Kirkland Lake CEO 'Flat out Lied,' Taser Option Reducing Police Use of Force — Northern Ontario Today

Updated on April 10, 2018
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Kirkland Lake Miners' Memorial
Kirkland Lake Miners' Memorial | Source

Investor: Kirkland Lake Mayor's CEO Brother 'Flat Out Lied'

A number of Canadian investors have voiced concerns that Paul Antoniazzi, the chief executive officer of RT Minerals Corp., among other titles, and brother of Kirkland Lake Mayor Tony Antoniazzi, is using one or more fake Twitter aliases to induce unwitting investors to buy shares in his companies, as featured with HubPages.

In addition to hyping stocks on Twitter, the CEO is accused of sharing inside information with prospective investors and then threatening them with legal action, after they suffered heavy losses.

Paul Antoniazzi "flat out lied," one TSX Venture Exchange trader stated.

Shares in RT Minerals are down over 98 percent, since 2010. Paul Antoniazzi's late wife, Nadine, mysteriously took her own life, in October 2008, just months after RT Minerals first went public.

"RTM.v is my top pick headed into the month of August," @stocksrFrank, a Twitter account suspected to be operated by Antoniazzi, announced, on August 9, 2017. Shares are down 76.32 percent, just since then.

Use Of Force Down By Sudbury Police

A drop in the use of force by Sudbury Police is being attributed to the availability of a Taser option and de-escalation training.
A drop in the use of force by Sudbury Police is being attributed to the availability of a Taser option and de-escalation training. | Source

Sudbury: Tasers Used 52 Times In 2017

On Thursday, the Sudbury Police Services Board released its annual 2017 use-of-force report, which showed a year-over-year decrease in the number of incidents. The decline is being attributed to "the sobering presence of Tasers and more training on how to defuse tense situations," as reported by The Sudbury Star.

Though conducted energy weapons have been used by the Greater Sudbury Police Service for a number of years, recently "de-escalation has really been emphasized and our training branch here has been a leader in it," Sudbury Police Chief Paul Pedersen stated.

The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman has commended the efforts by the force, describing them as "leading edge in promoting de-escalation."

Tasers were used 52 times, in 128 use-of-force cases, in 2017. The weapon was "deemed effective" in 47 incidents. By contrast, Sudbury police officers drew their firearms 37 times last year, which were fired just three times. Each case involving the discharge of a firearm involved a "suffering animal."

Charlie Angus: 'System Has Failed Indigenous People'

Federal NDP critic for Indigenous youth and Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus replied, "Absolutely not," when asked whether it was inappropriate for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other politicians to comment publicly on the acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley, on February 9, as reported by the Timmins Press.

"When the justice system fails an individual, there are appeals, there is legal precedent. However, when justice fails a people, it is incumbent upon leaders to take a stand. Let us be clear. The system did not just fail Colten Boushie. The system has failed Indigenous people all the way back to Poundmaker and it has to stop," Angus said in Parliament, on Monday.

Twenty-two-year-old Colton Boushie was shot in the head at close range by Stanley in an altercation after the Red Pheasant First Nation man and number of associates drove onto the farmer's property. Outrage and support for the farmer gripped the nation when it was learned that the 56-year-old was acquitted after testifying that he believed the handgun he held to Boushie's head and fired wasn't loaded, as reported by CTV.

Sexual Harassment Allegations At Northern Ontario School Of Medicine

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine, in Sudbury
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine, in Sudbury | Source

Differing Accounts Of Suspension From Resident, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Dr. Ana Safavi, a resident in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine internal medicine program has stated that her February 2 suspension was a result of her report of "persistent harassment" that "escalated to sexual harassment," as reported by TB News Watch.

The school has denied the allegations, stating that it "strongly refutes any claim that NOSM suspended Dr. Safavi for coming forward and reporting claims of sexual harassment. NOSM’s policy requires that sexual harassment complaints be treated confidentially, and until our investigation into this matter is complete, NOSM will not be commenting further."

In a news release, the doctor explained that the school has asked her to provide "a list of safe and unsafe workplaces based on where you might reasonably expect to encounter the alleged harasser."

Dr. Safavi is concerned about repercussions identifying the alleged harasser may bring and has asked that her allegations be examined by an "experienced and independent third-party investigator."

Northern Ontario Weather And Gas Prices

At 2 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2018

Fort Frances

Temperature of -11 degrees, windchill -18, rising to -10, overnight, with a 20 to 30 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: 119.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Cochrane

Temperature of -14 degrees, windchill -23, falling to -19, overnight, with a 20 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: 131.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Espanola

Temperature of -6 degrees, windchill -12, falling to -14, overnight, with a 10 to 20 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 120.0 to 120.3, as reported by Gas Buddy.

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