— Police say they’ve laid more charges against the former fire chief of Kingsville, Ont. Robert Kissner retired earlier this year after provincial police laid a raft of sex-related charges against him. Those included 10 counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual interference. Police say they received new allegations dating back to 2015 and related to an alleged victim who was 16 at the time. They have charged Kissner with an additional count of sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
June 26, 2017 13:52 UTC
The Ontario government plans to introduce new rules this fall that would crack down on scalping tickets for sports, concert and other events at inflated prices. The new legislation would target resellers who used technological and other means to buy the majority of tickets, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi told reporters outside Toronto's Rogers Centre on Monday morning. Naqvi said scalpers commonly use bots — software that is "designed to buy as many tickets as possible in seconds." Many events sell out in minutes, even seconds, and many of these tickets end up on reselling sites for a huge markup." Naqvi said that if passed, the new rules "would make Ontario a world leader in ticket sale regulation."
June 26, 2017 13:52 UTC
The eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 approaching Highway 400 remain closed after a tractor trailer rolled over Monday morning. The truck tipped over onto a guard rail around 9 a.m. closing all eastbound lanes on the 401, said OPP Sgt. The collector lanes have since been reopened, and traffic is being redirected to Black Creek Dr.“Traffic is heavy in all areas,” said Schmidt. The truck was carrying paper rolls. It wasn’t immediately clear how long the lanes would be closed.
June 26, 2017 13:52 UTC
The documentary Little India: Village of Dreams explores the history and culture of Gerrard St. Shops selling South Asian clothing are very present in the neighbourhood. ( Jo-Anne McArthur ) Gerrard St.'s India Bazaar is also known as Toronto's Little India, where one can find both food and clothing from South Asia. We went to the movie theatre on Gerrard — and Bollywood films usually being three-hour affairs, I remember that there always used to be an “intermission” during the film, like you find in live theatre. Movies from the subcontinent — and, by extension, Gerrard St. — nourished my complicated sense of identity. Little India: Village of Dreams debuts on TVO on Saturday July 1 at 9 p.m., and will repeat throughout the week.
June 26, 2017 13:52 UTC
Elizabeth Wettlaufer, shown on June 1, returns to the Woodstock courthouse today for a sentencing hearing. ( Peter Power / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO )WOODSTOCK, ONT.—Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the former nurse who pleaded guilty to the murders of eight elderly patients in southwestern Ontario, has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years. The sentence was delivered in a Woodstock courtroom this afternoon as friends and relatives of her victims looked on. The murder victims ranged in age from 75 to 96. A registered nurse since 1995, Wettlaufer resigned a day after Woodstock police first received information about the crimes.
June 26, 2017 13:42 UTC
WASHINGTON — Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump says she tries to stay away from politics. In an interview with “Fox and Friends” that aired Monday, President Donald Trump’s daughter said she tries to “leave the politics to other people and really lean into the issues that I care deeply about.”Trump praised her father, saying “his political instincts are phenomenal.”Trump has focused on several policy issues, including paid family leave. Last week, she visited lawmakers on Capitol Hill for talks on those issues. Advancing parental leave in the Republican-controlled Congress is considered highly unlikely, but winning some family-oriented tax changes are possibleTrump stepped away from roles at the Trump Organization and running her eponymous lifestyle brand to take the unpaid role in the administration.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled for same-sex couples who complained an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them. The justices on Monday issued an unsigned opinion reversing an Arkansas high court ruling that upheld the law. Under the law, married lesbian couples had to get a court order to have both spouses listed as parents on their children’s birth certificates. Arkansas routinely lists a woman’s husband as a child’s father, even if he is not the biological parent of the child. The same-sex couples want the same presumption applied to the married partner of a woman who gives birth to a child.
WARSAW, Poland — A Polish commission investigating the irregular restitution of seized property to private owners is trying to determine the role of Warsaw mayor in the process as it questions its first witnesses. The government commission on Monday questioned former town hall employees who were fired last year amid the restitution scandal. In many cases the property that was seized by the state after World War II was handed over to persons unrelated to the original owners. Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz refuses to face the panel and says she has asked a court to rule on its legality. The property was seized by a 1945 communist decree.
Eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 near Highway 400 have been closed after a transport truck tipped over and is "teetering" over the highway on Monday morning. Ontario Provincial Police have posted images on Twitter showing a transport truck leaning against the guardrail over Highway 401. It happened some time around 8:30 a.m. on the eastbound Highway 401 ramp at Highway 400. Kerry Schmidt said collector lanes have reopened, but express lanes will remain closed until crews put the truck upright over the next hour. Schmidt said one person suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Two months after he vanished into the northern Alberta wilderness, the body of hunter Keith Marten has been recovered from the banks of the Rocher River. Marten was one of four men from Fort Chipewyan who went out on a fishing and boating trip in late April and never returned. The four men left Fort Chipewyan on April 23. Hundreds have shared and commented on this Facebook photo of the four missing hunters in Fort Chipewyan. My friend, Keith Marten may you rest now," Eriel Deranger, a spokesperson for the Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation wrote on Facebook.
Omar Khan: I think right now you have a patchwork of readiness. OK: I think one of the points that's getting less attention is where will one be able to use marijuana. I think that's a conversation that needs to happen. So I think it's something that the province of Ontario especially is going to be looking at as they move forward with their strategy. MG: The assumption from many of the illegal dispensaries is that they're going to be part of the new regime.
JOHANNESBURG — AT least 13 South African officials face possible suspension after photos showing scantily clad female entertainers with inmates at a Johannesburg prison circulated on social media. The correctional services department said Monday that there was a security breach and that the “explicit entertainment” should not have been allowed at a “youth month” event on June 21. Photos show a total of three women in black leotards or undergarments and knee-high boots. In one photo, a woman is dancing with a smiling man in an orange prison uniform; in another, the women are surrounding a prisoner and seem to have lifted his shirt. One wrote: “This is the worst punishment I’ve ever seen in history!
June 26, 2017 13:30 UTC
TORONTO — Air Miles is raising some of the recent daily limits imposed on redeeming miles for in-store purchases from retailers. The customer loyalty program says the new daily limit on Air Miles Cash redemptions, in most cases, has been raised to $100. Air Miles has set a different limit for in-store redemptions at Shell — capped at $60 per transaction. In-store redemptions of Air Miles Cash points were briefly stopped in March due to the discovery that some stolen cash miles had been used to make purchases. In April, some Air Miles collectors expressed frustration with the $50 limit because it was down from $750 prior to the suspension.
June 26, 2017 13:19 UTC
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is taking on a new clash between gay rights and religion in a case about a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Colorado. The justices said Monday they will consider whether a baker who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The case asks the high court to balance the religious rights of the baker against the couple’s right to equal treatment under the law. The court will review a Colorado court decision that found baker Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop discriminated against the gay couple under Colorado law. Phillips told the Supreme Court he has free speech and religious rights under the First Amendment that should protect him.
June 26, 2017 13:07 UTC
More than 30 people were forced from their homes Monday morning as a fire ripped through an east Edmonton apartment building. Firefighters and emergency crews have been at the scene near the corner of 73rd Street and 101st Avenue since 5:30 a.m., police said. All six units in the two-storey walk-up have been evacuated and crews continue to douse hot spots. Because of the ongoing emergency response, 101st Avenue, between 71st Street and 75st Street, is shut down in both directions. The road closure is expected to last for several hours and drivers are asked to avoid the area.
June 26, 2017 13:03 UTC