WATCH ABOVE: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Security Council this morning and says he will use his influence to insure a full and proper investigation. But not everyone is buying it. Susan McGinnis has the story.
Senior U.S. intelligence officials have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the crashU.S. President Barack Obama assures Dutch people that that the U.S. will aid them in bringing those responsible to justice. The Netherlands lost 193 citizens in the crash.EU imposes new sanctions against Russian officials Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow will do everything in its power to facilitate the investigation into last week’s Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crash.There are charges that Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine have tampered with the wreckage.The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands.
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union agreed Tuesday to impose new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia’s actions in Ukraine, amid mounting international anger after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held territory.
European foreign ministers stopped short, at least for now, of more forceful sanctions that would hit full sectors of the Russian economy.
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The decision came soon after bodies of those killed in the crash reached Ukrainian government-controlled territory, leaving a war zone en route to the Netherlands after delays and haphazard treatment that put pressure on the Europeans to inflict tougher pressure on Russia.
The crash last week in eastern Ukraine has heightened diplomatic tensions over the conflict in Ukraine and focused anger at Russia, from Washington to EU headquarters in Brussels to Malaysia. But Russian President Vladimir Putin remained combative Tuesday, lashing out at Ukraine’s military Tuesday for trying to dislodge the rebels.
WATCH: Trains carrying victims’ remains arrives in Ukraine-held city as key pieces of evidence are handed over to Malaysian officials.
The EU agreed to impose visa bans and asset freezes on more Russian officials, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said. He did not say how many officials were targeted or reveal their names.
He said the ministers also asked the 28-nation bloc’s executive arm to prepare for more sweeping sanctions – including targeting the arms, energy and financial sectors – if Russia fails to back down from destabilizing Ukraine.
“Russia has not done enough to contribute to a de-escalation of the conflict,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.
The crash site itself, in farmland held by the pro-Russian separatists whom the West accuses of shooting down the plane, remained unsecured five days after the disaster – another source of frustration for officials around the world eager to establish what happened.
READ MORE: Crash victim’s father pens heartbreaking open letter
After a 17-hour journey from the town of Torez in rebel territory, the train carrying the bodies pulled into a station in Kharkiv, a government-controlled city where Ukrainian authorities have set up their crash investigation centre. The train gave a low-pitched blast from its horn as the grey corrugated refrigerator cars slowly rolled through weed-choked tracks onto the grounds of a factory where the bodies were being received.
Government spokesman Oleksander Kharchenko said Ukraine “will do our best” to send the bodies to the Netherlands on Tuesday. Of the 298 people who died aboard the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight, 193 were Dutch citizens.
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But Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says his government aims to have the first bodies returned on Wednesday. “It is our aim – and at the moment our expectation – that sometime tomorrow the first plane carrying victims will leave for Eindhoven,” he said.
Rutte said that the identification of some bodies will be quick. But he has warned grieving families of victims of Thursday’s crash that the identification of some others could take “weeks or even months.”
WATCH: Raw video of Malaysian investigators visiting crash site for first time
In Brussels, European Union foreign ministers were discussing Tuesday what action to take response to the disaster. Europe and the United States have imposed targeted economic sanctions against Russia for supporting Ukraine’s five-month insurgency that began after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by protesters in February.
In Moscow, Putin said Russia would do “everything in its power” to facilitate the investigation including putting pressure on the rebels. But he said that “was not enough” to resolve the situation. During a meeting with Russia’s Security Council, he again criticized Kyiv for its military offensive to dislodge the rebels.
Putin again challenged the legitimacy of the Ukrainian government, saying, “people came to power in an armed, anti-constitutional way.”
“Yes, after the coup there were elections, but strangely, for some reason, those who either financed or carried out that coup became leaders of the government,” he said.
WATCH: The Dutch foreign minister said the EU is imposing sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Yanukovych was declared removed by vote of parliament after fleeing the country. A special election was held May 25 to replace him, won by candy company owner Petro Poroshenko.
The rebels control a swathe of territory in two eastern provinces, and have battled Ukrainian troops with heavy weapons including tanks and missile launchers that the West says came from Russia. Russia denies supporting the insurgency.
Sanctions so far have focused on individuals instead of entire sectors of Russia’s economy, though the EU was moving already to broaden them before the downing of the plane. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that the jet’s destruction has drastically changed the situation, and that the Russians cannot expect continued access to European markets and capital if they continued to fuel a war against another European country.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in Brussels on Tuesday that “it’s about bold actions from the European Union, not just about sanctions.”
WATCH:After four days, the bodies of 298 people on board have finally been collected. They’ve been loaded into refrigerated rail cars and are being transported to eventually be identified. But there’s international outrage over the way rebels handled the remains and contaminated the crime scene. Mike Armstrong reports.
He insisted that the insurgency is made up of members “of Russian security services, who were trained with Russian money with Russian weapons to destabilize the eastern Ukraine and at the end of the day, the whole Ukraine.”
“If it succeeds, it will be a blow for the whole continent,” he said.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius blamed “terrorists supplied by Moscow” for shooting down the airliner, killing all aboard. He called for an arms embargo, in a direct challenge to France, which is building two warships for the Russian navy.
©2014The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Six South American soccer players are refusing to return to Ukrainian football club FC Shakhtar Donetsk amid the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Brazilian stars Douglas Costa, Dentinho, Fred, Alex Teixiera, Ismaily, along with Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra, stayed behind in France after the club played a friendly match against Olympique Lyon on Saturday.
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Shakhtar Donetsk’s owner Rinat Akhmetov released a statement on the team’s website threatening the players with financial penalties if they do not return.
“Players have contracts that they have to abide by. If they do not come, I think, they will be the first to suffer,” Akhmetov said in the statement. “Each of them has a minimum release clause, which is tens of millions of euros. If someone wants to reduce this amount by a million, then such a decision is our right. There won’t be [a]clearance sale!”
Donetsk has been at the centre of the recent conflict between Ukraine’s military and pro-Russian rebels, who are battling for control of the city.
Akhmetov says despite not being allowed to play in Donetsk stadium the team is ready to provide security and will not bring players to dangerous places.
The Ukrainian Premier League season starts this Friday. The two teams have left the league reducing it from from 16 teams to 14 after two Crimean clubs withdrew after last season following Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.
The Ukrainian Football Federation has yet to decide where FC Shakhtar Donetsk will play its home games during the ongoing conflict.
Last week a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down near the pro-Russian separatist controlled region of east Donetsk.
UPDATE: Narinder Kalsi, who was brutally assaulted in her Surrey home more than a week ago, has now died. She was taken off life support yesterday afternoon according to IHIT. The homicide team has modified the charges against Narinder’s husband, who was charged with attempted murder, to second degree murder.
VANCOUVER — The president of a Surrey temple is now facing charges of attempted murder after his wife was taken to hospital on Sunday in serious condition, according to the Surrey RCMP.
66-year-old Baldev Singh Kalsi is the president of the Brookside Sikh Temple. He was previously facing assault charges, but they were upgraded to attempted murder on Tuesday afternoon.
Aggravated Assault charges for Baldev Singh KALSI have now been upgraded to Attempt Murder. Hard work done by #IHIT
— IHIT (@HomicideTeam) July 15, 2014
Authorities received a call at around noon Sunday that a woman was in distress at a home in South Surrey, near 194 Street and 32 Avenue.
When they arrived to the scene, they found the woman with life threatening injuries.
She was transported to the hospital by a British Columbia Air Ambulance.
Authorities say she is currently on life support.
Kalsi will appear in court July 16, 2014 in Surrey. IHIT has taken over the investigation.
WATCH: A strong field led by 16 Canadians including Graham DeLaet tee it up at Royal Montreal this week
With a date following the British Open and just ahead of the PGA Championship, the RBC Canadian Open at times struggles to lure the best players in the world to Canada.
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That hasn’t really changed this year with the announcement of the tournament’s field, but there are still enough stars – from World No. 5 ranked golfer Matt Kuchar to bomber Dustin Johnson, as well as Canadians Graham DeLaet and Mike Weir – coming to Royal Montreal Golf Club this year to make the tournament compelling for spectators.
The RBC gang: Jim Furyk, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els
RBC, the key sponsor of the Canadian Open, decided a few years ago that the easiest way of luring players to Canada for the tournament the week after the British Open was to enter into deals with them to make the golfers part of “Team RBC.”
That means you’ll see British star and former World No. 1 Luke Donald, multiple major winner Ernie Els and Matt Kuchar – the top-ranked player in the world – show up in Montreal.
Tour stars: Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel
Could Dustin Johnson’s second appearance in Canada have something to do with his relationship status? Johnson is engaged to Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of “The Great One,” hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. He had a near miss at Glen Abbey last year when he held a share of the lead on the 17th hole, but couldn’t close the deal. Royal Montreal should set up well for Johnson, one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour.
Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters winner from South Africa, has also made a few appearances in Canada. He’s also among the top-ranked players who will tee it up in Montreal.
The Canadians: Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Stephen Ames, Brad Fritsch
Both Graham DeLaet and David Hearn played this past week in Liverpool at the British Open. Hearn made the cut while DeLaet’s struggles in golf’s major championships continue. They’ll be among a large contingent of Canadians at Royal Montreal.
Others to watch for include amateur Taylor Pendrith, PGA Tour Canada star Mike Gligic and mid-am champ from Victoria, Kevin Carrigan, who works as a financial consultant.
Notables: John Daly, Vijay Singh
Troubled John Daly remains one of the most noted names in golf, despite the fact he hasn’t been a competitive player in years. However, Daly did have one of his best tournaments on the PGA Tour in nearly a decade when he contended at Shaughnessy in Vancouver three years ago.
On the other hand you have previous Canadian Open winner Vijay Singh, who beat Mike Weir in a playoff in 2004. Singh now plays part-time on the Champions Tour, which features golf’s stars over the age of 50, and is involved in a high-profile lawsuit with the PGA Tour over allegations he used a banned substance last year.
What: RBC Canadian OpenWhen: Practice rounds start Monday; tournament starts ThursdayWhere: Royal Montreal Golf Club, 25 South Ridge Road , Ile Bizard, QuebecTelevision: Pre-game show on Global Television at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 26-27 – Tournament coverage follows until 6 p.m.Online: Complete coverage on Globalnews桑拿按摩
CHATHAM, Mass. – In “Jaws,” the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore. As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.
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Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local theatres and boat tours are taking more tourists out to see the huge seal population that keeps the sharks coming. Harbormasters have issued warnings but – unlike the sharks in the movies – the great whites generally are not seen as a threat to human swimmers.
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Among the entrepreneurs is Justin Labdon, owner of the Cape Cod Beach Chair Company, who started selling ‘Chatham Whites’ T-shirts after customers who were renting paddle boards and kayaks began asking whether it was safe to go to sea.
“I mean, truthfully, we’ve probably grown about 500 per cent in terms of the sale of our shark apparel,” he said. The T-shirts, hoodies, hats, belts, dog collars and other accessories bear the iconic, torpedo-shaped image of great whites and sell for between $10 and $45.
He said his store brings in thousands of dollars in sales of the shark-themed merchandise.
Tourists peer through coin-operated binoculars in hopes of catching a glimpse of a shark fin from the beaches of Chatham. The posh resort town is on the elbow of the cape that has a large population of grey seals – the massive animals whose blubber is the fuel of choice for great white sharks. Local shops sell jewelry, candy, clothes, stuffed animals and beverages with shark motifs.
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A study released last month by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found the number of great white sharks off the Eastern U.S. and Canada is surging after decades of decline. Conservation efforts and the greater availability of prey such as Massachusetts’ seals, are credited with the reversal.
Shark sightings have soared from generally fewer than two annually before 2004 to more than 20 in each of the last few years off Cape Cod, where the economy depends heavily on the summer tourism season. Despite notices urging boaters and swimmers to use caution, the official reaction has been nearly the opposite of the panic depicted in “Jaws,” the 1975 film shot mainly on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard.
“White sharks are this iconic species in society and it draws amazing amounts of attention,” said Gregory Skomal, a senior marine fisheries biologist who also leads the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, who said people are coming in hopes of witnessing the animals in their splendor. “I have not been approached by anyone who has said to me ‘let’s go kill these sharks.”‘
Skomal said sharks have been coming closer to shore to feed on the seals, which he said have been coming on shore in greater numbers because of successful conservation efforts.
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Confrontations with people are rare, with only 106 unprovoked white shark attacks – 13 of them fatal – in U.S. waters since 1916, according to data provided by the University of Florida.
Still, officials are wary of the damage that could be done to tourism if one of the predators bites a person. Brochures have been distributed to raise awareness of sharks and safe practices in the event of a sighting.
“You have to make sure people understand,” Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross said, “if they go to the beach and they see a family of seals there, that’s probably not the best place to hang out.”
Laurie Moss McCandless of Memphis, Tennessee, has vacationed on Cape Cod every summer since she was a little girl and doesn’t remember hearing about sharks back then. But her son is obsessed with sharks, she said, and she’s hoping to hear more about them on their vacation in Chatham.
“He loves all his sharks paraphernalia,” McCandless, 39, said as she bought a shark-themed sweatshirt for one of her three children.
©2014The Associated Press
SASKATOON – The chair of the board of governors at the University of Saskatchewan is stepping down from her position.
Susan Milburn has spent more than eight years in the position, having been elected to the board in July 2006.
In a statement, the university said it was her intention to honour the spirit of the University Act and not sit for more than nine years.
In May, the university senate voted to allow chairs to stay on for three terms, however the statement suggests Milburn will not seek re-election.
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The university has been shrouded in controversy after Dr. Robert Buckingham was terminated as dean of the School of Public Health for speaking out against TransformUS, a cost-cutting measure aimed at reducing the university’s deficit.
The firing of Buckingham led to a public outcry and he was rehired, but not has head of the school.
The fall-out from the firing led to provost Brent Fairbairn resigning from his position.
The board then voted unanimously to oust Ilene Busch-Vishniac as president of the university, replacing her with Gordon Barnhardt on an interim basis.
Milburn was the past president of the U of S alumni association and is a member of the audit, human resources and governance & executive committees.
A new board chair will be elected in October.
TORONTO — It looks like British Airways has been added to Arya Stark’s list of targets.
Maisie Williams, the actress who plays the vengeful daughter of the late Eddard Stark on Game of Thrones, took swipes at the airline over the weekend for kicking her out of an airport lounge.
“Denied from the business lounge once again for being under 18 and without an adult,” she tweeted Saturday. “@BritishAirways sort your s*** out.”
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The airline prohibits passengers under 18 from using the lounge unless accompanied by an adult.
Williams, 17, said she doesn’t expect special treatment.
“Just saying if 16-18 yr olds are grown up enough to travel 5,400 miles around the world I’m sure we can handle sitting quietly in the damn lounge,” she tweeted.
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Reactions on social media were mostly sympathetic, with some fans suggesting she draw her sword.
Among those coming to her defence was singer Ed Sheeran, who tweeted: “Ah British airways. You failed again.”
The airline responded by tweeting to Williams: “We’re sorry if you were disappointed, lounge guests must be 18 or older. We look forward to welcoming you soon.”
Williams replied: “Fully understand that, my question is why? Why can we travel alone but not use the lounge? It makes no sense.”
The actress appears to be putting the incident behind her.
On the other hand, I’ve had possibly the best week ever and I can’t wait to see what the future brings?
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) July 20, 2014
ABOVE: Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa defended the proposed aviation fuel tax hike to reporters at Queen’s Park Monday, saying he believed it would not hurt Ontario airport’s competitiveness
MONTREAL – At a time when other provinces are moving to encourage airline traffic by decreasing or eliminating aviation fuel taxes, Ontario’s decision to hike them will likely boost air fares and put the province at a competitive disadvantage, airline and airport officials say.
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In a budget tabled last week by Ontario’s newly elected Liberal government, Premier Kathleen Wynne has proposed to phase in a four-cent-per-litre increase in the aviation fuel tax to 6.7 cents by 2017. The current tax of 2.7 cents per litre has been in place for more than two decades, but would rise by one cent per litre each year.
The increase, which the government has pledged as part of $29 billion it has dedicated to transit and transportation infrastructure uprgrades in the next decade, is expected to add an estimated $100 million in costs for airlines – cost that will likely be passed on to consumers through higher fares.
“It will cause the ticket prices to go up but you might not notice it because it’s a small portion…of the fuel bill,” said David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity.
For Air Canada, the estimated $50 million in addition costs represents a fraction of the more than $11 billion it spends annually on fuel, salaries, currency fluctuations and other factors, said Tyerman.
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Airlines constantly adjust prices for cost increases and declines, but unlike fuel prices and currency fluctuations that can change rapidly, this tax increase is predictable and will be easier to plan for in advance, the analyst added.
However, the association that represents Canada’s largest air carriers said the tax increase will put Ontario at a disadvantage.
“I suspect maybe other provinces feel they are more competitive now,” said Marc-Andre O’Rourke, executive director of the National Airlines Council of Canada.
He said Ontario’s rate would be “completely out of whack” with other provinces and would be one of the highest fuel taxes in North America. The association is calling for the increase to be put on hold while the implications are studied.
British Columbia became the latest province to eliminate its international fuel tax in 2012, joining New Brunswick, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Newfoundland and Labrador has no fuel tax for international flights but charges tax for flights to the United States. Manitoba has the highest rate at 3.2 cents, but nothing for U.S. and international cargo flights.
B.C.’s move to eliminate the fuel tax to match nearby jurisdictions in Alberta, Washington state and California cost the government $12 million in annual revenue. But a report said it generated an estimated $20 million in new payroll and consumption tax revenue in the first year resulting from expanded international flights into the province, said Elizabeth Thomson, public affairs officer for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
While some provinces have eliminated fuel taxes on international flights, they all charge for domestic flights, ranging from 0.7 to 3.2 cents per litre. At 6.7 cents, Ontario would be more than double its provincial neighbours. Most U.S. airports charge little or no fuel taxes.
O’Rourke said the province may not receive the full benefit from the tax increase because airlines may decide to fuel at airports outside Ontario to save money.
Douglas Hartmayer, director of public affairs for the operator of airports in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, N.Y., sees the tax boosting business on his side of the border.
“I think that anything that widens the gap and makes it more expensive to fly from Canada vis-a-vis Buffalo is going to drive more people to airports in the United States,” Hartmayer said.
More than 2.3 million Canadians a year are believed to use the Buffalo airport, a two-hour drive from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest travel hub.
Most of the cost difference between Canadian and U.S. airfares is attributable to federal tax, fees and surcharges, said Susie Heath, press secretary for Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa. She said Ontario’s fuel tax is significantly lower than what is charged at airports such as London Heathrow and Paris de Gaulle.
“We know that these changes affect different communities in different ways, which is why we’re working with the Ministry of Transportation to ensure that we are providing relief to vulnerable communities, especially those in remote and northern areas.”
A study led by Fred Lazar, associate economics professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business, concluded the tax hike will hurt the provincial economy, cut jobs and drive away tourists.
He said the provincial GDP would fall between $67 and $97 million in 2017, resulting in a decrease in up to 2,907 full-time jobs and discourage at least 292,000 air travellers.
Lazar calculates the tax will increase air fares between $1.25 to $12 per ticket depending on airport and destination.
That would hamper Air Canada’s efforts to make Toronto’s Pearson Airport a North American gateway and hurt the smaller airline, Porter Airlines, which uses Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport as its network hub.
WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry (TSX:BB) has appointed Marty Beard, the former chief executive of LiveOps, Inc. as its new chief operating officer.
Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer care and quality.
He was chairman and CEO of LiveOps, a provider of cloud applications for customer services. Before joining LiveOps, he was president of Sybase 365, a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services unit, and also worked at computer technology company Oracle.
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BlackBerry executive chairman and chief executive John Chen led a turnaround at software company Sybase before he joined BlackBerry last year.
Chen’s strategy has set aside the consumer market as a priority, after the BlackBerry 10 line of phones failed to become a sales hit and instead focused on building relationships with business customers.
“Marty brings extensive experience in operations, marketing and serving customers through the best technologies and processes available,” Chen said in a statement.
The chief operating officer job has been vacant since November 2013 when Kristian Tear left the company in a restructuring that also saw the departure Frank Boulben, the company’s chief marketing officer.
BlackBerry shares have been under pressure since Apple and IBM announced that they would form a partnership focused on business customers, a key market for Canadian company.
The teaming up of two of the world’s largest technology companies positions them to better compete with BlackBerry, which is trying to reaffirm its position catering to government agencies and businesses that require secure mobile communications.
©2014The Canadian Press
Watch video above: Police are investigating after hateful messages were spray painted beside a mosque in Thornhill. Cindy Pom reports.
THORNHILL, Ont. – York Regional Police are investigating after they say an Islamic centre in Thornhill, north of Toronto, was vandalized with anti-Muslim messages.
Police say they responded to a call at the Ja’ffari Community Centre at 9000 Bathurst Street near Rutherford Road on Sunday night around 7 p.m.
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Among messages scrawled onto the sidewalk were “Arab go home” and vulgarities referencing the ongoing Gaza-Israel conflict.
The incident happened about a week before the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Toronto, which runs the centre, says it is “disturbed” by the vandalism and that the incident comes a week after it hosted an interfaith event.
“While appalling, these actions do not represent the attitudes of Canada’s multicultural society,” the group said Monday in a statement.
The Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs “unequivocally” condemned the graffiti in a statement Monday afternoon.
“We unequivocally condemn all acts of vandalism committed against any place of worship. There is no place in Canadian civil society for acts of bigotry and hatred. We have been in touch with York Regional Police who quickly launched an investigation, and we are confident they will do their utmost to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice.”
Police say the hate crime unit has taken over the case but there’s no word yet on suspects.
Investigators are asking witnesses to come forward or anyone who may have surveillance video that captured suspicious activity in the area.