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Will Power has won his third Honda Indy Toronto

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jul 18th, 2016

Will Power has won his third Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday. The Australian, who previously won the event in 2007 and 2010, finished ahead of Helio Castroneves and Canadian James Hinchcliffe.

It’s Power’s third win of the season after capturing the second leg of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit and the KOHLER Grand Prix on June 26. Power was the runner-up last weekend at the Iowa Corn 300.

Power started the race in fourth after qualifying. The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion entered the weekend third in the points standings.

Honda Indy one of several weekend events in Toronto

PATRICIA D'CUNHA AND AMBER LEBLANC | posted Friday, Jul 15th, 2016

Do you have a need for speed? If so, the Honda Indy is the place to be this weekend as high-speed machines zoom across Lake Shore Boulevard.

If the Indy is not your thing, there are several other events taking place across the city, including the Junior Carnival and two South East Asian festivals.

And the TTC subway closures return this weekend after a break over the Canada Day long weekend. This weekend, TTC riders will face a partial subway shutdown on Line 4 (Sheppard-Yonge).

Also, a reminder that road closures are in effect on a portion of Lake Shore Boulevard and Strachan Avenue for the Indy, and for other road and TTC work.

Honda Indy
Toronto has embraced the Honda Indy for the past 30 years, and once again this weekend, the city will be revved up for the annual event.

The race takes over the streets surrounding Exhibition Place from Friday until Sunday. Aside from watching world-class racing, attendees can also hang out at the beer gardens, take part in interactive games, check out some live entertainment, and be on the lookout for celebrities. Click here for the festival checklist.

Mike Conway takes the checkered flag to win the second race of the day at the Toronto Indy race on July 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Mike Conway takes the checkered flag to win the second race of the day at the Toronto Indy race on July 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ahead of the big race on Sunday, there are practice and qualifying sessions taking place earlier in the weekend. Click here for the schedule.

The price of general admission tickets starts at $40. Children under 12 can attend for free when accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Admission is free on Fan Friday with a suggested donation to Make-A-Wish Canada.

Junior Carnival
Children will be in colourful and festive costumes Saturday for the annual Junior Carnival, part of the annual Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Festival.

It’s a chance to see the “pint-sized” version of one of the city’s most popular events, with the Grand Parade set for July 30.

A woman dances in costume at Caribbean Carnival Toronto on July 30, 2011. FLICKR/Chris Cheung
A woman dances in costume at Caribbean Carnival Toronto on July 30, 2011. FLICKR/Chris Cheung

The parade will gather at the Malvern Community Centre at 10 a.m. and will move west along McLevin Avenue to Neilson Road. It goes north on Neilson and the parade disperses at Neilson Park. Click herefor the parade route.

Festival of India
The sights and sounds of India will colour the city this weekend during the Festival of India, which is now in its 44th year.

The two-day party starts with a parade on Saturday, which begins at Yonge Street and Yorkville Avenue at 11 a.m., continues along on towards the lake and ends at Queens Quay and Freeland Street at 2 p.m. Three ornately decorated 40-foot tall floats will dazzle the parade, pulled manually by participants as they sing, drum and dance along the route.

Floats at the Festival of India in 2014. Photo via Facebook/festivalofindia.toronto
Floats at the Festival of India in 2014. Photo via Facebook/festivalofindia.toronto

The celebration then moves to Centre Island, where around 40,000 people are expected to gather for some more music and dance, a bazaar, outdoor yoga, cultural exhibits and a scrumptious (and free) vegetarian spread.

Admission to the event is also free. You just need to pay for the ferry ride to the island.

Barbecue at Honest Ed’s
The farewell to Honest Ed’s, which closes at the end of the year, continues. One of Canada’s best known DJs Skratch Bastid hosts his annual barbecue with headliner DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Exterior of the Honest Ed's store at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst, Toronto, Ont., Aug. 1, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Boris Spremo
Exterior of the Honest Ed’s store at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst, Toronto, Ont., Aug. 1, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Boris Spremo

The party is taking place between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday in the parking lot of the iconic store at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst streets. Tickets are available here.

Festival of South Asia
Gerrard Street will be shut down this weekend between Glenside and Coxwell avenues for the TD Festival of South Asia.

Tasty food from the region will be available, with a South Asian Fashion Show and live music from Indian, Afghani, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan cultures.

Oyster fest
A festival in Toronto this Sunday honours one of the world’s most polarizing foods. But those who love oysters, love them a lot, and that will be on full display at the 29th annual Ontario Oyster Festival.

File photo of oysters and clams. STOCK FOOD CREATIVE/Alain Caste.
File photo of oysters and clams. STOCK FOOD CREATIVE/Alain Caste.

Along with a shucking competition, there will be live music and thousands of oysters. The event starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the laneway besides Rodney’s Oyster House on King Street West.

Road and TTC closures

Line 4 closure
On Saturday and Sunday, subways won’t be running on Line 4 between Sheppard-Yonge and Bayview stations on Saturday and Sunday due to track work. Shuttle buses will run between Sheppard-Yonge and Don Mills stations.

Next Sunday, track work will force a partial closure of Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) from Broadview and Main Street stations. Subway service will also start at 10 a.m. on Line 2, George to Broadview stations, due to bridge work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. Shuttle buses will stop at all stations.

Road closures due to events

Honda Indy: Southbound Strachan Avenue from Fleet Street to Lake Shore Boulevard West, and Lake Shore Boulevard West from Strachan Avenue to British Columbia Drive, are closed until 11 p.m. on Sunday. Shuttle buses on the 511 Bathurst route, the 29 Dufferin bus, the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina streetcars will be diverting in the area.

Junior Carnival: On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., McLevin Avenue will be closed from Sewells to Neilson roads, and Neilson will be closed from McLevin to Finch Avenue.

Festival of South Asia: Gerrard Street between Glenside and Coxwell avenues will be closed from 10 a.m. on Saturday to 2 a.m. on Monday. The 506 Carlton shuttle buses will divert in the area.

Bloor West Village BIA Festival: Windermere Avenue will be closed from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, while closures will be in effect on Beresford Avenue, Glendonwynne Road, Armadale Avenue, Durie Street and Kennedy Avenue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fusion of Taste: Islington Avenue between Albion Road and Wardlaw Crescent will be closed from 6 a.m. on Sunday to 1 a.m. on Monday. The 37 Islington bus will be on diversion.

Road work


Yonge Street, which has been reduced to one lane in either direction at the Richmond Street intersection, will reopen earlier than expected following watermain work at Richmond. The closure was expected to last until July 24, but is scheduled to reopen at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Then, starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Bay Street will be reduced to one lane in both directions between Queen and Adelaide streets for similar work. The lanes on Bay are scheduled to reopen around 6 p.m. on July 23.

Ongoing work

Richmond Street West is reduced to one lane of traffic between Church and York streets until Nov. 30 for TTC track work, watermain replacement, and road and sidewalk repairs.

Queen Street West between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street is reduced to one lane in either direction for watermain replacement and and reconstruction work. The construction is expected to last until Oct. 8.

Gerrard Street, from Yonge to Church streets, is closed until the end of July for watermain replacement, road resurfacing and bike lane and sidewalk upgrades.

Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard, from York Street to Rees Street, will be reduced to one lane except from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays when two lanes will be open. The closure, which is for Toronto Hydro work, is expected to be completed on July 27.

France reels as Bastille Day attack leaves 84 dead in Nice

CityNews | posted Friday, Jul 15th, 2016

A large truck plowed through revelers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing at least 84 people and sending others fleeing into the sea as it bore down for more than a mile along the Riviera city’s famed waterfront promenade.

The driver was killed by police and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the Thursday night attack on France’s national holiday, which rocked a nation still dealing with the aftermath of two attacks in Paris last year that killed a total of 147 people.

“Terrorism is a threat that weighs heavily upon France and will continue to weigh for a long time,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after an emergency government meeting Friday.

“We are facing a war that terrorism has brought to us. The goal of terrorists is to instil fear and panic. And France is a great country, and a great democracy that will not allow itself to be destabilized.”

The truck plowed into the crowd over a distance of two kilometres, a lawmaker said, and broadcast footage showed a scene of horror up and down the promenade, with broken bodies splayed on the asphalt, some piled near one another, others bleeding onto the roadway or twisted into unnatural shapes.

Some tried to escape into the water, Eric Ciotti, a lawmaker for the region that includes Nice said Friday, giving new details of the horrifying last minutes of the attack.

“A person jumped onto the truck to try to stop it,” Ciotti told Europe 1 radio. “It’s at that moment that the police were able to neutralize this terrorist. I won’t forget the look of this policewoman who intercepted the killer.”

Wassim Bouhlel, a Nice native, told The Associated Press that he saw a truck drive into the crowd. “There was carnage on the road,” he said. “Bodies everywhere.” He said the driver emerged with a gun and started shooting.

The regional president, Christian Estrosi, told BFM TV that “the driver fired on the crowd, according to the police who killed him.” He said more than 10 children were among the dead.

Flags were lowered to half-staff in Nice and in Paris, and Hollande extended the state of emergency imposed after the November bloodshed another three months. The government declared three days of national mourning to begin Saturday.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who travelled to the scene, said police were trying to identify the driver. Ciotti said identification papers were found in the truck and that investigators were trying to determine whether they were legitimate.

Partiers in summer apparel ran for their lives down Nice’s palm-tree-lined Promenade des Anglais, the famous seaside boulevard named for the English aristocrats who proposed its construction in the 19th century.

“France was struck on the day of its national holiday, July 14, the symbol of liberty,” Hollande said early Friday, denouncing “this monstrosity” – a truck bearing down on citizens “with the intention of killing, smashing and massacring … an absolute violence.”

Hollande said it was not immediately clear whether the driver had accomplices. The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation for “murder and attempted murder in an organized group linked to a terrorist enterprise.”

Estrosi said some of the city’s 1,200 security cameras had pinpointed the moment the attacker boarded the truck, far from the seaside “in the hills of Nice” and could follow his path to the promenade. Estrosi called for the investigation to focus on any accomplices.

“Attacks aren’t prepared alone. Attacks are prepared with accomplices,” Estrosi said. “There is a chain of complicity. I expect it to be unveiled, discovered and kept up to date.”

Hollande called a defence council meeting Friday with key ministers, and will head to Nice after that.

Cazeneuve said “we are in a war with terrorists who want to strike us at any price and in a very violent way.”

France has lived with soldiers in the streets since the November attacks, and much of the country was under intense security during the month-long European football championships, which ended July 10 without incident.

Video footage showed men and women – one or two pushing strollers – racing to get away from the scene. Photos showed a truck with around 20 bullet holes.

Writing online, Nice Matin journalist Damien Allemand, who was at the waterside, said the fireworks display had finished and the crowd had got up to leave when they heard a noise and cries.

“A fraction of a second later, an enormous white truck came along at a crazy speed, turning the wheel to mow down the maximum number of people,” he said. “I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route. Heard noises, cries that I will never forget.”

On video footage, one person could be heard yelling, “Help my mother, please!” A pink girl’s bicycle was overturned by the side of the road.

Hollande announced a series of measures to bolster security. Besides continuing the state of emergency and the Sentinel operation with 10,000 soldiers on patrol, he said he was calling up “operational reserves,” those who have served in the past and will be brought in to help police, particularly at French borders.

He reiterated that France is also bolstering its presence in Iraq and Syria, where he said earlier that military advisers would be on the ground to help Iraqis take back the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul.

President Barack Obama condemned what he said “appears to be a horrific terrorist attack.”

European Council president Donald Tusk said it was a “tragic paradox” that the victims of the attack in Nice were celebrating “liberty, equality and fraternity” – France’s motto – on the country’s national day.

France has long known it is a top target for the Islamic State group. In September 2014, then-spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani referred to “the filthy French” in a statement telling Muslims within the country to attack them in any way they could, including “crush them with your car.”

France has been not only a prime target for Islamic State, but has seen more young Muslims head to join extremists than any other European nation. And Nice has been at the centre of the movement, home to one of the most prolific creators of jihadi recruiting videos for the French-speaking world, a former petty drug dealer named Omar Omsen who is now fighting in Syria.

The Islamic State group carried out the November 2015 attacks, sending a group of largely French-speaking men to strike at France’s national stadium, bars and cafes and the Bataclan concert venue. In March, the same Islamic State cell struck in Belgium.

Ganley reported from Paris. Associated Press writers Raphael Satter in Paris, Naomi Koppel in London, Lori Hinnant in Perigueux, France, and Josh Replogle in Miami contributed.

Calgary police ‘deeply saddened’ after body of 5-year-old found

The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Jul 15th, 2016

Hopes of finding a missing five-year-old girl alive vanished Thursday after searchers combing through a rural property found a body believed to be that of Taliyah Leigh Marsman.

At a sombre news conference, Calgary police revealed that by the time they were called earlier this week, the little girl was already dead.

They also announced they had charged a suspect, Edward Delten Downey, 46, with the murders of the girl and her mother, Sara Baillie, 34.

Baillie’s body was found Monday night in the home she shared with her little girl.

The next day, an Amber Alert was issued.

But on Thursday afternoon, searchers near Chestermere, Alta., found the girl’s body near a roadway and police issued a news release cancelling the alert.

The cause of death was not known; an autopsy will be held Friday.

“It’s disappointing,” said Insp. Don Coleman. “We were hoping for a different outcome. The family is devastated, clearly.”

Over the last few days, police and relatives alike had tried to stay positive, pleading with whoever had the girl to return her unharmed.

Police even warned that it would be in the person’s best interest not to harm Taliyah, noting that prisoners in jail do not take kindly to those who harm children.

On Wednesday, a suspect was taken into custody at a strip mall.

Coleman said the man was believed to be the same one witnesses saw Monday with a girl matching Taliyah’s description, adding he was giving “zero co-operation” to investigators.

Coleman also said the suspect was known to police and had an extensive criminal background with some violence.

Downey, who also goes by the last name Simmons, appeared before a judge late Thursday. He was ordered to have nothing to do with the child’s estranged father, Colin Marsman.

Police said it’s believed Downey was known to both parents and the child.

There had been a “limited” history of domestic violence in the family, but police said Marsman co-operated with the investigation and issued his own plea for his little girl to be returned.

Relatives had described Taliyah as a vivacious and curious curly-haired child.

Baillie’s uncle, Scott Hamilton, had said his niece was single-handedly raising Taliyah, who was described as much more mature than her five years.

He described the two as “inseparable” and said Taliyah “worshipped” her mother.

“Taliyah referred to Sara as Mama and it wasn’t necessarily like a mother-daughter relationship,” he said at a tearful news conference earlier in the week. “It was almost like watching two sisters at times get along.”

The mother’s Facebook page showed a photo last week of Taliyah at the Calgary Stampede, smiling in a white hat and riding a straw bale pony.

The page also carried a video of the little girl reading a book, with her mother writing: “She fills my heart with so much joy.”

City council approves supervised injection sites, asks for text & walk ban

CityNews | posted Friday, Jul 15th, 2016

Toronto city council has approved three supervised injection sites at existing downtown health-care facilities.

Council voted 36-3 Thursday to support the services aimed at providing a safe and hygienic environment where people can inject pre-obtained drugs under a nurse’s supervision.

There are about 90 supervised injection sites worldwide, and Vancouver is the only other city in Canada with the service.

Earlier this month, Toronto’s board of health unanimously accepted a recommendation for three small-scale supervised injection sites.

The report cites a 2012 study called the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment, which concluded that Toronto would benefit from supervised injection services that are integrated into existing health-care services.

Joe Cressy, city councillor for Toronto’s Ward 20 and the chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy, welcomed the support for the sites as a “critical tool” in addressing deaths from overdoses.

“Toronto as the first municipality in Ontario and the largest city in Canada to step forward and say, ‘We’re ready, it’s time’ will hopefully tip the dominoes for more evidence-based policy across the country,” he said.

Before the sites can be established, they need provincial approval and a federal exemption from Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Toronto Public Health spokeswoman Susan Shepherd said she anticipates supervised injection services will be available some time in 2017.

Council also agreed to ask the province to ban people from using handheld devices while crossing the road. Coun. Frances Nunziata’s motion passed 26-15. It was part of a larger road safety plan passed, which sets an ambitious goal of reducing the number of road fatalities to zero over a five-year period.

Beside the text and walk ban, the plan calls for reducing the speed limit on a number of downtown streets.

In a lengthy debate on Wednesday, council voted 28-15 against reviving plans for a seven-stop light-rail transit (LRT) line in the east end. Councillors also voted in favour of the Downtown Relief Line and studies into other possible transit projects, including extending the Sheppard subway line and linking Downsview to Yonge-Sheppard.

A motion to extend the Eglinton Crosstown LRT 17 stops to the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus passed unanimously.

A digital billboard in Leaside is also up for debate, with many residents petitioning against the proposal. They argue lit signs belong in Yonge-Dundas Square, but not their residential community.

Follow that debate here.

The city is also considering banning fees to register for child care waitlists, and ending the bylaw that prohibits street hockey.

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Chants of ‘black lives matter’ break out at anti-racism meeting

Allison Jones and Madeline Smith, The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Jul 15th, 2016

The first public meeting of the Ontario government’s new anti-racism directorate drew a packed and vocal crowd Thursday as Premier Kathleen Wynne said governments need to do more to battle discrimination.

Wynne said she believes governments haven’t gone far enough to create a more equitable society.

“I understand that government institutions have not lived up to that,” she said. “Part of doing my job is acknowledging that we haven’t done enough.”

Audience members lined up to voice their opinions during the open consultation period, some waiting past the planned 9 p.m. end time to speak. The crowd crammed into overflow spaces well beyond the 300-person capacity of the meeting room.

The room broke out into cheers of “black lives matter” several times throughout the night as people spoke, with some speakers leading chants and singing songs.

Many were critical of government officials, saying that not enough concrete action has been taken to deal with racism despite years of activism.

Akua Benjamin was the first speaker at the microphone. She credited the activist group Black Lives Matter Toronto for calling for the public meeting and bringing people together.

“There hasn’t been a time in the last 50 years when we have not marched on the streets of Toronto calling out to put an end to racism,” she said.

“And so here we are again. … Here we are many years later doing the same thing, calling attention to the issue of racism. It really is a shame.”

Related stories:

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Wynne and Michael Coteau, the province’s minister of children and youth services, opened the event with remarks to the crowd.

Toronto Mayor John Tory was also present at the meeting but unlike Wynne and Coteau, he did not have a formal slot to address the crowd.

However, he did speak after a woman asked him when he planned to have his own anti-racism community meeting.

Tory said he had agreed to two series of meetings in addition to the anti-racism directorate meetings, including consultations on a report on police reform in August.

Also ahead of the anti-racism meeting, Wynne said Pride Toronto and Black Lives Matter Toronto will have to discuss their issues without her input.

Black Lives Matter temporarily halted the Pride earlier this month to make a series of demands that included more funding and better representation for racialized communities during Pride events. It also called for a ban on police floats in future parades.

Wynne said people can debate specific tactics, but the group is raising issues of systemic racism “that have to be taken seriously.”

“People have a right to peaceful protest and we as a government have a responsibility, and I would suggest we as a society have a responsibility, to tackle the challenges of systemic discrimination as we see them.”

Wynne stepped outside the Ontario legislature in April to speak to a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters and told them she was willing to set up a formal meeting. That has not yet happened, but Wynne said Thursday that it would take place “later in the fall, perhaps.”

Man in custody, police searching for car in Calgary Amber Alert

CityNews | posted Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016

Calgary police are searching for Taliyah Leigh Marsman. Image credit: Calgary Police

Calgary police have a man in custody but there’s no sign of the little girl at the centre of an Amber Alert.

Police are now searching for a car. They’re also searching a rural area in Chestermere, east of Calgary.

An Amber Alert was issued for Taliyah Leigh Marsman, 5, after her mother Sara Baillie was found dead on Monday.

A man was taken into custody on Wednesday night, police said Thursday morning. He was seen driving a dark grey sedan, which investigators believe was involved in Marsman’s disappearance.

The car was seen driving close to where Baillie’s car was recovered.

Police have released photos of the car.

Calgary police have released photos of a car in connection with the disappearance of a five-year-old girl. CALGARY POLICE
Calgary police have released photos of a car in connection with the disappearance of a five-year-old girl. CALGARY POLICE
Calgary police have released photos of a car in connection with the disappearance of a five-year-old girl. CALGARY POLICE
ary police have released photos of a car in connection with the disappearance of a five-year-old girl. CALGARY POLICE


Police have ruled Baillie’s death a homicide.

Police also said footage from a closed-circuit camera shows Baillie and her daughter at a Dairy Queen around suppertime Sunday. Baillie appears to be speaking with a family. Police say they want to identify the people in the footage and have posted still photos of the exchange on the City of Calgary’s website.

Taliyah’s father is begging anyone who might have information to “do the right thing.” Colin Marsman said in a statement Wednesday that his daughter is his “light” and that he loves her with all his heart.

“I want to make a plea to anyone out there who knows anything about where my baby is,” Marsman said in the statement released to the media through his friend Gabriel Goree.

“Please, it’s never too late to do the right thing! If you even think you might have seen something that could be a clue, let your local law enforcement know immediately.”


Cherry takes aim at ‘left-wing weirdos’ in critique of The Tenors

CityNews | posted Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016

The Tenors’ controversial rendition of O Canada at baseball’s all-star game got Don Cherry’s attention Wednesday as the hockey commentator slammed group member Remigio Pereira for embarrassing Canadians with his altered and politically charged lyrics.

Pereira changed a line in the anthem to “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great.” The normal lyric is “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free.”

The Tenors issued an apology after the performance, saying Pereira acted as a “lone wolf” and will not be performing with the group “until further notice.”

In an interview Wednesday evening with the CBC, two of the other members of the group, Fraser Walters and Victor Micallef, said they were shocked by what happened.

“I don’t think we can see ourselves performing with Remigio again,” Walters said.

The fallout continued Wednesday for Pereira, who had a show at a London, Ont., theatre cancelled.

He was to perform with renowned guitarist Pavlo in late September at the Aeolian Hall but the venue said it’s “an organization which embraces diversity” and would not “present or allow groups or individuals to use our facilities who either intentionally or unintentionally promote racism.”

The term “All Lives Matter” was born in controversy into the American political vocabulary last year as a response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement in the heat of a debate over police shootings in the U.S. presidential candidate Martin O’Malley uttered the phrase at a Democratic party forum. He was booed and later apologized, an action criticized by some including Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Cherry was offended by the change of lyrics, but the targets of his ire in his Twitter rant were perhaps misplaced.

“Oh well, all the left wing weirdos in this country are happy,” Cherry said, although the “All Lives Matter” campaign is generally embraced by conservative Americans and not associated with left-of-centre politics.

Related stories:

The Tenors change lyrics of ‘O Canada’ at MLB all-star game

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Text of The Tenors apology

Cherry has taken aim at left-leaning Canadians before, famously uttering “put that in your pipe you left-wing kooks” at the inauguration of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

As for The Tenors, Cherry let the Canadian group off easy, except for the American-born Pereira. The Boston native who grew up in Gatineau, Que., also held up a sign reading “All Lives Matter.” The words “United We Stand” were written on the back of the sign.

“I do feel sorry for the rest of the Tenors,” said Cherry. “They will be noted forever as ‘oh yeah, the Tenors, they’re the jerks that embarrassed us at the all-star game. Ah, they’re good singers but what a bunch of jerks.’

“It’s sad, it was only one, and it was done by an American.”

Meantime, a spokeswoman for Heritage Minister Melanie Joly called the anthem a treasured Canadian symbol.

“Mr. Pereira’s change to the national anthem to further his political views is inappropriate and disrespectful,” Christine Michaud said via email.

In Quebec, one of the Parti Quebecois leadership candidates tweeted his support for The Tenors’ rendition before changing his tune.

Jean-Francois Lisee originally wrote he wanted to express solidarity with victims of violence.

He was slammed with a barrage of criticism, prompting him to tweet: “I realize now! I’m in the wrong about The Tenors. I am withdrawing my tweet. You are right. Thank you for the exchange.”

That was followed by: “I really blew it about the Tenors! Sorry about that.”

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