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Minivan driver in hospital after pinned in Mississauga crash

CityNews | posted Friday, Sep 16th, 2016

The driver of a minivan was pinned underneath a tractor-trailer after a crash on Derry Road in Mississauga on Sept. 16, 2016. 680 NEWS/Carl Hanstke

A 23-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital after his minivan collided with a tractor-trailer in Mississauga, leaving him trapped in the wreckage.

The crash happened on Derry Road, west of Mississauga Road, around 6 a.m. on Friday.

It appears the tractor-trailer was making a left turn when the minivan drove straight into its side at full speed.

The van hit the tractor-trailer with so much force that the front of the vehicle went under the side of the truck, trapping the driver inside.

Some witnesses said the driver was pinned up to his chest.

The driver was later freed and rushed to a trauma centre with serious upper body injuries.

Emergency crews at the scene after a two-vehicle crash on Derry Road in Mississauga on Sept. 16, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy
Emergency crews at the scene after a two-vehicle crash on Derry Road in Mississauga on Sept. 16, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy












Police are investigating whether distracted driving or impaired driving played a role in the crash.

Derry is closed from Mississauga Road to Syntex Drive.

With files from Carl Hanstke

New legislation in October to target drivers impaired by drugs

CARL HANSTKE AND NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Sep 16th, 2016

The rules are changing for drivers who get behind the wheel while impaired by drugs.

New legislation is coming into effect on Oct. 2 that introduces harsher penalties for drivers impaired by drugs, 680 NEWS has learned.

Under the new legislation, drivers caught high behind the wheel will have their driver’s licence suspended just like those caught driving drunk.

Currently, drivers impaired by drugs face criminal charges but do not face automatic licence suspensions like drunk drivers do. However, that will take place this fall when upgraded laws take effect.

“If you fail the test and you’re impaired by drug, you will receive an immediate 90-day suspension and a seven-day vehicle impoundment,” Const. Clint Stibbe told 680 NEWS on Friday.

Just like the rules for alcohol, Stibbe said “everybody needs to realize now the rules are the same for both.”

In May, police said more people were getting behind the wheel while high compared to last year. Police believe some drivers may be switching from alcohol to drugs because the latter is harder to spot.

“You will still face criminal charges, but your licence won’t be suspended as a result of impairment by drug. […] “You’re under the same requirements to produce samples as under an alcohol impairment. So in the end, you’ll still get caught, you’ll still be charged and you’ll still go to court,” Stibbe said in May.

“But by the fall of this year, those suspensions and sanctions will be in place, similar or actually identical to what the alcohol impairment is.”

Eager Apple fans in Toronto await the iPhone 7

CityNews | posted Friday, Sep 16th, 2016

It’s a big day for Apple enthusiasts.

The company’s latest device, the iPhone 7, is hitting stores Friday, and eager customers are already lining up outside the Eaton Centre in Toronto.

Some people started lining up on Thursday. The Apple store opens at 8 a.m.

The iPhone 7 features wireless headphones, which means there’s no headphone jack. Smartphones users seem divided over whether or not that update is a good idea.

The phone also has an updated camera and it comes in a few colours including the new jet black. The iPhone 7 sells for about $900.

Man killed in fiery Hwy. 400 crash

CityNews | posted Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016

A man has died after a fiery two-vehicle crash near Barrie early Thursday morning.

Ontario provincial police told 680 NEWS an SUV slammed into a tractor-trailer on the southbound lanes of Highway 400 near Innisfil Beach Road around 1:30 a.m.

The SUV burst into flames and the driver was killed. His identity is not yet known.

The truck came to a stop around half a kilometre down the road.

The southbound lanes of the of the 400 were closed but reopened just after 5 a.m.

HOT lanes open on QEW between Oakville and Burlington

CityNews | posted Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016

The QEW between Oakville and Burlington is now home to Canada’s first high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes.

The lanes opened on Thursday.

What had been high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes between Trafalgar Road in Oakville and Guelph Line in Burlington are now HOT lanes, which require a permit.

Queen’s Park stressed that vehicles with two or more people in them can still travel in the HOT lanes for free, and no existing lanes were removed to make way for the HOT lanes.

There are a limited number of HOT permits. The Ontario government said 3,400 people applied for 500 spots.

The permit lasts for three months and costs $180.

The term will be valid from Sept. 15 to Dec. 31, allowing drivers to have an extra two weeks to use the HOT lanes only for the first term.

Permit applications and renewals for the next term, Jan. 1 to March 31, 2017, open on Nov. 1, 2016, and can be submitted at Ontario.ca/HOTLanes.

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YYZ: Rush to get keys to the city

CityNews | posted Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016

Rush will be getting the keys to the city.

Mayor John Tory tweeted the announcement on Wednesday night, joking that the band would receive #KeyToYYZ.

‘YYZ’ is one of Rush’s most famous songs and is a staple of their live shows. It’s also the airport code for Toronto.

Band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are from Toronto, while Neil Peart is from St. Catharines.

The band has already received the Order of Canada and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rush will receive the keys from Tory in a ceremony on Saturday. The announcement will coincide with the opening of a Rush-themed park in Willowdale. Called Lee-Lifeson Park, the space will feature music-themed art installations.

Canadian survey finds fewer teens smoke tobacco, but pot use is popular

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016

A new federal survey suggests the percentage of students who smoke tobacco fell to about three per cent in 2014-15 from four per cent a year earlier.

The Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey found declines in both the numbers of students who had ever tried smoking and current smokers.

Alcohol and marijuana were more popular than tobacco.

The study surveyed 42,094 students in Grades 6 to 12 (or Grade 6 to secondary V in Quebec). Students in Grades 7 to 12 were also asked about alcohol and drug use.

It said in 2014-15, 18 per cent of students in Grades 6 to 12 had tried smoking, if only just a puff, down from 24 per cent in 2012-13.

It found that 3.4 per cent of students were current cigarette smokers, with 1.6 per cent smoking daily and 1.9 per cent smoking occasionally.

The Canadian Cancer Society said it is encouraged by the findings, but added the numbers are still too high.

“Youth smoking is still an enormous health concern and far more must be done to stop teens from smoking,” the society said in a news release.

“It is good news that fewer teens are smoking but far too many of them are still being seduced by the tobacco industry’s tactics,” said Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst with the society.

Alcohol is the substance with the highest prevalence of use by students. After falling in recent years, use of alcohol in the previous 12 months by students in Grades 7 to 12 remained unchanged in 2014-15 at 40 per cent. Just under one-quarter of students reported drinking five or more drinks on one occasion in the past 12 months, which was down from 39 per cent in 2008-09.

The survey suggested 17 per cent of students in Grades 7 to 12 used cannabis.

This comes as the Liberal government prepares to legalize marijuana with the aim of regulating its use, keeping it away from children and cutting out the criminal element of the business.

A majority of students recognized that regular use of tobacco or cannabis posed a great risk.

The survey also found that three per cent of students reported using prescription painkillers to get high, including one per cent reporting the use of oxycodone and 0.4 per cent using fentanyl.

Health Minister Jane Philpott said she was encouraged by the reported declines, but said there is a need for more prevention efforts.

Review: Apple Watch Series 2 hopes to fill in gaps

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Sep 14th, 2016

Apple Watch certainly made headlines when it launched in the spring of 2015. It was the first new product line from Apple in some time, and many were excited to see what the company would do to make a splash in an already crowded smartwatch market.

While Apple Watch did see its share of demand, it was not the smartwatch some had anticipated. Sure, it did a fantastic job of sending you notifications, monitoring your heart rate and exercise, and opened up a whole new world of apps, but it was missing some key features. Apple’s latest version is hoping fill in that gap.

Screen brightness comparison between the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Series 2, CITYNEWS/Mike Yawney
Screen brightness comparison between the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Series 2, CITYNEWS/Mike Yawney

Design and Performance

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That pretty much seems to be the logic behind Apple’s decision to not update the physical design of Apple Watch Series 2. Of course, we are seeing some new bands and new materials including a watch body made from ceramic, which happens to be four times stronger than aluminum, but overall the new series shares the same design as the first.

The first thing you will notice when you start using the updated watch is just how fast it is. Apple has put in a brand new dual-core processor which is up to twice as fast as the original Apple Watch. There’s also an upgraded GPU which processes graphics twice as fast. It shows!

The original watch seems sluggish compared to the newer version. It would often take a long time to load apps. With the new watch there’s no more spinning circle as you wait for apps to load! The enhanced processor keeps your favourite apps loaded in the background, constantly refreshing so they are always up to date and ready to use. Clicking on Messages or Mail, will immediately bring up your inbox or previous texts, allowing you to read and respond without load times. It’s a significant improvement.

Another noticeable difference is the screen. While it hasn’t been upgraded with a higher resolution display or support a wide colour gamut like the latest iPhones, the improvement has to do with brightness. It’s now twice as bright as the original. In fact, it is the brightest display Apple has ever shipped on any Apple product.

The biggest benefit here is outdoor use. Notifications and messages are now easier to respond to, and apps are easier to use, even in direct had sunlight – something the original struggled with.

The Apple Watch Series 2 is water-resistant
The Apple Watch Series 2 is water resistant

Water Resistant

Sun is one thing, rain is another, which leads us to another feature that was missing from the original Apple Watch. It’s now water resistant! Not only is it okay to get your Apple Watch wet, Apple encourages you too.

Apple has completely sealed its latest watch, giving it a water-resistant rating of 50 meters. I was shocked when I first heard that number. 50 meters is an incredible depth. Does this mean you can go scuba diving with your new Apple Watch? Not really.

Apple website states the watch should only be used for shallow water activities, It specifically points out the watch should never be used for anything like scuba diving or water skiing which involves high-velocity water.

So what does Apple mean with its 50 meter rating? Essentially what it is looking at is the amount of water pressure it can withstand while swimming. Swimmers move their arms quickly through the water, which exerts extra pressure on the watch. The watch is made for those kinds of conditions, but nothing as extreme as deep water exploration.

Since the Series 2 can be used underwater, Apple has added a couple of new activities in the workout app. There is now a pool swim and open-water swim option. Pool swim monitors how many laps you do, as long as you tell it the length of the pool you;re swimming in. Meanwhile open water swim relies on GPS to measure the distance you have covered.

Water and electronics don’t mix, so it should come as no surprise usage of the Apple Watch Series 2 is somewhat limited underwater. The touchscreen locks automatically. While the digital crown still activates the screen, its touch capabilities are rendered useless. The only way to stop a swim workout is to click the digital crown and apps button together.

While the Apple Watch does measure heart rate and location in the water, Apple makes it very clear the accuracy of both can be affected while submerged. Just how well it performs depends on the stroke you are doing. And yes, the watch is smart enough to detect your stroke based on your arm movements. The information automatically gets stored alongside your workout stats.

Apple Watch does have a neat feature to help dispel water that gets into its speaker. Once you have competed a swim, the watch emits a series of beeps. These beeps cause vibrations through the speaker which expels any water which may be trapped inside. How cool is that!

The Apple Watch Series 2 brings new features to work out apps, CITYNEWS/Mike Yawney
The Apple Watch Series 2 brings new features to workout apps, CITYNEWS/Mike Yawney


For those who prefer to burn their calories on dry land, the latest version of Apple Watch has something for you as well – built-in GPS. Now for the first time your watch will track you where you go without the aid of your iPhone. Freedom!

As a runner, and an avid user of the original Apple Watch, this was the feature I had been waiting for! The ability to run with no iPhone in hand, and still track distance, pace and route was the one thing I had been missing!

I was surprised to see just how seamless the GPS tracking worked. I never had to wait for it to find satellites, or sync itself, unlike the Nike + app on my iPhone. The moment I stepped outside to run, the watch was ready to go.

You can use GPS through Apple’s built-in workout apps, or through various third party apps including the incredibly popular Nike + Run Club app, which has been optimized for Apple Watch. In fact, Nike and Apple have teamed up for a special Nike edition of the Apple Watch Series 2 which will be available in October. The only real advantage the Nike model has over the Series 2 is the unique breathable bands, and a few exclusive Nike watch faces. Everything else is the same. Apple tells me you will not be able to buy the Nike bands separately.

While GPS is an exciting feature for me, I was disappointed to discover its use is somewhat limited. It’s primarily for exercise. I was hoping I would be able to open Maps and find a nearby coffee shop or get directions to a nearby restaurant. Turns out while Apple Watch Series 2 does track your location, it I can’t display it graphically unless it has a data connection. It must be connected to your iPhone or WiFI to populate maps or search for nearby places. The only exception is apps which store map data, which can bring them up without having to download new data.

Apple Watch Series 2 Photo 4 App
Working out with the Apple Watch Series 2, CITYNEWS/Mike Yawney


One of the fundamental ideas behind Apple Watch is to get people moving. The original watch would gently remind you to stand up every hour. This time around the focus isn’t on standing but breathing.

Throughout the day you will get notifications to relax, and take a few deep breathes. Your watch will send subtle vibrations through your wrist, helping you time out your breath so it is long and slow, reducing your heart rate. It’s like a mini-meditation session.

An app that encourages you to breathe may sound ridiculous, but don’t knock it until you try it. These minute long sessions always seemed to come at just the right time — when I was stressed, or mentally exhausted. It may get old after a few weeks but Breathe reminds you just how stressful our days become. It’s a welcome addition.

Breathe isn’t exclusive to Apple Watch Series 2. Those with the original Apple Watch will also get access to it once Apple releases WatchOS 3 in a few days.

Apple Watch Series 2 Photo 2

While Apple’s updated smartwatch impresses with both performance and features, it is interesting to note Apple didn’t touch the battery. While typical use will certainly get you through the day, it would be nice to have a watch that would still function the next day if you forgot to charge it. Sadly this not the case with Apple Watch Series 2. If you don’t charge it, you won’t be using it. That being said, I didn’t notice any decrease battery life, and when you consider features like a brighter screen and GPS, it’s actually quite impressive.

It’s clear Apple has taken feedback from the original watch to help shape Series 2. It’s much faster, much more durable, and lets you do more — even if you still need your iPhone within range to get the most out of it. You might not be able to make calls without your iPhone, but Apple Watch Series 2 takes a big step toward being completely independent. It’s ever so close to the perfect smartwatch.

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