Police say 9 killed, 16 hurt as van slams pedestrians in Toronto

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE TIMES OF ISRAEL)

 

Police say 9 killed, 16 hurt as van slams pedestrians in Toronto

The driver flees the scene, but is later arrested by police; no word yet on the motive for the collision; Foreign Ministry says no Israelis known to be injured

Law enforcement and first responders on scene at Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plows into pedestrians April 23, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. (Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP)

Law enforcement and first responders on scene at Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plows into pedestrians April 23, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. (Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP)

TORONTO, Canada — Nine people were killed and 16 people were hurt after a van plowed into pedestrians in central Toronto on Monday, police said. The driver, who was armed, was in custody, they said without specifying the motive.

Television images showed the man and a police officer facing off, their guns drawn. The suspect eventually surrendered his weapon and was taken into custody.

Vehicle attacks have been carried out to deadly effect by extremists in a number of capitals and major cities, including London, Paris, New York and Nice, but the motive for Monday’s incident was not yet clear.

“At this point, it’s too early to tell what if any motive there was. We are also unable right now to tell the extent or the number of persons injured,” Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said.

A tarp covers a body on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. (Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP)

A witness,” Phil Zullo, told Canadian Press that he saw police arresting a man who had been driving a Ryder rental truck, and saw people “strewn all over the road” where the incident occurred.

“It must have seen about five, six people being resuscitated by bystanders and by ambulance drivers,” Zullo said. “It was awful. Brutal.”

“He was going really fast,” one witness, Alex Shaker, told CTV television.

“All I could see was just people one by one getting knocked out, knocked out, one by one,” Shaker said. “There are so many people lying down on the streets.”

Toronto paramedic spokeswoman Kim McKinnon said first responders were on scene treating multiple patients, but would not confirm the number or severity of injuries.

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S/B Yonge at Finch is closed due to this collision. ^gl

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UPDATE 1:27 pm, police were called to Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East, for a collision.
A Media Sgt from traffic services is on their way to the scene.
Too early to confirm the number of pedestrians struck or their injuries. More to come.^gl

Local media reported that the van fled the scene, but police subsequently said it had been located and the driver was in custody.

A video circulating on social media purported to show the arrested driver, though this was not confirmed.

Paremedics treat those wounded in Toronto’s Yonge Street south of Finch Avenue, after a van ran down pedestrians on April 23, 2018. (Screen capture: CTV News)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke briefly about the incident in Parliament.

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NEW: Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, weighs in on the van that stuck 8 – 10 pedestrians in Toronto https://cbsn.ws/2vzTAAA 

“Our hearts go out to anyone affected,” he said. “We’re obviously going to have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said that as far as it knew, no Israelis were injured in the incident. It confirmed that all workers at Israel’s Consulate in the city were safe.

The incident occurred as Toronto was hosting a meeting of public security ministers from the G7 leading industrialized nations, and on the heels of a weekend gathering in the city for the foreign ministers from the same seven countries — the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada.

Canada has largely been spared the violence of Islamist terrorists, although it has not been entirely immune.

Last October, a man stabbed a police officer in the western city of Edmonton before slamming his van into a group of pedestrians, injuring four people.

And in Quebec, in October 2014, a Canadian man ran over two soldiers in a parking lot with his car, killing one of them. The driver was shot dead by police when he attacked them with a knife.

And in March 2016, a Canadian who claimed to have radical Islamist sympathies attacked two soldiers at a military recruitment center in Toronto.

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Mother Teresa To Be ‘Declared’ A Saint Tomorrow

(This article is courtesy of the BBC Europe news agency)

Mother Teresa: The humble sophisticate

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Mother Teresa, who died in Kolkata, India, 19 years ago, will be formally declared a Saint of the Catholic Church by Pope Francis at a Vatican ceremony on Sunday. David Willey, who has reported from Rome for the BBC during five decades, tells how he once spent an hour sitting and talking informally with the new saint in an unlikely setting, the arrivals hall at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.

I immediately understood that the woman already known as the “Saint of the Slums” of Kolkata was at the same time a very humble and simple caring person and a sophisticated international traveller.

She constantly jetted around the world, visiting her Missionaries of Charity, the religious order she had founded in 1950, so I suppose it was appropriate that we should meet, not in her motherhouse near the Coliseum in Rome, or in one of her hospices for the dying in India, but amid the bustle of an airport.

We sat together in the arrivals section and she quickly had me laughing as she proudly showed off her Air India travel pass, which entitled her to a lifetime of free worldwide air travel – a gift of the Indian government.

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Image captionToday there are 6,000 followers of Mother Teresa working in 139 countries

I had been trying to arrange an interview with her for months, but the nuns at her Rome headquarters kept putting me off. Finally they rang me to say she would be arriving on such-and-such a flight from India and departing an hour-and-a-half later to Canada and I could meet her for a brief talk at the airport.

She was a tiny figure and her face was already rather wizened. She was immediately recognizable as she emerged alone through the arrival doors clutching a small white cloth bag, dressed in the blue-trimmed white cotton Indian sari and veil which she had adopted as the uniform dress for members of her missionary order.

“Do you have to pick up your suitcase as you are in transit?” I asked, feeling slightly foolish for suggesting that a living saint might misplace her baggage tag.

“No,” she replied. “I carry around all my worldly possessions with me in this little bag. My personal needs are very simple!”

Before tackling more weighty metaphysical and theological matters and hearing how she devoted her life to the poorest of the poor, I decided to try to find out more about how a living saint organised her travels. I was intrigued by her Air India free travel pass.

“How do you plan ahead?” I asked, in the pre-mobile phone era.

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Image caption Mother Teresa worked with the dying and destitute in Kolkata for nearly half a century

“Well I usually ring up, from a coin box at the airport, the head of state or the prime minister or Pope John Paul at the Vatican if I am in Rome – and they send a car to the airport to meet me,” she said.

By the time I met her in the late 1980’s, Mother Teresa’s sisters and affiliated brothers and fathers had already grown to become an international family of 1,800 nuns and many thousands of lay workers.

Today they number nearly 6,000 and are active in 139 countries. Her order knows practically no territorial boundaries and she was already setting up homes and hospices and recruiting in Eastern Europe long before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Soviet Union.

She opened two centers in Hong Kong as early as 1983, but China has so far resisted attempts by the order to minister to their poor.

As the minutes ticked by, Mother Teresa went on to explain to me her single-minded devotion to her work of ministering to the sick, the dying and the disabled.

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Image captionMother Teresa was a close friend of Pope John Paul II

In her own words: “Our mission was to care for the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to society and are shunned by everyone.”

Pope John Paul II had visited Mother Teresa’s hospice for the dying in Kolkata during his pilgrimage to India in 1986 and the two became close friends.

Mother Teresa frequently appeared at Vatican ceremonies at the Pope’s side until her death. Later, in record time, in 2003 she was herself created a Blessed of the Roman Catholic Church, marking her final step towards full sainthood.

Her flight to Toronto was called and we walked together to the departures hall. She disappeared behind the automatic doors, still clutching her small cloth bag and passing unrecognized, it seemed to me, among the throngs of passengers crisscrossing the transit zone.

I knew I had met a living saint; she had touched my heart, transmitted her sense of joy for life, and she had also made me laugh.

South SUDAN: Tell Me What ‘God’ Condones Extermination?

 

The images we see dancing across our T.V. screens showing and telling us of cases of mass murder that are going on right now by the governments security forces against their own civilians. But the reason that I said ‘dancing’ a moment ago is because this ‘news’ was given in a time frame of about 10-15 seconds, seriously. If these horrible things are true such as 60 people being suffocated at one time by government forces recently are true, then why in the name of humanity do they only get that 10-15 second slot? If an event was happening like this in Houston Texas or Toronto Canada it would be all the major world networks would be talking about. Do Black lives matter? Do any lives matter more, or less? God is a Spirit, He is not flesh, He is not ‘A’ race, He ‘did’ create all races. We are all of one family whether we like it or not, this family is called gentiles, whether we like that one or not either. I believe that there is no single person left on Earth that is pure of the bloodline of Adam or Eve left though I know there is very small group in Israel that will disagree with me on that issue. The term I am using to ‘qualify’ as ‘pure’ I mean 100% pure! That is a hard term to live by because if we are not pure of those two blood lines 100% either or, then we are at least a little bit, related and if we are related, all the hate and all the violence shows our own stupidity to the world. So how does anyone go  into a neighborhood and just start killing people? Mentally ill? Doing some ‘Spiritual Calling’? As a Soldier or a Police Officer how do you as a ‘Human Being’ Actually carry out the orders to go commit these exterminations of other ‘HUMAN BEINGS’, ‘PEOPLE’! Now, why does the world Media out-lets ignore such events going on? Which would you prefer concerning the people who command and commit these crimes against humanity? That these people were people whom do not believe in any form of a ‘God’ at all, or a fundamental believer that ‘God’ told them to do it? The world is rather sick right now, it’s going to die, but upon whom’s watch? Personally I think that the person who kill’s in a ‘religious fervor’ is one of the most dangerous people on Earth simply because they are totally delusional!