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Crown says Montsion’s trial is about ‘an arrest gone bad.’

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Joanne Schnurr, CTV Ottawa


Published Monday, February 4, 2019 5:33PM EST


Last Updated Monday, February 4, 2019 5:39PM EST

An arrest gone bad. That’s how the Crown described its case today in the manslaughter and assault trial of Ottawa Police Constable Daniel Montsion. The Crown says it will present evidence to show that Abdirahman Abdi’s cardiac arrest could have been triggered by the injuries he sustained. Constable Daniel Montsion pleaded not guilty today to these 3 serious charges facing him.  Two and a half years since Abdi’s death, both Montsion and Abdi’s family will finally have their day in court.

Cst. Daniel Montsion arrived at the Ottawa courthouse flanked by the president of the Police Association Matt Skof.  Montsion declined to say anything as he entered the courthouse for the start of his three month trial on charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. 

That weapon is alleged to be knuckle plated assault gloves that the Crown says will show may have contributed to Abdi’s death. 

In outlining his case, Crown prosecutor Philip Perlmutter said, “(Abdi) had pre-existing heart disease. Injuries he sustained,” Permutter said, “could have been sufficient to trigger a cardiac arrest.”

37-year-old Abidraham Abdi died outside the building where he lived, after a violent confrontation with police. He had been fleeing from them.

The Crown says its evidence will rely heavily on CCTV footage

“…showing Abdi’s compliance,” the Crown told court, “and how (Montsion) exited his vehicle and immediately struck Abdi with a closed fist, with knuckle-plated assault gloves.”

“Montsion’s trial is scheduled to last into the first week of May and will hear from dozens of witnesses who saw Abdi in the Bridgehead coffee shop on the morning he died and from those who videotaped the incident outside his building.

Perlmutter told court that witnesses from Bridgehead,  

“…will describe Abdi’s strange behavior which made is necessary to eject him and lock the door.”

Abdi’s family, who attended court, couldn’t actually stay in the courtroom since many of them will also be called as witnesses.

“It is quite an intense process for them,” says Farhia Ahmed with the Justice for Abdirahmin Coalition, “so it is both a relief not to sit through a lot of what we’ve been hearing today and reliving the accounts on that fateful day in July.”

The Crown’s first witness was a forensic investigator with the Special Investigations Unit who collected evidence at the scene where Abdi died, including a 30-pound rubber highway weight.  Court has yet to learn its significance.

 

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Ottawa Book Expo 2020 – Authors, Publishers look forward to a top-notch Canadian book fair

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Diversity has always been a complex issue, no matter where you look.Case in point, world-famous writer, Stephen King, has recently come under criticism for his views on diversity. The best-selling author had stated, “I would never consider diversity in matters of art, only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.” Many criticized the novelist as being out of touch and “ignorant,” but one cannot deny that King’s opinions on diversity, mirror the thoughts of a whole lot of people in the creative industry.

The Toronto Book Expo is coming back in 2020, with a multi-cultural concept that aims to include marginalized authors.  The Expo intends to celebrate literary works of diverse cultural backgrounds, and the entire literary community in Canada is expectant. Book-lovers and writers alike, are invited to three days of uninhibited literary celebration where diverse cultural works will be prioritized. At the event, authors will be allowed to share their culture with a broad audience. The audience will be there specifically to purchase multi-cultural works.

Multicultural literary expos do not come every day. In Canada, there is a noticeable lack of literary events celebrating other cultures. This leads to a significantly lower amount of cultural diversity in the industry. The Toronto Book Expo would aim at giving more recognition to these marginalized voices. Understandably, more recognizable work will be prioritized.

The Toronto Book Expo is making a statement that diversity is needed in the literary community. The statement is truly motivating, especially if you consider the fact that this could mean more culturally diverse works of literature.

There is a lot of noticeable cultural ignorance in literature. This is an issue that needs to be addressed and books are one of the best means of improving multi-cultural diversity in literature. The Toronto Book Expo is going to fully utilize books to fight ignorance in the literary industry.

Real progress cannot be made if there is a substantial amount of ignorant people in the industry. In spite of advancements made in education in recent years, there is still a considerable percentage of adults who remain unable to read and write.The Toronto Book Expo aims to bring awareness to social literacy issues such as illiteracy.

It is important to uphold high literacy levels in the community and to support those who are uneducated. A thriving society cannot be achieved if the community is not able to read their civil liberties and write down their grievances.

The major foundation of a working and dynamic society is entrenched in literature. Literature offers us an understandingof the changes being made to our community.

The event would go on for three days at three different venues. Day 1 would hold at the York University Student & Convention Centre at 15 Library Lane on March 19. Day 2 would be held at the Bram and BlumaAppel Salon Facility on the second floor of the main Toronto Reference Library near Yonge and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto on March 21 and day 3 of the expo would take place at the internationally famous Roy Thomson Hall.

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Ottawa doctor pens nursery rhyme to teach proper handwashing

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An Ottawa doctor has turned to song to teach kids — and adults, for that matter — how to wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs.

Dr. Nisha Thampi, an infectious disease physician at CHEO, the area’s children’s hospital, created a video set to the tune of Frère Jacques and featuring the six-step handwashing method recommended by the World Health Organization.

Thampi’s 25-second rendition, which was co-authored by her daughter and Dr. Yves Longtin, an infectious disease specialist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, is featured in the December issue of The BMJ, or British Medical Journal. 

Thampi said as an infectious disease physician and a mother of two, she thinks a lot about germs at home and school.

“I was trying to find a fun way to remember the stuff,” she said. “There are six steps that have been codified by the World Health Organization, but they’re complex and hard to remember.” 

Thampi said she came up with the idea to rewrite the lyrics to the nursery rhyme on World Hand Hygiene Day in May, when she was thinking about how to help people remember the technique. 

She said studies have shown that handwashing is effective in reducing the risk of diarrhea-related illnesses and respiratory diseases. 

“So I’d say it’s one of the most important and easiest things we can do.”

The video includes such often-overlooked steps as “wash the back,” “twirl the tips around” and “thumb attack,” which pays special attention to the first digit.

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