Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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The lawyer of a man convicted of trying to join the Somali-based terrorist organization al-Shabab is calling his appeal dismissal disappointing.

Former Toronto security guard Mohamed Hersi was convicted in 2014 of attempting to participate in the activities of a terrorist group and providing counsel to a person to participate in terrorist activity.

Hersi was sentenced to consecutive five-year prison terms.

Paul Slansky says his client received an unfair trial.

The Ontario Court of Appeal said in its ruling yesterday that stiff penalties are necessary in such cases to deter similar would-be criminals. (The Canadian Press)



Premier Doug Ford is accusing student unions of getting up to "crazy Marxist nonsense" as he appealed for donations to his Progressive Conservative party in a fundraising email sent yesterday.

Ford's claim was made as he highlighted his government's move to make some fees paid by Ontario college and university students optional instead of mandatory.

The message sparked condemnation from students groups and opposition politicians who say the premier's language confirms the fee changes announced last month are politically motivated.

College Student Alliance president Brittany Greig calls Ford's fundraising message disappointing, adding that student unions are democratically elected. (The Canadian Press)



One of the lead investigators in the case of serial killer Bruce McArthur has left the homicide unit and will now be working in the service's canine unit.

Following a year and a half of investigating the gruesome details linked to the Toronto killer, Sergeant David Dickinson says it is time for a change.

The 38-year-old, who has been working in homicide for the past five years, says the change might also be "a little therapeutic relief."

McArthur was handed a mandatory life sentence Friday for murdering eight men with ties to Toronto's gay village between 2010 and 2017. (CP24)



The Crown is appealing an Ontario Review Board decision that would potentially allow a man with schizophrenia who attacked soldiers at a military recruitment centre to attend Hamilton's Mohawk College unsupervised. …

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