Bruce McArthur investigation could last years: Police
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- Ever-expanding investigation of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur could take years, police say
- Canada experiences Olympic euphoria and dejection, all within 24-hours
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to India has seen a series of public embarrassments
An ever-expanding search for victims
The investigation into Bruce McArthur, the alleged serial killer who is said to have stalked Toronto's gay community, could last years, police say.
"We are tracing [McArthur's] whereabouts as far back as we can go, basically," Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga, the Toronto Police Service's lead investigator, told a press conference Friday morning.
The 66-year-old McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, now faces a sixth count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam, a 40-year-old who went missing in September 2010.
Police today confirmed that Navaratnam was among six sets of human remains that have been recovered from more than 20 large garden planters.
McArthur also faces charges in the deaths of Selim Esen, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Dean Lisowick, 47.
In addition to the midtown home where the remains were discovered, police are "very interested" in "two or three" other properties connected to the landscaper, he said.
Idsinga refused to discuss how the victims died, but he did say that police have no evidence that anyone other than McArthur was involved.
It's unclear whether McArthur is cooperating with investigators, but Toronto Police say they expect that more charges will come.
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Olympic euphoria, dejection
Faster, Higher, Stronger is the official Olympic motto. But the unspoken bit has always been "and sometimes lower."
Every country arrives at the Games with medal hopefuls, or even favourites. And the harsh math of a three step podium is that not all of them can succeed.
Canada is experiencing one of those whiplash days in Pyeongchang — three medals, then two big disappointments.
Worse than "rock bottom" is how a dejected Ben Hebert described Canada's 7-5 curling loss to Switzerland.
After that, what words are left for a 4-3 loss to the Germans in hockey, a team that Canada's men had beaten 15 straight times?
And Canada's streak of consecutive hockey golds will end at two for the men, and four for the women. (Which is a very glass-half-empty way to greet a silver medal for the women, and a possible bronze for the men on Saturday morning.)
Maybe this is what Canadians should be concentrating on instead:
Twenty-seven medals now stands as the country's best performance at a Winter Olympics.
And barring the 44 medals Canada won at the boycott-weakened 1984 LA Games, this is the nation's most medals ever.
Norway, with 37, will surely finish first on the overall medals-won table. But Canada is currently in second — which would also be a best-ever result.
Buck up, campers.
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Disastrous foreign trips
It's fair to say that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to India has not gone exactly according to plan.
The bad press began with his arrival in New Delhi last Saturday, when he and wife Sophie and their three children were greeted by a junior agricultural minister.
Things went downhill from there.
Photo-ops in traditional Indian dress that the locals seemed to find more offensive than cute.
Then a mistake for the ages — inviting a failed assassin, and former member of a Sikh extremist organization banned as a terrorist group, to dinner. The embarrassment was amplified by multiple photographs of him posing with the Canadian PM and his wife, images that have caught the attention of media around the world.
Boris Yeltsin was visiting the White House in 1995, when he became over-refreshed at the end of a long day. President Bill Clinton later told his biographer that Secret Service agents discovered the Russian President standing on Pennsylvania Ave. in his underpants, trying to hail a cab. He slurred something about being hungry and wanting a pizza.
Silvio Berlusconi was never one to hold his tongue. In 2002, during a joint press conference with Demark's Ander Fogh Rasmussen, he described the Dane as "the best-looking prime minister in Europe."
Then he suggested that he might introduce Rasmussen to his wife because he was "more handsome than [Massimo] Cacciari" — a politician who was rumoured to be having an affair with Mrs. Berlusconi.
George H. W. Bush was guilty of being too polite during a 1992 trip through Asia. Exhausted and feeling nauseous, the president insisted on attending a state dinner in Tokyo.
Between the second course (raw salmon with caviar) and the third (grilled beef with pepper sauce), Bush fainted, slumped from his chair and puked on the pants of Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa.
Nikita Khrushchev made history in 1959 by becoming the first Soviet leader to visit the United States. But the trip was a disaster from start to finish. When officials denied his request to visit Disneyland over security concerns during a stopover in Los Angeles, he threatened to go home.
During a 1965 visit to Washington, legend has it that President Lyndon Johnson got into it with Lester B. Pearson, grabbing the Canadian PM by the lapels and telling him, "don't come into my living room and piss on my rug."
The supposed offense was a speech the day before at Temple University in which the Canadian PM had been mildly critical of U.S. policy in Vietnam. The tale only surfaced years later, after Pearson's death.
Donald Trump's first foreign trip last May had a number of lowlights:
- A G7 photo-op where he appeared to shove the prime minister of Montenegro out of the way to place himself front and centre.
- The handshake-to-the-death grip and grimace with French President Emmanuel Macron.
- A speech at NATO headquarters in Belgium where he pointedly refused to endorse America's most important alliance.
Although at least the Queen was polite. When Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu visited the U.K. in 1978, she endured the public events but otherwise shunned him, going so far as to hide behind a bush when their paths crossed in the Buckingham Palace gardens.
Quote of the moment
"This is not the outcome anybody wanted. The systems, everything that was involved in Tina's life, failed her. We've all failed her. We as a nation need to do better for our young people."
- Sheila North, Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, speaking on the steps of a Winnipeg courthouse after a jury found Raymond Cormier not guilty of the murder of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine.
What The National is reading
- Australia's scandal-hit deputy PM set to resign (BBC)
- Haiti suspends Oxfam operations (Deutsche Welle)
- Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping in Pyeongchang (CBC)
- Bullets flew for 4 minutes in Florida as armed deputy waited outside school (CNN)
- The fascist movement that has brought Mussolini back to the mainstream (Guardian)
- Fossil footprints found on Greek holiday could rewrite human history (CBC)
- Pet pig adopted from B.C. SPCA killed, eaten by new owners (Global)
Today in history
Feb. 23, 1993: Punk band D.O.A. lobbies for Juno Award
To be fair, Joey Keithley seems to know that it's a no-hoper, but he's willing to spend five minutes explaining why the godfathers of Vancouver punk deserve a place in CanCon heaven. "People are so inundated with the crap they see on TV, newspapers, everyday life, that you have to give them some sense of reality rather than the glamour and showbiz." Sadly, Valerie Pringle never refers to him by his stage name.
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