Toronto police still searching for suspects in mosque parking lot assault

WATCH: Security footage captured Wednesday shows two men approaching and attacking a victim in the parking lot of a mosque in Toronto.

Police have released suspect descriptions and the image of a vehicle as part of a continuing investigation into a Toronto mosque parking lot attack.

The attack was reported on May 10 before 8 p.m., when a man was assaulted while walking to his vehicle after grocery shopping, police said. The attack allegedly happened around Danforth Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue.

Video obtained by Global News appears to show the violent attack.

The surveillance video shows the victim, a 67-year-old man, walking through the parking lot of Baitul Aman Masjid when he is approached by two masked men all dressed in dark clothing.

One man appears to be holding a bat and begins striking the man while the other man can be seen kicking and punching.

The two are then seen getting into a light-coloured sedan and driving off. At the time, police said the attack did not appear to be hate-motivated.

On June 10, a month after the attack was reported, Toronto police released descriptions of two of three suspects they are looking for. They also released an image of the car the suspects appeared to leave the scene in.

The first suspect is described as a thin-built male with a black hat. Police said he wore dark clothing, a black mask and red gloves. The second was described as male, medium build and wearing dark clothing.

There is no description for the third suspect.

— With files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues

Police have released an image of the vehicle they believe suspects fled the scene of the mosque attack in on May 10, 2023.

Police have released an image of the vehicle they believe suspects fled the scene of the mosque attack in on May 10, 2023.

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Man walks into Toronto hospital after overnight shooting

Police are investigating after a man walked into a Toronto hospital with a gunshot wound on Saturday morning.

In a tweet, Toronto police said they received a shooting call just before 3 a.m. on Saturday around Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue.

A male victim walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound, police said. His injuries are considered serious but non-life-threatening.

Police said no suspect information was available.

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Ashley Furniture sofas, recliners recalled due to fire risk

Cosori is recalling millions of air fryers sold in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico from June 2018 to December 2022 because their wire connections can overheat and cause a fire risk. There have been 23 reports of minor property damage globally and 10 reports of minor, superficial burn injuries, including four in Canada.

A range of products by Canadian company, Ashley Furniture Industries LLC, are being recalled due to potential fire hazards.

Ashley power loveseats, sofas, and recliners with LED cup holders are at risk of failing after prolonged use, the Government of Canada said in a safety alert Friday, which could lead to overheating and fire.

The government is advising consumers to immediately unplug recalled products and contact Ashley Furniture for free repairs.

The alert says the company has received no reports of consumer incidents or injuries in Canada as of May 31, 2023. However, the company received six reports in the United States of fire, smoke damage and damaged furniture in products with LED cup holders, but no injuries.

This recall involves Signature Design by Ashley Furniture Industries, LLC Party Time Loveseats, Sofas and Recliners.


White recliner

The Government of Canada released a recall/safety alert Friday, June 9 2023 for a number of Ashley Furniture products. The recall involves Signature Design by Ashley Furniture Industries, LLC Party Time Loveseats, Sofas and Recliners.

Credit: Health Canada/Ashley Furniture Industries LLC

The following products were affected:

  • Loveseats sold under the model 3700318, 3700418, 3700318C, 3700418
  • Recliners sold under the model 3700313, 3700413, 3700313C, 3700413C
  • Sofas sold under the model 3700315, 3700415, 3700315C, 3700415C

The alert notes that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

For more information, consumers can contact Ashley Furniture Industries, LLC by telephone at 866-482-2893 from 7 am to 5pm CT, Monday through Friday, or visit the company recall website.

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N.S. woman fined nearly $29,000 for outdoor fire as massive Shelburne wildfire burns

Police say a woman in central Nova Scotia has been fined nearly $29,000 for having an unsupervised outdoor fire in the midst of a provincewide fire ban.

RCMP Cpl. Chris Marshall says officers responded to reports of an open fire on private property on Friday afternoon in the community of Lantz, about 50 kilometres north of Halifax.

Marshall says they found an unsupervised fire burning in a firepit and used a hose to douse the flames.

He says they gave a woman in the home on the property a ticket for igniting a blaze within 1,000 feet of the woods during a fire ban, which carries a fine of $28,872.50.

Meanwhile, officials say the largest wildfire in Nova Scotia’s history continues to burn out of control today but is no longer spreading.

The provincial Department of Natural Resources and Renewables says about 130 firefighters are working to knock down the 234-square-kilometre blaze, which began on May 27 near Barrington Lake in Shelburne County.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2023.

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How the city and province are attempting to address 'root causes' of crime, disorder in Edmonton

This is the second article in a three-part series examining Edmonton’s core one year after the city introduced a “safety plan” after two men were killed in Chinatown. The first article on addressing crime can be read here and the next article on revitalizing the neighbourhood can be read Sunday.

While a multitude of resources have gone towards “boots on the ground” in an effort to address crime and homelessness in Edmonton’s core, many resources are also going to prevention, in the form of addiction and mental health treatment, affordable housing and other social supports.

Though homelessness is often seen as going hand in hand with crime and disorder, advocates and city representatives have been careful to underline that there is not a link between the two phenomena.

However, University of Alberta criminologist Temitope Oriola said poverty, homelessness, adverse childhood experiences, drug addiction and mental health problems are the root causes of many crimes.

“None of those social issues can be separated from issues in relation to this organized crime downtown and elsewhere around Edmonton, or any city for that matter,” he said.

Reports from city staff acknowledge that “some disorder observed is rooted in core social issues such as lack of housing, mental health and substance use.”

Regardless of whether homelessness, crime and disorder are linked, police are on the front lines responding, and Oriola suggested a more multi-pronged approach could be more effective.

“The solution to open drug use and homelessness is not more police, it is providing shelters, it is providing safe injection sites and all of that,” he said, adding he thinks more police is an interim solution.

“We’ve got to do more in terms of the social issues at the root of those problems — mental health support for our citizens, shelter for the homeless, supports for those who are drug addicted.”

In the second of a three-part series, Global News is looking at what has been done to address what some call the root causes of crime and disorder and talking to community members to see if they think the situation is improving.

Addiction, mental health support

Shortly after the killings in Chinatown, the city, Downtown Business Association and Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS)  announced they would pilot a new program called Overdose Prevention and Response Teams (OPRTs) to help prevent and respond to drug poisonings in Edmonton, funded with a $195,000 Downtown Vibrancy grant.

On Dec. 13, 2022, the provincial government announced the launch of the Edmonton Public Safety and Community Response Task Force to address addiction and homelessness in the city. The government said more than $60 million went to increasing access to addiction services.

“Alberta spends more than $1 billion annually on addiction and mental health care and supports, including prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery,” the province said in a news release.

Since being elected in 2019, the UCP government says it has added 147 annual treatment beds in Edmonton, eliminated daily user fees at treatment spaces, introduced a digital overdose prevention tool, and is expanding access to addiction treatment medication.

A new addiction recovery centre will be built in Enoch Cree Nation, just outside Edmonton, that will provide “holistic addiction treatment services” for up to 300 people a year, the province announced in April.

The province said partnering with Indigenous communities is important because they are some of the most affected by the addiction crisis. The provincial government is chipping in $30 million to fund the project.

Some harm-reduction advocates have criticized the province’s recovery-oriented system of care, particularly a bill promised by Premier Danielle Smith during her election campaign that would “allow a family member, doctor or police officer to make a petition to family court for a treatment order when someone is a danger to themselves or others.”

When people spend time in involuntary treatment, it reduces their tolerance, and if they relapse, they’re far more likely to have an overdose, according to Elaine Hyshka, an associate professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health.

Smith’s chief of staff said the treatment would be voluntary and there would be no penalties for refusing drug treatment.

Opioid overdose deaths in Edmonton are down, according to Alberta Health Services.

In January 2023 – the most recent month for which data is available – 29 people died of an overdose in the city.

That’s down from a peak of 70 people in the month of December 2021 and almost as low as the number of deaths in April 2020 before fatalities started to skyrocket during the pandemic.

AHS said hospitalizations and emergency department visits related to opioids are also down when comparing 2022 to 2021.

Chinatown business owner Will Chen said he sees a lot of people struggling with mental health issues in the neighbourhood and he believes that should be addressed first.

“While, yes, housing would help, I think primarily mental health support is what these people seek the most,” he said.


As part of the safety task force, the province also introduced $19 million in funding to combat homelessness.

Global News asked the province for more details on what that money is going towards but did not receive an answer in time for publication.

The province also introduced a 10-year strategy in 2021 that it hopes will improve and expand affordable housing into the future.

The strategy says the province aims to add 13,000 new units and support 25,000 more households in the plan. It also aims to provide rent assistance to 12,000 more households.

The province allocated almost $1 million for renovations to a handful of affordable housing providers in Edmonton in its latest budget, as well as about $14 million to build new units over the last two budgets.

The City of Edmonton has numerous ongoing programs and partnerships that aim to address and prevent homelessness.

In the 2023-26 budget, city council approved nearly $50 million that will go to the affordable housing and homelessness department. That money will be used as grants for housing providers.

On top of that, the city hopes to squeeze out even more money in the budget for affordable housing through the city’s OP12 process.

The city provided $7.5 million in emergency funding for a shelter in the west end in November after multiple people died in homeless encampments.

City council is also looking to change the way the city responds to homeless encampments, changing the focus from removing the camps to keeping them as safe as possible while connecting the residents with housing support.

Christel Kjenner, the city’s director of affordable housing and homelessness, said increasing the supply of affordable housing is one of the most important ways to keep people from falling into homelessness.

“It helps people who have low incomes — and very low incomes — access housing that’s affordable to their income so that they can stay housed,” she said.

Edmonton has 14,000 units of affordable housing but needs 60,000 more, Kjenner said.

She added it’s not just about affordability — supportive housing is important to keep people housed.

“If there’s health issues or mental health issues involved too, then having access to those supports is really critical for well-being,” Kjenner said.

But despite all these efforts, more people are becoming homeless than are getting into a stable place to live. In 2022, an average of 462 people became homeless every month, and more than half were becoming homeless for the first time, according to Homeward Trust.

In fact, there are now more homeless people in Edmonton than ever before. As of June 5, there were 3,112 homeless people in Edmonton, higher than the previous peak of 3,079 in 2008 and double the amount in 2019, according to Homeward Trust’s by name list.

Kjenner said it’s hoped by the end of 2023 the city’s new Community Plan to End Homelessness will be put together, along with a plan for homelessness prevention.

BSCS provides support for vulnerable people from a location near Rogers Place, and plans to open another location nearby as well as one in south Edmonton.


Spokesperson Elliot Tanti said he believes there just isn’t enough space for vulnerable people to go.

“The enforcement approach around encampments is really just moving people around,” he said.

“We need to be thinking about well-rounded approaches, increased social services, increased housing.”

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said the city lacks the capacity to address root causes.

“The fundamental issue of not having access to housing, not having access to treatment for mental health and addictions that are causing a lot of these issues, and that’s where the role of the provincial government comes,” he said.

However, Sohi also acknowledged the province has supported the city in building more affordable housing units.

“I hope that the new government under Premier Danielle Smith will hopefully reset their approach to how they look at these very complex and complicated issues that people are facing.”

© 2023 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Can chatbots be ministers? Hundreds attend ChatGPT-led church service

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, was among three others who testified at a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday intended "to write the rules" of artificial intelligence in the era of rapid-evolving technology like ChatGPT.

The artificial intelligence chatbot asked the believers in the fully packed St. Paul’s church in the Bavarian town of Fuerth to rise from the pews and praise the Lord.

The ChatGPT chatbot, personified by an avatar of a bearded Black man on a huge screen above the altar, then began preaching to the more than 300 people who had shown up on Friday morning for an experimental Lutheran church service almost entirely generated by AI.

“Dear friends, it is an honor for me to stand here and preach to you as the first artificial intelligence at this year’s convention of Protestants in Germany,” the avatar said with an expressionless face and monotonous voice.

The 40-minute service – including the sermon, prayers and music – was created by ChatGPT and Jonas Simmerlein, a theologian and philosopher from the University of Vienna.

“I conceived this service – but actually I rather accompanied it, because I would say about 98 per cent comes from the machine,” the 29-year-old scholar told The Associated Press.

Jonas Simmerlein

Jonas Simmerlein, theologian and philosopher from the University of Vienna in Austria, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Nuremberg, Germany, Friday, June 9, 2023.

Matthias Schrader / The Associated Press

The AI church service was one of hundreds of events at the convention of Protestants in the Bavarian towns of Nuremberg and the neighboring Fuerth, and it drew such immense interest that people formed a long queue outside the 19th-century, neo-Gothic building an hour before it began.

The convention itself – Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag in German – takes place every two years in the summer at a different place in Germany and draws tens of thousands of believers to pray, sing and discuss their faith. They also talk about current world affairs and look for solutions to key issues, which this year included global warming, the war in Ukraine – and artificial intelligence.

This year’s gathering is taking place from Wednesday to Sunday under the motto “Now is the time.” That slogan was one of the sentences Simmerlein fed ChatGPT when he asked the chatbot to develop the sermon.

“I told the artificial intelligence `We are at the church congress, you are a preacher, what would a church service look like?”’ Simmerlein said. He also asked for psalms to be included, as well as prayers and a blessing at the end.

“You end up with a pretty solid church service,” Simmerlein said, sounding almost surprised by the success of his experiment.

Indeed, the believers in the church listened attentively as the artificial intelligence preached about leaving the past behind, focusing on the challenges of the present, overcoming fear of death, and never losing trust in Jesus Christ.

The entire service was “led” by four different avatars on the screen, two young women, and two young men.

Hundreds line up for church in Germany

People queue for a church service in Nuremberg, Germany, Friday, June 9, 2023.

Matthias Schrader / The Associated Press

At times, the AI-generated avatar inadvertently drew laughter as when it used platitudes and told the churchgoers with a deadpan expression that in order “to keep our faith, we must pray and go to church regularly.”

Some people enthusiastically videotaped the event with their cell phones, while others looked on more critically and refused to speak along loudly during The Lord’s Prayer.

Heiderose Schmidt, a 54-year-old who works in IT, said she was excited and curious when the service started but found it increasingly off-putting as it went along.

“There was no heart and no soul,” she said. “The avatars showed no emotions at all, had no body language and were talking so fast and monotonously that it was very hard for me to concentrate on what they said.”

“But maybe it is different for the younger generation who grew up with all of this,” Schmidt added.

Marc Jansen, a 31-year-old Lutheran pastor from Troisdorf near the western German city of Cologne, brought a group of teenagers from his congregation to St. Paul. He was more impressed by the experiment.

“I had actually imagined it to be worse. But I was positively surprised how well it worked. Also the language of the AI worked well, even though it was still a bit bumpy at times,” Jansen said.

What the young pastor missed, however, was any kind of emotion or spirituality, which he says is essential when he writes his own sermons.

Anna Puzio, 28, a researcher on the ethics of technology from the University of Twente in The Netherlands, also attended the service. She said she sees a lot of opportunities in the use of AI in religion — such as making religious services more easily available and inclusive for believers who for various reasons may not be able experience their faith in person with others in houses of worship.

However, she noted there are also dangers when it comes to the use of AI in religion.

“The challenge that I see is that AI is very human-like and that it’s easy to be deceived by it,” she said.

“Also, we don’t have only one Christian opinion, and that’s what AI has to represent as well,” she said. “We have to be careful that it’s not misused for such purposes as to spread only one opinion.”

Simmerlein said it is not his intention to replace religious leaders with artificial intelligence. Rather, he sees the use of AI as a way to help them with their everyday work in their congregations.

Some pastors seek inspiration in literature, he says, so why not also ask AI for ideas regarding an upcoming sermon. Others would like to have more time for individual spiritual guidance of their parishioners, so why not speed up the process of writing the sermon with the help of a chatbot to make time for other important duties.

“Artificial intelligence will increasingly take over our lives, in all its facets,” Simmerlein said. “And that’s why it’s useful to learn to deal with it.”

However, the experimental church service also showed the limits to implementing artificial AI in church, or in religion. There was no real interaction between the believers and the chatbot, which wasn’t able to respond to the laughter or any other reactions by the churchgoers as a human pastor would have been able to do.

“The pastor is in the congregation, she lives with them, she buries the people, she knows them from the beginning,” Simmerlein said. “Artificial intelligence cannot do that. It does not know the congregation.”

© 2023 The Canadian Press

Ontario ticket drawn as winner of $22M Lotto Max jackpot

RELATED: There’s a $70 million lottery ticket that’s still unclaimed – 11 months after the winning numbers were announced. That winning Lotto Max ticket has been unclaimed since June 28 of last year. It was purchased at a retailer in Scarborough, Ont. and will expire next month.

An Ontario ticket been drawn in the latest Lotto Max jackpot winner as organizers continue to search for the absent owner of a $70 million ticket from June last year.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) said the $22 million Lotto Max jackpot was won by a player in Ontario who bought their ticket via the OLG website. The draw was made on Friday.

The ticket is the second large Ontario jackpot winner in a week, after a Windsor ticket won the $35 million Lotto Max ticket on Tuesday.

The latest draw also saw a $100,000 Encore ticket sold in Toronto.

Meanwhile, OLG said it continues to hunt for the winner of a $70 million jackpot in June 2022. That ticket, which has gone unclaimed for close to a year, will expire on June 28, 2023. Its winning numbers are: 8, 19, 22, 41, 42, 46, 47 Bonus 10.

The jackpot for the next draw on June 13 will be an estimated $10 million.

— with a file from The Canadian Press

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Stabbing at Whitby, Ont. bar leaves 3 with injuries

Three people have been stabbed and two men are wanted after an overnight incident reported at a bar in Whitby, Ont.

Durham Regional Police said just after midnight on Saturday, officers were called to the Tap and Tankard bar on Brock Street. When they arrived, they found three people with stab wounds.

Two were taken to a trauma centre and are in stable condition, police said. The third sustained minor injuries and is recovering.

Police said a hunt for two male suspects involving a tactical unit and K9 search followed was unsuccessful. Investigators are now appealing for information from the public as the search for the two men, both of whom are believed to be in their 20s.

The first man stands around five-feet, six inches tall and is medium build, police said.

He was seen wearing a New Era Chicago Bears baseball hat with a white logo, black sweater with a logo on the left breast and ripped jeans. He had dark shoes.

The second had a slim build, full build and an earring in his left ear. Police said he was around five-feet, six-inches tall and wore a black cap backwards.

He was also seen wearing a black t-shirt with the word “prescribed” written on it, blue jeans and black shoes. Police said he was missing the lower portion of his left arm.

Police released images of the two men wanted after three people were stabbed in Whitby, Ont.

Police released images of the two men wanted after three people were stabbed in Whitby, Ont.


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Why Trump's 'gross mishandling' of classified info should alarm U.S. allies

WATCH: Trump indictment alleges America’s deepest secrets were carelessly stored at Mar-a-Lago estate

In December 2021, according to U.S. prosecutors, an aide to former U.S. president Donald Trump found himself looking at something he had no clearance to see.

Spilled on the floor of a storage room at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and estate — a room easily accessible from the pool patio, and near a liquor supply closet and other high-traffic areas — were allegedly the contents of several boxes of documents Trump had brought to Florida from Washington at the end of his presidency.

The boxes had been moved into the storage room from other parts of the club, including a ballroom and bathroom, at Trump’s direction the previous summer, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed Friday.

That indictment says one of the documents on the floor was marked “SECRET//REL TO USA, FVEY” — a classification marking that indicated the information could only be viewed by intelligence agencies within the Five Eyes alliance of Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The aide, Walt Nauta, took two pictures of the mess with his phone and texted another employee of Trump, with the Five Eyes-only document in full view, the indictment states.

“I opened the door and found this…” Nauta is quoted as having texted.

“Oh no oh no,” the employee texted back.

A photo included in a U.S. Department of Justice indictment allegedly taken by Walt Nauta, a then-aide to former U.S. president Donald Trump, shows spilled materials on the floor of a storage room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, including what prosecutors say is a classified document meant only for Five Eyes intelligence agencies. The photo is presented as evidence against Trump and his alleged mishandling and withholding of classified materials after he left the White House in 2021.

A photo included in a U.S. Department of Justice indictment allegedly taken by Walt Nauta, a then-aide to former U.S. president Donald Trump, shows spilled materials on the floor of a storage room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, including what prosecutors say is a classified document meant only for Five Eyes intelligence agencies. The photo is presented as evidence against Trump and his alleged mishandling and withholding of classified materials after he left the White House in 2021.

U.S. Department of Justice

Trump’s alleged withholding of that document is one of the 37 federal criminal charges he’s now facing, accusing him of illegally retaining classified government documents after leaving the White House and then conspiring to obstruct a federal probe of the matter.

Nauta, who worked for Trump at the White House and Mar-a-Lago, faces six counts in the case for allegedly helping to hide some of the sought-after materials and making false statements to investigators.

The indictment presents a series of stunning examples of how Trump appears to have handled classified intelligence both in Florida and at his Bedminster estate in New Jersey, where prosecutors say he also took some of the materials despite being the subject of an FBI subpoena.

Taken together, the news has raised fears that Trump’s alleged behaviour could pose a threat not just to the United States, but to its allies as well.

“(This is a) gross mishandling not just of U.S. intelligence, but of allied, coordinated intelligence, which suggests that this is going to make allies much more reticent to share,” said Christian Leuprecht, a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Queen’s University professor who specializes in defence and security and has extensively documented the Five Eyes alliance.

According to the indictment, Trump openly discussed a “plan of attack” against another country that a military official had drawn up, telling a writer that the “highly confidential” information could not be declassified as he was no longer president.

“See, as president I could have declassified it,” Trump is quoted as saying during the exchange, which prosecutors say was recorded. “Now I can’t, you know, but this is still a secret.”

An unnamed Trump staffer is then quoted as saying, while laughing, “Now we have a problem.”

In another incident detailed in the indictment, Trump allegedly showed a member of his political action committee a classified map of a different country where a military operation was underway. Trump allegedly told the person he should not be showing the map and “to not get too close.”

Documents kept by Trump also allegedly included information on U.S. and foreign countries’ defence and weapons capabilities, U.S. nuclear programs, U.S. vulnerabilities to potential military attacks, and plans for possible retaliation in response to foreign attacks, according to the indictment.

Photographs included in the indictment show several file boxes allegedly containing classified materials on the open stage of a ballroom at Mar-a-Lago during the first two months of Trump’s post-presidency, and later in a bathroom and shower next to a toilet.

A photo included in a U.S. Department of Justice indictment shows file boxes allegedly containing classified materials stored on the stage of a ballroom at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. The photo is presented as evidence against Trump and his alleged mishandling and withholding of classified materials after he left the White House in 2021.

A photo included in a U.S. Department of Justice indictment shows file boxes allegedly containing classified materials stored on the stage of a ballroom at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. The photo is presented as evidence against Trump and his alleged mishandling and withholding of classified materials after he left the White House in 2021.

U.S. Department of Justice
A photo included in a U.S. Department of Justice indictment shows file boxes allegedly containing classified materials stored in a bathroom at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. The photo is presented as evidence against Trump and his alleged mishandling and withholding of classified materials after he left the White House in 2021.

A photo included in a U.S. Department of Justice indictment shows file boxes allegedly containing classified materials stored in a bathroom at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. The photo is presented as evidence against Trump and his alleged mishandling and withholding of classified materials after he left the White House in 2021.

U.S. Department of Justice

The indictment alleges Trump repeatedly expressed his desire to stall or undermine efforts to return the materials. At one point, according to notes from his attorneys, Trump told his legal team, “I don’t want anybody looking through my boxes,” and asked if it would be better “if we just told them we don’t have anything here.”

“His egocentric, idiosyncratic, egotistical behaviour suggests that he has no appreciation for the broader strategic ramification of his behaviour,” Leuprecht said.

There have long been concerns about Trump’s handling of classified information, dating back to when he first entered the White House in 2017.

At that time, former intelligence officials warned Canada should consider severing intelligence sharing ties with the U.S. after British intelligence on the Manchester Arena suicide bombing was leaked by American government sources.

That incident came shortly after Trump divulged classified intelligence acquired from Israel during a closed-door meeting with the Russian foreign minister and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.

While the U.K. briefly stopped sharing intelligence with the U.S. over the Manchester leaks, Canada did not make a similar move.

A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino’s office told Global News the government would not comment on the Trump indictment, but indicated Canada still has confidence in a Five Eyes alliance that includes the U.S.

“We will continue to work closely with our Five Eyes partners to protect our shared interests and values,” the statement said.

Leuprecht said the U.S. is considered to be the “top of the pyramid” of the Five Eyes alliance given the size and scope of its intelligence community, making it all the more crucial for the U.S. to demonstrate it can be a trusted partner.

While intelligence leaks from the U.S. are expected, he said the assumption is that the system protecting that intelligence is robust and adequately safeguarded.

“What we see here is that the system is not safe,” he said.

“The system is not safe from politicians who clearly have access to highly sensitive documents, and where there seems to be no really effective mechanism in place to ensure that documents are not mishandled.”

As seen during the so-called Discord leaks of classified materials this year, alleged to have been shared by 21-year-old U.S. airman Jack Teixeira, the vulnerabilities of the U.S. intelligence community extend beyond Trump.

But as the Trudeau government faces its own crisis over how it has dealt with intelligence alerting to attempts at foreign interference, Leuprecht says it’s even more crucial for the U.S. to be a reliable partner — something that could be further called into question if Trump wins re-election to the White House next year.

“This will only further bolster mistrust,” he said, “And this anti-Americanism, this distrust, undermines the confidence of the transatlantic security relationship among allies and partners and plays right into the hands of of our adversaries.”

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Stabbing in Toronto park leaves 1 man injured, suspect in custody

One person is in custody after a man was stabbed in a Toronto park on Friday night.

Just after 9 p.m., police and paramedics rushed to the scene of a stabbing in a park near Finch Avenue and Neilson Road. Toronto police said they had received reports a man had been stabbed.

When they arrived, Toronto police said they found a man with injuries. He was taken to a trauma centre to be treated.

Toronto paramedics told Global News they took a man with serious and potentially life-threatening injuries to a trauma centre.

In an update later on Friday night, police confirmed one male suspect was in custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Toronto police.

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