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Criminal charges dropped against four arrested in Project Traveller. A new study shows that high gas prices are keeping Canadians home this summer. Meet Sammy Hagar today at his Beach Bar Rum tasting event in Toronto.
SAMMY’S BEACH BAR RUM
Join Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Sammy Hagar today for an exclusive tasting of his 100% premium distilled rum, from the world’s newest rum region, Maui, Hawaii. The event runs from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the LCBO at Yonge & Summerhill (10 Scrivener Square, Toronto.) Meet Sammy Hagar and he will give away a signed guitar to a lucky audience member. Available as well will be a limited number of SIGNATURE EDITION BOTTLES – FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS
MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 17
Earlier today, rebels finally gave Malaysian officials the data recorders from downed MH17, days after the jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine. It is a step forward in the stalled investigation, but many important questions still remain unanswered: will the black boxes give investigators the clues they need? What will happen to the bodies of the 298 victims, which are currently in refrigerated train cars? And who pulled the trigger on the plane?
FATAL GO TRAIN INCIDENT
Police continue their investigation of a fatal incident involving a male victim who was struck by a GO Train Monday evening. It happened near Dundas Street West and Sterling Road. Toronto EMS says the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Regular service has resumed this morning.
CRIMINAL CHARGES DROPPED IN PROJECT TRAVELlER
Several criminal charges laid against Mohamed Farah, who reportedly tried to sell the infamous Rob Ford crack video to media outlets, have now been dropped. The Crown has also dropped charges against three others, Nicholas Obeng, Muhideen Jama and Halima Said, who were arrested in connection with the Project Traveller last June. Unrelated charges to the so-called crack video laid against 34-year-old Mohamed Farah, included possession of a firearm, ammunition and proceeds of crime. Hundreds of charges, including firearms trafficking and drug offences, were laid in the Toronto Police investigation, which targeted those who were reportedly associated with the Dixon City Bloods gang. Many were arrested last June when Toronto police raided an apartment building 320 Dixon Road.
HIGH PRICES KEEPING CANADIANS AT HOME
A new survey says 23% of Canadians won’t be travelling this summer, with budget concerns keeping them close to home. The survey states high prices of gas is the top reason, followed by high air fares. The survey done by website RetailMeNot.ca shows the high price of gas and accommodations are the main reasons for keeping 23 per cent of Canadians at home. Just 7% say they’ll be travelling overseas this summer. And 28% of plan to limit their spending on summer travel and transportation to $100 or less. The survey also found that Canadians will spend $100 to $300 on alcohol during their summer holiday, while 60% will spend under $200 on food.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 1972, while on tour, Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden for possession of marijuana and fined $1,2000 US.