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Toronto police charge 3 men after human trafficking investigation

The Canadian Press and News Staff | posted Thursday, Mar 29th, 2018

Toronto police say they have charged three men following a human trafficking investigation.

Police allege a man coerced an 18-year-old woman into the sex trade in November 2017 with threats against her and her family, then sexually assaulted her numerous times, using a gun to intimidate her.

Officers say the woman was eventually able to escape and contact police.

Following an investigation, two men were arrested and face 23 charges between them.

Deion Cuvilie, 21, from Brampton is facing 18 charges, including sexual assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, sexual assault with a weapon, procuring a person to provide sexual services, unauthorized possession of a firearm and forcible confinement.

Nineteen-year-old Kristos Shepherd also from Brampton faces five gun possession-related charges in connection with the same investigation.

During the execution of search warrants officers seized a loaded Norenco 308 long-barreled rifle and a quantity of crack cocaine. A grey, 2016 Nissan Maxima was also seized.

Police say that while investigating the 18-year-old woman’s case, they found that a 17-year-old girl had also been forcibly confined and sexually assaulted on November 23 by an associate of the 21-year-old Brampton man.

Officers say that associate, 22-year-old  Kareemallah Muhammad from Toronto, has been charged with assault, sexual assault, forcible confinement and failure to comply with probation.

Police officer shot in Calgary, suspect found dead

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Mar 28th, 2018

Calgary Police Service's headquarters building in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary police say one of their officers shot in northeast end of the city is in stable condition at the hospital.

660 NEWS reports the suspect in the shooting has been found dead and the incident is now over.

The extent of the police officer’s injuries has not been released.

Police say they are not looking for anymore suspects at this time.

People in the area are now being allowed to leave their homes.

Proposed bylaw aims to deter bike thefts

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Mar 28th, 2018

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If you’re a cyclist in Toronto, you’re probably familiar with the anger and frustration of having bike parts parts or even your whole bike stolen.

One city Councillor is hoping to put a spoke in the wheel of bike thefts downtown.

Coun. Kristyn Wong Tam has proposed bylaw that would ban people from dismantling bikes in city parks, in hopes that it will deter “bike theft chains” that operate in the province.

“What we want to do is eliminate the opportunities of criminal activity, because those bike thieves are bringing those stolen bicycles into the parks and chopping up the parts and basically selling them,” she says.

In 2017, bike thefts jumped by 26 per cent compared to the previous year. More than 3700 bikes were reported stolen with many more likely going unreported.

Coun. Wong Tam says the details are still being worked out with city staff, but the bylaw will be enforced by the city. Penalties would likely include fines and escalate to park bans for repeat offenders.

If you happen to be changing a tire or doing a quick tune up however, the bylaw doesn’t apply. It’s specifically meant for repeat offenders.

But one bike shop owner says the bylaw may not make a significant dent in the soaring number of thefts.

“I think it might make a little difference, but it won’t make a major impact,” says Sean Killen, owner of Bikes and Wheels. “I think it’s going to still happen.”

Ali Sabbah who works at Bikes and Wheels says the bylaw needs to go a step further.

“It would be nice if there were some sort of bylaw implemented that maybe would prevent (stolen bikes) even from getting into my shop,” he says. “Then I’m not put in a situation where I have to discern whether or not it’s stolen or not stolen, or whether or not this person got his bike legitimately or by other means.”

Ultrasound technician charged with sexual assault

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Mar 28th, 2018

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Toronto police say a sonographer is facing charges of sexual assault after an alleged incident with a patient in November.

Police say the technician was conducting an ultrasound examination on a 48-year-old woman on Nov. 21 when he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The alleged incident happened at BSA Diagnostics on 4002 Sheppard Avenue East.

Yury Romanov, 69, of Toronto is facing one charge of sexual assault.

Police believe there may be other alleged victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Tim Hortons to redesign stores across Canada

Richard Southern | posted Wednesday, Mar 28th, 2018

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Tim Hortons plans to spend $700 million to renovate most of its Canadian locations as it looks to turn around slumping sales.

The franchise says that over the next four years the restaurant exterior will be designed to have a more natural and lighter look.  Inside, restaurants will be decorated with artwork that highlights Tim Hortons’ history, including a commissioned portrait of Tim Horton, a mosaic of iconic brand images and a photo wall that features Tim Hortons’ coffee-sourcing process.

The seating will be more open concept and all the tables will be made of Canadian maple wood. The company is also adding more electrical plugs, hoping diners will stay longer if they can plug in and keep devices charged.

However, the problem for Tim Hortons’ owner Restaurant Brands International may be getting the franchise owners on board with the plan. Franchise owners will be expected to split the cost of the renovation with the parent company. However, last March, 70 per cent of Tim Hortons restaurant owners in Canada formed the Great White North Franchisee Association to represent them in their fight against the head office — whose management style they say is hurting the brand.

680 NEWS Business Editor Richard Southern spoke to Alex Macedo, President Tim Hortons, about what the restaurant owners thought about the plan.

“So far the support from the franchisees has been very good. We shared with them the plan to renovate the restaurant just last week and we already have had several sign-ups,” said Macedo.

He added that the company is working on a plan to deal with customer service and long lineups, but stopped short of confirming whether Tim Hortons would be installing self-order kiosks.

“We’re taking a look at self-order kiosks, but its a bit early in the process to share anything right now,” Macedo said.

Metrolinx says plans underway to quadruple weekly GO train trips, build new stations

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Mar 27th, 2018

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Metrolinx says planning is underway to quadruple weekly GO train trips and begin servicing new parts of the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.

Ontario Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry was at Union Station on Monday to announce the next phase of work to expand the GO Regional Express Rail System (RER).

McGarry said riders can expect more all-day, two way GO train services, as Metrolinx begins the process of designing and ultimately building six new GO stations, and six new City of Toronto Smart-Track stations.

Over 20 existing GO stations will also undergo renovations, as well as new bus loops and digital signage.

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“Work is well underway to build a better, integrated and seamless transit network across the GTHA,” McGarry said in a release.

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone in the delivery of all-day two-way electrified train service, more station stops and more service to get commuters where they need to be sooner.”

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Give a record, take a record: getting into the groove of swapping vinyl

Brandon Rowe and Victoria Revay | posted Tuesday, Mar 27th, 2018

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An east-end neighbourhood is taking the love of vintage to a new level, thanks to an avid vinyl fan.

Matt Durant says he started the “Vinyl Swap Box” — a place where anyone can take or leave a record — as a community outreach project, because he wants to build his Leslieville community, and also help people expand their musical horizons.

Durant says the idea was born out of his love of vinyl and fueled by a collection inherited from his father after he passed away. He also wants to keep the momentum of the vinyl revival going.

According to Neilsen Canada, 2017 vinyl sales in Canada were up 22% over the previous year. That’s  804,000 vinyl records sold.

The rules of the Vinyl Swap Box are simple — there are no rules. Vinyl enthusiasts can take or leave a record as they please.

Durant says he’s also hoping local artists will submit their work so that people can hear it.

The box is located outside of Durant’s studio at 1401 Queen Street East.

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