Child poverty in Toronto has reached “epidemic” levels with 29 per cent of children — almost 149,000 — living in low-income families, according to new data being released Wednesday by a coalition of community activists and social agencies.
Among Canada’s 13 major cities, Toronto is tied with Saint John, N.B., as having the highest child poverty rate, the coalition says.
Across Toronto, almost 40 per cent of the city’s 140 neighbourhoods have child poverty rates of 30 per cent or more, according to the coalition’s analysis of Statistics Canada’s recently released 2012 tax filer data.
But neighourhood disparity varies dramatically — from 5 per cent in Leaside, Lawrence Park and the Kingsway to 50 per cent or more in Regent Park, Moss Park and Thorncliffe Park, the data show. And residents of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and Latin American background are more likely to be living in poverty.
Most troubling, however, is that after gradually decreasing to 27 per cent in 2010 from a high of 32 per cent in 2004, child poverty in the city is on the rise, the coalition says.
The alarming statistics cry out for strong municipal leadership, starting in the mayor’s office, says the coalition, which includes the Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Family Service Toronto, Social Planning Toronto and others.
The groups have invited leading mayoral candidates to address the issue at a community event in downtown Toronto on Thursday morning and to sign a pledge in support of city council’s unanimous April 2014 motion to develop a poverty reduction strategy for the city by early 2015.
“We want to make sure that mayoral candidates and city council candidates recognize the severity and the importance of the issue,” said Laurel Rothman, of Family Service Toronto.
“Now is the time for the next mayor of Toronto to take political leadership of this important work and deliver results,” she added.
The coalition’s analysis is part of a larger report on child poverty it is planning to release this fall as the city develops its larger strategy.
“The fact that in 2011 and now again in 2012 we see no reduction but an increase in the number of children living in low-income families is quite disturbing,” said Michael Polanyi of the Toronto CAS.
“The hope was we were coming out of the economic downturn,” he said. “But it doesn’t seem to be translating to improvements in the lives of children.”
Toronto single mother Veronica Snooks, 51, struggled to raise five children in poverty.
Although her children are now adults and only her youngest, a 20-year-old son, still lives with her, Snooks worries about other families following in her footsteps.
The city’s lack of affordable housing meant she stayed in abusive relationships longer than she should have, causing her to lose her children to child welfare and spiral into addiction and depression.
“You stay longer because of poverty. It just seems easier to take the abuse,” she said. “We suffer for our children.”
Snooks, who moved into a Toronto Community Housing townhouse in Flemingdon Park eight years ago, credits the affordable rent and social programs aimed at assisting single moms for helping her beat her addictions and turn her life around.
However, her low-income neighbourhood, where 46 per cent of families live in poverty, is often “like living in the midst of a fire with all the police and drug busts,” she said.
“I love the community, but not the way we are treated by police and housing management,” she said.
The coalition’s analysis is the first detailed look at child poverty in the city since a 2008 report by the Toronto CAS.
But unlike that earlier report, which compared Toronto to other GTA cities, the current analysis looks at how the city stacks up nationally.
“We’re the highest in terms of poverty, but we’re also the highest in terms of wealth and opportunity,” Rothman noted. “We need to make sure that the wealth and opportunity is also spread widely and deeply.”
The analysis is based on Statistics Canada’s After-Tax Low-Income Measure, (LIM-AT) which represents households living on less than half of the median household income after taxes in the city. In 2010, the LIM-AT for a single person in Toronto was $19,460 and $27,521 for a single parent with one child. It was $38,920 for a family of four.
The coalition’s Toronto child poverty rates are not comparable to provincial and federal child poverty data because groups tracking those rates use census and StatsCan’s Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics data.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—Cody Allan Legebokoff said he was “involved” in the deaths of three women he is accused of murdering but did not carry out the actual killings.
Court heard Legebokoff’s claims Tuesday as he testified in his defence at the Prince George courthouse.
Rather, he said that a drug dealer and two other accomplices carried out the acts but refused to give their names, other than to call them X, Y and Z, for fear of retribution.
Legebokoff said he stands to receive a significant amount of time in a federal penitentiary for what he’s done and did not want to go there with the reputation as a “rat,” or someone who helps convict others, on three murder charges.
“It’s just not in the cards,” Legebokoff said.
Legebokoff stands charged with the murders of Jill Stacey Stuchenko, Cynthia Frances Maas and Natasha Lynn Montgomery — three women deeply involved in the city’s drug scene, according to earlier testimony — and the murder of 15-year old Loren Donn Leslie.
Even when warned by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Glen Parrett that he would be held in contempt of court if he did not provide the names, Legebokoff refused to co-operate and said he trusts the jury understands his choice.
The exchange came near the end of a day in which Legebokoff presented his account under questioning from defence lawyer Jim Heller.
His testimony began with a look back at his upbringing in Fort St. James, a town of 1,700 people.
Legebokoff described a childhood in which he got along with his parents and siblings; had a regular social life; played hockey; went hunting and fishing during summers; and worked in a sawmill that was started by his grandfather and his great-uncle. He also said he has a weak left arm caused by nerve damage when he was born, although that did not prevent him from playing sports because he is right handed.
After graduating from high school, Legebokoff said he and a friend moved to Lethbridge, Alta., where he spent a year working odd jobs and frequenting the bar scene before moving back to Fort St. James because he was homesick.
After a few months, he joined some friends from his hometown in moving to a house in the 1500 block of Carney Street in Prince George. By late summer 2009 he was living in the basement suite of a home where parties large and small were held almost every weekend.
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It was at one of the larger parties where Legebokoff said he met X, whom he described as a drug dealer that introduced him to cocaine.
Legebokoff, who said he had consumed marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms in the past, found he liked the high and soon became a regular customer.
On the Saturday of the 2009 Thanksgiving long weekend, with his housemates away in Fort St. James, Legebokoff said he invited X over to the home for a party. That night, X showed up with five others in tow, including Stuchenko and Y, the court heard.
As they sat on a couch, love seat and futon, they began passing around powdered cocaine on a CD case, the court heard. Legebokoff said he noticed Stuchenko seemed kind of alone, moved over to sit next to her and chatted her up.
“She wasn’t an ugly person, or an ugly woman, so I figured I’d try my luck and sit next to her and start talking to her,” Legebokoff said.
They got closer and closer and “just started talking sexy towards one another,” Legebokoff said, and soon after that the two went into his bedroom where they had sex.
“[It was] just a mutual decision and I don’t know if she’d seen me as some future sugar daddy type deal,” Legebokoff said. “I did not know she was a prostitute at that time.”
Asked about the lacerations found on her anus, Legebokoff said he did not remember having anal sex with her.
“I was not out of it by any means; I certainly was intoxicated,” Legebokoff said.
Afterwards, they went back out to the basement living room where the party was continuing.
While Stuchenko returned to a love seat, Legebokoff went over to a futon where the cocaine was being passed around.
He said X then pulled out a crack pipe and, for the first time, Legebokoff said he smoked crack. Everyone consumed crack for the next hour-and-a-half to two hours, the court heard.
Just after midnight, four of the visitors left, leaving X, Y, Stuchenko and Legebokoff in the house.
About a half-hour later, Legebokoff said he and Y went into his bedroom to smoke and X came in soon after to say Stuchenko was going to be killed because she owed a lot of money.
“There was a pipe that was right by my tool box right beside my bed and I picked that up and I gave that to X and he took it and all he did was look at me and nod,” Legebokoff said. “And that was when I was given the instruction to go out and sit on the couch and Y was given the instruction to watch the door and so that’s what I did.”
Legebokoff said Stuchenko was sitting in the middle of the couch and still “in the middle of her trip” when they came back out. X hit her in the top, back of her head with the pipe and Stuchenko fell towards her side, Legebokoff said.
X struck her a few more times and then continued to hit her with his hands and then appeared to be choking her, Legebokoff said. X pulled Stuchenko off the couch and onto the carpeted floor and discussed with Y what to do next.
Legebokoff said he noticed blood on the carpet and dragged Stuchenko into the laundry room where X told him to take her clothes off and put them in a garbage bag. Legebokoff said he also put her purse in the bag after pulling out her cellphone and breaking it in half.
Legebokoff said he then put the garbage bag into a second one and X and Y carried Stuchenko out of the basement and put her body in the back of the pickup truck the two had arrived in. While they took off to dump Stuchenko’s body—it was found on Oct. 20, 2009, partially buried in a gravel pit off Otway Road near Foothills Boulevard — Legebokoff said he dropped the clothes and purse in a dumpster at Spruceland Mall.
Legebokoff said he then returned to the home where he attempted to clean up the blood but had trouble getting it out of the couch and off the carpet. The next day he drove to Fort St. James to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
“I knew what I did wasn’t right but there wasn’t much I could really do,” Legebokoff said when asked how he felt about what happened.
While he did not see Y for another year, Legebokoff said he continued to buy cocaine from X and party with him, all the while refraining from talking about Stuchenko. “We carried on like nothing happened,” Legebokoff said.
Legebokoff also ran errands for X, delivering packages of what he assumed were drugs and money to various homes around the city.
By early summer 2010, Legebokoff had moved to an apartment in the 1400-block of Liard Drive, taking the couch on which Stuchenko was struck and its matching love seat with him, the court had heard in earlier testimony.
He said X came over “quite a few times” after he moved in and, one night showed up with two others, Y and a woman called Cindy, later identified as Maas. Asked if the sight of Y might be a sign of trouble, Legebokoff said he didn’t think about it because it had been a year since Stuchenko’s death.
He said they smoked crack in the living room for the next half-hour and 45 minutes. X and Maas then got up and went around the corner into the dining room where they were talking.
“And just after that I heard a noise — a slap with a loud cracking noise followed by a thud,” Legebokoff said.
Legebokoff said he was sitting on the couch at the time and when he heard the noise, jumped to the edge of the seat. He said Y looked at him and gestured with his hand to calm down. When he did look around the wall between the dining room and living room, Legebokoff said he noticed a tool or thin bar, about a foot-and-a-half long and Maas lying on her stomach.
Legebokoff said X then left and he and Y dealt with Maas’ body. They put her in the cab of Legebokoff’s pickup truck with her sitting in the middle of the two and they drove to L.C. Gunn Park at Y’s suggestion.
They drove along an unmarked road into the park and stopped. Legebokoff said Y pulled Maas out and she fell onto the ground. When Y said she was still alive, Legebokoff reached into the back of his cab and pulled out a pickaroon he had used to carry logs when chopping wood while out camping and handed it to him.
Legebokoff said he heard Y strike her “two, three, four times” and then Y passed the pickaroon back to Legebokoff. While he turned the truck around, Legebokoff said Y dragged Maas’ body back into the bush.
Given the time it took, Legebokoff said he thought Y had taken her a far distance and was surprised to learn she was found only 10 to 20 feet from the bushline. Police found her body on Oct. 9, 2010 and an expert witness testified Maas was killed sometime a month before.
Legebokoff drove Y to his home and never saw him again. He returned to his apartment and, with the help of some cleaning products, cleaned up the “little bit of blood” on the dining room floor and by the front door where Maas’ body had been propped up for a time.
“I didn’t feel very good about what was going on or how I got myself into this mess,” Legebokoff said.
Concerned about his own safety, Legebokoff said he brought the pickaroon and an axe he had stored in his truck, into his apartment, and placed one in his bedroom and the other by the door.
He also said he began using drugs while at work at a local auto dealership where he was a parts man.
It was just a few days later, he testified, when X, Z, and Montgomery, who Legebokoff said he had never seen before came by.
Once again, they were smoking crack in the living room and when Montgomery went into the washroom, Legebokoff said X told him “she was going to be dead.”
He said Z then pulled a steel bar with a crimped end he had been carrying in the inside of a pant leg and handed it to X who hit Montgomery on the side of her face as soon as she came out the door.
X chased Montgomery down the apartment’s hallway towards a bedroom and they fell down, the court was told. With Legebokoff and Z looking on, X stayed on top of her for maybe five minutes and appeared to be choking Montgomery.
X then dragged her along the hallway and to the dining room. Legebokoff said Z then asked him for a knife and he handed him one from the kitchen that he used to cut her throat.
Legebokoff said X then asked him for a saw and he gave him the axe.
“I never seen what they did with that . . . I chose not to look,” Legebokoff said.
X and Y packed up Montgomery’s body in a bed sheet and they left with her, Legebokoff said, while he remained behind to clean up after smoking some crack. Montgomery’s body had not been found, the court has heard.
Legebokoff said he saw X one more time after that and was told Montgomery was killed because she had ripped someone off and owed a substantial amount of money.
Following his arrest in November 2010, Legebokoff said he saw Z about six or seven months ago at Prince George Regional Correctional Centre where the accused has been in the protective custody unit. He said Z had gotten into some trouble while in the general population and had also been in the unit for a brief time where they talked about what happened to Montgomery.
Legebokoff said at one point during that he “didn’t feel good” about what was happening and knew it was wrong. “But at that point in my life, I was smoking quite a bit of crack and when you tend to do a lot of drugs, you don’t necessarily care as much about things and things that you should care for.”
Testimony moved onto the night of Nov. 12, 2010 when Legebokoff was arrested shortly after Leslie’s body was found near a gravel pit off Highway 27 about halfway between Vanderhoof and Fort St. James.
Legebokoff stuck to the final story he eventually gave police, maintaining that Leslie went “flying off the handle” sometime after they had turned onto the road leading to the site where her body was found.
Legebokoff said he smoked crack earlier that day.
She started hitting herself in the face with her hands, at first, and then she grabbed a pipe wrench in the cab of his truck and hit herself in the middle of her face, Legebokoff said. Leslie then got out of the truck and moved to the front where she dropped to the ground and out of his sight, the court was told.
When he got out of the truck, Legebokoff said he found Leslie lying on her stomach and with a knife that turned out to be his utility tool next to her and the wrench close by. She was still moving slightly, Legebokoff said, when he picked up the wrench and hit her in the head “a few times.”
“It was out of anger, frustration, panic,” Legebokoff said. “I didn’t know what to do, but that’s generally why that happened.”
Legebokoff said he then decided the “best thing to do was to pull her off the road and get the hell out of there.”
He said he eventually pulled her by the scruff of the clothing on her upper body into the bush and testified her pants came down and a shoe came off as he was dragging her. Legebokoff said he then picked up items from the front of the truck, climbed back in and drove off in a hurry.
As he got out onto Highway 27, heading back toward Vanderhoof, a Fort St. James RCMP officer pulled him over for speeding.
When the Mountie noticed blood in the cab and on Legebokoff, the matter escalated to the point where Leslie’s body was found and he was arrested on a charge of murder.
Asked why he was wearing shorts at the time, Legebokoff said he did all the time. “It was just comfortable,” he said.
Legebokoff said the stories he first told police about poaching in the area were “complete bull----” and he was trying to come up with something to get out of the situation.
“It was the first thing that came to my mind,” he said.
Legebokoff said he twice had sex with Leslie that night but did not sexually assault her. Nor did he sexually assault the other three, he told the court.
Asked why the jury should believe his story, Legebokoff said he knew what he did was wrong and should go to prison “but for what I’ve done, not for what the Crown thinks I’ve done.”
Cross examination by Crown prosecutor Joseph Temple began late Tuesday and will resume Wednesday morning.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly said court heard Legebokoff’s claims Monday.
CHARLOTTETOWN — Spurned by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in their bid for a public inquiry into missing and murdered native women, the premiers are looking at other ways to tackle the crisis.
“Part of the problem is just the sheer numbers we’re talking about here,” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Wednesday.
“For example, in Saskatchewan today there are 31 missing people — 17 of them are aboriginal women,” said Wall.
“That’s how important this issue is — 50 per cent of the missing people in Saskatchewan are aboriginal women and they only . . . account for about 7 per cent of the population,” he said.
In all, the RCMP estimates some 1,017 aboriginal women have been murdered since 1980.
Premier Kathleen Wynne said that, like other provinces and territories, Ontario wants Harper to strike a public inquiry.
But the prime minister has said “we should not view this as a sociological phenomenon,” which means the premiers must seize the reins.
“Whether it’s in economic development, whether it’s in education, whether it is in living conditions, I think there are things that we as provinces can agree need to happen in the immediate term,” said Wynne at a meeting between provincial and territorial leaders and aboriginal officials.
“We will continue to support the aboriginal leaders’ call for a public inquiry, but I agree that there are things that we can do as provinces,” she said.
“We can find ways to co-ordinate our actions on education, on economic development, on living conditions.”
While that could mean a national roundtable on the issue, Wall said First Nations deserve better.
“I don’t think a roundtable where we talk again about it as we have since 1996 where nothing happens is helpful to anybody,” the Saskatchewan premier said.
Claudette Dumont-Smith of the Native Women’s Association of Canada said a roundtable would at least start a dialogue to start dealing the problems plaguing Aboriginal Peoples.
“There’s a systemic crisis right now,” said Dumont-Smith, adding natives may be forced to sue Ottawa.
“If Harper says no to everything, what are our options?” she said.
Ghislan Picard of the Assembly of First Nations said “immediate action” is required.
“We’ve had a sad reminder a few weeks ago with the death of Tina Fontaine,” he said, referring the murder of a 15-year-old Manitoban.
Picard expressed astonishment at Harper’s standoffish stance.
“He decided to isolate himself from the rest of the world, really, on the need for a national inquiry,” he said.
Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz was more blunt.
“It is the federal government’s responsibility. No one should be sitting back and allowing them to abdicate their responsibility when it comes to the First Nations of this country,” said Ghiz, reminding Harper there is a federal election next year.
“If there is to be one (inquiry) and the prime minister is not going to change his mind, the only other way to get one is to have a new prime minister.”
In Ottawa, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said if elected to government his party would within 100 days launch a national commission of inquiry into the cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women.
Mulcair said native leaders, premiers and others have urged full-scale hearings on what he called “a national shame” and “a tragedy” and Prime Minister Stephen Harper is wrong to reject the idea.
Harper is just refusing to see reality when he says a history of 1,200 missing or murdered aboriginal women is not a sociological phenomenon, Mulcair said. “Mr. Harper has an ideological set of blinkers that simply stop him from seeing anything that he hasn’t already decided,” he said at a news conference.
The Canadian government is evacuating three scientists from Sierra Leone, where their role diagnosing blood samples was crucial to the operation of one of West Africa’s biggest Ebola treatment centres.
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The Canadians were working at a busy treatment centre operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Kailahun, the eastern district at the heart of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. The “mobile” laboratory was deployed to West Africa in the spring at the request of the World Health Organization and three teams have now travelled to Sierra Leone from Winnipeg.
The sudden departure of the Canadian trio is part of a larger evacuation ordered by the World Health Organization, which recently removed its entire team from Kailahun. The decision came after a Senegalese epidemiologist working for the UN health agency tested positive for Ebola over the weekend, marking the first time a WHO-deployed expert has been infected with the deadly virus.
“This was the responsible thing to do. The field team has been through a traumatic time with this incident,” said Dr. Daniel Kertesz, the WHO’s representative in Sierra Leone, in a written statement Tuesday. “They are exhausted from many weeks of heroic work, helping patients infected with Ebola. When you add a stressor like this, the risk of accidents increases.”
The Senegalese epidemiologist appears to be doing relatively well, however, and was able to walk into the airplane that has since flown him to Germany for treatment, according to WHO spokesperson Christy Feig.
The three Canadian scientists and WHO epidemiologist were all living at the same hotel in Kailahun, where staff from MSF is also staying. According to Health Canada spokesperson Sean Upton, three people at the hotel have now been confirmed positive for the virus but Feig, who is now in Guinea, said she has only so far heard of the one.
In a written statement, Upton said the risk is “very low” that any of the Canadian scientists are infected, however: none had any direct contact with any of the sick individuals and they are not showing any signs or symptoms. All three will remain in voluntary isolation, however, and be closely monitored as they make their way home and after they return to Canada.
MSF’s busy treatment centre in Kailahun – which expanded from 60 to 80 beds last month –relied heavily on the work of the Canadian scientists, who both diagnosed suspected cases and confirmed when patients had cleared the virus and could finally go home.
Upton said the Public Health Agency of Canada is “committed to helping in the response to this outbreak and is preparing to send another team to Sierra Leone once appropriate steps have been taken to ensure a safe living environment.”
MSF spokesperson Karin Ekholm also said the Canadian scientists “would be welcome back when they want” at the treatment centre and Kailahun hotel, which has now been restricted to MSF staff only. It had previously been housing other WHO workers, as well as Red Cross volunteers and visiting journalists.
“Without a lab, everything is slower,” Ekholm said. “It makes the whole process smoother when we can discharge or confirm cases more regularly . . . and not keeping people waiting for the test results.”
Now, blood samples from the MSF isolation ward will have to be sent by car to Kenema, a journey that takes between four and six hours due to the terrible road conditions. Kenema is also the only other lab in Sierra Leone equipped to handle Ebola cases and it is already overwhelmed with samples sent from across the rest of the country.
Ekholm said MSF has also been investigating which of its own staffers may have come into contact with the WHO epidemiologist but none are currently showing any signs or symptoms. Ebola patients are only infectious when they are symptomatic and the virus is spread through close contact and bodily fluids, such as blood, urine, sweat or tears.
Meanwhile, a senior advisor to Sierra Leone’s president said on Wednesday that a third doctor has now died from Ebola in the country. Presidential adviser Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said Dr. Sahr Rogers was working at a clinic in Kenema when he contracted the virus.
Across West Africa, more than 2,615 cases and 1,427 deaths have now been reported in the unprecedented outbreak. A new Ebola outbreak was also recently confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a pregnant woman from a remote village butchered a bush animal that had been given to her husband, according to the WHO.
She died on Aug. 11 but several health-care workers, including a doctor and two nurses, have since fallen sick; there are now 24 suspected cases and 13 deaths in that region. Victims in the DRC outbreak have no history of travel to West African countries affected by the ongoing epidemic, however, and “at this time, it is believed that the outbreak in DRC is unrelated to the ongoing outbreak in West Africa,” the WHO said in a statement.
Is Toronto getting a second NHL team by 2017?
A tweet by Howard Bloom of @SportsBizNews late Tuesday night suggested that the NHL will expand by four teams in three years, with new franchises in Seattle, Las Vegas, Quebec City and Toronto.
The league would get a total of $1.4 billion in expansion fees, according to the tweet.
The NHL shot down the report Wednesday morning.
“Not in our plans. Nothing new to report on expansion,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told TVA sports.
“No,” Daly told the Star when asked if the league would comment.
The four cities have been mentioned every time there’s talk of expansion in the NHL but it would be surprising that all four would get a team at once.
The NHL has 16 teams in the Eastern Conference and 14 in the West which has led to speculation that the league would be interested in adding two teams to balance the two conferences, making Seattle and Las Vegas attractive markets.
The Vancouver Province reported Tuesday that an expansion team in Las Vegas is a “done deal.”
In Seattle, billionaire Victor Coleman and Seattle-based Chris Hansen reportedly have an agreement in place regarding NHL expansion.
Local government, however, is more interested in bringing an NBA team back to Seattle first, a project also involving Hansen. Unlike other potential NHL destinations such as Quebec City and Las Vegas, Seattle does not have any current plans to build a new arena.
The NHL hasn’t expanded in almost 15 years, since Columbus and Minnesota were added in 2000.
Last season, while reportedly scouting Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as sites for future outdoor games, commissioner Gary Bettman told the Star Tribune: “There’s a lot of interest (in expansion). We’re hearing from multiple groups in Seattle . . . and in Vegas, in Kansas City and Quebec City. We haven’t decided to engage in formal expansion process, but as we always do, we listen to expressions of interest. There may be good reasons to expand, there may not be. It’s not something we’ve seriously considered yet.”
Any expansion from 30 teams would require approval from the board of governors.
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