The Grammys, huh? Wow, they sure did suck. Or maybe not. If you liked them, they were totally cool! And then there's the news: a 23-room mansion in Ontario sells for $6.2 million, children face an uphill battle in getting adequate mental health care, Toronto courtrooms are dealing with Harper's mandatory minimum sentencing regulations, and Ukrainian-Canadians want Canada to stand up for Ukraine's beleaguered protesters.
A 23-bedroom mansion in Mississauga has sold at auction for $6.2 million, just under half its original list price of $11 million. The mansion is “believed to be one of the most valuable estates in the Toronto suburb,” which means there are houses in Mississauga that cost more than $6.2 million (or, even more shocking, the $8.5 million that the mansion’s construction cost). Potential bidders were required to place a $25,000 deposit just for the privilege of attempting to buy “Saxony Manor.”
“In the end, you have a doctor who says, ‘Yes, you have a sick child. She needs help, and we wish you all the best with that’”: this is the grim analysis of children’s mental health care in Canada offered by Barbara, the mother of a child with anxiety disorder. Barbara is refinancing her home to pay more than $8,000 per year for a private therapist. CTV News cites surveys finding that while 1.2 million children in Canada are dealing with mental illness, only one in four is receiving “timely and appropriate care.”
Since the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in November that mandatory minimum sentences are unconstitutional, new cases have come to court wherein defendants are looking for lenience. With crown attorneys still using the law and defendants’ lawyers calling back to the court of appeal finding, judges in Ontario have to decide where they stand on the issue. Meanwhile, the case that started this all, that of Toronto man Hussein Nur, could be heard by the Supreme Court soon. The Crown filed on January 8 to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision.
Hundreds of members of Toronto’s Ukrainian community took to City Hall Sunday to show their support for the three protesters in Kiev who were allegedly shot and killed by government police. A total of six people have now died in the protests that began in November with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to pursue closer trade ties with Russia rather than with the European Union. Recently Yanukovych offered to let the opposition party name a prime minister, but Ukrainians are adamant that a new election must be called.