Charges laid after woman allegedly crashes stolen car and flees with infant

A Toronto woman is facing charges after allegedly crashing a stolen vehicle and fleeing the scene with her infant last month.

According to investigators, officers tried to stop a woman who was reportedly driving a stolen car around 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 27.

The woman drove away and became involved in a single-vehicle collision at a construction site near Lawrence Avenue West and Caledonia Road, police said. Following the collision, police allege the woman fled the area on foot.

At the time, investigators said that witnesses reported seeing an infant with the woman.

A suspect was taken into custody by police on Tuesday in connection with the incident.

Colbie Harris, 27, has been charged with failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, failing to remain, possessing stolen property and breach of probation.

No information has been released regarding the wellbeing of the child.

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The main parties and policies in the British election

LONDON — The United Kingdom’s 46 million voters are choosing 650 new lawmakers in Thursday’s elections for Parliament’s lower House of Commons. Here is a look at the main parties and their policies:

The Conservative Party:

“Get Brexit Done” is the key message pushed – over and over — throughout the campaign by flamboyant Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservatives to an electorate weary of more than three years of political impasse over Britain’s divorce from the European Union. Winning an outright majority in the House of Commons would clear the way for Johnson to win parliamentary approval for his EU divorce deal and see Britain leave the bloc by the current Jan. 31 deadline.

Johnson, 55, who became prime minister in July following an internal Conservative Party leadership contest rather than following national elections, also is pledging to invest in Britain’s health service, recruit more police and introduce controls on an immigration system.

The Labour Party:

Left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party will hammer out a new divorce deal with the EU within three months if it wins power and put the deal to a national referendum within six months, giving voters the option of backing the revised deal or choosing to remain in the EU.

The 70-year-old Corbyn, who has faced tough criticism during the campaign over his handling of allegations of anti-Semitism in his party, is promising policies including nationalizing Britain’s railways, energy utilities and postal service, raising the minimum wage and providing free internet access for all homes.

Scottish National Party:

Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, who heads Scotland’s legislature as first minister, is not standing for election in Thursday’s vote. But she leads a party that hopes it will hold the balance of power in Britain if voters deliver a hung Parliament – with neither the Conservatives nor Labour holding an outright majority.

Sturgeon has made it clear that any party looking for her lawmakers’ support will have to agree to another independence vote for Scotland, just five years after a referendum on the issue that was billed as a once-in-a-generation event. On Brexit, the SNP says it will support a second referendum on EU membership.

Liberal Democrats:

The centrist and unabashedly pro-European Liberal Democrats aim to halt Brexit altogether – a polarizing policy in this deeply divided country. But like the Scottish National Party, the Lib Dems will most likely be able to flex their political muscle only in the event of a hung parliament when they, too, could become kingmakers.

Jo Swinson’s party also is committed to investing heavily in education, with free childcare for pre-school age children of working parents, and to employ 20,000 new school teachers.

The Green Party:

Not surprisingly, the environmentalist party, which held just one seat in the last Parliament, has campaigned on a platform calling for a Green New Deal to transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2030. On Brexit, the Greens are pro-EU and want a second referendum.

The party is led by Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry, while its lone lawmaker was Caroline Lucas.

The Brexit Party:

The deeply euroskeptic Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage is fielding candidates in a national election for the first time. Farage wants a sharp break with the EU so Britain will no longer be aligned to the bloc’s rules and standards. But, seeking to broaden his party’s appeal, Farage also is trumpeting policies including the abolition of Parliament’s unelected upper chamber, the House of Lords, and wants to slash immigration to under 50,000 people a year, less than a quarter of current levels.


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One year after arrests, Canadians held in China set to face trial on national security allegations

Neither Michael Spavor nor Michael Kovrig has seen a lawyer or family in the year since they were each detained, in what is widely seen as retribution for Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on an extradition request from the United States.

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Beijing Warns Canadians Detained In China Could Soon Go On Trial

Michael Kovrig, left, and Michael Spavor are seen here in screenshots from 2018 before they were detained in China. Beijing says the two Canadians are being held on national security charges.

BEIJING — China is hinting at upcoming trials for two Canadian citizens held for a year on vague national security charges in what is widely believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday that the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been transferred to prosecutors for “review and prosecution in accordance with the law.” Such trials are usually carried out behind closed doors and convictions are virtually assured.


Beijing detained Kovrig and Spavor last December, days after Meng, whose father is Huawei’s founder, was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1, 2018, at the request of U.S. authorities who want her on fraud charges. 

China has also sentenced two other Canadians to death and suspended imports of Canadian canola. Relations between Canada and China are at their lowest point since Chinese troops cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Neither Kovrig nor Spavor is known to have had access to lawyers or contact with family members. Meng is living under house arrest in one of her two luxury mansions in Vancouver, where she recently penned a letter contrasting her hectic life as a Huawei executive with her current placid existence as her legal team fights a U.S. deportation request.

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US oil executives jailed in Venezuela given house arrest

MIAMI — Six American oil executives held in an overcrowded Venezuelan prison for two years on corruption charges were granted house arrest Monday.

The partial release of the six employees of Houston-based Citgo was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people familiar with the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case.

Tomeu Vadell, Jose Luis Zambrano, Alirio Zambrano, Jorge Toledo, Gustavo Cardenas and Jose Pereira were hauled away by masked security agents while at a meeting in Caracas just before Thanksgiving in 2017. They had been lured to Venezuela in order to attend a meeting at the headquarters of Citgo’s parent, state-run oil giant PDVSA.

The two people said lawyers for the six men had made the request to be granted house arrest due to health concerns. There was no immediate comment from President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

The men are awaiting trial on corruption charges stemming from a never executed plan to refinance some $4 billion in Citgo bonds by offering a 50% stake in the company as collateral.

Prosecutors accuse the men of manoeuvring to benefit from the proposed deal.

But many believe the men, five of whom are naturalized U.S. citizens and the other a legal resident, are being held as political bargaining chips as relations between the U.S. and Venezuela have deteriorated. They cite as evidence of irregularities the decisions by Venezuelan Judge Rosvelin Gil to postpone 15 straight times a preliminary hearing.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence in April called for the men’s release after meeting with family members at the White House.

“We are going to stand with you until they are free and until Venezuela is free,” he said at the time.

Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press

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