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RBC ‘relieved’ hostages in Vaughan bank branch shooting are safe: statement

A peaceful day in a Vaughan, Ontario plaza turned into a dire situation Wednesday when a man entered an RBC bank branch with a gun and took 13 people hostage.

York Regional Police got the call at around 1 p.m. and arrived at the Royal Bank branch at Dufferin Street and Major Mackenzie Drive West shortly after.

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Technology can keep wandering Alzheimer’s patients safer

Technological innovation is helping some families in the GTA keep track of where their loved ones with Alzheimer’s are, from a GPS wristband in York Region called Project Lifesaver, to a special colour-coded MedicAlert bracelet. They are also using smartphones that incorporate geofencing, which is a software that administers and alerts the families of the individual when the tracked person leaves his or her arranged boundaries.

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Some GTA police forces using Project Lifesaver to track wandering dementia patients

More cases of wandering Alzheimer’s patients are appearing in the news. And experts are predicting the number of people in Ontario with Alzheimer’s to rise dramatically soon. Now a police department in the GTA is offering a new program to keep these at risk people safer. Observer TV News’ Jennifer Lee reports.

Toronto safety campaign explains top four reasons for driver deaths

Community safety organizations in Toronto are kicking-off a four-day awareness campaign on lethal driving. Operation Shield, a group of four community safety organizations including the Toronto Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police Toronto and Aurora Detachments, OPP Highway Enforcement Team, and York Regional Police Service Traffic Unit, are all working together to raise awareness on the […]

York Regional Police radios to block journalists, citizens

On Oct. 1, the York Regional Police plan to implement a new radio system, that in turn, will stop the media and other citizens from being able to access public police scanners. The old analog radios used by the York Regional Police allowed for limited encryption. This meant that the public could access police scanners […]