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The Dunstan Times  Winter 2013

This newspaper was founded in 1863 by George Fache, a French Heughenot after sailing to New Zealand

In 2013, join our Sesquicentennial Anniversary celebrations! Beware of the historians selling fake history @ Clyde (formerly Dunstan), New Zealand   Explore the Times' world   Our website is @ had 61 page views yesterday and 1562 page views so far this month. .Our goal is to enlighten, educate, inspire, inform and even entertain. We will not titillate nor run 'shock journalism'. Brampton edition by his great-great grandson Mike MilneEmailUs@ 

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'Domestic assault' call at Ford home sidetracked police sting

Rob Ford gets laughs in first public speech since losing powersStephen Harper is not in favour of Rob Ford for PMMayor Rob Ford, right, appears at a Conservative barbecue on Aug. 29 with brother Doug. He had said he planned to propose his subway plan to Stephen Harper over a hamburger, but left without approaching the prime minister. Observers said later they were concerned he had left the party impaired in his Escalade.    A “domestic assault” call to Mayor Rob Ford’s house in August disrupted a nearby police sting involving alleged drug dealer and Ford friend Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, court documents released by a judge reveal. The trouble at the Ford house prompted Lisi to make a rapid flurry of calls to Ford and city hall staffer Dave Price, and apparently stopped him from driving into the sting. The domestic call also sent uniformed officers to Ford’s house and caused the undercover detectives to break off surveillance that August evening. After the domestic assault call, Ford left his home and checked in to the Grand Hotel on Jarvis St. for three nights, attending the Stephen Harper Conservative barbecue at Sunnybrook Park on one of those evenings. Lisi also paid a visit to the hotel on the first night, according to police documents. Rob Ford gets laughs in first public speech since losing powers. A teacher says he observed the mayor parked in his Cadillac Escalade on a back street behind the Grand Hotel, accepting something from a man on foot. The area behind the hotel is known as “crack central” by locals. The Star does not know what Ford was handed by the man on foot. The late August call to investigate an allegation of domestic assault at Ford’s house, more than two dozen with members of the Ford family over the past eight years. Sources have said these “interactions” include domestic violence calls. Ford was charged in 2008 with assaulting and threatening to kill his wife. The charges were withdrawn by a Crown attorney, who cited “inconsistencies” in his wife, Renata’s, statements. Ford has not been charged in connection with any of the other police interactions with him. We learned of other trouble calls to the mayor’s house, including one in 2012 in which local officers arrived to find Ford outside his house in the early morning hours yelling into his phone, while a stretch limousine idled on the road and its driver and a scantily clad woman stood in Ford’s driveway, arguing!

  • Dec. 23, 2012: Police officers from 22 Division in Etobicoke were called to the home of Renata Ford’s parents. According to a police report, Renata, Ford’s wife, had a “fare dispute with a taxi cab driver.”
  • “Upon speaking with Mrs. Ford, officers observed numerous physical injuries including scrapes, bruising and cuts about Mrs. Ford’s face and body. The injuries appeared to be several days old and investigation revealed Mrs. Ford had attended” at hospital to receive treatment, the report states. “Mrs. Ford alleged a domestic incident had taken place earlier this evening, but that the injuries were not related to that event.”

    Police state in the report that Renata Ford had been drinking and would not cooperate in the investigation. Police took her to hospital and passed the report on to detectives for further investigation. Police have said no charges were laid.


    10. "Is he talking to ME?"

    9. "Oops"

    8. "Yes and I'd like some now"

    7. "What would a crack-smoking winston churchill say?"

    6. "No questions about Newfoundland?"

    5. "I don't remember you should be asking my crack dealer"

    4. "I'm not an addict, I'm just stupid"

    3. "Crack, crack, crack, crack, crack, crack, crack."

    2. "What answer gets me to Dairy Queen faster?"

    1. "Help Me, Canadian Jesus!"

    They can’t make him go away. They can make him stay as maybe little more than an object of derision, unless the courts intervene, via a stalling injunction with a potential reversal to follow.A commotion of motions both ended an extraordinary week at city hall and will resume on Monday — the real push — with a move to almost entirely denude Ford of political influence: Delegating to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly “all powers and duties which are not by statute assigned to the Mayor,” until Nov. 30, 2014. Operating budget transferred to Kelly, chair of the executive committee transferred to Kelly, even Ford’s staff transferred to Kelly, if they choose.He’d still be called “Mayor Rob Ford.” And I’m the Prince of Wales! Even before it was voted on — passed 39-3 — Ford said he would counter the coup tactic judicially. “I have no other option but to challenge this in court.” Cleaving to his bumper-sticker mantra of saving the taxpayers money, Ford argued that litigation will cost big bucks and taxpayers presumably would be stuck with the tab. “Think about the taxpayers in this situation.” Many of those taxpayers — 116,000 — had already been heard from, in fact, via signatures affixed to a petition the previous day and tabled by Councillor Michael Thompson. “We demand that he resign from the position of mayor of Toronto immediately.”

    Climate change draft report predicts war, heat waves, starvation, threatens our health, land, food and water security'A man rows through dead fish floating on Lake Rei during a month long drought near the Amazon town of Careiro da Varzea, Brazil.  Heat waves and droughts are expected to be worse as the climate changes, according to the leaked report.

    A man rows through dead fish floating on Lake Rei during a month long drought near the Amazon town of Careiro da Varzea, Brazil. Heat waves and droughts are expected to be worse as the climate changes, according to the leaked report. (Marcio Silva/The Associated Press)..Many of the ills of the modern world — starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease — are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.The report uses the word "exacerbate" repeatedly to describe warming's effect on poverty, lack of water, disease and even the causes of war.The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will issue a report next March on how global warming is already affecting the way people live and what will happen in the future.

    Cheap device easily unlocks car doors for thievesRAW: New $5 device unlocks car doors

    New $5 device unlocks car doors

    A new tool is allowing criminals across the world to break into cars without leaving a trace, and now that device has made its way to Winnipeg.

    The new device can be purchased online for about $5 and sends an electromagnetic pulse through a car’s key area to unlock the vehicle.Winnipegger Rick Henzel had no idea the technology existed, until his car was broken into early Sunday morning.“We did find the glove box open, insurance papers stolen,” said Henzel.At first, he thought his wife had left the doors unlocked, but a neighbour told him he had phoned the police early that morning when he heard noise outside.Luckily, the whole thing was caught on tape. Henzel had installed security cameras on his property about a year ago when his car was broken into previously.“They come running up into the screen. It’s a free for all,” he said. “They’re in that car as well and away they go. Just like that.”Thieves can be seen applying a device to a car and then opening the door as if it is unlocked.“It makes you feel a bit vulnerable to be honest with you because you feel like a victim,” said Henzel. Michael Legary is a security expert with Seccuris. He said thieves are using the $5 devices to hack into vehicles’ computer systems. "So just like we have to worry about our computers being hacked, our cars can be hacked as well,” said Legary. “That's something we didn't have to worry about a decade ago." The device sends an electromagnetic pulse into the vehicle, tricking it into unlocking the door, much like a keyless entry key fob.

    On Saturday, Nov. 16, volunteers from Sierra Club of Peel will protest government's decision to expand tar sands.   A group of local residents will be joining dozens of communities across Canada to oppose risks posed by pipelines and oil sands expansion.The participants are planning to gather outside the offices of Parm Gill (MP-Brampton Springdale) at 180 Sandalwood Pkwy. at 9:30 a.m. From there, they will ride their bikes along the Etobicoke Creek Trail, to arrive at the constituency offices of Brampton West MP Kyle Seeback at 160 Main St. S. at around 11 a.m. Similar rallies— facilitated by, an independent advocacy group—  will take place simultaneously from coast-to-coast and involve various environmental, indigenous and community groups, explained David Laing, one of the organizers.“The Canadian government refuses to acknowledge the seriousness of the climate crisis and the risks associated with pipeline transport of diluted bitumen across the country,” he said. “Our government seems willing to gamble with the water supply of three million Canadians and the long-term viability of the planet in the name of economic development. But they have no Plan B.”    Cartoon

     Santa Claus Parade taking place, Saturday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m“Now more than ever, we need everyone who can afford to donate to attend this year’s Santa Claus Parade and make a contribution to the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Food Drive,” said Rick Phillips, parade chair. For the past 20 years, the Canadian Progress Club of Brampton has entered a float in the Santa Claus Parade and has collected about 100,000 pounds of food for the Salvation Army’s holiday campaign. Last year alone, the Progress Club, collected 10,000 pounds of food items.  Additionally, the organization also collects cash donations along the parade route.