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Bruce McArthur : des insatisfactions demeurent dans la communauté LGBT de Toronto

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La plaie demeure ouverte, selon le militant LGBT James Dubro. Ce dernier affirme que les gens sont outrés à l’idée que McArthur pourrait, en théorie, faire une demande de libération conditionnelle à l’âge de 91 ans.

M. Dubro fait partie d’un groupe de militants qui réclament la tenue d’une enquête publique sur la façon dont la police de Toronto a mené l’enquête sur McArthur. Certains membres de la communauté estiment que leur inquiétude n’a pas été prise en considération ou a été carrément ignorée par la police.

Steven Heipel en entrevueLe juge a été trop clément, selon Steven Heipel. Photo : Radio-Canada

Au moins, la justice a parlé, raconte Steven Heipel, rencontré dans le village gai de la métropole vendredi. Ils l’ont arrêté et l’envoient loin d’ici.

La Couronne avait réclamé au moins deux peines consécutives de 25 ans ferme chacune pour deux des huit meurtres commis par McArthur. Le meurtrier n’aurait donc pas été admissible à une libération conditionnelle avant l’âge de 116 ans. Steven Heipel croit lui aussi qu’une peine consécutive aurait été appropriée.

Je crois que des peines consécutives auraient été la façon de faire.

Steven Heipel, résident de Toronto

Selon un autre membre de la communauté, Joshua Romik, le juge a été trop clément.

« Je crois que ça ne rend pas justice aux victimes », soutient-il. « Les familles des victimes ne doivent pas bien se sentir. Oui, on leur épargnera certains détails, mais je crois que les familles veulent obtenir justice. »

Deana Dudley, révérende de l’Église communautaire métropolitaine de Toronto, se dit cependant satisfaite du jugement. « Je suis convaincue qu’il ne sortira jamais de prison ». Le juge John McMahon a abondé dans le même sens. « Vu la nature de ses crimes, il y a peu de chances qu’il obtienne la libération conditionnelle. »

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« Ç’a été un traumatisme pour plusieurs personnes de la communauté », rappelle toutefois la révérende.

Un homme en entrevueDanny Ostropolec croit que le lien de confiance entre la communauté LGBT et la police est brisé. Photo : Radio-Canada

Un travail de longue haleine est à prévoir pour rétablir le lien de confiance avec les policiers, selon le Torontois Danny Ostropolec.

En tant que communauté, nous nous sommes sentis à part. Nous attendons une enquête depuis longtemps.

Danny Ostropolec, Torontois

« La police a besoin d’en faire beaucoup pour rebâtir la confiance avec la communauté », affirme pour sa part Steven Heipel.

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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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