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Police investigating after officer caught on camera appearing to be asleep

CityNews | posted Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

Toronto police have launched an investigation after a police officer was caught on video appearing to be asleep in his cruiser while on the job.

The viewer video appears to show a paid duty officer sleeping behind the wheel with the cruiser lights flashing.

The video was shot around 10 p.m. Wednesday night near the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton. It’s not clear what the officer was doing at the time the footage was taken or what happened before the camera started rolling.

Several construction signs can be seen near the intersection.

“I think he was putting everyone there at risk by sleeping and not doing his duty,” said the person who shot the video but asked not to use his name.

“He was beside us sleeping. We made the left and I yelled out to the other cop ‘your buddy is sleeping wake him up’, and we just drove off.”

Toronto police say the video is now the subject of a “professional standards investigation” which is an internal probe that looks at the conduct of police officers.

Asked if the officer may have suffered a medical episode, police told CityNews that would also be part of the investigation.

Blue Jays are feeling loose under post-season spotlight in Cleveland

Nail Davidson, The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

A loose bunch of Blue Jays wasted little time making some changes to their Progressive Field home away from home for the American League Championship Series with Cleveland.

With the clubhouse closed to the media during the post-season, it was up to centre-fielder Kevin Pillar to partially spill the beans.

“All of our name plates have been changed from our normal names,” Pillar said as the Toronto players met reporters in a stadium restaurant ahead of Game 1 Friday with [Cleveland]. “I wasn’t in there during it but someone’s given everyone nicknames already. Not the nicest of nicknames but that’s just how we are – we keep it loose, we keep it fun.

“No one is safe, whether you’re the MVP, a multiple-time all-star or the rookie sitting across. Everyone’s got free rein to say what they want and do what they want and that’s what makes the environment so fun.”

Could he reveal his nickname, Pillar was asked.

“No, no. I won’t,” he said quickly.

How about any nickname?

“No, not sharing them,” Pillar said, vigorously shaking his head.

Staying loose is nothing new for the Blue Jays, who are trying to make the most of the post-season moment after falling one game short of the World Series last season on a dramatic night in Kansas City.

“Enjoy (it),” veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said Thursday. “That’s what I try to tell all these young guys on the team. It’s not easy to get here. For it to be our second year in a row speaks volumes about the guys on this team.”

Having recovered from a 3-9 start to September, they fought their way into the playoffs, survived the wild-card hurdle and swept Texas in the AL Division Series. The Jays are feeling pretty good about themselves.

“I’d say we’re looser,” Tulowitzki said. “Just because we know the group that we have and we’re at our best when we’re loose. Our backs have been up against the wall really for a good portion of the season if you look at it. We didn’t win our division. We never went on a huge huge run the whole season. We grinded the whole way through.”

“We feel like we’re just playing with house money a little bit,” he added. “And it’s really the way to go for us. We have fun with it. We play better like that. And we’re trying to stay the same.”

Manager John Gibbons says his players have succeeded in doing just that.

“They haven’t changed along the way one bit. Good times, bad times. I think that’s good for a team,” he said, leaning back in his chair in a spartan visiting manager’s office that could double as a home to a prison administrator.

“I haven’t noticed one difference, to be honest with you.”

Catcher Russell Martin does see a calmness and maturity growing out of the team’s experience in last year’s post-season. But he also sees a group having fun playing baseball.

“We like to make it seem bigger than what it is,” he said. “Really we’re playing the game we’ve been playing for I don’t know how long, most guys have been playing it since they were kids.”

Slugger Jose Bautista also detects excitement.

“I think everybody’s just eager to get going,” he said. “We showed up today after two days off, everybody’s giddy and excited to go out to batting practice, which is not necessarily the attitude in September when it comes to practice. I think our heads are in a good place.”

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Cleveland presents a considerable challenge. The team (94-67) won the AL Central before sweeping the Boston Red Sox. Toronto (89-73) finished as the top wild card, defeating Baltimore in a one-off before dispatching Texas in three straight.

Cleveland can manufacture runs with their bats and speed, ranking fourth in the majors with 134 stolen bases (Toronto was 25th with 54). Andrew Miller and Cody Allen lead a more than capable bullpen.

Manager Terry Francona helps keep things ticking. “Seems like he does press those right buttons a lot,” said Tulowitzki.

The Jays swung for the fences, ranking fourth in the majors with 221 home runs (Cleveland was 18th with 185). Toronto’s starting rotation, meanwhile, led the AL in ERA (3.64) and opponents’ average (.236) among other categories.

In fact, the Jays were the only AL team whose starters’ ERA was under 4.00. (Cleveland was next at 4.08 despite September injuries to Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco).

The Jays confirmed a starting rotation of Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez.

“We feel good about any of them,” Gibbons said of his starters.

Estrada (9-0, 3.48 ERA) faces right-hander Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.41 ERA) to open the series.

Gibbons says second baseman Devon Travis, who has been nursing a sore knee, is feeling fine.

But Toronto has a decision to make on pitcher Francisco Liriano, who is eligible to return for Game 2 Saturday under Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol. The Jays cannot replace Liriano before then if they want to use him in the series, which means going with 24 Friday.

They planned further tests on Liriano before announcing their roster Friday morning.

“If all is well, he should be good to go,” said Gibbons.

Cleveland won four of the seven meetings between the two this season.

“They were incredible, incredible games,” said Jays president Mark Shapiro, who spent 24 seasons with [Cleveland] prior to joining Toronto. “Our series against them were tough, hard-fought, close battles. And so I guess if I have to guess, it’s going to be a tough series. Two very different but evenly matched teams.”

Both Cleveland and Toronto have won their last six games.

With files from Gregory Strong

Woman threw bucket of vomit at Guelph paramedics, police allege

The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

Police say paramedics in Guelph were allegedly assaulted by a woman armed with a bucket of vomit.

They allege a 22-year-old woman become upset with the paramedic crew and threw a bucket of vomit at them on Tuesday.

Investigators say it missed the crew but soaked some medical equipment, damaging it.

A Guelph woman was arrested at the scene and is charged with mischief over $5,000 and assault with a weapon.

Patricia Pegalo is to appear in court on Nov. 25.

Samsung Note 7 recall to cost at least $5.3 billion

Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | posted Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics said Friday that discontinuing the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which is prone to overheat and catch fire, will cost it about $3 billion in the current and coming quarters, raising total costs from the recalls to at least $5.3 billion.

The Note 7 discontinuation will cost in the mid-2 trillion won range during the October-December period and another 1 trillion won ($884 million) during the January-March quarter, the company said in a statement.

Samsung already slashed its third-quarter profit forecast by $2.6 billion earlier this week, an amount that could wipe out its entire mobile business profit. That did not include the cost of Samsung’s first recall, which analysts estimated at 1 trillion won to 2 trillion won.

Samsung has enough cash and other businesses to absorb the shock from the phone recall. It said it expected to generate 5.2 trillion won ($4.6 billion) in operating income during the third quarter after the recall cost. Analysts said most of the income will be generated by sales of advanced displays and semiconductors.

Samsung added that it will make significant changes in its quality assurance processes to improve product safety. It did not elaborate.

The company said it will expand sales of two other smartphones released in spring, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, quashing rumours that it may try to release updated versions of those devices. Samsung usually releases a new iteration of the Galaxy S series in spring, so the company may have to provide a strong incentive to sell the 6-month-old phones, such as lowering their prices.

More than 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were recalled due to the unexplained overheating problems before Samsung gave up the product earlier this week, just two months after its launch in August.

In the United States, 1.9 million Note 7 phones are subject to the two recalls. Samsung also recalled about 200,000 phones in China and about half a million phones in South Korea.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were 96 reports of batteries in Note 7 phones overheating in the country, including 23 new reports since the first recall announcement last month. The company received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with the phones.

“Consumers should immediately stop using and power down all Galaxy Note 7 devices, including Note 7 devices received as replacements in the previous recall,” the agency said.

The botched recall raised questions about Samsung’s initial analysis of the Note 7 phone’s problems. At first, Samsung said a minor manufacturing error in the batteries for the Note 7 was causing the phones to overheat.

The problem with the replacements is still unclear. Experts say Samsung may have rushed to conclude the Note 7’s problem was a battery issue and it may take a long time to find the real cause.

Seeking to retain customers, Samsung is giving an incentive of a $100 credit to Note 7 owners who switch to another Samsung phone.

The Note 7 device was one of the most expensive smartphones in the market with all the latest technologies from Samsung, including the ability to unlock the phone by scanning a user’s iris. It was sold for between $850 and $890.


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Gord Downie releases new music video on YouTube

CityNews | posted Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016

A screen capture from Gord Downie’s music video for “The Stranger.” Image via YouTube/Gord Downie.
Gord Downie has released first track from his upcoming project, “Secret Path.”

The full video of the song, “The Stranger,” is available below and at this link.

Downie’s new project tells the story of a 12-year-old First Nations boy in Ontario named Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ont.

In a statement released last month, Downie said he learned the story of Chanie, who was misnamed Charlie by his teachers, from a 1967 Maclean’s magazine article.

The “Secret Path” album and book will be released on Oct. 18 and the film will air on CBC on Oct. 23.

The CBC also released a preview of Downie’s interview with Peter Mansbridge, where The Tragically Hip frontman describes what it’s like living with cancer.

Downie has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal form of brain cancer.

Canadian customers can now return Galaxy Note 7 smartphones: Samsung

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016

Samsung says Canadians with Galaxy Note 7 smartphones can start returning the devices Thursday as part of a global safety recall following reports of overheating batteries that pose a fire hazard.

Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. of Mississauga, Ont., has advised consumers to return the phones to the stores where they were bought.

Devices returned to retailers and carriers can be exchanged for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge phone, or customers can opt for a full refund for the recalled Note 7s and specific accessories.

Samsung.com customers are being offered a refund upon receipt of the Galaxy Note 7s.

Samsung Canada says it will contact customers who bought their smartphones through Samsung.com about the return process.

The South Korean electronics giant said Tuesday it would stop making and selling the Note 7s and advised owners to turn off and stop using the smartphones.

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Tractor-trailer fire partially closes Hwy. 401 at Whites Road

CityNews | posted Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016

A tractor-trailer fire partially closed Highway 401 in Pickering on Thursday morning.

The fire happened in the westbound express lanes approaching Whites Road around 4:15 a.m.

The westbound and eastbound express lanes at Rouge River are closed.

The truck driver wasn’t injured.

It appears the driver veered out of the lane and struck the concrete median, but it’s not yet known if that caused the fire.

Auston Matthews writes history in unforgettable debut

Chris Johnston | posted Thursday, Oct 13th, 2016

OTTAWA – This will go down as a “remember where you were” kind of night.

And when was the last time we could say that about anything involving theToronto Maple Leafs? At least with something positive.

Auston Matthews didn’t just make history with a four-goal performance in his NHL debut on Wednesday, he lifted the spirits of an entire organization and its massive beleaguered fanbase. Afterwards, Mike Babcock labelled it his finest moment behind the Leafs bench “by 10 miles,” – “not even close,” he added – and this was after a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators.

“We’re all part of history tonight because we’re here,” said Babcock. “A special player.”

Babcock: Best night I’ve had here by ten miles, not even close

“Has it ever happened?” linemate William Nylander asked reporters before walking to the bus.

Uh, no.

Matthews is the first player in NHL history to score four goals in his debut. Just five players in the modern era had previously managed a hat trick in theirs.

They came every which way – on a 2-on-1 with Nylander, from the side of the goal on nice passes from Morgan Rielly and Zach Hyman, and on a ridiculous individual play where he beat four Ottawa players, including two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Babcock.

“It’s pretty crazy,” added teammate Jake Gardiner. “I think everyone was kind of in shock.”

Watch all 4 of Auston Matthews’ goals in NHL debut

It would make big headlines if it happened at any point of any season during Matthews’ career. But for lightning to strike in his first ever game – with parents Brian and Ema choking back tears in the Canadian Tire Centre stands – ensures it will be talked about in Toronto long after he’s done playing.

And it says an awful lot about Matthews that his first comment to reporters after the game was that he let Kyle Turris break free in overtime on the winning goal.

“That last play was 100 per cent my fault,” said Matthews. “Obviously we came here to win and we didn’t get that done. So obviously just a good learning point for myself and the team. We’ll be ready come Saturday.”

You can bet even the notoriously docile crowd at Air Canada Centre will be as well.

It has been a long time since there was reason for this much hope around the Maple Leafs. And in Saturday’s home opener against Boston, the organization will kick off a centennial celebration designed to celebrate the future as much as the past.

Frankly, this is why you tank in today’s NHL.

Rebuilding on the fly is nearly impossible in a league that has been taken over by the kids. You need high draft picks to succeed, and in Matthews and Nylander and Rielly and Mitch Marner, that is what Toronto has stockpiled while spinning its wheels these last few years.

In the words of Babcock: “Now we have an opportunity.”

Thanks to Matthews, they’ve also sent a message that last year’s unwatchable 30th-place finish is already a thing of the past. Much like the Connor McDavid show in Edmonton, this is going to be must-watch viewing.

What’s stood out most about Matthews, since becoming the first No. 1 overall pick selected by the Leafs in more than three decades, is how even-keeled he’s remained after being dropped into the fishbowl.

He’s less than a month beyond his 19th birthday and yet nothing seems to faze him.

“He’s a man,” said Babcock. “He’s 19 years old, but he acts like he’s 27.”

It was even apparent as he was busy rewriting the NHL record book. His first three goals came on his first three shots. Then he hardly even celebrated after beating Craig Anderson for a fourth time with three seconds left in the second period.

During the intermission, teammates joked that he might want to save a few goals for the games ahead.

“You’re kind of just speechless, honestly,” said Matthews. “As the periods kept going by, you kind of just think to yourself you can’t really believe this is going on. It’s that surreal.”

Truthfully, you wouldn’t even write this kind of story into a movie script for fear that it wouldn’t ring true. Thousands of men have made their NHL debut since 1943-44, and none had ever managed a night quite like this one.

Earlier in the day, Matthews said that he planned to treat it like any other for fear of psyching himself out. It’s a gift that all elite athletes seem to have – the ability to stay in the moment and push away any fear or anxiety – and we’re starting to learn that a teenager raised in Scottsdale, Ariz., possesses that trait.

Obviously, there needs to be a fair bit of good fortune at play to score four times in your first two NHL periods but the second goal Matthews produced was proof that this was no fluke. Karlsson, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman andMarc Methot – veterans, one and all – each had a chance to keep that play from developing and the rookie plowed on.

“When you see that second goal he scored, not many guys do that,” said Babcock. “We’re fortunate that we have him.”

There was a giddiness about the Leafs despite failing to secure the extra point in overtime. With the infusion of skill, they believe things will be different this season.

Nylander even joked that he told Matthews to go out and get a fifth goal.

Right now, all these players see is possibility.

Before getting changed into his maroon suit and having a quick chat with his proud parents, Matthews posed for photos in the visiting dressing room holding the four pucks he scored with. You can be sure that shot will be hanging somewhere in the ACC before too long.

“I’ll be remembered for one thing, I guess, for a long, long time in Toronto,” said Anderson.

So will Matthews.

If you watched this game you’re likely never to forget it.

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