Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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The weekend police killing of a young man and the death of an older woman following her arrest has sparked grief and anger among Indigenous people in the northern Ontario city of Timmins.

In the first incident, the province's Special Investigations Unit says a 21-year-old man was fatally shot on Saturday, after officers responded to the Emergency Medical Services building.

The next day, a 62-year-old woman -- who was arrested after allegedly causing a disturbance at a shelter -- was pronounced dead in hospital.

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation -- which represents nearly 50 Indigenous communities in the region -- called the incidents "very troubling."

Timmins Mayor Steve Black is urging calm pending the outcome of investigations into the deaths. (The Canadian Press)



Ontario's top court has ruled that a man who pleaded guilty to killing his baby daughter in a fit of frustration should get a new trial.

The Court of Appeal of Ontario said O'Neil Blackett's guilty plea should be set aside in the interests of justice, due to the involvement of disgraced pathologist Doctor Charles Smith.

The Appeal Court said Blackett's decision to take a manslaughter plea deal in 2001 was done in anticipation of Smith's testimony that the little girl had been murdered.

It said fresh evidence shows that he would not have pleaded guilty without Smith's flawed opinion. (The Canadian Press)



O-P-P say they don't expect to lay any charges in a horrific collision on Highway 69 north of Parry Sound.

Investigators say all the people who were inside an S-U-V are dead after the vehicle veered into an oncoming lane of traffic and slammed into a tractor trailer yesterday.

They say the S-U-V was so thoroughly destroyed, they don't yet know how many people were inside it. …

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