Profile of Marc Porlier, alleged arsonist

The Sun profiled Marc Porlier, the man allegedly behind the arson at St John the Evangelist Church. Porlier, the article says, was once an altar boy at the very church he tried to set fire to.

While the defence lawyer wouldn’t comment on any animosity her client may have had toward the church, she acknowledged bizarre videos Porlier posted online in recent years — all entitled “The Gospel according to Marc” — provide insight into his feelings on Catholicism.

In one video, Porlier explains he was “raised in a cult.”

“I’d like to say that I didn’t like being brainwashed, but as a kid I actually wanted to be a priest,” he says.

Building super arrested for soliciting sex

The superintendent of a Weston apartment building has been arrested for soliciting sex with minors and adults. Thivakaran Yogeswaran,  the super for 2089 Lawrence Avenue Weston Road, is charged with sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference, and sexual assault on a minor.

Thanks to S and W for the tip.

Arson at Mount Dennis area mosque

An arsonist ineffectively attacked a Mount Dennis area mosque last night in an attack that was probably unrelated to the arson at the Masonic Lodge in Weston.

Police and Toronto Fire were called to the Islamic education centre on Weston Road near Humber Blvd N around 11:30 last night to deal with a “small fire” on the roof “that appears to have been deliberately set”.

The damage to the roof was minor and the centre was open for business today. They released a statement that said, “We are pleased to see officials taking the matter very seriously, and we would like to thank them for their service and dedication.”

The attack on the mosque happened after the arsonist allegedly responsible for the attack on the Weston Masonic Temple was arrested. The police say the two attacks are unrelated.

Man arrested for murder of Kareem Hastings

Toronto Police have arrested a man for the December murder of Kareem Hastings. Kadeem Davis, 22, was arrested last night and charged with first-degree murder. A second suspect is still wanted.

Hastings was found dead in a stairwell of 2089 Lawrence Avenue. He had been shot hours earlier, but no call was made to police at the time of the shooting.