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Manhunt ongoing for 2 suspects in Paris magazine attack. Tory wants a 3 stop Scarborough subway. No disruptions during Bill Cosby performance in Kitchener, ON. Ghomeshi trial date to be set today in Toronto court appearance. Beer opens ownership to craft brewers.
MANHUNT ONGOING FOR 2 SUSPECTS IN PARIS MAGAZINE ATTACK
There’s been another deadly attack in Paris, leaving a female police officer dead and another person wounded. So far though there’s no link between today’s shooting and the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo building. The police officer had been called to a traffic this morning and when she arrived, she was shot. Right now it’s believed police have the gunman cornered in a Paris building. As for yesterday’s massacre that left 12 dead, one suspect has turned himself in and there’s a report in the past half-hour that police have located the other two suspects in northern France. Here at home, despite the frigid temperatures, members of Toronto’s French community held a candlelight vigil outside the French consulate. Prominent members of Muslim communities in Toronto are condemning the violence, saying the attackers are the acts of individuals, not of all Muslims. Thousands of people around the world Wednesday took to the streets to protest the killings and using the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” on social media to stand up for free speech.
TORY WANTS A 3 STOP SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY
Mayor John Tory is speaking out on the proposed Scarborough subway. He says he would build the Scarborough subway as planned with only three stops. That idea differs from one of Tory’s Deputy Mayor’s. Glenn De Baeremaker said he would prefer to see a four-stop line instead of the three-stop plan. De Baeremaker said he was told earlier that another stop would cost an additional $100 to $150 million. In December De Baeremaker said he planned on releasing a letter asking for a fourth stop at Danforth and Eglinton.
NO DISRUPTIONS DURING BILL COSBY PERFORMANCE IN KITCHENER, ON
There was a handful of protesters but otherwise, a warm reception for comedian Bill Cosby in Kitchener. Many seats at Bill Cosby’s Kitchener show Wednesday night were empty as protesters demonstrated outside the Centre In The Square venue. Several women have come forward accusing the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them. The protesters say he should not be welcomed to perform in Ontario. Cosby denies the allegations against him and will perform in London tonight, and Hamilton on Friday.
GHOMESHI TRIAL DATE TO BE SET TODAY IN TORONTO COURT APPEARANCE
Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi’s legal team will be in a Toronto courtroom this morning to set a trial date. Ghomeshi is facing five criminal charges, including four counts of sexual assault and one charge of choking, in relation to alleged assault incidents involving three different women. His lawyer, Marie Henein, said he intends to plead not guilty.
BEER STORE OPENS OWNERSHIP TO CRAFT BREWERS
Big changes are coming to the Beer Store. Effective immediately, it will discount fees for craft breweries allowing for more access to their products, including more seasonal brews. The Beer Store is also opening ownership to all Ontario-based brewers allowing them to share in the group’s decision-making. Brewers will still be allowed to independently set their own prices. But the chair of Ontario Craft Brewers says today’s announcement comes as a surprise to members. “We were not consulted on any of this and as such, we just do not have enough information to comment right now. It is as simple as that…We need more information, we have a lot of questions.” -Cam Heaps, Chairman of Ontario Craft Brewers. Heaps says there is a government process already in place regarding beer distribution in Ontario and the OCB wishes to continue to work within that process. NDP leader Andrea Horwath says she wants to wait for a government panel’s final report on how sales in the province should be modified.