Peel Police charge father of dead girl, 11, with first-degree murder


An eleven-year-old girl is dead, and her father facing a charge of first degree murder, in a case that has shaken the region.

Riya Rajkumar was supposed to be celebrating her birthday, but, instead, became the subject of a late-night Amber Alert on Thursday night.

Peel Region police said they have found the body of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar, seen here with her father Roopesh Rajkumar, hours after an Amber Alert was issued late Thursday night.
Peel Region police said they have found the body of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar, seen here with her father Roopesh Rajkumar, hours after an Amber Alert was issued late Thursday night.  (Peel Regional Police)

She was found in her father’s home in Brampton on Hansen Rd. N., near Marshall Dr., hours after she vanished while in the care of 41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar.

In front of the brown brick duplex, Friday, pink and white balloons blew in the wind, tied to a tree in front of the home, next to a growing pile of flowers and a bright pink teddy bear.

“Riya was like the princess of the family,” Roopesh’s cousin Ryan Ashadalli told reporters outside the home.

“She was just full of positive energy. She always had a smile wherever she went, he said, adding she had just returned from a vacation at Disneyland.

“I loved her.”

Police found the body of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar in this Brampton home on Hansen Rd. N. early Friday morning.
Police found the body of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar in this Brampton home on Hansen Rd. N. early Friday morning.  (Toronto Star)

Officers had to force their way into her father’s home around 11 p.m. Thursday evening. Rajkumar was arrested by Orillia OPP shortly after midnight, almost 130 km. away. He was suffering from a “medical issue,” Const. Danny Marttini told reporters outside Peel Police 22 division.

The birthdays of the girl and her mother fell on the Thursday.

“It’s very heart-wrenching,” said Marttini, who added that, in the final analysis, there’s a mother “moving forward without her daughter.”

Amber alerts were sent out late Thursday night and early Friday morning for 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar.
Amber alerts were sent out late Thursday night and early Friday morning for 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar.

Meadowvale Village Public School posted a statement on its website saying “this tragedy has brought tremendous sadness to the students and staff” and that grief counsellors will be at the school for as long as needed.

“Riya was a well-liked student, and her death is deeply felt by everyone at the school,” the statement read. “Even students who did not personally know Riya will also be affected by this tragedy.”

Rajkumar was taken into police custody shortly after midnight. He was taken to a hospital and then a trauma centre.

Police have charged him with first-degree murder in the death of his daughter.

The girl did not live with her father on a full-time basis, police said, but was dropped off at a Mississauga gas station at about 3 p.m.

“In a tragic situation like this, when your daughter goes to spend her birthday, especially on Valentine’s Day, with her father and you expect your child to come home, my heart aches for this family,” Const. Akhil Mooken told reporters shortly after the body was found.

“As a parent, I can’t even begin to imagine what the mom is going through, and it’s something that we never want to be involved in, but it’s a terrible situation.”

Police said Riya’s mother called the authorities when the pair did not return at 6:30 p.m., and reported that Rajkumar made comments indicating he could cause harm to himself and his daughter.

“That obviously set off alarms,” Marttini told reporters earlier. “It was of extreme concern, which is why she attended the division, saying ‘I’ve got that information and I’m concerned for the well-being of my daughter.’ ”

After police took measures such as searching where the two were last seen, pinpointing the location of the father’s cell phone and checking areas they were known to frequent, they asked for an Amber Alert to be issued.

Police visited the father’s home at around 7 p.m., but did not receive a response when they knocked on the door. At about 11 p.m., Marttini said, police forced entry into the house and found the girl’s body.

“At that point in the investigation, we had received enough information that they felt that the 11-year-old girl would, in fact, be in the residence and was in need of assistance,” Marttini said. “So, with that threat to somebody’s life, they were able to force entry.”

Asked how long the girl had been dead before police found her, Marttini said she didn’t have the exact timeline, and more will come out after the postmortem.

Emergency Management Ontario sent out an Amber Alert on mobile devices just after 11:30 p.m.

Read more: Late-night Amber Alert prompted multiple complaints to 911

“Peel Regional Police activate AMBER Alert. Victim is Riya Rajkumar age 11. Suspect is Roopesh Rajkumar age 41. Vehicle is silver Honda civic plate #ARBV 598. Last known location Eastbound 401. If observed, please call 911,” the alert read.

Peel police had requested an Amber Alert to be issued by OPP earlier in the evening, but the notification was not sent until after 11 p.m., Marttini said in a phone interview. She could not confirm what time they submitted the form.

A tip from the public, following the alert, led to Rajkumar’s arrest shortly after midnight by OPP near Orillia.

The brown brick house on Hansen Rd. N. was blocked off with police tape Friday morning, as was the side street, Crawford Dr.

Residents of the quiet residential neighbourhood were shocked.

Emmanuel Okafor saw the Amber Alert on TV late Thursday night and said he was praying it would have a positive ending.

“It’s unimaginable,” said Okafor, who didn’t know the family, but has a 6-year-old daughter of his own.

“No parent should ever have to bury their kid.”

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie tweeted that “there are absolutely no words to explain the senseless and tragic loss of young innocent Riya.

“As a mother of three, this makes me sick to my stomach. My heart grieves for the mother and family,” Crombie tweeted.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown thanked Peel police and the OPP for the quick arrest.

“Words cannot describe such a senseless and horrific act,” Brown tweeted.

With files from Marjan Asadullah, Ilya Banares and the Brampton Guardian

Stefanie Marotta is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @StefanieMarotta

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Homicide investigation underway after 11-year-old girl found dead


Peel Regional Police say a homicide investigation is underway after an 11-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert was found dead.

Police issued the alert Thursday night after Roopesh Rajkumar failed to return his daughter, Riya, to her mother.

When the father didn’t return Riya, her mother reached out to police.

In a news release issued after Riya was reported missing, police said the father had « made comments indicating he was going to harm himself and his daughter. »

Police said she was found dead at a Brampton, Ont., residence. Her father has been arrested.


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Former finance minister Michael Wilson dead at 81


Michael Wilson, a highly respected former politician, Canadian businessman and passionate mental health advocate, has died at the age of 81, according to several media reports.

In an emailed statement, Toronto Mayor John Tory said the former federal finance minister — who helped negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement and ushered in the federal goods and services tax — was “one of the most intelligent, decent people I have ever met, inside or outside of politics and public life.”

At the time of his death, Michael Wilson was serving as chairman at Barclays Capital Canada. CEO Bruce Rothney confirmed Wilson’s death Sunday.
At the time of his death, Michael Wilson was serving as chairman at Barclays Capital Canada. CEO Bruce Rothney confirmed Wilson’s death Sunday.  (Richard Lautens / Toronto Star)

“He was a steady, capable MP, minister and ambassador and led in historic changes such as free trade and the GST which transformed Canada for the good,” Tory said. “But if it’s possible, he may have contributed even more in his life after politics when he became a pioneer in raising awareness of mental illness and for his incredible contributions to post-secondary education through the University of Toronto.

“Michael Wilson was a gentle, considerate giant in business, in public life, as a diplomat in Washington, and in our community,” he continued. “He will be sadly missed and on behalf of all of the people of the city of Toronto, I express sincere condolences to his wife, Margie, and the entire Wilson family.”

Michael Holcombe Wilson was born on Nov. 4, 1937, and raised in Toronto, where he attended Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. He worked on Bay Street for two decades before diving into politics and being elected as Conservative MP for Etobicoke Centre in 1979.

At the time of his death, Wilson was serving as chairman at Barclays Capital Canada, a position he assumed in 2010. His death was confirmed to the Globe and Mail on Sunday by Bruce Rothney, chief executive officer of Barclays Capital Canada, who said that Wilson died after a battle with cancer.

Michael Wilson served as finance minister under prime minister Brian Mulroney, helping to bring in North American free trade and the goods and services tax.
Michael Wilson served as finance minister under prime minister Brian Mulroney, helping to bring in North American free trade and the goods and services tax.  (Boris Spremo / Toronto Star file photo)

Wilson previously served as Canada’s ambassador to the United States from 2006 to 2009 and as finance minister and industry minister under former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He was also appointed chancellor of the University of Toronto in 2012 and served two terms before he was succeeded by Rose Patten.

Wilson was more recently recognized for his passionate advocacy for mental health, becoming chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2015. His son, Cameron, died by suicide in 1995 at the age of 29, a personal tragedy that Wilson touched upon in a recent Toronto Star opinion piece.

“Mental health has always been an area where I advocated, even before Cameron became ill,” he wrote in the November 2018 op-ed. “I used whatever influence I had to spark quiet conversations in the halls of Parliament and in my constituency office.

“For every life that ends in suicide, at least 25 people are forever changed,” he continued. “My life is one of them — and it has taken a winding path.”

Jennifer Yang is a Toronto-based reporter covering identity and inequality. Follow her on Twitter: @jyangstar


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3 dead, 11 in hospital after overnight apartment fire in Longueuil


Three people are dead after an overnight apartment fire in Longueuil on Montreal’s South Shore.

Firefighters received a call around 1 a.m. about visible flames on Toulouse Street.

When they arrived, extra alarms were sounded because flames were coming from the basement and the first floor.

At first, the fire was too intense to get past the second floor, Longueuil firefighters say.

They evacuated the rest of the building first. When they were finally able to get to the third floor, they found three people unconscious and got them out, too.

Firefighters attempted to revive the three victims, who were taken to hospital where they were later pronounced dead.

In total, 80 firefighters were on site to control the blaze. (Radio-Canada)

Eleven people remain in hospital. Most suffered minor injuries such as burns, smoke inhalation and fractures from jumping from the balcony.

Firefighters said they expected the fire to be under control by early Saturday. 

In total, 80 firefighters were on site to fight the blaze. 

The cause of the fire remains unknown, as do the identities of the victims. 


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Côte Saint-Luc couple found dead, carbon monoxide poisoning suspected – Montreal


The Quebec Coroner’s Office is investigating after an elderly couple was found dead inside a home in Côte Saint-Luc on Wednesday evening.

READ MORE: Carbon monoxide detectors to be mandatory in all Quebec schools: Education Minister

Firefighters were called to the home on Cavendish Boulevard, near Fleet Road, just before 9 p.m. after receiving reports of a strong odour that resembled gas.

WATCH BELOW: Are you protected from carbon monoxide?

The victims were apparently found in a bedroom above the garage, where their car was found still running.

READ MORE: At least 43 children, adults in hospital after carbon monoxide leak at a Montreal school

A family member discovered the bodies.

Officials say a possible cause of the deaths could be carbon monoxide poisoning.

WATCH BELOW: Quebec moves to make carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in schools

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Ron Joyce, billionaire who brought Tim Hortons coffee to the masses, dead at 88


Ron Joyce, the Nova Scotia native who made Tim Hortons coffee and doughnuts a staple of Canadian diets and created a billion-dollar empire, has died. He was 88.

His family said in a statement he died peacefully in his home in Burlington, Ont., on Thursday with family at his side.

My father had a big vision and a big heart. Through hard work, determination and drive, he built one of the most successful restaurant chains in Canada.– Steven Joyce, Ron Joyce’s son said in the statement

« My father had a big vision and a big heart, » his son Steven Joyce said in the statement. « Through hard work, determination and drive, he built one of the most successful restaurant chains in Canada.

Ron Joyce was born and raised in Tatamagouche, N.S. His mother, who was widowed at the age of 23, raised Joyce and his two siblings in a home that had no water, no electricity and was heated with a wood-burning stove in the kitchen. The only bathroom, Joyce told a CBC interviewer in 2006, was « a nice wooden one outside. »

Joyce, left, and NHLer Tim Horton started their doughnut empire in Hamilton, Ont. (Tim Hortons)

Joyce left home when he was 15 and moved to Hamilton, Ont. He served in the navy and later became a police officer before getting into the coffee shop business.

Tim Horton, who at the time played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, opened his first store in Hamilton in 1964. When he decided to expand, he chose Joyce as the first franchisee.

Joyce said he knew « zero » about making doughnuts when he went in for his first shift.

« But by golly, I borrowed $10,000 from the credit union, and I had to learn in a hurry, » he said in the interview.

4,500 Tim Hortons

After Horton died in a car crash in 1974, Joyce took full control of the business and oversaw its growth into a billion-dollar business. There are now more than 4,500 Tim Hortons locations worldwide, including 3,600 in Canada.

Robert Thompson, who co-authored Joyce’s autobiography, Always Fresh, called him « an icon of Canadian business. »

Without Joyce, Tim Hortons as people know it today would not exist, he said.

« We probably won’t see that kind of invention — somebody just create something that has such broad appeal across Canada that’s so instantaneously relatable to the Canadian experience. We just don’t see that now, and we probably won’t see it again. And so in that regard, he’s a legend. »

Following Horton’s death, Joyce started the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation in his memory to send children from low-income families to summer camp.

One day a year, 100 per cent of proceeds from coffee sales at Tim Hortons locations goes to funding the seven camps, which include one in the United States and one in Joyce’s hometown of Tatamagouche.

« In his journey with Tim Hortons, he travelled all over the country and considered himself Canadian above all else, » his son said in the statement Friday.

« He never forgot his humble beginnings, with The Joyce Family Foundation donating extensively to support those who are less fortunate, especially children and youth. »

The first Tim Hortons opened in a converted garage in Hamilton on May 17, 1964. (Tim Hortons )

In 1992, he was named a member of the Order of Canada for his work with children. Joyce also created the Joyce Family Foundation, which is focused on making education more accessible through scholarships and bursaries.

In 1996, Joyce sold the business to Wendy’s International in a deal worth $400 million. In 2014, Tim Hortons was bought by another U.S. fast food giant, Burger King, for $12 billion.

Joyce was also part owner of the Calgary Flames between 1994 and 2001.

‘Whatever you can, help’

Joyce has also donated to several Canadian universities and has been awarded honorary degrees from universities including McMaster, Queen’s, Mount Allison, Saint Mary’s, Cape Breton, Calgary and the University of New Brunswick.

In a 2016 video interview with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Joyce talked about the value of giving back.

Whatever you can, help. Giving can be many things. It can be money or just of your time, but all of it is very worthwhile, in my opinion.– Ron Joyce, in video interview with Association of Fundraising Professionals

« Whatever you can, help, » he said. « Giving can be many things. It can be money or just of your time, but all of it is very worthwhile, in my opinion. »

But Joyce has seen his share of trouble, too.

In 2013, a woman sued him for $7.5 million, alleging he sexually assaulted her in his Burlington home. Joyce denied that, claiming the woman was extorting him. That case is ongoing.

In 2007, he was in a plane crash on the runway of the Fox Harb’r Resort when the private plane he was travelling aboard encountered strong winds as it tried to land. Joyce owned the golf resort and gated community in northern Nova Scotia.


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A year after Sears, the mall is not dead


At a time when they were already suffering from Target’s failed Canadian expansion and the seemingly unstoppable growth of online shopping, the loss of the once-mighty Sears chain felt like yet another body blow for shopping malls in this country.

After all, the departure of an iconic brand — and its large stores in prime spots — would surely mean fewer customers wandering the malls and less money being spent.

The country’s biggest malls are still a hive of activity, with all but a handful seeing sales rise in 2018, compared to 2017.
The country’s biggest malls are still a hive of activity, with all but a handful seeing sales rise in 2018, compared to 2017.  (Rick Madonik / Toronto Star File Photo)

But a year after the last Sears stores in Canada were finally shuttered, the picture is a lot less grim than anyone expected – and the future’s looking comparatively sparkly.

“The apocalypse hasn’t happened,” said Diane Brisebois, president of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), which recently released a study of the 30 biggest malls in the country.

While the loss of Sears hit the bottom line of mall owners, the country’s biggest malls are still a hive of activity, with all but a handful seeing sales rise in 2018, compared to 2017.

Experts point to a variety of reasons, including that Sears had already been drifting away for a few years anyway – selling leases back to mall owners a handful at a time and simply not renewing others. At Yorkdale, which topped the RCC’s rankings with sales of $1,905 per square foot in 2018 (a 15 per cent rise from $1,653 in 2017), Sears left in 2014, after being bought out of its lease by mall owner Oxford Properties.

Other reasons the departure didn’t hit particularly hard? The mall business model has been evolving, and, well, Sears really hadn’t been a big draw in years anyway.

“The Sears store could have been in a parking lot by itself somewhere, and it would have drawn as much foot traffic for the mall,” said Queen’s University real estate professor John Andrew. “Especially over the last few years, the type of customers they were attracting weren’t people who’d be spending the day shopping. You’d be at home and say ‘Oh geez, my washing machine just died.’ Then you’d pull up outside Sears at the mall, pick it up, and walk back out again.”

The nature of malls is also changing, said Andrew, whether it’s the size of the stores, or even what people come to the mall to do.

By the time its final stores closed last January, Sears had been drifting away for a few years anyway – selling leases back to mall owners a handful at a time and simply not renewing others.
By the time its final stores closed last January, Sears had been drifting away for a few years anyway – selling leases back to mall owners a handful at a time and simply not renewing others.  (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star file photo)

“The whole model of a big anchor store at one end of the mall attracting people is breaking down,” said Andrew.

At Toronto’s Eaton Centre, Sears left in 2014. Its lease had been bought out, at least partly because big-box leases aren’t particularly lucrative anyway, said Sal Iacono, executive vice-president of operations for mall owner Cadillac Fairview.

“I’m not going to say Sears not being around is a good thing. But the kind of rents they were paying were not as large as you’d expect,” said Iacono. “Anchor leases by their nature are volume discounts.”

At the Eaton Centre, the gigantic Sears space was renovated into a few different spaces, with the biggest one occupied by high-end U.S. department store Nordstrom’s. Smaller spaces typically means higher rents per square foot. It also means more flexibility in the types and size of tenants who can be brought in, often including high-end boutiques, said Andrew.

As malls reconfigure their spaces, they’re also trying to find entirely new revenue streams. Think hotels, think fancy restaurants and more interesting food courts. And think homes.

“There’s a tremendous potential for office space, for condo space, for apartments,” said Andrew.

The sky, quite literally, is the limit.

“Shopping centres realized they had a lot of airspace they weren’t using,” said the retail council’s Brisebois.

Cadillac Fairview already has approval to add 2,000 residential units as part of a 27-acre development centred around its mall in Richmond, B.C., said Iacono. Just as in the retail world, a large part of living beside (or above) a mall — in Richmond or other potential spots — is location, location, location.

“If you think about where malls are, particularly urban ones, they tend to be located centrally, close to transit and closer to where people work,” Iacono noted.

The biggest challenges in building upwards, Iacono said, tend to be engineering ones, rather than philosophical or legal.

“In a retail space, you want as few pillars as possible, to maximize space. So you can’t just drop 50 storeys on top of a retail area. You’d need to add more support, and that means cutting down on retail space, which means less retail revenue. You do a cost-benefit analysis and figure out if it’s viable,” said Iacono. “Everything is possible at a certain cost.”

With those types of developments running tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars and taking years to plan, it’s no coincidence that the companies with the two biggest collections of malls in the country — Cadillac Fairview and Oxford — are controlled by pension companies (the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System respectively), said Andrew.

“They’ve got a much longer term perspective,” added Andrew. “If reconfiguring the space means retail suffers a bit for five years, but it means a better long-term future, they can do it. And they’ve got a lot of capital.”

Josh Rubin is a Toronto-based business reporter. Follow him on Twitter: @starbeer


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3 dead in bus crash at Ottawa transit station


Three people were killed and nearly two dozen injured when an OC Transpo double-decker bus slammed into a bus shelter at Westboro station at the start of Friday afternoon rush hour.

The single-vehicle collision involving the westbound 269 bus to Kanata happened on the Transitway around 3:50 p.m. 

During a news conference Friday evening, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said two passengers and one person waiting on the platform died in the « horrific » crash, and 23 were injured.

The Ottawa Hospital said shortly after 8 p.m. that seven patients were in critical condition and nine in stable condition. 

One person was also taken by ambulance to the Queensway Carleton Hospital, although that patient’s condition has not yet been made public. There were no patients taken to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, indicating there were likely no children among the injured.

« Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured [and] those family members who have lost loved ones, » Watson said. 

« Our thoughts are also with the others on that bus, at that station — those directly involved and those who witnessed the collision. »

Flags at City Hall have been lowered to half-mast, Watson said.

Police and first responders work at Westboro station where a double-decker OC Tranpo bus struck the shelter Friday Jan. 11, 2019. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

‘It was chaos’

Photos of the aftermath show scenes of chaos. One shows first responders aiding an injured person on the pavement in front of the double-decker bus, its front and part of its side shorn off. The front seats of the vehicle’s upper deck hang precariously from the gaping hole.

Bilal Gill was at the back of the top level of the « packed » bus when it started to swerve, then struck the shelter.

« A lot of people started screaming, [including the] people at the front who got pinned under their seats, » Gill said. « It was chaos at first. »

Gill said police showed up quickly and began breaking windows to free trapped riders.

« There was definitely people pinned. And there was a bit of blood on the floor, » Gill said.

Driver arrested

Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau told Friday night’s news conference that the most serious injuries occurred on the top right side of the bus, matching images from the scene.

Bordeleau said that « something » led officers to arrest the bus driver, but didn’t give specifics.

She was taken to police headquarters for further questioning, he said.

Late Friday, police released the driver pending further investigation.  

Bordeleau also said it was too early to speculate about the cause of the crash, but police would be poring over video and interviewing as many witnesses as possible.

« This will be a long investigation, » Bordeleau said. « Our investigators will be working through the night and into the morning to document the scene. »

‘Gut-wrenching’ scene

Ryan Baldasso, 34, travels the route by bus daily from his home in Kanata. On Friday, his bus passed by the scene shortly after the crash.

It’s horrible. You never want to see anything like that.– Ryan Baldasso

« It was pretty gut-wrenching to see. It’s horrible. You never want to see anything like that. Everyone just wants to get home safe to their families and never think about stuff like this happening. It’s horrible to witness something like that. »

Emergency crews were called to Westboro station in Ottawa following a collision involving a double-decker OC Transpo bus. (@gabesimages/Twitter)

Police say the investigation into Friday’s fatal collision involving an OC Transpo bus at Westboro station will be a long one. (@SaveOurSenators/Twitter)

‘Lineup of stretchers’

Emergency crews were cutting seats and windows out of the front of the bus, likely to get at passengers, said Gabe Rivett-Carnac.

« Everyone was certainly moving fairly quickly, » said Rivett-Carnac, who arrived at the station about half an hour after the crash.

« Just judging by the lineup of stretchers … I would say they were certainly acting with some urgency. »

He said he saw at least 30 emergency vehicles at the station.

‘Lots of people injured here’

On Broadcastify, an online service that provides access to emergency dispatch calls, a dispatcher can be heard saying: « I’m getting a double-decker that rammed into the bus terminal. There’s possibly people that are trapped in the bus. Multiple injuries. »

A short time later, a first responder reports from the scene: « Just on the second floor of the double-decker bus. There’s lots of people injured here. »

He later reports: « We’re on the side of the OC Transpo bus with a ladder trying to get people off of the second floor. … I don’t know how many ambulances we have on the way, but we’re going to need quite a few. »

As of 6 p.m., emergency responders were still on the scene, as well as the Ottawa Police Service’s collision investigation unit.

Officials from Transport Canada and Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation are also investigating.

Transitway closed

OC Transpo general manager John Manconi told Friday’s news conference the bus could have been holding as many as 90 passengers.

He said OC Transpo’s « top priority » was the safety of its passengers and that the agency would be cooperating fully with the investigation.

As of 7:20 p.m., the Transitway was still closed in both directions between Westboro station and Tunney’s Pasture station, as was Scott Street near the scene of the crash.

Drivers are being urged to avoid the area, and OC Transpo buses were still being detoured.

People seeking information about family members involved in Friday’s crash can go to the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Rd., the City of Ottawa said. 

They can also call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-855-797-8875.

With files from Denise Fung, Matthew Kupfer, Christine Maki, Joanne Chianello, Tom Parry and Trevor Pritchard


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Man, woman dead after head-on collision on Hwy. 9 just west of Newmarket – Toronto


Ontario Provincial Police say a man and a woman, both in their 60s, are dead after a head-on collision just west of Newmarket Thursday night.

Police said officers responded a collision between two vehicles on Highway 9, between the 11th and 12th concession at 6:15 p.m.

Const. Tracey Lacarte said a car with one male occupant and a pickup truck with two female occupants were both travelling westbound when the collision took place.

Lacarte said the man was pronounced dead on scene. The two women were taken to hospital, one in Newmarket, the other in Toronto.

She said the woman in Newmarket has succumbed to her injuries, while the woman in Toronto remains in life-threatening condition.

It is not clear what led up to the incident.

The area has been closed for the investigation.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP Aurora detachment at 905-841-5777.


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Man last seen by family in Saskatchewan found dead north of community


RCMP in Saskatchewan say a man who was reported missing over the weekend has been found dead.

Police say in a news release that the man – who they didn’t name – was 32 and was from the Kawacatoose First Nation.

Family of Ashley Morin seeks answers into her disappearance

They say he was last seen by family members late Saturday afternoon on the Day Star First Nation.

Wynyard EMS later notified police that a man’s body was found on a grid road north of the community, and it was confirmed that it was the missing man.

RCMP say the investigation into his death is continuing.

An autopsy is planned for Wednesday.


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