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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waits behind his podium as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton makes her way off the stage following the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

FBI email inquiry dominates as presidential race enters final full week

JULIE PACE AND KEN THOMAS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Monday, Oct 31st, 2016

Hillary Clinton enters the final full week of the presidential race on defence once again over her use of a private email system. Meanwhile, a newly emboldened Donald Trump is seizing on the discovery of a trove of new emails that may be pertinent to the FBI’s investigation and trying to open new paths to victory by campaigning in traditionally Democratic states.

Clinton, who is set to campaign Monday across Ohio, vowed over the weekend that she would not be “knocked off course” in the election’s final days by the discovery of new emails in an unrelated sexting investigation. It is unclear what is contained in the emails or if any of them was sent or received by Clinton herself.

“I’m not stopping now, we’re just getting warmed up,” Clinton declared during a packed rally with gay and lesbian supporters in battleground Florida Sunday. “We’re not going to be distracted, no matter what our opponents throw at us.”

Trump, who had been trailing Clinton nationally and across key battleground states, campaigned with new vigour over the weekend as he seized on the news in an effort to boost his struggling candidacy. Trump heads to Michigan for a pair of rallies Monday – a state that last voted for the Republican nominee for president in 1988.

“The polls have come out and they have been amazing, even before the big blow-up on Friday,” Trump told a crowd of thousands packed into an airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico – another traditionally Democratic state that Trump said on Sunday night be believes he can win.

“Traditionally, you understand, Republicans aren’t quite there, right?” Trump told the crowd. “But this is a Republican who is there and we’re going to win this thing.”

Clinton’s advisers and fellow Democrats, furious over the vague letter sent by FBI Director James Comey to Congress Friday, have been pressuring him to release more details about the emails, including whether Comey had even reviewed them himself. The emails were found on a computer that appears to belong to disgraced former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s closest advisers.

A law enforcement official confirmed late Sunday that investigators had obtained a search warrant to begin the review of Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s computer. The official has knowledge of the investigation, but was not authorized to speak publicly and did so on condition of anonymity. The official said investigators would move expeditiously, but would not say when the review might be complete.

Tim Kaine, Clinton’s running mate, said Comey owed it to the public to be more forthcoming about the emails under review by the FBI with the days ticking down to the Nov. 8 election. Calling Comey’s announcement “extremely puzzling,” Kaine said that if Comey “hasn’t seen the emails, I mean they need to make that completely plain.”

Comey’s actions Friday have roiled the White House race, energizing Trump as polls had shown him sliding and unnerved Democrats already worried about the presidency and down-ballot congressional races.

In a letter to Congress on Friday, Comey said the FBI had recently come upon new emails while pursuing an unrelated case and was reviewing whether they were classified.

Federal authorities in New York and North Carolina are investigating online communications between Weiner and a 15-year-old girl.

A law enforcement official said Sunday that FBI investigators in the Weiner sexting probe knew for weeks about the existence of the emails that might be relevant to the Clinton email investigation. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Comey said he was briefed Thursday about that development and told Congress on Friday that investigators had found the emails. A second law enforcement official also said the FBI was aware for a period of time about the emails before Comey was briefed, but the second official wasn’t more specific.

Trump has praised Comey for his decision, declaring that he believes justice will finally be served.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Comey was in “an impossible spot” when he acknowledged the FBI was looking into the messages. “Had he sat on the information, one can argue that he also would be interfering in the election,” by failing to disclose the review, Conway said.

The controversy over Clinton’s email practices while she served as secretary of state has dogged her for more than a year.

Associated Press writers Jill Colvin in Las Vegas and Albuquerque, and Eric Tucker and Kevin Freking in Washington contributed to this report.

Toronto FC beats NYCFC 2-0 in Game 1 of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal

NEIL DAVIDSON, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Oct 31st, 2016

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TORONTO – Jozy Altidore scored in the 84th minute to break a feisty stalemate and substitute Tosaint Ricketts added a stoppage-time goal to give Toronto FC a 2-0 win over New York City FC on Sunday in Game 1 of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal.

The go-ahead goal came from a Michael Bradley free kick that NYCFC failed to clear. The ball bounced around the penalty box with Ricketts taking a swing before it went to Altidore, who buried it in the net with a high shot.

Toronto had been pushing the pace and deserved the goal. Ricketts made it 2-0 in injury time, poking in a Nick Hagglund cross on a second attempt. Ricketts, who came on in the 83rd minute, started the play by winning the ball from a NYCFC player.

After a tight opening 45 minutes, Toronto came out flying to open the second half and put New York under all sorts of pressure. But the visitors weathered the storm before 28,220 on a windy night at BMO Field until the dying minutes.

The rematch goes next Sunday in New York at Yankee Stadium where NYCFC has not lost since June 2 (a 7-0-1 run). If the aggregate score is tied after 180 minutes, away goals count as the tiebreaker with extra time and penalties if needed.

There was plenty of niggle Sunday which made for a choppy game for fans and referee Silviu Petrescu alike. There was some shoving at the final whistle with Altidore involved on the Toronto end.

After tempers cooled, Altidore banged the drum to lead the Viking clap in front of the south stand.

Tempers flared in the 20th minute when New York city star forward David Villa and Toronto’s Armando Cooper got tangled up. Villa appeared to kick out at the Panamanian as the two separated but escaped sanction. Villa could be punished retroactively if the MLS Disciplinary Committee decides action is needed.

“It’s tough when the 30,00 fans see it but the four (officials) don’t,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney said in a halftime TV interview with TSN.

Cooper got a yellow in the 23rd minute when the two bounced off each other contesting a ball.

There were six yellows in all with one to Toronto and five to New York, including one to midfielder Mikey Lopez for a nasty tackle on Steven Beitashour.

New York came out looking to keep its defence tight with Spanish international Andoni Iraola dropping into defence to create a back five when needed. And that was in addition to two holding midfielders.

Bradley led the way for Toronto, constantly harassing NYCFC players and robbing them of possession. He paid particular attention to Villa, frustrating the Spaniard on several occasions.

The anticipated matchup between the teams’ marquee designated players was not quite as expected. Only Villa started for New York City FC with Frank Lampard coming on in the 61st minute. Andre Pirlo did not dress due to a “tight muscle” in his leg.

Bradley, Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco all started for Toronto. All three played their part with Giovinco showing off some beautiful touches on the ball.

Norwegian Eirik Johansen made his second consecutive start in the New York goal, replacing Josh Saunders, who had made 59 consecutive league starts in goal dating back to April 24, 2015. Saunders played every minute of the season prior to the finale against Columbus when Patrick Vieira inserted Johansen.

The six-foot-seven Johansen denied Giovinco in the 12th minute after Altidore, taking a pass from Hagglund, found the Italian streaking into the penalty box.

Johansen came up big again in the 41st minute, parrying a swerving Giovinco free kick away.

A 51st-minute Justin Morrow goal was whistled dead due to an Altidore handball in the buildup play. Giovinco triggered the attack with a wonderfully weighted cross into the box.

Two minutes later, Drew Moor’s header off a corner hit a defender and then the woodwork as Toronto began to turn the screws on offence.

Toronto appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty in the 62nd minute when Altidore went down with defender Maxime Chanot all over him.

NYCFC came close with 10 minutes remaining, forcing several corners.

Toronto came into the game having lost just two of its last 16 games (9-2-5) while NYCFC had lost three of its last 12 games (6-3-3). TFC had never beaten New York City FC, with a career 0-2-3 mark that included two ties earlier this season.

The two teams were separated by just one point during the regular season, with NYCFC finishing ahead in second place to secure a first-round bye. Toronto, which lost its post-season debut in Montreal last season, defeated Philadelphia 3-1 Wednesday to advance.

Sunday marked the first ever playoff game for New York City FC, which entered the league in 2015.

The New Yorkers came into the game with the league’s most potent offence (57 goals) and its best road record (7-7-3). But they also ranked 17th on defence, conceding 57 goals.

Toronto ranked seventh in scoring (51 goals) and tied for second on defence (39).

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Trudeau to name six Ontario senators on Monday: report

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Oct 31st, 2016

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The Senate chamber sits empty in Ottawa on Sept. 12, 2014 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to announce six more Senate appointments, including a former commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, a report says.

CTV News is reporting that Gwen Boniface, the first female commissioner of the OPP, is among a half dozen appointees that Trudeau is to announce on Monday.

According to the media report, the other appointees include Kimberly Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.

The list is reportedly rounded out by former Ontario cabinet secretary Tony Dean, former Scotiabank vice chairman Sabi Marwah, Howard Wetston, a former federal court judge and head of the Ontario Securities Commission and Lucie Moncion, president and CEO of a network of credit unions that serve Ontario francophone communities.

CTV did not cite any source for its report, but Trudeau was widely expected to follow up on nine appointments to the Senate that he made last week.

The appointees named this month were selected through an application process that involved more than 2,700 applicants who were screened by an advisory board that came up with a short list for each seat.

Fatal crash closes eastbound Gardiner Expressway at Humber River

CityNews | posted Monday, Oct 31st, 2016

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A woman is dead after a crash on the Gardiner Expressway on Oct. 31, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

A woman is dead after a crash on the Gardiner Expressway early on Monday morning.

The single-vehicle collision happened near Jameson Avenue around 3 a.m.

It appears the driver left the road and crashed into a building west of Jameson, near the Palais Royale.

The driver was the only person in the car.

The eastbound lanes will be closed through the morning rush, Toronto police say.

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Boo! Your weekend is all about Halloween

PATRICIA D'CUNHA AND SAMANTHA KNIGHT | posted Friday, Oct 28th, 2016

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It’s Halloween! Monday is the frightful night but the fun starts this weekend with events across the city and beyond. As you roam across town, be on guard for those mischievous ghosts and creepy zombies who seem to pop out of nowhere.

If you love a good ghost story, these scary tales of haunted spots in Toronto will make your hair stand on end. Be warned, you may need to keep a light on at night after reading them.

And not to spoil your weekend too much, but a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) is closed this weekend for TTC work.

Halloween events

Toronto Zombie Walks
Don’t be alarmed if you see some creatures of the ‘undead’ roaming your neighbourhood this Saturday, as several Zombie Walks are taking place across the city.

The first walk gets underway in Brockton Village at noon, where zombies, vampires and mummies will invade McCormick Park on Sheridan Avenue, near Dundas Street West.

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A still from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” COURTESY: Everett Collection

At 1 p.m. zombie and Halloween lovers will band together at Nathan Phillips Square for an ‘undead army’ march. Organizers have built a chariot to be pulled by the undead and there will be a professional photographer on hand.

The St. Clair West Zombie Walk will hit the streets at 2 p.m., starting at Wells Hill Park and make its way across St. Clair West. It will end at Earls Court Park, located at Lansdowne and St. Clair West.

Lastly, a Veggie Lovers walk will kick off at the Exhibition GO Station at 3 p.m. It will head up Bay Street to Nathan Phillips Square, and after stopping to check out each others’ costumes, the veggie zombies will make their way to Hogtown Vegan on Bloor Street West. Vegan, vegetarian and friendly meat eaters are welcome.

Ripley’s Aquarium Gills & Ghouls
Ripley’s Aquarium will be transformed into a creepy cove this Saturday and Sunday for its Gills & Ghouls Halloween event.

Children that “swim by” will receive a “fish”-or-treat bag. There will be giveaway stations throughout the aquarium, with staff handing out items like pencils, crayons, colouring books, and of course, candy.

Live performers, including mermaids, pirates and witches, can be found throughout the entire aquarium, and guests can check out underwater pumpkin carving during one of the live dive shows at 11:15 a.m. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. all weekend. The cost of the event is included with general admission.

Howling Hootenanny
Black Creek Pioneer Village is the perfect setting for you to dabble in some old-fashioned Halloween fun this weekend.

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A paranormal presence near a window. GETTY IMAGES

You can decorate your own pumpkin, walk through a haunted maze, listen to some scary tales and pioneer superstitions, and glare at creepy creatures.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Halloween fundraiser to support first responders
Having fun for a good cause is at the heart of a charity Halloween-themed walk in support of first responders. Money raised from the event will go towards Mood Disorders Society of Canada. It will specifically be used for peer support for first responders.

The walk starts at the Toronto Police College on Birmingham Street at 1 p.m. on Saturday. After the walk, participants can take part in a Halloween activities that include a pumpkin carving contest, as well as children’s activities and free refreshments.

Twilight Pumpkin Float in High Park
A sea of pumpkins will greet the late-afternoon and early-evening crowd at High Park on Sunday.

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Pumpkin lanterns floating on lake at dusk. GETTY IMAGES/David Q. Cavagnaro

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., families and their children will carve their pumpkins and set them afloat in the wading pool, located west of the main entrance of the park at Bloor Street West and High Park Avenue. The cost is $2.50 a pumpkin.

St. Joseph’s Toronto West Halloween Fest
Celebrate Halloween this weekend by dressing up to support a great cause. St. Joseph’s Toronto West Halloween Fest will be taking over Bloor West Village on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event stretches from Jane Street to Runnymede Road, with the main stage set up at Windermere Avenue.

It features a costume parade and live entertainment throughout the day, including two performances by Sharon and Bram, and some DJ dance parties. All proceeds from the event will help St. Joseph’s build a better pediatric emergency department. Last year alone, parents brought their kids to St. Joe’s more than 57,000 times.

Screamwhistle at Steam Whistle Brewing
Adults will be in for a scare this weekend at Steam Whistle Brewing. The Screamwhistle Halloween Bash is back for its 15th annual event. The haunted brewery welcomes DJs Skratch Bastid and Fields McQueen. Tickets are $35 and doors open at 9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Other events

Wychwood Vintage Clothing Show
‘Tis the season for vintage. Wychwood Barns will transform into a vintage haven this Sunday for the Fall Vintage Clothing Show. It features 30 top vintage dealers from Toronto and Montreal, selling a wide range of fashion, accessories and textiles. Women’s and men’s clothing will be available, along with shoes, hats, scarves, handbags and jewellery.

Admission is $10, and children under the age of 12 can enter for free. The show gets underway at 10 a.m. and wraps up at 5 p.m.

Art Toronto
Not so abstract: The Metro Convention Centre will be home to modern and contemporary artfrom Friday until Monday. Art enthusiasts can venture to more than 100 galleries showcasing the work of Canadian and international artists. As part of the Focus: Latin America exhibit, you can also discover galleries and projects from artists in Mexico, Central and South America.

Adult admission is $20 online or $22 at the door. It runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

Psychic Fair and Expo
Would you like to know what the future holds for you? Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, the GTA’s biggest psychic event – held at the International Centre in Mississauga from Friday to Sunday – hosts tarot and palm readers, clairvoyants, and mediums.

Admission is $15 but children under 12 can enter for free accompanied with an adult.

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A woman takes part in a psychic reading. GETTY IMAGES/PeopleImages.com.

TTC and road closures

Partial Line 1 shutdown
TTC work continues this weekend, which means another partial subway shutdown for riders. Subways won’t be running between St George and Lawrence West stations on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) due to signal upgrades.

Next weekend, track work will lead to a closure on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between St. George and Pape stations. Shuttle buses will be running during both shutdowns.

Yonge-Richmond closure
The intersection of Yonge Street and Richmond Street West will be closed from 6 a.m. on Thursday to 7 a.m. on Monday due to road reconstruction sidewalk repairs and TTC track replacement.

Yonge will be closed from north of Queen to Dundas Street from 11 p.m. on Friday to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Event road closures

Charity Bed Race: Two westbound lanes of Bloor Street West, from Royal York Road to Montgomery Road, will be closed from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Halloween Parade: Bloor Street, from Jane Street to Runnymede Avenue, will be closed in both directions from from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Liberal MPP’s bill to stop expiry of rewards points passes second reading

CItyNews staff | posted Friday, Oct 28th, 2016

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Back in the fall of 2007, the provincial government banned expiry dates on gift cards, and it’s now considering extending that protection to consumers who are often blindsided by the expiry of rewards points.

Bill 47, also known as the Protecting Rewards Points Act, passed second reading at Queen’s Park on Thursday.

The bill was tabled by Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts on Oct. 20. Potts believes it has “unanimous support” and will pass without resistance.

He says many of his constituents have complained about feeling cheated by companies that are ending, or have abruptly devalued their rewards points programs.

Notably, Air Miles collectors were told to use ’em or lose ’em before their accumulated miles expire on Dec. 31, 2016.

“We will not allow companies to have them expiring,” Potts said. “We think that someone has paid for a product, they’ve got some reward points, they should be able to use them.”

“I want to ensure…that they continue to hold the value they had when they first got them,” he added. “There’s 100 per cent support in the house.”

 

Recovery effort to resume Friday after car submerges in Toronto harbour

CityNews staff | posted Friday, Oct 28th, 2016

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Toronto police are expected to resume recovery operations on Friday morning after a car crashed through a guardrail and into Toronto harbour.

Police were called to the Port Lands area around 4 p.m. on Thursday. They received reports of a car travelling northbound on Cherry Street at a high rate of speed that hit the west side guardrail on the lift bridge just south of Polson Street and crashed into the water.

One person was treated for hypothermia after jumping into the shipping channel to try and assist the occupant in the car, believed to be a female driver. They were unsuccessful as the car sank in approximately 25 feet of water.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m., police announced that due to the failing light and unsafe conditions, the recovery effort would be suspended until the next morning.

Sgt. Brett Moore said they believe someone may still be in the car but could not confirm that information. However, the car has been located, a marine rescue source told CityNews.

Cherry Street remains closed from Commissioners Street.

‘History, baby’: DeRozan, Valanciunas break records in season opener win

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Oct 27th, 2016

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Back on the Air Canada Centre floor almost five months to the day since their thrilling and historic playoff run came to an end, expectations were high.

DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas and the Toronto Raptors delivered.

DeRozan scored 40 points, while Valanciunas had a career-high 32 plus 11 rebounds to lift the Raptors to a 109-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons in a crowd-pleasing season opener on Wednesday.

“That’s what we said: Give (DeRozan) the ball and let him work,” DeMarre Carroll said in a festive locker-room after the win. “He was on fire. He played like he’d been playing the whole season already. It was good for the team. JV came in and stepped in, too. It was the JV and DeMar show tonight.”

A couple of records went down on the night. DeRozan, who scored 21 of his points in a stunning third quarter, broke Vince Carter’s record for an opening-night performance (39 points) set in 2003. And he and Valanciunas became the first teammates in NBA history to score 40 and 30 in a season-opener.

Kyle Lowry finished with 10 points and eight assists, while Tobias Harris had 22 to top the Pistons.

The Raptors are coming off an historic season that saw them take the Cleveland Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference final. Then DeRozan signed a five-year deal worth US$139 million in the off-season, famously saying “I am Toronto.”

The Raptors all-star took the mic before tipoff, telling the crowd “I want to thank you, the best fans in the world. Hope you enjoy the season.” Then the 27-year-old got to work, producing a performance that rookie Pascal Siakam described as “poetry” and had Lowry marvelling.

“He was playing unbelievable, lights out,” Lowry said. “Some of the shots he was making I said to myself a few times ‘Wow.’ That was an impressive game by him, man.

“He put himself to a higher standard, he’s got to average 40 now,” Lowry added.

DeRozan and Valanciunas got off to a hot start, combining for 25 points in the first quarter as the Raptors roared back from a seven-point deficit to take a 33-23 lead into the second.

Toronto took a 58-46 advantage into the dressing room at halftime, and then DeRozan’s outstanding third quarter, which included a rim-rattling dunk, sent the Raptors into the fourth with an 86-71 lead.

DeRozan said he never keeps track of scoring records.

“Somebody always informs me after a game,” he said. “It’s a cool thing.”

Valanciunas also came to play. He flattened Andre Drummond with an errant elbow to the face in the first quarter, then brought the capacity ACC crowd that included Dalton Pompey of the Toronto Blue Jays to its feet with a massive second-quarter dunk, shoving his way past Boban Marjanovic to the hoop.

When DeRozan spoke to reporters afterward, Valanciunas chimed in with: “History, baby.”

Glancing over his shoulder, DeRozan told Valanciunas: “You can tell your son that 20 years from now.”

Both players were ushered off the ACC floor with standing ovations as the clock ticked down.

Siakam, meanwhile, became the first rookie to start for Toronto since Valanciunas in 2012, and didn’t look out of place, playing 9:15 before coach Dwane Casey subbed him off. He finished with nine rebounds.

“I don’t have words to explain how it was,” he said of his NBA debut. “It was just an awesome feeling, that’s what I’ll remember.”

He was in awe of DeRozan’s performance.

“It’s one thing to watch somebody on TV, and actually being there and seeing how effortless it was,” he said. “It was amazing, it was like poetry, getting to the spots, shooting over people. Like how does he do that?”

Casey, who coached his sixth consecutive season-opener with Toronto, was asked about the satisfaction of a first-night win.

“At least for one night, but I said to the guys in there we got one down and 81 to go,” the coach said. “This is good but the grind begins. It’s one game.”

The Raptors were playing without Jared Sullinger, who had surgery on his foot on Monday, and Lucas Nogueira, who’s sidelined with a sprained ankle.

Toronto hosts LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Friday.

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