Evening Update newsletter: Quebec mosque shooter reveals motive behind 2017 attack
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Final straw for Quebec mosque shooter was Canadaâs welcoming immigration policies after Trump travel ban
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Alexandre Bissonnette, the man who attacked a Quebec City mosque last year, killing six, told police during his interrogation that it was Prime Minister Justin Trudeauâs response to U.S. President Donald Trumpâs travel ban that prompted him to finally âdo something.â His comments were shared at his sentencing hearing today. Bissonnette said he feared Canada would become âlike Europe.â When the Prime Minister tweeted on Jan. 29, 2017, that Canada would welcome âthose fleeing persecution, terror & war ... regardless of your faith,â Mr. Bissonnette said he lost his mind.
âI was watching TV and I learned that the Canadian government wa s going to take more refugees, you know, who couldnât go to the United States, and they were coming here,â Mr. Bissonnette said. âI saw that and I like lost my mind. I donât want us to become like Europe. I donât want them to kill my parents, my family. I had to, I had to do something, I couldnât do nothing. It was something that tortured me.â
Yesterday at his sentencing hearing, a recording was played of Bissonnette calling 911 and confessing just 10 minutes after he fled the mosque. âUm, yes, itâs me who was at the mosque earlier,â he is heard saying. âYou are the shooter?â the operator asked. âYes,â Bissonnette replied. He has pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder. A judge is weighing whether and when Bissonnette would be eligible for parole.
Also played in court this week was video footage of the attack showing how one of the victims, Azzeddine Soufiane, lunged at Bissonnette in an attem pt to put a stop to the rampage. Najat Naanaa had heard the story of her husbandâs actions, but the security footage finally provided her with a measure of solace. âI knew about my husbandâs bravery, but the cameras proved it,â Naanaa said. âHe died the way he had lived â" helping others.â
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Police identify man in photo linked to alleged killer Bruce McArthur
Toronto Police have identified a man they believe could be the eighth victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, but they are withholding the manâs name until his next of kin have been notified. Investigators had been trying to establish the manâs identity as recently as two days ago even though they had released a digitally enhanced picture of the man on Marc h 5. Until Friday, police had requested the publicâs help in putting a name to the face of the man, taking the extraordinary step of releasing a photo that, they believe, was taken after his death.
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Mr. McArthur currently faces seven counts of first-degree murder. The victims named in the charges are men linked to Torontoâs Gay Village who disappeared between 2010 and 2017. The 66-year-old landscaper was arrested in January.
RCMP search Fortress office in mortgage fraud probe
RCMP officers searched the head office of Toronto-region real estate developer Fortress Real Developments Inc. this morning as part of a syndicated mortgage fraud investigation. The Integrated Market Enforcement Team carried out search warrants at six locations in the Greater Toronto Area including the companyâs head office in Richmond Hill, Ont. Officers were seen removing a box of mat erials from the office.
Fortress is a real estate developer focused primarily on multi-unit residential projects and has faced questions from regulators related to concerns about risky mortgage practices. Ontarioâs financial regulator revoked the mortgage broker licence of Fortress co-founder and chief operating officer Vince Petrozza and three other people in early February after an investigation into risky syndicated mortgage investments, requiring them to stop all mortgage brokering business immediately. A fifth person voluntarily surrendered her licence.
Trump slams Comey as âslime ballâ over critical memoir
U.S. President Donald Trump attacked former FBI director James Comey as a âweak and untruthful slime ballâ this morning. The tirade followed news accounts of Mr. Comeyâs book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, which paints a deeply unflattering picture of Mr. Trump, comparing him to a mob boss who stresses personal loyalty over th e law and has little regard for morality or truth.
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âThis president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,â Mr. Comey said in the book, due out Tuesday.
The President, who fired Mr. Comey last May while his agency was investigating potential collusion between Mr. Trumpâs campaign and Russia in the 2016 U.S. election, declared in one of a series of scorching Twitter messages, âIt was my great honor to fire James Comey!â
The close: Wall Street dips as bank stocks, Syria nerves weigh
Financial stocks led a drop on Wall Street on Friday as results from big banks failed to provide enthusiasm and fear of broader conflict in Syria further unnerved investors.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 122.81 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 24,360.24, the S&P 500 lost 7.69 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 2,656.3 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 33.60 points, or 0.47 per cent, to 7,106.65.
Canadaâs main stock index was little changed on Friday as gains for the shares of mining and energy companies were offset by declines in financial stocks.
The Toronto Stock Exchangeâs S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 4.7 points, or 0.03 per cent, at 15,273.97. Four of the indexâs 10 main groups ended higher.
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B.C. politicians need a history lesson
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In Gaza, a march into the unknown
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Everything you need to know about Aurora Station, the new luxury space hotel
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The luxury space hotel will span 5,600 square feet and feature two suites that can be configured as four, each the size of a small bedroom. Thereâll be no gravity, and guests will shower and use the bathroom just like astronauts on the International Space Station. So get comfortable showering out of large plastic bags.
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