By Morgan Lowrie The Canadian Press Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 QUEBEC—Alexandre Bissonnette was driven by “racism and hatred” when he stormed into a Quebec City mosque and gunned down six worshippers in 2017, a judge said Friday as he sentenced him to 40 years in prison without possibility of parole. Quebec Superior Court Justice François Huot began by saying the day of the murders “will forever be written in blood in the history of this city, this province, this country.” But he rejected the Crown’s request for six consecutive life sentences, which would have prevented Bissonnette from seeking parole for 150 years and guaranteed that he end his life behind bars. Huot concluded a sentence of 50 years or more would constitute cruel and unusual punishment for the 29-year-old killer, and he declared that the section of the Criminal Code allowing consecutive life sentences violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While he … [Read more...] about Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette sentenced to life with no parole for 40 years
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By Patty Winsa Data Enterprise Reporter Sat., July 21, 2018 A 5-year-old Brampton boy who was critically injured in a vicious attack on Thursday is received an outpouring of support through an online fundraiser. The GoFundMe page was started by Mississauga realtor Linda Pinizzotto and her husband, Derrick Thomas. “I can’t believe how many people have sent messages,” Pinizzotto said on Saturday, noting some have left sent good wishes even if they can’t donate. “The prayers and love and support … every time I read them I get goosebumps.” She and her husband are trying to raise $5,000 to help cover any medical costs not funded by the province, such as psychological counselling, to aid the boy’s recovery. “This situation is just awful — a 5-year-old child clinging to life and having this kind of pain is just so ridiculously sad,” Pinizzotto said. “We want money not to be an object for … [Read more...] about Online campaign raises funds for 5-year-old Brampton boy wounded in attack
By Amy Dempsey Feature Writer Fri., May 11, 2018 Seven minutes. It’s the time it takes to grab a coffee and find a park bench, or pause to catch up with a neighbour, or pay a lunch tab and head out into a sunny day. In seven minutes on April 23, a man driving a rented cargo van struck more than two dozen pedestrians on a north Toronto sidewalk, and left everyone asking why. That one broken human could destroy so many lives is a difficult thing to accept. As Toronto struggles to make sense of what happened, the killer’s motive has been the subject of much speculation. In the weeks since the Toronto van attack, Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old man now facing 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder, has been cast as a symbol of toxic masculinity, a “disturbed individual attempting to exorcize private demons” and a “random loon.” Was Minassian a true believer in the misogynist incel movement referenced in a screed … [Read more...] about ‘I was like, how did he get a van?’ Inside the life of Alek Minassian, the Toronto van rampage suspect no one thought capable of murder
By Judith Timson Life Columnist Tues., April 24, 2018 Define it. Define him. Define us. These seemed to be the three morally urgent stages of how we first dealt, individually and as a city-a large sprawling and diverse one at that—with Monday’s horrific van attack in North York. On the kind of sunny spring day we’ve longed for, a young man driving a white rental van allegedly plowed through pedestrians, killing 10 and seriously injuring another 14. But with details flowing in, victims being slowly identified, and charges now laid against the alleged driver, Alek Minassian, 25—facing 10 counts of murder and 13 of attempted murder— what strikes me is our immediate need for definition, as if once we settle on what this “incident” is, and who its perpetrator may be, we can contain our fear, focus on our city’s good qualities, and get on with the healing. Alas, it’s not nearly so easy. We may be able to describe … [Read more...] about How do we define a tragedy like the North York van rampage, and why do we need to?
By Jacques Gallant Legal Affairs Reporter Paul Hunter Feature Writer Vjosa Isai Staff Reporter Fri., March 16, 2018 Warning: This article contains graphic details. To his friends and clients, Bruce McArthur was a gregarious white-haired landscaper who brought beauty to upscale Toronto neighbourhoods. But that pleasant demeanour masked a smouldering malevolence. He’s been charged with six counts of first-degree murder, accused of luring and murdering men, time and again. This is the story of a man who, under the nose of police in the heart of Toronto, is accused of dismembering and burying his victims; a master of duplicity who beguiled his friends and, despite the red flags, plied his deadly deceit in a trusting community. It’s an evolving portrait of evil, told through interviews, court documents and media reports, that depicts an alleged serial killer who, as one expert suggests, embodies “a level of … [Read more...] about How alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur hid in plain sight for years