• Recently-charged Justin Bieber has retained the same law firm used by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's friend and former driver, Alexander Lisi.

    Seth Weistein, a lawyer for the high-profile firm of Greenspan Humphrey Lavine, has confirmed that he is working with Brian Greenspan, who has been retained as counsel for the young pop star. Bieber was charged on Wednesday in the December assault of a Toronto limo driver.

    "The Toronto Police Service requested that Justin Bieber appear in Toronto to face an allegation of assault relating to an incident on December 29, 2013," reads a statement emailed to Yahoo Canada News.

    "We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offence, the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States.

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    Editorial cartoon by Fleg "Our position is that Mr. Bieber is innocent. As the matter is now before the court, it would be inappropriate to address the specifics of either the allegation or of the defence at this

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  • Rob Ford is being sued by his sister's ex-boyfriend for allegedly conspiring to have the man beaten in prison.
    When you've been accused of ordering the “vicious” jailhouse beating of your sister's ex-boyfriend, all you can really do is hit the gym.

    This, according to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was named on Wednesday in a statement of claim alleging he had a former football player attack Scott McIntyre in a Toronto detention centre last year.

    Ford's lawyer, Dennis Morris, has called the allegations "without fact or foundation."

    On Thursday, Ford declined to discuss the allegation during his weekly appearance on a Washington, D.C. sports radio program, saying the constant barrage of allegations and controversies that has plagued his time as mayor hasn't gotten him down.

    "What are you going to do? You gotta focus on saving taxpayers' money and work out," he told the Sports Junkies.

    Ford said he was making his weekly radio appearance by phone from the gym, where he had reportedly completed 20 leg presses of more than 800 lbs. The sports radio hosts were audibly impressed; Ford promised to send

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  • A Calgary woman who dodged a murder charge after tossing three of her newborn babies in a dumpster is getting 18 months in prison for infanticide.

    Alberta Queen's Bench Justice Peter McIntyre sentenced Meredith Borowiec to the jail time in addition to the 18 months she had spent in custody before being released on bail, The Canadian Press reported.

    Borowiec was convicted earlier of two counts of infanticide in the deaths of two of the newborns in 2008 and 2009, and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault involving a third baby who survived after a passerby heard it crying from inside the dumpster.

    In an ironic twist, the baby's father was among those who unwittingly helped rescue his own child from the trash.

    "You've shocked the community and you've shamed yourself," McIntyre said in sentencing Borowiec on Wednesday. "This is a terrible case."

    McIntyre convicted Borowiec of infanticide instead of second-degree murder because her professed mental state at the time of the births raised

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  • Justin Bieber may have just jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.

    The Canadian superstar returned to Toronto and surrendered to 52 Division, where he was charged with assault of a Toronto limo driver.

    The assault in question allegedly occurred on Dec. 29, 2013, when the limo operator was attacked in the Dundas Street West area of the city. Police allege Bieber was one of six people picked up by the limousine from a nightclub in the early morning hours. An altercation allegedly took place en route to a hotel.

    Police say that  during the altercation one of the passengers allegedly hit the limo driver in the back of the head several times.

    Bieber appeared at the downtown police station at about 7:45 p.m. EST on Wednesday, dashing from a black SUV into the station under the watch of several officers. Once inside, Bieber waved to a collection of fans that had gathered outside the station in anticipation of his arrival.

    He was inside for a little more than two hours before confirmation

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  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been named in a statement of claim that alleges he was behind the jailhouse assault of his sister's ex-boyfriend.

    CBC News' Jamie Strashin first reported that Scott MacIntyre has filed a statement of claim against Ford. Ford's lawyer, Dennis Morris, later confirmed the legal action to reporters.

    "They are without fact or foundation," Morris told reporters at city hall.

    The incident in question occurred in March of 2012, while MacIntyre was in custody in the Metro West Detention Centre.

    The Globe and Mail reports the lawsuit alleges that Aedan Petros orchestrated the assault, which left MacIntyre with shattered teeth and a broken leg.

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    Petros is described by the Globe as a "300-pound, violent criminal who played defensive tackle for

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  • In a decision with potential implications for anyone involved in back-country skiing or other risky sport, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit against a British ski tourist by the widow of an American killed in a heli-skiing accident.

    Elisabeth Kennedy sued Adrian Coe in the 2009 death of her husband, Colorado lawyer Mark Kennedy, for loss of his future earnings.

    She claimed Coe didn't fulfil his duties as Kennedy's designated "ski buddy" as they skied down a mountain near Revelstoke, B.C. Kennedy fell backwards into a tree well – a deep hole in the snow surrounding a tree trunk – and suffocated when his head became buried in the loose snow.

    The men were among a group of skiers guided by Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, which paired up skiers to act as each others' ski buddies as they come down the mountain.

    Elisabeth Kennedy claimed that the practice amounted to a contractual obligation for Coe to stay close to her husband, keep him in sight and help or summon aid if he got into

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  • The last of three Ottawa teenage girls who ran an underage prostitution ring was convicted Wednesday of 30 charges.

    The now-17-year-old girl, arrested with two others in June 2012, cried as Justice Diane Lahaie found her guilty of all but three charges. They included procurement for the purpose of prostitution, human trafficking, making child pornography, sexual assault, child luring, uttering threats and unlawful confinement, CBC News reported.

    The teen, who can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was the ringleader among the three girls, who were aged 15 and 16 at the time of their arrest.

    The two others pleaded guilty last year midway through their trials. One received the maximum allowable sentence of three years, less credit for time served, while the other has not been sentenced pending a psychiatric report, the Ottawa Citizen noted.

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  • A Toronto city council meeting intended to establish the 2014 budget, expected to include a secretive budget proposal put forward by Mayor Rob Ford, was bound the get ugly.

    But no one thought it would get so ugly, so fast.

    Within moments of council session getting under way Thursday morning, Ford had already told one councillor to "shut up" and a recess was called after public spectators began shouting and chanting.

    Shortly after the council session began, Ford got into a shouting match with conservative Coun. Michael Thompson. "No, you shut up," Ford yelled at one point, before a recess was called.

    Ford has yet to unveil his secret plan, which he says will save the city $60 million.

    The problem is that the motion appears to be a fireworks display intended for failure. Ford assumes his motion will be rejected. But by keeping its contents secret until the 11th hour he has ensured it. A cynic might suggest that failure is Ford's goal. It works well with his election narrative: The gravy train

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  • Mist rises off Lake Ontario in early January with the outside temperature hovering in the - 21 C range. Photo via CBC.Just a reminder to terrible parents out there, leaving a child locked in a freezing car is as bad an idea as leaving them locked in a hot one. It wouldn't seem like it needs to be said, considering the bitter winter Canada has suffered through, but there it is.

    At least one Ontario father allegedly needs the reminder after being accused of abandoning his daughter alone in a store parking lot for more than 40 minutes.

    York Regional Police confirm that a 39-year-old Toronto man has been charged with child abandonment after allegedly leaving his two-year-old daughter in a parking lot near Markham Road and Kirkham Drive on Tuesday evening. The address belongs to a Costco shopping centre.

    Emergency crews pulled the child from the car and she was found unharmed.

    With temperatures in Markham reaching as low as -15 C on Tuesday, and wind chills making it feel like -26 C, there was concern that a child left alone that long could suffer from exposure to extreme weather.

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  • Not everyone was in high spirits after U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his state of the union address last night, and at least one congressman took out his aggression on an unsuspecting television reporter.

    An interview between NY1 reporter Michael Scotto and Staten Island Republican Rep. Michael Grimm ended awkwardly, to say the least, when Grimm was caught on video verbally threatening Scotto.

    A video posted by the Associated Press shows Scotto attempting to ask Grimm about allegations about a campaign finance investigation. Earlier this week, a fundraiser for Grimm was arrested and charged with illegally providing $10,000 to Grimm’s 2010 campaign.

    One suspects Grimm had been less than forthcoming to speak on the issue, and Scotto apparently took the opportunity to question him on it.

    Grimm did not approve of the line of questioning and ended the interview. “I’m not talking about anything that’s off-topic, this is only about the president,” he said, before walking away. He came

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