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Man dead in Woodbridge shooting

CityNews | posted Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016

A man in his 30s is dead after a shooting in Woodbridge on Wednesday.

Officers received a weapons call at Andrea Lane, southwest of Langstaff and Ansley Grove roads, around 10 p.m.

Police are said they found the victim at a house, where the shooting occurred.

Police haven’t released any information about the suspect.

First weekend of autumn has something for everyone and a special bike ride

Patricia D'Cunha and Samantha Knight | posted Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016

The wonderful season of autumn has arrived: you can just hear those crunchy leaves beneath your feet. While this may not be welcome news for fans of summer, don’t worry, it will be your turn to rejoice around nine months from now.

Some of the events taking place around the city this weekend celebrate both autumn and summer, so both groups have something geared to their favourite season. And for those Blue Jays fans, you will get a chance to meet Kelly Gruber as the ‘Celebrate Blue Jays Tour’ makes its way to Toronto this weekend.

On a more solemn note, there will also be a special bike ride to raise awareness and support for soldiers living with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lastly, if you plan to take transit this weekend, a reminder that a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will be shut down for TTC track work.

Wounded Warriors Highway of Heroes Bike Ride
About 150 people will be cycling for a great cause this weekend during the inaugural Highway of Heroes Bike Ride.

The two-day event kicks off at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial, near Trenton, where there will be a commemorative service and an opening ceremony before the cyclists set off at 9:30 a.m. On day one, participants will be making their way to Bowmanville. After spending the night in a hotel, cyclists will be back on their bikes at 9 a.m. on Sunday, heading for the Veterans’ Memorial at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

Canadians gather on a bridge over the Highway of Heroes on Jan. 22, 2010.
Canadians gather on a bridge over the Highway of Heroes on Jan. 22, 2010.


All money raised will help Wounded Warriors Canada assist veterans, first responders and their families who are living with operational stresses, such as PTSD.

Ontario University Fair
Not sure where you want to attend university? The Ontario University Fair is here to help. The three-day event, being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, features all 21 of Ontario’s universities.

During the fair you can speak directly with senior faculty and representatives from each school. Admission is free and the fair runs Friday through Sunday.

Word on the Street
Books, books and more books. If you are obsessed about books, then the Word on the Street is the place to be on Sunday.

Avid readers and the authors who pen the books that people love to read will mingle with each other at the outdoor festival that promotes literacy. More than 200 Canadian authors will be on hand, reading their works to a captive audience and engaging readers at meet-and-greets.

Book enthusiasts at the Word On The Street festival on Oct. 15, 2015. FACEBOOK/TorontoWOTS/Samantha Falco
Book enthusiasts at the Word On The Street festival on Oct. 15, 2015. FACEBOOK/TorontoWOTS/Samantha Falco


There will also be workshops aimed at both adults and children, a marketplace selling books and magazines, and various literacy workshops. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre.

Meet Kelly Gruber
Everyone across the country knew where they were when the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992, and the exciting moments in the series that led up to it.

One of the thrilling moments involved third baseman Kelly Gruber. After a controversial triple play call in Game 3, Gruber tied the game with a home run in the eighth inning. The Jays went on to win that game, and the series in six games.


Blue Jays fans will have a chance to meet Gruber on Sunday and Monday, as part of the Celebrate Blue Jays Tour. On Sunday, he will be at the Rogers store in Don Mills from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the Beach location on Monday from noon to 2 p.m.

On Sunday, you can also check out the Rogers Fan Hub at the store. There will be plenty of giveaways including a chance to catch Canada’s team in action against the Baltimore Orioles in Toronto. Don’t forget to share your love for the Blue Jays using the hashtag #CelebrateBlueJays.

Note: Rogers is the parent company of this website and station.


Pearson Runway Run
There will be a different type of traffic on one of the runways at Pearson International Airport this Saturday. Three-thousand runners and walkers will be taking over the 06R-24L tarmac for the ninth annual Pearson Runway Run. The sold-out event features a 5K run and a 2K walk and promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family.

It gets underway at 9 a.m., but participants are asked to arrive early to take part in the warmup and enjoy the attractions.The 2016 Runway Run supports the Propeller Toronto Pearson’s community investment program.

Oktoberfest at Canada’s Wonderland
Indulge your senses and enjoy the folklore at Canada’s Wonderland’s first-ever Oktoberfest. The two-day event runs from noon to 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in Medieval Faire, a section of the theme park. Entry is free with admission.

Oktoberfest features delicious German foods, including sausages, sauerkraut and schnitzel. There will be live entertainment, daily activities, and of course, beer. Remember, please don’t drink and drive.

Pedestrian Sundays
The street party in Kensington Market is back this Sunday, the second last one of the year.

A scene from Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. FACEBOOK
A scene from Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. FACEBOOK


The area will be free of cars as people stroll onto the streets to enjoy live music, dancing, an outdoor art fair and food vendors. The festival is from noon to 7 p.m. The next and last one of the year is on Oct. 30.

Toronto Fall Home Show
Are you renovating your home or condo? Or are looking for design inspirations as you redecorate your home?

From Friday to Sunday, the home show at Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, will be home to design ideas and renovation advice from experts in the field.

You can consult with designers on the spot, create your own space using modular building blocks, hunt for that unique find from more than 300 retailers, learn how to reinvent pieces in your home into something else, and more. You can buy tickets at the door or online.

TTC and road closures

Subway shutdown
TTC work continues this weekend, which means subways won’t be running on Line 1 between Bloor-Yonge and Osgoode stations on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle buses will be running.

Road closures for events

Oasis Zoo Run: From 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Plug Hat Road will be closed from Beare to Meadowvale roads, one lane of Meadowvale Road will be closed from Plug Hat Road to Sheppard Avenue East, Old Finch Avenue will be closed from Meadowvale to Resor roads, and the southbound lanes of Reesor Road will be closed from Steeles Avenue East to Old Finch Avenue.

Harvest Festival: Two eastbound lanes of Dundas Street West between Runnymede Road and Fisken Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Road work

Ongoing work

Shuter Street, from Yonge to Sherbourne streets, will be reduced to one lane in both directions until Oct. 28 for watermain replacement and road work.

Drivers will encounter lane reductions on Bayview Avenue from Rosedale Valley Road to Pottery Road to build a multi-use trail and for other road work. The closure is expected to last until Nov. 30.

Gerrard Street, from University Avenue to Elizabeth Street, is reduced to one lane until Oct. 15 for watermain and other road 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.

One lane of Queen Street West between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street is closed in both directions for watermain replacement and reconstruction work until around Oct. 8.

One dead in Charlotte protest; police say they didn’t shoot

Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press | posted Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer vigil turned into a march that ended with the gunshot death of a protester.

The man was not shot by police who had massed in riot gear to keep the marchers outside an upscale downtown hotel, Charlotte officials announced on Twitter.

But the second night of violent protests, added Charlotte to the list of U.S. cities that have erupted in violence over the death of a black man at the hands of police.

With officials refusing to release any video of the Tuesday shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, anger built as two starkly different versions emerged: Police say Scott disregarded repeated demands to drop his gun, while neighbourhood residents say he was holding a book, not a weapon, as he waited for his son to get off the school bus.

The killing inflamed racial tensions in a city that seemed to have steered clear of the troubles that engulfed other places.

Destructive protests Tuesday that included shutting down eight-lane Interstate 85 and burning the contents of a tractor-trailer turned violent Wednesday. Along with the man shot to death, paramedics said two other people and six police officers suffered minor injuries.

Wednesday’s protest started as a downtown prayer vigil, but an angry group left the vigil and marched through downtown Charlotte.

They shouted “black lives matter” and “hands up; don’t shoot” while cursing at officers with bicycles blocking intersections. As the protesters approached the Omni hotel, officers in riot gear lined up outside arm in arm and a few marchers threw bottles and clods of dirt.

Immediately after the shooting, police began firing flash grenades and protesters threw fireworks. Police then fired tear gas, and the crowd of hundreds dispersed.


Police fire teargas as protestors converge on downtown following Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters have rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

But not all the marchers left. Police in riot gear then began marching arm in arm through downtown Charlotte intersections, shooting tear gas at people who charged them. At least one protester knocked down a television reporter during a live shot.

There were hints earlier Wednesday that Charlotte would suffer a second night of destruction. As Charlotte’s white mayor and black police chief stood at City Hall and appealed for calm, African-American leaders who said they were speaking for Scott’s family held their own news conference near where he was killed Tuesday, reminding the crowd of other shootings and abuses of black men.

John Barnett, who runs a civil rights group called True Healing Under God, or THUG, warned that the video might be the only way for the police to regain the community’s trust: “Just telling us this is still under investigation is not good enough for the windows of the Wal-Mart.”

On Tuesday night, dozens of demonstrators threw rocks at police and reporters, damaged squad cars, closed part of Interstate 85, and looted and set on fire a stopped truck. Authorities used tear gas to break up the protests. Sixteen officers suffered minor injuries. One person was arrested.

The violence broke out shortly after a woman who appeared to be Scott’s daughter posted a profanity-laced, hourlong video on Facebook, saying her father had an unspecified disability and was unarmed. In the footage, she is at the cordoned-off shooting scene, yelling at officers.

“My daddy is dead!” the woman screams on the video, which has not been authenticated by The Associated Press.

A man squats near a pool of blood after a man was injured during a protest of Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

On Wednesday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said: “It’s time to change the narrative, because I can tell you from the facts that the story’s a little bit different as to how it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media.”

The police chief said officers were serving arrest warrants on another person when they saw Scott get out of a vehicle with a handgun. A black plainclothes officer in a vest emblazoned “Police” shot Scott after the officer and other uniformed members of the force made “loud, clear” demands that he drop the gun, the chief said.

Putney was adamant that Scott posed a threat, even if he didn’t point his weapon at officers, and said a gun was found next to the dead man. “I can tell you we did not find a book,” the chief said.

Neighbours, though, said that the officer who fired was white and that Scott had his hands in the air.

The three uniformed officers had body cameras; the plainclothes officer did not, police said. But the chief said he cannot release the video because the investigation is still underway. No cellphone video has emerged on social media, as happened in other cases around the country.

The plainclothes officer, identified as Brently Vinson, a two-year member of the department, has been placed on leave, standard procedure in such cases.

Scott has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. Texas records showed he was convicted of evading arrest with a vehicle in 2005, and several months later, of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The unrest took many by surprise in Charlotte, the banking capital of the South with a population of 830,000 people, about 35 per cent of them black. The city managed to pull through a racially charged shooting three years ago without the unrest that erupted in recent years in such places as Baltimore, Milwaukee and Ferguson, Missouri.

In 2013, Charlotte police charged one of their own, Randall Kerrick, with voluntary manslaughter days after the white officer shot an unarmed black man who had been in a wreck and was looking for help. The jury deadlocked and the charge was dropped last summer. There were a few protests but no violence.

At the apartment complex where Scott was killed, some people who said they witnessed the shooting told their version with an air of certainty even when they were hundreds of yards away.

Taheshia Williams said her balcony overlooks the shady parking spot where Scott was Tuesday afternoon. She said he often waited there for his son because a bicycle accident several years ago left him stuttering and susceptible to seizures if he stayed out in the hot sun too long.

On Tuesday, she said, Scott had only a book in his hands and was following orders.

“He got out of his car, he walked back to comply, and all his compliance did was get him murdered,” Williams said.

Demonstrators protest Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Team Canada yet to be tested with either Russia or North America ahead in semis

CityNews | posted Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016

TORONTO – Jonathan Toews scored a pair of goals and added an assist as Team Canada easily rolled past Europe 4-1 on Wednesday evening in their final preliminary round game of the World Cup of Hockey.

Canada clinched Group A with the victory and will face either Team North America or Russia in the first semifinal on Saturday night.

Sidney Crosby and Logan Couture also scored and Corey Crawford made 19 saves.

Marian Hossa scored the only goal for Europe and Jaroslav Halak stood tall with 42 stops.

Heavy favourites entering the tournament, Canada has met expectations thus far, stomping three foes en route to the semis. They outscored the Czechs, Americans and Europeans by a combined 14-3, trailing only once and for less than two minutes. All but two players have produced at least a point, led by Crosby and Matt Duchene with four points apiece.

Victory has yet to be in doubt for the Canadians.

Whether the North Americans or Russians, the upcoming single elimination semifinal will present a much bigger challenge. Led by Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, North America is loaded with young fire and about the only team in the tournament with the speed to contend with Canada. The Russians, meanwhile, are flooded with dangerous offensive players, including captain Alex Ovechkin and Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov.

A win for Russia in their preliminary round finale with Finland on Thursday afternoon will seal a date with the Canadians.

The early surprise team of the World Cup, Europe just didn’t have the horses to run with Canada. Much like the two that preceded it, this game was not particularly close even if the scoreboard briefly suggested so.

The Canadians struck first four minutes into the opening period and led the rest of the way.

After winning an offensive zone faceoff, Crosby scooped up Alex Pietrangelo’s deflected point shot and zipped around the net for the wrap-around marker. It was his second goal of the tournament and looked similar to the first, in which Crosby swooped behind the Czech goal and fired a shot off netminder Michal Neuvirth.

Canada kept it coming, flooding Halak with shots and chances.

The European No. 1 goaltender withstood some of the onslaught and at one point late in the first frame stopped Marchand three times on the doorstep. Thirteen seconds later though, Halak’s clearing attempt found its way to Matt Duchene along the boards. Duchene spotted Toews, who slipped a shot into the European goal for the 2-0 lead.

Shots favoured Canada 17-4 after the first 20 minutes.

Crawford wasn’t tested much early, though Tobias Rieder did race in for a partial breakaway only to slide a backhand wide. It was the first and likely only start of the tournament for the 31-year-old Crawford, starting in place of Carey Price.

Canada opted to give Price, Shea Weber and Ryan Getzlaf the night off against Europe with all expected back in the weekend semifinal.

Surprising the United States with a 3-0 win in their World Cup opener, the Europeans pushed the Canadians some early in the second. They scored four-plus minutes into the frame on a weak shot from Hossa that slipped somehow under Crawford’s right leg.

That made it 2-1 for Canada, though tension was never really apparent. The Canadians upped the lead back to two about 10 minutes after the Hossa goal on the second of the night from Toews. He raced in for an odd-man rush with Couture before snapping a shot under the glove of Halak.

Couture added the fourth Canadian goal late in the period.

Canada outshot Europe 46-19, holding the lead for least 50 minutes in each of the first three games.

Criminal lawyer, gunman seriously injured in Annex shooting

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016

A criminal lawyer and a gunman were seriously injured in a shooting in the Annex on Tuesday afternoon.

It happened just after 3:30 p.m. as Randall Barrs, 66, was leaving his law office on Bedford Road, near Bloor and St. George streets.

A witness told CityNews a man in a Honda Civic pulled up to the drveway and shot at Barrs five times, hitting him in the legs.

“Blood everywhere as you can see. There’s a trail of blood,” said Peter Schilling, who works in the building across the street.

Schilling said the shooter, who was dressed in a construction vest, jumped back in his car and then again shot at Barrs as the lawyer was crawling to his office. Within seconds, police were on the scene and blocked the suspect from leaving.

“A plainclothes policeman with a backpack jumped out of literally nowhere, pulled a weapon out of his backpack and returned fire,” Schilling said.

“The feeling you got was somebody expected this to go down.”

The province’s Special Investigations Unit, which was called in to probe the case, said Halton Regional Police officers were conducting surveillance in the area and one of them shot the gunman.

The 51-year-old suspect underwent surgery in hospital and is in serious condition.

Barrs was taken to another hospital and is recovering from gunshot wounds to his legs.

Police investigate a shooting on Bedford Road in Toronto on Sept. 20, 2016. CITYNEWS VIEWER PETER SCHILLING
Police investigate a shooting on Bedford Road in Toronto on Sept. 20, 2016. CITYNEWS VIEWER PETER SCHILLING


Calf born with two faces at Kentucky farm ‘Lucky’ to be alive

The Associated Press | posted Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016

Visitors to a central Kentucky farm may do a double-take when they see the newest addition: a two-faced calf.

Stan McCubbin of Campbellsville told WDRB-TV that he thought he had twins when he first saw the calf on Friday, but quickly realized he had something far more unusual.

The female calf has two noses, two mouths and four eyes, though the middle two eyes don’t function. Although she can walk, the McCubbins say she ends up going in circles and falling over.

The family says most calves with such a genetic mutation are stillborn, but so far this one is eating and seems healthy.

McCubbin’s wife, Brandy, said their 5-year-old daughter, Kenley, named the calf Lucky because she’s lucky to be alive.

Man stabbed inside Eaton Centre

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016

Police report a man has been stabbed five times in the Toronto Eaton Centre Tuesday afternoon.

Security found a man collapsed in front of Freshii and HMV inside the mall with multiple stab wounds.

EMS say the victim is in their 20s and was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital in serious but non-life threatening condition.

One person is in custody.

Brangelina split: Jolie files for divorce from Pitt, lawyer says

Jake Coyle and Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016

Brangelina is no more. Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, bringing an end to one of the world’s most star-studded, tabloid headline-generating romances.

Jolie Pitt cited “irreconcilable difference” in divorce papers filed Monday in Los Angeles. She is seeking physical custody of their six children, with visitation rights for Pitt.

An attorney for Jolie Pitt, Robert Offer, said Tuesday that Jolie Pitt’s decision to divorce was made “for the health of the family.” The filing dated the couple’s separation as last Thursday.

Though together for 12 years, Pitt and Jolie Pitt only wed in August 2014. They married privately in the French hamlet of Correns in Provence with their children serving as ring bearers and throwing flower petals. They announced the ceremony days later.

Their children are: 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

This is the second marriage for Pitt, who previously wed Jennifer Aniston. It’s the third for Jolie Pitt, who was previously married to Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.

Their initial romance sparked a tabloid avalanche unlikely any in recent memory. Pitt and Jolie became close while filming 2005’s ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith,’ prompting widespread speculation – consistently denied by couple – that Jolie prompted Pitt’s divorce from Aniston. Pitt and Aniston announced their separation in January 2005.

But after the media upheaval, Jolie Pitt and Pitt settled into their own unique kind of globe-trotting domesticity.

The pair adopted children from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. And they sought to direct the glare of their celebrity toward other causes. Jolie Pitt, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, became an outspoken voice for refugees and various causes in Africa, as well as for breast cancer treatment after undergoing a double mastectomy.

Jolie Pitt also launched herself as a film director. Last year, the couple starred together in her ‘By the Sea,’ playing a glamorous couple vacationing together in France while their marriage was on the rocks. It made a mere $538,000 at the box office.

In a 2014 interview with The Associated Press, Jolie Pitt said playing a couple with marital problems was cathartic.

“It almost makes you get past those issues because you can laugh at them,” Jolie Pitt said. “You do a film about bad marriage and you witness that behaviour. You study it, you let it out, you attack each other and then you just want to hold each other and make sure you never behave that way.”

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