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Suspended Toronto cop charged with impaired driving, street racing

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jun 11th, 2020

A suspended Toronto police officer, who is currently facing charges related to allegedly threatening someone over a debt, has been arrested for impaired driving and street racing by provincial police.

Constable Lionel Peters, a 17-year veteran of TPS, was charged with threatening bodily harm, extortion, breach of trust by a public officer and careless storage in May of last year. He is currently suspended with pay.

On Tuesday around 1:30 p.m., OPP officers pulled over a vehicle allegedly driving 179 kilometres per hour along Highway 407 near Guelph Line.

The driver was identified as 43-year-old Peters from Paris, Ontario.

Peters then allegedly blew four times the legal limit and was arrested for impaired driving and street racing.

On top of the charges, Peters’ license was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Politicians urged to collaborate on pandemic benefit for disabled Canadians

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Jun 11th, 2020

Federal politicians are being urged to work together to help Canadians with disabilities weather the COVID-19 crisis.

This after opposition parties refused Wednesday to give the unanimous consent needed to swiftly pass the government’s latest emergency aid bill.

The bill included provisions to deliver on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise of a one-time, tax-free benefit of up to $600 for disabled Canadians.

That benefit, along with other measures in the bill, are now in limbo.

Jewelles Smith, chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, says she’s disappointed that governments have failed to provide emergency help for disabled Canadians.

Many of them face increased costs due to the pandemic including for grocery delivery, medication dispensing fees and increased home care.

“We urge all parties to work together during this crisis,” Smith said in an email. “People with disabilities continue to experience barriers that are not being recognized.”

The bill also includes a proposed expansion of the wage subsidy program to include more seasonal workers and some additional businesses and proposed penalties for fraudulently claiming the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

As well, it proposes changes to the CERB in response to concerns that the benefit is discouraging people from returning to low-paying jobs.

For a variety of reasons, some of them unrelated to the content of the legislation, no opposition party was prepared to give the unanimous consent needed to debate and approve the bill within a matter of hours.

Government House leader Pablo Rodriguez proposed splitting the bill to deal with the disability benefit separately but the Conservatives nixed that idea, holding out instead for a full resumption of business as usual in the House of Commons.

Rodriguez said afterwards that he will continue negotiating with the opposition parties to try to find a resolution.

Most likely, that will involve introducing a separate bill for the disability benefit, which could be passed relatively quickly if at least one opposition party is prepared to support it and agree to limit the amount of time for debate.

The NDP has indicated it would not block the proposed benefit if it was dealt with in a stand-alone bill, even though New Democrats maintain the benefit is inadequate and would apply to only 40 per cent of Canadians with disabilities.

Gaining support for other measures in the bill could prove to be more difficult. The NDP is adamantly opposed to imposing fines or jail time on Canadians who fraudulently claim the CERB — despite Trudeau’s assurances that the penalties are intended only for the small number who deliberately defraud the government.

It’s getting harder and harder to stop disinformation

THE BIG STORY | posted Thursday, Jun 11th, 2020

In today’s Big Story podcast, it’s been a banner year for disinformation, and the past few weeks have been the worst of all. Coronavirus hoaxes and miracle cures are still circulating, but there’s also been a deluge of confusion, lies and misrepresentation around what’s happening at the protests that have taken over streets in almost every town and city in North America.

So how do you tell the real from the fake, especially when the misinformation is sometimes coming from traditional sources of authority? What are the most common hoaxes surrounding these protests? What’s the goal of them? And how close are these social media hoaxes getting to inciting real-life violence?

GUEST: Jane Lytvynenko, senior reporter, BuzzFeed News

You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle and Spotify.

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

Overnight storm knocks down trees, cuts power in GTA

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jun 11th, 2020

The cleanup is underway after a storm moved through Southern Ontario Wednesday night.

Trees were knocked down and electricity was cut off for some in the region.

There were reports of “explosions” in the Oakwood Avenue and Rogers Road last night, but police said it was hydro transformers “exploding in the area.”


Arrest made in hit-and-run that killed 17-year-old girl in Downsview Park

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2020

Toronto police say they have made an arrest in the death of the 17-year-old girl killed in a hit-and-run in Downsview Park.

Police say they arrested Shawn Ramsey, 46, of Toronto on Tuesday, believed to be the driver of a Black SUV that allegedly struck two pedestrians on Sunday.

The girl and a 19-year-old woman were crossing the street at the intersection of Keele Street and Calvington Drive just north of Wilson Avenue around 12:15 a.m. when they were struck by a vehicle that was travelling northbound on Keele and making a turn onto Calvington.

The teen was pronounced dead at the scene while the other woman suffered minor injuries.

Ramsey has been charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.

He is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

Police have seized the vehicle involved in the crash and continue to investigate.

2 gunshot victims walk into hospital, shooting location under investigation

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2020

Two gunshot victims have walked into a hospital as police investigate a shooting in the Jane Street and Wilson Avenue area.

Police were called to the scene around 11:30 p.m. to reports of multiple gunshots.

Evidence of gunfire and shell casings were found in the area, but no victims were located.

Shortly after, two people with gunshot wounds walked into a hospital. Both have serious injuries.

Police have yet to determine if the two incidents are related at this point.

There has been no suspect information released at this point.

Women dies, another injured in Scarborough motorcycle crash

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2020

A woman has died and a second person was injured in motorcycle crash in Scarborough.

Police were called to Brimley Road and Anson Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to the serious collision.

A motorcycle with two riders was found on the scene.

A woman, who was the passenger on the motorcycle, suffered life-threatening injuries and died in hospital.

The driver of the motorcycle suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police believe a second vehicle may have been involved in the crash and fled the scene.

Man killed in Leaside shooting

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jun 10th, 2020

One man has been killed and another was injured after a shooting in Leaside Tuesday evening.

Toronto police were called to Leonard Linton Park in the Vanderhoof Avenue and Research Road area 7:30 p.m. to reports of several gunshots in the area along with reporting of people and vehicles fleeing the scene.

Two gunshot victims were located. One man is being rushed via an emergency run to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was later pronounced dead

A second man was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Investigators say multiple rounds were fired, but they don’t know how many shooters were involved in the incident.

The Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation. Anyone with footage from the scene is asked to contact police.

There has been no suspect information released.

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