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Tuesday
Jul172012

Two Killed, 19 Wounded at Toronto Block Party Shooting

Thinkstock/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- The city of Toronto is stunned on Tuesday by what its police chief described as “the worst incidence of gun violence in my memory anywhere in North America.”

Twenty-one people were shot late Monday night during a block party in Toronto’s east end, leaving two people dead and 19 wounded.

While details were still emerging, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said that a person of interest, who was also wounded, is in custody and that more than one gun was used during the incident.

Gun violence has been on the rise in Toronto with 32 percent more shootings in 2012 than this time last year.  However, no one was prepared for a shooting spree that occurred Monday night.

Blair told reporters that not only were Toronto residents shocked but “it will be shocking to all of Canada because of the number of the people injured.  The level of violence is something we have never experienced.”

A teenage girl and young adult male were confirmed dead.  An infant was among those wounded but the baby’s wounds were considered non-life threatening.

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Tuesday
May292012

Parts of Air Canada Jet Engine Fall on Ontario Neighborhood

Norm Betts/Bloomberg News(TORONTO) -- An Air Canada jet flying from Toronto to Narita, Japan, was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff and make an emergency landing Monday afternoon after one of its two engines suddenly shut down, and pieces of the plane fell on a suburban neighborhood below.

Flight 001, a Boeing 777 with 318 passengers and 16 crew members on board, took off from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport at 2:10 p.m.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzgerald told ABC News that shortly after take-off, the engine shut down and it appeared that pieces of the engine fell off the plane, crashing into neighboring suburbs.

Fitzgerald could not confirm what exactly fell from the plane, but told ABC News that ”the engine did not fall off.  It broke.”

The metal parts smashed through windshields of parked cars in Mississauga, Ontario, leaving their owners stunned.  Peel Regional Police reportedly received calls of minor property damage, but no injuries were reported.

According to passengers, the captain declared an emergency in the air.  With just one of two engines still running, the jet returned and landed safety at Pearson International Airport shortly before 4 p.m.

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Saturday
Mar102012

Canadian Skier Nik Zoricic Dies From World Cup Race Crash

Karl Weatherly/Photodisc/Thinkstock(GRINDELWALD, Switzerland) -- Canadian skier, Nik Zoricic, died from head injuries after crashing in a World Cup "Skicross" race in Switzerland on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Toronto native was racing against two other skiers when he “went wide” on a jump and crashed hard into the safety nets, according to published reports.

“The organizing committee, FIS and Swiss Ski express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nik Zoricic and the Canadian Ski Team,” a statement from the International Ski Federation said.

Zoricic is the second Canadian skier to die this year.

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Monday
Dec122011

Toronto Zoo’s ‘Gay’ Penguins Attracted to New Female Partners

File photo. (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)(TORONTO) -- It looks like Buddy and Pedro, the Toronto Zoo’s “gay” penguins that captured hearts all over the world, may have moved on to new female mates.

The formerly inseparable pair are apparently warming up to their new female partners, the zoo said in a statement Monday, according to the Toronto Star.

Buddy was paired with a female penguin named Farai on Nov. 19 and exhibited typical breeding behavior. Pedro was set up with female penguins on Dec. 1 and has been interacting with them, but has not yet formed a solid bond, according to the Star.

The zoo drew public outcry in November when they announced that the male penguins would be separated and paired with female penguins for mating.

Buddy, 21, and Pedro, 10, lived in a zoo in Toledo, Ohio, before traveling to Canada to become part of the Toronto Zoo’s first African penguin exhibit in 18 years.

Zookeepers quickly observed courtship and mating behaviors that are typically exhibited only between males and females.

“When you put things in captivity, odd things happen,” Kevin McGowan of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., told ABC News. “The way penguins work is they do get paired for a long time. Basically, the only other penguin they care about is their mate, so it’s important for them to find somebody who’s compatible, and if you don’t have a normal upbringing then it’s difficult to say how ‘normal’ they can be.”

The zoo had planned to reunite Buddy and Pedro after breeding season, but no word yet on whether this flame will be rekindled or have an icy ending.

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Wednesday
Apr202011

Toronto Police Arrest Man Accused of Killing Woman in Front of Webcam

Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Toronto police arrested a man Wednesday, accusing him of murdering a college student in her Toronto apartment as her boyfriend watched helplessly via webcam 11,000 miles away in Beijing.

Police charged Brian Dickson, 29, with the first-degree murder of Qian Liu, a 23-year-old Chinese national who was studying English at York University.

Liu , who arrived in Canada in September 2010, was killed Friday morning when she let an unidentified man into her room while chatting online with her boyfriend in China, according to police.

The boyfriend, identified Wednesday as Meng Xianchao, told police there was a knock at Liu's door around 1 a.m. ET Friday and a man asked to borrow her cellphone.

Xianchao witnessed "a struggle between the deceased and the man," according to police, before the suspect shut off her computer and stole the laptop. Also stolen were her cellphone and the webcam she was using to chat with her boyfriend.

Liu's boyfriend immediately used the Internet to reach people he knew in Canada who could alert the police. He contacted Liu's family in Beijing, who called the Chinese consulate in Toronto. But it was almost 10 hours after the intruder knocked on the door that police finally entered Liu's apartment and found the woman dead.

Liu was found naked from the waist down, but there were no signs of sexual assault, according to police.

Her family is expected to arrive in Toronto on Wednesday or Thursday.

Liu's death appears to be the first time that a murder has been witnessed on the Internet, although there have been instances of suicides carried out live on the Internet.

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Tuesday
Apr192011

Chinese Woman Killed as Boyfriend Helplessly Watched on Webcam

Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Police hope that a stolen laptop and webcam might provide clues as to who killed a college student in her Toronto apartment as her boyfriend watched helplessly over the Internet from 1,100 miles away in China.

Toronto Police say Qian Liu, a 23-year-old Chinese national studying English at York University, was killed Friday morning when she let an unidentified man into her room while chatting online with her boyfriend in Beijing.

The boyfriend told police there was a knock at Liu's door around 1 a.m. ET Friday, and a man asked to borrow her cellphone. The boyfriend witnessed "a struggle between the deceased and the man," according to police, before the suspect shut off her computer and stole the laptop. Also stolen were the webcam she was using to chat with her boyfriend and her cellphone.

The boyfriend, whom police have not publicly identified, immediately took to the Internet to reach people he knew in Canada who could alert the police. He contacted Liu's family in Beijing, who called the Chinese consulate in Toronto. But it was almost 10 hours after the intruder knocked on the door that police finally entered Liu's apartment and found the woman dead.

Liu was found naked from the waist down, but there were no signs of sexual assault, according to police.

Police interviewed the boyfriend over the phone, who described the intruder as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, 175 to 200 pounds, with "medium-length brown hair, messy at the front and well-groomed at the back."

Police have yet to identify the man at the door or determine whether Liu knew him.

Police said neither the boyfriend nor a third party recorded their chat. However, they hope that if they locate Liu's laptop, a Thinkpad T400, or the webcam, or are able to access the boyfriend's computer they might be able to find "remnant" footage of the moment when the intruder entered the home.

Det. Sgt. Frank Skubic said police had been in touch with several people, including one "person of interest" who has been seen in photos with Liu circulating on the Internet. Skubic said he did not "at this time confirm" that the person of interest is the intruder, but said police had been interviewing him since Friday night.

Liu arrived in Canada in September 2010. Her family is expected to arrive in Toronto later this week.

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