Mississauga: Gustavo Valencia Gomez faces more charges in witchcraft case

 

Gustavo Valencia Gomez faces a new brace of charges.

Man faces more charges in witchcraft case

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Published on Wednesday December 19, 2012
Gustavo Valencia Gomez faces a new brace of charges.
Kim Magi
Staff Reporter

A man charged with pretending to practise witchcraft and defrauding a Hamilton couple of nearly $8,000 has allegedly struck again, this time in Quebec.

An elderly Montreal couple was allegedly defrauded of $13,000 on Nov. 28 by a man claiming to be a “healer”, Toronto police said.

The day before, Gustavo Valencia Gomez, 40, of Mississauga, was arrested on four charges in Toronto, having been accused of similar acts. Continue reading

Toronto: Quintin Robles and Rowena Villanueva accused of bilking investors in the Filipino community in phoney chiropractic clinic scheme

Quintin Robles and Rowena Villanueva during a vacation in Varadero, Cuba. The couple is accused of bilking investors in the Filipino community out of their lifesavings.

Husband-and-wife team facing fraud charges after allegedly preying on Filipino community
Published on Thursday December 20, 2012

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Quintin Robles and Rowena Villanueva during a vacation in Varadero, Cuba. The couple is accused of bilking investors in the Filipino community out of their lifesavings.
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Dale Brazao
Staff Reporter

A Toronto couple accused of bilking investors in the Filipino community in a phoney chiropractic clinic scheme has been arrested and charged with 34 fraud-related offences.

The arrests come a year after a Star investigation revealed dozens of investors were promised returns as high as 7 to 10 per cent a month if they invested in a chain of clinics in which one of the accused claimed to be a part owner. Continue reading

Markham: Siu Lung Chau and Ping Li arrested in $1.5 million marijuana grow-op bust

Two Markham men arrested after $1.5 million marijuana grow-op bust
Published on Friday December 21, 2012
Erica Rae Chong
Staff Reporter

Two Markham men are facing drug charges in relation to a large marijuana grow operation in Bowmanville.

Durham Regional Police executed a search warrant at an address on Scottsdale Dr. near Liberty St. N. and seized more than 1,500 marijuana plants worth around $1.5 million, as well as various pieces of growing equipment. The two men were arrested at the residence.’

Siu Lung Chau, 29, and Ping Li, 26, were charged with production of marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

This is the 14th indoor marijuana grow operation shut down this year by Durham police.

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact theDrug Enforcement Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5802.

Toronto: Luis Sampedro and Javar Jackson accused of trafficking crack cocaine arrested

Two men face 20 charges for trafficking cocaine
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Erica Rae Chong
Staff Reporter

Two men accused of trafficking crack cocaine were arrested on Dec. 20.

Undercover officers allegedly tracked down one suspect and were able to buy cocaine from the man on three separate occasions. Continue reading

Toronto: Keven Perez in jail with no chance of parole for 20 years

 

Kevin, left, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday. His brother Chris Perez has charges against him dropped. (Alex Tavshunsky/CBC)

Man jailed for life for killing Toronto barber
By Genevieve Tomney, CBC News Posted: Dec 21, 2012 3:55 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 21, 2012 6:28 PM ET
Kevin, left, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday. His brother Chris Perez has charges against him dropped. (Alex Tavshunsky/CBC) Facebook

A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges on Friday in the slayinging of a popular barber from Toronto’s Malvern neighbourhood.

Christopher Thompson, 35, was shot to death last January inside his barbershop at Malvern Town Centre.

Kevin Perez entered the guilty plea, admitting he pulled the trigger on the shotgun and killed Thompson after the barber pulled out of a $300 deal. Continue reading

Toronto: Kevin Perez pleads not guilty to first-degree murder in execution-style slaying of barber Christopher Thompson

 

Christopher Thompson, 35, was shot to death on Jan. 24, 2012 in the Malvern barber shop where he worked. Kevin Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in his death.

Toronto barber shooting: violent criminal pleads guilty
Published on Friday December 21, 2012

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Christopher Thompson, 35, was shot to death on Jan. 24, 2012 in the Malvern barber shop where he worked. Kevin Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in his death.

Peter Small
Courts Bureau

A popular Toronto barber hit four times by a shotgun in his salon was killed in revenge for his refusing to pay for a broken, stolen laptop.

New details of the execution-style slaying of Christopher Thompson were released Friday as Kevin Perez, 28, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder but guilty to second-degree murder. Continue reading

Three Toronto-based immigrants fight for human rights in their homelands

Three Toronto-area immigrants fight for human rights in homeland
Published on Friday December 21, 2012 
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Freddy Kabongo, who came to Canada over 20 years ago, wants to bring democracy to Congo, whose people have lived under dictatorships for decades.

Debra Black
Immigration Reporter

Human rights and democratic values are principles that many Canadians take for granted. Not so for many immigrants and refugees who have chosen to make Canada their home.

Many come from countries where a lack of civil liberties and democracy is the norm. They arrive in Canada full of hope and optimism, to build a life and become part of the vibrant fabric that makes up the GTA. Continue reading

Vancouver’s roughly 120,000 Muslims live in an atmosphere of respect

Hundreds of people take part in Muslim Friday prayer at the Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver in September. Faithful from more than 30 countries are represented at the prayer.
Photograph by: Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Vital+Shifts+Canadian+spirituality/7683704/story.html#ixzz2FkThs6Bg

Eclectic ethnic mix among Muslims in Metro Vancouver helps give peace a chance
Diversity makes Greater Vancouver’s Islamic ummah far more likely to get along than similar communities elsewhere
By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun December 14, 2012

Hundreds of people take part in Muslim Friday prayer at the Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver in September. Faithful from more than 30 countries are represented at the prayer.
Photograph by: Jason Payne , Vancouver Sun

Pakistan. Ghana. Jordan. Malaysia. Turkey. Canada.

The two Muslim seniors at the café inside the foyer of the main Vancouver Public Library were listing off the countries represented by the hundreds of people, mostly men, who had just finished Friday prayers; kneeling and bowing in the Alice MacKay Room. Continue reading

Syed Soharwardy says that allowing Muslim women to testify in court wearing the nikab “takes the Canadian society in a forward direction rather than backward direction”.

 

Syed Soharwardy

Muslims laud niqab ruling

“If they want her in a separate place they can just validate her identity by asking her to take the niqab off.”
Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Muslims+laud+niqab+ruling/7730246/story.html#ixzz2FkSXkAsm

Decision takes Canada in a forward direction
By Trevor Scott Howell and Natalie Stechyson, Calgary Herald; Postmedia News December 21, 2012

Leaders in Calgary’s Muslim community praised Thursday’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that could allow women, under certain circumstances, to wear a niqab while testifying in court.

“This is a very good decision,” said Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada. “It takes the Canadian society in a forward direction rather than backward direction. For a fair trial, it is OK to reveal your identity and remove the niqab. In my view it matches with the Islamic teachings.” Continue reading

6 nikab legal controversies in Canada

6 niqab legal controversies in Canada
CBC News Posted: Dec 20, 2012 5:05 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 20, 2012 7:34 PM ET

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In recent years, courts and lawmakers have had to address issues around wearing a niqab, a veil worn by some Muslim women that covers all of the face, except the eyes.

The issues have divided Canadians and even the Muslim-Canadian community, which debates whether the niqab has any religious significance under Islam. Continue reading