The owners of Backpage.com, a classified ad website which many police say is a mechanism for pimping, have been charged with that crime in Texas, where the company is headquartered. Toronto police frequently make note in their news releases that young woman entrapped into the sex trade have had their pictures published in Backpage.com by the men who run their lives. Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacey and James Larkin are charged in Dallas.
AT&T AND TIME WARNER
A number of media sources say AT&T is talking to Time Warner about taking over — a deal that would be worth $85 billion U..S. The idea is to give the big communications firm the enormous content now owned by Time Warner.
Toronto may be among cities less impacted by the layoffs announced today by Bombardier. Among some 7,500 jobs marked for elimination, most will be in Europe and at least 1,500 will be in Quebec. “These are tough actions we need to take to make the business more profitable and succeed in the future,” said company spokesman Simon Letendre.
ELECTRICITY FROM QUEBEC
Ontario will import electricity from Quebec’s water-driven turbines to the tune of some $70 million over seven years, a scheme which it is said will save taxpayers money and permit the closure of some natural gas-fired electric plants.