Video shows group of people trying to enter Eaton Centre without masks after anti-vaccine rally

Toronto police have arrested and charged a man and a woman with assault in relation to an incident at the Eaton Centre following an anti-vaccine protest Saturday.Police say the two individuals were among a group of people who clashed with the mall’s security staff.In a video posted on social media by lawyer Caryma Sa’d, protesters can be seen trying to enter the mall without a mask, in violation of public health measures.Police said an Eaton Centre security guard was assaulted during the incident, adding that no protesters or mall staff were injured.“Crew officers from 51 and 52 division attended the incident,” Toronto police spokesperson Ed Parks told the Star, adding that police mounted units were on standby.Sa’d felt the police response was “in stark contrast to other forms of police action that we’ve seen in Toronto this summer, most notably with respect to encampments. I witnessed people assaulting police officers and security guards with seemingly little to no repercussions.”The incident took place after a planned anti-vaccine demonstration in Yonge-Dundas Square which saw known COVID-19 conspiracy theorist Christopher Saccoccia use statements to encourage people to “band together” and disobey masking laws, Sa’d said over the phone.“He made several statements where it’s clear that he was inciting people to band together in what he termed united non-compliance, to disobey mask mandates and vaccine mandates,” she said.Toronto police refused to comment on Saccoccia’s, or anyone else’s involvement, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.Michael Leaf, 29, of Thornhill, and Vanessa Carvalho, 23, of Brampton, were each charged with one count of assault. They are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 15.The Star reached out to Cadillac Fairview, owner of the Eaton Centre, for comment, and is awaiting a response.The City of Toronto held a number of mobile vaccine clinics at several malls on Saturday and Sunday, including at Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Mall, among others.People could receive either first or second doses at these pop-up sites.With files from the Canadian Press.Akrit Michael is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach him via email: amichael@thestar.ca

Video shows group of people trying to enter Eaton Centre without masks after anti-vaccine rally

Toronto police have arrested and charged a man and a woman with assault in relation to an incident at the Eaton Centre following an anti-vaccine protest Saturday.

Police say the two individuals were among a group of people who clashed with the mall’s security staff.

In a video posted on social media by lawyer Caryma Sa’d, protesters can be seen trying to enter the mall without a mask, in violation of public health measures.

Police said an Eaton Centre security guard was assaulted during the incident, adding that no protesters or mall staff were injured.

“Crew officers from 51 and 52 division attended the incident,” Toronto police spokesperson Ed Parks told the Star, adding that police mounted units were on standby.

Sa’d felt the police response was “in stark contrast to other forms of police action that we’ve seen in Toronto this summer, most notably with respect to encampments. I witnessed people assaulting police officers and security guards with seemingly little to no repercussions.”

The incident took place after a planned anti-vaccine demonstration in Yonge-Dundas Square which saw known COVID-19 conspiracy theorist Christopher Saccoccia use statements to encourage people to “band together” and disobey masking laws, Sa’d said over the phone.

“He made several statements where it’s clear that he was inciting people to band together in what he termed united non-compliance, to disobey mask mandates and vaccine mandates,” she said.

Toronto police refused to comment on Saccoccia’s, or anyone else’s involvement, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Michael Leaf, 29, of Thornhill, and Vanessa Carvalho, 23, of Brampton, were each charged with one count of assault. They are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 15.

The Star reached out to Cadillac Fairview, owner of the Eaton Centre, for comment, and is awaiting a response.

The City of Toronto held a number of mobile vaccine clinics at several malls on Saturday and Sunday, including at Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Mall, among others.

People could receive either first or second doses at these pop-up sites.

With files from the Canadian Press.

Akrit Michael is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach him via email: amichael@thestar.ca

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Public Memorial For Gabby Petito Held On Long Island

The memorial at Moloney's Funeral Home in Holbrook is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m.

Public Memorial For Gabby Petito Held On Long Island

HOLBROOK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A memorial service is being held Sunday for Long Island-native Gabby Petito.

The memorial at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Holbrook is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m.

Petito’s body was found nearly a week ago in a Wyoming national park. The coroner ruled her death a homicide, but authorities haven’t said how she died.

Brian Laundrie, Petito’s fiancé, was named a person of interest. Petito went missing while on a cross-country road trip with him.

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Authorities in Florida are still trying to find Laundrie after the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest. Police are searching a massive wildlife preserve near his Florida home.

As the manhunt ramps up, mourners are paying their respects.

Petito’s mother posted on Facebook on Saturday, saying in part, “Your support has been so overwhelming and we are so filled with gratitude.”

On Twitter, Petito’s father announced the creation of the Gabby Petito Foundation to “help people in similar situations as Gabby” and provide resources and guidance for parents searching for missing children.

In August, Petito appeared to be in distress during a traffic stop in Utah after someone called 911.

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“We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the caller said.

“He was slapping her?” the dispatcher said.

“Yes. And then we stopped, they ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off,” the caller said.

CBS’ “48 Hours” spoke to Petito’s close friend, Rose Davis.

“For the most part, like any other relationship, honestly. Ups and downs. And I j– I’ve– I could see some of the toxic traits,” she said.

Laundrie returned home alone in their van after Petito’s family reported her missing. He refused to talk to authorities and then disappeared.

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