Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

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(Ont-Via-Rail-Terror)

Two men facing a second trial in a plot to derail a Via Rail train travelling between Ontario and the U-S have elected to be tried by judge alone -- if the trial proceeds next September as scheduled.

The Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier after overturning their 2015 convictions on terror-related charges connected to the al-Qaida-inspired plot.

The Crown has asked the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal the ruling, which cited an error in jury selection.

But Justice John McMahon says he is proceeding with the case assuming the Supreme Court chooses not to hear the appeal. (The Canadian Press)

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(Ont-Van-Attack)

Red tape has delayed the trial for a man who killed 10 people when he drove a van into crowds of pedestrians on a busy Toronto sidewalk in 2018.

The trial for Alek Minassian on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder was initially scheduled to begin on February 10th but will now start on March 2nd.

Minassian's lawyer told court today that the delay is due in part to problems obtaining Minassian's psychiatric assessment from St. Joseph's Health Centre.

The judge presiding over the trial told Boris Bytensky that if the report is not produced by next week, she is prepared to issue a subpoena ordering hospital officials to come to court to explain the delay. (The Canadian Press)

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(Police-Sherman-Family)

Toronto police say the family of Barry and Honey Sherman are committed to working with them now their private investigation into the killings of the couple is complete.

Police and the family issued a joint statement today just over two years after the couple was found dead by the pool in their north Toronto mansion.

The family hired a team of private investigators a short time later and offered a 10-million dollar reward for information that would solve the case.

Police are not saying when that investigation ended or what it might have uncovered but the statement says the family appreciates police's hard work on the case and has full confidence they will find out what happened. …

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