By Claire Floody Staff Reporter Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 York Regional Police are trying to identify the victim of a fatal collision after a vehicle crashed into an overpass in Markham on Monday and burst into flames. “We believe there’s just one person in the car,” Staff Sgt. Dave Mitchell said, adding that the vehicle was so badly damaged, emergency services couldn’t be sure at first if someone was inside. Police received at least three 911 calls just after 5:30 p.m., saying a vehicle caught fire after it slammed into a railway overpass on Ninth Line just north of Steeles Ave. E. Mitchell said there was “severe damage” to the vehicle, specifically where the driver was sitting. He said police do not know what caused the collision or any of the events leading up to it. “We have a bit of a mystery on our hands,” he said. Article Continued Below Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the … [Read more...] about York Region police trying to identify victim of fiery car crash in Markham
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source FERDI AWED/AFP/Getty Images A tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption hit the two most-populous Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on December 22. The waves killed more than 400 people and injured more than 1,400. This one was thought to have occurred after the Anak Krakatau volcanic island erupted and partially collapsed into the sea, sending waves in the Sunda Strait – up to 10 feet – without warning. Here are nine organizations that are helping assist people affected by the tsunami. A tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption hit the two most populous Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on December 22. The wave left over 400 dead and more than 1,400 injured. The tsunami was the second to hit the country this year. This one was thought to have occurred after the Anak Krakatau volcanic island erupted and partially collapsed into the sea sending waves in the Sunda Strait – up to 10 feet – without warning. Oxfam caption … [Read more...] about The devastating Indonesian tsunami has claimed more than 400 lives — here’s what you can do to help the victims
By The Associated Press Tues., Sept. 25, 2018 Victim impact statement submitted in writing by Andrea Constand, the former Temple University employee whom Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting in 2004, and released by prosecutors at Cosby’s sentencing Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania: To truly understand the impact that sexual assault has had on my life, you have to understand the person that I was before it happened. At the time of the assault, I was 30 years old, and a fit, confident athlete. I was strong, and skilled, with great reflexes, agility and speed. When I graduated from high school in Toronto, I was one of the top three female high school basketball players in Canada. Dozens of American colleges lined up to offer me basketball scholarships, and I chose the University of Arizona. For four years, I was a shooting guard on the women’s basketball team, scoring up to 30 points a game. It was an amazing time in my life, and I … [Read more...] about Bill Cosby ‘robbed’ me, Andrea Constand says in victim impact statement
By Fatima Syed Staff Reporter Wed., April 18, 2018 A prominent LGBTQ community leader who has been demanding justice for Bruce McArthur’s alleged victims has been chosen as the Grand Marshal for Pride Toronto’s 2018 festival. Haran Vijayanathan is the executive director of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) — an organization committed to providing culturally responsive holistic health and support services for South Asian community members at risk of or affected by HIV. He is also the founder of My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region — a support group for local LGBTQ families and youth. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Winnipeg, Vijayanathan has been an active member of the Ontario LGBTQ community for more than 18 years, advocating especially for the rights of the marginalized groups. Read more: Pride Toronto to honour AIDS activism and reflect on loss Article Continued Below Toronto police name eighth … [Read more...] about Outspoken voice for Bruce McArthur’s alleged victims chosen as Pride Toronto 2018 Grand Marshal
By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Fri., March 9, 2018 Define normal. Justin Altmann, mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville, 50 kilometres north of Toronto, thinks it’s normal to assemble a link chart — you know, the kind police use for crime scene investigations — of more than 30 local people, including staff, on his office washroom walls. OK, then. The photos, which include one of Toronto Star reporter Noor Javed, were connected by black lines and arrows along with Trumpish handwritten signs such as “You’re Hired” and “You’re Fired.” They’re called Crazy Walls and TV shows use them to explain a complicated plot to viewers without putting them to sleep. There are several kinds of Crazy Walls, as always-useful TVTropes.org explains. Altmann’s wall sounds a bit like the Room Full of Crazy in which a conspirer or a victim fills the entire room with images. Then there is the Stalker Shrine, all about … [Read more...] about How do you solve a problem like Justin Altmann?