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Toronto Van Attack Suspect: 'I Accomplished My Mission'

He said he was in contact with Elliot Rodger

(Newser) - A newly released video shows a man who allegedly used a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto telling police that he's part of an online group of sexually frustrated men who plot attacks against people who have sex. Alek Minassian, 26, is accused of driving a rental van... More »

Special Effects Chief Killed on Titans Set

Warren Appleby was hit with debris from car

(Newser) - A special effects "wizard" is dead following an accident on the set of DC Universe's Titans. Warren Appleby, the special effects coordinator for the show, was hit by metal debris that broke off from a car without warning at a special effects facility in Toronto on Thursday, reports... More »

Gunfire Erupts at Raptors Rally

4 people were injured in the shooting

(Newser) - Shots rang out Monday at a massive rally celebrating the Toronto Raptors' NBA championship victory, the Toronto Star reports. In a crowd outside Toronto's city hall—where team members spoke from a stage—police say four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, three were arrested, and two firearms were recovered. Many... More »

Before Van Attack, Rental Staff Laughed as He Drove Away

Alek Minassian didn't know how to put in drive, according to 'Toronto Life' profile

(Newser) - One year after a van plowed into pedestrians on Toronto's busy Yonge Street, Toronto Life magazine has done a deep dive into the life of the man accused in the attack. Alek Minassian is 26 now, awaiting trial on 10 counts of murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.... More »

Kidnapped Student Turns Up on Rural Doorstep

Wanzhen Lu found 'in good health' north of Toronto

(Newser) - The knock on the door in Gravenhurst, Ont., came around 9pm Tuesday. Standing outside the rural cottage, some 100 miles north of the Toronto suburb from which he was kidnapped Saturday , was 22-year-old Wanzhen "Peter" Lu, looking for help. The homeowner immediately called police, who found the Chinese international... More »

Lawyer Fired After 'Appalling' Remark About Teen Girls

Gary McCallum argued a 14- or 15-year-old is a 'sexually mature young woman,' not a child

(Newser) - A Toronto lawyer has been fired from an Ontario children's aid group after making eyebrow-raising remarks about teen girls. Per CTV , Gary McCallum was representing Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services last year in a suit brought by a woman who says she was sexually abused by her... More »

Men in Hoods Violently Kidnap Chinese Student in Canada

Wanzhen Lu shocked with Taser, 'dragged' into van on Saturday

(Newser) - Police in Canada are "very concerned for the safety" of a Chinese international student kidnapped by men wearing hoods on Saturday. Wanzhen "Peter" Lu, 22, had just parked his Range Rover in the underground parking garage of his condo building in the Toronto suburb of Markham—he also... More »

Mystery Man Visited the Shermans for 29 Mins

The 'Toronto Star' reports on neighbor's CCTV footage

(Newser) - Fifteen months later, the murder of billionaire philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman remains unsolved—but the Toronto Star is reporting on a mysterious CCTV video and apparently lax investigating by police. Neighbors of the Shermans say they gave police security-cam footage of a man who drove up to the victims'... More »

'Gum Wrapper' Blamed for Flier's Pain Was Not a Gum Wrapper

Canadian student was stung by scorpion on Air Transat flight from Toronto to Calgary

(Newser) - If you're seated next to Quin Maltais on a future flight, forgive her if she's a little jumpy. That's because the Canadian student recently had another seatmate—an unwelcome one—on a recent Air Transat flight from Toronto to Calgary. On that Feb. 26 flight, Maltais initially... More »

Tech Giant's Plan Gets Leaked, City Reels

Google wants to develop, tax 350 acres of Toronto

(Newser) - Toronto got an eye-popper Friday when it learned that Google—which is aiming to transform 12 acres of Waterfront land with tech-friendly development—actually wants to develop 350 acres and draw profit from sources including higher property taxes and a share of developer fees, the Toronto Star reports. Politicians at... More »

Bruce McArthur Pleads Guilty as Grisly Details of Killings Aired

The Toronto landscaper will be sentenced on Monday

(Newser) - Bruce McArthur has pleaded guilty to murdering eight men in Toronto , and prosecutors in court on Tuesday provided grisly details of the crimes. Crown prosecutor Michael Cantlon said McArthur "staged" and photographed some of his victims and held on to some of their possessions, including jewelry and a notebook.... More »

After Bizarre Posts, Founder of Skincare Brand Dead at 40

Brandon Truaxe was ousted at Deciem after 'outrageous' online behavior

(Newser) - A genius with a troubled mind: Brandon Truaxe, founder of the skin care company Deciem, died on Sunday after months of bizarre online posts. The company did not disclose the cause of death, though police in Toronto said they had recovered the body of somebody who had fallen from the... More »

Woman Dies After Getting Caught in Clothing 'Death Trap'

She's at least the 8th fatality in Canada in 4 years to become trapped in donation bin

(Newser) - A woman in Toronto died after she became stuck in a clothing donations bin, reports NBC News . Police don't suspect foul play. The unidentified woman, found early Tuesday morning, apparently reached in too far, either to put in or pull out clothes, and could not get back out. Her... More »

6 Charged With Sex Assault at All-Boys School

Toronto's St. Michael's College calls assault 'simply horrific'

(Newser) - Police arrested six students from a prestigious private all-boys Catholic school in Toronto on Monday and charged them with sexual assault related to a video that was posted on the Internet. Toronto Police Inspector Dominic Sinopoli said the teens, who are all 14 and 15, are from St. Michael's... More »

'Canada's Trump' Pushes the 'Nuclear Button'

Doug Ford uses the 'notwithstanding' clause for first time in Ontario history

(Newser) - Looks like Toronto's municipal battle is heading back to court. With Ontario Premier Doug Ford imposing the all-powerful "notwithstanding" clause to slash the city council in half , councilors voted 26-10 Thursday to fight back by all legal means, the Toronto Star reports. The decision came after Toronto's... More »

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 »

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