Hamilton man charged with sexual assault in Milton

A 27-year-old Hamilton man has been charged with sexual assault, assault, robbery, uttering threats and fraud under $5000.On Thursday June 6 around 11 p.m., police were called to the area of Nipissing Rd. near Childs Dr. in Milton for a disturbance. Police say they found a victim who had been sexually assaulted. The suspect fled in a 4 door silver sedan.On June 10, members of the Halton child abuse and sexual assault unit arrested Benjamin Novikov in Hamilton.Police say Novikov used a number of different profile names on the website LeoList, including “Thor Odinson”, “CandyBen” and “Champion”.Halton police are reminding the public to be vigilant when contacting people online.Any witnesses are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Newcombe at 905-465-8965 or Detective Joe Barr at 905-465-8969. read more

Sanitary products to be given out for free in secondary schools Chancellor

The Chancellor’s announcement is the latest in a series of moves by the Government to recognise the issue of what campaigners have termed “period poverty”. The government has already pledged to remove VAT on sanitary products – the so-called “tampon tax” – when the UK leaves the European Union. Currently it channels the revenue it raises to good causes. From July, hospitals will be ordered to supply free tampons and sanitary towels to patients, following a campaign by doctors.Medics had said it was unfair that some hospitals would provide men with razors and shaving foam but not offer women sanitary products. Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt  The organisation has joined campaigning efforts to remove taboos around menstruation and help girls who struggle to afford products such as pads and tampons.A new programme of activities designed by the charity WaterAid will see girls devise a drama to set out how they would deal with situations such as what to do if their period leaks onto their underwear or clothes while they are not at home. Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt  Earlier this month, Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, unveiled a £2 million fund to tackle “period poverty” around the world.  According to the Department for International Development (Dfid) around half of women and girls in developing countries cannot afford sanitary products and are forced to use rags, grass and paper to manage their periods.  The Government Equalities Office also announced a task force, which will include government departments as well as manufacturers, retailers and charities, to help tackle period poverty in the UK.  Last year, the Girl Guides announced that they are introducing a “period poverty” badge as they encourage girls to discuss menstruation. Sanitary products are to be given out for free in secondary schools across England from September, the Chancellor has confirmed.Announcing the move in the Spring Statement, Philip Hammond said it followed concern from headteachers that girls are missing school because they cannot afford the products. The Department for Education will lead work to develop a national scheme to ensure the provision of free sanitary products to girls in secondary schools.Mr Hammond told MPs: “In response to rising concern by headteachers that some girls are missing school attendance due to inability to afford sanitary products, I have decided to fund the provision of free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges in England from the next school year.”In response to a question in the Commons, Mr Hammond added later that he was “quite open to sensible suggestions” for how to address the issue in primary schools.School leaders welcomed the move, with the National Association for Head saying it was “the right thing to do”.Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, agreed but added that much more needs to be done to tackle the general issue of poverty among pupils.He said it is “extremely disappointing” that there is no extra cash for schools which are “creaking under the strain of funding pressures”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more