Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

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(Pedestrians-Struck)(Audio:04)

A court appearance is expected this morning by the man suspected of using a rented van to mow down at least two-dozen pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk alongside one of the busiest streets in the country.

Twenty-five-year-old Alek Minassian was arrested yesterday after a brief standoff with a lone police officer,

Witnesses reported watching a speeding van meander between the street and the sidewalk along about 16 blocks of a north-end stretch of Yonge Street.

What appears to have been a deliberate attack resulted in the deaths of 10 people and the hospitalization of 15 more. (3)

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Prime Minister Trudeau will make another statement about the Toronto pedestrian killings outside the House of Commons this morning.

But Ottawa says there's no information to warrant a change in Canada's risk level.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says while the van attack in north Toronto was horrendous, it doesn't appear to be connected in any way to national security.

Canada's current threat level is medium, where it's been since October 2014 when a gunman killed a sentry at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and then stormed Parliament Hill where he was shot dead. (3)

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(Ont-Brown-Lawsuit)

C-T-V says it stands by its reporting and will vigorously defend itself in court in the face of a defamation lawsuit filed by Ontario's former Progressive Conservative leader.

Patrick Brown alleges C-T-V News and several of its journalists acted maliciously and irresponsibly in publishing accusations of sexual misconduct from two women.

The Barrie politician, who stepped down as Tory leader in January hours after the C-T-V report, insists the accusations are false and alleges that the report ruined his political career and interfered with the democratic process.

He is seeking eight-million dollars in damages. …

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