PM NEWS WED JUNE 29

Local Service Provider, Eastlink has confirmed that its fibre upgrade in Mindemoya is making progress, which will bring high-speed internet to residents and businesses in the community as part of the federal government’s Universal Broadband Fund program.

Eastlink has completed the initial design work, procured fibre networking equipment, and are currently prepping the area, including tree trimming, for the installation of fibre, which is expected to be completed soon.

Two people who were wanted on outstanding warrants were arrested following a fight in Elliot Lake last week.

According to East Algoma OPP, police were called to a residence just before 5 p.m. on June 23. Two people were subsequently located in the garage and arrested. 30 year-old Jessy St. Jean and 40 year old Shawn Gravelle both face multiple charges. Both accused are schedule to appear in Elliot Lake Court on August 9th.

The mastermind of an elaborate Ponzi scheme that cheated hundreds of people of tens of millions of dollars was sentenced yesterday in a Barrie courtroom to seven years in jail. Charles Debono has been behind bars since his arrest in 2020 for his role in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history. Earlier this year, the 63-year-old pleaded guilty to money laundering and fraud.

The Crown told the court Debono promised investors in his bogus debit machine business a 15-cent return on every transaction and that the scheme, involving more than 500 victims, led to more than $29 million in losses for investors. Debono’s plea and previously clean criminal record mean he could be out by fall 2026. Upon his eventual release, Debono is banned from seeking employment involving handling other people’s money.

Police in Saanich, B.C., kept an area near a bank evacuated overnight as they continue to investigate a possible explosive device linked to a deadly gunfight with two suspected bank robbers.

Both suspects were shot and killed as police responded to the robbery and six officers were wounded. 2 of the offers were seriously injured and underwent surgery late yesterday. A third officer also remains in hospital. Social media videos show dozens of shots were fired and police have set up an online site to gather videos taken by witnesses.

An 8-year-old boy was found alive in a sewer eight days after he went missing in northwestern Germany. The boy, identified by authorities only as Joe, was reported missing on the afternoon of June 17th. He was eventually rescued from the sewer system after a passer-by in the local area heard noises coming from a manhole cover early Saturday morning and alerted the emergency services. Joe was found just 1,000 feet from his home address and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia and dehydration. Authorities concluded that the boy most likely climbed into a concrete drainage pipe while playing, and then crawled into the sewer system through a canal and got lost.

In Sports:

In the Major Leagues, The Toronto Blue Jays had a wild 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox last night. This win pushes Toronto past Boston in the battle for the first wild card spot in the American League. They teams will complete their 3 game series tonight at 7:07. The Jays will then welcome the Tampa Bay Rays for a 5 game series starting tomorrow.

In Tennis, Serena Williams has been ousted in her first round at Wimbledon. Nearly a year to the day since her last singles competition, Williams came within two points of victory. But she could not finish the job against an opponent, Harmony Tan of France.

Also in tennis, Canadian Bianca Andreescu continued her success with a win over Emina Bektas in her first-round at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Men’s 13th seed Denis Shapovalov also moved on with a wild five-set win over France’s Arthur Rinderknech, while sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime was upset by American Maxime Cressy in four sets.

The Saint John SeaDogs will face off against the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Memorial Cup final in St. John’s. Two teams that skated through distinctly different paths in the playoffs will meet Wednesday in the final of the 2022 Memorial Cup. You can watch the final on TSN starting at 5:30.

It is the first Memorial Cup final since 2019, when the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies skated to the title at the tournament in Halifax.