Andersen stops former team, streaking Hurricanes beat Leafs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frederik Andersen made 24 saves against his former team and the unbeaten Carolina Hurricanes matched the best five-game start in franchise history by defeating the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Monday night.

Sebastian Aho, Steven Lorentz and Nino Niederreiter scored second-period goals for the Hurricanes. Andrei Svechnikov added an empty-netter and Jaccob Slavin had two assists.

Carolina also was 5-0-0 in 2019-20.

“This group is going to work hard every night,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We’ve still got some areas to clean up. It’s good that we’re finding ways to win.”

Andersen has been the only goalie used by the Hurricanes this season. His latest performance came with personal connections to the opponent.

“I was trying not to think too much about it,” Andersen said. “It was kind of tough mentally to kind of shut that off and not try to analyze every play and what they might do.”

Jack Campbell stopped 31 shots for Toronto, which is 0-3-1 in its past four games and has managed just one goal in three of them.

“We’ve just got to believe,” left wing Michael Bunting said. “I think we’re confident to get out of this rut.”

Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs with his first goal of the season. His wraparound came 3:25 in.

With the Hurricanes failing to score in the first period, it meant they trailed entering the second for the first time this season.

“I thought our first period was our best period of play and we were down 1-0,” Brind’Amour said. “It was kind of weird how the game kind of went that way.”

Aho and Lorentz scored less than 2 1/2 minutes apart in the second. Aho has a point in every Carolina game this season, while Lorentz got his first goal of the season.

The Maple Leafs were their busiest in the third period, recording nine shots. But they couldn’t solve Andersen again.

“Freddie has just been a rock,” Lorentz said.

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Matthews was the NHL leader in goals with 41 last season, so getting him in the scoring column was key. He was without an assist across his first three games as well.

Matthews wasn’t pleased with the outcome, but he tried to find a positive with his goal.

“Hopefully, that’s a good step for me moving forward,” he said.

YOU MUST BE TRIPPING

Slavin, a defenseman, was called for a second-period tripping penalty. That was his first penalty in more than 1,074 minutes of ice time dating to last March. The stretch included the 2021 playoffs and covered parts of 45 games.

“It was me,” Slavin said of the infraction. “I talked to the ref about it.”

GOALIE APPRECIATIONS

David Ayres, who made history in February 2020 by becoming the only emergency backup goalie to get an NHL victory when he rescued the Hurricanes against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, was honored again in Raleigh. This time, he handled the pregame siren ringing to welcome the Hurricanes to the ice.

Andersen was on the Toronto side for that unusual situation.

“A fun story for many people, but not in our room that year,” Andersen said.

A bit later Monday, Petr Mrazek, who was Carolina’s top goalie for parts of the past three seasons but is out of the Toronto lineup because of an injury, received a big ovation when introduced during the first period. He acknowledged the crowd from an upper-arena box.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Finish a three-game road trip Wednesday night at Chicago.

Hurricanes: Host the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the opening part of their first back-to-back of the season.

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B.C. judge orders return of items seized from Meng Wanzhou during 2018 arrest

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A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has ordered the return of items seized from Meng Wanzhou during the Huawei executive’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport over an extradition request from the United States.

An order dated Oct. 21 and signed by Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes says items taken by the RCMP during her Dec. 1, 2018, arrest must be returned.

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The court document released to media lists a MacBook laptop, an iPad, a USB stick, an iPhone, a Huawei phone, SIM cards and a Chinese passport.

The order also directs the RCMP to destroy a handwritten note containing the passcodes to Meng’s phones as well as photos of the note and of her device’s serial numbers.

U.S. authorities accused Meng of lying to HSBC about Huawei’s control of a subsidiary, putting the bank at risk of violating American sanctions against Iran.

Meng pleaded not guilty in a U.S. court in September after reaching a deferred prosecution agreement, the extradition request was dropped and she returned to China immediately.

The court heard during the extradition hearing in Vancouver that the passcodes to Meng’s phones were improperly shared with the RCMP by an agent with the Canada Border Services Agency, forming part of an argument by Meng’s lawyers that she was subjected to an abuse of process and the extradition request should be thrown out.

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Lawyers for Canada’s attorney general disagreed, arguing there had been no misconduct in the extradition case that would have justified a stay of proceedings.

Holmes had reserved her decision over Meng’s extradition in August, around a month before Meng struck the deal that would allow for the charges against her to be dismissed after Dec. 1, 2022, provided she complies with certain obligations.

Two Canadians detained in China shortly after Meng was arrested, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, returned to Canada just as she was heading back to China.

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Countries with shortage of COVID-19 vaccines exempt from new U.S. travel rules: Biden

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Children under 18 and people from dozens of countries with a shortage of vaccines will be exempt from new rules that will require most travelers to the United States be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration announced Monday.

The government will require airlines to collect contact information on passengers regardless of whether they have been vaccinated to help with contact tracing, if that becomes necessary.

Beginning Nov. 8, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated, with only limited exceptions, and all travelers will need to be tested for the virus before boarding a plane to the U.S. There will be tightened restrictions for American and foreign citizens who are not fully vaccinated.

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The new policy comes as the Biden administration moves away from restrictions that ban non-essential travel from several dozen countries — most of Europe, China, Brazil, South Africa, India and Iran — and instead focuses on classifying individuals by the risk they pose to others.

It also reflects the White House’s embrace of vaccination requirements as a tool to push more Americans to get the shots by making it inconvenient to remain unvaccinated.

Under the policy, those who are vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of travel, while the unvaccinated must present a test taken within one day of travel.

Children under 18 will not be required to be fully vaccinated because of delays in making them eligible for vaccines in many places. They will still need to take a COVID-19 test unless they are 2 or younger.

Others who will be exempt from the vaccination requirement include people who participated in COVID-19 clinical trials, who had severe allergic reactions to the vaccines, or are from a country where shots are not widely available.

That latter category will cover people from countries with vaccination rates below 10% of adults. They may be admitted to the U.S. with a government letter authorizing travel for a compelling reason and not just for tourism, a senior administration official said. The official estimated that there are about 50 such countries.

The U.S. will accept any vaccine approved for regular or emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. That includes Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines. Mixing-and-matching of approved shots will be permitted.

The Biden administration has been working with airlines, who will be required to enforce the new procedures. Airlines will be required to verify vaccine records and match them against identity information.

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Quarantine officers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will spot-check passengers who arrive in the U.S. for compliance, according to an administration official. Airlines that don’t enforce the requirements could be subject to penalties of up to nearly $35,000 per violation.

The new rules will replace restrictions that began in January 2020, when President Donald Trump banned most non-U.S. citizens coming from China. The Trump administration expanded that to cover Brazil, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland and most of continental Europe. President Joe Biden left those bans in place and expanded them to South Africa and India.

Biden came under pressure from European allies to drop the restrictions, particularly after many European countries eased limits on American visitors.

“The United States is open for business with all the promise and potential America has to offer,” Transportation Secretary Gina Raimondo said after Monday’s announcement.

The main trade group for the U.S. airline industry praised the administration’s decision.

“We have seen an increase in ticket sales for international travel over the past weeks, and are eager to begin safely reuniting the countless families, friends and colleagues who have not seen each other in nearly two years, if not longer,” Airlines for America said in a statement.

The pandemic and resulting travel restrictions have caused international travel to plunge. U.S. and foreign airlines plan to operate about 14,000 flights across the Atlantic this month, just over half the 29,000 flights they operated during October 2019, according to data from aviation-research firm Cirium.

Henry Harteveldt, a travel-industry analyst in San Francisco, said the lifting of country-specific restrictions will help, but it will be tempered by the vaccination and testing requirements.

“Anyone hoping for an explosion of international inbound visitors will be disappointed,” he said. “Nov. 8 will be the start of the international travel recovery in the U.S., but I don’t believe we see full recovery until 2023 at the earliest.”

The Biden administration has not proposed a vaccination requirement for domestic travel, which the airlines oppose fiercely, saying it would be impractical because of the large number of passengers who fly within the U.S. every day.

Koenig reported from Dallas.

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New Lethbridge city council officially sworn in: 'We're going to have respect for one another'

Lethbridge’s 26th mayor and its latest crop of city councillors have been officially sworn in. The nine members of city council took their oaths of office as part of a special ceremony at the Yates Theatre this afternoon and as Erik Bay reports, they’re now ready to shift their focus from the campaign trail to the business of city hall.

Nine members of Lethbridge city council can now drop elect from their titles after officially being sworn into office on Monday.

“It’s done, and we’re ready to roll here,” new Mayor Blaine Hyggen said.

It will be a new look for council compared to the previous four years, with a new mayor, three first-time councillors, one councillor with past council experience and four incumbents.

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It’s a council that feels it will draw on its individual experiences to make the best choices going forward.

“We may differ on a few things, but… together, we’re going to have respect for one another. I truly believe that,” Hyggen said.

“We’re going to have a very successful four years.”

Rookie Coun. Jenn Schmidt-Rempel says the past week has been a whirlwind since being elected, and she’s ready to begin work.

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“I’m really excited to get to work with fellow colleagues on city council, seeing what we can achieve together for our city.”

Council will start its orientation process before the first official meeting of this term on Nov. 16.

The plan is to spend the next few days discussing key issues facing the city and hit the ground running.

“I’ll be sitting down with council this coming week, and we’ll be going over some of those things,” Hyggen said. “That’s something I definitely have to sit down and see what others have heard on the campaign trail (that) we need to address.”

“I really want to make sure that we, as a council, set the tone for our city as a group that can work together,” Schmidt-Rempel said. “Having been through the campaign trail with this group of people, I do believe that we will do that.”

Two things Hyggen says he wants to address right away are community safety and recent bussing concerns within the city.

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Andersen stops former team as Hurricanes top Leafs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frederik Andersen made 24 saves against his former team and the unbeaten Carolina Hurricanes matched the best five-game start in franchise history by defeating the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Monday night.

Sebastian Aho, Steven Lorentz and Nino Niederreiter scored second-period goals for the Hurricanes. Andrei Svechnikov added an empty-netter and Jaccob Slavin had two assists.

Carolina also was 5-0-0 in 2019-20.

Jack Campbell stopped 31 shots for Toronto, which is 0-3-1 in its past four games and has managed just one goal in three of them.

Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs with his first goal of the season. His wraparound came 3:25 in.

With the Hurricanes failing to score in the first period, it meant they trailed entering the second for the first time this season.

Aho and Lorentz scored less than 2 1/2 minutes apart in the second. Aho has a point in every Carolina game this season, while Lorentz got his first goal of the season.

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Matthews was the NHL leader in goals with 41 last season, so getting him in the scoring column was key. He was without an assist across his first three games as well.

YOU MUST BE TRIPPING

Slavin, a defenseman, was called for a second-period tripping penalty. That was his first penalty in more than 1,074 minutes of ice time dating to last March. The stretch included the 2021 playoffs and covered parts of 45 games.

GOALIE APPRECIATIONS

David Ayres, who made history in February 2020 by becoming the only emergency backup goalie to get an NHL victory when he rescued the Hurricanes against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, was honored again in Raleigh. This time, he handled the pregame siren ringing to welcome the Hurricanes to the ice.

A bit later, Petr Mrazek, who was Carolina’s top goalie for parts of the past three seasons but is out of the Toronto lineup because of an injury, received a big ovation when introduced during the first period. He acknowledged the crowd from an upper-arena box.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Finish a three-game road trip Wednesday night at Chicago.

Hurricanes: Host the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the opening part of their first back-to-back of the season.

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DeRozan powers Bulls past Raptors 111-108

TORONTO – DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points to lead his Chicago Bulls past the Toronto Raptors 111-108 on Monday in a return to Scotiabank Arena against his former team.

DeRozan had three late field goals to help Chicago (4-0) remain undefeated. Bulls guard Zach LaVine added 22 points.

DeRozan played the first nine seasons of his NBA career in Toronto before getting traded to the San Antonio Spurs in 2018. He was traded to Chicago this past off-season.

OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors (1-3) offensively with 22 and 18 points, respectively.

Toronto is winless in three starts at home this season.

After DeRozan pushed the Bulls to a 108-102 lead with just over a minute remaining, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet hit an inside shot to pull Toronto to within four.

The Raptors had the ball back with 40 seconds remaining, but VanVleet’s pass was picked off by Chicago guard Alex Caruso.

A Bulls miscue on an inbounds pass led to an easy layup for Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes and a two-point deficit with 14 seconds left. But Chicago hung on with a late free throw from Nikola Vucevic and a game-ending three-point miss from VanVleet.

The Bulls led by 10 at the half and swiftly expanded that margin to 20 points at 73-53 before the third quarter was three minutes old. Chicago enjoyed a 92-80 advantage at the end of three quarters.

The Raptors closed to within two points when Anunoby hit a three-pointer with 5:09 remaining and then hit a layup for a 97-95 deficit.

DeRozan then went to work, hitting a pair of crucial mid-range jumpers.

It was DeRozan’s seventh game against the Raptors since he was traded to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green on July 18, 2018.

DeRozan split the previous six games with three wins and three losses.

He enjoyed a solid start with 11 points in the first quarter that ended 24-24.

After trading field goals early in the second quarter, Lonzo Ball and Caruso drained back-to-back three-pointers to provide Chicago with a six-point advantage.

That lead swelled to 61-51 by halftime. Ball led the way for Chicago with four three-point jumpers for 12 points.

Trent scored a dozen for Toronto, including a pair of three-pointers, in the first two quarters.

The Raptors were sloppy offensively with 10 turnovers to Chicago’s three in the first half. Anunoby was also beset with early foul trouble for the second game in a row, picking up his third midway through the second quarter.

VanVleet checked in with 15 points, but he dished out 17 assists.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2021.

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Ontario announces funding for rural high-speed internet at Rideau Lakes

Rural broadband received a funding boost from the provincial government Monday, as politicians gathered for the announcement in Newboro, Ont.

Ontario’s Infrastructure Minister, Kinga Surma, was joined by MPP Steve Clark and Mayor of Rideau Lakes Township Arie Hoogenboom to announce funding for two projects for the area.

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“We want to make sure that people can be safe working from home, provide for their families and educate their children and access all of those things,” says Surma. “This is very, very important to our government.”

The minister announced that the province will be contributing almost $98,000 to allow over 500 people to get high-speed internet access.

Funding for the two projects in Rideau Lakes Township is to increase broadband access as part of a $4 billion commitment to rural broadband.

“Our project consists of two towers,” says Hoogenboom. “One is going to go up outside of Elgin and one is just going to go north of here, and the main spread of these towers is to service some of our lake-front properties.”

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This funding announcement comes as part of the Ontario government’s investment of nearly $1.5 million through the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program, set to provide high-speed internet access to over 900 homes and businesses.

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Coleman helps lead Flames to 5-1 win over Rangers

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Andrew Mangiapane scored twice and the Calgary Flames beat the New York Rangers 5-1 on Monday night for their third-straight win.

Blake Coleman and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist, and Christopher Tanev also scored for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau got his seventh assist of the season and Jacob Markstrom stopped 28 shots.

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Dryden Hunt scored for the Rangers, who had won four straight — all on the road. Igor Shesterkin, making his fifth start, finished with 32 saves.

Trailing 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Rangers got on the scoreboard early in the third period. Markstrom stopped the initial shot by Jacob Trouba, but Hunt corralled a rebound in front and put it past the goalie for his first of the season at 5:25.

Coleman restored Calgary’s two-goal lead less than three minutes later as he backhanded the rebound of his own shot past Shesterkin for his second.

Calgary Flames center Blake Coleman (20) drives the puck past New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in New York.

Calgary Flames center Blake Coleman (20) drives the puck past New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in New York.

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Backlund made it 4-1 with 8 1/2 minutes left as he scored into the top left corner from the right circle for his first.

Mangiapane got his second of the night, scoring on a rebound on the power play from the right side with just over five seconds remaining. It was his fifth of the season and 10th in his last nine games, dating to last season.

Leading 1-0 after one period, the Flames doubled their lead early in the second. Mangiapane intercepted a pass by Patrik Nemeth from behind the Rangers net and beat Shesterkin from the right side at 2:09.

Mika Zibanejad had a chance to get the Rangers on the scoreboard after a Flames turnover as he skated up the ice with Alexis Lafreniere, but was denied by Markstorm with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the middle period. Shesterkin made a nice glove stop on a slap shot by Tyler Pitlick about 40 seconds later.

Markstrom stopped a wraparound try by Trouba with just more than two minutes to go, and then denied his backhand follow.

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Calgary outshot New York 15-7 in the first period. Shesterkin’s best save of the period came on an attempt by Sean Monahan in front with 3:15 remaining after a giveaway by the goalie.

Tanev got the Flames on the scoreboard on a rush with 1:10 left in the opening period as he got a pass from Gaudreau and beat Shesterkin from the right circle on the glove side for his first of the season. Elias Lindholm got his first assist and seventh point on the play.

The Rangers were down two players for much of the first. Rugged forward Ryan Reaves went to the dressing room early in the period after an apparent injury to his left leg, and defenseman Ryan Lindgren joined him by the midpoint after blocking a shot with his foot. Lindgren was back on the bench late in the period, and returned to the ice in the second. Reaves was also on the bench at the start of the second, but did not play again.

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Stanley Park Christmas train, VanDusen festival set to return for 2021

Christmas is coming early for fans of two of Metro Vancouver’s favourite holiday events.

The Vancouver Park Board announced Monday that both the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park and the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens will be back starting on Nov. 26.

Both events shifted to virtual tours last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will reopen to in-person visits with safety measures in place.

Ticket sales for both are online. In the case of the Christmas train, customers will purchase for a specified time due to capacity restrictions. Patrons are asked to arrive no sooner than 30 minutes before their scheduled train ride.

VanDusen will require proof of vaccination for patrons aged 12 and older. Masks are mandatory indoors for anyone aged five and older.

The train, which is outdoors, will not require proof of vaccination, but masks are recommended.

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Crown seeks 2.5 year sentence for Hamilton paramedics convicted in Yosif Al-Hasnawi's death

A sentencing hearing is underway for two former Hamilton paramedics found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life when they responded to the shooting of 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi.

The crown is seeking a sentence of two and a half years in prison for Christopher Marchant and Steven Snively, who were both convicted by a Superior Court judge in June.

The pair responded to a 911 call near Al-Hasnawi’s mosque near Main and Sanford on Dec. 2, 2017, after he was shot while coming to the aid of an older man who was being accosted by two younger men.

In his decision, Justice Harrison Arrell said the paramedics showed a “departure” from care standards by not taking Al-Hasnawi’s injury seriously and delaying in taking him to hospital.

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He also said Marchant and Snively made “a conscious decision to ignore the obvious evidence before them” by taking him to St. Joseph’s Hospital rather than Hamilton General Hospital — the city’s lead trauma hospital.

During Monday’s sentencing hearing, crown attorney Linda Shin read victim impact statements from Al-Hasnawi’s mother, father and younger brother, as well as a community impact statement from the Al-Moustafa Islamic Centre.

Amal Alzurufi, Yosif’s mother, wrote that she isolates herself from her other children so they won’t see her crying, and described how it feels to lose a child.

“It feels like someone has ripped your heart out of your chest,” she wrote. “I’m always crying, I’m constantly in pain. My heart breaks.”

She called the actions of the paramedics that night “unprofessional,” and said while she doesn’t hate them, she’s angry about what happened.

“I loved my son, and I wish that here was here, and none of this happened.”

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Ahmed Al-Hasnawi, who witnessed his older brother’s death at the age of 13, wrote that his life has been “completely turned upside-down” as a result of Yosif’s death.

“Quite honestly, I can’t remember being happy ever since he’s been gone.”

The maximum prison sentence for failing to provide the necessaries of life is five years.

Shin argued that Snively and Marchant should each be sentenced to two and a half years, citing their position as medical authorities that had the training and standards of care that set out what they were supposed to do.

“The required steps were simple, in this case — treat the injury as serious, depart immediately, take the patient to a trauma centre. That’s it.”

She added that paramedics are granted a “great deal of trust by the community” to care for citizens in times of need, and said the pair broke that public trust.

“They robbed Yosif of his only chance of survival and caused his death.”

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Defense for Snively and Marchant are asking for a conditional sentence of six to nine months, followed by a period of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Michael DelGobbo, counsel for Snively, provided character testimony about the elder paramedic during the latter portion of Monday’s hearing.

He described Snively as a devoted family man and a hardworking and passionate paramedic since he began his career in 2005, with his wife referring to him as “a person who is addicted to his job and never expected any of this to happen.”

The hearing will continue on Tuesday and will hear from Marchant’s lawyer.

Justice Arrell has indicated he will reserve his decision until a later date.

The gunman who shot Al-Hasnawi was found not guilty of second-degree murder by a jury in Nov. 2019, but the crown is appealing that verdict.

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