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THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2007
Second man arrested in statue theft Quick-change scam artist arrested Oakville man gets bail in fraud case
OAKVILLE ✦ A second man has been arrested in the theft of the five- This time, his poker face didn’t work. TORONTO ✦ The man who spent his birthday in jail on charges of
metre bronze statue of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko. The main player in a quick-change scam that victimized stores stealing $8.4 million from Canadian investors in a money-making
Police said the man was stopped on a traffic violation and throughout Ontario last year was finally tracked down and arrested scheme was granted bail yesterday.
subsequently arrested by investigating officers. by Halton police last week. Adam Spencer, 26, turned himself in to Toronto police after being
The statue was taken from the Taras H. Shevchenko Memorial Park According to Halton Detective Robert Lloyd, the suspect would wanted on a Canada-wide warrant that was issued on Jan. 11.
in north Oakville sometime between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31. The head of enter a business and purchase something small with a $50 bill. Once His parents put up $500,000 for his release and he must live under
the figure later turned up at a Burlington recycler. No other parts of the item was purchased, he would take several more large bills from their supervision while on bail.
the statue, estimated to cost $350,000 to replace, have been his wallet and request change. Spencer, an Oakville native, sold shares of his company Emexis
recovered. “He would say that he had won a poker game, or was going to play Integrated Solutions, a consulting company, to investors in fall 2005.
“We believe that the bulk of it was cut up and sent overseas,” said poker,” said Lloyd yesterday. Police allege that investors bought shares in his company at
Halton Detective Sergeant Greg Sullivan. At this point, the man would begin changing his mind concerning 50 cents each with the option to purchase an equal number of shares
A building boom in China has created a high demand for metals which bills he wanted changed. He would do it enough times that the at 75 cents when he took the company public.
such as bronze and copper, he said. Sending the materials overseas employee would become confused about whose money was whose. He changed his mind and told his investors he would compensate
and melting them there is cheaper than doing it here. At this point, another man would help the suspect, distracting the them by buying all their shares for $1 apiece. But he then disappeared
A 36-year-old Oakville man faces one count of possession of stolen other employees or customers in line. with all of the invested funds, police say.
property over $5,000 and two counts of breach of probation. He will Christian David Tygesen, 39, of Hamilton is charged with four Spencer will appear next in court on March 1. He has also to appear
appear in a Milton court Feb. 13. counts of theft under $5,000 and four counts of fraud under $5,000. before a Superior Court judge on a civil warrant.
The Hamilton Spectator The Hamilton Spectator — Spectator wire services
BY JOANNA FRKETICH
Parents desperate for help with their
kids’ behavioural and anxiety prob-
lems may soon be able to bypass long
wait lists and get advice over the
McMaster University is getting
$4 million to test a program that makes
a coach available by phone immediate-
ly after parents seek help.
They also get written materials and
videos instructing them how to man-
age their child’s mental health issues.
The coach checks in weekly to
answer questions and see how they’re
“Waiting lists for children’s mental
health are often too long,” said Dr.
Charles Cunningham, who is leading
the research team.
We are under the gun and
there are kids lined up
KAZ NOVAK, THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR Alex Thomson
Federal Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion and Burlington’s Liberal MPP candidate Joan Lougheed, second from right, answer questions from reporters yesterday.
“Families seek help when the
Dion spotlights Great Lakes
problem is getting difficult to deal
with. If we can deal with it quickly, it’s
more effective. The longer they wait,
the more discouraged they get and the
problem gets more complex and diffi-
cult to deal with.”
The program has been used in Nova
Liberal leader says Tory environment plan too little, too late Scotia for the last eight years, and
numerous studies have found it to be
BY WADE HEMSWORTH Caledonia. Dalhousie University is partnering
Dion’s strategic Burlington stop — with McMaster to expand it to Ontario
BURLINGTON ✦ Federal Liberal In their last fiscal update of a few weeks ago, (there was) arranged just one day earlier — put him and try out new variations of the
Leader Stéphane Dion has identified in the riding of former Liberal MP program over the next five years fund-
pollution of the Great Lakes as a critical not a word about the environment. Now they feel the heat. Paddy Torsney. ed by the Canadian Institutes of
issue confronting Canadians. She lost a close fight to Conservative Health Research.
After emerging from a meeting with
They understand where the Canadian people are. Mike Wallace last year, becoming a “It really enables people to access
local environmentalists yesterday, Liberal Leader St phane Dion casualty of the anti-Liberal backlash. care easily,” said Dr. Rod Evans, med-
Dion said he wants to help the lakes by Torsney went on to serve as Ontario ical director of the child and youth
removing dangerous, persistent chem- co-chair of Dion’s leadership cam- mental health program at McMaster
icals from the marketplace and replac- Dion is making a series of election- understand where the Canadian paign, helping him to defeat heavy- Children’s Hospital.
ing them with safer alternatives. style stops in southern Ontario this people are.” weights Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff. “Some children require extensive
Dion met privately for close to an week, as the environment emerges as a Having a chance to quiz the new Yesterday’s stop also generated individual help, but in some instances
hour with a group that included defining issue of the next federal leader of the Opposition also gave some party profile for the coming the best way to manage is to work with
representatives of Burlington city election. reporters the chance to canvass his provincial byelection in Burlington, the parent rather than the child, using
council, the Bay Area Restoration The Liberal leader castigated the opinion on several subjects of particu- where Joan Lougheed is running for education rather than therapy. Learn-
Committee, Burlington’s sustainable Harper government’s recent an- lar interest to southern Ontarians. the Liberals in the race to take the ing in the office is no better than learn-
development committee and Conser- nouncements on the environment as Dion indicated that he favours the seat vacated by Cam Jackson when he ing on the telephone.”
vation Halton. too little, too late to buy much credibil- revitalization of Canada’s rail and became mayor of Burlington in In fact, for some parents, the phone
They talked about broad issues of ity with Canadians who consider it a other public transit systems, a practical November. is better because hospital visits require
water, air, industry, and education top priority. working partnership with the Lougheed hosted the round-table time off work during office hours,
before Dion addressed reporters in a “In their last fiscal update of a few provinces, and the creation of an meeting and described Dion as warm, transportation to get there, expensive
brief scrum at Burlington’s Spencer weeks ago, (there was) not a word independent body to resolve native inclusive and good-natured. parking fees and babysitting for other
Smith Park by the edge of Lake about the environment,” Dion said. land claims such as the one at the email@example.com children.
Ontario. “Now they feel the heat. They heart of the nearly 11-month conflict in 905-526-3254 But some parents question whether
this program is really what they need.
“It’s trying to put a Band-Aid on it,”
said Ashley Ross, who has struggled to
Convicted teacher still holds licence
help her nine-year-old son with his
mental health problems for the last
She feels there’s already enough
resources dedicated to helping her
Man who had sex with students won t necessarily be fired, or barred from teaching in the future manage his behavioural problems.
What she needs is treatment for him to
address the root problem and help him
BY CARMELA FRAGOMENI sex, intercourse with a 14-year-old, Coulombe, a teacher since 1998, is 2003, the college gave it back to him. lead a normal life.
and a sexual threesome with two of on an unpaid leave from Grand Erie Palmer was found teaching at a But with only one increase to chil-
A former Waterford teacher found the girls at his home on a school day. District School Board. He was teach- private Brockville boarding school. dren’s mental health budgets in the
guilty of sexual assault still has his The criminal convictions do not ing in Brantford when he was arrested The Ontario College of Teachers’ last 15 years in Ontario, that treatment
teaching licence and is “in good mean he’ll automatically lose his and charged in 2003. disciplinary decisions are public and is hard to get and waiting lists can be up
standing” with the Ontario College of teaching licence, according to the A trustees’ committee will decide are listed on its website at www.oct.ca to a year long.
Teachers, the profession’s self-regu- College of Teachers. Nor do they mean on Monday whether Coulombe will be under Investigations & Hearings. “We are under the gun and there
lating body. the college will automatically investi- fired. But if someone applies to have his or are kids lined up everywhere,” said
Kristian Coulombe, 33, was con- gate. A CTV news Whistleblower report her licence reinstated, those hearings Alex Thomson, executive director of
victed Dec. 21 of sexual assault and College spokesman Brian Jamieson in November found that sometimes, are closed to the public and the Lynwood Hall Child and Family
sexual exploitation of five female said the criminal case and a college teachers who sexually abuse stu- decisions are kept confidential. Centre.
students. investigation on allegations of profes- dents are not barred forever from However, Jamieson said any appli- “Our costs all go up, so with no
Coulombe is free on bail and will be sional misconduct are two different teaching. cation to reinstate a licence is treated increase, you cut services, you cut staff
sentenced in a Simcoe courtroom processes. It cited the case of Brockville high like a new licence application, which and cut the hearts out of the organiza-
Feb. 7. He is expected to face impris- “We’re aware of the (criminal) case school teacher Rodney Palmer, con- requires a criminal-background tions.
onment. ... It’s not that we’re not influenced by victed of sexual exploitation in 1990 check. “We’re 10 to 15 years behind.”
The convictions were for sexual acts it ... (but) one doesn’t automatically and sentenced to 15 months in jail. His firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
from 1999 to 2003 that included oral trigger the other.” teaching licence was revoked, but in 905-526-3392 905-526-3349