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Health Canada recalls thousands of Dorel swivel jogging strollers

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016

The Instep Safari TT Double Stroller (01AR266CRED and 01AR265) is one of several models recalled by Health Canada.

Thousands of Dorel jogging strollers have been recalled in Canada over concerns the front wheel could detach and cause a crash.

Health Canada issued a recall Wednesday involving 12,360 single- and double-occupant swivel jogging strollers sold in Canada under the Instep, Instep Safari and Schwinn Grand Safari brands.

It said the quick-release mechanism to remove the front wheel could come loose and detach if not installed properly.

The Chinese-made strollers were sold between January 2010 and April 2016.

They include products with model numbers 01AR266CRED, 01AR265, 01153CCWU, 01AR180, 01SC701 and 04STAD12. The model number is found on the back of the stroller seat.

There have been no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada, but 132 instances in the United States resulting in 215 reported injuries, including head injuries, sprains, lacerations, bumps, bruises and abrasions.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the strollers and contact Pacific Cycle at 1-877-564-2261 to obtain a free repair kit. Strollers should not be returned to stores.

The Schwinn Grand Safari Tandem Jogging Stroller (04STAD12) is one of several models recalled by Health Canada.
The Schwinn Grand Safari Tandem Jogging Stroller (04STAD12) is one of several models recalled by Health Canada.
The Instep Free Wheeler Jogging Stroller (01SC701) is one of several models recalled by Health Canada.
The Instep Free Wheeler Jogging Stroller (01SC701) is one of several models recalled by Health Canada.
The Instep Safari Swivel Wheel Jogging Stroller (01AR180) is one of several models recalled by Health Canada.
The Instep Safari Swivel Wheel Jogging Stroller (01AR180) is one of several models recalled by Health Canada.
The Instep Safari Deluxe Double Stroller (01153CCWU) is one of several models recalled by Health Canada.
The Instep Safari Deluxe Double Stroller (01153CCWU) is one of several models recalled by Health Canada.

Driver heads wrong way on Hwy. 401, runs through swamp

CityNews | posted Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016

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One man is in custody after a wild police chase on Aug. 17, 2016. CITYNEWS

One man is in custody following a wild police pursuit through Durham Region into Toronto late Wednesday night.

At one point, the driver went the wrong way on Highway 401 for about 10 kilometres, and later ran through a swamp.

Durham regional police were called to Brock Road in Pickering around 10 p.m. following reports of an impaired driver. They then began pursuing a stolen van, which began travelling the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 at Whites Road.

The van crashed at the Meadowvale Road ramp, but the chase didn’t end there. The driver then took off on foot, running through a swamp.

He was eventually arrested. No one was injured in the chase.

A 25-year-old Aurora man is in custody and facing charges for driving a stolen vehicle. He is not facing impaired driving charges.

Olympic roundup: Drouin wins gold for Canada in high jump

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016

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Derek Drouin emphatically got Canada back on track at the Rio Olympics, laying down an inspiring performance to win the gold medal in the men’s high jump on Tuesday.

Canada was coming off its first day without a medal, but Drouin highlighted Day 11 at the Games with a slick series of jumps, not missing an attempt en route to taking the gold medal at 2.38 metres.

The reigning world champion from Corunna, Ont., won the third gold and 14th overall medal for Canada at these Games.

“It feels pretty sweet,” Drouin said. “There have been some sacrifices but I’ve always prided myself on my mental toughness. My family were in the front row. Mom was in tears and Pop was so proud.”

Mutaz Barshim of Qatar won silver at 2.36 and Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko claimed bronze at 2.33.

Bondarenko’s risky strategy didn’t pay off. He passed at 2.29 and 2.36 metres and tried to put pressure on Drouin at 2.38.

But Drouin cleared his first attempt at that height and Bondarenko missed his first two. He then took his last attempt at 2.40 and missed, giving Drouin his second Olympic medal. Drouin won bronze at the 2012 London Games.

After taking a single run at 2.40 and missing, in an attempt to break the Olympic record of 2.39, an emotional Drouin help up the Canadian flag, tearing up as he faced his parents and his sisters in the stands.

There were also tears for two of Canada’s women’s teams, but they were of an entirely different nature.

Basketball

The basketball team missed out on a chance at a medal after falling 68-63 to France in the quarter-finals, and the Canadian women’s soccer team will have to settle for defending the bronze they won four years ago in London after a 2-0 semifinal loss to Germany.

In the basketball tournament, Canada’s offence dried up in the fourth quarter as France slowly pulled away late to clinch the win book a date with the United States in the semifinals.

Captain Kim Gaucher led the way for Canada, ranked No. 9 in the world, with 15 points and five rebounds.

Gaucher said she felt “gutted” after the loss.

“Just like you’ve been punched in the stomach,” she added.

Soccer

In soccer, goals by Melanie Behringer and Sara Daebritz on either side of halftime dashed Canadian dreams of reaching the final as the second-ranked Germans efficiently ended the Canadians’ four-game win streak. Down 2-0 after 59 minutes, Canada came on in waves but was unable to make ground before a sparse crowd at Mineirao Stadium.

Germany's Melanie Behringer scores from the penalty spot during a semi-final match of the women's Olympic football tournament between Canada and Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Aug. 16, 2016. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Eugenio Savio
Germany’s Melanie Behringer scores from the penalty spot during a semi-final match of the women’s Olympic football tournament between Canada and Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Aug. 16, 2016. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Eugenio Savio

 

Once the final whistle blew, tearful Canadian players were left to console each other on the field.

“It feels like crap right now,” said midfielder Jesse Fleming. “I wanted to win a gold medal. But we’re going to win bronze … It sucks.”

The Germans defended in numbers, with goalkeeper Almuth Schult a formidable barrier, and then looked to counter-attack or just hammer the ball downfield.

The Germans will play No. 6 Sweden in Friday’s final at the storied Maracana in Rio. The Swedes defeated No. 8 Brazil 4-3 on penalties after the game ended 0-0 following extra time.

Canada, which finished third four years ago in London after losing to the U.S. in the semifinals, will face the Olympic hosts earlier Friday in Sao Paulo for bronze. The two teams know each other well, splitting a two-game exhibition series in Canada prior to the Games.

Athletics

Elsewhere on the track, star sprinter Andre De Grasse cruised into the semifinals of the men’s 200 metres in his quest for a second Olympic medal.

Andre De Grasse competes in the Men's 200m heat during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 16, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/Jewel Samad
Andre De Grasse competes in the Men’s 200m heat during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 16, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/AFP/Jewel Samad

 

The 21-year-old Markham runner, who won a bronze in the marquee 100 metres on Sunday night, was first in his heat in 20.09 seconds, the best time of the day. Toronto’s Aaron Brown also made the cut in 20:23 seconds. The semifinals are Wednesday with the final set for Thursday night.

In other preliminary events Tuesday, Nathan Brannen of Cambridge and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City both advanced to the semifinals in the men’s 1,500, while Nikkita Holder of Pickering and Phylicia George of Markham moved on to the semifinals in the women’s 100-metre hurdles.

Johnathan Cabral of Peribonka, Que. will hope to make it into medal contention by racing in the semifinals in the 110-metre hurdles.

Swimming

Canadians once again struggled in the water, with the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist in the men’s open water race failing to make the podium.

Richard Weinberger from Surrey, B.C. finished 16.6 seconds back of gold medallist Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands, placing the Canadian in 17th.

Jacqueline Simoneau of Saint-Laurent, Que., and Karine Thomas of Gatineau, Que., finished seventh in the synchronized swimming duet final.

Boxing

Boxer Mandy Bujold’s quest for a medal in her Olympic debut came to an end, as the native of Kitchener lost a unanimous decision to Ren Cancan of China in the women’s flyweight quarter-finals.

Cycling

Track cyclist Hugo Barrette of Iles de la Madeleine, Que. lost his repechage race by 38-hundredths of a second to world championship bronze medallist Azizulashni Awang of Malaysia in the men’s keirin event.

Calgary’s Allison Beveridge placed 11th in women’s track cycling omnium.

Diving

In diving, Phillipe Gagne of Ville de Mont Royal, Que., finished 11th in the final of the men’s three-metre springboard.

City issues Private Transportation Company licence to Uber

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016

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One month after opening up applications, the City of Toronto has issued a Private Transportation Company (PTC) licence to Uber.

The PTC licensing category was created to accommodate ride-sharing services like Uber, which are enormously popular without being exactly legal.

Last month, private companies were given the green light to apply for the same license as taxi and limousine companies.

With the issuance of Uber’s PTC licence, the City will begin to screen and issue PTC driver’s licences to individuals performing vehicle-for-hire services through UberX. Screening includes criminal background and driver abstract checks, vehicle inspection certificates, and insurance.

There are approximately 20,000 Uber drivers in Toronto.

City council approved the PTC category in May. A few highlights:

    • With the new rules, taxis will be able to use surge-pricing – much like how Uber adds extra fees during busy times – but only for fares that are booked through an online app.
    • The base fare for Uber will increase by 75 cents to $3.25.
    • All vehicles must be inspected twice a year.
    • Uber drivers will also be required to get $2 million in liability insurance.
    • A proposal that would have required Uber vehicles to have winter tires was amended to allow for all-season tires.

The Uber ride-sharing program was granted a city of Toronto taxi brokerage licence in January, putting it on equal ground as regulated taxi companies such as Beck and Royal.

“I feel confident that within the next month and a half, two months, we should be in a place where we have gotten to a licensed private transportation option in the city, that’s my goal,” Cook said.

Toronto, like many cities around the world, has been struggling to monitor ride-sharing services since it first set up shop in 2012.

UberX, which has regular drivers transporting people in their private cars, lacks the regulation and oversight of traditional taxi companies. Taxi companies have argued that this puts passenger safety in jeopardy while simultaneously driving traditional cabbies out of business.

Actor in Pokemon Go spoof fined and charged

News staff and The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016

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An actor in a Pokemon Go spoof video has been fined and charged for the “very dangerous stunt” of walking on TTC subway tracks.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross said Mark Correia, 20, will appear in court next month to face a charge of unauthorized access on subway tracks. The set fine is $425.

Pokemon Go Problems, which was posted on Facebook by Noodle Boys last month, has been viewed more than 5.5 million times.

In the video, Correia is seen bumping into doors, wandering up escalators — and walking on subway tracks as he plays the popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go.

Correia said transit representatives talked to him a few days ago and explained the charge.

Correia said he and his friends had agreed that if they were charged, they wouldn’t “run from it.”

“It was not shocking, per se,” he said of the charge. “It’s scary, but it makes complete sense to us. We did something illegal.”

He said the video was supposed to be a warning to people, that they shouldn’t get too invested in Pokemon Go or other video games.

“If people didn’t believe that, they can believe a fine and court date are a reason not to do it,” he said. “And also death.”

Ross said death was a real possibility for Correia while he was on the tracks. Ross noted in July that trains at Union Station come in on a curve, so there’s no line of sight. He added that Correia could have tripped and touched the third rail, which would have electrocuted him.

“The video as a whole can be funny, but that specific part of it maybe shouldn’t be in there,” Correia said.

Last month, police forces across Canada warned of the risks involved in playing augmented reality games as more and more people were getting injured or landing in trouble as they played the game.

Heavy rain expected to hit Toronto and GTA

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016

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A special weather statement is in effect for Toronto and most of the GTA as heavy rain is expected to soak the region on Tuesday.

Environment Canada says “significant rainfall” will start early in the morning and end late in the afternoon or evening.

“Rainfall amounts are expected to be highly variable,” the national weather agency said in the statement.

Depending on where you live, around 20-40 millimetres of rain is expected to fall before the day is through. Some areas could even see more than 50 millimetres of rain.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said if Toronto gets more than 28 millimetres of rain on Tuesday, it will be the rainiest day of 2016.

Parts of the GTA are also under a rainfall warning, including Newmarket, Georgina, northern York Region, Uxbridge, northern Durham Region, Barrie and Orillia.

Environment Canada says these areas could get between 40-60 millimetres of rain and thunderstorms are also a possibility.

The national weather agency warns heavy rainfall can cause flooding in low-lying areas.

In Toronto, the city will see periods of heavy rain on Tuesday morning with a chance of thunderstorms for mid to late morning, Taylor said.

It will be windy with a high of 26 C but the humidity will make it feel more like 35 C. While the rain is expected to end around 4 p.m., there is a chance of more showers tonight.

Olympic Roundup: Barber crashes out of pole vault, Canada’s medal streak ends at nine days

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016

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As the pole vault bar fell 5.65 metres to the ground, Shawn Barber’s Olympic dreams came crashing down with it.

It was a bitter but fitting end to Day 10 of the Rio Olympics for Canada, the first day in which it found itself without a medal.

A favourite to win the pole vault competition coming into the Games, Barber was expected to rescue a dismal Monday for Canada that earlier saw its paddlers shut out of medal contention.

But the reigning world champion couldn’t get going, perhaps bothered by the rain that plagued the track events at Olympic Stadium.

He needed two attempts to vault over the opening height of 5.50 metres, then failed on all three attempts to get over 5.65.

“You just try to adjust to the wind and the rain and the different conditions, and we’re all out there making guesses as to what’s going to work,” he said. “Sometimes you take a risk doing one thing or another and it doesn’t work as well as you’d like.”

Barber’s early exit ended Canada’s streak of winning at least one medal a day at nine. Canada remained in 11th place in the overall standings with 13 medals (two gold, two silver, nine bronze). The goal coming into the Games was a top 12 finish.

Heavy rain and strong winds tormented the evening track and field session, sending athletes running for cover for what would turn into a half-hour rain delay.

The delay was closer to an hour for the pole vaulters, as volunteers desperately mopped up the runway with towels.

“It’s a struggle for all athletes out there, we all had to endure a little bit more of an endurance sport, I guess you could say,” Barber said. “It usually doesn’t take that long to get going, and of course we had a full warmup and then an hour-long delay before we actually got to jump again. All the athletes are dealing with it differently.”

ATHLETICS

Women’s 3,000 steeplechase – Genevieve Lalonde, Moncton, N.B., finished 16th in the final in 9:41.88.

Men’s 3,000 steeplechase – Matt Hughes, Oshawa, Ont., finished fourth in his heat in 8:26.27 and qualified for Wednesday’s final. Taylor Milne, Callander, Ont., finished ninth in his heat in 8:34.38. Chris Winter, North Vancouver, B.C., finished 10th in his heat in 8:33.95. Both did not qualify for the final.

Women’s 200 – Crystal Emmanuel, Toronto, finished third in her heat in 22.80 and qualified for Wednesday’s final.

Women’s 400 hurdles – Sage Watson, Medicine Hat, Alta., finished second in her heat in 55.93. Noelle Montcalm, Belle River, Ont., finished second in her heat in 56.07. Both qualified for Tuesday’s semifinals. Chanice Chase-Taylor, Toronto, finished seventh in her heat in 1:02.83 and did not qualify for the semifinals.

Men’s 110 hurdles – Johnathan Cabral, Peribonka, Que., finished fourth in his heat in 13.63 and qualified for Tuesday’s semifinals. Sekou Kaba, Ottawa, finished eighth in his heat in 13.70 and did not qualify for the semifinals.

Men’s pole vault – Shawn Barber, Toronto, finished 10th in the final, clearing 5.50 metres.

CANOE/KAYAK

Men’s singles K1 1000 – Adam van Koeverden, Oakville, Ont., finished sixth in his semifinal in 3:36.230 and did not qualify for the final.

Men’s singles C1 1000 – Mark Oldershaw, Burlington, Ont., finished fourth in his semifinal in 4:03.493 and did not qualify for the final.

Women’s doubles K1 200 – KC Fraser, Oakville, Ont., and Genevieve Orton, Lake Echo, N.S., finished fifth in their semifinal in 1:45.351 and did not qualify for the final.

Women’s singles K1 200 – Andreanne Langlois, Quebec City, finished fifth in her semifinal in 41.350 and did not qualify for the final.

CYCLING (TRACK)

Women – Allison Beveridge, Calgary, was 14th after the omnium 10-km scratch race. She then finished ninth in the three-km individual pursuit in 3:36.938, before ending her day finishing 15th in the omnium elimination race. After the first three events, Beveridge is 13th with a total of 50 points.

DIVING

Men’s three-metre springboard –Philippe Gagne, Ville de Mont Royal, Que., finished 12th in the preliminary round with a score of 400.75 and qualified for Tuesday’s semifinal.

GYMNASTICS (ARTISTIC)

Women’s balance beam – Isabela Onyshko, Brandon, Man., finished eighth in the final with a score of 13.400.

SAILING

Women’s 49er FX – Erin Rafuse, Halifax, and Dannie Boyd, Kingston, Ont., were 15th after the ninth race.

Men’s and Women’s Laser – Lee Parkhill, Oakville, Ont., and Brenda Bowskill, Toronto, had their finals postponed by weather.

Men’s 470 – Graeme Saunders and Jacob Saunders, both Chester, N.S., did not compete as all races for this event were also postponed by weather.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Duet – Jacqueline Simoneau, Saint-Laurent, Que., and Karine Thomas, Gatineau, Que., finished seventh after the technical program with a score of 179.3583 and qualified for Tuesday’s final.

OPEN WATER SWIMMING

Women’s 10-km – Stephanie Horner, Beaconsfield, Que., finished 23rd in the final in 1:59:22.1.

VOLLEYBALL

Men – Canada beat Italy in its last preliminary-round game, 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 16-25, 25-21). They finished 3-2 in Group A and will play Russia in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Uber driver arrested for assault, footage surfaces online

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016

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An Uber driver was arrested for a physical altercation with at least two women over the weekend, police confirm.

Officers responded to reports of a male driver striking two people in the area of the The Westin Harbour Castle near Harbour Square and Yonge Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. One woman was transported to hospital with a finger fracture on her left hand.

Mohammed Mahbubul Haque, 42, was arrested on scene with one count of assault.

A day later, a video posted to YouTube shows an aggressive assault of at least one woman in downtown Toronto.

According to Maria Mughal, the video captures the assault that happened to her and three other females on their way to the docks near the Ferry Terminal Saturday evening.

It begins with gut-wrenching screams from a woman being violently pulled out of the passenger seat of a car by a man who slams the car door behind her. The voice of another woman, likely filming the incident, confronts the driver while a third woman is heard calling police.

Mughal said she, her two friends and an 11-year-old girl ordered an Uber around 6:30 p.m. from her downtown condo at King Street West and Spadina Avenue.

Once they all loaded into the car, Mughal said she tried to direct the driver in order to avoid traffic and told him to take Spadina all the way down to Queen’s Quay.

“Then he started shouting: ‘You know, you are a Pakistani Muslim woman! You don’t know how to pronounce the street names, you don’t know the way, this is not the way to go from Spadina!’”

According to her, the driver got caught in traffic on Spadina Avenue and complained about how much money he was losing as a result, getting progressively angrier throughout the ride.

After getting on Front Street, Mughal said the driver passed the address she requested by a few blocks and told them to get out. After a brief exchange, Mughal caught the driver taking their picture as they exited the car and got back inside to confront the man.

That’s when she said the driver walked over to the other side of the vehicle and physically removed her from the car.

Mughal said her friend was able to capture the assault on camera right as the driver got out. She said he dug his fingernails in her arm and threw her to the ground, which caused her to fracture her finger and bruise her knees.

Uber Canada said they have since removed Haque from their platform and that his actions were ‘unacceptable.’

“The actions by this driver-partner are unacceptable and fail to meet our expectations at every level and as a result, have removed his access to the Uber platform. We are reaching out to everyone involved to understand what may have caused this situation to get to this point,” read Uber’s statement.

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