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Ottawa says it is

investigating 6,500
people from more
than 100 countries for
fraudulently attempt-
ing to gain citizenship
or maintain permanent
resident status.
Immigration Minis-
ter Jason Kenney says
Canadian citizenship
is not for sale and that
Canadians wont toler-
ate cheats.
Mr. Kenney held
a news conference in
Montreal on Friday
to say his department
is looking at revoking
the citizenship of more
than 2,100 people who
obtained it fraudulently.
He says there are also
4,400 people with per-
manent resident status
who are known to be
implicated in residence
fraud. Most of them are
outside the country.
Canadian citizen-
ship is not for sale, said
Mr. Kenney.
Canadians are
generous people, but
have no tolerance or
patience for people
who dont play by the
rules and who lie or
cheat to become a
Canadian citizen.
The government
will apply the full
strength of Canadian
law to those who have
obtained citizenship
Permanent residents
must acquire three
years of residence out of
four years to apply for
Canadian citizenship.
To retain their status
as permanent residents,
they must be physically
present in Canada for
Lwo veurs ouL oI hve.
Mr. Kenney said the
investigation shouldnt
affect people who apply
for citizenship through
legitimate means.
Day two of public
deputations on the city
budget got off to a rau-
cous start Thursday.
Right-wing coun-
cillors aggressively
questioned some of the
speakers begging the
budget committee not to
make cuts.
Left-leaning councillors
jumped to the defence of
speakers and Councillor
Mike Layton even called
Councillor Giorgio Mam-
moliti a goon sent in by
the mayor to make fun
of deputants.
ti and Coun-
cillor Frances
about where
they live in
the city and
whether theyd be will-
ing to voluntarily raise
their own personal taxes
above what the city is
asking residents to pay.
At one point the
atmosphere in the meet-
ing was so tense, Budget
Chief Mike Del Grande
called a time out and
had councillors sit si-
lently for a few minutes.
about Layton
calling him
a goon,
liti said the
rookie coun-
cillor should
and added
Ie muv hIe u compIuInL
with the integrity com-
The veteran council-
lor said hes just doing
his job but acknowl-
edged hes frustrated
with the hundreds of
budget deputations.
What frustrates me
is that we are hearing
from the same people
over and over again,
dont they work? Mam-
moliti told reporters.
Two people were
ejected from Thursdays
budget meeting due
to outbursts.
Elizabeth Roley, 62,
was removed by security
after she suggested the
budget committee meet
for a third day to hear
from everyone signed up
to speak.
If this is the way the
public are treated in
this city we are in seri-
ous trouble, she said,
shaking her head, while
others in the audience
voiced their agreement.

If this is the
way the public
are treated in
this city we
are in serious
December 19, 2011 Vol. 1 No. 1
Budget committee gets an earful on proposed cuts
Torontos budget:
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Mary Sue
City Hall Reporter
Immigration minister
vows crackdown
Sarah Taguiam
Diversity Reporter
Councillor Doug Ford listens in during hearing about the City of Toronto's 2012 budget Thursday. Craig Robertson/The Torontonian
Sean Killpatrick/The Torontonian Kenney speaks in a a Montreal press conference.
Budget cut
The City of Toronto released its proposed 2012
operating budget, with a 2.5% tax hike and
2,338 job cuts. Here are some of the high-
Capital program
A $14.8-billion 10-year capital plan has been
It will include a $1.5-billion on roads and
highways; $87-million for bike paths, and
$300-million to buy new subway cars
Staff propose cutting $4.6-million from com-
munity grants by the same amount
A hundred and thirty-eight arts and culture
programs and projects along with 83 programs
in community services will not get funding,
Public transit
A 10 TTC fare hike being endorsed, and
running fewer, more crowded, buses and
streetcars on 62 routes
Wheel-Trans recommended to stop provid-
ing service to dialysis patients
Recreation programs
Ten out of 22 arenas during daytime off-
peak hours
Aquatic programming in seven out of 33
TDSB pools are also being canceled.
The omnibus crime
bill is projected to cost
sIgnIhcunLIv more LIun
LIe ConservuLIve govern-
menL Ius so Iur reveuIed,
und IuII LIe burden Ior
puLLIng more voung
oIIenders beIInd burs
couId be downIouded
onLo LIe provInces, docu-
menLs obLuIned bv TIe
GIobe und MuII suggesL.
As provIncIuI gov-
ernments wrestle with
dehcILs In u sLuIIed
economv, no one Is
InLeresLed In LukIng on
exLru cosLs. OnLurIo und
Quebec Iuve boLI suId
LIev expecL OLLuwu Lo
cover uII new expenses
ussocIuLed wILI BIII C-1o.
BrILIsI CoIumbIu, wIIcI
IobbIed Ior some oI LIe
LougI cIunges In LIe
IegIsIuLIon, now suvs IL
Is concerned ubouL LIe
poLenLIuI downsLreum
BuL u revIew oI LIe
IederuI governmenL doc-
umenLs, orIgInuIIv LubIed
bv JusLIce MInIsLer Rob
NIcIoIson und PubIIc
SuIeLv MInIsLer VIc
Toews In PurIIumenL IusL
sprIng, suggesL OLLuwu
expects the provinces to
sIouIder u sIgnIhcunL
purL oI LIe cosLs oI ILs
Iuw und order ugendu.
While the jurisdic-
LIons ure IIkeIv Lo requesL
LIuL LIe IuII exLenL oI
LIe projecLed Increuses
be borne bv LIe IederuI
governmenL, LIev wouId
probubIv uccepL sIurIng
LIe IncremenLuI cosLs uL
=oJ=o, sLuLes un esLI-
muLe on u bIII seekIng Lo
LougIen LreuLmenL Ior
voung oIIenders.
TubIed In response
Lo u rebuke Irom Iormer
House oI Commons
Speuker PeLer MII-
IIken In MurcI, zo11, LIe
documenLs oIIer purLIuI
esLImuLes Ior LIe cosL oI
more LIun u dozen Iuw-
und-order bIIIs prevIousIv
InLroduced bv LIe TorIes,
IncIudIng severuI LIuL
were bundled into the
Provinces not interested in shouldering implementation costs
Tom Cardoso
Poltical Reporter
A |oca| 1oronton|an gemng ready to hre h|s |ong gun. Un|cornar|o Dabrowsk|/1he 1oronton|an
ToronLo`s IIbrurv
bourd Ius voLed Lo
rejecL Rob ord`s
demund Ior u 1o per
cenL cuL, murkIng u
cIeur spIIL beLween
LIe muvor und LIe
bourd Ie cIose Lo
Ieud one oI LIe cILv`s
IurgesL ugencIes.
n un 8-= decIsIon,
dIrecLors LIwurLed u
proposuI Irom bourd
cIuIr CouncIIIor
PuuI AInsIIe Lo exucL
suvIngs bv curvIng ;
per cenL oI LIe Iours
Irom =6 bruncIes - u
motion supported
bv LIe muvor`s oIhce
LIuL wouId Iuve sIed
$=.1-mIIIIon Irom LIe
IIbrurv budgeL.
TIe muvor muv
Iuve bucked Mr.
AInsIIe`s moLIon, buL
some kev uIIIes dId
The eight dissent-
ers included two
members oI LIe Mr.
ord`s cubIneL-IIke
execuLIve commILLee,
CouncIIIor Juve Rob-
Inson und CouncIIIor
Cesur PuIucIo, wIo
suId LIev LIe 1o-per-
cenL commund wus
sImpIv Loo InexIbIe.
TIe hnuI bourd de-
cIsIon cume IoIIowIng
speecIes Irom more
LIun zo puLrons LuIk-
Ing Lo LIe ImporLunce
oI LIe bookmobIIe
und oLIer servIces on
LIe cIoppIng bIock.
PeLer Deun, u To-
ronLo sIund resI-
denL, LoId LIe bourd
LIuL LIe bookmobIIe
serves us LIe IsIund`s
TIe bourd`s
decision will go to
executive commit-
Lee beIore IILLIng LIe
councII oor In mId-
Occupv ToronLo
demonsLruLors IosLed
un EvIcL Rob ord
murcI SuLurduv
uILernoon, IeuvIng
LIeIr encumpmenL Lo
murcI Lowurds cILv
IuII, wIere Iundreds
oI proLesLers, joIned bv
unIon Ieuders, con-
verged Ior u demon-
An uppurenL re-
sponse Lo cuIIs bv
Muvor Rob ord wIo
wunLs Lo see LIe oc-
cupIers puck up LIe
cump, LIe demonsLru-
Lors Look Lo LIe sLreeLs
uL ubouL z:o p.m.
Irom SL. Jumes Purk.
eL`s uII LeII ord
LIuL Occupv ToronLo
Isn`L IeuvIng, IL`s LIme
Ior HM Lo go! Oc-
cupv ToronLo suId In u
sLuLemenL on ILs websILe
TIe sLuLemenL uIso
listed cost-cutting
meusures bv ord us u
reuson Lo murcI.
LruveIIed uIong Dundus
SLreeL und souLI on Buv
SLreeL Lo cILv IuII, es-
corLed bv poIIce oIhcers
on IooL und bIcvcIe.
AL u brIeI sLop uL
Yonge und Dundus
sLreeLs, demonsLru-
Lors currIed sIgns und
dIsLrIbuLed vers Lo
`m reuIIv uguInsL
evervLIIng LIuL ord Is
doIng or LrvIng Lo do Lo
LIe cILv, MuggI Red-
monds, wIo joIned LIe
Occupv demonsLruLors,
We dont support
IIm, we don`L supporL
IIs ugendu, sIe suId.
We do support the
occupIers und |ord|
sIouId Ieuve us uIone.
converged uL NuLIun
PIIIIps Squure uL cILv
IuII jusL beIore q p.m.,
murcIIng buck Lo LIeIr
encumpmenL uL SL.
Jumes Purk uILer ubouL
un Iour.
BvIuw oIhcers Iund-
ed eviction notices to
demonsLruLors Tues-
duv mornIng, LIreuL-
enIng LIe cIosure oI
LIe encumpmenL und
orderIng LIem Lo Ieuve
SL. Jumes Purk beLween
1z:o1 u.m. und =:o
Peter Parker
Local Affairs Reporter
News 2
December 19, 2011
1|m ap/keuters An Cccup|er ra|ses h|s "Lv|ct kob Iord" s|gn.
Bryan White
City Hall Reporter
Toronto is not a
vertically-oriented city.
Yes, the CN Tower
is tall, but if you leave
the radius of a few key
blocks, you dont run
the risk of a strained
Cranes hover high
above the city in a
handful of spots, but it
would take a lot before
Toronto could hold a
candle to New York and
Then again, in those
cities of endless sky-
scrapers, building up is
a solution to problems
of limited space and
expensive real estate.
Its one thing to
yearn for international
prestige, but does
Toronto really require
upward expansion?
The answer is yes,
according to the Upper
Toronto project. Upper
Toronto proposes shift-
ing the entire city to the
sky, leaving its present-
day incarnation to lie
fallow below.
The city of Upper
Toronto would leave
behind all the problems
of its lowly counterpart.
Commute times?
Slashed. Public ser-
vices? Improved. The
increased proximity
to the sun might even
make things warmer.
Best of all, Upper
Toronto wouldnt be
too expensive to build,
mainly because it exists
only in the minds of its
Upper Toronto is not
the gar-
it may
to be
uL hrsL.
its a chance to use an
impossible concept as a
framework for Toronto-
nians to ask important
questions and actively
engage with urban af-
Still, its tempting
to imagine what might
occur if the sky-borne
city were actually con-
Since kicking off the
idea in early 2011, the
organizers have been
hosting consultations
in public libraries, al-
lowing people to come
forward and shape what
Upper Toronto should
After the year-long
consultation stage, the
organizers will synthe-
size citizen recommen-
dations. Architects and
designers will work to
create a visual represen-
tation of the hypotheti-
cal city. Then, the pro-
posal will be presented
in condo centres, public
spaces, and
arts festi-
vals, just
as a real
ment plan
At the
conclusion, the orga-
nizers will encourage
Torontonians to write
to their city council rep-
resentatives to recom-
mend the construction
of Upper Toronto.
Ambitiously, the
organizers have planned
for this to be carried out
over LIe course oI hve
Why aim for the im-
possible, when the ulti-
mate result is a simple
letter to a councillor?
Upper Toronto, as
something that we have
no intention to do, is
a useful construct,
explains Zimmer. The
scIence hcLIon, LerrIbIe,
city-in-the-sky idea
needs to include all the
people who live in this
By creating a sphere
free of expectations,
hnuncIuI resLruInLs, or
current government,
people can unreservedly
imagine what would
constitute an ideal city.
In the process of
real-life discussions and
consultations, people
can begin to ponder
how positive changes
can be brought about in
their day-to-day urban
Ultimately, the proj-
ect is about using casual
and entertaining events
to forge new ways to
conceptualize and
interact with the urban
People sort of take
their cities for granted,
says Plotnikova.
I feel like it has im-
mense potential to get
people thinking about
just their everyday lives
in the city, and how to
improve current situa-
tions, even if what they
have. The imagination
behind Upper Toronto
cun dehnILeIv Ieud Lo
civic engagement.
Should Toronto be vertical? BY SIMON FRANK

The imagination
behind Upper
Toronto can
deniteIv Iead to
civic engagement.
Features 3
December 19, 2011
Torontos City Hall
with an added spire.
The Gooder-
ham Building
showed with
University of
Torontos looming
Robarts library
with elevated houses
on its side.
Photos by: Bernarda Gospic/The Torontonian
National 4
December 19, 2011
New bill ends Wheat Board monopoly over Western Canada wheat and barley
Usually at this time of
year, Don Connick starts
hgurIng ouL wIuL crops
Lo grow on IIs SuskuLcI-
ewun Iurm nexL sprIng,
und Ie goes over vurI-
ubIes IIke cosLs, weuLIer
und commodILv prIces.
But this year hes fac-
Ing u new vurIubIe LIuL
Ius ground IIs pIunnIng
to a halt the future
of the Canadian Wheat
Theres just this real
cloud of uncertainty,
Mr. ConnIck suId Irom
his 1,600-acre farm near
GuII uke, In souLIwesL-
ern SuskuLcIewun.
This adds another
greuL bIg Iumungous
vurIubIe und mukes IL
doubIv or LrIpIv more
Late Thursday the
IederuI governmenL
receIved rovuI ussenL
Ior BIII C-18, u Iuw LIuL
ends the Wheat Boards
;6-veur monopoIv over
LIe suIe oI wIeuL und
burIev grown In WesLern
TIe bIgger Issue Ior
Iurmers Is Iow Lo seII
LIeIr gruIn nexL veur.
BuL prIvuLe compu-
nies also started offer-
Ing conLrucLs rIduv.
SLurLIng Loduv, VILerru
Is pIeused Lo oIIer bIds
to Western Canadian
wIeuL, durum und bur-
Iev producers, suId
Muvo ScImIdL, CEO oI
VILerru nc., u CuIgurv-
bused gruIn IundIIng
urmers wIII now
Iuve Lo decIde wIIcI
wuv Lo go. TIe conIusIon
has left many farmers
uncIeur ubouL wIo Lo
Lurn Lo und wIeLIer
evervLIIng wIII cIunge
uguIn dependIng on u
new courL ruIIng.
Gloria Taylor case triggers
right-to-die debate
Jack Major can still
see the silent ranks of
dIsubIed peopIe, LIeIr
wIeeIcIuIrs rIngIng
LIe Supreme CourL oI
Canada as a court-
room IuII oI Iuwvers
debated the assisted
suIcIde Iuw In 1.
L wus u IuunLIng
Lvpe oI cuse, suId Mr.
Mujor, wIo wus LIe
Supreme CourL judge
wIose voLe LIpped LIe
balance in a 5-4 deci-
sIon uIhrmIng LIe Iuw.
EIgILeen veurs
IuLer, LIe poIurIzIng
quesLIon Is IeudIng
buck Lo LIe Lop courL.
A Vuncouver judge
hnIsIed IeurIng u
LesL cuse on rIduv
launched by Gloria
Taylor, a terminally ill
B.C. womun.
L wus LIe hrsL sLep
oI u journev LIuL wIII
uILImuLeIv compeI LIe
Lop courL Lo gruppIe
unew wILI wIeLIer
the terminally ill can
obLuIn IeIp Lo end
LIeIr IIves.
But the case is
much more than just
u repIuv oI LIe un-
successIuI cIuIIenge
mounLed In 1 bv
unoLIer B.C. womun,
Sue RodrIguez. Prec-
edents do not last
TIe Supreme CourL
Ius Luken Lo revIsILIng
semInuI judgmenLs 1=
or 20 years on, some-
LImes wILI dIIIerenL
The court cer-
LuInIv Ius been known
Lo overLurn ImporLunL
Charter decisions,
UnIversILv oI OLLuwu
Iuw proIessor CurIssI-
mu MuLIen observed.
don`L LIInk LIe
RodrIguez cuse wouId
pose u bIg burrIer In u
cuse IIke LIIs.
TIe cIuIIengers ure
buoved bv u Supreme
Court decision this
IuII LIuL compeIIed LIe
Hurper governmenL
Lo keep u Vuncou-
ver supervIsed drug
InjecLIon IucIIILv open,
u ruIIng rooLed In
greuLer Iurm.
The same harm
reducLIon prIncIpIe
wus uL LIe core oI
a recent successful
cIuIIenge In OnLurIo
Lo prosLILuLIon Iuws
LIuL Iorce prosLILuLes
Lo endure LIe dungers
oI operuLIng In secIu-
Clark Kent
National Reporter
Elvira Cruz
National Reporter
An Cntar|an gra|n farmer at h|s he|ds. Tan Li/The Torontonian
Opinion 5
December 19, 2011
Mariusz Dabrowski/The Torontonian
Justin Trudeau
got one thing right
last week: But why
stop at federal anti-
environment minis-
ter Peter Kent?
Isnt he just an-
other political lackey
happy to do his
masters bidding re-
gardless of the cost?
Still, Prime Minister
Stephen Harper
must be grateful for
Kents willingness
to debase himself
and the country on
his bosss behalf.
The Conserva-
tives switch to the
dark side didnt
come out of the
blue, but still it was
a shock to listen as
a senior member of
the regime laid bare
his governments
indifference to the
For urban Cana-
da, the message was
clear what Ot-
tawa refuses to do, it
must. It now falls to
cILIes Lo hII LIe Ieud-
ership vacuum that
Harpers studied
inaction has left.
Until a year ago,
that was a role of-
hcIuI ToronLo wus
keen to play. We had
regulations about
everything from blue
boxes and green
roofs to Bixis and
bicycle lanes.
Under Stintzs
watch, TTC users
have been reminded
that they sit or
rather huddle at
the bottom of the
heap. They are of
little interest to our
leaders, who prefer
to be known for what
they cut not what
they build.
What are we to
make of these perfor-
mances? Do Kent,
Ford and Stintz
really believe what
they say? Or are they
knowingly telling
In any case, the
chances that either
transit or the en-
vironment will be
saved are the same
Sarah Taguiam
Sarah Taguiam
Design and Photo Editor
Mariusz Dabrowski
News Editor
Raissa Tiongson
Comment Editor
Joan Geonzon
Features Editor
Peter White
Copy Editor
Maayan Adar
The Torontonian
Editorial Team
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Toronto, ON M1K 4G7

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A string of unfortunate events plague the citys only zoo
Ken Willer
Opinion Writer
Richard Cohn
Comment Editor
It appears Simon
and Garfunkel were
right when they sang
its all happening at the
zoo. Problem is, a lot of
whats happened this
year has been decidedly
bad, especially for To-
rontos lions and tigers
and bears. Oh my.
A sIorL, LrugIc hgIL
between two Sumatran
tigers resulted in the
death of 13-year-old
Brytne last week after
her throat was crushed
by a younger male
meant to be her breed-
ing partner.
Before that, Nokanda,
LIe ToronLo Zoo`s hrsL
and only white lioness,
had to be euthanized
after untreatable cancer
was discovered in her
liver. Then in Octo-
ber came the death of
Nokandas longtime
companion, Rowdy,
the zoos oldest African
male lion. He was at the
end of his lifespan and
evidently died of natural
causes, but that didnt
stop speculation that a
broken heart contrib-
uted to his demise.
As for the bears, there
was shock when popu-
lar female polar bear
Aurora killed two of her
cubs this fall and had a
third taken away by zoo
staff, certainly saving its
Animal rights activ-
ists, opposed to zoos on
principle, look at that
record and see evidence
of the ills that come
with captivity. But that
goes too far. Much of
this is simply bad luck.
L`s especIuIIv dIIhcuIL
to fault anyone in the
latest incident involv-
ing the Sumatran tigers.
In attempting to breed
these animals, zoo work-
ers were doing the right
thing: only 300 to 500
oI LIese mugnIhcenL
animals still exist.
The breeding pair
showed every indication
of getting along. And
staff immediately inter-
vened when the male,
called Harimau Kayu,
lashed out. Unfortunate-
ly, it was too late.
Other problems be-
devilling the zoo are of
its own making, such as
a nasty spat between zoo
oIhcIuIs und cILv councII-
lors over sending three
elephants to a California
sanctuary. City coun-
cil has voted to send
Torontos pachyderms to
the Performing Ani-
mal Welfare Sanctuary
(PAWS) in San Andreas,
Calif. But staff would
rather have them go to
an accredited zoo and
are resisting the move.
If one of those elephants
were to die here this
winter, it would be a
disaster for the zoo.
The zoo received
a windfall of interna-
tional attention. Now,
alas, Buddy has gone
straight and mated with
a female.
Never mind. Theyre
still worth a visit. As
Simon and Garfunkel
sang: What a gas!
Youve got to come and
see, at the zoo.
5umatran nger 8rytne w|th a younger ma|e nger. Tan Li/The Torontonian
December 19, 2011

1.Best Art Museum

Art Gallery of
Ontario 3.Best Comedy
Comedy Bar

5. Best Music Bar

Lees Palace
1. Art Gallery of Ontario
2.Royal Ontario Museum
3. Comedy Bar
4. Massey Hall
5.Best Repertory
Toronto Undergroung

Arts 7
December 19, 2011

7. Best Local TV Station


2.Best Museum
Royal Ontario Museum
8.Best Small Theatre
Factory Theatre

4.Best Concert Hall

Massey Hall

5. Best Music Bar

Lees Palace
5. Lees Palace
6. Toronto Underground Cinema
7. City TV
8. Factory Theatre
Briefs 8
December 19, 2011
Police are seeking
a suspect in con-
nection with a hit
and run accident on
Oct. 29. The inci-
dent happened in a
McDonalds parking
lot at Lawrence Ave.
and Kingston Rd.
when a 40-year-old
man was struck and
dragged by the car.
The victim and a
27-year-old woman
got into a dispute
with a passenger in
the drive-through.
Police have
charged a 24-year-
old mother with
attempted murder
after her 3-year-old
daughter fell from
a balcony on the
sIxLI-oor oI u Scur-
borough apartment
The child suffered
head injuries and is
now at the Hospital
Ior SIck CIIIdren,
police say.
Police say the
investigation is
An ongoing
trial of a 2008 fatal
Thanksgiving stab-
bIng In ScurborougI
continues after
Nathaniel OBrien is
cIurged wILI hrsL-
degree murder in the
deuLIs oI Surummu
VurugIese und Su-
san John.
Police said
OBrien was arrested
InsIde JoIn`s Iome,
wearing blood-
soaked boxer shorts.
Police in 42
Division reported
an attempted rob-
bery on Nov. 23 at
approximately 5:55
p.m. in the area of
SundIursL CIrcIe und
McCowun Roud In
One of the sus-
pects attempted to
grab the victims
cellular phone out
oI IIs Iunds, buL LIe
victim was able to
make a safe escape.
The suspects im-
medIuLeIv ed LIe
Police are looking for a
group of males after a violent
early morning robbery out-
sIde u Luvern on SuLurduv.
On Oct. 29 at about 2:10
u.m., LIe group surrounded
three male victims outside
the tavern near Victoria Park
und IncI uvenues, poIIce
The victims were allegedly
puncIed, kIcked, und sLruck
with batons and chairs. The
suspecLs ed wILI u IupLop,
police say.
The police are asking the
Police say two male sus-
pects wearing disguises en-
Lered LIe bunk wILI hreurms
and approached a teller. One
of the suspects demanded
cash while the second sus-
pect went behind counters to
take a quantity of cash from
TIe suspecLs ed LIe
scene heading westbound on
Ellesmere towards Kennedy.
Police are requesting
the publics assistance in
identifying the two males in
connection with the offence.

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