Illustration by Jeremy Kai/Torontoist.
On this rainy Tuesday: police issue warrant in hit and run, former police officer wins key by-election, and retired police officer gets sentenced to life.
Toronto police have moved swiftly and issued a second-degree murder warrant for Naveen Ariaratnam, accused of running over a fellow clubgoer on purpose in the Entertainment District over the weekend. Vincent Dang, a twenty-year-old student, died after an SUV hit him at the corner of Wellington Street and Blue Jays Way early Saturday morning. His father, a refugee from Vietnam, along with the rest of his family, is in mourning. An argument at the Rockwood nightclub between Dang and Ariaratnam had moved into the streets.
Hundreds of supporters, including Harper no doubt, were celebrating last night as former OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino has won a key by-election in Vaughan. By 11 p.m. a third of the polls were showing Fantino with an eight-hundred-vote lead over Liberal Tony Genco. The Liberals had held the riding for twenty-two years. The NDP has been left in the dust completely, with only one per cent of the vote.
In more political news, favourite mayor Rob Ford has called a meeting at City Hall on Wednesday morning. Apparently, his first act as mayor will be to kill the Transit City light-rail project. The TTC is already short one spokesperson for Transit City, Ryan Bissonnette. Ford doesn’t want to see the LRT, but rather a subway leading to Scarborough. Scrapping the nearly $140-million project to date will likely be a big money waster, especially considering multi-million dollar contracts with Bombardier and construction companies have already been signed.
A retired Toronto police officer has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife in their Mississauga home. Larry Ryan has been found guilty of second-degree murder in a Brampton courtroom last night. The body of fifty-seven-year-old Susan Ryan was found on her kitchen floor. Larry Ryan said he couldn’t remember shooting his wife with a rifle he used for hunting. No motive was given.
And on a final depressing note, another teen has been shot and killed in the city, the fifth since the middle of November. The eighteen-year-old was gunned down on Monday afternoon in a Regent Park townhouse. The victim, Nicholas Yombo according to neighbours, was apparently involved in the drug trade.