TORONTO – The site of a deadly van attack was transformed into a place of mourning Sunday evening, as the streets of north Toronto echoed with thousands of people singing O Canada at a vigil for the victims.Religious leaders of multiple faiths led the speakers’ list at the event, all of them sharing messages of support and strength in the face of the tragedy that left 10 people dead and 16 more injured.Many speakers commended emergency service personnel on their work the day of the incident, including the officer who was able to arrest the suspect without firing his gun.“In Toronto, in Ontario, in Canada, we don’t run away — we run to help others,” said Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl of the Beth Tzedec Congregation, the largest synagogue community in Canada.Frydman-Kohl also referenced other van attacks in cities such as Paris, Beirut and Charlottesville, Virginia.“Toronto has felt the pain of other places, and those cities now share our horror and hurt,” he said.Before the vigil, thousands took part in what was billed as a walk of “healing and solidarity,” roughly following the route of last Monday’s attack.“It’s amazing how on this one stretch of street, so many people are connected and affected by it,” said Jennifer Ludlow, who is from the area and attended the walk and vigil.“To come together as a large group really does bring us all together, and shows us there is hope on the other side.”Multiple politicians also took part in Sunday’s ceremony, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory and federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.Singh said it was particularly touching to see how multicultural the event was, with speakers including rabbis, an imam and a Buddhist monk.“I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event that’s been so well represented by such a wide diversity of faiths — and secular thoughts as well,” said Singh.“The fact that despite this act of hate, people came together in really incredible numbers in an act of love is really incredible.”One volunteer said around 200 people worked throughout the day to prepare for tens of thousands of mourners to show up.Kevin Joachin said volunteering was an opportunity to give back to the community after it suffered through a tragedy.“It’s been a great help so far — just by the numbers, the support, the encouragement,” said Joachin.“Today’s event is a great demonstration — not just to the community here, but to Toronto — that we are strong, and we will move forward together.”Adrienne Lyog said many of her friends were traumatized after witnessing the attack, and Sunday’s event would play a large part in helping them move forward.“It’s devastating,” said Lyog. “Hopefully it’ll make them feel like there’s support, that they’re not alone.”Earlier in the day, police said uniformed officers would be present and visible at the event to ensure the public remained safe throughout.“The public needs to get together and start the healing process and somehow relate to each other,” said Katrina Arrogante, a police spokeswoman.“Everybody is affected differently and in how hard they’ve taken this incident.”On Friday, officials released the names of all eight women and two men who were killed in the incident. They ranged in age from 22 to 94, and included a student from South Korea and a man from Jordan.By Sunday evening, a city-organized fundraiser for the families of those affected had raised more than $1.8 million.Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in the incident.Police say another three attempted murder charges are imminent.
THREE MEN WERE arrested and property was recovered during a planned operation in Lucan this morning.The men are aged in their 20s, 30s and 40s.A significant quantity of electronic equipment was also recovered.The men were arrested as part of ongoing investigations into the activities of dissident republicans in the Dublin area.They’re currently being held at Lucan and Clondalkin Garda Stations.Gardai from the Special Detective Unit were assisted by Gardai from the Crime and Security section Garda Headquarters.Read: Probe into dissident republican groups turns up fake money and a printing press>
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Bif Naked, rock star, writer, humanitarian and passionate animal advocate, joins the growing list of Canadian celebrities to support the #BeCrueltyFree campaign for a federal ban on cosmetics animal testing.Bif joins stars Laura Vandervoort, Tricia Helfer, Lauren Toyota, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Phoebe Dykstra in supporting the Canadian #BeCrueltyFree campaign, a partnership between Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada.Illustrating her commitment to compassionate living, Bif said: “In this lifetime, I believe with all my heart that it is possible for every person to live in a way that encourages, empowers and uplifts others, that cherishes and respects the land and it’s people, protects and adores the animals, while striving to create, and maintain, a compassion-based life, and a cruelty-free world.”Bif’s support for #BeCrueltyFree led her to pen a powerful op-ed for the Vancouver Sun encouraging fellow Canadians to support the recently proposed Canadian legislation, the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. The rock star urged fans and readers to add their voice to the more than 80,000 Canadians who have signed the BCF Canada petition, and more than 30 cruelty-free companies in Canada that have pledged support.#BeCrueltyFree Canada campaigner Aviva Vetter added: “It is such an honour to have Canadian icon Bif Naked helping #BeCrueltyFree increase support for the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. Bif, along with most Canadians, knows instinctively that causing animals pain and even death simply to test a new vanity product like a lipstick or anti-wrinkle cream is just wrong. A growing number of countries have already banned it, and it’s time for Canada to do the same. We hope voters will join us and Bif in urging the federal government to pass legislation banning cosmetics testing on animals as soon as possible.”Facts: • According to polling by The Strategic Counsel on behalf of Animal Alliance and HSI, 88 percent of Canadians agree that testing new cosmetics is not worth animal suffering, and 81 percent of Canadians support a national ban on animal testing of cosmetics and their ingredients. • Animal testing for cosmetics is already banned throughout the European Union—the world’s largest beauty market—as well as Israel, India, New Zealand and two states in Brazil. Several of these markets have also banned the import or sale of cosmetic products or ingredients that have been newly animal-tested in other parts of the world. Similar legislation has been introduced in the United States, Brazil, Taiwan and Australia. But the practice remains legal in around 80 per cent of countries globally, including Canada. • More than 500 cruelty-free companies in North America avoid animal testing by relying on thousands of existing cosmetic ingredients already established as safe. • Animal tests are increasingly being replaced by more relevant and efficient non-animal methods. 3D skin models such as EpiDerm™ made from donated human skin (after surgery) have been shown to better predict skin irritation in humans than the cruel rabbit test they replace. Proven non-animal methods are also available for eye irritation, skin allergy, and other safety tests. • Cruelty-free brands available in Canada include LUSH Cosmetics, Lippy Girl, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Cake Beauty and Batty’s Bath.
London/ Mumbai: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, the main accused in the $2 billion PNB scam case whose escape to the UK has created a huge political uproar against the Narendra Modi government, was arrested from where he was believed to have been living in a plush apartment in Centre Point in West End, London, England, on Wednesday. District Judge Marie Mallon denied Modi bail and remanded him in custody till March 29, saying that there are “substantial grounds to believe that he would fail to surrender if granted bail”. “Nirav Deepak Modi, 48, was arrested on behalf of the Indian Authorities on Tuesday in Holborn,” the London Metropolitan Police said in a statement. He was produced before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he contested his extradition to India. His arrest came days after a London court issued an arrest warrant against him in response to a request by India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his extradition in a money laundering case. The news of the arrest sent ripples of excitement through the ruling BJP which described it as “a major victory”. and dared the Opposition Congress to question the developments… ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. However, many legal, strategic and international affairs observers felt that this is a “premature over-reaction”. They pointed out that it would take a long time for Nirav Modi to actually face the extradition process initiated by the Indian government and that actual extradition would take at least two years, if at all possible. Quoting Sarosh Zaiwalla, founder-senior partner at Zaiwalla & Co. LLP, UK, IANS said that issuing the arrest warrant is just a first step of the legal process to extradite Modi. Zaiwalla noted that Vijay Mallya was arrested and bailed out nearly two months later, when his extradition hearings began. “Nirav Modi will be subjected to a re-run of the Mallya case proceedings, starting from being directed to Westminister Magistrate, taken into provisional custody, applying for bail and the then the court will hear his plea.” After the court rules for Modi’s extradition, complications may arise as Modi has reportedly acquired citizenship of Belgium, a European Union country. As Brexit is likely to be delayed till at least June 30, Modi will now enjoy the legal rights of a EU resident in the UK. It would also not matter if Modi remains on UK soil and there could be delays with a long legal battle ahead subject to various international and extraterritorial legalities involved. Zaiwalla said it would be interesting to see if Nirav Modi has applied for asylum in UK as the extradition proceedings are then unlikely to begin until that (asylum) application is rejected. “A person who applies for asylum in the UK is given ‘interim asylum’ and his status as a legal resident of UK remains until his application is finally determined and he is given asylum or rejected,” said Zaiwalla. Calling Nirav Modi’s arrest “an election gimmick”, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee questioned the timing of his arrest on Wednesday and termed it to be a “got-up match”.