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They Had a Foot of Air Space in Elevator. The Water Kept Coming

Dramatic rescue comes amid Toronto flooding

(Newser) - Toronto police pulled off an impressive rescue in the city swamped by flooding Tuesday night. Six minutes after receiving a call about two men trapped in a flooded elevator with only a foot of air space, officers swam into the water-filled basement of a commercial building and used a crowbar... More »

'Canada's Trump' Shocks Toronto With 'Revenge Plan'

Ontario Premier Doug Ford aims to cut city council in half

(Newser) - A man who's been called Canada's Donald Trump has shocked Toronto by vowing to slash its city council in half. Just elected in June , Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the proposal Friday: "We're going to run city hall a lot more efficiently than before," he... More »

Toronto Shooter IDed; Girls Ages 10, 18 Are Dead

Family of shooter Faisal Hussain, 29, says he battled psychosis

(Newser) - One of the two people killed in Sunday night's mass shooting on popular Danforth Avenue in Toronto was a 10-year-old girl. The other wasn't much older: an 18-year-old recent high school graduate named Reese Fallon, who was attending a birthday party at a restaurant, reports the Toronto Globe ... More »

'Despicable Act' in Toronto: Gunman Shoots 14, Killing 2

The unidentified gunman is also dead

(Newser) - Terror struck the Greektown neighborhood of Toronto on Sunday, when a gunman walking the street shot 14 people, killing two . The Globe & Mail reports the unidentified 29-year-old gunman struck along Danforth Avenue, where he fired at both pedestrians and restaurant patrons with a handgun around 10pm. He died in... More »

Bombing in Canada: 'People Bleeding So Much'

Cops say attackers detonated explosive device in Toronto-area restaurant

(Newser) - Police in a Toronto suburb are searching for two masked attackers who detonated an improvised bomb in a restaurant Thursday night. Police say 15 were injured, three of them with critical blast injuries, after the men detonated the explosive device in Mississauga's Bombay Bhel restaurant, the BBC reports. The... More »

1.8K Items Taken From Alleged Serial Killer's Home

Bruce McArthur's place was searched inch by inch

(Newser) - After four months of painstaking work, police in Toronto have completed their search of the apartment of the man believed to be the city's worst-ever serial killer. Police say at least two forensic officers have been at Bruce McArthur's 19th-floor apartment every day since mid-January, looking for evidence... More »

4 Cops Charged in Theft of Suspect's Scarface Statue

Charges against the suspect have been stayed

(Newser) - Four Toronto-area police officers face charges of theft, obstructing police, and perjury after they allegedly stole a "one-of-a-kind" Scarface statue from a suspected drug dealer. Though she said it was "highly likely" Lowell Somerville would've been found guilty of trafficking and heroin possession, a judge stayed charges... More »

Eatery That Asked Patron to Prepay Now to Pay Him $7.8K

Emile Wickham says his group was racially profiled in Chinese restaurant; tribunal agrees

(Newser) - A Toronto eatery tried to tell Emile Wickham it was standard operating procedure to ask for prepayment before his meal—but that didn't fly with Wickham, nor with the Canadian tribunal that ruled in his favor in April and awarded him $7,800. Per ABC News , Wickham and three... More »

Chilling Post Links Toronto Suspect to 'Incel' Subculture

He vowed to overthrow 'Chads and Stacys'

(Newser) - A Facebook message posted minutes before Monday's horrific attack in Toronto appears to link suspect Alek Minassian to the same twisted subculture that inspired California mass killer Elliot Rodger in 2014. In the post, which Facebook has confirmed is genuine, Minassian praises Rodger as the "Supreme Gentleman" and... More »

Victims in Toronto Were 'Predominantly' Women

Online post by suspect in van attack suggests he may have resented women

(Newser) - The suspect in the deadly van attack in Toronto posted a chilling Facebook message just minutes before plowing into a crowded city sidewalk, authorities said Tuesday, raising the possibility that he may have nursed grudges against women—a possible echo of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one... More »

Van Left 'Pure Carnage' for Nearly a Mile in Toronto

Police believe there is no terror connection

(Newser) - Police don't know why a van sped along a busy sidewalk in Toronto on Monday afternoon, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake—but they say it "definitely looks deliberate." A suspect identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian was arrested near the scene of the horrific attack,... More »

9 Dead, 16 Hurt After Van Plows Into Toronto Pedestrians

Police have driver in custody

(Newser) - A van plowed into a group of pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, killing nine people and injuring another 16, but whether it did so deliberately was not clear. The driver was in custody, reports the CBC , though no details were immediately provided about the arrest. Police say the van had... More »

They Protested His Eatery's Meat. So He Grabbed a Deer Leg

'I just felt helpless' at being called 'murderer,' says Toronto restaurateur Michael Hunter

(Newser) - What do you do if you're a restaurant that serves meat, yet protesters keep showing up to tell you you're a "murderer"? If you're Michael Hunter, you chop up a deer in the front window. That's what the Toronto restaurateur did Friday after animal-rights... More »

Toronto Therapist Had Sex With Male Patients

Melvyn Iscove will likely lose his license

(Newser) - A Toronto psychiatrist who considered homosexuality a "disorder" also had sex with male patients in his office—and will likely lose his license over it, Newsweek reports. Melvyn Iscove, 72, has been found guilty of sexually abusing two men who came to him in the 1990s and early 2000s.... More »

Police Need Public's Help in Case of Suspected Serial Killer

A 7th victim has been found, but not identified

(Newser) - Toronto police have found a seventh set of remains related to the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur and have released a picture of a bearded, darker skinned dead man. Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Monday they could not identify the man in the picture and are now seeking... More »

Man Vanishes on NY Ski Trip, Turns Up in Calif. 6 Days Later

Police say firefighter appears to have suffered head injury, memory loss

(Newser) - A Toronto fire captain's skiing trip to upstate New York turned into a cross-country trip to California—and authorities say he has no idea how. Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis, who was reported missing in the Whiteface Mountain area Feb. 7, turned up 2,500 miles away, confused and still... More »

More Bodies Have Turned Up in Case of Alleged Serial Killer

Police found remains of 6 people in planters on property connected to Bruce McArthur

(Newser) - Toronto police said Thursday they've recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur , the AP reports. Lead investigator Det. St. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property McArthur used as storage in exchange for doing the... More »

Sources: Man Found Bound in Suspected Serial Killer's Home

His arrival at apartment reportedly triggered Bruce McArthur's arrest

(Newser) - Toronto police arrested a suspected serial killer out of fear for a young man's life, sources say. The man—who was seeking a sexual encounter, per the CBC —was found restrained but unharmed in Bruce McArthur's apartment on Jan. 18; police had the 66-year-old landscaper under surveillance... More »

Landscaper Accused of Killing 5, Hiding Bodies in Planters

Toronto cops believe there are more victims to be found

(Newser) - After a series of grim discoveries, police in Toronto believe they have a serial killer in custody—one who was able to operate undetected for years because he had a job that was perfect for hiding bodies. Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, has been charged with first-degree murder in... More »

Cops Call for Help After Allegedly Eating Pot, Hallucinating

A source says one officer ended up in a tree

(Newser) - It sounds like a potentially perilous situation: an officer calling for assistance while on duty. Except in the case of two Toronto officers on Sunday, the problem wasn't gunfire or an uncooperative arrestee—it was pot the cops had allegedly consumed. CBC News reports the officers, whose names haven'... More »

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