Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

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(Ont-French-Appointments)

A provincial cabinet minister says the government needs to "be better" in ensuring provincial appointments are based on merit.

Government and Consumer Services Minister Lisa Thompson says both she and Premier Doug Ford are disappointed that three appointees were found to have ties to Ford's former chief of staff.

Dean French resigned last Friday after Ford rescinded appointments to two foreign posts with direct links to him while his wife's niece resigned from her appointment on Tuesday.

Ford has ordered a review of all pending government appointments but both the NDP and the Liberals say it should be conducted by an independent body and include all appointments made since the Progressive Conservatives came to power just over a year ago. (The Canadian Press)

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(Ont-GTA-Gangs)

Toronto police have begun a sweep of a gang they say is directly involved in numerous shootings as well as fentanyl trafficking across Canada.

Police chief Mark Saunders says 37 people had been take into custody by mid-day with more expected later on.

That's in addition to 43 previous arrests during an eight-month investigation into the Chester Lee gang.

Saunders says the force has dealt a significant blow to the gang and he will have an update on the investigation tomorrow. (The Canadian Press)

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(Ont-Eaton-Centre-Trial)

Prosecutors say they'll seek the maximum sentence for the man convicted of manslaughter in the fatal Eaton Centre shooting in Toronto seven years ago.

Christopher Husbands was convicted of two counts of manslaughter after his second degree murder convictions were overturned on appeal.

The Crown argues he should be sentenced to life in prison because the killings two men aged 22 and 24 should be considered "near murder."

The defence says it's still waiting for pre-sentencing risk assessments but will ask for a fixed sentence when both sides are expected to make submissions next month. (The Canadian Press)

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(Canoe-Fatal-Impaired)

A Toronto man accused of being impaired by alcohol and marijuana when a young boy drowned during a canoe trip has been found guilty of all four charges against him. …

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