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Drake surprises Canada 150 crowd at Nathan Phillips Square

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Jul 4th, 2017

Drake made a surprise appearance at Nathan Phillips Square on July 2, 2017, as part of Canada 150 celebrations. INSTAGRAM/ChampagnePapi
The day after Canada Day, Drake hit the stage for a surprise appearance at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square.

The Sunday night concert was on part of City Hall’s Canada 150 event, day three of the four-day Canada Days music festival. dvsn, Majid Jordan and Roy Woods, all of whom are artists on Drake’s OVOSounds label, were scheduled to perform, and brought Drake out.

680 NEWS reporter Momin Qureshi was there, and tweeted a photo of the event.

Drake posted about the event on Instagram, including a photo of himself and friends watching the fireworks. For the show, he wore a shirt with the Rolling Stones ‘mouth’ logo, with a Canadian flag on the tongue.

The City of Toronto also released photos of Drake performing. Those photos, and other tweets about the event, can be seen below.

Drake made a surprise appearance at Nathan Phillips Square on July 2, 2017, as part of Canada 150 celebrations. CITY OF TORONTO

Drake made a surprise appearance at Nathan Phillips Square on July 2, 2017, as part of Canada 150 celebrations. CITY OF TORONTO

North Korea claims it tested first intercontinental missile

HYUNG-JIN KIM AND FOSTER KLUG, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Tuesday, Jul 4th, 2017

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This image made from video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea’s KRT on July 4, 2017, shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea’s northwest. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (KRT via AP video)
North Korea on Tuesday claimed it successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, a potential game-changing development in what may be the world’s most dangerous nuclear standoff and, if true, a direct rebuke to U.S. President Donald Trump’s earlier declaration that such a test “won’t happen!”

In typically heated rhetoric, North Korea’s Academy of Defence Science said the test of an ICBM – the Hwasong-14 – marked the “final step” in creating a “confident and powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on Earth.”

Unless outsiders retrieve parts of the missile, it will be difficult to confirm many details. North Korea’s weapons program is perhaps the most closely held state secret in one of the world’s most suspicious nations. U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials earlier assessed that the North fired an intermediate-range missile into waters near Japan.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to comment on whether Japan thinks it was an ICBM, and South Korea’s Defence Ministry said it was analyzing whether the North’s statement was accurate.

The launch appeared to be North Korea’s most successful missile test yet; a U.S. scientist examining the height and distance said the missile could potentially be powerful enough to reach Alaska.

North Korea has previously launched satellites in what critics said were disguised tests of its long-range missile technology. A test-launch of an ICBM, however, would be a major step in developing nuclear-armed missiles that could reach anywhere in the United States.

The launch sends a political warning to Washington and its chief Asian allies, Seoul and Tokyo, while also allowing North Korean scientists a chance to perfect their still-incomplete nuclear missile program. It came on the eve of the U.S. Independence Day holiday, days after the first face-to-face meeting of the leaders of South Korea and the United States, and ahead of a global summit of the world’s richest economies.

Both outside and North Korean analyses of the missile’s height, distance and time in the air were roughly similar.

U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials say it flew for about 40 minutes and reached an altitude of 2,500 kilometres, which would be longer and higher than any similar North Korean test previously reported. It also covered a distance of about 930 kilometres.

North Korea said the missile flew as high as 2,802 kilometres before hitting a designated target in the ocean about 933 kilometres away from the launch site in the North’s northwest. It said the missile flew for about 39 minutes and was made at the highest possible angle.

Before North Korea’s announcement of an ICBM, South Korean analysts said it was likely that it was a retest of one of two intermediate-range missiles launched earlier this year.

One U.S. missile scientist, David Wright, estimated that the highly lofted missile, if the reported time and distance are correct, could have a possible maximum range of 6,700 kilometres, which could put Alaska in its range, if fired at a normal trajectory.

North Korea has a reliable arsenal of shorter-range missiles and is thought to have a small arsenal of atomic bombs, but is still trying to perfect its longer-range missiles. Some outside civilian experts believe the North has the technology to mount warheads on shorter-range Rodong and Scud missiles that can strike South Korea and Japan, two key U.S. allies where about 80,000 American troops are stationed. But it’s unclear if it has mastered the technology needed to build an atomic bomb that can fit on a long-range missile.

Soon after the morning launch, President Trump responded on Twitter: “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”

“This guy” presumably refers to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. China is North Korea’s economic lifeline and only major ally, and the Trump administration is pushing Beijing to do more to push the North toward disarmament.

After North Korea claimed earlier this year it was close to an ICBM test launch, Trump took to Twitter and said: “It won’t happen!”

The missile test could invite a new round of international sanctions, but North Korea is already one of the most sanctioned countries on Earth. U.N. Security Council resolutions ban it from engaging in any ballistic activities. Since late 2012, North Korea has placed two satellites into orbit with long-range rockets, each time triggering new U.N. sanctions and worldwide condemnation.


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Last year, North Korea conducted its fourth and fifth atomic bomb tests and claimed a series of technical breakthroughs in its efforts to develop long-range nuclear missiles. The fifth nuclear test in September was the North’s most powerful atomic detonation to date.

In their meeting last week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump vowed to oppose North Korea’s development of atomic weapons.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sharply criticized North Korea for the launch. “The latest launch clearly showed that the threat is growing, Abe said.

Abe, who talked by phone with Trump on Monday, said the two leaders plan to seek co-operation from world leaders when they attend a G-20 summit in Germany.

On May 14, North Korea launched a Hwasong-12 missile which its state media said flew as high as 2,111 kilometres and landed in a targeted area in the ocean about 787 kilometres from the launch site. On May 21, North Korea tested a Pukguksong-2, which travelled about 500 kilometres.

The Korean Peninsula has been divided since before the 1950-53 Korean War. Almost 30,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.

Since taking office on May 10, Moon has tried to improve strained ties with North Korea, but the North has continued its missile tests. North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons and powerful missiles to cope with what it calls rising U.S. military threats.

Since taking office after his dictator father Kim Jong Il’s death in late 2011, Kim Jong Un has overseen three nuclear weapons tests and a slew of missile tests. Regional disarmament talks on North Korea’s nuclear program have been deadlocked since 2009, when the North pulled out of the negotiations to protest international condemnation over a long-range rocket launch.

The Associated Press’ Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this story.

Woodbridge cafe partially collapses after explosion; man arrested

NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Jun 30th, 2017

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An explosion caused a Woodbridge cafe – one that was raided for illegal gaming last year – to partially collapse, sending bricks onto the street and burying a car.

A 33-year-old man is in custody.

The City of Vaughan has since told CityNews that the cafe does not have a valid municipal business licence.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the cafe in a partial state of collapse. They also confirmed that an explosion occurred. Police called Vaughan fire to the area and firefighters put out an oven fire inside the cafe.

Police also found an injured man nearby. He was arrested and then taken to hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.

One of the cafe’s walls was blown out and fell onto a car. No one was in the car at the time.

The Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in and police are investigating.

“We do believe the fire [explosion] is suspicious,” Const. Andy Pattenden said.

At the scene, deputy fire chief Deryn Rizzi said the roof is unstable, so firefighters cannot do a full search of the building.

Vaughan Fire District Chief Grant Moffat said there are at least 10 businesses in the building. For the time being, no one is being allowed into the building.

Police are asking who was in the area at the time, or who may have surveillance and dashcam video at the time of the incident, to contact them.

Van driver facing charges after TTC bus crash in Etobicoke, injuring 8

NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Jun 30th, 2017

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A minivan and a TTC bus collided at The West Mall and Rathburn Road in Etobicoke on June 29, 2017. CITYNEWS/David Misener
At least eight people have been taken to hospital after a collision between a TTC bus and minivan near The West Mall and Rathburn Road in Etobicoke.

Emergency crews were called to the scene around 6 p.m. on Thursday. The area was closed off for hours while police investigated, and reopened around 11 p.m.

Paramedics said one person suffered serious head injuries. At least seven other people had minor injuries.

The driver of the van is facing charges, Toronto police said early on Friday morning, but did not say what those charges are.

Suspect in shooting, police chase charged with attempted murder

NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Jun 30th, 2017

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Kristian Jarvis, 31, appears in a Toronto court on June 29, 2017, to face 34 charges in connection with a shooting and car chase that began in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher
A man accused of shooting his brother, trying to steal several cars, then successfully hijacking a car – shooting a woman and injuring a man in the process – all before leading police on a chase from Toronto to Orillia, is now facing 34 charges.

Three of those charges are for attempted murder: One in the shooting of his brother, and two more for shooting at Toronto police officers.

Kristian Jarvis, 31, appeared in court on Thursday, the day after Wednesday’s wild chase.

He’s facing a slew of gun-related charges, including possessing a loaded gun, using a gun in a robbery, and assaulting a person with a gun. He’s also charged with assault.

The alleged crime spree began around 2 a.m. Jarvis fired a shot at his brother at a home on Herzberg Gardens, near Keele Street and Finch Avenue West.

On the fourth attempt, he allegedly approached the foreman at an auto business near Norfinch Drive and Steeles Avenue West, pistol-whipped him and demanded money and the keys.

Jarvis abandoned the vehicle, because he couldn’t drive standard, and moved on to a silver Honda Civic with a woman inside.

Police said he shot the 53-year-old woman, and she was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jarvis then took off, heading north on the nearby 400. He shot at the officers pursuing him, police said, but none of those officers were hurt.

During the chase, the suspect crashed into another vehicle. OPP Sgt. Peter Leon said there was a number of collisions, with significant property damage, but no serious injuries.

Jarvis stopped somewhere on Highway 400 near Rutherford Road and, as officers approached, again allegedly opened fire on them before taking off.

Police from Toronto and other areas used spike strips which deflated the getaway car’s tires. Jarvis was surrounded on Highway 400 near Highway 11, ran into the bushes, and eventually surrendered.

Insp. Colin Greenaway said Jarvis showed “absolutely no remorse” during the arrest and was “angered and belligerent.”

#Canada150 in Toronto: fireworks, what’s open, and events

PATRICIA D'CUNHA AND SAMANTHA KNIGHT | posted Thursday, Jun 29th, 2017

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A sign celebrating the 150th birthday of Canada in Toronto. GETTY IMAGES/Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto
Our nation has been gearing up for this moment for a long time, and it has finally arrived. Bring on the fireworks.

Canada turns 150 on Saturday and celebrations are being held in every community in the country. In Toronto, the four-day party starts on Friday and runs until Monday.

You will be happy to know that there are no subway closures this weekend – what a sweet birthday gift.

If you are staying in town on Canada Day, below is a list of fireworks, events, and what’s open and closed over the long weekend. There are also some road closures for events.


Related stories:

Canada 150: We the True North

Decade of the Day


 

Fireworks

Several light shows are being held in Toronto and beyond on Canada Day.

Canada Day fireworks in Toronto on July 1, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/LightRocket/Roberto Machado Noa

 

June 30 to July 3

  • Nightly fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square, 10:55 p.m.

 

July 1

  • Amesbury Park, 10 p.m.
  • Ashbridges Bay Park, after 9:30 p.m.
  • Canada’s Wonderland, 10 p.m.
  • Centennial Park during Ribfest, 10 p.m.
  • CN Tower, 10:30 p.m.
  • Downsview Park, 10 p.m.
  • Harbourfont Centre, 10:45 p.m.
  • Humber Bay Park West, 10:55 p.m.
  • Mel Lastman Square, 10:55 p.m.
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 10:55 p.m.
  • Stan Wadlow Park, after dark

 

Around the GTA

  • Celebration Square in Mississauga, 10 p.m.
  • Chinguacousy Park in Brampton, 10 p.m.

 

What’s open and closed

Since Canada Day falls on a Saturday, transit, government offices and banks will observe the statutory holiday on Monday.

Open

  • TTC will run on Saturday service on Saturday and holiday service on Monday
  • GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule on Monday
  • Tourist attractions: ROM (free admission on Saturday), CN Tower, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Hockey Hall of Fame, Ontario Science Centre, Canada’s Wonderland, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Most malls will be open on Saturday: Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Eaton Centre (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Pacific Mall (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), The Promenade (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Toronto Premium Outlets (9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Upper Canada Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills Mall (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Hillcrest Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Curbside garbage collection: Green bin and blue bin collection will take place on Monday night. Click here to view the schedule.

 

Closed

  • LCBO stores will be closed on Saturday but will be open on Monday.
  • Beer Store locations will be closed on Saturday, except for some in the Ottawa area. A few stores will have extended hours on Friday. Click here for a list of stores.
  • The Toronto Public Library will be closed on Saturday
  • Some bank branches will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, while others will be closed on Saturday and Monday. Check your bank for hours.
  • Government offices and municipal buildings will be closed on Monday, and mail won’t be delivered
  • Some malls: Dufferin Mall, Fairview Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Shopping Centre
    Most grocery stores are closed on Saturday, except for Bloor Street Market (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Bloor HBC (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

 

Events

Canada Days
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday for four days straight at Canada Days. The city-wide event is taking over four locations. Festivities kick off at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday at 5 p.m. and run until Monday. There will be music, dancing, circus arts, food and live entertainment – including the Barenaked Ladies and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra – and fireworks on each night. On July 1, the celebration will also be held at Humber Bay Park West, Mel Lastman Square and Scarborough Civic Centre.

Heritage Ontario Festival
Delve into Canada’s past and gaze into its future at the Heritage Ontario Festival this long weekend. The event runs from Friday to Monday at Ontario Place. Admission is free and guests can take part in a citizenship ceremony, cultural arts and crafts, and Indigenous programming. On Canada’s birthday, Canadian indie folk band Reuben and the Dark will take the stage. Two drone light shows will brighten the sky on Saturday and Sunday at 11 p.m.

Redpath Waterfront Festival
See the world’s largest rubber duck this weekend at the Redpath Waterfront Festival. The three-day event is part of Canada 150 celebrations and runs from Canada’s birthday to July 3. The festival offers music, food, nautical programs and entertainment. Aside from the duck at HTO Park, highlights include the Royal Canadian Navy, with a 440-foot Naval Frigate, and a host of on-land activities, the Waterfront Artisan Market and ‘Canuck It Up!’ shows.

The World's Largest Rubber Duck is coming to Toronto for the Redpath Waterfront Festival on July 1-3, 2017. FACEBOOK

 

Brewer’s Backyard
Wish Canada a happy 150th birthday in style at Lester P. ‘Beerson’ Day at Evergreen Brickworks. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Koerner Gardens and CRH Gallery areas of the site. Lester P. Beerson Day has a lot to celebrate this year, as it is also the 30th anniversary of Great Lakes Brewery. The company will be doing a “tap takeover” of the entire event, offering more than 15 beers. There will also be a delicious food line up, including FeasTO, Delite Bite and Royale Popcorn Co.

Toronto Ribfest
Centennial Park is the place to be this Canada Day long weekend, with the return of Toronto Ribfest. The event is in its 18th year, and in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday it will include a ‘Proud to Pledge Ceremony,’ a formal citizenship induction ceremony and Canadian heritage featured events. This year’s rib lineup includes Billy Bones BBQ, Hawgs Gone Wild BBQ, The Hogfather and Uncle Sam’s BBQ.

TD Salsa in Toronto
One of the largest Latin-themed cultural celebrations in Canada – the TD Salsa in Toronto – kicks off on Monday. The event spans a three-week period at various locations across the city. It includes the 12th annual Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival, cultural events, salsa parties, Latin art exhibitions, free dance lessons, brunches and live music. Thousands are expected to take part.

Road closures

 

Several roads will be closed near Nathan Philips Square, Humber Bay Park West, Mel Lastman Square, Scarborough Civic Centre and Humber Bay Park West for Canada Day events. The closures starts on Friday and continue into Monday. Click here for a full list.

There are also road closures for other Canada Day celebrations around the city, including at Queen’s Park and in East York. Click here for a full list.

Trump’s revised travel ban goes into effect Thursday

MATTHEW LEE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Thursday, Jun 29th, 2017

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Travelers wait in line near an Emirates ticket counter at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Monday, June 26, 2017, in Seattle. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that President Donald Trump’s travel ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced if those visitors lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” and that justices will hear full arguments in October 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.

Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked, but instructions issued by the State Department Wednesday said that new applicants from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States to be eligible. The same requirement, with some exceptions, holds for would-be refugees from all nations that are still awaiting approval for admission to the U.S.

Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships, according to the guidelines that were issued in a cable sent to all U.S. embassies and consulates late on Wednesday. The new rules take effect at 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, according to the cable, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

As far as business or professional links are concerned, the State Department said a legitimate relationship must be “formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading” the ban.

Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules, the cable said. A hotel reservation or car rental contract, even if it was pre-paid, would also not count, it said.

Consular officers may grant other exemptions to applicants from the six nations if they have “previously established significant contacts with the United States;” “significant business or professional obligations” in the U.S.; if they are an infant, adopted child or in need of urgent medical care; if they are travelling for business with a recognized international organization or the U.S. government or if they are a legal resident of Canada who applies for a visa in Canada, according to the cable.

On Monday, the Supreme Court partially lifted lower court injunctions against Trump’s executive order that had temporarily banned visas for citizens of the six countries. The justices’ ruling exempted applicants from the ban if they could prove a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity, but the court offered only broad guidelines – suggesting they would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the U.S. – as to how that should be defined.

Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security had laboured since the decision to clarify the ruling and Wednesday’s instructions were the result. The new guidance will remain in place until the Supreme Court issues a final ruling on the matter. Arguments before the justices will not be held until at least October, so the interim rules will remain in place at least until the fall.

Shortly after taking office, Trump ordered the refugee ban and a travel ban affecting the six countries, plus Iraq. He said it was needed to protect the U.S. from terrorists, but opponents said it was unfairly harsh and was intended to meet his campaign promise to keep Muslims out of the United States.

After a federal judge struck down the bans, Trump signed a revised order intended to overcome legal hurdles. That was also struck down by lower courts, but the Supreme Court’s action Monday partially reinstated it.

The initial travel ban led to chaos at airports around the world, but because the guidelines exempt previously issued visas, similar problems are not expected. After a judge blocked the original ban, Trump issued a scaled-down order and the court’s action Monday further reduced the number of people who would be covered by it. Also, while the initial order took effect immediately, adding to the confusion, this one was delayed 72 hours after the court’s ruling.

Under the new rules, would-be immigrants from the six countries who won a coveted visa in the government’s diversity lottery – a program that randomly awards 50,000 green cards annually to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States – will also have to prove they have a “bona fide relationship” with in the U.S. or are eligible for another waiver or face being banned for at least 90 days. That hurdle may be a difficult one for those immigrants to overcome, as many visa lottery winners don’t have relatives in the U.S. or jobs in advance of arriving in the country.

Generally, winners in the diversity lottery only need prove they were born in an eligible county and have completed high school or have at least two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two other years of training or experience.

The Associated Press’ Alicia A. Caldwell contributed to the story.

Conditional discharge, community service for Jays beer can tosser

JESSICA SMITH CROSS, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Jun 29th, 2017

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Ken Pagan, who admitted to throwing a beer can onto the Rogers Centre field during a Toronto Blue Jays game, appears in court on June 28, 2017. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher
A man who threw a beer can onto the field during a dramatic Blue Jays playoff game last fall was given a conditional discharge Wednesday, after his lawyer argued the public humiliation he suffered since being charged in the incident should be taken into account.

Ken Pagan pleaded guilty to mischief last month, admitting he tossed a can of beer on the field last October as a Baltimore Orioles player was about to catch a fly ball during the seventh inning of the pivotal wild card game in Toronto.

The conditional discharge means Pagan avoids a conviction if he complies with certain conditions for a year, his lawyer said. Those conditions include 100 hours of community service, an order to stay away from the Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays play, and a ban on attending all Major League Baseball games.

Before the discharge was granted, Pagan offered an apology in court to the Blue Jays, the Orioles, the player he nearly hit – Hyun Soo Kim – and to baseball fans in general.

“My emotions got the best of me in an exciting moment and my reaction is a deeply regrettable mistake, something I’ve been torn about since the moment it happened,” he said. “I am fully aware of the disgrace I brought to the game.”

Kim, who was in Toronto for a game against the Jays on Wednesday night, said though a translator that he received a personal apology from Pagan.

“I read it and I definitely accept his apology,” Kim said. “People make mistakes so, you know, I’m sure it’s not going to happen again.”

Pagan’s lawyer, Tyler Smith, argued that the public humiliation and intense media scrutiny his client experienced since the can tossing incident serve the court’s requirement for a deterrent to prevent others from repeating such a crime.

“He no longer enjoys the relative anonymity that most of us do,” said Smith. “He’s become known … as the beer can guy.”

Pagan has become the butt of jokes and been subjected to online harassment, Smith added.

Court also heard that Pagan lost his job with Postmedia Network Inc. after the incident and has had to find other, less satisfying work, including delivering pizza.

“He’s in counselling, he has significant anxiety issues. He’s afraid that everyone he meets will know who is already and have formed an idea in their minds that he is a jerk,” Smith said outside court. “He’s suffered with respect to the shame that he feels and the shame that he has brought on to his family and his friends.”

Crown lawyer Rebecca Edward had argued that a conviction was a necessary deterrent in the case, but the judge presiding over the matter disagreed.

Justice Robert Bigelow said a conditional discharge would be sufficient.

“Not being able to follow the sports team he loves has had a significant impact on him,” Bigelow added, noting that Pagan would have to continue to stay away from Jays games in Toronto for a year.

After the beer can toss last fall, police and stadium security immediately converged on the stands at the Rogers Centre in an effort to locate the person who threw the can, but were unable to identify a suspect.

The incident triggered a social media frenzy as many analysed photographs and video footage from the game to figure out where the can had come from.

After reviewing video surveillance, television footage of the event, as well as video and photographs taken by the public, Toronto police released an image of a suspect they described as an “unsportsmanlike fan.”

Pagan confirmed to The Canadian Press at the time that he was the person in the picture distributed by authorities and turned himself in on Oct. 6.

The tallboy toss also had repercussions for beer drinkers at the Rogers Centre, as the Jays announced they would not serve beer in cans for the rest of the post-season.

CityNews reporter Marianne Boucher and 680 NEWS reporter Momin Qureshi were in court for the sentencing. Here are their updates.

With files from News Staff

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