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Trois personnes accusées de trafic d’êtres humains au moyen de l’application Tinder

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Le 1er décembre, des membres de l’Équipe de lutte contre la traite des personnes pour des crimes de nature sexuelle ont ouvert une enquête sur un cas de traite de personnes.

Les accusés utilisaient Tinder pour entrer en contact avec de jeunes femmes et leur proposer d’entrer dans le commerce du sexe.

Selon la police de Toronto, une première femme a rencontré Joshua Hamblett, âgé de 23 ans et originaire de Brampton, sur le site de rencontres Tinder. Ce dernier a alors essayé de la faire entrer dans le commerce du sexe, mais celle-ci a refusé. L’homme a continué de harceler la femme, précise le communiqué de police.

Une deuxième femme a ensuite rencontré Keagan Prophete, âgé de 19 ans et originaire de Brampton, toujours sur l’application Tinder.

Selon la police, il l’a alors introduite dans le commerce du sexe. Il l’a aussi emmenée dans un hôtel à Mississauga, où il a pris des photos d’elle à différentes étapes de déshabillage. Les photos ont ensuite été publiées en ligne sous forme de publicité pour des services sexuels sur le site de petites annonces Leolist.

Keagan Prophete a également pris les dispositions afin d’arranger les rendez-vous avec des clients pour des services sexuels fournis par la femme. Il l’a forcée à lui remettre tous les gains retirés de ses rapports sexuels. Il l’a agressée et a menacé sa famille, indique le communiqué de la police.

Joshua Hamblett, 23 ans , Sashauna Wilkins, 23 ans et Keagan Prophete, 19 ans.Joshua Hamblett, 23 ans , Sashauna Wilkins, 23 ans et Keagan Prophete, 19 ans. Photo : Service de Police de Toronto

Keagan Prophete a finalement présenté cette femme à ses deux complices, Joshua Hamblett et Sashauna Wilkins, âgée de 23 ans et également originaire de Brampton. Cette dernière a pris des photos dénudées de la victime présumée puis les a publiées pour des services sexuels sur le site Leolist. Elle s’est ensuite occupée d’arranger les rencontres entre la femme et des personnes intéressées par ses services.

Sashauna Wilkins aurait forcé la victime présumée à lui remettre l’argent obtenu du commerce sexuel et aurait ensuite remis les sommes d’argent aux deux hommes.

Arrestations et accusations le 1er décembre :

  • Joshua Hamblett fait face à sept chefs d’accusation en lien avec la traite de personne;
  • Sashauna Wilkins fait quant à elle face à cinq chefs d’accusation pour traite de personne;
  • Ils ont comparu devant le tribunal de l’ancien hôtel de ville le 2 décembre, à 10 h.

Arrestation et accusations le 18 décembre : 

  • Keagan Prophete fait face à neuf chefs d’accusation de traite de personne, mais aussi pour agressions et menaces;
  • Keagan Prophete a comparu devant le tribunal de l’avenue Englinton Est le 19 décembre, à 10 h.

Ces derniers et la jeune femme ont eu recours à la tromperie, l’intimidation et la peur afin d’exercer un contrôle sur les faits et gestes de la femme qui les avait rencontrés sur Tinder, précise le communiqué de police.

Les enquêteurs estiment que davantage de personnes auraient pu être victimes des trois accusés. Ils appellent toute victime potentielle ou tout témoin à se manifester.

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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