Toronto Star under fire for insensitive “butter chicken roti” tweet
Canada’s highest circulated newspaper The Toronto Star has come under some serious heat lately, particularly in the Twittersphere.
A now-deleted tweet of an upcoming Q & A with New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh has some wondering what exactly the editors at the Star were thinking.
Toronto Police have released camera images of a man who allegedly threw an 87-year-old woman to the ground during a robbery.
According to Police, the 87-year-old was walking on Brunswick Avenue, south of Bloor Street West, around 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 when she was attacked by the man and robbed.
The suspect has been described as six-feet-tall with a thin build.
He was last seen wearing a dark toque, a two-toned hooded sweater, dark pants, dark shoes and was carrying a white bag.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact police at 416-808-1400 or to reach out to Crime Stoppers anonymously.
Toronto’s shelters continue to be at peak occupancy, despite new beds, risking lives during winter.
According to the City of Toronto’s daily tracker, the city’s homeless shelters remain at 99 or even 100% capacity for certain demographics.
Space for single men maintained an occupancy rate of 98%, while women hit 99%. Family shelters, excluding motels, reached capacity, with 100% occupancy.
While this data is worrying, a video posted to Twitter, which has since gone viral, shows the problem with clarity.
Simply said, on extreme nights, with such high occupancy rates, those in need could see themselves turned away.
While the occupancy situation remains problematic and potentially excludes many, it also creates a scenario of scarcity where resources given to those who make it in are also reduced.
In October, the City found itself in hot water, when a Toronto street nurse called the city “second class” after releasing undercover footage filmed showing the state of shelters.
The footage reveals rows of cots on the ground, tightly packed and cordoned off by tape, in various drop-in respite centres in the city.
“This is a second-tier, second-class shelter system, and we are a second-class city to allow it to happen,” the nurse said.
While the problem continues, the city will be adding almost 500 new spaces, with 200 beds to be located in North York for refugees.
“Refugees are quite overrepresented in the shelter population, and so that program at Yonge and Finch will be very much tailored to the unique needs of single refugee claimants.”
Refugees have come to represent roughly 36% of the shelter system since 2016, with both the Roxham border crossers and the Syrian population requiring assistance, likely due to high housing costs in urban areas.
Gord Tanner, director of homelessness initiatives and prevention services, made the expansion announcement, while also pointing out that it’s the sixth winter in a row the city has scaled up services.
“Despite continually adding new capacity to the shelter system the occupancy rate remains really unchanged, around 98-99 percent,” he said
A Toronto mobster has been shot and killed outside a restaurant in Etobicoke. The shooting was carried out as a hit and run, panicking many in the surrounding area.
The victim was known for being a veteran and an enforcer in the crime world. During his time in the mob, he had protected some of Canada’s most serious criminals, according to the National Post.
The murdered mobster, whose name was Antonio Fiorda, was attacked in broad daylight in a busy strip mall. Fiorda had a wife and two children and was considered a trusted insider by the notorious Commisso crime family.
The Commisso family has operations in both Southern Italy and Canada. Their operations in Canada, however, are particularly focused in the Toronto-GTA area. They have been labelled as being particularly audacious with their violence.
In 1996, during an operation for the Commisso family, Fiorda was imprisoned by the Toronto police for possessing an AK-47 assault rifle, a pipe bomb, and other explosives in his North York home
Toronto Police have announced that Mohammed Naufal Hadi Mohamed, 51, of Toronto, has been arrested and charged as a part of a sexual assault investigation.
In full, Mohamed has been charged with:
1. Fourteen counts of Sexual Exploitation of Young Person
2. Twelve counts of Sexual Interference With a Person Under 14
3. Fourteen counts of Sexual Assault
4. Six counts of Corrupt Child Through Sexual Immorality
5. Three counts of Unlawfully Engage in Anal Intercourse
6. Three counts of Invitation to Sexual Touching Under 14 years of age
7. Two counts of Forcible Confinement
Mohamed is expected to appear in College Park Courts at 444 Yonge Street, room 501 on Nov 6, 2019.
Police believe there are other victims and ask anyone with any information to come forward.