Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Police forces in big cities across Canada and the U-S report no signs of explosives have been found in the schools, businesses and public areas that were targeted by a wave of bomb threats yesterday.

Threats were reported in such Canadian cities as Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto -- where the busy downtown King Street subway station was briefly evacuated in what police say was one of at least 10 threats received across the city.

Authorities say it appears in all cases, the scare was a crude extortion attempt, with some of the emailed threats demanded Bitcoin payments online.

But John Cohen, a former official at the U-S Department of Homeland Security, says hoax threats are still dangerous because they divert police and fire resources from real calls of service.(2)



Canada's Transportation Safety Board will release recommendations today into last December's plane crash in remote northern Saskatchewan.

All 25 people on board the West Wind Aviation flight escaped when it crashed near the Fond du Lac airstrip soon after takeoff.

Nine people were seriously injured and one 19-year-old man later died in hospital.

Investigators previously said the plane had ice on it when it took off, but the investigation was ongoing.(2)



Toronto police say their sex-crimes unit has investigated eight incidents -- not six -- at a private, Toronto Catholic all-boys school recently rocked by student-on-student abuse allegations.

The service had previously said it was looking into six incidents involving St. Michael's College School.

But a police spokeswoman offered nothing further on the investigations, which have so far left six teens facing charges of assault and sexual assault.

The school has expelled eight students amid the police investigations, which include at least two videotaped incidents. …

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