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Media Release – November 8, 2021 – Guelph Police – guelphpolice.ca

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Police seek witnesses in road rage incident

The Guelph Police Service is seeking witnesses after a road rage incident Saturday night which left two vehicles demolished and a male facing criminal charges.

Approximately 9:15 p.m. police were called to a parking lot on Silvercreek Parkway North where officers located two heavily-damaged vehicles. Investigation revealed one of the drivers became angry after another driver flashed his high beams while driving on Woodlawn Road West, and began following and eventually intentionally colliding with the other car.

The suspect then smashed the driver’s side window of the other car, pulled the driver out and pushed him to the ground.

A 23-year-old Rockwood male is charged with dangerous driving, assault and mischief under $5,000. He will appear in a Guelph court February 18, 2022.

Anyone who saw the two vehicles or has dashcam footage is asked to call Constable Mike Powell of the Guelph Police Service Traffic Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7206, email him at mpowell@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Male arrested in four-year-old investigation

A Guelph male faces charges after an ATM was extensively damaged more than four years ago.

In February 2017, a male entered a financial institution on Stone Road West and attempted to gain access to the ATM. He was unable to gain access but caused more than $5,500 in damage.

Fingerprints lifted from the damaged machine were submitted to the national Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), and in February 2020 Guelph Police was notified of a match. The male was further identified through a distinctive tattoo visible in the surveillance footage.

On Friday a 30-year-old Guelph male was located in downtown Guelph and arrested on a charge of mischief over $5,000. He will appear in bail court Tuesday.

Charges following downtown rampage

A Guelph male faces assault and weapons charges after a rampage at a downtown business Friday afternoon.

Approximately 3 p.m. Friday, a male armed with a baseball bat attended a business in the area of Macdonell Street and Wilson Street to confront an employee over a personal matter.

He smashed several exterior windows and a glass door, then entered the business and used the bat to cause more damage. He approached the employee while holding the bat as if he was going to swing it before leaving the business. There were no physical injuries reported.

The male was located a short distance away and arrested. A 24-year-old Guelph male is charged with mischief over $5,000, assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He will appear in a Guelph court December 31, 2021.

Two drivers arrested for impaired

Two motorists were arrested for impaired driving this weekend in Guelph.

Approximately 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a Guelph Police Service officer on patrol saw a vehicle running a red light at Gordon Street and Wellington Street. The vehicle was stopped and the officer detected an odour of alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath. The driver registered a fail on a roadside screening device and was taken to the police station where further testing confirmed she had more than the legal limit of alcohol in her system.

A 22-year-old Guelph female is charged with impaired operation, failing to stop for a red light and novice driver having alcohol in her system. Her driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days and her vehicle impounded for seven days. She will appear in a Guelph court November 23, 2021.

Approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, an officer was driving on Eastview Road near Victoria Road North when she observed a vehicle with a validation sticker which expired in 2019. The vehicle was stopped and the officer noted an odour of alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath. The driver registered a fail on a roadside device and was taken to the police station where further testing confirmed he had more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

A 33-year-old Georgetown male is charged with impaired operation and driving without a valid permit. His driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days. He will appear in a Guelph court November 26, 2021.

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to always consume alcohol and cannabis responsibly. Please don’t drive if you are going to consume alcohol or cannabis, and please ensure that you plan ahead so that you have a safe ride home.

Gas stolen during break and enter

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after gasoline was stolen during a commercial break and enter last week.

Approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday, police were dispatched to a business on Woodlawn Road East. Two trailers had been entered early Thursday morning after their padlocks were cut off but it did not appear anything was stolen.

Padlocks had also been cut off gas tanks which are used to refuel the company’s vehicles and an unknown quantity of gasoline was stolen. Surveillance footage revealed the suspects arrived in a white GMC Denali or Sierra pickup with a light bar on the roof.

On Thursday evening, approximately 11:30 p.m., a grey vehicle believed to be a Kia Soul was captured on video approaching the pumps, however the locks had been replaced and no further theft was reported.

The incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Geoff Hiebert at 519-824-1212, ext. 7290, email him at ghiebert@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Total calls in the last 72 hours – 636

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Canadiens executive vice-president Jeff Gorton marks new era, meets Montreal media – Globalnews.ca

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It’s been the talk of the town among sports fans for the past week: the Montreal Canadiens firing longtime general manager Marc Bergevin and bringing in Jeff Gorton as executive vice-president. The newly appointed VP met with the Montreal media for the first time Friday morning to mark the start of a new era.

The former New York Rangers general manager started by attempting to say a few sentences in French. When finished, he thanked owner Geoff Molson and said, “I hope that was OK.”

Gorton said working for the Habs is a dream. He feels like the Original Six franchise is a good fit, despite the fact that the Massachusetts-born VP grew up cheering for the Boston Bruins.

“You know, the Canadians broke my heart a lot of times. That’s my first memories, like in 1979, probably sticks out as the first one,” he told reporters.

Gorton insisted that he’s just starting out in his new role and he’s still getting a feel for the team. Regardless, the executive vice-president plans to work on player development and wants to add an analytics team.

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“I do believe in analytics and I think that the way the game has gone, I think it’s a big piece of information that you need to have,” said Gorton.

A big piece missing from his qualifications is that Gorton doesn’t speak French. He said he’s learning — his wife even bought him lessons — and asks for patience.

“I wanted to be great at golf and I still stink. Right? So I will do my best,” he said, chuckling.

Fans seem to support his effort, saying it’s not language that will help the Habs get out of this season’s slump.

“He did some sentences in French this morning, so I think it’s a good step forward,” said fan Patrick Gervais.

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The team is still looking for a French-speaking general manager to complement Gorton. Former Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy has expressed interest in the position. But Gorton says he has yet to draw up a shortlist, adding that it’s unlikely Bergevin’s successor will be named before Christmas.

“I don’t want to commit to anybody. I don’t want to say no to anybody so people can keep calling me if they like,” he said.

However, Global News hockey analyst Brian Wilde doesn’t expect Roy to get the job.

Instead, he said he thinks Molson and Gorton would like “someone who has a lot of experience in scouting and has some experience as an assistant general manager.”

“I think Mark Madden fits the role in Anaheim,” said Wilde.

Wilde says he liked what he heard from Gorton on Friday. But the executive vice-president kept his cards close so fans will have to wait to see what the Gorton era brings.

“I don’t think we got our answer to whether it’s going to be a full rebuild, and I think we’re going to have to wait just to see how many moves he makes,” said Wilde.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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Montreal real estate broker fined $1500 for English-language social media ad – CTV News Montreal

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MONTREAL —
A Montreal real estate broker has picked up a hefty fine for posting a social media ad in English only.

REMAX Broker Qiang Zhong said he was issued the ticket of $1,500 by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) over the post, which advertised one of his properties.

Zhong said he didn’t mind picking up the bill. “I know the government just wants to promote a French language,” he said. “I don’t have any personal emotion against this stuff.”

The fine came from a violation of Article 52 of Quebec’s French Charter, which states that, “catalogues, brochures, folders, commercial directories and any similar publications must be drawn up in French.”

The OQLF said it became aware of the infraction after a complaint on Oct. 23, 2019.

Zhong said he’s been working as a broker in Montreal for more than a decade after moving here from China, where he’s used to navigating between languages: Mandarin, the official language of Mainlaind China, and Cantonese, which is also common in his home province of Guangdong.

He said he’s still connected with his home communities, and has helped several new Chinese immigrants find homes in Montreal. He said he also encourages newcomers to learn French — the province’s official language.

“Even though I got the bill, I still love Montreal,” he said. “I could get double or triple the money in Toronto in Vancouver, but I want to stay here.”

He also said the ad brought prospective buyers to the REMAX website, which can be viewed in both French and English.

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Watch Live: Canadiens’ Jeff Gorton addresses the media – Sportsnet.ca

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Editor’s note: This stream has now ended.

For the first time since assuming the role of executive vice president of hockey operations for the Montreal Canadiens, Jeff Gorton will speak with the media — and his comments can be seen in their entirety right here on Sportsnet, starting at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET.

Gorton took on the role amid seismic changes to the Canadiens’ front office, including the departure of longtime general manager Marc Bergevin, and will be tasked with charting a course back to contention for Montreal, which has followed up a fabled run to the Stanley Cup Final with a troubled first quarter to 2021.

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