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Toronto staff remove signs urging white people to mobilize against multiculturalism

THE CANADIAN PRESS, NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Nov 15th, 2016

Toronto city staff are removing posters that urged white people “tired of political correctness” and “questioning when immigration will stop” to join an online movement.

City councillor Janet Davis tweeted Monday that staff were also looking into who is behind the posters, which were spotted in her ward.

She said “this hate is unacceptable in our city.”

Photos of the posters circulated on social media, where many denounced them as racist.

Several people on Twitter urged anyone who came across the signs to tear them down.

Toronto police have launched an investigation, and area residents expressed their dismay with the anti-immigration messages.

“What would I say to my child?” one mom asked. “It’s ignorance.”

“(It makes me feel) like we are closing our doors, like we don’t want to be globalized. And we are closed minded,” another woman added.

Deaf community shocked after video of Burlington arrest goes viral

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, Nov 14th, 2016

The Ontario Association of the Deaf is shocked after video was posted online of an arrest of a deaf man in Burlington.

Donald Prong, executive direction of the Ontario Association of the Deaf, said the man’s basic human rights were taken away.

The incident happened last Tuesday after police received a report of theft of numerous items, including over-the-counter medication and razor blades.

In the video, an officer tells the man to turn around and put his hands behind his back. The man can be seen making a writing motion to the officer, seemingly asking him to write down what he means.

“He’s saying, ‘whatever you’re saying, I don’t understand’,” Prong interpreted.

The officer can then be heard saying “I am not going to write it for you.”

After a short time, another officer arrives and the two of them force the man to the ground and put him in handcuffs.

“They put his face on the ground so they didn’t permit him to see their faces to even try to lip read them and then his hands were behind his back,” Prong explained. “Hands behind your back is equivalent to somebody who can hear with duct tape on their lips not allowing them to speak.”

Halton police posted a statement on Twitter saying they had previously dealt with the man and they were able to “effectively communicate” with him without the use of sign language.

Once the man was in custody he communicated with an officer familiar with American Sign Language to explain the situation prior to the arrival of an ASL certified Interpreter, according to police.

Prong said the video proves there needs to be ongoing training for officers when dealing with someone with a hearing impairment.

“Regardless if the person was arrested for the first time of if this was the fifth or the hundredth arrest. They have rights,” said Prong. “They need to understand the terms of their arrest before they’re placed in the police vehicle.”

Police said the male was charged with theft and was held for a bail hearing.

Since being posted on social media the video has garnered over 230,000 views.

Supermoon lights up the sky

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Monday, Nov 14th, 2016

Olga Bressan in Kleinburg sent in this photo of the supermoon on Nov. 14, 2016.

The brightest moon in almost 69 years will be lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe.

The phenomenon known as the supermoon reached its most luminescent point in North America before dawn on Monday. It will reach its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific on Monday. Across the international dateline in New Zealand, it will reach its brightest after midnight on Tuesday local time.

The moon orbits the Earth in an oval shape. The moon will be at its brightest this week because it is coming closer to the Earth along its elliptical orbit than at any time since January 1948. The supermoon will also bring stronger than usual high tides, followed by plunging low tides the next morning.

Viewers can expect to see a moon about 14 per cent larger in diameter and about 30 per cent brighter than when it’s at its furthest from the earth. It won’t be as big and bright again for another 18 years.

NASA says its closest approach will occur at 6:21 a.m. EST Monday when the moon comes within 356,508 kilometres (221,523 miles) – that’s from the centre of the Earth to the centre of the moon. Full moon will occur at 8:52 a.m. EST.

According to the astronomy website earthsky.org, the term supermoon entered usage five years ago when the closest full moon fell on March 19, 2011. The scientific term is perigee full moon.

In 2034, the moon will come even closer, within 221,485 miles. That, too, will be a supermoon.

Car in two after driver crashes into apartment building

News Staff | posted Monday, Nov 14th, 2016

A driver is in custody and his car is in pieces after a crash on Monday morning.

The single-vehicle crash happened on Marlee Avenue south of Lawrence Avenue around 1:20 a.m.

The driver went through the intersection, broke a temporary watermain pipe, and ended up on the lawn of a small apartment building.

The lawn, and his car, were extensively damaged.

The driver had minor injuries. He is facing impaired-driving charges.


A driver is in custody after a crash on Marlee Avenue on Nov. 14, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

Bullet hits front door of Pape and Danforth home

News Staff | posted Monday, Nov 14th, 2016

Toronto police are investigating after a bullet hit the front door of a home near Pape and Danforth avenues.

A single shot was fired through the door of a home on Egan Avenue around 2:10 a.m. on Monday.

Police told CityNews there were a number of people in the house at the time, but no one was injured.

No arrests have been made.


A single shot was fired through the door of a home on Egan Avenue around 2:10 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

Prominent Toronto pastor to face trial on decades-old sex-crime allegations

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Nov 14th, 2016

A judge in Nova Scotia is set to hear the case of a well-known Toronto pastor facing charges related to decades-old sex-crime allegations.

The trial of Rev. Brent Hawkes, an influential gay rights advocate who officiated at former NDP leader Jack Layton’s state funeral in 2011, is slated to begin Monday in Kentville provincial court.

Hawkes has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault and gross indecency related to allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor in Nova Scotia in the 1970s.

Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service has said the alleged victim was 15 or 16 years old at the time.

The New Brunswick-native has maintained his innocence and says the alleged incidents never occurred.

Hawkes, who has been a senior pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto for more than 35 years, is a vocal proponent of same-sex marriage and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2007.

The pastor’s supporters have set up a not-for-profit organization to help Hawkes and his husband pay his legal fees.

Hundreds gather at Nathan Phillips Square for anti-Trump rally

News Staff | posted Monday, Nov 14th, 2016

About 300 protesters have gathered outside city hall in a rally against U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

According to the group’s Facebook page, the theme of the protest is “Make Racists Afraid Again” and the goal is to show “solidarity with those who will be affected by the most recent change in leadership in the United States.”

“Folks are feeling unsafe, threatened, and unwelcome in a place whose population has just demonstrated how little it cares,” the page states. “Hate crimes have begun, and people are already feeling the effects of this presidency; if this doesn’t sit right with you, you’re not alone. Stand with us, and show those affected that they are loved, cared for, and supported.”


Protesters gathered at Nathan Phillips Square at 4 p.m. on Sunday and then made their way to the U.S. consulate on University Avenue.

This isn’t the only planned anti-Trump rally in the city.

Another is planned for next Saturday. As many as 2,000 people are expected to attend.

3 tips for creating a holiday shopping budget

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 11th, 2016

    • Tip 1:  Figure out what the holidays are for.
      • You need to get to the core question of “what are the holidays for?”
      • Family time, gift-giving, activities, shows.
      • Distinguish between traditions and habits.
      • Traditions: Something we hand down.  Things we do every season that are deeply important to us.
      • Habits: An acquired behaviour that is involuntary.
      • You and your spouse and family: Holidays are not an individual thing.


  • Tip 2:  Renegotiate the terms.
    • Change can be difficult. Especially around something some emotional.
    • Who: Pick one of your family members who you think will be able to think differently, and talk to them first.  (Don’t go to most change averse person first. Build some support).
    • What: Say, “Looking ahead to holidays and how we do it this year.  What could we keep? What could we do differently so we have more of what we want?”
    • When: Now. So people haven’t shopped.  And the emotions are running as high.
    • Why: Align spending with what the holidays are about, so you can lower stress.
    • Pitfall:  Making it personal.  “You don’t want to exchange gifts anymore, therefore you don’t love me”.
    • More likely it’s because I want to simplify my life and use money for other things.


  • Tip 3:  Develop a holiday spending budget.
    • Have a number and stick to it.  It doesn’t even matter what the number is.
    • If you have no money worries.  Don’t do this.  Do some eggnog shooters and go shopping.  But most people aren’t in that situation.
    • List everything.  And I mean everything.
      • Gifts
      • Immediate family
      • Relatives
      • Friends
      • Teachers
      • Host/hostess gifts.
      • Charity
      • Food
      • Liquor
      • Entertainment
      • Clothing
      • New outfit for the holiday party
      • Travel
      • Cabs to parties
      • Babysitters
      • Gas to drive to Sarnia
      • Flights
  • Make some trade-offs.
  • We don’t do big gifts as a couple.
  • Our family does almost no gifts.
  • Figure out how you’re going to pay for it.  Let’s say it is $1,500.  Where is that money going to come from?  Where are you going to cut back to cover that amount?
  • Shop with a list and stick to it.  Virtually impossible, I know.  It is you against the retailer.  Especially now that I have kids.  “Abby would like that”.

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