The National for Tuesday April 24, 2018 — Toronto Van Attack, Humboldt, Trump & Macron
An. Emotional, vigil in Toronto, just steps away from where ten people were killed in that horrific van, attack tonight, we don't yet know who all the victims are but we are learning some of their names and their, stories, we'll. Share some of those with you over the next hour we're, also getting a better picture of the man accused of causing, all, of this arm we'll tell you what, we know what, we don't yet know and, what's, likely coming, next also. Tonight what we know about the police officer, some are calling a hero and, why officials aren't calling this attack, terrorism. This, is the National. We. Are here in North Toronto where ten lives were lost and 14 other people were. Injured and, so. Many lives have, been changed forever. Yesterday. Scenes of chaos and carnage though, have, been transformed. In some cases to scenes of resilience. But also scenes, of grief. We'll bring, you more of that in just a moment particularly, from what's been happening, at the vigil but first let's, tell you what the latest developments, have been. Earlier. Today the suspected, driver Alex, Minassian, appeared, in court, charged. With ten counts of first degree murder and, 13. Counts, of attempted murder, with one, more charge expected. Soon. Investigators. Say, that his precise, motive, remains, unclear, but, police and Facebook. Have, confirmed, the reports, that we gave you last night that, a cryptic, message had appeared on his, facebook profile, before the attack the. Coroner, is not officially, identifying, any victims, yet but police said they, were mainly women we're, starting to hear from their family, and friends. And, a. Vigil for the victims was, held here tonight hundreds, of people coming, through to to pay their respects, to those who. Died, and also, those who are still in hospital. Our. Hearts go out to all the people who have perished, and they're their, relatives, and friends I. Was. Just right here Saturday, it. Could have been me, so you've meant a lot for, me to be here tonight I told my son that in, any weather situation, we are going to, to. Be there tonight. 24. People were killed or injured in the attack that is actually one less than, police, originally, thought, and we are starting to hear more about those. Victims. About the lives that were lost and, also the people who are still fighting, in hospital. David common has the latest on that angle. Of the story. The. Job of identifying that. Dead and injured is extraordinarily, challenging. Young and old Canadians. And foreign visitors but. Even without certainty. Families. Have been told to prepare for, terrible, news. Most. Of those killed were carrying, identification. But. The coroner says that isn't, enough, especially. When the damage to bodies is so extensive. Frankly. It takes time to get records and, it takes time to meet families, and so, that's not a resource issue that's really you need to ensure. That you're talking to the right person you take the time to do that what. Is known to, South Korean, citizens, are among the dead students. Studying, in Canada so, too is a Jordanian man, here to visit his son Munir, Habib Abdullah's. Are 80. Year-old Dorothy Sewell, was on the street perhaps enjoying the lovely weather in her retirement, grandson. Elwood Delaney is, now mourning, her loss it. Wasn't an accident. All right that would be easier, to deal with it was you know you. Know nature cause or you know a little accident, go this way, this. Woman's, best friend he's. Among the victims. Ann Marie. D'Amico, was just outside, her office when. The young woman, and volunteer. Was, struck down and killed. In. A statement her family says it comforts, us knowing that the world has, a chance to know her and that, her message in life will survive her death. Altruism. Rather, than anger, and hatred I went to school with her and her and I were very actively, engaged together at many different student, groups she, was a, star. Amongst, amongst, many. Different people and she really was in so many different ways. A. Beautiful. Human being, others, are grievously, injured Ryerson, instructor, Aamir Kumar C is in intensive care, Haider, Feroz was, Kumar C's student, but.
The Two have remained, close in a year since, amazing. Man really, amazement and that's. Contact. I had with him was four days ago. Among. The injured are co-workers of the dead elderly, residents, and others as, they arrived at trauma centers nearly all at, once it. Was controlled chaos it. Was you. Know unimaginable. You know I'm I've been here for 14 years I've seen a lot but it. Was definitely. You. Know very traumatic but, at the same time as, a, nurse were. Trained to do this. And. David there is a remarkable, story of, a man who had a very, close call certainly, but he's also very lucky morgan mcdougal, is his name and he. Felt. Something he heard something turned around and, got his body turned around just. In time, to see the van got out of the way partly, but, was struck at 50 kilometres an hour thrown, unconscious. A big gash across his head, picked up by paramedics, taken. Off to hospital but, not only is he survived, but compared, to so many others he is lightly. Wounded he's, been released from hospital but Ian tonight he is back there because. Some of his friends we're, not so lucky and so let's talk about the people who remain in hospital, obviously. Their conditions, are private they should be but, we do know from Sunnybrook, one of the nearest trauma centres to here that, took about half of the patients that all of those who are still there are in intensive care Ian all right David thank you very much thank, you even. Before the, vigil here was set up this crash site had, become a gathering, place for so many in the community and behind me you can see notes, signs and, flowers. From people, who, are really trying to come to grips with what's happened. In this community. Somebody. Has to do something, Constantine. Gulledge, was moved to start this memorial, to honor the victims and support. The community people. Who are just walking by but, they everybody needs a moment to heal everybody needs their canvas to express themselves. All. Day people stop by and leave messages of, love and grief this. Road that I walk every day you know. Really. Every day we were just. Doing. You know. But. It's. But. If just, to feel so terrible, this is my road. And. That, time like 1 o'clock I. Walk. Every day from, vintage. To. Yesterday. People. Are in pain today like you, know you're going, on the subway. Knowing, that even. Though quietly we're not talking to each other, people. Are thinking about you know what happened it's, become a gathering place for community, leaders members, of a nearby mosque coming, to pray being, a national, community was important, that we could be here with, our message, which. Is the motto of our community, love for all and hatred, for none'. And. Politicians. Premier, Kathleen Wynne side-by-side. With Mayor John Tory Lane, flower. It's. Very, sobering. It very somber, this place will forever. Be a scar on the, City of Toronto but one of the things about all scars is. That they're part of healing process, and the premier saw firsthand how this attack has left some in the community shaken as Wynn left she met a student from Seneca College where, the suspect, study. Wynne. Tried to comfort her suggesting. She contact, the school which. Is offering counseling. At. The heart of the investigation. Tonight the accused, colic Minassian said, very little in court today and once again this evening our senior, investigative, reporter, Diana Swain is looking. Into Minassian, life, trying. To find answers about. The suspect. It's. Been a day of trying, to read his face is there, something, there from high school or more recently, that, suggested, what Alec Minassian was going to do. His. Expression, betrayed nothing today as he appeared in court wearing. A white jumpsuit hands, cuffed behind his back he, answered, the judge's brief questions, in a clear steady voice. The. Agonized. Expression, was borne by a man seen, weeping, in the front row believed. To be Manasa ins father your. Client in court repeatedly, tell us what you're feeling right now please. A picture. Is emerging, now of Minassian sloth several, months. He. Joined the Canadian Forces, last, fall at this base in st. John's Surrey Shiloh Quebec but, quit basic, training after only 16, days a, senior, Canadian Forces official, told CBC, News Minassian. Was an average to below average recruit. He, had problems with dress, deportment, and group interactions. In a military, setting.
He. Went back to Seneca College in Toronto to finish his computer, studies a fellow, students, who didn't want to be named described. Minassian, as smart, the pillar of the group but also as so, awkward, just last, Thursday, when Minassian, finished, his courses he posted this message to some classmates on a chat group finally. Finished, college fu. All and good riddance and just. Yesterday this the Facebook, message CBC News reported, on last night Facebook. Has confirmed, it came from his profile, page and they've shut it down the, Q's is alleged to have posted a cryptic message on Facebook, minutes. Before he began driving the rented van that. Post begins, with what may be a reference to his failed army experience private. Recruit Manasi an infantry. And then, the insel rebellion, has already begun, all hail, the Supreme gentleman, Elliot Rodger I don't, know why you girls aren't attracted to me but. I will punish you all for it Rodger, killed six people in a rampage, in California. Four years ago. Hosting. This ranting, video just before he. Was angry, about being rebuffed, by women, making, him a so-called insel or involuntary. Celibate. Maxime. Fassett, works for a center that tracks websites, with extreme and violent views, including. In cell sites they, have this huge resentment, towards society, and women mostly, women. Because. They feel that women are rejecting, them, even. Though they see, themselves as nice, guys and that's a feeling of injustice that can feel radicalization. Is that what, opted Minassian to do what he did it's, something that we'll be looking into. Hey. Diana joins us now we, have to assume that investigators. Will be looking at these so-called, in cell sites, what. Are they gonna find there well, unfortunately Ian, they will find there already, that there are some people celebrating. Minassian, some we've seen have already changed their profile, picture on those sites to his photo so, it's just another grotesque. Development. In what's already been a horrible, story, in, alright. Diana thank you very much thank, you.
So. While police investigate. The motive, officers. Have also been gathering evidence along, a very. Large, crime, scene. More. Than 10 major, city, blocks, this, would have been the band's path as it, plowed through Yonge Street police. Say it was seven minutes after the first call came in that the suspect, was placed under arrest the, big busy, stretch of road reopening. This evening as the. CBC's, Rene Philip Oni tells us a crime, scene of this size presents. Its own challenges for. The investigation. It's. An enormous scene, a two. Kilometer, span of Yonge Street where, 24, people were hit. Today. It was about doing a detailed, search to. Collect every, piece of evidence from the scene where, each person, was struck. Toronto. Police Chief Mark Saunders welcomed, the extra help that was brought in to analyze, the scene we had to acquire. The resources of, specialized traffic. Reconstruction. Resources. From other jurisdictions I can, tell you the GTA collectively, called. To pitch in and you look at the police. Tape you know so many intersections, away these are not small blocks or large, city blocks this, retired, Winnipeg, police officer, spent a decade doing crash investigations. A lot, of this information is, very short lived it doesn't, stay there forever and if you don't document it, immediately, or as soon as possible, it's, gone forever. Damien, Turner says police will be trying to map out the exact, path, the driver took in order, to prove first-degree. Murder they have to provide evidence to show the, accused plan, to hit people I would imagine that they're looking for information or, looking for evidence that would help show. That premeditated. Action. On behalf of the driver that maybe he swerved towards, a pedestrian, as opposed to just, travelling straight down the road blindly, hitting whatever was there and despite, a lot of talk about possible, motive police won't, confirm anything at this point, all doors are open everything will be explored, there's a lot more, video. Evidence, that has to come in there a lot more witnesses, by, early evening the, investigation. Here is now wrapping, up the yellow, police tape is coming down and the victims, bodies that laid on the sidewalk, are now gone but, police say once they leave here they still have weeks of work ahead Rene. Philip Oni CBC, News Toronto. And. Part, of that work will be speaking to the police officer, who continues, to get so much praise constable. Can lamb confronted. And arrested, the suspect, it must, have been a nerve shattering, moment it could have ended in bloodshed but. Of course it did, not you enter Emilio tiss now on how, that officer, kept, his cool. It. Must have seemed like an eternity or a, flash a takedown. That lasted, less than a minute by, an officer hailed, a hero. The. Horrific attack had already begun, a few blocks away, constable. Ken Lam was alone on routine. Traffic duty when he got the call and he, was the only one there his siren blaring, when, the van crashed, to a stop. What. Unfolded, is extraordinary. Lambs. Gun is drawn pointing, at the van he doesn't know what to expect, the driver points, what appears to be a gun and yells something but, you can't hear it over the siren, in what, experts call a strategic, move Lam, calmly reaches, into his vehicle to turn it off. If. He thought there would have been a threat to his life potentially. He wouldn't have taken his eyes off the suspect he turns off the siren both, so the suspect can hear him but also to, try to de-escalate the, situation because. Inherently the sign is going to make that suspect, nervous. But. It doesn't calm him the driver steps, closer he wants the officer, to shoot Lam, doesn't, fire he's. Not only provoking. Him and doing that but he's also saying to the officer shoot me shoot me Mike. McCormick, is head of the Toronto Police Union, if, at any point that, he thought there was an escalation. In. The person's behavior and, that there was a threat he had the entire. Justification. To, use his weapon, we. Can't tell from this angle but, Lam knows that's not a gun he doesn't shoot but steps back as the suspect, comes closer then.
Sensing, An opening, moves forward, the power dynamic, suddenly, shifts, the, suspect, collapses, to his knees suddenly. It's over when. I was talking to him yesterday he was. Saying, Mike I'm just a cop this is what we do like what's the big deal he's. Certainly, humble and officers, are trained, to de-escalate but. Still it, is a focal point of our training piece. Having. Said that that particular, situation yesterday. The. The way. In which it went down was nothing, short of remarkable remarkable. Because, training, can only go so far, Scott Giovannetti. Is a former, police instructor, he, used the least. Amount of force possible to, end the incident, and I agree with the characterization that, he was a hero as for, Lam he, is overwhelmed. And taking, some time off as a, key witness he won't be speaking publicly for a while but, will no doubt always, be known as the, cop who, didn't shoot you. Ina roumeliotis, CBC. News Toronto. And. A final point on this Rosie the fact that constable, lamb did manage to arrest. The suspect alive, leaves open the possibility at. Least that, the suspect will talk to police, and answer. That troubling. Question, what was on his and. He just impressed, the heck out of us so he's gonna have to live with that - Ian. Across the country we've been seeing tributes, pour in let's start here in Ottawa the Prime Minister was asked about the investigation. This morning Justin. Trudeau says that the attack does not represent a threat to Canada's national, security, and he, had this message for Canadians. We. Cannot, as, Canadians. Choose to live, in fear, every. Single day as we go about our daily business we. Need to focus on. Doing. What we can we must to. Keep Canadians. Safe while. We stay true to. The. Freedoms. And values that we all as Canadians, hold, dear. You've. Likely heard similar words, before from other leaders following similar, attacks they, are attacks against what's known as soft targets, every day places where people go about their everyday lives. The, difficult job of protecting, those spaces was on the agenda at the meeting of g7 security. Ministers in Toronto, today Katie. Simpson, has more now on the, target. It.
Didn't, Take long for the new normal to arrive. Concrete. Barriers, are in place for now around, Toronto's, Union Station, it is, one of the few ways to protect busy, public spaces which. Was discussed today by g7. National, security, ministers I think, our. American, friends and all. Of you around the table for your offers of support Ralph. Goodale, was hosting his counterparts, for meetings in Toronto, when the attack happened, CBC. News has learned shortly, after, 1:30, p.m. on, Monday, the, heads of the RCMP. CSIS. Canadian. Forces and the Privy Council, office were, told to look for any files, they may have on the suspect, or what's, called a full spectrum review, the, information, was used to see if Alec Minassian had, any ties, to terror, groups or if, this could be a part of a larger plot the. Agencies, quickly compared, notes to realize he, was not known to authorities and, was not on any watch list, but, today Goodale suggested. He may now be concerned. Groups like in cell they're obviously. Motivated. By views. And, and. Perverted. Perspectives. That. That. Put. These folks in a in, an odd category. Toronto. Police remained the lead investigators. Which means the next big responsibility. For the government is trying, to reassure Canadians. They are safe to go about their daily lives. The, message is critical, since, there is little officials, can do to, protect against, attacks in public, spaces, you. Cannot in life protect, people against. Everything our job is to try to do the best we can police, will decide if and when these barricades, here at Union Station can, be taken down it, too is part of the overall campaign, to make people feel safer, in public spaces, Katie, Simpson, CBC News Toronto. The. Crash yesterday certainly, invoked, terror on the street in Toronto but officials have been reluctant to describe, it as terrorism, so, why are some attacks labeled, terror and others, are not. What. Took place yesterday is clearly linked, to a terrorist, ideology. In, 2014. There was no question Matt. Thank you sue who lo turned, his car into a weapon and killed, a soldier in st. Lucia, year it was called an act of terror by, radicalized. Lone wolf inspired. By Isis. Not. So for yesterday, a devastating. Crime but no official, or Authority has labeled, it terrorism part. Of the reason from the Public Safety Minister as far as the, information would. Tell us to this point there, is no, national. Security, connection. In Canada, the definition, of terrorism, is clearly, laid out in the Criminal Code as an, act undertaken. In whole or in part for a political, religious, or ideological purpose. Objective, or cause that, is intended to intimidate. The public the key reason for defining an act as being at one of terrorism, or not has, to do with motivation in.
The Failed Edmonton, u-hall attack last year and in the Quebec City Mosque attack, that killed six people politicians. Labeled. Both attackers, terrorists. Yet no terrorism charge, was, laid usually. They're not laid because of this element of motivation. I mean you really have, to hit a pretty high standard in court to be able to prove that the person's, actions, were rooted, in this, ideological. Motivation. And, sometimes, that word terrorism. Gets, in the way take, the Moncton shootings, Justin, Bork shot and killed three RCMP. Officers, never. Called it terrorism even. Though police did consider, laying that charge it's, easier just to proceed with the fact that you have an obvious murder, case and that the penalty for murder is as severe, as the penalty for terrorism so it really doesn't make much difference, still, Justin, Bork is now one of the Canadians, who has received the longest sentence, in Canadian, history, seventy-five. Years with no parole. Our. Special coverage from Toronto continues, tonight this. Is a big City made up of small, neighborhoods, and this one north of downtown is, still reeling I spent, the day talking, to people here about their determination. In, the face of tragedy and, Ian, the premier also at that memorial today and, later tonight and I spoke to her earlier about. The moments after she first heard about the attack and what could be done now to prevent, this from happening again, and another. Story, we are following tonight a CBC, exclusive. Ryan, stretch knit ski survived, the humble bus crash now, he's, telling his story, my. Teammates, are said in front of me like like. Bloody and whatnot, so my. Initial reaction was to get up help it I couldn't. Couldn't move so it, was. Pretty, tough. So. I just like scream growl pretty much. Tonight. We're here in North York, on Yonge Street usually. Crowded with cars one of the busiest streets in the city but tonight. It's the sidewalks, that are crowded with pedestrians. Who have come here to pay, their respects, to the victims. North. York is about 30 minutes, north of downtown Toronto, and, it is one of the most diverse, neighborhoods, in the country I spent. The day here as the community, tried, to make sense of what, happened yesterday a. Small. Example, of a closed community, the simple, gesture of a local shop offering, free flowers, trying, to provide some measure of comfort and they, gave away a lot, the co-owner reluctantly. Speaking, on camera about why, so. You decided to give away flowers, today why, yeah. Just. A little things. We, can help, like. What we can do is just we have flowers. How. Are people doing today well. Everybody. Is and grieving. Different things, Vinita. Hoyt works down the street she, and her co-workers still, shaken, by what they saw how do you think the community is today well, from.
Who. We have over there it seems everybody came together, yes. And, what, about at your workplace all the people who saw yesterday. What happen how are they doing they're doing okay, we, had grief, council come in today and talk to us so some. Of us were able to talk to them and some weren't able. Ask, people here to define this neighborhood, and they'll say it's multi-ethnic. Friendly. St., but, it's that last part that feels in doubt for some today. Jeana, Chang like so many people saw, the carnage, outside, her workplace first. Two things you talk about is, walking. Yeah and safety yeah and now. I'm, sure some people feel they, wonder if that's still the case no. Nobody. Like every, person. That I spoke to since. Yesterday. Everyone, just said to me. How. Could this happen here. Coming. To work today I still felt a little. Like maybe it could be there could be another. Possibility. Of. Similar. Time I don't know every day you know walking to you there amid Bogle says he noticed his neighbors are different, today I feel. That people's faces are bit frozen, they, don't know how to process it, I felt I felt that with some of my neighbors I felt a bit of coolness even in the elevators taking you know I take, the elevators everyday am I called Connor Billings so I felt that but I tried extra hard to be you know good to them smile at them because you know a smile can change a person's perspective it's, just a matter one smile. After. That. Thing happened I thought, every. People are combined. Together. Thank. You very much. There's. A lot of worry here but there's also a lot of optimism, and there are people who are seeking, comfort, among. The people who came by this neighborhood, rosy earlier, today the Premier Kathleen Wynne that's. Right and as we showed you earlier she, was there with Mayor John Tory and, they, both wrote messages of condolence, to the victims families they, lay bouquets of flowers and, then they read some of the words left by others on cardboard and post-its, taped to Olive Square.
And. Premier Kathleen Wynne joins us tonight from Toronto premier you were at the memorial today we're talking to lots of people down there what has struck you about the reaction not only from the people in that neighborhood but, from the city at large well. It was a very, somber, place. Rosemary, as you can imagine there. Were people from, from. The community, who, had written messages, in a whole. Range of languages, that reflect the community, and in, that, area but also that. Reflect the city and, there. Was a theme. Of love that that, went through the all, of the messages and it was one that particularly. Stood out and it said I, don't, know you but I love you and so I think that people are looking for, a way, in this city to, express. Their love express, their concern and their sympathy, for everyone. Who has been, a victim or a family or friend of this this horrific tragedy, when you first got that call yesterday and I imagine it's the the, call you least want to get as premier what did you immediately think. Was happening were you concerned, that it was an act of terrorism I think that that, crosses. Your, mind, you know it's a, it's one of the one of the questions this comes up I wanted. To know that our first, responders, had all the support that they needed I wanted to make sure that the provincial. First. Responders, were working closely with the federal, and the municipal, police, services, the Toronto Police Service has done a wonderful job they, have led the way on this but, we've been working very closely with them and I wanted to make sure that. They. Had everything that they needed and that you. Know we were we, were sure that. If there was going to be a second, second. Event that we were prepared for that that's what, was going through my mind immediately. There. Are now suggestions. Between. What we know about the suspect and his attachment, to a Facebook, group or he seemed to express. Some. Feelings some some hateful feelings towards women and some men and. We also know that some of the victims now are there, are more women than men do, you read anything into that are police telling, you anything, about that and whether that speaks to motive, I think. It's it's. Too early rosemary. To speculate. On any of that. The investigation. Is ongoing I, think that we have to let we have to let the experts, do their work what what you can do though as the premiere is start to think about preventative. Measures that can be put in place for, things like this to not happen again of course this is one of these attacks on soft targets with, a van that no one suspects, will be a weapon what. Are you thinking, about already, in terms of trying, to prevent things like this from happening again yes you're absolutely right and in fact our Cabinet Committee Cabinet. Committee on emergency, management met this afternoon and, this, was one of the topics you know are we now are. We now looking, at what. Measures. Could be put in place and again it's it's early days but, we. Are we, are absolutely, looking at what, can we do and I think you know I think rosemary, this is a question, that is being asked in many, jurisdictions. When. You're, dealing with a random act of, this. Kind you know to what degree is it random, to what degree is the place random, and how you, know what are the predictive. Factors. That can be put in place and then what what do we do about that what we do know is we, do not want to, we, don't want to change our cities in, this province to be places, where people don't feel safe to walk you know we want we, want to make, it clear, to, each other that that we live in a safe place, that we, that. We are resilient. Communities. And and that we will get through this but, we are looking. At what, more could we do to prevent. And to keep people safe okay, premier thanks for attention I appreciate it. We, have Moorhead, from the memorial, in, Toronto. In the face of such an ugly attack. We'll, look at how people here are determined, to focus on what makes their city beautiful but, first we will have a different, story of survival. Ryan stretch knits key was in the humbled bus crash tonight he's. Speaking exclusively, with, our Susan, ormiston about his will to return to the ice I have. To get into a wheelchair today you know I'm gonna sit, that longer than I did yesterday or if. I have to sit up on the edge of the bed and practice, you know give my balance I'm gonna do it longer each, day and try. And do more things. More. Than two weeks after, that deadly, bus crash in Saskatchewan. There is some, progress, to, Humboldt Broncos, players in hospital, are no longer in critical, condition, there, are still six players recovering, in a Saskatoon, hospital, and the survivors have a long way to go but just days after the tragedy you might remember a remarkable.
Moment Of courage from, one of them Ryan, stretch knit ski when doctors told him he was paralyzed, he immediately. Reassured. His parents, he's, getting, back onto the ice he's gonna learn to play sledge hockey and win gold no, less at the Paralympics, a tough, spirit to be sure but. As he told her Susan ormiston in an exclusive interview it's, what his friends, would have wanted. Such. A relief to, see, you Ryan. Straws knit ski faces, the toughest, challenge of his life learning. To live with paralysis, you. Must have gone through some incredibly, intense, emotion, yes. Can. You tell me about that I had my moments, like I, don't. Think the the whole incident actually hit me until a, couple. Days after and AH you. Know thinking about just seeing my teammates that were alive. Good. Ryan. Was a defenseman, for the Broncos a rookie, recruited, from a team in leduc Alberta on April. 6 when the team boss and a semi trailer hit he, was catapulted, out do, you remember. Yeah. I was on. The bus and I. Was. On my phone texting my girlfriend and, the, bus driver said whoa and kind. Of looked and there's a semi truck that pulled out in front of us and like, initial, collision and I blacked out and I woke, up I don't know how long later, my back was up against the semi I was sitting up and just. From her some of the pain and staring, at the bus and it's, a cut in half and my teammates, are said in front of me like like. Bloody and whatnot so. -, or the reaction was to get up help it I can. Couldn't, move so it's. Pretty, tough, he. Was rushed to a Saskatoon, hospital, the next day he went into surgery his spinal cord severely. Damaged, amongst, other injuries, well, I have a broken, fractured clavicle left clavicle and scapula. My. T3. Has been. Incomplete. Fracture, my. Ribs on both sides that are fractured, as well and a punctured. Left lung and terribly, Sderot bleeding in the head but you. Know I've just, been getting better and better, and what about your mobility in the future. Mobility. Yeah I just, practice, getting on a chair and. They'll. Teach me how to live my life moving, in a chair and walk on it getting. The upper, body strength, let's. Do everyday, things like to change your clothes and get into your wheelchair, and you, know feed. Yourself not what, happened, what some of the most difficult moments for you they'd, not being able to like. Sorry. Okay. It's. Too tough dari okay. Yeah, just, not being able to go to the funerals. All. Right you, were too sick to go yeah. Will, you be able to remember them in a different way in the future yeah. Again. I'm. Doing this all for them so it's how I remember it so. They're. Always there. Your. Coach was close to you. Coach. Darcy, Hogan, was, a mentor he, was killed in the crash, what, do you think Darcy. The coach would tell you now if you could just be, tough keep pushing you know I. Thought. You were given a second chance so take. Advantage of it and. How, do you do that. Push. Through every day keep it positive. No. Fighting through it just. Keep. That mindset of you know you can do this like people. Are saying you know he'll never walk again or. What. Dad. Tom and mom Michelle are determined, to keep Ryan on track and moving forward I decide. Over the last two weeks constantly. Managing, their three other children along, with the full days at the hospital they. Credit him with the strong spirit, in spite of the trauma, it.
Was About three. Days in the ICU and, he. Looked. At me tom was out of the room, he, looked at me and he said am, i okay now mom I'm like not, gonna die in my sleep and. That. About, just about killed me because, I had no idea he was even thinking that so. How do you deal with it now. What's, the challenge for you and how do you support, yourself. Let's. Just keep him positive and, just say nothing's. Set in stone and, we. Find a little door, we'll go through it and we'll, do it as a family and you got all this sport from around the world, I said. Let's let's, do it he's. Okay. You're. You, say you like a challenge yeah. Where. Do you set your goals mouth I just, set my goals like if I, have to get into a wheelchair today you know I'm gonna sit, that longer than I did yesterday or if. I have to sit up on the edge of the bed and practice, you know give my balance I'm gonna do it longer each, day and try. And do more things so. Just. Not, huge things, just little things and you know build up towards, them towards. My final. Days here the. Many hospital, visits have been a big boost and so has the overwhelming. Support from, Canadians, and then there were a few, uniquely. Hockey moments, it's having a happen someone nitramine I woke up and stock. Up is right in front of me so but. I was, always told you have to you have to earn the Stanley Cup swear I didn't touch it. Still. A fiercely. Motivated. Athlete, Ryan, is taking on this next phase of training with a huge, dose of courage I, I. Just wanted to get back on the ice and. Whether. It's you know sledge Hogg here. Or, possibly like coaching, or scouting. And I just, love being on the ice so any way I could do that be, awesome. Susan. Ormiston CBC News Calgary. Any, in a long road, ahead but he seems up to the challenge, you know Ryan's, family says they're going to redesign, their, house to help him with his recovery, and families. Like theirs will get a little extra help this Friday with the proceeds from a concert in Saskatoon, featuring, some of Canada's biggest stars. Watching. That interview is a reminder, that it's been a couple, of really difficult weeks see in this country, the tragedy, and humbled and now, this attack in, Toronto. Take. A look at this cartoon that seems, to express, how we. Have been de set by grief and come together in that grief this is by Michael, Dadar in Halifax, the artist, posted, it on Twitter this morning and not surprisingly, it, has already been shared thousands. Of times that's a striking, image and for all of our viewers on Instagram, we have shared several powerful, images. From the memorial, on our national account you, can follow us at CBC. The national, a more special coverage ahead. Tonight. On the national Peruvian, state media are reporting that two, men have been detained, in connection with the killing of a Canadian man sebastian, Woodruff was found dead Saturday in, a remote village in the Amazon, authorities. Say he'd been accused, of murdering, a spiritual, healer, and was killed by a lynch mob in retaliation, according. To police the two men detained were part of that mob but they add they, don't know who is behind the spiritual, healers, murder a. Liberal. MP accused, of sexual, assault is speaking out calling, the allegations against, him a case of mistaken identity. Francis, Dru Lane said in a statement that his accuser got the wrong guy, he's accused of grabbing a woman from behind at a Halifax, bar early Saturday but the ruling says while he was at the bar it was someone else who grabbed the woman police. Are investigating. One. Of the other stories we are following, tonight the White House hosting, a lavish, state dinner for the French president, tonight, this visit is being called a test of friendship between the two countries but as Paul hunter explains there's, a lot more than that on the line.
Yes. The first state visit for, the Trump White House had plenty of this. But. Then came the weird, bits. The. Awkward, splayed, fingered, arm raised the. Hand holding, by the Rose Garden in the, Oval Office Donald. Trump seemed to notice a white Fleck, on the French president's. Shoulder, in fact I'll get that little piece of dandruff, oh. We. Have to make them perfect he is perfect, a new. Villa Ko and at the press conference soon, after Emmanuel. Macron goes for the full-on man hug cheek, to cheek. Thank. You. Thank, you, I, like. Him a lot in. Fairness Trump. Smiled, for. Both leaders their relationship. Is in, the spotlight on this trip for Trump it's a chance to win a needed ally in a key country for macro a thumbs, up from Trump grows his standing, in Europe and Beyond but, there are challenges not least the, Iranian, deal favored. By France trashed, by Trump's, including, today as Makram. Listen. It's a bad deal. It's. A bad structure, it's. Falling, down should. Have never ever. Been. Made, macarons. View don't, kill the deal strengthening. On the dish sonic appointed a new path I've, always said we, should not tear, apart the deal and have nothing else he said and though. Trump hinted, maybe, there's a way to tweak it a deadline, on whether he'll stick with it looms May, 12th, we're, gonna see what happens on the 12th but. I will say if, Iran. Threatens us in any way they. Will pay a price like few countries, have ever paid to keep. The deal or dump, it in this visit McCraw will try to convince Trump it's worth preserving, a test, of what, Trump today called a wonderful, friendship, awkward. Moments, and all. Paul. Hunter CBC News Washington. And. As. We go to break here's a live look at the Parliament, Buildings in Ottawa the flags on, the peace tower at half-mast in sympathy, for the victims of the attack in Toronto, Ian, will be back in just a moment from the memorial. As. You've seen people have been gathering tonight, near the scene of yesterday's, attack, paying tribute, and paying, respect, but they're also gathering. Online. Sharing, stories of hope and gratitude and, kindness, with, the hashtag, Toronto. The good and that. Is our moment of the day, Toronto. The good is. The. People. Live. Here that make up the city I've had so many times in my life where. Complete, strangers, were there, for me helped. Me more. Than they know it's buying the guy behind me a coffee and watching, it paid forward before I left the store it's nice to get asking, how they can all the victims and families affected by yesterday's, tragic, event means donating, blood we, can do more than just mean well because we can do something meaningful is the 501.
Streetcar, Driver who. Stopped the car last night walked, up and down the aisle and ensure, that everybody on board knew that South Kingsway, it was going to be the last stop he looked at us he smiled and he said I just want to make sure that nobody gets off in the wrong place, good. Thank. You to the person who bought my Tim's order today you made me smile Toronto. They're good I, have. To say where I'm standing, here there are people behind me paying respect to the vigil but right there is Yonge Street traffic. Again for the first time in more, than 24 hours slowly. Returning, to some sense of normal there, were lots of free coffees this was my favorite tweet today I just had the person in front of me pay for my coffee at Tim Hortons that's as Canadian, as it gets I paid. For the one behind me and didn't even judge them for getting a plane untoasted bagel. And. You know the the individual, moments, I mean there there's something special but what I found striking was the sheer number. Of them I mean we reached out to a number of people to, have them tell us about those individual, moments, of kindness that they experienced throughout the day and so many of them replied some. Of the videos that you just saw there so quite, a moment thanks so much for joining us here on the program for this April 24th. Right. You.