Local Man Accuses Police of Racial Profiling

This story was originally published in the Meadow Lake Progress. Claims officer said “I know a drunk Indian when I see one” as he suffered epileptic seizure A Meadow Lake man is accusing the local RCMP of arresting and charging him with public intoxication when he claims he was actually having an epileptic seizure. Darrell Runningaround … [Read more...]

Local RCMP Officer Charged with Mischief

A Meadow Lake RCMP officer has been charged with mischief following a complaint from a member of the Waterhen Lake First Nation. Meadow Lake RCMP received the complaint on March 19 of a vehicle being damaged on Waterhen Lake First Nation. The complainant alleged that four tires had been punctured with a knife on March 18. The vehicle … [Read more...]

Car Torched on 3rd Avenue West

A Meadow Lake man is the latest victim of arson after his car was set on fire last Friday while parked in his carport. The homeowner, who lives on 3rd Avenue West but did not want his name or address published, was about to head to work shortly after 5 a.m. when he noticed something suspicious. “I smelled something and something just didn’t … [Read more...]

RCMP Investigates Alleged Mischief

The RCMP are investigating a car egging that may have targeted the victims based on their ethnicity. A Meadow Lake resident of the Hope Centre reported to The Progress that their car was egged overnight during the first week of December. The resident did not want their name published. At least three other residents allegedly had their cars … [Read more...]

Provincial Voter Data Goes Missing

Elections Ontario is warning up to 2.4 million Ontarians could have their personal information released due to a recent security breach. At Elections Canada’s Birchmount Road warehouse, two USB keys with voters’ names, home addresses, dates of birth and gender went missing, said media relations officer Sophie Auclair. “They were left … [Read more...]

From The Ashes

After an act of arson severely damaged High Park’s Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, Canadian Tire has stepped forward with $60,000 to help rebuild the popular wooden castle. Following extensive media coverage and community outcry over the early morning March 17 fire, Ward 13 councillor Sarah Doucette was ecstatic when she received a call from a … [Read more...]

Last Call For Mint Nightclub?

Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow says he is going to do everything he can to shut down the nightclub Mint, which has been operating illegally on Eglinton Avenue near Mount Pleasant Road. The St. Paul’s representative says he is fed up with the club, which is in an area zoned for bars and/or restaurants, for not cooperating with the city and … [Read more...]

Danforth Homicide

This was the first homicide I covered while I was back at the East York Observer. Needless to say, despite the dark subject matter I quite enjoyed hanging with the cops and scrumming with the industry bigshots as a young intrepid student journalist (never a journalism student, as my first-year reporting instructor Malcolm Kelly sternly reminded … [Read more...]

New Cenotaph Vandalized

Less than 24 hours after the newly restored war memorial atMalvern Collegiate Institute was unveiled, it was vandalized. The cenotaph, originally created in 1922 by sculptor Emanuel Hahn, was wrapped in blue duct tape and had three letters knocked off the monument. They will cost roughly $2,000 to replace. The Malvern Memorial was built to … [Read more...]

Firefighter Charged In Fatal Collision

This story originally appeared in the Vaughan Citizen.  A Vaughan firefighter has been charged with careless driving in connection to a fatal car collision earlier this month, in what police say appears to be the first time such a charge has been laid against a local firefighter. The accident occurred on Feb. 2 at about 10:35 a.m. when a … [Read more...]