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Toronto police have started an awareness campaign so e-bikers properly obey the rules and avoid fines. Image via flickr / MSVG


The video of Friday night’s Dundas streetcar shooting is not the whole story, says the police union. Other experts, including a university criminologist and a former policeman who now trains police in the use of force, also agree it’s early in the process to be reaching conclusions, and urge the public to let the investigation unfold. [CBC]

Monir Kassim, one of three men pictured with Rob Ford in a now infamous photo, was released on bail Tuesday. Kassim was arrested June 13 as part of Project Traveller, a massive drugs and guns bust, and is charged with trafficking in weapons and guns for a criminal organization, breach of house arrest, theft under $5,000, and conspiracy to commit unauthorized possession of a firearm. [Toronto Star] 

Toronto police have initiated a month-long awareness campaign so e-bikers obey the rules of the road and avoid getting fines. E-bikes may be used on all GTA streets, but riders are banned from using the electrical assist component on all bike paths, or risk a $395 fine, and also on street bike lanes or risk an $80 fine. [Toronto Star] 


At least one veterans group promises to campaign against the Harper Conservatives after federal lawyers argued in court that Ottawa has no extraordinary social obligation to ex-soldiers. President of Canadian Veterans Advocacy Mike Blais said, “we went to war, signed up to serve this nation, nobody told us we’d be abandoned.” [Globe and Mail]

Mounties believe a 25-year-old woman escaped a sex attack by hiding in the bush of rural Alberta, but became lost and was missing for 12 days. She was found Friday wandering, and remains in hospital with a broken jaw and infected cuts. [Globe and Mail]

First Nations and human rights experts will press the federal government to recognize Canada’s historical treatment of Natives, including nutrition experiments conducted in residential schools, constituted genocide. As early as this fall they may ask the UN to have the term applied to Canada’s historical record. [Globe and Mail]



Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst arrested three years ago for giving classified information to WikiLeaks, was acquitted of aiding the enemy but convicted of espionage, theft and computer fraud charges. Aiding the enemy was the most serious of the 21 counts he faced, but still faces up to 128 years in prison. [National Post]

Israeli and Palestinian representatives broke a three-year stalemate by starting talks aimed at achieving a final-status peace agreement within nine months. Optimism abounded as the two sides came together after nine months of coaxing. [Globe and Mail]

The black box recoverd from a Spanish train wreck reveals the driver was responding to a call from the rail firm when the crash took place, raising questions about the firm’s role in the disaster. The railway and the network operator have since put the blame squarely on the driver, Garz√≥n, but the union expressed concern he was getting blamed before the analysis of data from the onboard recorders. [The Guardian]


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