Toronto nanny Jillian Mendoza is being hailed a hero for risking herself to save the children in her care. Now, as she deals with serious injuries, thousands of people are offering her support.
Toronto nanny Jillian Mendoza is being hailed a hero for risking herself to save the children in her care. Now, as she deals with serious injuries, thousands of people are offering her support.
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MADRID — Keeping Lionel Messi in check again in what could turn out to be his last Spanish league clásico, Real Madrid continued the impressive run which has put it at the heart of the title race. Four days after beating Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday to return to the top in Spain. “We have to enjoy what we've been doing. We got two very good results and it wasn't easy,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Being in the lead won't change anything for us. We have to keep working hard.” The victory in pouring rain in the Spanish capital left Madrid tied on points with Atlético Madrid, which on Sunday can return to the top when it visits sixth-place Real Betis. Madrid is ahead of its city rival on the head-to-head tiebreaker. Barcelona, which had been unbeaten in 19 straight league games, stayed one point off the lead. The 33-year-old Messi, who reached seven straight clásicos without a goal, has his contract with Barcelona ending this season. The Argentina star expressed his desire to leave the Catalan club last year but had the request denied. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos scored first-half goals to give Madrid its sixth straight win in all competitions. The defending league champions were coming off a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday. “It was a very important victory for us,” Madrid defender Nacho Fernández said after the Barcelona match. “It’s always special to win a clásico, and even more when we are so close together at the top in the fight for the title. You could say today was a final, but there is still a lot left in the league.” Barcelona got on the board in the second half with a goal by Óscar Mingueza. It nearly equalized with a shot from young substitute Ilaix Moriba that struck the crossbar in the final play of the match. “We tried until the end but it wasn’t possible. We almost had it in that final play,” Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto said. “We depended on our own results had we won, but now we need to hope that our rivals stumble. We will keep fighting until the very end.” This was the first time Madrid has taken the league lead since the early rounds of the competition, and it trailed Atlético by 11 points at one stage. The result ended Barcelona’s six-match winning streak in the league. It had won nine away matches in a row in the competition. It was an even start at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium in Madrid’s training centre, but the hosts opened the scoring in the 13th minute with Benzema’s superb flicked shot from close range after a low cross by Lucas Vázquez. The French striker, who has scored 10 goals in his last nine matches, got in front of Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo and flicked the ball toward the net with his back foot. He hadn’t scored against Barcelona in nine consecutive clásicos. The Catalan club complained of a foul by Vázquez on Messi just moments before the opening goal. Kroos added to the lead in the 28th from a free kick following a foul on Vinícius Júnior, who was coming off an outstanding performance in Madrid’s win over Liverpool. Kroos shot from just outside the area and the ball was deflected by American defender Sergiño Dest before going into the net. Madrid almost added to the lead in the 34th when Federico Valverde hit the post after a breakaway led by Vinícius Júnior, who also hit the post in the second half. That was after Barcelona pulled one back in the 60th with a shot from inside the area by Mingueza after a low cross by Jordi Alba. Madrid played the final minutes a man down after Casemiro was sent off with a second yellow card. One of Messi's best chances was with a corner kick that curled across the area and hit Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ far post in first-half stoppage time. Messi’s free kick in second-half stoppage time was easily stopped by Courtois. The visitors complained about being denied a penalty in the final minutes, with Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman saying it was “a clear penalty.” “I don't know why there is VAR in Spain,” he said. Madrid got the win despite a depleted defence — with the absence of central defenders Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. Barcelona was without the injured Gerard Piqué. Right back Vázquez, who has been key for Madrid in recent games, had to be replaced due to an injury before halftime. Barcelona’s next match is the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, while Madrid travels to England to play Liverpool again in the Champions League on Wednesday. CALA PLAYS Juan Cala, who last weekend was accused of racially insulting Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby, played from the start in Cádiz’s 1-0 win at Getafe. Cala denied any wrongdoing and the Spanish league said Friday it had not found evidence to support Diakhaby’s accusation against the Cádiz player. OTHER RESULTS Athletic Bilbao was held 0-0 at home by second-to-last Alavés to extend its winless streak to five matches in all competitions. The winless run of last-place Eibar reached 14 matches after a 1-0 home loss to eighth-place Levante. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press
The acquittal of an animal rights activist on breaking and entering charges suggests tolerance for protestors, says his lawyer. “I think it sends out the message that this is a heavy mallet in dealing with protestors and activists like Malcolm,” said Toronto criminal law specialist Gary Grill. “It’s an extremely inelegant fit for what transpired here.” Malcolm Klimowicz was cleared of his third break-in charge related to a mink farm following a three-day trial in Kingston. He was earlier found not guilty of breaking and entering a Springwater Township mink farm, but guilty of trespassing. A third charge involving another farm was withdrawn. While Klimowicz conceded he trespassed upon the farms to shoot video of the minks, Grill said that’s a far cry from doing criminal harm. Klimowicz, who works as a sleep technologist in Montreal, vows to continue his campaign to fight for animal rights. He said he is buoyed by the move by Saks Fifth Avenue earlier this week to remove fur from its stores and a movement in British Columbia calling for a moratorium on mink farms. And while his videos of the Ontario farms brought attention to the issue, he said they didn’t have the entire effect he had hoped for. “I am really disappointed that nothing was actually done for these animals,” Klimowicz said. “The animals are suffering and nobody’s doing anything about that.” While the criminal charges have been dealt with, Klimowicz said he still faces a civil suit filed by an Oshawa-area farm. In the latest decision dated April 7, Justice Julianne Parfett of the Ontario Superior Court said the key issue in the latest case was whether his videotaping of the mink at the Frontenac Township farm constituted mischief. “In my view, in the circumstances of this case, the videotaping of the mink barns does not constitute mischief. There was no interference with the conduct of any activity in the barn. There is no evidence that the mink were disturbed by what occurred," Parfett wrote in the decision. "There is no evidence that the mink suffered any harm. "Indeed, the evidence indicates that Mr. Freeman was completely unaware that anyone had entered on his property until he saw the video through the media,” Parfett added. The decision, said Klimowicz, allows people “to bear witness to the horrors of factory farming without a worry of a break-and-enter charge for simply witnessing what’s going on.” He maintains that animals are suffering with impunity to the farmers and there is essentially no oversight of the farms. His goal was to bring attention to the treatment of minks that are farmed for their fur. Klimowicz said he managed to raise $55,000 through private donations and a GoFundMe campaign for his defence. Grill described Klimowicz as “an average dude.” “He is deeply, deeply moved by the pain and suffering of these creatures. ... He is just one of those selfless people who put themselves in harm’s way for the benefit of others," the lawyer said. Marg. Bruineman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, barrietoday.com
Editor's note: The following is Part 5, the final instalment of a multi-part series Ari Goldkind had one of Ontario’s earlier cases in which a dealer was charged with manslaughter, going back to 2016. And although his client was acquitted following a jury trial, Goldkind has since followed the evolution of the use of manslaughter charges in drug overdose deaths. Manslaughter, he points out, occurs when somebody commits an unlawful act that leads to death, although it doesn’t require intent and it doesn’t come with a minimum sentence. “This is happening because of the scourge of fentanyl, which we haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s coming forward yet,” said Goldkind. “From a prosecutorial point of view, why wouldn’t you bring a manslaughter charge if somebody dies? You’ve got a family to account to, you’ve got concerned citizens in Simcoe-Muskoka to account to. “The strongest manslaughter cases and the most likelihood of conviction is when a prosecutor… can show the person who died from this thought they were buying something other than fentanyl from the person who can be proven to have sold them the drug that killed them," he added. Barrie police had its first manslaughter conviction related to a fatal drug overdose with a guilty plea in 2019 that resulted in an 18-month sentence handed down last fall. In April 2017, a 23-year-old Innisfil man died after ingesting what toxicology tests later revealed to be fentanyl and heroin. South Simcoe police subsequently laid manslaughter charges against two men they said sold the man the drugs. One was acquitted and the other was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death. Det. Kai Johnson, with South Simcoe police's criminal investigation branch, said the right elements came together to justify the charge of manslaughter in that case. The toxicology testing determined the presence of the often-deadly fentanyl, there was cellphone and chat data, and the deal was captured on video. In Bradford and Innisfil which are overseen by South Simcoe police, the use of opiates is a concern and overdoses are “absolutely an issue,” Johnson said. The use of manslaughter charges in overdose deaths had been used previously, but Johnson suggested it was still in its infancy during the 2017 investigation — he didn’t know of any cases that had reached trial at that point. And that meant additional research and consultations with prosecutors. As a result, the case received a great deal of attention. The charge of manslaughter "is definitely used more, there’s no doubt about that. But I still think it’s case-specific,” said Johnson. “We investigate these things thoroughly and if that’s the evidence that brings you to it, then that’s where you go. It’s not a charge that’s laid without a lot of consultation (or) a lot of thought.” As the opioid crisis worsens both locally and abroad, more people accused of having a role in overdose cases are facing the wrath of the law. Here are some of the cases before the courts locally: * Barrie police were called after a 25-year-old man was taken to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on Feb. 23 without vital signs. Police said a group of people had gathered at a home in Innisfil, consuming alcohol and illegal drugs, which they said included fentanyl. They said emergency services hadn’t been called. In addition to manslaughter, a 36-year-old Innisfil man now faces charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking in a controlled substance and failure to comply with a probation order. He is next scheduled to appear in Barrie court later this month. * In March, nearly a year after a 31-year-old man was found without vital signs at a Wasaga Beach residence, police charged another man in his overdose death. On March 24, 2020, Huronia West OPP responded to a call on Mary Street in Wasaga Beach and found the man without vital signs. After the year-long investigation, a 52-year-old Orillia man was charged with manslaughter. The accused returns to court later this month. * Three people were charged last June in connection with the Jan. 20, 2020, death of a 45-year-old man in Alliston. After a six-month investigation, an OPP team executed a search warrant at a Barrie home and arrested a 38-year-old local woman. She was charged with manslaughter as well as several drug-related offences. A 38-year-old man from Mississauga was also charged with manslaughter and other drug offences, while a 24-year-old Barrie man also faces several drug-related charges. They are scheduled to next appear in court this month. * An Oro-Medonte Township man was charged with manslaughter and trafficking in methamphetamines at age 19, a year after the Sept. 5, 2019 death of an Orillia man. OPP say the investigation into the death of the 24-year-old from Orillia was drug related. He was discovered outside of his Fittons Road West residence without vital signs and transported to Orillia's Soldiers' Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The accused man returns to Orillia court this month. * A 25-year-old Collingwood man was found unresponsive at a Tenth Street residence on March 17, 2019. It was later determined that he died of an opioid overdose. Three months later, OPP investigators charged two people with causing death by criminal negligence, trafficking in heroin, in addition to manslaughter. A 49-year-old man is scheduled to return to court this month and the co-accused pleaded guilty to lesser charges. “Anytime a charge is heard in court and a conviction is registered, it sends a very strong message to the community,” said Barrie police communications co-ordinator Peter Leon. “The registering of a conviction is bittersweet as it serves to recognize that the investigators did their job and that the Crown attorney was also able to do their job. “Regrettably, whatever the outcome is in court, and in the case you are referencing, it can never bring back the deceased or replace the sadness that the family is feeling as they continue to deal with the loss of their loved family member," Leon added. Marg. Bruineman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, barrietoday.com
GRETNA, La. — A former sheriff's dispatcher in a suburb of New Orleans has been arrested, accused of refusing to return more than $1.2 million that had been accidentally deposited into her brokerage account, authorities said. Kelyn Spadoni, 33, was taken into custody Wednesday on charges of theft valued over $25,000, bank fraud and illegal transmission of monetary funds, nola.com and WVUE-TV reported. The reports said she was fired by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office after her arrest. Spadoni is being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on a $50,000 bond. It was unknown if she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf. Spadoni is accused of immediately moving the funds to another account and using some of the money to buy a new car and a house, authorities said. Authorities said a clerical error had caused Charles Schwab, a major financial services corporation, to deposit more than $1.2 million into her brokerage account when it only meant to transfer about $82 in February, nola.com reported. When the bank attempted to reclaim the money, the request was rejected because the money was not available, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office said it was later learned that Spadoni had moved the funds into another account. Capt. Jason Rivarde, a sheriff’s spokesman, said that although the money was put into her account, “it's not her money.” “She has no legal claim to that money,” he added. “Even if it was put in there by mistake. It was an accounting error.” Charles Schwab & Co. sued Spadoni on Tuesday in federal court. The company tried to contact Spadoni several times to have the transferred funds returned but were unsuccessful, Rivarde said. So far, about 75% of the money has been recovered, he added. The company argued in its lawsuit that Spadoni’s account contract with Schwab includes an agreement that if a client receives an overpayment of funds, the client is required to return the full amount. “If someone accidentally puts an extra zero on a utility payment, they would want that money returned or credited to them. This is no different,” Rivarde said. He said Spadoni had been with the sheriff’s office 911 centre for 4 and 1/2 years. The Associated Press
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It might have been 44 years ago, but Lorna Standingready has vivid memories of the day she met Prince Philip. Standingready was a neighbour and friend to then-Premier Allan Blakeney and his wife Anne. Their daughters would play as they visited. One day, Standingready said she received a call from the Premier's Office asking if she'd like to attend a dinner with the Premier and Prince Philip at the Centre of the Arts. She agreed and soon after received a letter from the Protocol Office detailing what she was to wear for the occasion: a long gown, low heeled shoes, long gloves, and jewellery. As a low-income, single mother of six kids, she couldn't afford such luxuries. "So I went in my moccasins, my buckskin dress, my rabbit fur and my beads," Standingready said. "And I felt so strengthened and I felt that I could be who I was in another society." She also recalled that the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians were boycotting the event because of Treaty Rights. But she said she attended because of respect for the royal family. "I went anyway because of my my teachings from my kookum and my mushum and my parents, that I should always respect royalty because of our forefathers made a treaty with them. And no matter what happens, if things don't go good to have that respect, because it will only make you stronger." At the dinner, Standingready was introduced to Prince Philip by the Premier. As she had practiced, she bowed her head and curtsied. The Prince told her that she had on a lovely outfit, and asked her where she was from. "I told him I was originally from the Peepeekisis Indian Reserve, but that I now came from White Bear Indian Reserve." Kokum standing where her family home once stood on Peepeekisis First Nation in southern Saskatchewan, holding sage.(Kaitlyn Swan) She also told the prince that she was a single parent to six kids, and he said that that was wonderful and that he was glad to meet her. When she got home, she said she sat on the couch and her kids gathered around her, asking questions about what the prince looked like and how he acted. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth, died on April 9 at 99. His funderal will be on April 17. Standingready said she sends her heartfelt condolences to the queen, also knowing what it's like to lose a husband and be the matriarch of a large family. Having a hoot with the Prince Back in 1987, Dale Hjertaas initiated a prairie stewardship program in Saskatchewan called Operation Burrowing Owl for what is now the Ministry of Environment. Prince Philip was in the province celebrating the 100 year anniversary of wildlife conservation with the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The World Wildlife Fund arranged that the prince would speak at the opening of Operation Burrowing Owl in Kronau, Sask. "I can't say enough positive about what Prince Philip contributed to the success of that program," Hjertaas said in an interview with CBC's Saskatoon Morning. "A week later, everybody knew that the burrowing owl was in trouble. I think we enrolled somewhere about 400 farm families and a lot of their landowners into the program that summer following [the visit]," he said. Dale Hjertaas met Prince Philip at the opening of Operation Burrowing Owl in 1987. (Tammy Thomas/Nature Saskatchewan) Hjertaas also recalled how the prince narrowly missed being defecated on by a baby bird at the opening event. The organizers opened an owl nest box and took chicks out to show people, and someone asked if the prince wanted to hold one. He politely declined. According to Hjertaas, baby birds, when you disturb them, usually defecate. So when the chick was handed to someone else, it did just that. "And then Prince Philip said 'Now, I'll take it'! So he was familiar enough with birds to know what was about to happen," said Hjertaas. Hjertaas is grateful that the prince lent his name to the burrowing owl cause. "His contribution, plus his concerns for the owls, I'm sure influenced people to be part of this program."
France will lengthen the period between the first and second shots of mRNA anti-COVID vaccines to six weeks from four weeks as of April 14 to accelerate the inoculation campaign, Health Minister Olivier Veran told the JDD newspaper on Sunday. Although France's top health authority advised a six-week period between the two shots in January in order to stretch supplies, the government at the time said there was insufficient data on how well the vaccines performed with a longer interval. France could safely do so now because it was vaccinating a younger age group, Veran said.
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TORONTO — Efforts to expand Ontario's vaccine rollout to adults of all ages in certain long-standing hot spots drew massive lineups at one pop-up clinic on Saturday as those otherwise excluded from the province's immunization drive rushed to get their shots. Hundreds lined up for hours in Toronto's Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood, some with lawn chairs in tow, eager to get their first dose of vaccines that are still generally reserved for Ontarians of certain ages or occupations. Ema Golich waited roughly four hours before getting her shot, but that didn't soften her anticipation for a moment she'd been thinking about for months.“I feel good, I feel excited," said the 22-year-old student as she neared the front of the line."We've been in the pandemic for a year and it finally feels like it’s on its way out. This is one step toward going back to regular life."Fozia Chaudhary brought her daughter, who's still too young to get the vaccine, to the clinic because her husband had to work. She said timing was of the essence for her neighbourhood, which has been deemed a COVID-19 hot spot by health authorities.“This is a crowded area and I heard there’s so many people catching the virus," she said."So I decided if we have this opportunity to get the vaccine, why not? Why not get it today?”The clinic at Thorncliffe Park is an example of an approach the province is hoping to implement in several other hard-hit neighbourhoods.Ontario announced the plan this week, saying it will be sending mobile teams into postal codes where the virus is prevalent, offering shots to residents aged 18 and older in congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based centres and large workplaces. The areas will be selected based on patterns of transmission, illness and death from COVID-19.Officials have said the plan will take some time to fully launch, but experts say the approach is a good one that will help blunt the impact of the third wave that's sending younger people to the hospital, many of them workers in essential jobs like manufacturing."I think this intervention is one of the best things that we can do right now to change the trajectory," said Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, an infectious disease physician at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ont."It's not going to get us out of the third wave, but it's going to be something that can hopefully blunt some of the severity of it. At the same time, once we start to come out of it, it's going to be a robust protection in the coming months."Chakrabarti said lowering the eligible age range to 18 in hot spots is "vital" to breaking chains of transmission in neighbourhoods where workers often bring the virus home to their families, a pattern he says is especially pronounced during the third wave. It's likely that some people living outside the selected postal codes might try to "game the system" to receive a shot, Chakrabarti said, but there are mechanisms like asking for proof of address that would minimize some of that activity. Attendees at the Thorncliffe Park clinic were being asked to present their provincial health cards as proof of postal code. Even if some higher-income people become eligible through living within the postal code, the approach is still a good way to reach those most at risk, Chakrabarti said."Don't let perfect get in the way of good," he said. He also noted that it's the right move to make now, following the province's initial approach that prioritized long-term care residents, health-care workers and the oldest seniors — which he said has protected the vulnerable and kept health-care workers on the job."I think that was the right first step to do regardless of what's happening now," he said.Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative care physician and health justice advocate, said Friday that he also welcomed the shift to an "exposure-based approach" in vaccinations, calling it a good step to help protect workers as virus variants are sickening young people more severely. "We know that communities where essential workers are living, and particularly where racialized people in low income people live, these are the hardest-hit areas and these areas need to get prioritized for vaccination," he said."A postal code system is not perfect, in the sense that there is gentrification in almost every region that exists, but it's a framework for us to ensure we're targeting those who are hardest hit by COVID-19."It's not the only thing that should be done to protect workers, Dosani noted, pointing to other measures like paid sick leave, paid time off to get vaccinated and formal plans to bring shots directly to workplaces would further help those at risk of infection on the job. He also said a mobile approach would benefit homebound people who can't get to clinics, and involving family doctors more fully in the vaccine rollout plan would help improve access within hard-hit communities."Every step we can take to address health disparities in implementation of COVID-19 vaccine access will help a lot," Dosani said.A spokesman with the Islamic Society of Toronto, which helped organize the vaccine clinic in Thorncliffe Park, said a similar pop-up site Friday saw people line up hours before the first 200 doses were administered at Masjid Darussalam Thorncliffe Mosque."We have tents outside and with the infection rate so high here lots of people really want the vaccine," said Ilyas Mulla."It's good to have easy access and help the local community."This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 10, 2021. — with files from Liam Casey Denise Paglinawan and Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
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The academy also paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh following his death at 99.
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Canadian centre Khem Birch is joining the Toronto Raptors. The 28-year-old Birch joins fellow Montrealer Chris Boucher on the Raptors' roster after the Orlando Magic waived the undrafted Canadian earlier this week. Birch tweeted the news on Saturday, in a thank-you message to Orlando. "I'm lost for words on what the city of Orlando has meant to me & my family! Beyond grateful. I'm excited for the next chapter of my career with @raptors," Birch wrote. The six-foot-nine Birch is averaging 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game this season with Orlando, but had been hoping for a bigger role and more playing time with the Magic. He's sure to get that with the Raptors, who've been weak in the frontcourt since Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka left last off-season. Raptors coach Nick Nurse coached Birch at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, and while he wasn't able to speak on what Birch might bring to the Raptors - because the deal had not been rubber-stamped - he was impressed with his play in a national team jersey. "I like him," Nurse said. "He did a good job for (Canada) and I think that's probably all I can say at this particular point. I really liked him in the World Cup. Hopefully he can grow and improve." Birch was one of just two NBA players who suited up for Canada in China. Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph was the other. Birch said then he enjoyed playing for Nurse, saying: "I'm doing things I have never done in the NBA. That's what a lot of guys don't understand. Coach Nurse gives you the confidence and freedom to do basically everything you want to in the system you have here. I'm lucky." Birch has also said he's keen to be an Olympian and so planned to play for Canada in its last-chance qualifying tournament in Victoria this summer. After his college career at Pittsburgh and UNLV, Birch played in the G League, Turkey and Greece before signing with the Magic in 2017. Birch was part of a Magic team that lost in five games to the Raptors in the opening round of Toronto's run to the NBA title in 2019. Boucher and Australian Aron Baynes are the other centres on Toronto's roster. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
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