What’s Current: Toronto van attacker sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years

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  • The man behind the deadly Toronto van attack, said to have been motivated by anger at sexual and social rejection, is sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years. The self-described “incel” deliberately drove a van down a busy Toronto sidewalk in April 2018, killing nine women and two men.
  • U.K. charity LGB Alliance is awarded funding to establish a national helpline for gay, lesbian, and bisexual young people. Trans activists respond by slamming the decision as “transphobic” and “exclusionary,” demanding the grant funding be stripped.
  • Actress Amber Heard criticizes viral social media bias surrounding the defamation case brought by ex-husband Johnny Depp in response to her 2018 op-ed describing her experience with domestic violence. Heard said in an interview with NBC News:

“Even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t tell me — look me in the eye and tell me — that you think on social media there’s been a fair representation. You cannot tell me that you think that this has been fair.”

  • A domestic violence survivor is facing a defamation lawsuit by her abusive ex-boyfriend for speaking out online against Canada’s failure to hold him accountable. Isis Muniz claims Canadian police refuse to take action against her aggressor because the abuse took place in the U.S.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.