Major Ontario biker gang bust details revealed by OPP
The details of a 14-month investigation into numerous motorcycle gangs throughout the Niagara, Sudbury, and Ottawa area have been released in a press conference Wednesday.
“Project Skylark” aimed to take down three separate motorcycle gangs—the notorious Hell’s Angels, a subdivision of the Angels called the Red Devils, and the Hooligans—and to root out the gangs’ operation throughout the three cities.
The investigation was made up of eight tactical teams and 200 officers, also executing a total of 18 search warrants.
The 14-month investigation resulted in 15 people being charged with 195 offences under the controlled substances act. The gangs main focuses were the illegal sale of cocaine, methamphetamines, and fentanyl, a powerful drug which is responsible for many deaths throughout the opioid crisis.
During the raids, officers retrieved:
- Hundreds of 50 micrograms fentanyl patches valued at $200 per patch
- 12.5 kilograms of cocaine, with one seizure alone of 11 kilograms valued at over 1 million dollars
- 2000 meth tablets
- 12.2 kilograms of cannabis and cannabinoid products
- $75,000 in Canadian cash
- 11 firearms
- 700 rounds of ammunition
- $30,000 in high-end jewelry
- Luxury vehicles such as motorcycle Maserati and Mercedes,
- A residency in Ottawa.
Of the firearms, eight were illegal, with three being legally obtained but seized for the public’s safety. Six other legal firearms were also seized in Hamilton.
Human trafficking charges have also been laid.
The operation is believed to have completely removed the Hells Angels operations in the Greater Sudbury Area.
Most Ontarians are not for the government raising teachers’ salaries by 2 percent according to a poll formulated by The Star. Most people, however, do agree with the education unions on things like the number of students in a classroom and e-learning.
The opt-in poll was made by Campaign Research and included 1,536 people. It ran from Feb 6 to 9.
Nick Kouvalis, the principal strategist at Campaign Research said that most people “do not want to give the teachers a more than 1 percent raise,” and added, “but teachers should be encouraged that the public is still with them during these rotating strikes.”
The poll shows that 45 percent of people disagree with the teachers’ request of a 2 percent salary increase—opposing the 1 percent cap set in place by the government. Only 35 percent of people agree with teachers while 13 percent do not support either side and 8 percent are unsure.
Just 12 percent of people believe that teachers should not receive any pay increase while 32 percent support a 1 percent increase. Another 9 percent of the public believe that the teachers should receive an increase of more than 2 percent.
The public does not disagree with teachers on all issues though. While the government wants 2 of the 30 classes required by high school students to be taken online, teachers believe that the 30 classes should all be taken in the school classroom. The poll shows that 52 percent of the public agree with teachers on this issue while 28 percent disagree.
The public also agrees with teachers that the number of students per classroom should not be raised. The government wants to raise the amount of students per class to raise from 22.5 to 25. The poll finds that 52 percent of the public also agrees with teachers on this subject while 36 percent agree with Ontario’s government.
Cannabis loungers or weed cafes are potentially going to be opening up in Ontario as the province continues to push for an open cannabis market, according to City News Toronto.
The Ford government says that its ultimate goal is for an open market approach to cannabis. For now, however, the PCs say a supply shortage forced the government to start off using a lottery system for limited retail licences. There are no expected changes to the cannabis framework at this time, however the Progressive Conservatives said that the most recent consultation is to understand potential decisions to create an open market in the future.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has confirmed that it has already received more than 700 applications for retail operator licences which has prompted the provincial government to consider the possibility of “consumption venues” in addition to permits for special occasions such as concerts or outdoor festivals.
Ontario is dedicated to giving the private sector the freedom to build a safe and convenient retail system said Attorney General Doug Downey in a press release. This is an attempt to hopefully combat the illegal market.
A York University instructor has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on the TTC.
According to Toronto police, the females were sexually assaulted on the Toronto subway between January 3 and January 16.
The first instance of sexual assault was reported when a witness allegedly saw a man touching a sleeping woman’s breast.
“I woke up to her tapping me on my shoulder in tears asking if I saw the man,” said the man in an Instagram post.
“She said she had her eyes closed listening to music but slightly opened them when he sat right beside her because she thought it was odd,” read the post. “She said he took off his jacket, put it on his lap with his bag over it … and put his hands through it and started to feel up the side of her breast. She was wearing a sweater, so she noticed right away.”
The alleged victim switched seats and took a photograph of the man before he ran away.
The image was posted to Instagram on January 16 and subsequently went viral, as users began to attempt to identify the man.
Two women and a witness reportedly went to Toronto Police after seeing the social media post.
The instructor has since been suspended by York University due to the allegations. The school said they could not provide further comment due to “personnel-related matters.”
The university also posted on social media, “We’re aware of reports regarding an incident on the TTC allegedly involving one of our instructors. We’re taking steps to investigate the matter and continue to liaise with the Toronto Police Service.”
Nicolae Stefan Pop, 51, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault.
Pop is scheduled to appear at Old City Hall Court on March 19.
Millions of Canadians throughout the Windsor-Quebec City corridor, all the way to Newfoundland and Labrador, will be facing what unique and brutal snowstorm that will cover over 2,500 km of Canada under a blanket of snow.
Overall, the storm is expected to span three days in six different provinces, with the snow in some areas expected to pile up to 50 centimetres. It’s estimated that over 16,000,000 Canadians will be impacted by the February snowfall.
Snow is expected to begin Saturday and go strong into Sunday night, though more southern areas of Canada will start seeing snowfall as early as Wednesday and Thursday morning.
The Niagara region will face a unique challenge, as snowfall is expected to turn into hail and freezing rain on Thursday.
Overall, Ontario will experience the least harsh weather conditions of all provinces. The further east we go, though, the more is expected.
Southern Quebec will experience heavy snow early Thursday morning, which could have an impact on anyone travelling throughout the weekend. Snow is expected to pile up to 25 cm throughout southern Quebec. This includes Quebec City and Montreal.
Atlantic Canada, as is often the case, will be on the receiving end of the most snow, with as much as 50 cm of snow possible for parts of P.E.I., New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. The Bay of Fundy area near New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will also likely be experiencing some freezing rain.