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Pedestrian fatally struck by GO train, service halted on Richmond Hill line

News staff | posted Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016

A female pedestrian has been fatally struck by a GO train south of Oriole Station, forcing a service suspension in both directions on the Richmond Hill line, Metrolinx confirms.

In a tweet, GO Transit said the delay is expected to last two hours.

Paramedics tell CityNews they performed CPR on the pedestrian, but she was later pronounced dead.

 

Bomb scare forces Scarborough residents from their homes, device found in toy box

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016

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Toronto police are investigating after a bomb scare forced Scarborough residents from their homes on Monday night.

The device was found in a children’s toy box in a garage on Scarborough Golf Club Road, Det. Andrew Lipkus said.

Police were executing a drug warrant at the house at the time. Police were told there were three firearms in the home as well as an explosive device in the garage. They found the guns, but it’s not known if the device was a bomb.

The bomb squad, the emergency task force, and Toronto firefighters were all called to the scene.

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Officers arrived around 7:30 p.m. and asked residents to leave as the bomb squad searched the area.

The device has since been removed and residents have been allowed back home.

One person is in custody, Lipkus said.

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Stabbing victim drives himself to closed hospital, dies in second hospital

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016

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Toronto police have identified a man who was killed in an early-morning stabbing in North York.

Vitaliy Ferynskyy, 32, drove himself to a former emergency hospital near Jane Street and Finch Avenue around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

However, what used to be the Humber River Urgent Care Centre is now closed for emergencies, and is primarily used to perform diagnostic services during the week.

Paramedics rushed Ferynskyy to an emergency hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It’s still unclear where the actual stabbing occurred, and there is no word on suspects at this time.

Police say Ferynskyy, who is from Thornhill, was wearing a brown jacket, black pants and red running shoes at the time of his death. Police have released a photo of the black four-door Hyundai Sonata he was driving.

Police would like to speak with anyone who had contact with Ferynskyy after 2:30 pm on Saturday.

Toronto police say Vitaliy Ferynskyy drove himself to a closed hospital in this car on Dec. 4, 2016. He later died in a different hospital. TORONTO POLICE
Toronto police say Vitaliy Ferynskyy drove himself to a closed hospital in this car on Dec. 4, 2016. He later died in a different hospital. TORONTO POLICE

Man struck and killed on Hwy. 401 near Keele

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016

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Ontario provincial police are investigating after a man was struck and killed on Highway 401.

He was outside his vehicle at the time.

The crash happened in the eastbound collector lanes near Keele Street around 4 a.m. on Tuesday. Those lanes remain closed between Keele and Highway 400 for the investigation.

Paramedics say the man was in his 20s.

What to do when you can’t get a Hatchimals in time for Christmas

Kevin John Siazon | posted Monday, Dec 5th, 2016

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Unless you’re willing to fork over hundreds of dollars from resellers on eBay (or you saw our Facebook live in October and snatched one up early), your Christmas tree probably won’t have a Hatchimal waiting underneath it to be unwrapped on the morning of Dec. 25.

This year’s hottest toy is mostly sold out until after the holidays, but that doesn’t mean your kid can’t still enjoy some Hatchimals fun. Spin Master, the company behind the popular nurturing toy, just launched a new North Pole site to placate disappointed kids whose parents weren’t able to get their hands on one in time for the holidays.

The site has a bunch of Hatchimals-themed activities kids will love like colouring pages and a Hatchy-Matchy online card game. There’s also the “What to Egg-spect” section, which gives kids all kinds of tips and tricks to use when raising a Hatchimal of their own in the new year.

If parents sign up for email updates, they’ll be notified as soon as new stock is available. They’ll also be sent an official “Letter from Santa” explaining to kids that since Santa may not have a Hatchimal for them until after Christmas, kids can have fun on the North Pole site while they wait. This comes after a handful of fake apology letters from Santa made their rounds on the blogosphere earlier this week. One letter even referenced a how the population of Hatchimals at the North pole is on the brink of extinction so they won’t be given out as presents until they’ve had a chance to repopulate.

So if you’ve been scouring the shelves for a Penguala, Burtle, Draggle, Owlicorn or Bearakeet, this site may just be the answer to your prayers. If not, there’s loads of other amazing toys to get for your kids instead.

 

Read more:
13 best toys for little kids
30 best toys for preschoolers
39 cool new Star Wars Rogue One toys

One explosion, roof collapses, as crews battle fire at Mississauga sign factory

CityNews | posted Monday, Dec 5th, 2016

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Mississauga firefighters battled a fire at a sign factory early on Monday morning.

The fire began in a building at the corner of Lenworth Drive and Wharton Way, near Dundas Street and Dixie Road, around 2:20 a.m.

There was at least one explosion, and the roof partially collapsed, acting platoon chief Dan Green told CityNews.

At one point, at least seven trucks were involved.

No injuries were reported. No employees were working at the time and the owners were notified by the alarm company, Green said.

The company makes fixtures for stores, including plastic and wooden signs, Green said. There are several other companies in the building, including a beauty supply store and an accounting business.

Toronto fire crews also arrived at the scene, but were not required and left immediately.

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has been notified. It’s not yet known whether they will investigate.

Firefighters battle a fire at a sign factory at Lenworth Drive and Wharton Way in Mississauga on Dec. 5, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy
Firefighters battle a fire at a sign factory at Lenworth Drive and Wharton Way in Mississauga on Dec. 5, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

 

Firefighters battle a fire at a sign factory at Lenworth Drive and Wharton Way in Mississauga on Dec. 5, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy
Firefighters battle a fire at a sign factory at Lenworth Drive and Wharton Way in Mississauga on Dec. 5, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

Snow hits parts of GTA, rain in Toronto

CityNews | posted Monday, Dec 5th, 2016

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A mix of snow, blowing snow, sleet and rain made for a slippery drive north of the city and parts of the GTA on Monday.

On Sunday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto and much of the GTA calling for snowfall overnight. The statement was lifted just before 5:30 a.m. on Monday.

Toronto escaped the brunt of the weather system with rain, but other areas dealt with snow and blowing snow.

A cyclist rides their bike during a snowfall in the Richmond Hill area on Dec. 5, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy
A cyclist rides their bike during a snowfall in the Richmond Hill area on Dec. 5, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

 

Around five centimetres of snow fell in some areas as temperatures fell just below the freezing mark. Environment Canada said other areas could get up to 10 centimetres of snow.

A snowplow clearing away snow in the Richmond Hill area on Dec. 5, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy
A snowplow clearing away snow in the Richmond Hill area on Dec. 5, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

 

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said precipitation in the GTA will end early Monday morning. The temperature will rise to a high of 5 C.

The GTA is not done with the wet weather with showers in store on Tuesday afternoon.

Girl, 15, fatally struck by vehicle in Mississauga identified by police

CityNews | posted Monday, Dec 5th, 2016

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Peel police have identified the 15-year-old girl who was fatally struck by a vehicle in Mississauga on Friday and are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

Officers arrived on scene around 8:30 p.m. near Glen Erin Drive and Britannia Road West.

Police said Madeleine Petrielli, 15, from Mississauga was the pedestrian killed.

Officers said that the girl and a male friend were attempting to cross Britannia Road. The male friend reached the median of the intersection but the girl was struck by a vehicle.

Petrielli suffered fatal injuries and was taken to hospital where died.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

A GoFundMe page was set up in her memory to cover funeral costs.

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