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Michael Ford (post until Oct. 31/19)

Social media sites are facing backlash after failing to contain the spread of a video of an attack on two New Zealand mosques. The shootings at the two Christchurch mosques left 49 people dead and injured dozens more. The man who allegedly carried out the shootings reportedly broadcast 17 minutes of the attack on a Facebook livestream. Both YouTube owner Google and Twitter also say they're working to remove video of the shootings from their sites. Officials are criticizing the tech giants once again for reacting too slowly to harmful content. Legal analysts say sharing the video will only inspire more mass shootings in the future. (The Canadian Press)

Toronto police say they are still searching for two suspects believed to be involved in a June 14 shooting in a playground. Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell is encouraging Tarrick Rhoden and T’Quan Robertson to turn themselves in. (The Canadian Press)

The sister-in-law of a man who died after an arrest in Barrie, Ontario, says Olando Brown was treated worse than an “animal” by police. A bystander’s video appears to show officers using a stun gun more than once on the 32-year-old.  (The Canadian Press)

A Hamilton-area man was acquitted Wednesday in the shooting death of an Indigenous man who broke into his truck. Defence lawyer Jeffrey Manishen says he explained to the jury how Peter Khill was following his training as a military reservist. (The Canadian Press)

Conditional sentences given to two men convicted of polygamy in B.C. send a “message” to communities that engage in the practice, says a prosecutor. Winston Blackmore and James Oler will serve their sentences under house arrest. (The Canadian Press)

An Alberta prosecutor says “compelling” information from a firearms expert impacted the decision to drop the case against Edouard Maurice, charged with aggravated assault and firearms offences after he confronted two people on his rural property.

Toronto police say a Thursday raid focused on members of the Five Point Generalz and resulted in the arrests of 70 people. Chief Mark Saunders says the street gang is responsible for numerous shootings in the city.

The Liberal government was asked Wednesday whether Ottawa would consider pardoning people convicted of marijuana crimes in the past. The Senate passed the Cannabis Act on Tuesday, but pot remains illegal until the bill goes into effect.

Toronto police are asking witnesses to come forward after a man was allegedly pushed in front of a train at a Toronto subway station Monday. John Reszetnik, 57, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the incident. 

An Ottawa judge has sentenced Ali Omar Ader to 15 years in prison for his role in the 2008 kidnapping of journalist Amanda Lindhout. Crown lawyer Xenia Proestos says the sentencing shows Canada takes such offences “very seriously.”

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