MONTREAL – Police asked for the public’s assistance Thursday morning to identify a woman sought in a Feb. 14 knife attack in the Angrignon bus/métro terminal on Valentine’s Day.
About 2:35 p.m. on Feb. 14, after “the victim and the suspect had taken the same bus from LaSalle” to Angrignon, “the suspect attacked the victim, with a knife and for no apparent reason,” Montreal police said in a prepared statement.
After several swipes of the blade, the statement added, the suspect “fled in the direction of the métro.” Angrignon station is at the western end of the Green Line.
The suspect is described as black, of “medium” height and weight, with mid-length “Afro”-style hair, the statement added.read more
Station 1 (Baie D’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Kirkland, Ste. Anne de Bellevue and Senneville)
Const. Roberto Del Papa reports two men approached a Senneville home on Chemin Senneville near midnight Feb. 20 and began ringing the doorbell and banging on the door. The homeowner did not answer but observed the two suspects go through his backyard and hide in the hedges bordering a neighbouring property. The pair fled in the direction of Pacific Avenue. The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 25-years-old, carrying a large backpack. The second suspect is a white male, approximately 25-years-old, with short brown hair.
Succumbing to the tried-and-true map scam, another victim was robbed of cash, credit cards, and debit cards after being approached in a parking lot by someone claiming to be lost and asking for directions. Const. Del Papa said three people in a car stopped a woman in the Loblaw’s parking lot at 16900 TransCanada. Calling her over to the vehicle, they said they were looking for St. Luc Hospital and holding a road map, asked for help in locating it. While helping the driver, one of the occupants opened the woman’s car and stole cash and credit cards from her purse. Wearing a white jacket, the French-speaking driver is described as a 25-30-year-old male of Arabic origin having short dark hair, standing approximately 5-feet, 10-inches, and weighing about 145lbs. The English-speaking woman was also of Arabic origin with black hair, standing about 5-feet, 4-inches, weighing about 110 pounds. No description is available for the vehicle’s other male occupant. Const. Del Papa is reminding people to be especially vigilant of anyone employing this tactic. Purses and wallets should be kept closed and on the person rather than left in a shopping cart or open vehicle.read more
It’s February. And scrolling down through the many updates, memes and pictures of Malcolm X cluttering my facebook page, it was only so long until I spotted the inevitable lament; this time it appeared in the form of a blog on tumblr, a massive compilation of posts all expressing the same frustrated sentiment. ‘Asking purely in the interests of equality’, of course, and ‘not trying to be racist, but’… Why isn’t there a white history month?
The blog is supposed to be satirical. The posts, unfortunately, are not. So it’s clearly distressing people, this revelation that “if we had a white history month, we’d be called racists.” Good Lord. Initially dismissing this litany of complaints about society’s refusal to celebrate ‘white culture’, it occurred to me that the frequency with which this sentiment crops up is all too often met with dismissal. Perhaps these people really do want to know why having a Black history month is not a double standard. Perhaps they should be told.
I’m not implying that the majority of the student body at McGill relates to these views. But for those of you quietly stewing in the shadowy outskirts of the safe space, bitterly resigned to the unfairness of having to keep quiet about this glaring cultural insensitivity – allow me to explain.
Is making a demand for a white history month necessarily ‘racist’? Well, not as such. What it does display is an incredible degree of ignorance regarding the privileged and normative status that ascribing to the label of ‘white’ affords. One phrase in particular encapsulates my point here: in short that every month is white history month. This means that, in our society, ‘whiteness’ has effectively been established as the norm, and constitutes the ideal standard in comparison to which all other identity categories are perceived as something ‘other’. Whiteness is the yardstick against which we measure our social and cultural values, our identities, our lived experience; so in this sense, this proposed phenomenon of ‘white culture’ really only refers to society’s standards of what counts as conventional. Alternative ethnic identities are precisely that- alternatives. Divergent from the norm.
The RCMP detachment covering the Hamilton area has charged a 37-year-old Toronto man with human trafficking offences in this city.
The accused is related to and accused of conspiring with members of an extended Hungarian Roma family who were living and operating in Hamilton before their arrests more than a year ago.
It’s alleged the victims — mostly men — are recruited from Hungary with the promise of good construction jobs in Hamilton. But when they arrive, they are told to falsely claim refugee status, apply for welfare and are treated like slaves.
Janos Szanto is charged with conspiring to commit human trafficking between January 2008 and October 2010, and participating in a criminal organization with the purpose of enhancing the slavery ring between May 2008 and February 2012.read more