Jane Philpott worked in West Africa for a decade in the 1990s. She is a family doctor in Markham and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She is the Liberal Party of Canada’s candidate in Markham-Stouffville.

Submit News to CKA News Olivia Chow's failure to connect with women: Hepburn
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:52:01 EDT

One of the best days for Olivia Chow during this nine-month civic election marathon occurred two weeks ago when more than 60 prominent women released a joint statement endorsing Chow as Toronto’s next mayor.

Chow’s entire platform “is based on a profound understanding of issues of concern to women — and that ‘women’s issues’ such as accessible, affordable child care are equality issues, economic issues and should be election issues,” the statement read.

Electing Chow would be “the best opportunity we have ever had to advance women and girls and move toward true equality in Toronto,” it added.

Among those signing the statement were early childhood educators, former cabinet ministers, filmmakers, women’s and human rights advocates, business owners and community activists.

For Chow, the joint statement marked a highlight of what has been a disheartening election, with polls showing she has plunged from being the solid front-runner to now facing the real possibility she will finish a poor third behind John Tory and Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard).

A huge reason for her disappointing standing in the polls is her failure to connect with women in numbers large enough to propel her to victory.

Despite the public display of support from the leading women, the latest polls show Chow’s support among women is actually falling — not rising — as the election staggers toward the Oct. 27 finish line.

Early polls had shown Chow with a slight overall lead in women’s support.

However the Forum Research poll conducted Monday indicates barely 30 per cent of women support Chow, compared to 41 per cent who back Tory and 25 per cent who favour Ford.

That means 70 per cent of women won’t vote for Chow. Her level of support among women in suburban areas such as Scarborough and North York is even worse.

That’s a stunning rejection for Chow, who had been expected to be the hands-down choice of female voters given her long history as a champion of causes such as affordable child care, equal pay and women’s shelters.

Her campaign strategists had hoped the endorsement by the prominent women would act as springboard to increase female support and kick start a rejuvenated campaign. Instead, they are finding more and more women are turning away from Chow as voting day draws near.

Even Chow supporters are bewildered by her poor showing in the polls, especially among female voters.

“She's the only one with a progressive vision and a platform that addresses women, family and children's issues, and yet the public seems to not have embraced these issues,” Winnie Ng, a labour rights activist and scholar, told CBC News earlier this month. Ng is one of the 61 women who signed the joint statement endorsing Chow.

It’s true that tens of thousands of women will vote for Chow over Tory and Ford. They are the diehards, the true believers in Chow.

Unfortunately for Chow, she actually needs hundreds of thousands of women to vote for her in order to win, given that the overall winner likely will need the backing of some 400,000 voters.

Obviously, women do not vote as one. They cast ballots based on their own individual political leaning, such as conservative or progressive, or on issues such as opposing tax increases or favouring more services.

In Chow’s case, many women, especially outside the downtown core, feel they don’t really know her although she’s been in the public eye for decades. To them, Chow doesn’t resonate and she is quickly rejected as just another “downtown lefty elitist.”

But for many other women, the biggest issue in the race isn’t downtown versus suburbs, or child care, affordable housing or equity. Rather, it is all about defeating Doug Ford and putting a definitive halt to the Ford Nation era at city hall.

Indeed, for these women, having to decide between voting with their heart or with their head is tough.

For the first time in their voting lives, some women who consider themselves as a progressive and would normally back a candidate, such as Chow, who actively promote issues like daycare are considering strategic voting. In this race, that means voting for Tory, the current front-runner, in a bid to ensure Ford loses.

For some, it’s one of the toughest voting decisions they’ve ever faced — a clash of idealism and pragmatism they might in hindsight regret for the rest of their lives.

Tory may not be their first choice, and Chow may have their hearts. But elections are often more about voting against — not for — someone or some issue. In this election, that’s the Fords.

Ultimately, Chow’s failure to win a strong level of support of women — seemingly her strongest constituency — has doomed her campaign.

For feminists who see Chow as a trailblazer for immigrant women, her defeat will be seen as a huge setback.

For Chow, though, her impending loss should not be seen as a rejection of the issues she holds so dear — child care, affordable housing, school meal programs.

Instead, her defeat will be directly attributable to voters’ desire to drive the Fords from the mayor’s office — and that’s true for both men and women voters.

Bob Hepburn's column appears Thursday. bhepburn@thestar.ca

Submit News to CKA News Soldier fatally shot on Parliament Hill identified as Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:53:00 EDT

The soldier shot dead while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday is Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo.

The Hamilton Spectator has confirmed Cirillo’s identity through friends and members of the military.

Cirillo, who was a corporal with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was an active social media user and photos on various sites show he was a young father and a dog lover.

In online posts Cirillo calls his fellow soldiers “brothers” and his dog “my little girl.”

Cirillo’s last post was on Oct. 20 – two days before his death, on the INK361 social media site.

In the picture he is wearing Argyll regalia and smiling beside a fellow soldier. The caption reads: “Just another day at work .”

Four friends commented on the photo after the shooting, saying they were praying for Cirillo.

A photograph of Cirillo in full regalia standing in front of the war memorial was posted on to the Argyll’s of Canada – 91st Canadian Highlanders Facebook page three days ago.

Nine weeks ago, while Cirillo was stationed at the Petawawa military base, he posted a photo with a group of fellow soldiers. The caption reads: “family photo #canadianarmy #brothers.”

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Wayne Marston, who heard gun shots from inside the NDP’s Parliament caucus office, told the Hamilton Spectator the soldier’s death was heartbreaking on Wednesday.

During the shooting rampage, he was escorted out of a side door, through the Senate building and came out in front of the War Memorial as officials were performing CPR on the soldier.

“All I saw was the boot,” Marston said, adding that he instantly recognized the regalia as the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

“My heart just sank,” he said.

“He would have been standing there with an unloaded weapon,” Marston said. “It’s heartbreaking – young man guarding our memorial . . . the symbolism.”

Members of Hamilton’s Argylls of Canada – 91st Canadian Highlanders were known to be on tour guarding Ottawa’s War Memorial in the days before the shooting Wednesday.

Submit News to CKA News Kings defenceman Slava Voynov never struck girlfriend, lawyer says
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:33:01 EDT

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—Slava Voynov’s attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenceman never hit his girlfriend and he blames Voynov’s arrest on a misunderstanding partly caused by the couple’s limited English.

Craig Renetzky is hopeful the NHL will end Voynov’s indefinite suspension after reviewing the events that led to Voynov’s arrest at a hospital near his home.

“From everything they’ve both said to me, this didn’t amount to a crime,” Renetzky said. “I think when the police understand what happened, their impression will be quite different.”

Renetzky interviewed Voynov and his girlfriend extensively with help from a Russian interpreter. Without providing specific details, Renetzky said Voynov’s girlfriend’s injury resulted from “an accident.”

“Slava never hit her,” Renetzky said. “She was injured, but it’s not a result of Slava punching her or anything remotely like that.”

Voynov hasn’t been charged with a crime by Redondo Beach police, who were scheduled to review the case with the district attorney’s office Wednesday. The NHL still suspended Voynov indefinitely with pay on Monday, an action firmly supported by the Kings.

Voynov and his girlfriend are still living together in Redondo Beach, a Los Angeles suburb, Renetzky said. Voynov is free on $50,000 bond.

“My hope is the courts and the league will look at what happened, what the reports show,” Renetzky said. “My hope is the district attorney’s office will keep an open mind, look at what the woman involved has said and they’re going to conclude there’s no criminal activity. What truly scares me is Mr. Voynov will be the victim of a rush to judge him before the facts are evaluated.”

Renetzky said he has been in contact with the NHL and the players’ union to offer the couple’s description of what happened. The Kings have 18 games before Voynov is due in court on Dec. 1, but Renetzky hopes the situation is resolved well before then.

“He’s very anxious to get back on the ice,” Renetzky said. “He’s frustrated that he can’t skate, that he can’t be with the team.”

The defending Stanley Cup champions’ next game is Thursday at home against Buffalo.

Submit News to CKA News Olivia Chow releases list of campaign donations
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:59:54 EDT

Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow has raised $1,759,622 from 6,848 donations as of Tuesday, her campaign said.

Chow was the first of the three main candidates to unveil financial information. Candidates John Tory and Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard) have said they will release their lists as well.

The average donor contributed $256.95, the Chow campaign said. Under Ontario election finance law, the maximum donation to a mayoral campaign is $2,500.

Chow said notable donors to her campaign include authors Margaret Atwood, Wayson Choy and Vincent Lam, and actors Shirley Douglas, Sarah Polley and Sonja Smits.

From business, Chow said she received financial support from Salah Bachir (Cineplex Odeon), Alan Broadbent (Avana Capital) Paul Bronfman (Pinewood Toronto studios) Ivan Fecan (former CEO of CTV and BellGlobeMedia); and Isadore Sharp (founder of Four Seasons Hotels).

People with political backgrounds include former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations Stephen Lewis; former NDP cabinet minister Ruth Grier; former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Flora MacDonald; former Liberal Senator Vivienne Poy; Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth; and former Liberal cabinet minister and mayoral candidate George Smitherman.

The campaign also touted contributions from community leaders Helen Burstyn (former chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation); Jack Diamond (architect); Donna Dasko (former chair of Equal Voice); Tim Gray (executive director of Environmental Defence); Ursula Franklin (professor); Ken Greenberg (planner); Michael MacMillan (chair of the Samara Foundation); Karen Mock (human rights advocate); and Dr. Joseph Wong (founder of the Chinese Canadian National Council).

The donors’ list revealed a number of names from a variety of other fields:

Lawyers: Karl Jaffary, James Lockyer, Mary Eberts, Marlys Edwardh, Reid Rusonik; Raj Anand.

Academics: Dennis Raphael (health); David Hulchanski (housing); Bruce Kidd (former physical education dean); Myer Siemiatycki (politics) and Eva Ligeti (former Ontario Environmental Commissioner).

Transit/transportation consultants/advocates: Richard Gilbert (former Metro councillor); Michael Roschlau (Canadian Urban Transit Association); Richard Soberman (consultant); Steve Munro, Gil Penalosa.

Housing researchers: David Hulchanski; Michael Shapcott.

Child care advocacy: Martha Friendly.

New Democratic Party officials: Brian Topp; Nathan Rotman; David Langille.

Media: Lloyd Alter; Gerald Hannon; Linda McQuaig; Barrie Zwicker; Michelle Landsberg.

Political advisors: Patrick Gossage; John Laschinger; Gordon Cressy.

Criminology: Anthony Doob, Mariana Valverde.

Politicians (past/present): NDP MPs Craig Scott, Matthew Kellway and Andrew Cash; NDP MPP Peter Tabuns; former Liberal MPs Jean Augustine and Bob Rae; city councillors Sarah Doucette (open Sarah Doucette's policard), Janet Davis (open Janet Davis's policard), Mike Layton (open Mike Layton's policard) and Gord Perks (open Gord Perks's policard); former councillor Suzan Hall; and former mayor John Sewell.

City hall activists: John Campey (social planning); Dave Meslin (electoral reform); John Cartwright (labour); Catherine Nasmith (heritage preservation); Fiona Nelson (health); Maureen Lynett (casinos); Anna Willats (police), Julie Beddoes (Distillery district residents), Ulla Colgrass (waterfront residents); Rami Tabello (fought illegal billboards), Sheila Block (city finances).

Other: Judy Rebick (political activist); Julia Langer (CEO of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund); Michael Decter (former Ontario deputy health minister); Maureen O’Reilly (head of library union); Bromley Armstrong (civil rights); Kevin Garland (former National Ballet director); Alan Brookes (waterfront marathon).

Submit News to CKA News Soldiers told not to wear uniforms in public, bases hike security
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:28:00 EDT

OTTAWA—Canadian Forces bases across the country were told Wednesday to consider increasing security levels after shootings on Parliament Hill and at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Maj.-Gen. Christopher Coates said bases were asked to take “precautions appropriate to their environments” to ensure the safety and security of personnel, equipment and buildings.

Across the country, different precautions were taken.

At Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, a spokesman said it was operating normally. But extra security precautions were put in place in Halifax and at 19 Wing Comox airbase on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

In Halifax, gates to the waterfront navy base, the air base and other bases were locked as part of the heightened security effort.

Capt. Peter Ryan of Maritime Forces Atlantic said other measures can't be discussed in order to ensure the safety of military personnel, adding that the security measures weren't in response to any local incidents.

A Defence Department source said instructions were also sent by email on behalf of Rear Admiral John Newton to personnel advising them to avoid appearing in uniform in public places.

A spokesman for the Defence Department in Ottawa could not be reached for comment on whether a similar directive had been issued to military personnel across the country.

The source confirmed that the message from Newton asked staff “to restrict movement in uniform in public as much as possible.”

At the 19 Wing Comox, 2nd Lt. Jennifer Halliwell said the base was implementing “additional force protection measures” to ensure the safety and security of personnel, although she couldn't offer specifics for security reasons.

A public affairs officer at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, just west of Victoria, said she wasn't aware of any additional measures in place at the facility.

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Toronto to see larger police presence after Ottawa shooting, Chief Bill Blair says

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Submit News to CKA News Toronto to see larger police presence after Ottawa shooting, Chief Bill Blair says
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:14:28 EDT

Toronto will see a larger police presence at public institutions like Queen’s Park and City Hall, and on public transit, in the wake of the shootings in Ottawa and the attack on soldiers in Quebec, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said Wednesday.

“In response to events in Ottawa today and Quebec on Monday, it is necessary and prudent to put in place advanced security precautions,” he said.

Speaking at a news conference at police headquarters, Blair said there are no specific or credible threats to any individual or group in Toronto.

Blair said the additional police presence is a precautionary measure, and is meant to ease the minds of concerned citizens. There was also hope that a larger police presence could deter some people from victimizing others.

“Today Canadians have a sense of unease — that their safety is threatened. We are going to reassure them that we stand united and firm in our resolve to keep you safe,” he said.

Blair also hinted that Toronto police are reacting to the events in Ottawa and Quebec, and are “putting things in place to make it less likely that it will happen.” He urged people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.

Meanwhile, Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly (open Norm Kelly's policard) asked that the flag be flown at half mast. Kelly asked his chief of staff and city manager for an increased police presence at city hall.

“I want to assure Torontonians that there is no immediate threat to our city, its people and its institutions,” Kelly told reporters at city hall Wednesday afternoon. The city has moved to an enhanced level of security at city, Metro Hall, civic centres and Union Station. City staff have been advised to take precautions and report any potential threats to city security.

The city is working with law enforcement to conduct a review of all safety protocols and procedures.

“To the residents of Toronto, we all have a role to play in the safety and security of our city. I encourage you to report any unusual activity to the police,” Kelly said.

Kelly, a former Liberal MP, expressed shock the gunman “walked right by those caucus doors and the potential for a true disaster, thankfully, was averted.”

Kelly played down concerns about security at Toronto city hall. “I think what you have to do is not have a knee jerk reaction to this. I’m not sure who did this, I’m unaware of the motivation but I would hope that in a desire to tighten up security we don’t abandon the values that we all cherish here in Toronto and Canada.”

“Right now, in Toronto, there is nothing to suggest that there is a threat to this city hall or any of the other public places in this city.”

When asked about the possibility of metal detectors at city hall, Kelly replied: “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, lets not panic, let’s be reasonable and steady.”

In an earlier news conference in Ottawa, the RCMP and Ottawa police asked citizens to call or email them if they witness anything suspicious.

“We are very aware of the large presence of military personnel in our community, and I want them to know we are committed to their safety,” Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said.

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Submit News to CKA News Parliament Hill sergeant-at-arms hailed as hero in Ottawa
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:33:00 EDT

Kevin Vickers, the decorated RCMP veteran serving as the black-robed sergeant-at-arms on Parliament Hill, is being hailed for his valour after he reportedly shot down an armed gunman storming the Centre Block on Wednesday morning.

The gunman was fatally shot near the doors of the Library of Parliament, at the north end of the Hall of Honour, just steps away from Vickers’ office.

“MPs and Hill staff owe their safety, even lives, to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers who shot attacker just outside the MPs’ caucus rooms,” NDP MP Craig Scott said on Twitter.

Late into the day as most of the downtown core emptied, the security lockdown continued on Parliament Hill, where Vickers was overseeing the ongoing police operation, a source said.

Vickers’ brother John told the Star from Victoria that he didn’t know any details of what happened Wednesday morning. However, he said family had received word from Vickers confirming he’s OK.

“More than anything we’re just relieved. When I heard the gunfire and watched it on CBC — you’re in family mode and just want to know how he is. It sounds like he’s OK,” John said.

John said Vickers is passionate about his role on Parliament Hill, adding that he doesn’t believe his brother ever had to use his gun during his earlier 29-year career as an RCMP officer. Messages of thanks and praise for Vickers’ reported deed lit up social media through the day from MPs and people across Canada.

“It doesn’t surprise me that when his nation called upon him, he was there,” said John. “We’re incredibly proud of him.”

Vickers is hard to miss on Parliament Hill. Canadians might remember him as the man who firmly but gently led the protesting page Brigette DePape out of the red Senate chamber after she held up a “Stop Harper” sign.

Standing six-foot-four and powerfully built, the 58-year-old wears formal black robes and a tricorne hat, and carries a ceremonial sword and the mace for the opening and closing of the chamber each day. Vickers is a fit man, running many lunch hours to stay in shape, and wears a 9mm pistol in his duties on the Hill.

A grandfather who returns to New Brunswick whenever he can to spend time with family, he speaks often of his love of his home but also of his job as sergeant-at-arms.

Vickers was born in Miramichi, N.B., where his mother was a nurse and his father ran a dairy operation.

Appointed sergeant-at-arms in 2006 after a lengthy and illustrious RCMP career, Vickers brought with him a reputation for soft-spoken diplomacy. He told the local Telegraph-Journal that he found it comforting to see fathers and sons tossing Frisbees on the lawn of Parliament Hill. He also spoke of how he didn’t want to see fences around Canada’s Parliament.

“In America, security trumps all,” he told the newspaper. “I don’t think that’s the Canadian way.”

He put his diplomatic reputation on display in the summer of 2000, when he was incident commander for the Mounties in Burnt Church, N.B. in a dispute over native fisheries and land claims.

His immediate response was to send in plainclothes aboriginal officers carrying doughnuts and coffee to talk with protestors, allowing them to vent.

“I guess it’s my Miramichi background,” he told the local Telegraph-Journal in 2006. “I was always raised to see the dignity of the person as very important.”

He was also involved in the bitter aftermath of a 1997 RCMP crackdown on protests over school closures in Saint-Sauveur, N.B., delivering an apology to residents for police heavy-handedness and pledging the force would rely on mediation first in the future.

He rose in the RCMP to serve as the force’s district commander, Acadian Peninsula and director-general of National Contract Policing Branch. He also worked on homicide investigations, international drug smuggling cases and the countrywide inquiry into the “tainted blood” supply, according to a statement by Conservative minister Rob Nicholson announcing his appointment in 2006.

“Not only does he bring to the position an impressive background in safety and security, he also embodies those qualities that parliamentarians and Canadians expect in a sergeant-at-arms,” Nicholson said at the time.

“I have every confidence that Mr. Vickers will fulfil his role as sergeant-at-arms with the same loyalty, distinction and honour that he has displayed during his career.”

With files from Joanna Smith, Peter Edwards

Submit News to CKA News Ontario ombudsman slams ?systematic government ineptitude? for daycare deaths
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:43:46 EDT

In a scathing 142-page report, Ontario’s ombudsman decried the “systematic government ineptitude” in oversight of unlicensed home daycares in the wake of the deaths of four children in the GTA over seven months in 2013-14.

Andre Marin issued an unprecedented 113 recommendations Wednesday to improve safety for the estimated 823,000 children cared for in unregulated settings across the province.

Despite the “legacy of dysfunction” he found at the Ministry of Education, Marin lauded the government for “its genuine and focused efforts,” which have already addressed the majority of his recommendations, including a dedicated enforcement unit to investigate complaints about unlicensed daycares.

Marin noted that new daycare legislation, which was introduced last December and received second reading Wednesday, will address 35 of his recommendations once it is passed. Although he stopped short of calling for all daycares to be licensed, Marin urged the ministry to consider tougher standards for the unlicensed sector, including a centralized registry.

“Our investigation revealed just how bad it was — and believe me, our title, Careless about Child Care, is putting it mildly,” Marin said in a written statement. “The momentum spurred by these children’s terrible deaths must not be lost.”

(Both Marin and Education Minister Liz Sandals cancelled scheduled news conferences about the report following the shootings in Ottawa.)

The ombudsman’s investigation was prompted by the “shocking” death of 2-year-old Eva Ravikovich in a “brazenly illegal” unlicensed home daycare in July 2013, his report said. Eva was found without vital signs in an operation that cared for 29 children in adjoining houses on Yellowood Circle in Vaughan, which were “fraught with unsanitary and dangerous conditions.”

Dirty diapers in the kitchen, potentially toxic bacteria in rotting food and 14 dogs, their feces and urine soiling the floors, were found by public health officials after her death.

Marin called Eva’s case the “canary in the coal mine” because in the year before her death, four complaints about the home were lodged with the ministry, but never followed up. Out of 448 complaints about overcrowding between January 2012 and July 2013, officials failed to do site visits in 25 cases, he noted.

Marin’s subsequent investigation revealed for the first time that two of the other daycares where children died were also overcrowded.

Last November, 9-month-old Aspen Moore died in an unregulated Markham home daycare where 12 children were registered. In February, a 4-month-old baby died in unlicensed care in a northwest Toronto apartment where police observed eight children in care.

Less than a week before Eva died, toddler Allison Tucker, also 2, drowned in her babysitter’s condo. Maria Sosa, 34, was charged with manslaughter in January this year.

Under current legislation, the only rule governing unlicensed daycares limits operators to no more than five children under age 10. But, as Marin noted, that is not a hard cap. They can also care for their own children and exceed the maximum if children are “of common parentage.”

The government’s “Childcare Modernization Act” is the first substantive change to child care law since 1983. It aims to eliminate incentives for daycares to remain unlicensed by capping the number of infants allowed at two, and forcing operators to include their own kids toward the government-imposed limit of five kids. The bill would also allow inspectors to immediately close illegal operations and raise fines on violators from the current $2,000 to a maximum of $250,000 if the government takes the operator to court.

Marin found that a lack of rules was not the only problem with the “so-called system” of unlicensed home daycare.

“Along with sloppy, slipshod record keeping and the failure to educate daycare operators, parents and even government staff about the law, we uncovered long-standing legal loopholes that allow illegal daycares to operate under the guise of private schools and so-called summer ‘camps,’ ” Marin said.

In a series of stories last fall, the Star highlighted many gaps Marin addresses in the report, including shoddy government record keeping and co-ordination between public agencies, failures to follow up on complaints, multiple houses being used to exceed the limit on children in care and a loophole that allows private schools to operate daycares exempt from any legal requirements.

Marin said the government’s long-overdue improvements make him “hopeful that lessons have been learned from the tragedies covered in our report.”

“The stakes in the child care system are high. Mistakes put the lives and welfare of young children at risk.”

Submit News to CKA News Live: CTV hosts mayoral debate
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:08:56 EDT

CTV News is hosting a mayoral debate on Wednesday. Candidates Olivia Chow, Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard), and John Tory will be there. Jennifer Pagliaro is covering it live.

Submit News to CKA News Malala's honorary citizenship ceremony cancelled: PMO
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:45:45 EDT

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office says two scheduled events today in Toronto with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai have been cancelled.

The last-minute announcement comes amid an ongoing emergency in Ottawa, where several shootings have occurred on or near Parliament Hill.

Harper was to moderate an afternoon question-and-answer session with Yousafzai at a Toronto high school.

He was then scheduled to head to a downtown hotel, where the 17-year-old from Pakistan was to receive honorary Canadian citizenship.

Harper’s spokesman says both events have been cancelled.

Officials in prime minister’s office say Harper was rushed away from the Parliament building and is safe in an undisclosed location.

Submit News to CKA News NHL postpones Maple Leafs-Senators game in Ottawa
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:44:02 EDT

Amid the tragedy and chaos in Ottawa on Wednesday, the Maple Leafs were thankful for the “hard work” by local police and said they felt entirely safe as the shootings unfolded near their downtown hotel.

The Leafs were to face the Senators in Ottawa on Wednesday night, but after a Canadian soldier was killed and a Parliament Hill security guard was wounded in a daylight attack in the heart of the capital, the NHL decided to postpone the game.

Both the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill — where the shootings occurred — were within eyesight of the Leafs’ hotel.

“We never felt like we were in danger at all,” Leafs GM Dave Nonis said in a brief press conference in the lobby of the team’s hotel shortly before the club departed Ottawa around 4 p.m.

The Leafs were preparing for their game against the Sens until the NHL informed them of the postponement, Nonis said.

The league has postponed at least eight games since 2000 — four for weather, two for player heart attacks, one for an arena electrical problem and one in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing — but none involved Toronto.

Nonis said his team respected the league’s decision to postpone the game.

“Today’s events far outweigh a hockey game, and we’ll come back and play the game when they reschedule it,” Nonis said.

“Our thoughts go out to all those people affected . . . you could hear the police force working hard all day, and again, a hockey game is definitely secondary today,” he added. “It definitely catches you off guard.

“Unfortunately these events happen, not necessarily in hockey, and the league was quick to react to it. We were made aware of the possibility to cancel, the players went through their morning rituals preparing for the game like they normally would, but the situation made that impossible.”

In a statement posted to his team’s website, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk — who said the organization was “shocked and deeply saddened — said fans would understand the reason for postponing the game.

“Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all Members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today’s difficult circumstances,” Melnyk said. “Hockey is certainly secondary to these type of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the league’s decision to postpone tonight’s game.”

Toronto played the Islanders Tuesday evening in New York, and arrived in Ottawa late that night. They did not have a morning skate Wednesday.

“Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of,” Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul — who donates game tickets to serving members of the military through his “Lupe’s Troops” program — tweeted during the time the Leafs were locked down in their hotel.

“We were fortunate to be in a safe environment here,” Nonis told reporters. “You think more of what’s going on outside. I can’t speak for the players, I think they handled it well. You hear the sirens and follow on TV, I don’t think the players can shield themselves from that. I think it was something in every player’s room. Unfortunately, it’s the world we live in today.”

It was suggested the game could be made up Thursday night in Ottawa — both teams had an opening in their schedule — but Nonis said it’s premature for the league to deal with a make-up game at this point in time.

“It’s up to the league, they schedule games for when they see fit,” Nonis said. “I think the situation, for what it is, its better to distance themselves more than just 24 hours.

“We’ll find a time to play this game, it’s never an issue for us . . . we’re close to Ottawa, and the league will do a good job finding a time to play.”

In April 2013, the NHL postponed a game between the Bruins and Senators after the Boston Marathon bombing. Those teams played the makeup game on April 28 — 13 days after the bombings, and two days after the regular season ended.

In the nearly two weeks that followed the bombings, Boston went from anguish and terror to a defiant rallying cry: “All in for Boston.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins, who were facing the Philadelphia Flyers at home Wednesday night, planned to play the Canadian national anthem in honour and support of those affected by the shootings in Ottawa.

At the time of the 2013 make-up game Bruins forward Shawn Thornton — now with Florida — said he and his Boston teammates felt as if they needed to do more than just play hockey.

“You feel like you should be doing more than getting ready for a hockey game,” Thornton said then. “I know a bunch of us reached out to see if we could go visit people and do that stuff, and it’s a little bit too early to go see people, but you feel like you should be doing more than playing a game.”

Submit News to CKA News GO train narrowly misses school bus trapped in crossing
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:35:23 EDT

A mini school bus narrowly missed being crushed by a GO train early Wednesday morning.

At around 8 a.m., the school bus became trapped under the crossing arm near Erindale GO Station. It stopped just before the tracks.

The bus had six passengers and a driver on board.

The bus connected in some way with the crossing arm or the train, said Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins.

There was little damage to the bus and no one was injured.

The bus has since been released, but the train and tracks are under inspection.

Trains will encounter significant delays on the Milton line as police investigate the cause of the incident.

Submit News to CKA News Winnipeg woman ?in bewilderment? at being charged with hiding dead infants
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:27:47 EDT

WINNIPEG—Police have charged a woman who was renting a storage locker where the remains of six babies were found Monday, but they say it could be months before they know who the infants were, how they died and how long they had been inside.

Andrea Giesbrecht, 40, was arrested outside her home in north Winnipeg. Const. Eric Hofley said she faces six charges of concealing a body and one charge of breaching probation.

Court records show that Giesbrecht, who has also used the name Andrea Naworynski, is a gambling addict with a low-paying job at a fast-food restaurant and recently admitted to defrauding a senior of several thousand dollars.

Hofley said it will take an extensive forensic investigation to determine if Giesbrecht is related to the dead infants.

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The state of the remains discovered Monday was such that police were initially unable to determine how many babies were in the locker. Their ages are still unknown, but they are believed to have been newborns, he said.

“The forensics that are going to be involved in this investigation, they’re numerous,” Hofley said Wednesday. “It will be a long time before we’re able to answer these questions — if at all.”

There are no homicide charges right now and police aren’t interviewing any other suspects, he said.

“Nothing is ruled out until all the information has been gathered and processed,” Hofley said. “But, at this point, this is what is known and these are the charges that are appropriate at this time.”

Greg Brodsky, Giesbrecht’s lawyer, said he had seen a preliminary outline of the charges and met with his client.

“She’s in bewilderment,” he said. “But I can’t talk to you about what she said to me because that would be a breach of solicitor-client privilege.”

Giesbrecht was initially arrested on murder charges, but those weren’t the charges that were filed with the court, Brodsky said. That indicates the autopsy and forensic investigation isn’t complete yet, he said.

“The forensic examination is really important,” Brodsky said. “There has to be an autopsy conducted and more investigation done in order to determine where this case is going.”

The breach of probation charge relates to two charges of fraud over $5,000 that were laid against Giesbrecht in 2012. She was given a suspended sentence and two years of probation at a court hearing three weeks ago after pleading guilty to borrowing money from a 73-year-old neighbour and repaying her with bounced cheques.

Her lawyer at that hearing, Alan Libman, told the court that Giesbrecht’s parents were longtime gamblers who had “gambled away all their savings” before they died and left taxes unpaid on the house that Giesbrecht now lives in.

Gambling “was part of the family milieu,” Libman is heard to say in a recording of the proceedings.

Records indicate Giesbrecht was also unable to pay taxes and utilities, and borrowed money on more than one occasion from her neighbour. Eventually, she wrote two cheques to repay the woman. But the bank account the cheques were written on had been closed for two years.

Giesbrecht wanted to repay the woman, but was caught up in addiction, Libman told the hearing.

“The focus on this was to always pay it back. ‘I was going to get the winnings. I was going to make the slot machine come through for me,’ ” Libman said in reference to Giesbrecht’s thinking.

“All these things she talked about — her house being in arrears, not being able to pay bills — that all occurred because she gambled away all her money.”

Giesbrecht spoke briefly at her sentencing hearing and apologized to her neighbour for “bringing her into this chaos.”

Provincial court Judge Janice leMaistre ordered Giesbrecht to perform 100 hours of community service and to repay her victim $200 a month during her two-year probation. She was also ordered to stay out of casinos and video lottery terminal lounges.

Giesbrecht will be applying for bail on the new charges and a date for that hearing is expected to be set Thursday, Brodsky said.

Workers were taking inventory at a delinquent U-Haul storage locker on Monday when they found the remains of what police believed were three or four infants. The U-Haul employees immediately called police.

Even with an arrest, there are few answers to explain what may have happened.

Hofley wouldn’t say how long the remains were in the locker or how police believe they came to be there.

“So many of the questions I expect you have will be answered forensically, hopefully,” Hofley said. “DNA analysis will take place. My understanding is that, in and of itself, is a lengthy investigation and we won’t have results for months.”

Submit News to CKA News Long-shot mayoral candidate releases epic transit platform with actual details
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:40:31 EDT

It’s Transit City, the Big Move and a few more bells and whistles all rolled into one audacious – not to mention massive – transit platform.

Its brazen author, Ari Goldkind, a 40-year-old lawyer and fourth-placed mayoral candidate, deliberately courts controversy by proposing to extend the St. Clair streetcar right-of way and implement a whole new range of taxes to pay for transit.

On Tuesday he released an unheard-of 21 pages that Goldkind recognizes few will read. The detail, he said, was necessary to remain true to himself.

The proposal outstrips the other candidates’ platforms in terms of new kilometres of rapid transit – 207; new stations – 120; and cost – a staggering $57 billion.

He calls it “More than a Map,” although, naturally, it includes several – showing a three-phase, 15-year transit expansion of unprecedented proportion.

Central to the proposal are six new “LRTways,” Goldkind’s rebranding of surface light rail he said could run on four-lane streets by switching one car lane to the peak traffic direction at different times of day like the reversible lane on Jarvis St., and devoting one lane to the LRT right-of-way.

Not only do world-class cities have LRTs, “people love them, want more of them, (and) they are being funded. Every world-class city you go to (has) congestion fees, tolls, central-core charges. You know what it all does? You actually get moving faster,” said Goldkind.

His plan connects outlying neighbourhoods such as Clairville and Malvern and the U of T Scarborough campus to the rest of the network.

Goldkind has also included city-wide express buses that would run in the rush hours and alternate with local all-stop buses.

He wants a TTC University – the world’s only post-secondary institution devoted to rapid transit.

“The whole vision of this is something that is doable, big, affordable and will attract other levels of government to the table,” Goldkind said Tuesday.

Goldkind admits his platform borrows heavily from other transit plans. But he has incorporated a traditionally toxic feature – a finance proposal based on $1 billion a year collected from a range of taxes and tolls, including a reinstated $75 vehicle registration tax.

Candidates’ transit platforms say nothing about how we’ll pay to run new trains

He’s made a video designed to prove that people will pay his signature tax – a 50-cent-a-day ($183 a year) increase on the property tax – if they can witness meaningful progress.

He also wants to keep the land-transfer tax, implement parking levies, lease air rights over transit stations and put tolls on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway.

It is ridiculous, he said, for someone who owns a car to expect they wouldn’t be taxed while another person who takes their kids to swimming or skating has to pay higher user fees.

The average driver says they can’t afford tolls. But, says Goldkind, “If you said to that worker you can get to your job 37 minutes quicker, get home to your family quicker and it will cost you a toonie and, by the way, it will cost you $6 less a trip to Petro Canada, that’s the conversation we’re not having.”

It took him more than four months to develop “More than a Map,” based on conversations with experts he won’t name. Some, he says, are affiliated with other candidates and can’t risk being associated with an outsider like him.

He’s releasing the plan in the campaign’s 11th hour. He admits he’s been tweaking it for a while and things haven’t rolled out the way he expected. Goldkind thought the big issues would get the most thorough airing in the home stretch and that he would be a player. Instead he’s been barred from most of the big debates.

Transit expert Cherise Burda, who is the Ontario director of Pembina Institute, likes that Goldkind is specific about financing his plan.

“He’s throwing things out there for people to talk about,” she said.

Stressing that the sustainability think tank hasn’t seriously analyzed any of the Toronto mayoral candidates’ platforms, Burda nevertheless thinks Goldkind’s has some appealing features.

“He’s trying to build a big plan. . . He’s not playing favourites to one particular neighbourhood. He’s got a big, long-term vision. He wants to build and keep building,” she said.

“It really is on the ambitious side,” said Burda. “But if you think about it, it’s not any more unrealistic than promising to build all subways with no funding plan. It’s the funding part I like about his plan.”

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Submit News to CKA News Poll: John Tory holds commanding 14-point lead over Doug Ford
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:00:00 EDT

John Tory holds a commanding 14-point lead as Toronto’s mayoral election nears its end, a new Forum Research poll finds.

Tory had 43 per cent support, Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard) 29 per cent, Olivia Chow 25 per cent, a generic “other” candidate 3 per cent in a survey of 852 residents on Monday night.

The result may be especially notable because Forum has often found a tighter race than other polling firms. Tory led Ford by sixpoints in Forum’s last poll, on Oct. 14, and only two points in an Oct. 6poll that appeared to be a one-time blip.

Tory has placed first in 17 consecutive polls over three months. The new poll suggests he has built a broad voter coalition.

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Tory led Ford in five of the six pre-amalgamation municipalities, essentially erasing the stark downtown-suburbs divide of the 2010 election. He was first or tied for first in every age bracket.

And the former Progressive Conservative leader held a large lead with a critical group he appears to have seized from the grasp of former NDP MP Chow: supporters of the provincial Liberals.

The election is Monday, five days away. There are two major televised debates remaining, one on CTVon Wednesday night and one on Citytvon Thursday night.

Ford was only competitive with Tory among the 18-to-34-year-olds who are usually least likely to vote: Tory had 33 per cent, Chow 33 per cent, Ford 31 per cent. Tory had a massive lead among the older residents who are usually most likely to vote: with people age 65 and older, Tory had 53 per cent, Ford 29 per cent, Chow 16 per cent; with people age 55-64, Tory led 52 per cent to Ford’s 27 per cent and Chow’s 20 per cent.

The poll was conducted by interactive voice response automated telephone call. It included people who said they were certain to vote or already voted during the advance voting period last week. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Chow’s 25 per cent was tied for her best result in a Forum poll since she suddenly swooned between late July and early August. But there was no sign of a surge in support that would give her a chance to win.

Chow led handily among people who said they voted NDP in the June provincial election: she had 54 per cent support to Tory’s 24 per cent and Ford’s 19 per cent.

Among people who said they voted Progressive Conservative, though, Chow had a minuscule 1 per cent. Ford, a conservative city councillor, had 51 per cent, Tory 46 per cent.

Tory has emphasized his support from prominent members of the governing Liberal caucus at Queen’s Park. He had 51 per cent support among people who voted Liberal in June. Chow had 31 per cent, Ford 15 per cent.

Tory led Ford in Scarborough (43 to 39), North York (48 to 33), Etobicoke (41 to 32), East York (31 to 18), and overwhelmingly in the old city of Toronto (44 to 13). Ford held a slight lead over Tory (43 to 39) only in York, where the sample was a mere 34 people. Chow placed first only in East York.

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