Connect with us

Anglais

Calgary anaesthesiologist suspended until drugging and rape allegations dealt with in court

Published

on

[ad_1]

A Calgary anaesthesiologist who continued to work after he was accused of drugging and raping a woman has been ordered to surrender his practising permit, after CBC News contacted the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).

Dr. Barry Wollach faces a charge of sexual assault. He first appeared in court last week and a trial date has not yet been set.

« The CPSA does not feel it is appropriate for Dr. Wollach to continue practising medicine, given the seriousness of the allegations against him, » reads a press release sent out six hours after CBC News asked why Wollach was allowed to continue his work.

The association says if Wollach does not agree to stop working, pending the resolution of his criminal charges, it will suspend the doctor in the interest of public safety, which can be done under the Health Professions Act.

CBC News learned of the details of the alleged rape through court documents, including the search warrant application, also known as an ITO (information to obtain). None of the details contained in the ITO have been proven in court. 

« Dr. Wollach absolutely denies the allegations made against him and we will vigorously defend this charge, » said defence lawyer Balfour Der.

The dinner date

The 59-year-old doctor works in both Calgary and Lethbridge, administering sedatives to nervous, anxious and special needs dental patients.

In November 2016, Wollach met a woman on dating app Bumble. A publication ban protects the identity of Wollach’s alleged victim. CBC News will call her Leah.

Dr. Barry Wollach, 59, faces a charge of sexual assault. (Facebook)

After messaging back and forth for a few days, Wollach and Leah agreed to go on a dinner date on Nov. 4, 2016.

The two met at Ox and Angela restaurant on 17th Avenue S.W. in Calgary. During dinner he told Leah he gives his patients drugs to relax.

Leah began to feel woozy during the dinner date, according to her initial statement to police.

At the end of the date, Leah stood up to say goodbye, but said she felt « very unusual. » Wollach told her she was a bit wobbly so he walked her to his home just a couple of blocks away, according to the ITO. 

Leah told the officer Wollach said to her « sometimes he would get in trouble with girls and it would cost him money. »

The alleged rape

At Wollach’s townhouse, Leah used the washroom and when she came out she says Wollach began to take her clothes off and fondle her on the sofa.

He took her to his bedroom where she says he removed his clothes and hers. Leah told the detective she put her clothes back on but he took them off a second time.

At that point, Leah said she was unable to communicate and felt as though she was underwater. She wrapped herself in a bedsheet, according to her statement.

She says Wollach then put a condom on and raped her. Afterward, Leah told police he asked her if she had sex while « high, stoned or on medication. »

Leah tried to get dressed but instead, she said Wollach brought her to his bathroom, placed her in the shower and scrubbed her with soap.

Drug found in hair sample

He then drove her to an intersection near her house where she got out of his car. Hours later, Leah went to an urgent care clinic for a rape kit.

Eventually, when Leah was ready to pursue a police investigation, samples collected during the rape kit came back without DNA evidence connected to Wollach.

Investigators then sent a sample of her hair to a lab in Paris. Months later, the lab results showed diphenhydramine had been in Leah’s system around the time of the alleged attack.

The drug is an antihistamine used to treat allergies, insomnia and Parkinson’s tremors.

Leah told police she had not taken any antihistamines around the time of the assault.

Wollach was arrested and charged in late 2018. He is currently on bail and will be back in court next month.

Prosecutor Donna Spaner who is assigned to the case said she could not comment on a matter before the courts. 

The Calgary Police Service released a statement saying it could not comment on Wollach’s case specifically but said the following: 

« The Calgary Police Service encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted to report it, regardless of when the assault occurred. There is no time limit on how long a victim has to report a sexual assault in Canada and police can still investigate an incident decades after it occurred.

« Victims of sexual assault can report it to the police by calling the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or attending a district office. »

[ad_2]

Source link

قالب وردپرس

Anglais

‘Business as usual’ for Dorel Industries after terminating go-private deal

Published

on

By

MONTREAL — Dorel Industries Inc. says it will continue to pursue its business strategy going forward after terminating an agreement to go private after discussions with shareholders.

« Moving ahead. Business as usual, » a spokesman for the company said in an email on Monday.

A group led by Cerberus Capital Management had previously agreed to buy outstanding shares of Dorel for $16 apiece, except for shares owned by the family that controls the company’s multiple-voting shares.

But Dorel chief executive Martin Schwartz said the Montreal-based maker of car seats, strollers, bicycles and home furniture pulled the plug on a deal on the eve of Tuesday’s special meeting after reviewing votes from shareholders.

“Independent shareholders have clearly expressed their confidence in Dorel’s future and the greater potential for Dorel as a public entity, » he said in a news release.

Dorel’s board of directors, with Martin Schwartz, Alan Schwartz, Jeffrey Schwartz and Jeff Segel recused, unanimously approved the deal’s termination upon the recommendation of a special committee.

The transaction required approval by two-thirds of the votes cast, and more than 50 per cent of the votes cast by non-family shareholders.

Schwartz said enhancing shareholder value remains a top priority while it stays focused on growing its brands, which include Schwinn and Mongoose bikes, Safety 1st-brand car seats and DHP Furniture.

Dorel said the move to end the go-private deal was mutual, despite the funds’ increased purchase price offer earlier this year.

It said there is no break fee applicable in this case.

Montreal-based investment firm Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc. and San Diego’s Brandes Investment Partners LP, which together control more than 19 per cent of Dorel’s outstanding class B subordinate shares voiced their opposition to the amended offer, which was increased from the initial Nov. 2 offer of $14.50 per share.

« We believe that several minority shareholders shared our opinion, » said Letko vice-president Stephane Lebrun, during a phone interview.

« We are confident of the long-term potential of the company and we have confidence in the managers in place.”

Continue Reading

Anglais

Pandemic funds helping Montreal businesses build for a better tomorrow

Published

on

By

Many entrepreneurs have had to tap into government loans during the pandemic, at first just to survive, but now some are using the money to better prepare their businesses for the post-COVID future.

One of those businesses is Del Friscos, a popular family restaurant in Dollard-des-Ormeaux that, like many Montreal-area restaurants, has had to adapt from a sit-down establishment to one that takes orders online for takeout or delivery.

“It was hard going from totally in-house seating,” said Del Friscos co-owner Terry Konstas. “We didn’t have an in-house delivery system, which we quickly added. There were so many of our employees that were laid off that wanted to work so we adapted to a delivery system and added platforms like Uber and DoorDash.”

Helping them through the transition were emergency grants and low-interest loans from the federal and provincial governments, some of which are directly administered by PME MTL, a non-profit business-development organization established to assist the island’s small and medium-sized businesses.

Konstas said he had never even heard of PME MTL until a customer told him about them and when he got in touch, he discovered there were many government programs available to help his business get through the downturn and build for the future. “They’ve been very helpful right from day one,” said Konstas.

“We used some of the funds to catch up on our suppliers and our rents, the part that wasn’t covered from the federal side, and we used some of it for our new virtual concepts,” he said, referring to a virtual kitchen model which the restaurant has since adopted.

The virtual kitchen lets them create completely different menu items from the casual American Italian dishes that Del Friscos is known for and market them under different restaurant brand names. Under the Prasinó Soup & Salad banner, they sell healthy Greek options and their Stallone’s Sub Shop brand offers hearty sandwiches, yet the food from both is created in the same Del Friscos kitchen.

Continue Reading

Anglais

Downtown Montreal office, retail vacancies continue to rise

Published

on

By

Some of downtown Montreal’s key economic indicators are heading in the wrong direction.

Office and retail vacancies in the city’s central core continued to climb in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a quarterly report released Thursday by the Urban Development Institute of Quebec and the Montréal Centre-Ville merchants association. The report, whose first edition was published in October, aims to paint a socio-economic picture of the downtown area.

The survey also found office space available for sublet had increased during the fourth quarter, which may foreshadow even more vacancies when leases expire. On the residential front, condo sales fell as new listings soared — a sign that the downtown area may be losing some of its appeal to homeowners.

“It’s impossible not to be preoccupied by the rapid increase in office vacancies,” Jean-Marc Fournier, the former Quebec politician who now heads the UDI, said Thursday in an interview.

Still, with COVID-19 vaccinations set to accelerate in the coming months, “the economic picture is bound to improve,” he said. “People will start returning downtown. It’s much too early to say the office market is going to disappear.”

Public health measures implemented since the start of the pandemic almost a year ago — such as caps on office capacity — have deprived downtown Montreal of more than 500,000 workers and students. A mere 4,163 university and CEGEP students attended in-person classes in the second quarter, the most recent period for which figures are available. Border closures and travel restrictions have also brought tourism to a standstill, hurting hotels and thousands of local businesses.

Seventy per cent of downtown workers carried out their professional activities at home more than three days a week during the fourth quarter, the report said, citing an online survey of 1,000 Montreal-area residents conducted last month.

Continue Reading

Chat

Affaires5 jours ago

Prudence avec le passeport vaccinal

Affaires5 jours ago

Le secteur touristique autochtone s’attendait à beaucoup plus du budget fédéral

Affaires5 jours ago

La fintech canadienne Mogo ajoute 146 autres Ethereum à son portefeuille de crypto

Affaires5 jours ago

Les entreprises canadiennes estiment que l’épuisement professionnel nuira au résultat net des entreprises cette année, selon une nouvelle étude de Sage au Canada

Affaires5 jours ago

Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les matériaux de construction multifonctionnels durables

Affaires5 jours ago

Les Canadiens seront vaccinés

Affaires5 jours ago

Samsung Canada et Tim Hortons poursuivent la transformation numérique des services au volant en prévoyant la mise en place de 2 600 écrans extérieurs dans tout le Canada d’ici la fin de 2021.

Affaires5 jours ago

Le Canada mise sur le nucléaire pour réduire les GES

Affaires5 jours ago

Les mesures sanitaires font reculer les ventes de Tim Hortons

Affaires5 jours ago

L’Université de Montréal a caché un laboratoire nucléaire pendant la guerre

Affaires5 jours ago

Économie : les postes vacants coûtent 8 M $ par jour au secteur de la transformation alimentaire

Opinions5 jours ago

J’ai peur du projet de loi 59

Opinions5 jours ago

La protection de nos enfants, c’est aussi l’affaire du municipal

Opinions5 jours ago

Crise du logement : le Parti libéral du Québec en mode solutions

Opinions5 jours ago

Des témoins condamnent le comportement de certains députés envers elles

Opinions5 jours ago

Québec solidaire demande à ses membres de se prononcer sur une faction du parti

Opinions5 jours ago

Chevaliers de la «libarté»

Opinions5 jours ago

Se taire ou faire usage de sa liberté d’expression citoyenne?

Opinions5 jours ago

Contrer les féminicides: de la considération à la préoccupation!

Actualités1 semaine ago

Des normes pour l’industrie de l’ÉPI demandées

Anglais3 années ago

Body found after downtown Lethbridge apartment building fire, police investigating – Lethbridge

Styles De Vie3 années ago

Salon du chocolat 2018: les 5 temps forts

Anglais2 années ago

This B.C. woman’s recipe is one of the most popular of all time — and the story behind it is bananas

Santé Et Nutrition3 années ago

Gluten-Free Muffins

Anglais2 années ago

27 CP Rail cars derail near Lake Louise, Alta.

Anglais2 années ago

Man facing eviction from family home on Toronto Islands gets reprieve — for now

Santé Et Nutrition2 années ago

We Try Kin Euphorics and How to REALLY Get the Glow | Healthyish

Anglais2 années ago

Ontario’s Tories hope Ryan Gosling video will keep supporters from breaking up with the party

Anglais2 années ago

A photo taken on Toronto’s Corso Italia 49 years ago became a family legend. No one saw it — until now

Anglais3 années ago

Condo developer Thomas Liu — who collected millions but hasn’t built anything — loses court fight with Town of Ajax

Styles De Vie3 années ago

Renaud Capuçon, rédacteur en chef du Figaroscope

Anglais2 années ago

This couple shares a 335-square-foot micro condo on Queen St. — and loves it

Mode2 années ago

Paris : chez Cécile Roederer co-fondatrice de Smallable

Anglais2 années ago

Ontario Tories argue Trudeau’s carbon plan is ‘unconstitutional’

Styles De Vie2 années ago

Ford Ranger Raptor, le pick-up roule des mécaniques

Affaires2 années ago

Le Forex devient de plus en plus accessible aux débutants

Anglais3 années ago

100 years later, Montreal’s Black Watch regiment returns to Wallers, France

Technologie2 années ago

YouTube recommande de la pornographie juvénile, allègue un internaute

Anglais2 années ago

Trudeau government would reject Jason Kenney, taxpayers group in carbon tax court fight

Anglais2 années ago

Province’s push for private funding, additional stops puts Scarborough subway at risk of delays

Trending