An Ontario man faces multiple charges of assault after he allegedly drove into a Toronto traffic agent over and over again with his car.
On Wednesday, April 28, TPS arrested 19-year-old Zachary Verpaalen, of Amaranth, Ontario, and charged him with Assault With A Weapon and Assault of a Peace Officer for his alleged part in an incident on Monday afternoon.
The alleged assault took place on Monday afternoon when police say the driver of a black Chevrolet Cruze tried to turn right onto the Gardiner Expressway from the left lane on York Street.
According to Toronto police, the driver was stopped by a traffic agent working at the corner, who directed him not to turn. The driver allegedly disobeyed the agent's instructions and instead drove into the worker — who was stood in front of the car — multiple times. The agent was not seriously injured, police say.
"City of Toronto Traffic Agents work in key intersections to help reduce congestion and improve safety for all road users," said Toronto's Traffic Services' Superintendent Scott Baptist in a statement. "Aggressive and threatening behaviour towards them will not be tolerated."
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The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has just filed a $90 million lawsuit against the City and Toronto Fire Services (TFS) over a massive fire that destroyed York Memorial Collegiate Institute in 2019.
The legal document claims that the fire department failed to do its job properly upon initial arrival, which resulted in the fire rekindling on May 7, the following day. TDSB also argues that Fire Chief Matthew Pegg attempted to sway them into believing the fires were separate.
"While the TDSB and our insurers had hoped to resolve this matter outside of court, we were left with no choice but to take legal action," stated the school.
In a press conference, Pegg commented on the lawsuit, saying, "I became aware of the statement of claim being filed today, a copy of one of the media articles was sent to me by a colleague. It is now in the hands of city legal, as is our process at any point of time for any legal action, and that's where it's best suited. It's a matter that will be managed by legal services and ultimately in the courts."