LEVY: East-end hotel painted as refugee camp

Visitors to an east-end Toronto hotel — which has doubled as a refugee camp all summer — have turned in droves to two well-read travel websites to warn others not to stay there.

A series of pointed reviews on TripAdvisor and Expedia from those who stayed at the Radisson Toronto East hotel as recently as this past week advise others that some 400 refugees from Africa are occupying all but two floors of the hotel and they were not informed of the situation before booking.

One traveller from Los Angeles, who stayed there during a business trip a week ago, calls the place an “absolute zoo.”

Others described the hotel as “dangerous,” dirty and noisy — and that the lobby is  a “madhouse,” full of loitering refugees.

A visitor from Montreal said kids were “skateboarding in the lobby” and the staff didn’t seem to care.


“My daughter kept getting harassed by full-grown men (refugees),” the Montrealer wrote on TripAdvisor.

The visitor from L.A. said he was “shocked and horrified at the nightmare situation” in the lobby.

“Huge crowds of people, children spitting, yelling, jumping on top of each other, and to make things even worse, one of them stole my phone and I had to chase them to get them to return it,” the traveller wrote.

“I will never return… I would rather have slept in our car.”

Calls to the hotel Saturday yielded little information other than the cost to stay there in a standard room with a king bed next weekend — $159 per night.

The front desk clerk repeatedly refused to give any information on the refugees except to acknowledge that there are guests staying in the hotel “long-term.”


LEVY: East-end hotel painted as refugee camp

Alcohol WARNING after ‘bubbly’ mum dies in booze-fuelled tragedy

Charlotte Watson, 33, worked two jobs and had two degrees and was also a mum to her five-year-old son.

She tragically died after falling down the stairs at the couple’s home in Killamarsh, Derbs, on September 8.

Her boyfriend of four years, Chris Hadley, said she “would only have a glass of wine during the week” but at the weekend sometimes “binge drank and didn’t have a turn-off switch”.

And after the tragedy, Chris is now warning others about the dangers of drinking too much amid concerns it is becoming the norm for Brits.

Chris said: ”Sadly, the level of alcohol in Charlotte’s system played a big part in her death.”

He added: “(She) liked to have a good time – like thousands of other people in this country.

“You go out into town and see people drinking and fighting but they don’t realise how quickly life can change.”

Speaking of her son, who is now living with her former partner, Chris said: ”He is just about to turn six and now won’t have a mum – I don’t think he really understands it fully.



Slovakia Charges Three People With Journalist Kuciak’s Murder

Slovakia’s state prosecutor has charged three people with the premeditated murder of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancee in February, a spokeswoman said on September 28.

The three people were detained in a house raid on September 27.

Five others detained in the same raid have been released, the spokeswoman said.

Jan Kuciak was found shot dead along with Martina Kusnirova at their home near the capital, Bratislava, in February. They were both 27.

The authorities have said they believed it was a contract killing linked to Kuciak’s work.

The journalist was investigating political corruption at the time of the slayings, which triggered the biggest street protests in Slovakia since the fall of communism in 1989 and a political crisis that led to the fall of former Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government in March.



Florida woman cuts man’s face after he refuses to have sex with her

VERO BEACH, Fla. – A Florida woman, incensed because a man refused to have sex with her, cut his face with a kitchen knife Thursday, TCPalm reported.

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Katherine Nieves-Tavarez, 27, of Vero Beach, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to a police report.


The man was hospitalized after rejecting Nieves-Tavarez’s requests for sex several times, TCPalmreported.

Police responded to Nieves-Tavarez’s apartment at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. The man was standing in the doorway with his face covered in blood and told police that “She hit me with a knife. … I can’t see,” TCPalm reported.

The man had several cuts on his face and was treated at a local hospital, the arrest affidavit stated.

Nieves-Tavarez was booked at the Indian River County Jail and bail was set at $15,000, TCPalmreported.