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A Toronto man has been charged after police located plenty of both drugs and drug paraphernalia during a routine traffic stop in Scugog Township. Durham regional police say the stop took place just before 2 AM at in the area of Highway 7/12 and Scugog Line 12. The vehicle was reportedly travelling slower than the limit, and weaving to boot. Upon stopping the vehicle, the odour of cannabis was also detected. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded cocaine, fentanyl, MDMA, and crystal meth, among other discoveries. The seizure’s street value was placed at more than 20,000 dollars. 26 year old Tevin Ellis of Toronto is being held for a bail hearing.

The hardest chapter of a saga for 97 orcas and belugas has drawn to a close. Last year, environmentalists discovered the existence of what was dubbed a “Russian whale jail”, housing 10 orcas and 87 belugas that were having difficulty breathing through ice-caked waters in their captivity. As word of the whale jail spread, it quickly became a source of backlash the Kremlin could not ignore, and the order was given to release the whales. A complicated operation was conceived, wherein whales would be transported hundreds of kilometers via truck and barge in order to deliver them to the place they were captured. With military-like precision, trips were executed in 2’s and 3’s, first by road and then river, even getting some logistical insight from the son of famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau as to how best release the pods of sea creatures in groups. With the transport and releases behind them, the operation was dubbed a success but scientists will continue to monitor their re-integration into the wild.

What was meant to be a relaxing vacation has become anything but for one unfortunate Ottawa citizen. 29-year-old Lexi York was staying at the Grand Bahaia Principe resort in Tulum, Mexico and was alone for one night, having arrived a day earlier than her mother. A recent acquaintance from dinner only hours before convinced her to open her door and then forced his way inside the room, beating her to the point of unconsciousness. When she awoke her eyes were swollen shut and she had to feel her way out of the room to get help. What followed was 9 hours of reconstructive surgery at a hospital in Cancun. Ms. York also sustained nerve damage to her face. Currently she is in recovery, but has not been cleared to return home to Canada.

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