An officer with the Ontario Provincial Police was killed in the line of duty on Thursday on Manitoulin Island. A civilian is also dead, according to Ontario’s police watchdog. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says OPP officers were sent to investigate an unwanted man on a property in Gore Bay, a community on the north-east coast of the island. When they arrived, an officer was shot and killed, the SIU said. OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique said on social media the officer was Const. Marc Hovingh, a 28-year veteran of the force. Police say that the man on the property was also shot, and died after being taken to hospital.
Misfortune & Tragedy
A five-year-old girl in India was reportedly raped and then stoned by her attackers, fearing she would tell police. The latest gruesome sex attack in the country is said to have taken place in the East Indian state of Odisha, police said Friday, according to the Daily News.
I’m not sure how the killers were able to get their hands on the guns that allowed them to shoot and kill a 12-year-old boy in North York last weekend. But the two men accused of the deadly shooting — Jahwayne Smart, 25, and Rashawn Chambers, 24 — are both convicted criminals prohibited from owning firearms and the federal government banned all the dangerous guns last spring in their attempt to show they were tough on gun crime.
LONDON — The head of Britain’s BBC said on Monday the corporation would hold an inquiry into how the broadcaster secured a famous 1995 interview with the late Princess Diana, amid accusations from her brother she had been tricked into taking part. During the interview, which was watched by more than 20 million viewers in Britain, Diana shocked the nation by admitting to an affair and giving details of her failed marriage to heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles.
LOS ANGELES — Game show host Alex Trebek, who as the brainy quizmaster of “Jeopardy!” became one of the most recognizable personalities on American television, died on Sunday at the age of 80, the show said on its official Twitter account. The Canadian-born Trebek said in a YouTube video in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, vowing to beat the disease despite the long odds.
When dawn breaks on Nov. 11 and the 11th hour draws near, our day of Remembrance will be very different from those of years gone by. It is difficult to put faces on the legions of Canada’s fallen when we think of those who paid the ultimate price in war. For most of us, it is rows of anonymous troops, sounds of marching feet, squadrons of armoured vehicles and airplane flypasts that linger in the memory. But sacrifice is at the heart of Remembrance Day and that is much more personal. It’s what families, friends and military regiments experience when one of their own falls. Heroic sacrifice always leaves a gaping hole where a Canadian soldier used to be.
STUART, FLA. — A Florida man who thought he heard an intruder outside his bedroom door instead fatally shot his pregnant wife, sheriff’s officials said. The shooting happened just around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when the woman’s husband heard a noise outside the bedroom door of their home in Stuart, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told news outlets. The man told detectives he didn’t realize his wife was not in the room. He frantically called 911 and told dispatchers he had accidentally shot his wife, Snyder said. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
A teenaged girl in California was taking a nap Sunday afternoon when a suspected drunk driver crashed into her bedroom. Early Sunday morning, 13-year-old Cambria Soto was sleeping in her bed when an alleged drunk driver crashed into her family’s apartment, severely injuring her, according to a Porterville Police Department news release.
A Boston man is under arrest after police say he struck and killed an off-duty nurse who was helping someone at the scene of a rollover crash in Pawtucket, R.I. on Sunday. Troopers responding to a crash on Route 95 north around 1:45 a.m. were told that a coloured vehicle had struck a good Samaritan who stopped to help a passenger in a rolled over vehicle by Exit 30, Rhode Island state police said, according to NBC10 News.
Brian Hutchinson’s attempt at good hygiene nearly cost him his head. When the British taxi driver reached for a lighter left behind by a passenger who recently exited his cab, he didn’t realize his recently sanitized hands would be a fire hazard. As he flicked the lighter, the spark ignited a “fireball” in the 42-year-old’s hands. The flame quickly spread from his hands, which were still drying from hand sanitizer, to his head, arms and legs. Hutchinson’s horrific accident comes at a time when fire experts are warning consumers to handle alcohol-based hand sanitizers with extreme caution, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which has seen sales — and scams — related to the hygienic product soar.