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Three suspects sought after man shot dead at Yonge and Bloor

CityNews | posted Thursday, Apr 14th, 2016

Toronto police are searching for three suspects after a man was shot and killed on Yonge Street, just north of Bloor Street, in the heart of downtown Toronto on Wednesday night.

Witnesses tell 680 NEWS they heard around five loud bangs. First responders were seen giving the victim chest compressions in front of a Starbucks.

The victim, believed to be in his 20s, was later pronounced dead at hospital.

A woman, who did not want to give her name, told CityNews the incident began as an argument over money in front of the store between the victim and the suspects.

“They shot him over nothing,” said the devastated woman of her friend, whom she referred to as “T”.  “They shot him in the back too, like, he turned around and they shot him in the back, couldn’t even face him and do it.”

Police describe the three suspects as white, one wearing a white jacket, the second wearing a baby blue jacket and the third wearing a black jacket.

Owner of Bowmanville Zoo charged with animal cruelty

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Apr 14th, 2016

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Bowmanville zoo owner Michael Hackenberger. PHOTO: YOUTUBE

The owner of a private zoo east of Toronto is facing animal cruelty charges after video footage surfaced that appeared to show him hitting a tiger with a whip during a training session.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it began investigating alleged abuse at the Bowmanville Zoo immediately after reviewing the footage that emerged in December.

The agency says the zoo’s owner, Michael Hackenberger, is charged with four counts of causing an animal distress and one of failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care for an animal.

Three of the distress charges relate to the use of a whip.

The OSPCA says it will conduct another inspection of the zoo and continue to closely monitor the animals there.

Jennifer Bluhm, a senior inspector with the OSPCA, says the video gave them a basis to lay charges.

“Animal cruelty is a serious offence. Our investigative unit has spent significant time reviewing the facility and interviewing all involved. Our priority is always the health and welfare of the animals,” she said in a release.

PETA said it was pleased that charges had been laid against Hackenberger.

“We hope that this case will result in an end to his torment of animals made to suffer for human entertainment,” the organization said.

Hackenberger released a statement late Wednesday night, saying he is not guilty of the charges but would be stepping down until the matter is resolved.

Sparks set to fly as public debate on new taxi, Uber rules begins

CityNews | posted Thursday, Apr 14th, 2016

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The stage is set for a heated debate at City Hall on Thursday.

The Licensing and Standards Committee will hold the first public debate since the new regulations for taxis and ride-sharing companies was announced last week.

According to the Toronto Star, over 80 people have signed up to speak and that has forced staff to move the meeting into council chambers.

The committee has a couple of options available. It could decide to refer the regulations back to staff for more work or it could defer the debate to a later date.

City council is scheduled to vote on the new regulations on May 3.

“I Want You To Want Me” Lyrics

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2016

I want you to want me
I need you to need me
I’d love you to love me
I’m begging you to beg me
I want you to want me
I need you to need me
I’d love you to love me

I’ll shine up the old brown shoes
Put on a brand new shirt
I’ll get home early from work 
If you say that you love me

Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I see you crying?
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I see you crying?
Feeling all alone without a friend, you know you feel like dying 
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I see you crying?

I want you to want me
I need you to need me
I’d love you to love me
I’m begging you to beg me

I’ll shine up the old brown shoes
Put on a brand-new shirt
I’ll get home early from work 
If you say that you love me

Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I see you crying?
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I see you crying?
Feeling all alone without a friend, you know you feel like dying
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I see you crying?

Feelin’ all alone without a friend, you know you feel like dying
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I see you crying?

I want you to want me
I need you to need me
I’d love you to love me
I’m begging you to beg me
I want you to want me
I want you to want me
I want you to want me
I want you to want me

Man fighting for life in hospital after struck by TTC bus downtown

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2016

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A man has been rushed to hospital with a serious head injury after he was hit by a TTC bus.

It happened at Yonge and College streets just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was struck while crossing the street.

The intersection was briefly closed for the police investigation but has since reopened. There’s no word yet on charges.

Classic Canadiana: Olympic and Paralympic uniforms for Rio stick with tradition

Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2016

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Canada’s Summer Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be in classic form as they suit up for Rio, sporting traditional styles steeped in the country’s colours and showcasing iconic national symbols.

The latest designs from official outfitter Hudson’s Bay Co. were unveiled live Tuesday night in a dedicated stream on Team Canada’s Facebook page.

In a move that’s being billed as a first, viewers were able to get a glimpse at the uniforms Canada’s athletes will wear at the opening and closing ceremonies months before the Games actually get underway.

Hudson’s Bay Company, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee launch the Team Canada Collection for Rio 2016 on April 12, 2016. HUDSON'S BAY.
Hudson’s Bay Company, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee launch the Team Canada Collection for Rio 2016 on April 12, 2016. HUDSON’S BAY.

Canadian twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten who helm the label Dsquared2 were enlisted to design the opening ceremony outfit. The ensemble is a formal take on athleticwear, incorporating a red, white and black palette.

The opening ceremony look includes a red jacket fashioned from the blend of a windbreaker and tailored blazer, featuring flap pockets, rubberized buttons and a zip pocket on the chest. The back of the jacket has tails with an elastic drawstring and a 3D print of the word “Canada” and the Maple Leaf.

A white jersey T-shirt with tailored sleeves and tails, and a tapered woollen track pant complete the ensemble, which will be accessorized with a classic Dsquared2 trucker hat.

The opening ceremony outfit will also be accompanied by a limited-edition line of T-shirts. The capsule collection includes illustrations of iconic Canadian creatures, including a bear, squirrel and beaver teamed with the Maple Leaf.

Canadian medallists will be sporting a classic track jacket on the podium with the a bold “Canada” wordmark in a colour-blocked band across the chest.

The Canadian kit also features a full complement of sporty hoodies and T-shirts.

“It’s got a very strong and modern and iconic feel, but also has stayed very, very Canadian — and that’s my favourite part about it,” said canoeist Ben Russell.

The apparel and accessories line is priced from $15 to $150. Select items will be available to shop online this week, while the official replica wear will be available at all Hudson’s Bay stores beginning May 4.

The Rio Olympics will take place Aug. 5-21. The Paralympics will be held Sept. 7-18.

Hudson's Bay Team Canada Collection is shown on April 12, 2016. HUDSON'S BAY.
Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection is shown on April 12, 2016. HUDSON’S BAY.
Aurélie Rivard, para-swimmer, models Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON'S BAY.
Aurélie Rivard, para-swimmer, models Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON’S BAY.
Matthew Sarmento, field hockey, models Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON'S BAY.
Matthew Sarmento, field hockey, models Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON’S BAY.
Mandy Bujold, boxer, models Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON'S BAY.
Mandy Bujold, boxer, models Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON’S BAY.
Khamica Bingham, sprinter, models Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON'S BAY.
Khamica Bingham, sprinter, models Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON’S BAY.
Khamica Bingham and Matthew Sarmento model Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON'S BAY.
Khamica Bingham and Matthew Sarmento model Hudson’s Bay Team Canada Collection on April 12, 2016. HUDSON’S BAY.

Loblaw store expansion to create 20,000 jobs this year

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016

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A women carts out their groceries from Loblaws in Toronto on May 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Loblaw is planning to build about 50 new stores and renovate 150 existing ones this year.

The stores will include both grocery stores and Shoppers Drug Mart locations, creating about 20,000 new jobs.

Catherine Thomas, Loblaw’s director of external communication, said in an email that the jobs will be approximately 5,000 new store employees and roughly 15,000 construction jobs.

The new store jobs will increase Loblaw’s employee base by 2.6 per cent. Loblaw employs about 192,000 full- and part-time workers, according to its most recent annual information form.

Loblaw will invest $1 billion in the expansion, while Choice Properties REIT, a real estate investment trust, will contribute $300 million.

Letters addressed to Santa 12 years ago turn up in Toronto man’s closet

CRISTINA HOWORUN | posted Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016

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It was buried at the back of David Asquino’s closet – a box filled with childhood dreams and Christmas wishes that didn’t make it to the North Pole. When Asquino opened the box he was “surprised and disappointed” to find about 100 sealed envelopes destined for Santa Claus.

“When a kid opens a letter from Santa, it is one of the greatest things, so to deprive them of that is kind of disgusting,” the Toronto man says. The box was left behind by his ex-girlfriend, a Canada Post employee who was supposed to help Santa respond to those letters a decade ago.

The Santa writing program was launched 35 years ago, and since then, Canada Post employees and retirees have helped to deliver 25 million letters to the North Pole. Volunteer elves help Santa respond to each of those letters, but it doesn’t always work out. In 2007, for example, several Ottawa-area families were shocked to find inappropriate comments and remarks in Santa’s responses. Canada Post cracked down and instituted a more vigorous tracking procedure for North Pole-bound mail, but that was several years after this batch was lost.

“I just want to make sure that something is sent back to the families,” Asquino explains. “Something that says ‘sorry, the elves misplaced it, here he is,’” he says, referring to a response from Santa Claus.

“Santa didn’t get any of these letters at all.”

He called Canada Post to report the box of mail and an investigator picked it up and launched an investigation. “Canada Post takes this matter seriously and is investigating,” says Jon Hamilton, a spokesperson for the Crown corporation.

“Santa requested the letters be sent to the North Pole as soon as he heard. The weekend winter weather helped us complete that special delivery. Postal elves are awaiting Santa’s instructions.”

Which means 12 years and four months after they wrote to St. Nick, several teenagers and young adults could finally get the response they’ve been waiting for.

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