Remembering the victims of the Toronto Van Attack, one year later
On the one year anniversary of the Toronto Van Attack, a sickening vehicular massacre that saw the death of 10 people (eight women and two men) we take a moment to remember those who passed away.
The attack on Yonge Street through the North York City Centre business district, deliberately targeted pedestrians. 16 others were also injured, some critically.
Toronto, as expected, had a meaningful impact on the way that the federal election played out last night, and the Big Smoke decided to vote overwhelmingly red.
While polls showed that the New Democrats had the potential to make meaningful impact on the GTA, a weak showing from the Singh-led NDP ended up leaving but a chink in the armour on election day, as the Trudeau-led Liberals took every single riding in the 416 area code.
The results weren’t totally unexpected. As projected by major pollsters 338 Canada, the Liberals charged into election night fully expecting a big showing throughout the GTA. Most ridings were either Liberal strongholds, with only Toronto-Danforth expected to go Orange.
A no-hitter, though, was not expected, as even the Danforth New Dem hopeful, Min Sook Lee, fell short of defeating the incumbent Liberals, despite pollsters projecting a 78 percent chance that the riding flip.
For the Conservatives, the night could only be described as an onslaught. A big showing in Ontario was an absolute must, but what the Scheer-led Cons ended up with was nothing short of nightmarish.
An already alienated Alberta has grown overtly frustrated over the last half-decade, and resentment rides particularly high when it comes to Prime Minister Trudeau.
And it’s difficult to say that the sight of an all-red 416 would not further agitate an already frustrated Western Canada.
Frustrations were visible across the web. Within hours of the announcement that the incumbent Liberals would remain in power, #Wexit, a cheeky hashtag used by provincial separatists out west, gained a full head of steam.
The issue of Albertan secession tends to reappear every few months. But with the #Wexit trend, as well as the #WexitAlberta and #WexitSaskatchewan trends, those who are agitated in the prairies have virtually no length of leash left to give to hyper-liberal cities who dictate law nationwide.
With Alberta’s emergence as the province most eager to separate, (yes, including Quebec), more and more Canadians are growing tired of large pockets of the population in Ottawa and Toronto deciding what happens with their wallets.
All this is frustrating enough without the mention that the Conservatives actually held their own last night. The Tories ended up being the most popular party across Canada, winning the popular vote.
Rules are rules, of course. But to say that Canada is not being fractured because of the decisions made by perceived elitists or political apathy would be, at this point, ignorant.
A man has been hospitalized with serious injuries after surviving an alleged kidnapping attempt Sunday afternoon.
Police received a report for “unknown trouble” at roughly 2:45 p.m. in the Renforth Drive and Tabard Gate area, reports City News.
When police arrived, they were quickly forced into a pursuit, having witnessed a man being forced into a car.
The suspects then abandoned the car near Legion Road in Mimico. Officers managed to arrest three out of four of the suspects from the car. The fourth managed to escape and officers are still trying to locate him. Police say that he is armed, violent and dangerous.
When officers approached the car, they discovered the kidnapping victim in the back with “significant injuries.” Police said they are serious injuries, but not life-threatening.
Police are asking anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the fourth suspect to come forward.
The incumbent Bill Morneau, Canada’s Minister of Finance, has managed to retain his seat as MP for the Toronto Centre riding, winning 55 percent of votes.
Far behind was NDP candidate Brian Chang with 24 percent of votes, and even further behind was the Conservative candidate, Ryan Lester, whose votes were negligible.
Morneau first became an MP in 2015, but metropolitan areas, particularly in Toronto, are renowned for being Liberal monopolies for votes. Such is the case for the Toronto Centre riding, which has retained its Liberal domination since 1997.
Before becoming a politician, Morneau founded a human resource firm, Morneau Shepell, growing the firm for 200 employees to 4,000, establishing the company ass a mainstay of sorts in providing services to Canadians.
He has also founded international humanitarian organizations and has wrote financial books on how to retire with dignity.
Chrystia Freeland, who serves as foreign minister and the Liberal candidate running for the University–Rosedale riding, has won her reelection.
In an interview with CBC on October 4, Freeland stressed to the importance of making sure whichever government gets elected ensures no Canadian gets left behind.
“We are seeing in too many countries — where you have a group of people in the country who are left behind — that that creates an opportunity for irresponsible politicians to whip up a sort of angry nativist sentiment,” Freeland said, adding that Canada is not immune to the strains and stresses of divisive politics.
As the Toronto Star explains, Freeland has had a “meteoric rise” in prominence since becoming an MP, in large part thanks to Justin Trudeau, who promoted her from minister of international trade to foreign minister only two years later for her work on renegotiating NAFTA.
Freeland easily won a decisive victory in her downtown Toronto riding, with NDP candidate Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda trailing far behind. Many have expected this as Freeland has established herself as a high-profile candidate, while her opponents are relatively unknown.