Police have found a 15-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert after a suspected abduction by two men in Mississauga on Sunday afternoon.
Peel Regional Police said Monday morning that Alyssa Langille had been located by Toronto police, and “is in good health.”
The teen was reported missing by her family at 9:22 p.m. on Sunday night.
A witness said two men jumped out of a silver van at St. Barbara Blvd. and Comiskey Cres. just after 1 p.m. on Sunday. They forced the girl into the van and were last seen heading south on St. Barbara Blvd. towards Derry Rd.
On Monday, the girl’s family said they were relieved to hear from police that she was found safe after suspecting that their daughter’s disappearance involved criminal activity.
“[We’re] just trying to keep her home, keep her away from those people, keep her off the social media,” her father, Bob Langille, told CP24.
He added that he had taken her phone away to prevent her from going on social media.
Earlier Monday, Sgt. Josh Colley told reporters that the teen has been reported missing before, but that “right now, this is being treated as a random abduction.”
Last month, Langille was reported missing twice in the span of three days. She was first reported missing on Dec. 6, and located two days later on Dec. 8. On Dec. 9, police say her parents reported her missing after she did not return home from school. She returned home four days later in “good health,” police wrote in a news release.
“This isn’t the first time she’s been missing,” Bob Langille told CP24. “The friends that she has – I’m not going to lie – I don’t think they’re good people to be hanging out with, according to the pictures and the videos I see on her phone.”
Police have released descriptions of two suspects. The first is a South Asian male around 24 years old, described as tall with a thin build, and wearing an orange turban with a grey sweater with cut off sleeves and a green shirt underneath.
The second was simply described as a South Asian male.
The suspect vehicle is described as silver old model Honda Odyssey with tinted rear windows.
Police are asking anyone with more information about the incident to call the 12 Division Criminal Bureau at 905-453-2121 ext. 1233.
With files from Salmaan Farooqui
Two Canadians are among the five people killed in a shooting attack at a GTA-owned electronic music festival in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, authorities said.
No identities were given for the victims, who also included an Italian and a Colombian.
“Sure I’m nervous,” festival director Rajtek Pulitano of Toronto said in an interview.
Pulitano is one of a half-dozen GTA directors of the festival.
He said he hadn’t heard any threats against the beach-front event.
“It’s been 10 years that I’ve been doing it and this is the first,” Pulitano said.
The 3:30 a.m. gunfire outside the Blue Parrot nightclub was rapid and sounded like it might be coming from an automatic weapon, Toronto resident Jeff Thompson told the Star by email.
“(It) was like a freeze frame as people didn’t start running out immediately after the shots but within a minute or so,” said Thompson, who has been coming to Playa Del Carmen for years.
“Police/army moved bodies fast,” Thompson said.
The Blue Parrot was hosting an event that was part of the BPM electronic music festival.
State attorney-general Miguel Angel Pech said that several of the dead appear to have been part of the security detail at the 10-day BPM electronic music festival.
Pech said a lone gunman apparently entered the nightclub and began to exchange fire with another person inside. Festival security personnel tried to stop the shooting and came under fire.
Pech said it was a terrorist attack.
The shooting was said to have caused a rush of people heading for the exits at the beach-side club, and the lone female victim was apparently killed during the stampede.
Pech said 15 people were injured, one seriously. He said five of the injured had been treated for less serious injuries at local hospitals and released.
Three people had been detained nearby, but it was unclear if they had been involved in the shooting.
Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, told the Milenio TV station that he shooting was the result of “a disagreement between people inside” the nightclub and said security guards had come under fire when they tried to contain the dispute.
The BPM Festival posted a statement saying four people had been killed and 12 injured in an attack that involved “a lone shooter.”
BPM wrote that “the violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue.”
Playa del Carmen has largely been spared the violence that has hit other parts of Mexico.
A Twitter photo showed a distraught man who appeared to be in his twenties wearing a T-shirt with “TORONTO” across the front.
With files from The Associated Press
As always seemed likely with the approach of spring training, free-agent Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays are reportedly on the verge of a short-term agreement that would see the slugging outfielder return to Toronto.
The news was initially reported Sunday evening, by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The deal could be up to two years for $35 million to $40 million, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Although there was no announcement from the team, at least one teammate was already celebrating.
“My brother. Back where you belong. Couldn’t be happier. Appreciate you for guiding me and always being real! @JoeyBats19,” tweeted Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman, who included several pictures of Bautista with the tweet.
For the past several years, Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion formed the heart of the Blue Jays batting order, and one of the most fearsome offensive duos in major league baseball.
Both were free agents this off-season. Encarnacion ended up signing a three-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, with an option for a fourth.
Much like a divorced couple that has explored the dating landscape and found it lacking, Bautista and the Jays have their own reasons to get back together.
After the World Series, in early November, the Jays made a qualifying offer of $17.2 million for one year, as per the rules of the expiring collective bargaining agreement. That offer was quickly rejected by Bautista’s camp. However because the offer was made, any team that signs Bautista loses a top draft pick.
Bautista had been initially obtained from the Pirates in 2008 for minor-league catcher Robinson Diaz. He enjoyed a breakout offensive campaign in 2009, at the age of 29, slamming a major-league leading 54 home runs, with 124 RBIs and a .995 OPS. Then-GM Alex Anthopoulos then locked him up to a six-year contract, valued at $79 million that ended with an option season in 2016. The contract, at the time, was considered risky on both sides but it paid off.
The 36-year-old right fielder in 2016 suffered through two injuries that placed him on the disabled list, batting .234, with 22 home runs and an OPS of .818. However he was still a feared lineup presence, grinding out major-league at-bats.
Bautista and his agent Jay Alou expected that finally earning free-agent rights, this would be his chance at a big contract that would take him through the end of his career. However, it has been a strange free-agent winter of their discontent, with a glut of similar-type sluggers and a slow-moving market.
From Bautista’s side, if he signs a Jays’ short-term deal, he can then try free agency again later on, with no draft-pick compensation attached due to changes in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Other teams did not want to sign Bautista to a long-term deal because of his age, diminished numbers and injury-marred 2016 season. They did not want to sign him short-term because it would mean losing a high draft pick and that’s gold to MLB clubs. Bautista would likely have a better chance at a career-ending contract if he tried again in a different market place with no compensation and off of a bounce-back, both statistically and in terms of health.
From the Jays’ standpoint, they explored the off-season trade market and concluded that the asking price for any of the available outfielders, like Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Andrew McCutchen and Brett Gardner is too high. They realized that Bautista is the best available free agent to fill their need, at least for the short term. So reluctantly, they are likely to reunite. But talks are ongoing.
OTTAWA—The federal ethics commissioner is launching an investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s use of a private helicopter during his winter vacation.
Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson says in a letter to Conservative MP Blaine Calkins that Trudeau may have violated multiple sections of the federal ethics code when he hopped on a private helicopter to reach a private island, both owned by the Aga Khan.
The Aga Khan is a longtime Trudeau family friend who is also the spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims.
After taking a government jet to Nassau, the Trudeau entourage, which included a Liberal MP and the party’s president, travelled on a private helicopter in order to get to their ultimate destination, a private Bahamian island.
Both the Conflict of Interest Act and Trudeau’s own ethics guidelines bar the use of sponsored travel in private aircraft, allowing it only for exceptional circumstances related to the job of prime minister and only with the prior approval of the ethics commissioner.
Trudeau defended the actions last week and said he was ready to answer any questions Dawson had about the trip.
The decision marks the first time that the ethics commissioner has decided to probe the actions of a sitting prime minister, likely ensuring that questions will follow Trudeau along his cross-country tour that continues today in Nova Scotia.
DAVOS, SWITZERLAND—The gap between the superrich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.
Presenting its findings on the dawn of the annual gathering of the global political and business elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, anti-poverty organization Oxfam says the gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago. It’s urging leaders to do more than pay lip service to the problem.
If not, it warns, public anger against this kind of inequality will continue to grow and lead to more seismic political changes akin to last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
“It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day,” said Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, who will be attending the meeting in Davos. “Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy.”
The same report a year earlier said that the richest 62 people on the planet owned as much wealth as the bottom half of the population. However, Oxfam has revised that figure down to eight following new information gathered by Swiss bank Credit Suisse.
Oxfam used Forbes’ billionaires list that was last published in March 2016 to make its headline claim. According to the Forbes list, Microsoft founder Gates is the richest individual with a net worth of $75 billion (U.S.). The others, in order of ranking, are Amancio Ortega, the Spanish founder of fashion house Inditex, financier Warren Buffett, Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim Helu, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle’s Larry Ellison and Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York.
Oxfam outlined measures that it hopes will be enacted to help reduce the inequality.
They include higher taxes on wealth and income to ensure a more level playing field and to fund investments in public services and jobs, greater co-operation among governments on ensuring workers are paid decently and the rich don’t dodge their taxes. And business leaders should commit to paying their fair share of taxes and a living wage to employees.
Max Lawson, Oxfam’s policy adviser, urged billionaires to “do the right thing,” and to do “what Bill Gates has called on them to do, which is pay their taxes.”
The ability of the rich to avoid paying their fair share of taxes was vividly exposed last year in the so-called “Panama Papers,” a leaked trove of data that revealed details on offshore accounts that helped individuals shelter their wealth.
“We have a situation where billionaires are paying less tax often than their cleaner or their secretary,” Lawson told The Associated Press. “That’s crazy.”
It’s because of this kind of inequality that trust in institutions has fallen sharply since the global financial crisis of 2008, according to Edelman, one of the world’s biggest marketing firms.
In its own pre-Davos survey of more than 33,000 people across 28 markets, Edelman found the largest-ever drop in trust across government, business, media and even non-governmental organizations. CEO credibility is at an all-time low and government leaders are the least trusted group, according to the survey.
The firm’s 2017 Trust Barometer found that 53 per cent of respondents believe the current system has failed them in that it is unfair and offers few hopes for the future, with only 15 per cent believing it is working. That belief was evident for both the general population and those with college education.
“The implications of the global trust crisis are deep and wide-ranging,” said Richard Edelman, the firm’s president and CEO. “It began with the Great Recession of 2008, but like the second and third waves of a tsunami, globalization and technological change have further weakened people’s trust in global institutions. The consequence is virulent populism and nationalism as the mass population has taken control away from the elites.”
Edelman highlighted how “the emergence of a media echo chamber” that reinforces personal beliefs while shutting out opposing views has magnified this “cycle of distrust.” According to the survey, search engines are trusted more as an information tool than traditional news editors, 59 per cent to 41 per cent.
“People now view media as part of the elite,” said Edelman. “The result is a proclivity for self-referential media and reliance on peers. The lack of trust in media has also given rise to the fake news phenomenon and politicians speaking directly to the masses.”
Edelman said business may be best-placed to help improve trust. Companies need to be transparent and honest with their employees about the changes taking place in the workplace, improve skills and pay fairly, he said.
The online survey was conducted between Oct. 13 and Nov. 16, 2016.
The world’s 8 richest people are, in order of net worth:
Canada’s 8 richest people are, in order of net worth:
Source: Oxfam Canada
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