Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(Ont-Opposition)

The four Ontario P-C leadership candidates now competing against Patrick Brown say the former leader should not have entered the race.

Brown -- who stepped down three weeks ago amid sexual misconduct allegations -- joined the race yesterday just before the registration deadline.

Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford says the party is stronger without Brown, citing a boost in fundraising and memberships since he resigned.

Christine Elliott -- who came in second to Brown in the last leadership race -- is also stressing the importance of party unity ahead of the spring election.

And Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney says leadership election is not the place for him to clear his name. (The Canadian Press)

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(Craigslist-Sex-Assaults)

A 37-year-old Hamilton man who repeatedly sexually assaulted his girlfriend's young daughter and advertised on Craigslist for others to join him has been handed a nearly 11-year prison sentence.

Court heard the abuse spanned nearly 18 months -- beginning when the girl was six and ending when she was nearly eight in 2016.

The assaults, which happened while the rest of the house slept, were recorded and photographed and included at least three other adults.

The man -- who cannot be identified to protect the identity of his young victim -- was sentenced yesterday to 13 years and three months after pleading guilty to sexual interference, making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

With credit for time served, his sentence was reduced to 10 years and 205 days. (The Hamilton Spectator)

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(Whitby-Attempted-Abduction)

Durham Regional Police say they're investigating the attempted abduction of an eight-year-old boy in Whitby.

They say the boy was walking home Thursday afternoon when a car pulled up and the driver said the boy's father had been involved in an accident.

Investigators say the boy immediately ran home and told his parents, who then called police. …

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