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Lawyer says 20-year-old ‘innocent’ of killing teen at Michael Wekerle’s estate

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Accused killer Jonathan Weir was a resident of the luxury compound of his uncle, Michael Wekerle, a former Dragons’ Den TV personality, when he was charged with murdering his former high school classmate there last week.

Weir’s address is listed as Wekerle’s sprawling 80-hectare gated estate, just outside the historic community of Cheltenham, according to a court document that outlines the first-degree murder charge against him.

He was arrested after Caledon OPP were called to Wekerle’s estate around 7:25 p.m. on Dec. 27 and found the lifeless body of Tyler Swartz, 18, of Thornhill.

Weir’s lawyer Calvin Barry told the Star he wasn’t sure exactly how long his 20-year-old client had been living with his uncle at the property.

“He was there for some time, at that location,” Barry said.

Police originally charged Weir with second-degree murder but quickly bumped that up to the more serious charge of first-degree murder, which involves premeditation, Barry said.

Read more: Teen killed at home owned by Michael Wekerle remembered as ‘angel of a kid’

Barry said he will be fighting for bail for Weir later this month. His hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21 in Orangeville court.

“We’re going to mount a vigorous defence,” Barry said. “He’s innocent.”

It’s not clear what the relationship of the two young men was. Both attended the Thornhill campus of Blyth Academy, a private Grades 5-12 school, until the spring of 2017, a spokesperson for the school confirmed.

“Given the ongoing police investigation, we will not comment further about this tragic incident,” Alicia Della Maestra wrote in an email.

Barry said his client is “obviously upset” and it’s the first time he’s ever been in custody.

The lawyer added that Weir’s parents, who are divorced, both have suitable homes for him to live in as he awaits his trial.

“It may be that he lives at the mother’s place or the father’s place,” Barry said. “It’s a very close family.”

Police have said that a court-ordered publication ban means they can’t update the media on whether Wekerle was on site at the time of the death, the cause of death or any other details.

Messages on an intercom from the outside gate of the secluded tree filled Caledon property were not returned this week. Neither was an email or requests to Wekerle’s social media accounts.

Wekerle’s website calls him “a rock star in the world of Canadian finance,” known for his shrewd instincts in the fields of tech, biotech and media, and the founder and chairman of the merchant bank Difference Capital Financial Inc.

The Caledon estate, which he purchased in 2010 for $3 million, is known for its yearly charity concert event, Wekfest, which has featured acts such as Snoop Dogg and Sloan.

In 2010, Wekerle went on a “drunken escapade” in a luxury hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed by a doorman who said he attempted to flip him over his shoulder during the incident.

The lawsuit was dismissed by a United States District Judge in 2015. It also contains allegations that the investor blew an airhorn in the lobby before dropping his pants, licking a woman’s foot, and yelling profanity.

In a statement emailed to the Star by his lawyer at the time, Wekerle said the incident occurred during a difficult period of his life.

“I had just lost my wife and I still have difficult moments. While I dispute certain parts of the allegations, I acknowledge that on that night three years ago I behaved in a way that I’m not particularly proud of. For that, I apologize. There is a legal process currently unfolding and I am going to let it run its course,” he wrote.

Wekerle’s website also describes him as “a doting father to six children” who “donates millions of dollars to a wide variety of philanthropic interests,” including CAMH and Sick Kids.

His site says his other properties include the historic Toronto entertainment venue the El Mocambo on Spadina Ave. and that he’s a partner in the Canadian franchise of Wahlburgers — the Boston-based restaurant chain run by the actor/rapper Mark Wahlberg and his family.

Swartz was described as “an angel of a kid” by Esther Grossbaum, co-ordinator of the Friendship Circle, an organization for children with special needs that he volunteered with.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he was going to Sheridan College to become a plumber. Sheridan College confirmed a student with the same name was enrolled with the school in the fall of 2017 but withdrew without completing the semester.

He was honoured in 2017 with the City of Thornhill’s longest standing volunteer award for his community service.

With files from Karen Martin-Robbins, Caledon Enterprise

Peter Edwards is a Toronto-based reporter primarily covering crime. Reach him by email at pedwards@thestar.ca

May Warren is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @maywarren11



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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