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WATCH: Man tasered following incident at Pearson International Airport. Man arrested after stabbing Peel Regional Police, cruiser stolen. Sex workers potentially at risk if police launch Pan Am Games sweep. Sentencing begins in Via Rail terror plot trial. Bell Media President abruptly leaves job after censorship flap.
WATCH: MAN TASERED FOLLOWING INCIDENT AT PEARSON AIRPORT
The mental health of a man is being assessed after a dramatic takedown by police at Pearson International Airport. Peel Police say they have arrested one man, believed to be in his 20s, who allegedly tried to illegally board a plane from an unauthorized area at Pearson. He refused to drop a briefcase that he was carrying and was tasered. The incident happened sometime after 9pm on Thursday evening. The suspect was apparently trying to board a flight en route to Istanbul, Turkey. A video of the indecent was posted on YouTube. Police say no charges have been laid, as they are still assessing his mental health.
Male party from Airport incident apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to hospital to be assessed.— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) April 10, 2015
MAN ARRESTED AFTER STABBING PEEL COP, STEALING CRUISER
A Peel police officer was injured Thursday afternoon while in the Winston Churchill Blvd and Dundas Street West area. It’s understood the officer who was responding to a mental health call suffered stab wounds to the arm and was transported to hospital for treatment. Police have also said that the man stole a police vehicle for a short while in an attempt to make a getaway, the vehicle has since been recovered and the suspect arrested. Schools were temporarily locked down in the area while the suspect was at large. Shots were fired at the scene, however no one was injured. Police now say the injured officer is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. Officers are arresting 47-year-old Farhad Akhalwaya of Mississauga with attempted murder, theft over $5,000 and uttering threats. He is scheduled to appear in court in Brampton on Friday.
SEX WORKERS AT RISK IF POLICE LAUNCH PAN AM GAMES SWEEP
An advocacy group says sex workers could be at risk if police launch sweeps to clean up city streets heading into this summer’s Pan Am Games. The Toronto-based group, Maggie’s, says fears over potential trafficking during sports competitions are typically overblown and sometimes serve as excuses to round up local and foreign sex workers. The group cites similar games, like the 2012 Olympics where authorities in London cracked down on prostitution ahead of the games. In Vancouver, police also made efforts to curb street prostitution and petty crimes prior to the event. Major international sporting events also raise concerns about the possibility of heightened sex trafficking, with some observers predicting an influx of trafficked woman to meet an alleged increase in demand for commercial sex. However, Maggie’s executive director says strong police presence could harshly impact sex workers, forcing them to work in more isolated and possibly unsafe conditions. As for the theory that large sporting events create an increase in demand for sex workers, there aren’t many studies that have been done to properly show the demand. A report by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women stated “There is no evidence that large sporting events cause an increase in trafficking for prostitution.”
Image Courtesy: Maggie’s Indiegogo Page
SENTENCING HEARING TODAY FOR CONVICTED MEN IN VIA RAIL TERROR PLOT
The sentencing arguments will be heard in court today in the trial for two men found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train travelling between New York City and Toronto. On March 20th, a jury found Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier guilty of terror-related conspiracy to commit murder, as well as two counts of participating in, or contributing to, the activity of a terrorist group. Both men are facing up to life in prison. Esseghaier said he did not want to take part in sentencing arguments. During the trial, he did not participate, saying he only wanted to be judged by the Qur’an. The lawyer for Jaser says his client is considering an appeal. He also says Jaser was only feigning interest in the alleged terror plot as part of a plan to con and extract money from Esseghaier and an undercover FBI agent who befriended the pair. However, Crown prosecutors say there was “overwhelming evidence” to find them both guilty of all charges.
BELL MEDIA PRESIDENT TO LEAVE COMPANY IMMEDIATELY AFTER JOURNALISTIC MEDDELING
President of Bell Media, Kevin Crull is to leave the company effective immediately. Bell’s parent company BCE made the announcement on Thursday afternoon. It’s though that Crull’s departure is related to a story which came to light last month which stated that he had intruded on the editorial integrity CTV’s news team during its coverage of a regulatory decision made by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. CTV is owned by Bell Media and Crull had issued an apology following the incident. He is to be replaced by Mary Ann Turcke, who was formerly group president of media sales for local TV and radio at the company.