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Toronto Spa Killer Pleads Guilty, Says He Was 'Born' an Incel

Toronto teen killed woman, injured 2 others in 2020 stabbings

(Newser) - Update: The now-20-year-old who went on a stabbing spree at a Toronto massage parlor when he was 17, killing one woman and injuring another woman and a man, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of murder and attempted murder. He still faces terror charges not covered by the plea. The killer,...

Man Kills Toronto Cop in &#39;Ambush Attack&#39;
Toronto Cop Killed
in 'Ambush Attack'

Toronto Cop Killed in 'Ambush Attack'

Gunman then killed another person, injured 3 others before being killed by police

(Newser) - A man shot and killed a Toronto traffic police officer while he was on lunch break, killed another person, and injured three others Monday before police tracked the suspect down and killed him in a cemetery, officials said. Authorities issued an emergency alert to phones saying they were investigating an...

TikTok Influencer's First Skydive Ends in Tragedy

Tanya Pardazi, 21, died during jump outside Toronto last month

(Newser) - On Aug. 29, a statement from Skydive Toronto announced the death two days earlier of a 21-year-old skydiving student, citing "fatal injuries obtained from an emergency situation." It didn't identify the student, but now her name is out, and it's a fairly well-known one: Tanya Pardazi,...

'Audacious' Suspect Steals Police SUV With 2 Dogs Inside

Toronto suspect made off with vehicle after he had been handcuffed

(Newser) - A suspect in Toronto is facing a slew of charges after stealing and crashing a police vehicle—with two police dogs inside. Police say the man had been detained in connection with a break and enter around 4:30am but managed to overpower an arresting officer after he had been...

Crane Lifts Entangled Worker High in the Air

Terrifying Toronto incident was caught on video

(Newser) - A terrifying video shared on Instagram by a company that advocates for workplace safety shows a worker dangling high in the air from a crane load above a Toronto construction site. "Hang on, just let your hard hat fall, bro," somebody can be heard yelling at the man....

BB Gun Found After Man Shot Dead Near School

Toronto police say they received calls about man with a rifle

(Newser) - A suspect was shot dead near an elementary school in Toronto Thursday after police responded to reports of a man seen carrying what appeared to be a rifle in the area, just two days after the Texas mass shooting. Police described the suspect as a man in his late teens...

Billionaire Builders Lose Grip on Family Empire
How 4 Brothers Destroyed
a Real Estate Empire
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How 4 Brothers Destroyed a Real Estate Empire

Teddy Libfeld's sons took over his real estate business peacefully—at first

(Newser) - Maybe it is just another story about billionaire problems, but—as chronicled by Luc Rinaldi for Toronto Life —the saga of "Libfeld vs. Libfeld vs. Libfeld vs. Libfeld" offers valuable lessons for anyone operating a family business. Think succession planning! Teodor "Teddy" Libfeld, an Auschwitz survivor, arrived...

Flight From Canada to Mexico Makes Unplanned Stop in Texas

Aeromexico flight had to dump 3 unruly passengers after a reportedly drunken face-mask tiff

(Newser) - Houston, we have a problem. Rather, three of them, and they were all booted from an Aeromexico flight that had to be diverted to the Texas city after a reportedly drunken confrontation over face masks. According to an incident report from the Houston Police Department cited by CNN , Aeromexico Flight...

One Nondescript Man Reinvented the Drug Trade
One Nondescript Man
Reinvented the Drug Trade
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One Nondescript Man Reinvented the Drug Trade

'Toronto Life' calls Tse Chi Lop the Jeff Bezos of his world

(Newser) - Tse Chi Lop is widely referred to as "Asia's El Chapo." But a profile at Toronto Life by Stephen Marche makes the case that the comparison is off by a mile. El Chapo was a violent drug lord whose cartel was worth maybe $3 billion in its...

Prof to Teach Class on Drake, the Weeknd: 'It's Time'

Canada's Ryerson University is offering deep-dive course on Toronto-born performers

(Newser) - If you're an undergrad at the Creative School, part of Toronto's Ryerson University, there's a class on Aubrey Drake Graham and Abel Makkonen Tesfaye that may interest you. Don't recognize those names? You likely know them as Drake and the Weeknd, and if you want to...

For Sex Workers in Canada, a 'Historic Moment'

Nation's oldest sex-worker group unionizes

(Newser) - The Canadian Union of Public Employees has a new group under its wings, in a big first for labor rights in the nation. Vice reports that the Toronto-based Maggie's, the nation's oldest sex-workers organization, has unionized under CUPE, the first such push by sex workers to stand up...

He Agreed to Sell His Home to Save Old Tree. Now, a Snag

Toronto is taking homeowner to court

(Newser) - Toronto's fight to save a majestic tree older than Canada has been stalled by the city's rising property prices. The red oak that stands in the backyard of a home in the city is believed to be 250 to 300 years old, and the city plans to demolish...

Family Doctor's Big Secret: $9K a Week Pushing Fentanyl

'Toronto Life' recounts the case of George Otto

(Newser) - About a decade ago, the province of Ontario, Canada, set up a monitoring system to prevent bogus opioid prescriptions, a system designed to flag shady doctors or pharmacists. "But what happens when a bad doctor meets a bad pharmacist?" writes Brett Popplewell in Toronto Life . "The system wasn’...

Raccoon Attacks Surge During Lockdown

'It’s really just people being foolish'

(Newser) - In Toronto, which emerges from a strict monthslong lockdown next week, the pandemic has brought residents closer to their local wildlife—and the interactions have not always gone well. Public health authorities say there has been a 62% increase in reports of people being scratched or bitten by raccoons, the...

Man Guilty in Deadly Van Attack 'Fueled by Misogyny'

Alek Minassian claimed he was not criminally responsible owing to autism diagnosis

(Newser) - A Canadian man who plowed a van into pedestrians in Toronto in 2018 has been found guilty of all 26 counts against him. Alek Minassian was convicted of 10 counts of murder and 16 counts of attempted murder Wednesday in Ontario Superior Court; he faces an automatic life sentence. Justice...

Cops: Restaurant Owner Went to Extremes to Violate Lockdown

Owner of Adamson Barbecue in Toronto facing 13 charges

(Newser) - With COVID-19 cases spiking, Canada's largest city entered a four-week lockdown on Monday. Among other restrictions, Toronto restaurants are prohibited from offering indoor dining—a rule police say Adam Skelly willfully violated. The owner of Adamson Barbecue in the suburb of Etobicoke is facing 13 charges for continuing to...

3 Years Later, News in Double-Murder Probe

Barry and Honey Sherman were killed in their Toronto home in December 2017

(Newser) - Toronto police said Wednesday that they have identified a person of interest in the killing of Canadian drug company billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife nearly three years ago, the AP reports. Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu confirmed a report by the Toronto Star that a person of interest had been...

550 People Who Went to Strip Club Got Some Bad News

Worker tests positive for COVID at Toronto's Brass Rail Tavern, dinged for flouting safety protocols

(Newser) - A worker at a Toronto strip club has tested positive for COVID-19, but that isn't the only problem the venue has. Per the Guardian , health officials in the Canadian city say that up to 550 additional people may have been exposed to the virus at the Brass Rail Tavern,...

Blue Jays Find a Home in Buffalo
Pandemic Creates
Buffalo Blue Jays

Pandemic Creates Buffalo Blue Jays

Team has been homeless since Canada prohibited games in Toronto

(Newser) - After a couple of rejections, the Toronto Blues Jays have found a place to play their home games this season. Their search ended not all that far away. "We are extremely grateful to have a home in Buffalo this season," the team's president said. Sahlen Field usually...

Woman Who Threw Chair From Balcony, Went Viral Learns Fate

Marcella Zoia, aka 'Chair Girl,' avoids jail

(Newser) - The woman who filmed herself throwing a chair from a high-rise balcony near a busy sidewalk and expressway—a video that ended up going viral on social media—has avoided jail time for the stunt. Marcella Zoia, now 20, of Toronto posted the video last year on Snapchat. She was...

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