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Five killed in Toronto mass shooting: Surge in gun violence in Canada

TORONTO (Canada), Dec 21: Five people were killed in a shooting at a condo apartment building in the suburbs of Toronto city in Canada on Sunday night. The 73-year old shooter Francesco Villi who also lived in the apartment, died soon after in a shootout with the police who arrived on the scene following an emergency call. Villi was wielding a semi-automatic handgun. One woman was wounded and hospitalised.

The high-end towers Bellaria Residences where the shooting took place is in the city of Vaughan, 30 km north of Toronto, Capital of Ontario province bordering the US. It is at 9235 Jane St., a 16-storey highrise just north of Rutherford Road.

York Regional Police on Tuesday disclosed the identity of the five killed in the shooting as: current condo board members Naveed Dada, 59, and Rita Camilleri, 57; Camilleri’s partner, Vittorio Panza, 79; previous condo board member Russell Manock, 75, and his wife, Helen (known as Lorraine), 71. The woman in hospital is Doreen Di Nino, wife of John Di Nino, a board member.

The shooter had a longstanding dispute with the condo board members. Villi had complained about conditions in his apartment building and bore a grudge against the condo board. He had posted his grievances on social media. He had also been suing condo board for years.

The condo board had earlier sought a restraining order against Villi over his “allegedly threatening, abusive, intimidating and harassing behavior,” according Toronto Star. They wanted him to be removed from the apartment and the court hearing was due on Monday.

He had claimed that he had “chronic obstructive lung disease” and needed an environment without dust or pollution which the condo was not providing.

He had filed a case. His suit was dismissed in September, the judge saying, “frivolous and/or vexatious.” He had filed several law suits.

But on Sunday evening he went door-to-door targeting the condo members he thought his enemies.

However, the police have not declared a motive for the crime.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. A semi-automatic handgun was recovered from him. police said. The shooting took place at several floors.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the families. "I'm keeping you in my thoughts," he tweeted.

Canada ban on firearms

As Canada is witnessing a surge in shootings like in the neighbouring US, Trudeau banned shotguns - a national freeze on the sale, purchase and transfer of handguns - earlier this year as an emergency measure until a legislation, currently before a parliamentary committee, is passed.

In September last, a man killed 11 people and stabbed 18 others in Saskatchewan province.

In Canada's worst shooting case, a gunman disguised as a policeman killed 22 people in the eastern province of Nova Scotia in April 2020.

Canada banned 1,500 types of military-grade or assault-style firearms in May 2020, days after the Nova Scotia shooting.

Indian Canadians shot dead

There has also been a spurt in violence against Indian Canadians. A 24-year- old Indian-origin Sikh was shot dead in Canada's Alberta province on December 3. The victim was identified as Sanraj Singh.

A 40-year-old Sikh woman Harpreet Kaur was stabbed to death in Surrey in Canada's westernmost province of British Columbia, on December 7.

A Sikh woman, 21 year-old Pawanpreet Kaur was shot dead at a petrol pump in Canada's Mississauga town in Greater Toronto Area in Ontario province on December 3.

A Punjabi teen Sikh, 18-year old Mehakpreet Sethi was stabbed to death in a scuffle at the parking lot of a high school, also in the city of Surrey, on November 22.

In April last, a 21-year old student from Ghaziabad in the Indian State of UP was shot dead in Toronto.


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A Spicejet passenger had a harrowing experience inside a tiny claustrophobic lavatory aboard a Mumbai-Bengaluru flight when he found to his bewilderment that the door was not opening.

Two days earlier, in a similar incident in the area, a domestic help was bitten by a pet dog in the lift when she was going for work.

Tailpiece: Sometimes appearing to outnumnber men and women on the streets, the stray dogs are turning more and more daring with sections of anti-social elements out there to feed and protect them in order to find a window for their unfulfilled love! There is an all-pervading feeling of lack of authority.

Ankit Tiwari had told the employee that “instructions had been received from the Prime Minister’s Office to conduct an enquiry” and reopen the “already disposed of” case and asked him to appear before the ED office at Madurai on October 30, DVAC said. The doctor was allegedly threatened with arrest and told to pay a bribe of Rs 3 cr to avoid the ED probe, which was later negotiated down to Rs 50 lakh.

Tailpiece: We are made to believe RBI, CBI, ED, Judiciary as sacrosanct and all others like railways, transport, revenue, education, PWD departments are composed of us the mortals, absolutely corrupt! As if in the sacrosanct places the angels descend from the heavens to work in the night and fly away before day-break! Let's be true to ourselves, we are all cut from the same cloth.

Apart from cash, Gill had also taken three planes as bribe and two of them were leased out to Redbird Aviation Academy. With the result, flying schools compromised on safety requirements and trainers met with accidents several times.

Five people were arrested from a banquet hall in Sector 51 Noida on Thursday where they were called to hold a rave party in a trap laid by the animal rights group, PFA. They named Yadav but he was not present.

Betting through Dubai-based Mahadev Book in India is conducted through a countrywide network. Probes reveal that the online gambling is worth several millions and top politicians, officials and celebs have been beneficiaries.

TAILPIECE: Polling dates for some States are round the corner. Top politicians have begun their acrimonious debate who looted more, even as Mahadev is washing their dirty laundry in the open ghat. Come what may, one needs to seize power to amass "thy wretched pelf!" One simple question is, why else one should spend lakhs or crores to get elected! A question every Indian should ask to oneself at least once a day!

His inaction amounts to defeating the rights of the people of the State to welfare measures sought to be implemented through the Bills, the Kerala Government's petition submitted, while the State of Tamil Nadu remarked that its "Governor is acting as a political rival."

Tailpiece: Coming up back to back, the petitions in their totality seem to question the provision of Raj Bhavan, and not motives of a Governor as a person.

Hundreds of cars piled up behind the wreckage of crashes occurring one after other in backing up - continuous crashes to the rhythm of metallic clanks and bangs back to back. According to reports, some ops required 'Jaws of Life' to pull apart the mangled cars to save lives inside.

The pilots struggled with Emerson to thwart a shut-off as he reached for the T-handles (see pix). Later he admitted to police he had taken psychedelic mushrooms and had a "nervous breakdown."

Doctors reasoned how the incidence of heart attacks is spiking over time and advise the simple way to play safely is to take a break and rehydrate yourself.

But how come ten people, including children, die of cardiac arrest at Garba in 24 hours, and that at different places of Gujarat? Garba had been going on for six days, and every year it is celebrated.

The killing of a teacher in France by an Islamic radical last Friday is linked to the Israel-Hamas war in West Asia, say authorities.

Shocking news from the UK: Leading grocers have started bribing policemen with free food and drinks to persuade them to take action against shoplifters.

Shoplifting has risen by about 27 per cent in 10 major cities across the UK this year. The cost of retail crime last year was $2.15 billion. Besides, “We are seeing organised gangs threatening staff with weapons and emptying stores," Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said. Data shows that the police failed to respond to 73 per cent of serious retail crimes that included assault and abuse of workers, apart from shoplifting.

Isar Mohammad allegedly picked up a banana offered to Ganesh idol on Chaturthi at a makeshift temple in Delhi and consumed it.

Harris said hip-hop is “the ultimate American art form” that “shapes every aspect of American popular culture.” “Hip-hop culture is American culture,” she said in a talk at her official residence at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

The social media had mixed reaction. There was much appreciation that she dances better than any VP in American history. But some called her "moves" as “cringe” while others did not like her pink pants - "pink pants don’t look good.” In fact, her ensembles have always been incongruous.

"Let’s see how the (Governor's) Vice-Chancellors are given salary." Mamata's extreme statements will put the Marxist Government in Kerala, which is also facing similar issues, to shame. Has she begun the countdown for a war on the streets?

It's true Mamata has come to see a conspiracy to demolish the established systems across the country, but lacks the ability to foresee what exactly is being pushed.

Brandishing a sword, Mahant Paramhans told reporters on Tuesday he himself will behead MK Stalin's son for his remarks against Sanatan Dharma in case nobody came forward to accept his offer he made in his video. Udhayanidhi reacted to the saint's Monday video, "I will speak more. I am the grandson of the artist who put his head on the rail track for Tamil Nadu."

Somanath elaborated, "I am an explorer. I explore the Moon. I explore the inner space. So it's a part of the journey of my life to explore both science and spirituality. So I visit many temples and I read many scriptures. So try to find the meaning of our existence and our journey in this cosmos. So it's a part of the culture that we are all built to explore, find out the inner self as well as outer self. So for the outer, I do science, for the inner I come to temples." (See videos)

Rao the mathematical legend had fathered the path-breaking Rao-Blackwell theorem, one of the most important theorems in mathematical statistics, at the age of 25. That brought him global fame. He is also famous for his Cramér-Rao Bound inequality theorem relating to quality of estimators in statistics which has had a profound bearing on applications of modern economics and several other diverse fields. Simply put, with the pioneering statistician computation became a tool to analyse even socio-economic challenges of modern times.

The alleged incident has received such a flash publicity that a standardised city's hugely middle class population will have second thoughts about eating outside for some time. Now everything on the table looks suspicious!

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