Oakville Doctor Acquitted of Sexual Assault Charges

UPDATE: After hearing testimony from witnesses an Ontario judge found Doctor Clarence Clottey not guilty of all charges in August 2018_________________________From February 15, 2017Halton police have laid an additional sexual assault charge against an Oakville doctor already facing sex related charges.Police say Dr. Clarence Clottey, 56, was arrested on Tuesday in relation to the historic sexual assault of an adult female patient. Clottey is currently facing sexual assault charges from incidents that allegedly happened in December 2012 and June 2016.In August 2016, the College of Physicians and Surgeons ordered that Dr. Clottey must “post in a visible area of the waiting room and in each examination room, at Bristol Family Physicians located at 102-2315 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON, stating his name and notification that he will not perform physical examinations on female patients unless in the presence of a chaperone, who is a regulated health care professional approved of by the College of Physicians and Surgeons.” read more

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Purdue Pharma to stay in business as bankruptcy unfolds

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A judge has cleared the way for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits filed over the opioid crisis.Purdue lawyers secured permission Tuesday for the company to maintain business as usual. That includes paying employees and vendors, supplying pills to distributors, and keeping current on taxes and insurance.Purdue Pharma declared bankruptcy late Sunday. Its continued viability is key to the company’s settlement offer.Under the proposal, the family that owns Purdue would turn the company over to a trust controlled by the very entities that are suing it.About half the states support the offer. It could be worth up to $12 billion over time.Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press read more

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Montreal home sales climb three per cent in December to hit a

MONTREAL — The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says home sales in Quebec’s largest city climbed higher in December to hit a new record for the month.The board says there were 2,825 home sales in Montreal in December based on the Centris provincial database, up three per cent from 2,755 in December 2017.It says it was the 46th consecutive monthly sales increase. Canada’s housing market correction isn’t over, analysts warn There are reasons to be optimistic about real estate in 2019 Most Montreal condo investors are paying out more than they make in rent Sales of single-family homes rose three per cent to 1,491 compared with 1,441 a year ago, while condominium sales increased two per cent to 993 compared with 973 a year earlier.Sales of plexes, which include two to five units, slipped to 336 compared with 339 in December 2017, while the median plex price was up eight per cent at $525,000.The median single-family home price increased seven per cent to $327,450, while the median condominium price rose three per cent to $272,863. read more

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Bombardier swings back to profit beating expectations

MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. says it earned a fourth-quarter profit of US$55 million compared with a loss a year ago.The plane and train maker, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the profit amounted to two cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31.That compared to a loss of $188 million or nine cents per share a year earlier.Revenue totalled $4.30 billion for the last three months of 2018, down from $4.61 billion in the final quarter of 2017.On an adjusted basis, Bombardier says it earned five cents per share for the quarter compared to an adjusted loss of two cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of two cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

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Local news briefs

Pickup truck stolenA white white 2014 GMC Sierra pickup truck parked along Chapman Street West, Port Dover, was stolen in the early hours on July 23.Pellet gun shot at vehicleA driver was left startled after a pellet gun was discharged towards a vehicle on Cockshutt Road, Townsend, just before 1 a.m. on July 23.Police say a motorist was stopped at Cockshutt Road and Norfolk County Road 19 East when a laser light was shone into the vehicle. The driver then heard the sounds of pellets striking the vehicle and looked out to see a male suspect running away. The pellets damaged the vehicle.Garbage thrown from vehicle smashes windshieldA vehicle travelling along Turkey Point Road, Charlotteville, on July 22 was damaged by a pop can tossed from another vehicle. The can smashed the window and scared the driver, who was able to safely pull over. The suspect vehicle, an older Mustang with two men in their 40s, was last seen travelling west on St Johns Road.Mischief reported at Port Dover businessBetween 1 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on July 22, two sections of rope located near a patio of a business on Main Street in Port Dover were cut. The OPP remind all residents to immediately call police if they see anything suspicious.Police investigate break and enter to shedsPolice are investigating a collection of break-ins to sheds along Stanley Street and Chapel Street in Simcoe. Various tools, grass trimmers and garden hoses were removed from the sheds, collectively valued at approximately $1,200.Bicycle stolenA blue mountain bicycle was stolen from a Colborne Street North, Simcoe, home on July 21. The bike was wrapped in tarp and placed under the stairway of the home. The bike has a black seat, straight handlebars and springs on the front and back of the frame.Cashing stolen cheques leads to chargesA 34-year-old Hamilton man has been charged with fraud under $5,000 and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 after attempting to cash stolen cheques at a Queensway West, Norfolk County, business. Police say an employee recognized the man and immediately contacted police.Delhi home used in online scamA Delhi home that is listed for sale has been used in an online scam.A hopeful renter saw the Queen Street home listed on a renting website between July 19 and 21.The resident sent a $1,000 advanced payment to the lister and never received a lease, at which point they realized the photos used were taken from a realtor’s web page.Police remind residents to be vigilant when responding to ads on various web sites.Vehicle windows smashedThree vehicles parked along Alice Street in Waterford had their windows smashed in the early hours of July 21. The OPP remind residents to immediately call police if they see anything suspicious.Theft from unlocked vehicleAn unlocked vehicle parked at a Head Street North, Simcoe, address, was entered in the early morning hours of July 21. A Milwaukee impact drill and a wallet that contained personal and financial information along with a large quantity of Canadian currency were removed.Marijuana plants stolenA homeowner chased away a male intruder who stole marijuana plants from a home on Brant Avenue in Port Dover around 2 a.m. on July 21. Police remind home owners to ensure that all doors and windows are secured in order to prevent anyone from gaining access to their residence.Boat collision near Turkey PointA Maple, Ont., man was charged this weekend after a personal watercraft collided with a pontoon boat near Turkey Point.The incident was brought to the attention of police around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.Norfolk OPP say the 45-year-old operator of the watercraft approached the boat, which was carrying family members. The man hit the side of the pontoon boat with the watercraft. He was treated in hospital for minor injuries.The accused has been charged with operating a vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.Helmet saves boy’s lifeAn 11-year-old boy from Hamilton was learning to ride a dirt bike along Charlotteville Road 1, Charlotteville, on July 21. The boy veered off the trail and ended up on the roadway, where a vehicle collided with the back of the bike. The boy was ejected from the bike and landed on the hood and windshield of the vehicle, sliding off and ending up of the roadway. He was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.The 76-year-old male driver of the vehicle did not suffer any injuries. In the Norfolk OPP news release, police said the fact the boy was wearing a helmet prevented his injuries from being more serious.Scammers target seniorsIf you receive a call saying you won a large sum of money, hang up. An elderly Norfolk County resident received several calls of this type on July 17. The resident realized it was a scam when they were instructed to send $600 by e-transfer to collect the prize. They contacted the police about the scam.Theft from unlocked vehicleAn unlocked vehicle parked along Donly Drive in Simcoe was entered, and items were removed. The theft occurred between 12 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on July 17. The items that were stolen are a global positioning syystem module and harness, along with a backpack and wallet that contained personal and financial information. read more

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Assaulted stepdaughter man gets six years in prison

SIMCOE A 33-year-old Norfolk County man, who professed his innocence, was sentenced in Simcoe’s Superior Court to six years in prison.The man can’t be named to protect the identity of his victim, his stepdaughter, when she was aged seven to 14, from 2010 to 2017. He was convicted of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.“I hope this day will be the last time I have to talk about it,” said the young woman, now 16.“I’m angry it’s taken so long to come to the end of court but I can have some of my life back after this. It will never make up of the time I lost being a kid but I won’t have to worry about the stress from court.”The teen read a lengthy victim impact statement, telling court she was afraid to tell her mother what was going on.“The best day of my life used to be going to church but now I only go once in a while. Why does God let something like that happen to someone who loves going to church?”The girl’s mother told court that her life imploded when she learned her husband had been charged with sexually assaulting her “baby girl.”The mother assured the Children’s Aid Society that the man would not be allowed near the girl or her younger children. But the agency felt unsure she could protect the children and apprehended them for a time.“This caused so much added pain to my family,” said the mother.Assistant Crown attorney Lynette Fritzley told court the man had abused his position of trust as the girl’s stepfather.“He was a father figure and severely breached that trust with a prolonged period of abuse and included full vaginal penetration,” said Fritzley.She noted the victim had to testify twice in court and her stepfather showed no sign of remorse.When asked to speak, the man said he showed no remorse because he committed no crime.“Anytime I’ve done something wrong, even as a child, I’ve accepted everything. I’ve been honest and told every detail. I’m not about to take responsibility for something I didn’t do.”The man said his stepdaughter would have needed a doctor if he had been raping her since she was seven.“I understand you’re maintaining your innocence but the purpose of your right to speak is to deal with issues of sentencing, not how the court reached its decision,” chided Justice Meredith Donahue.Fritzley suggested six to eight years in the penitentiary would be an appropriate sentence, while defence lawyer, Jordan Battin asked the judge to consider a two-year sentence.Donahue sentenced the man to six years. His name will remain on the sexual offenders database for 20 years and he must stay away from parks and playgrounds and the direct company of females under 16, also for 20 years. He also must submit a DNA sample, go 10 years without weapons and have no communication with his victim, who balked at that use of the term for her.“People treat me like a victim when I know I’m not,” said the girl.“I don’t want people to pity me. You cannot define my life. I will be stronger because of this.”The teen ended her statement by saying goodbye to her stepfather and wishing him well in life.“You do not exist in my world now and I do not exist in yours. I do not know (you). I will go home tonight and throw this statement away because I don’t want to be reminded of this day ever again.”SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

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Afghan interim government tells UN of probe into murder of tourism minister

Interim Interior Minister Yunus Qanooni told the acting head of the UN Mission in Kabul, Carl Fischer, that a ministerial commission had been set up to investigate yesterday’s murder and that some arrests had been already made in connection with the killing. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced that it would open seven voluntary repatriation centres in Pakistan, each with the capacity to process 5,000 Afghans per day. The agency is also working with the authorities in Iran to survey 10 sites in that country, where similar registration centres are planned. In addition, three special exit points will be built along Iran’s 900-mile border with Afghanistan. At the same time, the agency cautioned against an immediate mass return of the more than 3.5 million Afghans currently living in Iran and Pakistan. “While UNHCR will help those who decide on their own to return to Afghanistan, the country’s fragile security situation and the continuing effects of drought and a devastated economy mean that the UN refugee agency cannot yet actively promote a large-scale, organized repatriation,” spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva. read more

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UN refugee agency starts repatriating Afghans from Iran

The initial repatriation involved 146 Afghans returning through the Islam Qala crossing point, west of Herat, according to Kris Janowski, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency is briefing all returnees about the danger of landmines and security conditions inside Afghanistan. In addition, UNHCR is providing relief supplies such as plastic tarpaulins, stoves, blankets, quilts, sweaters and hygiene materials, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is furnishing a food ration. Tension in western Afghanistan forced UNHCR to halt plans to repatriate Afghans from Iran directly to the region starting today, he said. “Instead we have had to send some 21 families homewards via Islam Qala, to the north.”In eastern Afghanistan, meanwhile, Mr. Janowski reported that security problems have disrupted returns from Pakistan. “The bombing in Jalalabad yesterday that killed several bystanders as the Afghan Defence Minister was passing took place near UNHCR distribution centre, which is closed today,” he said. “We hope that security can be restored throughout the region in the next days so that Afghans can again travel via the main Torkham crossing.”Tension is rising at Takhta Baig, just outside Peshawar, where thousands await the reopening of traffic from Torkham into Afghanistan, according to the spokesman. “The refugees are anxious as truck drivers charge them $6 a day while they wait at the crowded site, and everyone wants to see the situation resolved as soon as possible.” read more

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UN arms experts press forward with inspections in Iraq

A multidisciplinary team from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) took off on three Bell-212 helicopters from the Al Rasheed Air Base in Baghdad this morning to inspect a site but returned without landing due to weather conditions in the inspection site area, according to a UN spokesman in Baghdad.Missile teams from UNMOVIC visited three facilities. At the first, the Al Rafah Liquid Engine Test Facility, they witnessed a static test firing of the Al Samoud missile engine that had been postponed for technical reasons.A second team travelled to the Al Meelad Military Research and Development Company, which specializes in the design and development of missile guidance and control systems. “The technical staff at the facility addressed questions regarding the status of the Al Fatah guidance and control development programme,” said Hiro Ueki, spokesman for UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Al Fatah is a short-range rocket with a maximum range of 150 kilometres.The third team of missile inspectors visited the Al Harith Missile Maintenance Workshop in Taji to temporarily remove UNMOVIC identification tags from nine SA-2 surface-to-air missiles to facilitate required maintenance and repair. The rockets are tagged to ensure that they are not converted into ballistic missiles capable of proscribed ranges, Mr. Ueki noted.Meanwhile, UNMOVIC biological and chemical teams inspected the Central Veterinary Diagnosis Laboratory in Baghdad and the Al Siniya Small Refineries Project near Bayji, respectively. The laboratory receives samples of animal blood and tissue submitted by other government veterinary agencies and analyzes these to diagnose bacterial, parasitic and viral diseases.A Mosul-based multidisciplinary team inspected the General Public Health Laboratory in Mosul, according to Mr. Ueki. The laboratory conducts basic bacteriological diagnostic tests and routine screenings.The IAEA inspected the Baquba Electrical Plant, a State Company for Electrical Industries, which produces electrical goods such as transformers, welding machines, electrical meters and fans for the heavy as well as light current electrical market. read more

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First UNassisted convoy of Iraqi refugees returns home

“Today’s convoy marks the beginning of the end of Rafha refugee camp, a chance for long-time refugees to finally return to their homeland,” UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner Kamel Morjane said. The convoy will travel along Saudi Arabia’s northern desert overnight escorted by UNHCR and Saudi officials, transit through Kuwait early on Wednesday and is expected to reach the southern Iraqi city of Basra later in the morning.The agency expects more than 3,600 of the 5,200 refugees in Rafha camp to repatriate before the end of the year. Regular repatriation convoys, each transporting at least 250 refugees, are planned by UNHCR, the Saudi authorities and Iraq’s United States-run Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA).Rafha’s refugees began pressing to leave in April when Saddam Hussein’s government fell, at times even holding sit-ins to pressure relief officials to organize their return as quickly as possible.As the situation in Iraq improves, more refugees will be seeking to go back with UNHCR assistance. Of the some 1 million Iraqi refugees and other people of concern to UNHCR worldwide, as many as 500,000 could seek help to return to Iraq, with significant numbers expected in 2004.On activities relating to the Oil-for-Food programme, weekly meetings of UN and Iraqi experts and the CPA have so far produced a list of prioritized contracts valued at almost $2.5 billion for early delivery to Iraq. The programme, under which the former sanctions-bound regime was allowed to use oil sales to buy the food and humanitarian supplies and on which 60 per cent of Iraqis had depended as their sole source of sustenance, is to be phased out by November. On the political side, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, held discussions today with Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and a member of the Iraqi Governing Council. Among issues discussed were drafting the new Constitution and the technical assistance the UN can provide on a number of fronts, including preparation for and holding of elections. read more

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