In the news today Nov 1

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Nov. 1———TORONTO VAN ATTACK SUSPECT DUE IN COURTThe case of a man accused in a deadly van attack in northern Toronto that left 10 people dead is expected in court today. Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 of attempted murder after he allegedly drove a white rental van down a crowded sidewalk on April 23. Minassian’s lawyer has said the Crown has asked the attorney general to skip the preliminary hearing and head straight to trial.———PRIME MINISTER HEADS NORTH TO CHURCHILLPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is to visit the northern Manitoba community of Churchill today as residents celebrate the arrival of the first train to roll into town in more than a year. The train pulled in Wednesday evening, surprising residents who expected it to arrive the following day. Flooding in the spring of 2017 damaged the tracks and severed the only land link to the town, so goods and people have had to be flown in at skyrocketing costs.———TWO MEN KILLED IN TORONTO-AREA CRASH: OFFICIALSTwo men were killed in a crash that sparked a massive tanker fire on a major toll highway in the Toronto area on Wednesday, emergency officials said. The crash happened just before 5 p.m. on Highway 407 in Vaughan, Ont., where provincial police said a westbound tanker crossed several lanes of traffic, jumped a median and collided with an eastbound passenger vehicle. Both vehicles burst into flames and were still smouldering hours later. Police identified the victims as a 41-year-old male truck driver from Brampton, Ont., and a 49-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont.———BRONCO TO PLAY FIRST HOCKEY GAME SINCE BUS CRASHA Humboldt Broncos player who suffered a broken collarbone and shoulder blade in a fatal bus crash last April plans to play in a game with his team for the first time tomorrow. Tyler Smith, who is 20, was one of 13 players who were injured last spring when the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi-trailer collided at a Saskatchewan intersection. Sixteen people were killed. Smith says he has been practising with the team for a couple weeks and plans to play in two games this weekend, including one in Humboldt.———CALGARY 2026 BID SURVIVES CITY COUNCIL VOTEA Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games survived a close vote at city council. Councillors had a motion before them that would have cancelled a plebiscite and ultimately killed a bid, but Calgarians are still going to the polls in less than two weeks to vote on whether they want to host the Games. Calgary’s bid corporation chief executive officer Mary Moran urges Calgarians to learn as much as they can about the bid before voting.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The first-degree murder trial continues today for Garry Handlen, accused of the 1978 slaying of 12-year-old Monica Jack.— A judge is expected to rule today on whether a 16-year-old charged with attempted murder in the shooting of German tourist will be granted bail.— Ontario legislature member Jennifer French will host a news conference today with the families of firefighting trainee Adam Brunt and firefighter Gary Kendall, who lost their lives during unregulated private safety training courses.— Lawyers launching a series of court actions against the largest auto insurance companies in Ontario will be speaking at a news conference today.last_img

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