Senate’s ethics officer resumes investigation into allegations that Sen. Don Meredith had sexual relationship with teenager

OTTAWA — The Senate’s ethics officer has resumed an investigation into allegations that Sen. Don Meredith had a sexual relationship with a teenager.

Lyse Ricard suspended her probe in October so as not to interfere with a police investigation.

But her office says she’s now resumed her investigation after being advised that the Ottawa police are no longer pursuing the matter.

Ricard was asked to look into Meredith’s conduct last June by Leo Housakos, then Speaker of the Senate, who believed the alleged relationship with a teen, if true, would constitute “conduct unbecoming of a senator” and would require disciplinary sanctions.

She is also conducting a second investigation into allegations of workplace harassment against Meredith.

That investigation was prompted by a workplace assessment by an outside investigator who, according to Senate sources, reported complaints from six former staffers about Meredith’s allegedly rude and unprofessional behaviour.

A married Pentecostal minister

Meredith, 51, a married Pentecostal minister, quit the Conservative caucus last June after an 18-year-old woman told the Toronto Star she’d had an intimate relationship with the senator that began when she was 16.

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#FreshBreathBandit identified as Lester Hosein, wanted for stealing $1,500 worth of chewing gum in Markham

Police identify #FreshBreathBandit

York Regional Police have named the man wanted for stealing $1,500 worth of chewing gum in Markham.

 York Regional Police are looking for Lester Hosein, 46, in connection with the robbery of a Markham pharmacy. Police are accusing Hosein of taking over $1,500 worth of gum.ISAI, VJOSA / YOUTUBE IMAGE

York Regional Police are looking for Lester Hosein, 46, in connection with the robbery of a Markham pharmacy. Police are accusing Hosein of taking over $1,500 worth of gum.

The man who York Regional Police called the #FreshBreathBandit now has a real name.

Police are looking for Lester Hosein, 46, who is accused of stealing over $1,500 worth of chewing gum from a Markham pharmacy back in December.

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Police are crediting tips, social media, and news coverage in their investigation thus far. They believe he is somewhere in the GTA, and have not yet made the arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423 ext 7541 or Crime Stoppers.

With files from Brennan Doherty

TORONTO: David Eminess and Quinn Taylor shot and killed outside Chinatown restaurant

Police identify Chinatown shooting victims

David Eminess, 26, and Quinn Taylor, 29, were shot and killed outside a Chinatown restaurant.

David Eminess, 26, was one of two men killed in a downtown shooting in the early morning of Jan 31.

David Eminess, 26, was one of two men killed in a downtown shooting in the early morning of Jan 31. TORONTO POLICE SERVICE

By: Vjosa Isai Staff Reporter, Published on Tue Feb 02 2016

Toronto police have released the identities of two men killed in a downtown shooting in the early morning of Jan. 31.

David Eminess, 26, and Quinn Taylor, 29, were shot after a fight erupted outside New Ho King on Spadina Ave. near Nassau St. at 3:15 a.m.

Paramedics declared one victim dead on the scene. A second man died in hospital several hours later, police said.

Three others were shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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NOVA SCOTIA: Doreze Marvin Beals, 19, charged with human trafficking, sex assault of 15-year-old girl

Doreze Beals testifies at his human trafficking trial

North Preston man, 19, charged with human trafficking, sex assault of 15-year-old girl

By Blair Rhodes, CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2016 9:14 AM AT Last Updated: Jan 29, 2016 5:29 PM AT

The trial of Doreze Marvin Beals, charged with human trafficking and sex assault of a 15-year-old girl in April 2014, resumed Friday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

The trial of Doreze Marvin Beals, charged with human trafficking and sex assault of a 15-year-old girl in April 2014, resumed Friday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. (CBC)

A Nova Scotia man on trial for human trafficking took the stand in his own defence Friday, testifying the alleged victim was not sexually assaulted and was only hidden in a cellar because she feared her mother.

Doreze Beals, 19, of North Preston is accused of kidnapping a young girl, sexually assaulting her and threatening to force her into prostitution. The charges stem from incidents in North Preston in April 2014.

Alok Mukherjee alleges Toronto police chief Mark Saunders “deliberately” engaged in misrepresentation with intent of damaging his reputation

Former police board chair files complaint against Chief Saunders, police board

The former Toronto police board chair is alleging Toronto police chief Mark Saunders has “violated his oath of office as Chief of Police” in a complaint made to the province’s police watchdog Wednesday.

Alok Mukherjee, left, former chair of Toronto Police Services Board, has laid a formal complaint against Toronto police chief Mark Saunders, right.

TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO Alok Mukherjee, left, former chair of Toronto Police Services Board, has laid a formal complaint against Toronto police chief Mark Saunders, right.

By: News reporter, Published on Wed Jan 20 2016

Nine months ago, as he introduced Mark Saunders as the unanimous choice for the next Toronto police chief, Alok Mukherjee praised the longtime cop as someone who will lead with a “spirit of co-operation.”

Then the chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, Mukherjee favourably described Saunders as someone who “likes a good argument.”

On Wednesday, one such argument erupted between the former chair and the chief, as Mukherjee filed a complaint about Saunders to the province’s police watchdog, alleging the new chief had “violated his oath of office.”

It is the latest sign of turmoil within the Toronto police force, now in the midst of a heated dispute between reformers and those accused of being resistant to change.

In a complaint filed Wednesday to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), Mukherjee is alleging Saunders “deliberately” engaged in misrepresentation “with the malicious intent of damaging my reputation” in comments the chief made to the Star earlier this month, stating an op-ed piece by the ex-chair contained “inaccurate” information. (…)

Child-murderer Stephanie Warren stabbed to death in Jamaica

Mother of abandoned ‘Baby Angelica’ stabbed to death in Jamaica

Father criminally convicted in baby’s near-death in a freezing Toronto stairwell in 2009 stands accused of killing her mother.

Stephanie and Alphonso Warren are pictured in court in 2009.

ALEX TAVSHUNSKY / FOR THE TORONTO STAR

Stephanie and Alphonso Warren are pictured in court in 2009.

The mother of “Baby Angelica,” the infant found abandoned in a Toronto parking garage stairwell in 2008, has been killed in Jamaica. Her husband, who was criminally convicted of abandoning the baby, is in custody, a seemingly violent conclusion to a parenting saga from hell.

With the clock hands approaching midnight and a New Year on the horizon, 39-year-old Stephanie Warren of Toronto, mother to “Baby Angelica,” was stabbed to death — allegedly by her Jamaican husband, Alphonso Warren, according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The couple is infamous for having repeatedly faced allegations of mistreating their children in Canada and abroad. The mummified remains of a later child of the couple, a 2-year-old known as “Baby Joshua,” were found in 2012, zipped inside a suitcase in the Warrens’ inner-city Kingston, Jamaica, home.

Jamaican police were called to the couple’s apartment around 11:20 p.m. this New Year’s Eve to investigate a domestic dispute.

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