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An unfounded case has ended with a conviction 19 years after police dismissed a sexual-assault complaint
An Ottawa man who raped a 12-year-old girl and then initially got away with it after police dismissed the file as an unfounded allegation has been convicted of sexual interference in the wake of a Globe and Mail investigation. Brian Lance, 46, was sentenced to five years in prison last week after pleading guilty to the sexual offence. His arrest came after an Ottawa police surveillance team collected the accused’s DNA off a discarded cigarette. The complainant had become pregnant as a result of the continued abuse, and the DNA collected linked him to the child. This case is one of more than 400 unfounded sexual-assault files that have been reopened in response to The Globe’s series.
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The House of Commons declared the Rohingya crisis a genocide
Parliamentarians also called on the International Criminal Court to prosecute senior Myanmar officials for their role in the violent campaign against the Muslim minority group. The unanimous vote endorses recent United Nations findings that detail crimes against the Rohingya, including killings, mass rape and burning of homes. The motion in the House made no mention of the honorary Canadian citizenship held by Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, despite increasing calls to revoke the honour. Roughly 725,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh over the past year.
Ontario’s PC government is open to the idea of a casino on Toronto’s waterfront
Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said Doug Ford’s government is considering a gambling complex as part of a plan to revitalize Ontario Place, the provincially owned waterfront theme park. Premier Doug Ford has privately mused about the idea, which he supported during his time as a Toronto councillor. Mayor John Tory voiced his opposition to a casino in the city’s core, saying: “Toronto does not need and I don’t think should have a downtown or waterfront casino.” Fedeli said any decision will be made in consultation with the city.
Canadian carriers could face higher costs if Canada bans Huawei from 5G
Experts say providers like BCE, Rogers and Telus may see rising costs if they aren’t able to use Huawei’s equipment to help build the next generation of wireless technology (for subscribers). The federal government is conducting a national-security analysis of equipment made by foreign telecom companies, including China’s Huawei. The U.S. and Australia have banned Huawei from participating in 5G networks amid concerns that the firm’s equipment could be compromised on behalf of China’s ruling party. BCE has announced 5G tests with Nokia and Huawei, while Telus has set up a “5G living lab” in Vancouver with Huawei. Rogers is working with Ericsson in its trials.
Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is willing to testify under certain conditions
Her lawyer said she would be willing to testify next Thursday – and she doesn’t want Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the same room. Blasey Ford’s lawyer said an agreement must first be reached on “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety” to ensure she has time to secure her family and travel to Washington (Blasey Ford relocated her family after receiving death threats). Kavanaugh, who Blasey Ford alleges sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, is scheduled to testify at a Senate hearing on Monday. Republicans had previously said Monday would be Blasey Ford’s only chance to make her case.
What is it like to be the first startup in your industry? The first to disrupt? The first to see the problem and know that you can fix it? In I’ll Go First, a new podcast from The Globe and Mail, tech journalist Takara Small takes us on a journey to find out. In the latest episode, Coinsquare CEO Cole Diamond shares his outlook on the cryptocurrency market, and reveals how fatherhood changed him.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Canadian author Esi Edugyan is on the short list for the Man Booker Prize
She was named to the final list of six for her novel Washington Black, a story about an 11-year-old field slave in Barbados who’s selected to be a plantation master’s personal servant. It’s Edugyan’s second time making the short list for the prestigious £50,000 ($85,600) prize, which is awarded to authors of any nationality writing an English-language book published in Britain and Ireland. Her last nominated work, 2011’s Half-Blood Blues, won Canada’s Giller Prize. Washington Black is also on the long list for this year’s Giller.
Easing trade worries push world stocks to highest in over half a year
World shares hit their highest levels in over six months on Friday, as investors gravitated to the view that the latest exchange of tariffs between the United States and China may be less damaging than initially feared. Tokyo’s Nikkei gained 0.8 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng 1.7 per cent, and the Shanghai Composite 2.5 per cent. In Europe, London’s FTSE 100, Germany’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 were up by between 0.7 and 0.8 per cent by about 5:23 a.m. ET. MSCI’s All-Country World Index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, hit its highest level since March 13. New York futures were also up. The Canadian dollar was at about 77.5 US cents.
WHAT EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT
Why did China’s mass ethnic roundup go unnoticed for so long?
“How, in the most populated country, do you make a million people disappear? At first it sounds old-fashioned: You spend billions building a vast archipelago of high-security indoctrination camps across the mountainous far-western region of Xinjiang, you lock down the entire region, you seize hundreds of thousands of people from their families, for no significant reason other than their ethnicity, and you put them in coveralls, sometimes in chains, and shut them into those institutions, where they are forced to submit to authority. The next question is more disturbing: How, in an ultraconnected country, do you keep the rest of the world from noticing and raising alarm? For a surprisingly long time, Beijing succeeded.” – Doug Saunders
‘Notwithstanding’ and the transition word epidemic
“Doug Ford has decisively obliterated references to gender fluidity and transitioning from the Ontario sex-ed curriculum, but seems to have given a pass to ‘transition’ words in the English curriculum. As far as I can tell, only the latter poses any kind of threat to young minds, although given this week’s attention to ‘notwithstanding’ – an adverb introducing a clause with the potential to limit the Charter of Rights and Freedoms – there may well be good reason to fear the rule of word over sense.” – Lissa Paul, professor at Brock University
With WADA’s Russia decision, the Olympics can get back to business which, after all, is the whole point
“Per the original ouster, the World Anti-Doping Agency had two key demands. First, that Russia admit it cheated on a vast, organized scale (it would not); and, second, that the agency be allowed access to Russian labs in order to push ahead backlogged investigations (it has not). From this point on, Russia will resume testing its own athletes. It may also issue what are referred to as temporary-use exemptions (TUE), allowing competitors to take banned drugs for certain health conditions. This is rather like letting an armed robber out of jail, handing him a ski mask and then giving him a lift to the gun store.” – Cathal Kelly
Six must-taste drink trends to explore this fall
From Canadian Club & Gingers to craft gin and tonic to vodka sodas, the alcoholic beverage industry has found a new market with a variety of canned highballs. Another trend to arrive is gin in scores of different forms, from berry-influenced to botanical-infused. Go here to read about other drink trends.
MOMENT IN TIME
Leonard Cohen born in Montreal
Sept. 21, 1934: Before he was “your man,” he was Leonard Norman Cohen, the Montreal-born son of a Lithuanian-Canadian mother and a Polish-émigré father. And though his father died when Leonard was nine, a trust fund allowed the troubadour-to-be to act upon his literary and musical inclinations. He studied English at McGill University in the early 1950s and later studied other things on the Greek island of Hydra. With a promising career as a ladies’ man and poet-novelist ahead of him, Mr. Cohen abandoned the latter (but not the former) to become one of the most important songwriters of his generation. As for his singing, it should be said that he wore a fedora well. The baritone-voiced bard (and ordained Zen Buddhist monk) died in 2016, but not before penning a canon filled with elegiac truth, resonant words and songs that include Suzanne, I’m Your Man and the oft-covered Hallelujah. His final book, The Flame, is to be published in October. It includes the poem Drank a Lot, an epilogue with a rhyming couplet: “Escaping through a secret gate, I made it to the border; And call it luck – or call it fate – I left my house in order.” – Brad Wheeler