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Calvin Barry

CTV Newsnet: Calvin Barry, Former crown attorney on how the Creba case was handled (click link below to view):


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Calvin Barry

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tow truck owner 'just trying to run his business'

The owner of a towing company that had a rig set ablaze on Saturday is just trying to run a business, his lawyer said yesterday.

Calvin Barry, speaking on behalf of Downtown Towing owner John Long, called the fire in front of Ryerson University -- the second company truck burned -- troubling.

"It's hard to comment because it's being investigated and the last one is before the courts," Barry told the Sun.

"It's unfortunate when you're trying to run a business and you have to deal with these issues."

The truck, which Barry said is likely a write-off, was parked in the Bond and Dundas Sts. area Saturday.

Toronto Police said they were called by a security guard who spotted the flames around 6:40 a.m. No arrests have been made.


"(Long) is just trying to run his business and he just hopes that the police find out who the perpetrator is and that they are brought to justice," Barry said.

"It's unfortunate and hopefully police will get to the bottom of it and bring the accused person to justice."

Barry refused to comment on who he thought was responsible for the attack.

"It wouldn't be fair to comment because we would compromise the ongoing police investigation," he said.

Downtown Towing was awarded one of the lucrative towing contracts by the Toronto Police Services Board last year.

The board began a review of that contract earlier this year after Long was charged with fraud over $5,000 and two counts of uttering a forged document.

"He'll be completely exonerated and we're in the process of working that out as we speak," Barry said.

Anyone with information about the tow truck fire is asked to call detectives at 51 Division at 416-808-5104.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009



An 18-year-old Mississauga man;s sentence for the May 2007 manslaughter of 15-year-old Manny Castillo includes a year's probation and anger management counselling.

BRAMPTON -- An 18-year-old Mississauga man's sentence for the May 2007 manslaughter of 15-year-old Manny Castillo includes a year's probation and anger management counselling.

Justice Bruce Duncan sentenced the youth today after an emotional morning where Castillo's father delivered a victim impact statement detailing the impact of his son's death on the family.

In May, Duncan found the youth, who can't be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, guilty of manslaughter in Manny Castillo's 2007 death during a high school rugby game.

Manuel Castillo described his son's death as "the most traumatic experience" in his family's life.

"Never hearing his voice again creates a silence in our lives," he said.
Outside court, Castillo refused to comment on the sentence but did hand out copies of his statement in the hope his message about organized sports in the wake of his son's death would be communicated to the public.

"My personal and own view on how it happened is that there are some hockey coaches (that) don't seem to teach kids (to) respect their opponents," Castillo told court.

"The way that Manny died is clear for me. When a football player hears a whistle, the players come to a stop but when a hockey player hears a whistle, they don't come to a stop and instead they begin to fight.

"I hope that organized sports, especially organized sports in schools, puts a no tolerance policy in place for violence and aggression in sports."

Following submissions from both the Crown and defence, the killer – who can't be identified because he was 16 at the time – turned to Castillo's family and expressed his condolences.

"I'm sorry for what happened," he said.

The Crown had been seeking a two- to three-year sentence, opting not to seek an adult sentence. The defence sought a one-year probation.

In addition to the probation and counselling, the man is required to complete 100 hours of community service.


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