Security car flipped, pedestrian struck during Trent University celebrations in Peterborough

Trent University and police in Peterborough, Ont., said Sunday they are both investigating incidents of mischief — including the flipping of a security vehicle — coinciding with the university’s Homecoming and Head of Trent Regatta celebrations over the weekend.

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Several videos posted on social media purportedly show a group of young people flipping a security vehicle onto its roof on London St. in the downtown. The vehicle belongs to Maxama Protection Inc., a Peterborough company.

Police also say a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the area of George and King streets in the downtown on Saturday. No other details were provided on the incident.

The weekend also involved a number of reported thefts, mischief and nuisance calls which police say will be followed up over the next few days. In a statement on Sunday, police noted the “vast majority” of participants in homecoming and HOTR events were “peaceful and respectful.”

“Peterborough police had extra officers, including paid duty officers through Trent University, on patrol both Friday and Saturday to help with the anticipated increase in calls for service,” police stated.

In a statement, Trent University officials say they are “deeply concerned” to learn of the “isolated unsanctioned gatherings” in the city’s downtown that coincided with the university’s celebrations and regatta.

“The reckless behaviour that took place downtown over the weekend is completely unacceptable,” the university stated.

As part of the release, president Dr. Leo Groarke added: “We are very disappointed in the behaviour of these groups and individuals and will be working with police and the community to address the situation. Homecoming and HOTR events were carefully planned and we were clear with students about our expectations before this event.

“We will be pursuing disciplinary action for any students who were involved.”

The university and its security team will be working with city police to identify suspects involved in the incidents.

“Students involved will be followed up with in accordance with the Trent University Student Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, and the outcomes will be in proportion to the level of impact on our community,” the university stated.

“Student Affairs will work with these individuals to ensure they work to repair harm and rebuild trust.”

The university said prior to the weekend’s events, students were informed about their responsibility to be good neighbours and informed them about the consequences for disruptive, damaging or dangerous behaviour.

The university said Student Affairs and housing undertook a door-to-door campaign to speak to off-campus students, additional security was hired and funding was provided to municipal police to increase security. Chartered after-hours bussing was also provided to students.

“It is unfortunate and discouraging that the actions of a minority of individuals have overshadowed an overwhelmingly positive weekend where most students celebrated responsibly in planned events and activities,” the university stated.

Police and the university say anyone with any information or video evidence to share is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service non-emergency line at 705-876-1122, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.stopcrimehere.ca

“We are committed to working with the police and our other partners in the community to prevent these types of incidents in future,” the university stated.

More to come.

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'Soup Bowl Sunday' serving up hundreds of free meals in central Regina

Not quite “super” in name, but certainly extraordinary in spirit, a newly expanded weekly meal dubbed “Soup Bowl Sunday” is helping give more people in Regina a chance to end their week with a Sunday afternoon feast.

Every week, volunteers from The Comeback Society team up to cook and deliver hundreds of free meals to be served at two Regina locations.

Organizers say more than 100 people are served in an average week at both Regina’s Victoria Park and, for the first time this year, Core Community Park on 11th Ave.

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The meals are cooked at the Regina Food Bank and vary by season, but always include soup and bannock, as well as sandwiches, pasta salads and vegetables.

Uneaten meals are used to stock Regina’s community fridges.

Organizers say the project began in 2021 as a response to the hunger seen at Camp Hope.

It was expanded to the second location this year with the help of Regina Community Fridge and Warriors of Hope Community Support Inc.

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“My sister and I, one of our favourite memories from when we were kids was having soup and bannock with our families. We grew up in poverty so we would utilize soup and bannock as a way to feed us,” said Comeback Society Founder and CEO Alicia Morrow.

“It’s more than food. It feeds the soul and it feeds you.”

The Comeback Society’s other programs include workshops at the Mackenzie Art Gallery and virtual beading workshops.

“I’ve been living in Regina my whole life but I guess I’ve kind of been separated,” said volunteer Jesse Aaron Triffo, who began helping out about a month ago.

“It’s fulfilling already. When you’re handing out the food, it’s fulfilling but also depressing because you get a sense of the urgency and the need.”

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Winnipeg fundraiser aims to help grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa

Grandmothers in Winnipeg have come together at St Vital mall to help other grandmothers across the globe.

They have spent the last five months working together to organize the event in support of women in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Because of the AIDs epidemic in Africa, many grandmothers there are facing the daunting task of caring for their grandchildren who lost their parents to the terrible disease,” said organizer Jean Altemeyer.

“I do this, as do the other volunteers, because we know, as grandmothers, we have not had to face the difficulties that confront grandmothers from Africa,” said Val Kellberg, volunteer.

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This is the fifth year they’ve held the fundraiser, “Art From the Attic” — the past two years, the sale was held online due to COVID-19.

The group, known as Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg puts out a call for donations, and then sells the art for five dollars and up.

Roger York Jean Altemeyer and Alison York at storage site.

Roger York Jean Altemeyer and Alison York at storage site.

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All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, to help women raising their grandchildren orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We have had a tremendous response from Winnipeggers, who have donated over 1,700 pieces of art,” said Diane Sabourin, volunteer.

Bev Bryce in storage area.

Bev Bryce in storage area.

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“In fact, the response has been so good, we stopped taking donations as of August 20.”

Donations have been wide and varied ranging from prints, water colours, oils, acrylics, decor, contemporary, classic, realistic and abstract art.

Additionally, there were a few notable pieces such as an original Hubert Theroux, an early Robert Hurley, and some Indigenous pieces.

Sales from the fundraiser average around $30,000 each year, according to volunteer Beverly Suek.

“It’s just been amazing, the donations we get, it’s just great. And people know they’re donating to a good cause as well as cleaning out their attic,” she said.

This was the first year the event was held at the shopping centre, which made for a great turnout.

“It’s a lovely venue for us and we get a lot of traffic of people who wouldn’t normally know about it, who just happened to be shopping,” said Suek.

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Thousands participate in Vancouver’s CIBC Run for the Cure after two-year hiatus

The annual CIBC Run for the Cure in Vancouver returned on Sunday after a two-year pandemic pause.

Thousands of runners and walkers showed up for the event, which took place in downtown Vancouver at Concord Community Park.

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Among those running was a group of forty-one female firefighters from around the province.

“Firefighters are at greater risk of getting cancer, simply from the carcinogens and the things we are exposed to in our workplace,” said Jenn Dawkins, a Vancouver firefighter, cancer survivor and participant in the run.

“I am so excited that we have 40 firefighters out here (on Sunday).”

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The group of firefighters is with Fire Service Women BC, a non-profit organization that aims to support women in the fire service industry.

The event’s goal is to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Those that organize the event said they have raised over $13 million dollars through their runs.

Funds raised go towards helping thousands of people get breast cancer treatments, providing wigs, headwear and breast prostheses, as well as community support and research, according to the CIBC Run for the Cure website.

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Brazil tallies votes in historic election race of Lula vs. Bolsonaro

Brazilians cast their votes on Sunday in the first round of their country's most polarized election in decades, with leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expected to beat right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

With 52% of the votes counted, far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro is slightly leading former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brazil’s presidential election.

Bolsonaro has 46.3% support compared to 44.9% for da Silva of the leftist Workers’ Party. Six other candidates share the remaining votes in Sunday’s election.

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It isn’t yet clear if either of the two candidates will be able to claim an outright victory. A possible runoff is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Polls closed at 5 p.m. (2000 GMT; 4 p.m. EDT) nationwide and because the vote is conducted electronically, initial results are out quickly. Final results are usually available a few hours later.

The highly polarized election will determine whether the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or keeps the far-right leader in office for another four years.

Bolsonaro’s administration has been marked by incendiary speech, his testing of democratic institutions, his widely criticized handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in 15 years. But he has built a devoted base by defending conservative values and presenting himself as protecting the nation from leftist policies that he says infringe on personal liberties and produce economic turmoil.

Da Silva is credited with building an extensive social welfare program during his 2003-2010 tenure that helped lift tens of millions into the middle class. He is also remembered for his administration’s involvement in vast corruption scandals and his own convictions, which were later annulled by the Supreme Court.

More than 150 million Brazilians were eligible to vote, though abstention rates can reach as high as 20%.

Brazil’s electoral authority was tallying votes Sunday night in a highly polarized election that could determine if the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or keeps the far-right incumbent in office for another four years.

Recent opinion polls have given da Silva a commanding lead – the last Datafolha survey published Saturday found a 50% to 36% advantage for da Silva among those who intended to vote. It interviewed 12,800 people, with a margin of error of two percentage points.

Fernanda Reznik, a 48-year-old health worker, wore a red T-shirt – a color associated with da Silva’s Workers’ Party – to vote in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana neighborhood, where pro-Bolsonaro demonstrators often congregate, and had been waiting in line for 40 minutes.

“I’ll wait three hours if I have to!” said Reznik, who no longer bothers talking politics with neighbors who favor Bolsonaro. “This year the election is more important, because we already went through four years of Bolsonaro and today we can make a difference and give this country another direction.”

Bolsonaro’s administration has been marked by incendiary speech, his testing of democratic institutions, his widely criticized handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in 15 years.

But he has built a devoted base by defending conservative values, rebuffing political correctness and presenting himself as protecting the nation from leftist policies that he says infringe on personal liberties and produce economic turmoil.

Marley Melo, a 53-year-old trader in capital Brasilia, sported the yellow of the Brazilian flag, which Bolsonaro and his supporters have coopted for demonstrations. Melo said he is once again voting for Bolsonaro, who met his expectations, and he doesn’t believe the surveys that show him trailing.

“Polls can be manipulated. They all belong to companies with interests,” he said.

A slow economic recovery has yet to reach the poor, with 33 million Brazilians going hungry despite higher welfare payments. Like several of its Latin American neighbors coping with high inflation and a vast number of people excluded from formal employment, Brazil is considering a shift to the political left.

Da Silva could win in the first round, without need for a run-off on Oct. 30, if he gets more than 50% of valid votes, which exclude spoiled and blank ballots.

An outright win by da Silva would sharpen focus on Bolsonaro’s reaction to the count. He has repeatedly questioned the reliability not just of opinion polls, but also of Brazil’s electronic voting machines. Analysts fear he has laid the groundwork to reject results.

At one point, Bolsonaro claimed to possess evidence of fraud, but never presented any, even after the electoral authority set a deadline to do so. He said as recently as Sept. 18 that if he doesn’t win in the first round, something must be “abnormal.”

Da Silva, 76, was once a metalworker who rose from poverty to the presidency and is credited with building an extensive social welfare program during his 2003-2010 tenure that helped lift tens of millions into the middle class.

But he is also remembered for his administration’s involvement in vast corruption scandals that entangled politicians and business executives.

Da Silva’s own convictions for corruption and money laundering led to 19 months imprisonment, sidelining him from the 2018 presidential race that polls indicated he had been leading against Bolsonaro. The Supreme Court later annulled da Silva’s convictions on grounds that the judge was biased and colluded with prosecutors.

Social worker Nadja Oliveira, 59, said she voted for da Silva and even attended his rallies, but since 2018 votes for Bolsonaro.

“Unfortunately the Workers’ Party disappointed us. It promised to be different,” she said in Brasilia.

Others, like Marialva Pereira, are more forgiving. She said she would vote for the former president for the first time since 2002.

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“I didn’t like the scandals in his first administration, never voted for the Workers’ Party again. Now I will, because I think he was unjustly jailed and because Bolsonaro is such a bad president that it makes everyone else look better,” said Pereira, 47.

Speaking after casting his ballot in Sao Bernardo do Campo, the manufacturing hub in Sao Paulo state where he was a union leader, da Silva recalled that four years ago he was imprisoned and unable to vote.

“I want to try to make the country return to normality, try to make this country again take care of its people,” he told reporters.

Bolsonaro grew up in a lower-middle-class family before joining the army. He turned to politics after being forced out of the military for openly pushing to raise servicemen’s pay. During his seven terms as a fringe lawmaker in Congress’ lower house, he regularly expressed nostalgia for the country’s two-decade military dictatorship.

His overtures to the armed forces have raised concern that his possible rejection of election results could be backed by top brass.

On Saturday, Bolsonaro shared social media posts by right-leaning foreign politicians, including former U.S. President Donald Trump, who called on Brazilians to vote for him. Israel’s former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed gratitude for stronger bilateral relations and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban also praised him.

After voting Sunday morning, Bolsonaro told journalists that “clean elections must be respected” and that the first round would be decisive. Asked if he would respect results, he gave a thumbs up and walked away.

Leda Wasem, 68, had no doubt Bolsonaro will not just be reelected, but win outright in the first round. Wearing a jersey of the national soccer squad at a polling place in downtown Curitiba, the real estate agent said an eventual da Silva victory could have only one explanation: fraud.

“I wouldn’t believe it. Where I work, where I go every day, I don’t see a single person who supports Lula,” she said.

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Savarese reported from Sao Bernardo do Campo. AP writers Daniel Politi and Carla Bridi reported from Curitiba and Brasilia.

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Construction to begin on busy stretch of road in Guelph

People who use a section of Gordon St. in Guelph to get to and from work may have to add more time to their commute.

The City of Guelph is closing Gordon from Water St. to Simpson Way for approximately two weeks starting Monday, October 3, in order to do road work.

The section of road will only be open to local traffic.

In a news release, the City says they are working with Steed and Evans Ltd. to remove and repair concrete curbs, raise manholes and repave the road surface.

They say traffic will be detoured along Wellington St. W, Edinburgh Rd. S and College Ave. W.

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Pedestrians will be able to continue using the sidewalks, and there will be no interruptions to any city services, including garbage collection.

Access to businesses in the affected areas will remain open, but the city warns construction activities may temporarily impede access to private property.

 

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CAF sees rise in demand due to natural weather disasters, faces personnel shortage

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are feeling the strain of demand as calls to respond to natural disasters increase.

On Tuesday, Maj-Gen. Paul Prévost, a senior officer with the Strategic Joint Staff, addressed the House of Commons committee on National Defense and told MPs the anticipated increase in intensity and frequency of extreme weather events across Canada, as well as the broader changes in the Arctic, may lead to growing demands for military emergency assistance.

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“It is best to think of the Canadian Forces as the force of last resort,” Prevost told members of the all-party committee.

He said there has already been increased demand on the Canadian Armed Forces over the last decade to respond to floods, fires and snow storms.

In 2021, the military received seven requests to respond to provincial natural disasters.

That compares to four requests per year between 2017 and 2021. The military received an average of two requests per year from 2010 to 2017.

“In other words, the Canadian Armed Forces involvement in response to natural disasters has broadly doubled every five years since 2010,” Prévost said.

The rising demand comes at a time when the Canadian Armed Forces are going through recruitment challenges.

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Prévost said the Forces has 63,871 regular members, 29,247 reservists and 5,241 Canadian Rangers.

“In total, I would say (we’re) 10,000 short on personnel (of) where we would like to be and for that reason (it’s) all hands on deck right now in order to recruit and retain as many CAF members as we can,” Prevost said.

There is approximately 700 Canadian Armed Forces personnel across three provinces, in seven different regions working alongside federal, provincial, territorial and municipal partners to assist Atlantic Canada in the aftermath of post-tropical storm Fiona.

A defence policy revision is expected this fall, which will include information about the Canadian Forces’ response to disasters.

Despite the challenges of fitting in part-time solider work with a full-time job, one reservist said the skills he’s acquired, the places he’s been and people he’s been able to help, have made it all worthwhile.

“I’ve been in the army reserves for 22 years and I joined as an opportunity to develop my leadership skills in a real-world environment and certainly in a demanding environment,” said Lt.-Col. Drew Beauchamp, the commanding officer of the Calgary Highlanders.

“For young folks who are looking for an opportunity to learn leadership and an opportunity to serve their country, there’s no better place than the army reserves,” added Beauchamp who was also part of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal funeral procession in London in September.

Beauchamp said attending the funeral really solidified for him why he entered the CAF, and he hopes it may inspire others to join at a time when they’re needed.

“It’s a reminder that we need to aspire to service beyond ourselves and look for opportunities to make our city, our country and our world a better place,” he said.

“It was important for us to be there due to our special relationship with Her Majesty,” Beauchamp added. “It was also a solemn honour to partake in that slice of history.

“It wasn’t just members of the military — it was members of the National Health Service, the ambulance service and other civilian organizations. As much as she dedicated her life to service, people who have dedicated their life to service were there to celebrate her.”

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Legal dispute between Torstar owners scheduled for court Monday

The Montreal Gazette will no longer be printing its Monday edition of its newspaper, announced Postmedia on Thursday. This comes as the company says the decision reflects the "rapidly changing news consumption habits of readers, the needs of our advertisers and the escalating costs of printing and delivering a printed product." Global's Phil Carpenter has more.

An Ontario courthouse will hear the legal battle between the owners of multiple media consortiums including the Toronto Star on Monday.

According to the Superior Court of Justice docket, Jordan Bitove and NordStar Capital Inc., an investment company owned by Bitove and his partner, Paul Rivett, are scheduled to appear tomorrow on University Ave. in Toronto.

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Last month, Rivett filed an application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeking a court order to wind up the media company.

He cited “irreparable” damage to the relationship with Bitove as the application delves into the erosion of their partnership.

According to the application, immediately dissolving NordStar, which purchased Torstar Corp. in 2020 for $60 million, is the only way to create a clear path forward for the companies under the umbrella.

NordStar also controls six regional daily newspapers in Ontario, including The Hamilton Spectator, flyer distribution services and NorthStar Gaming Inc.

“Given the operational state of the companies, the applicants, employees of the controlled companies, and Torstar’s news readers all stand to suffer irreparable harm if interim relief is not granted,” the filing says.

Rivett claims Bitove changed his mind about previously agreed upon plans and failed to provide a budget at the Toronto Star.

He has asked the court to appoint PrincewaterhouseCoopers to manage an asset sale to resolve the “impasse” between the two parties.

The filing says Bitove ignored proper corporate governance and disregarded his responsibilities at Torstar and Nordstar.

According to the document, Bitove resigned from Nordstar’s board of directors on Aug. 13.

Before joining up with Bitove, Rivett was previously president at Fairfax Financial. Bitove is known for helping launch the Toronto Raptors basketball team and was also part of the ownership consortium that built the SkyDome, now known as the Rogers Centre.

After the court order was filed, Bitove said he is making “no apologies” for the way he runs the newspaper business, noting in a statement he has worked to make the company resilient, more accountable and more competitive.

“I’ve done this to ensure that the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, can continue to deliver the news, opinion and stories our diverse audiences seek and the investigative journalism our democracy depends upon — while upholding The Star’s incredible legacy and building a brighter, stronger future,” he said.

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The court application has “disheartened” Unifor, which represents more than 10,000 media workers. Unifor Local 87-M represents many Toronto Star employees.

“(The) unexpected news was completely disrespectful to the hard-working Toronto Star staff who felt blindsided by this information — or rather, lack-of,” said Unifor national president Lana Payne in a statement.

“Journalists and media workers often put their lives on the line to provide fact-based reporting to the public and they deserve better.”

— With files from The Canadian Press

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Teenagers 'seeking' brawls with homeless in Campbell River, B.C., police say

Multiple teenagers in pickup trucks driving around Campbell River on Friday evening were “seeking to incite members of the community’s homeless population into fights and violence,” RCMP said.

Campbell River RCMP said that most of the teens involved were “highly intoxicated” and several of them were apprehended.

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“It truly was the saddest of situations,” said Const. Maury Tyre.

“A group of privileged youth taking on some of our towns least privileged and hoping to provoke a street war. In recent weeks, similar events have occurred where jacked-up pickups have chased and egged the homeless and thrown rocks.”

Police said none of the teenagers and youths were above the age of 19 years old and had travelled to the downtown core for “one reason only.”

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“Attacking the homeless only encourages them to arm themselves and makes the situation infinitely more dangerous,” said Tyre.

“The investigation is still ongoing.”

A B.C. homeless advocate and clinical advisor said the incident is more than just disturbing.

“To have privileged people who went down there for a specific purpose of targeting vulnerable people in our community.. it’s pretty egregious and infuriating,” said Guy Felicella, a BC Centre on Substance Use peer clinical advisor.

“This is a recipe for a disaster, someone could die. This is seriously awful and these people are just trying to survive on the street.”

Anyone with possible information or video footage from Saturday night’s incidents are being asked to contact Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.

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'Very terrifying': Convicted killer from Edmonton charged in Vancouver window smashing rampage

For the past two and a half years, Vancouver business owners have been plagued by crime and street disorder. The VPD says commercial break and enters and mischief with glass broken in the downtown core are up 64% since 2019 and as Kristen Robinson reports, one of the suspects in a recent window smashing rampage is a career criminal from Alberta.

Vancouver police say commercial break and enters and mischief incidents with glass broken in the downtown core have increased 64 per cent since 2019 and Global News has learned one of the suspects in a recent window-smashing rampage caught on camera in Gastown is a convicted killer from Alberta.

Curtis George McCallum, 48, is accused of throwing a brick into several windows at the TD Canada Trust branch at 109 West Hastings Street on Sept. 12, causing almost $70,000 in damage.

McCallum’s criminal history dates back to 1992 in Edmonton. In 2009, he was sentenced to nine years in prison for manslaughter and aggravated assault in the Christmas Eve 2006 killing of his aunt and the stabbing of her common-law husband.

“It is very terrifying for everyone in the neighbourhood to know that individuals such as this are out and about,” said Shelley Klassen of Shelley Klassen Studio Boutique.

Klassen said she and her Richards Street dress shop staff are regularly battling broken windows and chasing down suspects to retrieve stolen items after she estimates street disorder increased ten-fold during the pandemic.

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“What was mostly concentrated on East Hastings has now infiltrated big portions of downtown,” Klassen told Global News in an interview Saturday.

“It’s not just a policing issue, this is a mental health crisis and it’s just not being dealt with at any level.”

Klassen believes society has failed the most vulnerable and said more intervention is needed.

“We have to have a social safety net set up to stop people from getting to this level of poverty and marginalization and disparity, and that’s where we’ve failed.”

When it comes to homelessness, the Vancouver Police Department’s top cop said our city is a destination.

“The weather is much milder here, there a lot of supports here in Vancouver, and we’re a magnet for the entire country,” Chief Const. Adam Palmer told the police board on Sept. 22.

“We see the great migration west… many times they’re bringing social issues with them.”

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While on statutory release from prison in July 2013, McCallum was the subject of a Canada-wide warrant for being at large.

According to the Edmonton Sun, he turned himself in four days later.

In June 2015, Alberta court records show McCallum was accused of breaking into an Edmonton woman’s home and assaulting her.

In Oct. 2016, he was charged with assaulting two women in Edmonton — one with a weapon, a glass bowl.

In Dec. 2019, McCallum was sentenced to four days in jail and 18 months probation for a May 2019 assault with a weapon in West Kelowna.

After the window smashing at the Woodward’s building in Vancouver last month, McCallum was arrested and charged with mischief to property over $5,000. He has since been released from custody for a court appearance on Oct. 12.

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