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Goldboro LNG plant proponent wants to sell permits to Irish ocean energy company

The Alberta-based energy company that abandoned plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore is looking to sell its permits, potentially bringing an end to a 12-yea ...
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The Alberta-based energy company that abandoned plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore is looking to sell its permits, potentially bringing an end to a 12-year saga in Goldboro, N.S.

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NAPS seizes multiple firearms in Fort Severn
Superior North Newswatch

NAPS seizes multiple firearms in Fort Severn

Nishnawbe Aski Police Service seized numerous firearms following an assault investigation in Fort Severn First Nation.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Man charged in spate of Henderson Highway robberies

A man is facing more than 20 charges in connection with a string of store robberies on Henderson Highway this week. A masked suspect armed with a knife, or saying […]

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Winnipeg Free Press

Canadiens sign defenceman Lane Hutson to three-year entry-level contract

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman Lane Hutson to a three-year entry-level contract, the NHL team announced Friday. The 20-year-old from Holland, Mich., had 15 goals and 34 ...
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Brandon Sun

Canadiens sign defenceman Lane Hutson to three-year entry-level contract

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman Lane Hutson to a three-year entry-level contract, the NHL team announced Friday. The 20-year-old from Holland, Mich., had 15 goals and 34 ...
More ...MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman Lane Hutson to a three-year entry-level contract, the NHL team announced Friday. The 20-year-old from Holland, Mich., had 15 goals and 34 […]

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Village Report

Canadiens sign defenceman Lane Hutson to three-year entry-level contract

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman Lane Hutson to a three-year entry-level contract, the NHL team announced Friday. The 20-year-old from Holland, Mich.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Vermont town removes unpermitted structures from defunct firearms training center while owner jailed

An arrest warrant has been rescinded for the Vermont owner of a controversial firearms training center involved in a long-running legal dispute over unpermitted structures after the town says it [R ...
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CityNews Halifax

Vermont town removes unpermitted structures from defunct firearms training center while owner jailed

An arrest warrant has been rescinded for the Vermont owner of a controversial firearms training center involved in a long-running legal dispute over unpermitted structures after the town says it has r ...
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An arrest warrant has been rescinded for the Vermont owner of a controversial firearms training center involved in a long-running legal dispute over unpermitted structures after the town says it has removed them while he remains jailed on other charges.

An environmental court judge ordered Daniel Banyai’s arrest in December, finding him in contempt of court for not bringing the property into compliance. Banyai was taken into custody last month and charged with aggravated assault on the constable who arrested him. He has pleaded not guilty.

The property in Pawlet, Vermont, known as Slate Ridge, included multiple buildings and two firing ranges on land about the size of 30 football fields (12 hectares). In 2019, the town first issued a violation notice to Banyai for building structures on the property without town approval. Slate Ridge neighbors complained about the gunfire and what they said were threats and intimidation by Banyai and his supporters. Many neighbors said they were afraid to talk publicly because they feared for their safety.

In March 2021, the Environmental Court ordered Banyai to end any firearms training at the center and remove unpermitted structures. The Vermont Supreme Court rejected Banyai’s appeal in January 2022.

A judge ordered him arrested in July of 2022 after issuing a scathing order months before that Banyai was in contempt of court for deliberately flouting a series of court orders issued since the legal case began. At the time, he faced jail and fines that could have exceeded $100,000 if he failed to comply by June 23, 2022.

The warrant expired after 60 days without an arrest.

The judge again ordered him arrested in December of last year after an inspection found he had not removed all the unpermitted structures.

According to a Thursday court filing signed by the judge, the town of Pawlet has finished the work to bring the property into compliance except for the removal of the deconstructed school. “Banyai’s agents” have agreed to complete that within 60 days of the filing, the document says.

Once that’s done, the town will provide an affidavit of the costs to complete the work with a motion for compensatory damages, the court filing says.

Banyai was still being held at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland early Friday afternoon, according to the state’s inmate locator. A phone message was left with his attorney seeking comment.

In response to Slate Ridge, Vermont last year enacted a law to ban paramilitary training centers in the state.

Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press

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CBC Newfoundland & Labrador

Stephen Hopkins, convicted of sexual assault, declared long-term — but not dangerous — offender

Facing the possibility of a dangerous offender designation and its accompanying indeterminate prison sentence, Stephen Hopkins was instead sentenced to six and a half years in prison for sexual assaul ...
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Facing the possibility of a dangerous offender designation and its accompanying indeterminate prison sentence, Stephen Hopkins was instead sentenced to six and a half years in prison for sexual assault, among other charges Friday.

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CBC Toronto

Tunneling supervisor charged in fatal industrial accident

In a news release, police say one man was arrested late last month, and now faces one count of criminal negligence causing death. ...
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In a news release, police say one man was arrested late last month, and now faces one count of criminal negligence causing death.

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CBC Manitoba

Winnipeg hoopsters getting new outdoor court, complete restoration of another

An outdoor basketball court in Winnipeg is set for a major facelift — and expansion. ...
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An outdoor basketball court in Winnipeg is set for a major facelift — and expansion.

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Village Report

Crash of semitrailer into Texas public safety office was intentional, lawmaker says

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — The driver of a stolen semitrailer intentionally rammed it into a Texas public safety office in a rural town west of Houston on Friday, injuring multiple people, according to a ...
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Brandon Sun

From Atletico Ottawa to Valour FC: A look at Season 6 of the Canadian Premier League

The Canadian Premier League kicks off its sixth season this weekend. A look at the league: DEFENDING CHAMPION: Hamliton’s Forge FC, which has won the title four of the league’s […]

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Winnipeg Free Press

From Atletico Ottawa to Valour FC: A look at Season 6 of the Canadian Premier League

The Canadian Premier League kicks off its sixth season this weekend. A look at the league: DEFENDING CHAMPION: Hamliton’s Forge FC, which has won the title four of the league’s […]

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Village Report

From Atletico Ottawa to Valour FC: A look at Season 6 of the Canadian Premier League

The Canadian Premier League kicks off its sixth season this weekend. A look at the league: DEFENDING CHAMPION: Hamliton's Forge FC, which has won the title four of the league's five seasons to date.

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Exclaim!

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Boys Noize Team for New Album 'Challengers [Mixed]'

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have teamed with Boys Noize to put a new spin on their score for Luca Guadagnino's forthcoming film Challengers.Today, Boys Noize and the duo behind Nine Inch Nails have ...
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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have teamed with Boys Noize to put a new spin on their score for Luca Guadagnino's forthcoming film Challengers.

Today, Boys Noize and the duo behind Nine Inch Nails have shared Challengers [Mixed], a selection of songs from the film's score which play  like a continuous DJ set.

You can hear the complete nine-track release in the player below.

"It's been a fun challenge to turn this into one fluid experience and take it even further by redesigning the tracks, creating new elements and changing certain parts — especially on 'Compress / Repress,' which turns super epic in the end," Boys Noize shared in a statement. "Working with Trent and Atticus has been a dream come true; they've been so great and helpful during the entire process."

Challengers stars Zendaya, Josh O'Connor and Mike Faist. The film arrives in North American theatres on Friday, April 26.

Last year, Reznor and Ross released original scores for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and The Killer. The twosome shared recently that on top of their film score streak, their very busy schedule includes establishing their own music festival, a TV show, a movie, a T-shirt line, an XR game and a production company.

The two most recent Nine Inch Nails albums remain Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts, both of which arrived in March 2020.

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CBC News Brunswick

Horizon's target for reduced ER wait times is 4 times national guideline

Horizon Health Network has set a target to reduce emergency department wait times for urgent patients to 120 minutes, which is four times the national guideline, a coroner's inquest heard this week. ...
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Horizon Health Network has set a target to reduce emergency department wait times for urgent patients to 120 minutes, which is four times the national guideline, a coroner's inquest heard this week.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Canadian Premier League kicks off its sixth season, looking to build and grow

The Canadian Premier League kicks off its sixth season this weekend, still a work in progress but with a sense of stability in most quarters. Toronto-based York United FC, sold […]

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Brandon Sun

Canadian Premier League kicks off its sixth season, looking to build and grow

The Canadian Premier League kicks off its sixth season this weekend, still a work in progress but with a sense of stability in most quarters. Toronto-based York United FC, sold […]

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Village Report

Canadian Premier League kicks off its sixth season, looking to build and grow

The Canadian Premier League kicks off its sixth season this weekend, still a work in progress but with a sense of stability in most quarters.

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Cult Mtl

The Trumpification of Canadian politics

Toxic online behaviour is nothing new. As far back as 2015, I joined forces with other Quebec women to write a letter published in French-language daily Le Devoir imploring for the adoption of new edi ...
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Toxic online behaviour is nothing new. As far back as 2015, I joined forces with other Quebec women to write a letter published in French-language daily Le Devoir imploring for the adoption of new editorial policies, better online moderating practices and legal tools to tackle online hate speech. We also denounced pervasive online threats targeting women. 

In 2018, I argued that some online platforms had become so bad, we ran the risk of letting tech companies stand as unaccountable platforms for content. 

A decade later, things have only gotten worse. In some circles, online abuse and threats issued to public figures are almost accepted as being part of “the job” — an ugly necessity or expected consequence. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” is what I often see people callously comment after a politician or pundit shares that they’ve been a target of hate. 

Trump-style politics crossed the border

I like to call it the Trumpification of Canada. Like Donald Trump, who’s long been engaging in his “war” against “fake news” or mocking political adversaries, certain Canadian politicians are now also comfortable demonizing the press. Some don’t think twice about doing the same with their political opponents. Trump has succeeded in normalizing this type of nastiness, which only amplifies online abuse and emboldens partisans to feel that they can behave that way, too. I see far too many online accounts these days comfortably and openly spewing racist, misogynist, xenophobic, antisemitic or Islamophobic language. Some of that has certainly seeped into our politics. 

Much of what I saw written on signs and banners during the infamous “Freedom Convoy” in 2022 was beyond the pale. It deeply worried me. You can disagree with a democratically elected politician all you want, but to be walking around with a sign or piece of clothing displaying a noose and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s name is dangerous. It’s an incitement to violence. 

Last week, Trump posted a video that featured a disturbing image of President Joe Biden hogtied in the back of a pickup truck. Only a few months ago, Trump casually endorsed the idea that he should be able to assassinate opponents without being prosecuted, an idea put forward by his lawyers. He implied that a president should be able to enjoy immunity no matter what. 

None of this should be normalized. 

Toxic post-pandemic political climate

Since the pandemic, I’m sure most of us have noticed an uptick in rude, aggressive behaviour. I sometimes suspect something snapped in people already dealing with an emotionally fragile mental state. People don’t think twice about lashing out violently — online or in real life — at those they disagree with politically or ideologically.

“Not only did the pandemic worsen deep-seated issues such as mental health, homelessness, healthcare and political polarization,” Dalhousie University assistant sociology professor Michael Halpin told CTV, “it has made people think differently about one another.”

That anger has manifested itself in increased threats towards politicians and public figures. Politics has become more confrontational, more rage-filled, more hostile. 

In 2019, Québec solidaire member Christine Labrie filed complaints after receiving online abuse and targeted hate. 

A woman was recently arrested for allegedly harassing Longueuil Mayor Catherine Fournier, who was targeted by death threats in connection with the city’s plan to cull white-tailed deer living in a local park. 

A few weeks ago, a man was arrested for issuing threats against Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.

Liberal MNA Marwah Rizqy faced death threats while she was pregnant and campaigning in 2022. 

Last month, Gatineau Mayor France Bélisle, the city’s first female mayor, announced she was stepping down, citing a hostile political climate and death threats as the main reasons. 

Of course, the risk of violence in politics isn’t new. Most Quebecers remember only too well the attempted shooting of PQ leader Pauline Marois at Metropolis in 2012, which left one person dead and another injured. 

But threats against Canadian politicians have become increasingly normalized. This could affect our democracy, as it could potentially discourage quality candidates from entering politics at all. 

A newly released intelligence report by a federal task force warned that threats against politicians have become increasingly normalized due to “extremist narratives prompted by personal grievances and fuelled by misinformation or deliberate lies.” The report found that “political polarization, conspiracy theories and growing distrust in the integrity of the state fuelled much of this vitriol.”

Political rhetoric not helping the situation

Yes, there are extremist narratives that some groups are peddling, but we should also be paying close attention to political rhetoric that undermines trust in our institutions. In the current climate, some politicians’ insistence on capitalizing on political discontent about “corrupt” or “compromised” institutions that can’t be trusted, fueling increasingly angry skepticism, runs the risk of aggravating the vitriol.

Despite the very real danger of such political manoeuvres backfiring and undermining the public’s trust in our institutions, more and more politicians appear comfortable playing this game. A game that Trump is very familiar with. 

The Quebec Bar recently criticized Premier Francois Legault for attacking the impartiality and independence of the courts by insinuating they are beholden to a particular level of government. It was a completely unfounded declaration, yet the premier made it in the hopes of undermining their work — and casting doubt on any potentially unfavourable-to-him legal rulings. It was a cynical political move.  

Along similar lines, when Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre states that “Canada is broken” or when he mocks and criticizes reporters and “corporate media” and “established interests,” he’s taking a page from the Trump playbook. He’s deliberately and preemptively trying to cast doubt about any critical coverage of him. 

Moves like those may have short-term political gain, but they’re dangerous. They risk eroding public trust and forever altering the Canadian political landscape. They cross a line, which then allows others to cross it, too. 

Political strategy that thrives on aggressive conflict and opposition and leverages pre-existing anxiety and discontent, which often fixates on elected officials, could lead to the steady deterioration and undermining of our political institutions. We cannot afford to take it lightly. ■

This column was originally published in the April 2024 issue of Cult MTL.


Read more weekly editorial columns by Toula Drimonis.

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Winnipeg Free Press

The art of musical tribute, including Maestro Fresh Wes hip hop sampling, moved fans during Junos 2024

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CBC London

Legal settlement near for City of London, Westmount reptile zoo: lawyer

A legal battle between the City of London and Reptilia — a company that operates three reptile zoos in Ontario,  including one at Westmount Shopping Centre — could be coming to an end. ...
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A legal battle between the City of London and Reptilia — a company that operates three reptile zoos in Ontario,  including one at Westmount Shopping Centre — could be coming to an end.

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CBC North

Long term care facility for Watson Lake still being explored, says Yukon minister

Yukon's health minister says the idea of a long term care facility in Watson Lake is "still being explored," and that she's also willing to consider options for spouses to stay with their loved ones  ...
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Yukon's health minister says the idea of a long term care facility in Watson Lake is "still being explored," and that she's also willing to consider options for spouses to stay with their loved ones in long term care. 

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Canadians’ wages took major hit in 2022 amid high inflation rates: StatCan
Global News

Canadians’ wages took major hit in 2022 amid high inflation rates: StatCan

Statistics Canada says inflation took an "outsized bite out of real annual wages, salaries and commissions" reported by tax-filers in 2022.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Rowan football coach Jay Accorsi retires after 22 seasons, 4 trips to NCAA Division III Final Four

GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Jay Accorsi, the Rowan University football program’s all-time leader in victories, has announced his retirement as head football coach after 22 seasons. The Division III sch ...
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CityNews Halifax

Rowan football coach Jay Accorsi retires after 22 seasons, 4 trips to NCAA Division III Final Four

GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Jay Accorsi, the Rowan University football program’s all-time leader in victories, has announced his retirement as head football coach after 22 seasons. The Division III sch ...
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GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Jay Accorsi, the Rowan University football program’s all-time leader in victories, has announced his retirement as head football coach after 22 seasons.

The Division III school in south New Jersey announced the retirement of the longest-tenured head coach in the program’s history on Friday. There was no mention of who would replace him.

Accorsi posted a 143-78 record with seven shared or outright New Jersey Athletic Conference titles and seven appearances in the NCAA Division III Championships. The Profs advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 2004-05. His teams had a .500 or better record 17 times, including the past two seasons, and an overall record of 103-54 in NJAC games.

A native of Somers, Connecticut, and an alumnus of Nichols College in Massachusetts, Accorsi received NJAC Coach of the Year honors five times — 2014, 2013, 2005, 2004, and 2002 — and earned the Maxwell Football Club Tri-State Coach of the Year award in 2005.

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The Associated Press

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CityNews Winnipeg

Manitoba tax change will help most people despite raising more money, premier says

Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew is continuing to promote a property tax change that has been criticized by the Opposition as a tax grab on the middle class. The recent provincial budget eliminates, ...
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Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew is continuing to promote a property tax change that has been criticized by the Opposition as a tax grab on the middle class.

The recent provincial budget eliminates, as of next year, a combination rebate and credit for education taxes on residential and commercial properties.

In its place, the government will provide a flat $1,500 credit for residential homeowners.

It’s a change that the government says will bring savings to owners of properties assessed at less than $437,000 — depending on the local school tax rate — and which Kinew says will benefit 83 per cent of homeowners.

But data from the City of Winnipeg shows there are tens of thousands of homes assessed above that level, and the Opposition Progressive Conservatives say many suburban homeowners will feel the pinch.

The overall tax change, which includes commercial properties, single-family homes and multi-unit rental properties, will being in an extra $148 million a year to provincial coffers.

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CBC News Brunswick

N.B. Liberal Leader Holt keeps distance from Trudeau as election nears

Speaking to reporters earlier this month, Susan Holt welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement of a $6-billion Canada Housing Infrastructure Fund. But — despite slamming Higgs for inac ...
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Speaking to reporters earlier this month, Susan Holt welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement of a $6-billion Canada Housing Infrastructure Fund. But — despite slamming Higgs for inaction — she wouldn’t commit.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Wild prints, trendy wear are making the Masters the center of the golf fashion universe

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — At a place where green jackets never go out of style, the sometimes-wild, often-trendy and always-interesting fashion sense of those playing Augusta National has become a [… ...
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Winnipeg Free Press

Veteran cornerback Houston set to begin new CFL chapter with Calgary Stampeders

Demerio Houston hopes quarterback Jake Maier isn’t holding a grudge when the Calgary Stampeders open training camp next month. Houston intercepted Maier twice last season with the Winnipeg Blue ...
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Brandon Sun

Veteran cornerback Houston set to begin new CFL chapter with Calgary Stampeders

Demerio Houston hopes quarterback Jake Maier isn’t holding a grudge when the Calgary Stampeders open training camp next month. Houston intercepted Maier twice last season with the Winnipeg Blue ...
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Village Report

Veteran cornerback Houston set to begin new CFL chapter with Calgary Stampeders

Demerio Houston hopes quarterback Jake Maier isn't holding a grudge when the Calgary Stampeders open training camp next month.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Trump will be first ex-president on criminal trial. Here’s what to know about the hush money case

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump will make history as the first former president to stand trial on criminal charges when his hush money case opens Monday with jury selection. […]

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CityNews Halifax

Trump will be first ex-president on criminal trial. Here’s what to know about the hush money case

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump will make history as the first former president to stand trial on criminal charges when his hush money case opens Monday with jury selection. The case will force the pr ...
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NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump will make history as the first former president to stand trial on criminal charges when his hush money case opens Monday with jury selection.

The case will force the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to juggle campaigning with sitting in a Manhattan courtroom for weeks to defend himself against charges involving a scheme to bury allegations of marital infidelity that arose during his first White House campaign in 2016.

It carries enormous political ramifications as potentially the only one of four criminal cases against Trump that could reach a verdict before voters decide in November whether to send him back to the White House.

Here’s what to know about the hush money case and the charges against Trump:

WHAT’S THIS CASE ABOUT?

The former president is accused of falsifying internal Trump Organization records as part of a scheme to bury damaging stories that he feared could hurt his 2016 campaign, particularly as Trump’s reputation was suffering at the time from comments he had made about women.

The allegations focus on payoffs to two women, porn actor Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said they had extramarital sexual encounters with Trump years earlier, as well as to a Trump Tower doorman who claimed to have a story about a child he alleged Trump had out of wedlock. Trump says none of these supposed sexual encounters occurred.

Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 and arranged for the publisher of the National Enquirer supermarket tabloid to pay McDougal $150,000 in a journalistically dubious practice known as “catch-and-kill” in which a publication pays for exclusive rights to someone’s story with no intention of publishing it, either as a favor to a celebrity subject or to gain leverage over the person.

Prosecutors say Trump’s company reimbursed Cohen and paid him bonuses and extra payments, all of which were falsely logged in Trump Organization records as legal expenses. Cohen has separately pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance law in connection with the payments.

WHAT ARE THE CHARGES?

Trump is charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. The charge carries up to four years in prison, though whether he will spend time behind bars if convicted would ultimately be up to the judge.

The counts are linked to a series of checks written to Cohen to reimburse him for his role in paying off Daniels. Those payments, made over 12 months, were recorded as legal expenses in various internal company records.

To win on the felony charge, prosecutors must show that Trump not only falsified or caused business records to be entered falsely — which would be a misdemeanor — but that he did so with intent to commit or conceal a second crime. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office has said that Trump was trying to conceal violations of federal campaign finance laws — an unusual legal strategy some experts argue could backfire.

HOW WILL JURY SELECTION WORK?

The process to choose 12 jurors, plus six alternates, will begin with Judge Juan M. Merchan bringing scores of people into his courtroom to begin weeding out people for potential biases or other reasons they cannot serve. The judge has said he will excuse anyone who indicates by a show of hands that they can’t serve or can’t be fair and impartial before calling groups of those who remain into the jury box to answer 42 questions. Potential jurors will be known only by number, as the judge has ordered their names to be kept secret from everyone except prosecutors, Trump and their legal teams.

Among the questions potential jurors will be asked: Whether they follow the former president on social media, have ever worked for a Trump organization and have ever attended a Trump rally — or anti-Trump organizations or rallies and whether potential jurors are supporters or followers of far-right groups, such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, whose members were among the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, or of the far-left-leaning collective known as antifa, which resists fascists and neo-Nazis, especially at demonstrations.

WHO’S EXPECTED TO TESTIFY?

Cohen, a Trump loyalist turned critic, is expected to be a key prosecution witness, as he was the one who orchestrated the payoffs. Before testifying in front of the grand jury that brought the indictment last year, Cohen said his goal was “to tell the truth” and insisted he is not seeking revenge but said Trump “needs to be held accountable for his dirty deeds.” Cohen served prison time after pleading guilty in 2018 to federal charges, including campaign finance violations, for arranging the payouts to Daniels and McDougal.

Other expected witnesses include Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Daniels alleges that she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 that she didn’t want, but didn’t say no to. Trump says it never happened.

WHAT WILL TRUMP’S DEFENSE BE?

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has slammed the case as an effort to hurt his 2024 presidential campaign. Trump has acknowledged reimbursing Cohen for the payment and that it was designed to stop Daniels from going public about the alleged encounter. But Trump said in 2018 it had nothing to do with the campaign.

Trump’s lawyers will likely attack the case by trying to undermine the credibility of prosecution witnesses like Cohen and Daniels. Trump has described the two as liars, testing the limits of a gag order that the judge imposed. It seeks to curtail the president’s inflammatory rhetoric about the case. Trump’s lawyers are expected to paint Cohen as a con man and point to his conviction on multiple federal crimes as well as his disbarment to try to persuade jurors that he can’t be believed.

Trump recently posted on social media a picture of a 2018 written statement from Daniels, in which she denied they had a sexual relationship. Not long after, Daniels recanted the statement and said that a sexual encounter had occurred. She said her denials were due to a non-disclosure agreement and that she signed the statement because the parties involved “made it sound like I had no choice.”

WHAT ABOUT TRUMP’S OTHER CASES?

Trump’s three other criminal cases have gotten bogged down in legal fights and appeals, which may mean jurors won’t hear about them before the November election.

The 2020 election interference case brought by special counsel Jack Smith remains on hold while Trump pursues his claim that he is immune from prosecution for actions he took while in the White House. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the matter in late April.

The other case brought by Smith accuses Trump of illegally retaining classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The trial had been scheduled to begin in May, but the judge heard arguments last month to set a new trial date and has yet to do so.

No trial date has been set in the Georgia case accusing Trump and his allies of conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state. Prosecutors have suggested a trial date of August, but defense attorneys are now urging an appeals court to consider whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be disqualified from the prosecution over a romantic relationship she had with a former top prosecutor who recently withdrew from the case.

Trump has pleaded not guilty in all three cases and says he did nothing wrong.

Associated Press, The Associated Press

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CBC Toronto

Exams underway as York University strike hits 7 weeks

The work action is in its seventh week, as exams for some classes not impacted by the strike have begun. The exam period is scheduled until the last week of April. ...
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The work action is in its seventh week, as exams for some classes not impacted by the strike have begun. The exam period is scheduled until the last week of April.

1 hour ago

Winnipeg Free Press

Retiring Chairman Sean McManus leaves CBS Sports with its critical properties locked up long-term

Sean McManus has had little time to reflect on his nearly 27 1/2-year tenure leading CBS Sports. Over the past month, there has been the men’s NCAA Tournament and this […]

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Father faces prison for sexual touching
Fredericton Independent

Father faces prison for sexual touching

Subscribe nowLawyers and a judge involved in a sentencing hearing Friday for a man found guilty by a jury of sexually abusing his own child years ago in Fredericton noted the case poses challenges ari ...
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Lawyers and a judge involved in a sentencing hearing Friday for a man found guilty by a jury of sexually abusing his own child years ago in Fredericton noted the case poses challenges arising from the secrecy of jury deliberations.

The defendant - a 54-year-old man from Newfoundland and Labrador - was convicted earlier this year following a jury trial in the Court of King’s Bench on charges stemming from historical offences.

The jury found him guilty of touching a minor for a sexual purpose and sexually assaulting that child in Fredericton and elsewhere in New Brunswick between Dec. 1, 2002, and March 31, 2011.

Courtroom A in the Burton Courthouse. (Photo: Don MacPherson/The Fredericton Independent)

There’s a court-ordered publication ban in place protecting the identity of the victim, and given the relationship between that person and the offender, the Fredericton Independent isn’t naming him either so as to comply with the order. 

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"There's no room for conversation," shouts frontman Alex Edkins on opening track, "No Reservation / Love Comes Crashing," and he couldn't be more correct. Much like METZ's previous releases, there's not much time to process what's happening before being thrust into this uncertain atmosphere. It begins with the same airtight drums Hayden Menzies is lauded for, but there's a distinctly new lustre here. Edkins repeatedly urges us to "feel love crashing down" like a mantra, adding to a glimmering wall of sound that ripples through this six-minute opener.

Four years ago, on Atlas Vending, the band started to veer off from their signature sludge in favour of a softer edge. Up on Gravity Hill picks up and soars miles from where they left off. With Seth Manchester back at the engineering helm, METZ delves deep into textures they've never crafted before.

This gradual shifting of sound is a reflection of a changing world — Like everyone else, METZ exist in a creative landscape that commodifies authenticity and humility, and they've grown to adapt.

But some things never change, and that includes the band's relentless energy. Menzies's ferocious yet controlled cymbals have similar energy to a flickering spark just about to blow, especially on "99." It sounds like a car speeding without a single break — there's a calculated confusion to the dissonance coming at you from all directions.

Edkins has never been quite as lyrically direct as he is on cuts like "Never Still Again," which features a sheen that places them closer to Preoccupations than the Jesus Lizard. "We push and pull, forced to fit that frame / Love without fear," he sings before launching into a glistening chorus.

METZ are at their dreamiest peak on cinematic closer, "Light Your Way Home." It's a moment of beauty that contrasts the harshness they're known for. In a way, this is the sum of all METZ have become. The swirling, shimmering guitar and bassist Chris Slorach's overwhelming fuzz create an intense backdrop for Edkins' charging voice as he reminds us, "It's never the right time to make it right." Black Mountain's Amber Webber offers guest vocals here, creating a perfect marriage of light and dark.

Clocking in at only 35 minutes — though it feels longer, richer — Up on Gravity Hill is a quick glimpse into a more earnest METZ. This doesn't sound like a band experimenting with something new, but rather a group of musicians secure enough in their craft to humbly evolve with increasingly uncertain times. 

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While the musician has been performing as Jelly Roll — the nickname his mother gave him as a child — for over two decades now, as Billboard reports, Philadelphia bandleader Kurt Titchenell alleges that he's been running Jellyroll since 1980. Furthermore, Titchenell claims that the famousness of the Grammy-nominated Jelly Roll has been threatening the band's business.

Titchenell and co. took to Instagram back in December in an attempt to give you some context and clarity about this whole debacle, writing:

JELLYROLL®, the original Philadelphia Horn Party Band, is busier than ever performing at the region's most sophisticated luxury weddings and high end events, including the upcoming Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate Preview Gala, recent Army Navy Galas, and even two events at The White House.

We have become aware of, and you may have heard of, another 'Jelly Roll', who has recently gained some fame in the country music scene – Jason DeFord, the Nashville area crossover singer songwriter. It's imperative that we avoid confusion for our band that has been performing as JELLYROLL® for over 40 years.

Therefore, we have an obligation to inform the public that Mr. DeFord performing as "Jelly Roll" is misleading, and an infringement on our band's JELLYROLL® trademark. We have run into issues with our social media accounts, search engine optimization, Google Ads, as well as overall brand recognition. The related promotion of his performance at the popular local Philadelphia Jingle Ball has caused confusion within our fan base resulting in multiple inquiries requesting information on the event. This is to clarify that the original JELLYROLL® is not part of this event.

Clearly, that doesn't seem to have worked, since Jellyroll have now taken legal action against Jelly Roll. In the new federal filing, the wedding band claim that the other Jelly Roll is messing with their SEO.

"Prior to the defendant's recent rise in notoriety, a search of the name of Jellyroll… returned references to the plaintiff," the Philadelphia group's attorney wrote "Now, any such search on Google returns multiple references to defendant, perhaps as many as 18-20 references, before any reference to plaintiff's entertainment dance band known as Jellyroll can be found."

Following the cease-and-desist and "several conversations," the two parties have not been able to find a resolution. Apparently, at one point or another, Jelly Roll's representatives asked if the two acts were really in competition with each other, which the wedding band evidently did not appreciate. 

Jellyroll — the "horn party band" — are looking to obtain a court order that would prevent DeFord from using the name at events — because, again, things could get confusing. Just imagine the chaos that might unfold if one of them was booked to perform at a bakery!

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