Author Archives: Jimmy Kakish

ISIS : A Brief History Crime, International, News

The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack in London, England.

The attack left four people dead after the assailant drove along the sidewalk of a bridge and stabbed a police officer. The attacker was shot dead.

This comes months after ISIS announced that 2017 would be “a year of massacre” at the end of last year.

With ISIS constantly making headlines, their activity can be hard to track. Some people are often confused as to how they were established in the first place.

Consult the infographic below for a brief history.

Art Hut closing but Queen St. West will survive Arts & Entertainment, News

The Gladstone Hotel’s Art Hut project will be coming to an end this April, and will soon become the home to another condo.

The six-month pop-up initiative looked to “animate the currently empty property” directly across from the hotel at Queen Street West and Gladstone.

“It’s been fantastic,” said Christina Zeidler, the president of The Gladstone Hotel. “We’ve had everything from artists using the space as residency space, or people having something that was just a pure installation and people could come and look at it.”

But come May, the art space will be replaced with a sales centre and then later on by a 16-storey condo.

“It can happen to you” said Amanda Todd’s mother on news of sentencing Crime, International, News

Amanda Todd’s mother Carol is feeling some relief following the sentencing of her daughter’s accused cyberbully.

Aydin Coban, 38, of the Netherlands was given 11 years in jail—the maximum sentence for his crimes—in an Amsterdam court Thursday morning on charges of the abuse of 34 young girls and five men.

“I think it was great news. It sets precedence in case history about things like cyber abuse and harassment and extortion,” said Carol Todd. “It hopefully will send a message out there that there are no boundaries against offenders or predators. That you can be caught, even if you are offending other people in different countries.”

Todd is still waiting to see a separate sentencing for Coban in Canada, in which he faces five other charges—including possession of child-porn, extortion and luring—for the cyberbullying of Amanda Todd, 15, whose suicide turned the world’s attention to online abuse.

Bitcoins are now more valuable than gold Business, News, Uncategorized

History was made Thursday.

The value of a single Bitcoin exceeded that of an ounce of gold, for the first time ever.

By Friday morning, the encrypted digital currency was worth $1712.06, compared to $1228.7 for a troy ounce of gold.

Around the same time last year, Bitcoin’s value sat at around $360, nearly five times less than where it’s sitting now.

Premier Kathleen Wynne to drop hydro rates 17% Business, News, Politics, Uncategorized

Ontario’s will be seeing relief from high hydro bills following a decade of steadily increasing rates and the Liberals’ steady decline in approval ratings.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a new plan Thursday morning that will reduce hydro rates by about 17% on the average bill.

That’s on top of the 8% reduction announced at the beginning of the year, making rates drop by a total of 25% on average.

Wynne said the rate relief strategy—which will kick in this summer—is built to last.

Police and cannabis community in legal limbo over robberies News

Toronto marijuana advocates are working with police to find common ground in efforts to make Toronto pot dispensary employees more confident in dialing 911 if robbed.

Michael McLellan, a spokesperson for the Toronto Dispensary Coalition, said that raids by the police paint dispensaries as “easy targets for robberies” as owners and operators are often hesitant to call police out of fear of being raided by the feds.

McLellan said in a news release that a more affective approach would be for the police to “work collaboratively” with the city’s dispensaries.

An employee of Toronto’s Queens of Cannabis medical marijuana dispensary, also blames these “violent” police raids for the string of robberies carried out over the last seven months.