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One dead, another injured in east-end shooting

news staff | posted Wednesday, Dec 14th, 2016

One man is dead and another person is injured after a shooting in the city’s east end on Wednesday.

Emergency crews were called to Markham Road and Cougar Court, near Eglinton Avenue East, just before 1 a.m.

The man in his 30s, who was found on the ground, was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries where he later died.

A female victim was located nearby with a gunshot wound to her hand. Her age is not yet known.

There are reports of a third victim but so far there’s no information on them or their injuries.

A restaurant in the area had its windows shot out but it’s unknown if the shooting happened there.

There is no word on any suspects or arrests in the case.

Deep River sour cream and onion chips recalled over salmonella concern

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Dec 13th, 2016


A brand of potato chips is being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Krinkle Cut Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Cooked Potato Chips distributed by Deep River Snacks were sold in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario but may have also been sold nationally.

The CFIA says the Deep River, Ont.-based company based its decision on a recall in another country, but did not say which one.

The federal agency says it is conducting a food safety investigation, which it says may lead to a recall of other products.

The CFIA says the recalled chips, sold in 57-gram and 142-gram packages, should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

The chips have best-before dates of Sept. 11, 2016 up to and including Feb. 6, 2017 for the 57-gram packages and from Sept. 11, 2016 to Jan. 6, 2017 for the larger package.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection characterized by the sudden onset of headache, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and sometimes vomiting, which usually begin six to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food or beverages.

Donald Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department



President-elect Donald Trump has tapped ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department, dismissing concerns about the businessman’s close ties to Russia and bringing a long public audition process to a conclusion.

Two people close to Trump’s transition team said Monday night that Trump had selected Tillerson. They insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the pick ahead of that announcement.

Trump was set to announce his nomination Tuesday morning. The selection could set him up for a potential fight with Congress over confirming Tillerson, who has connections with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Leading Republicans have already expressed anxieties about Tillerson, as they contend with intelligence assessments saying Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election to help Trump.

But two meetings with the oil executive impressed Trump, who called Tillerson a “world class player” in an interview on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

In the interview, Trump pointed to Tillerson’s deep relations with Moscow as a selling point. As ExxonMobil’s head, he maintained close ties with Russia and was awarded by President Vladimir Putin with the Order of Friendship in 2013, an honour for a foreign citizen.

For weeks, Trump has teased out the decision process publicly, often exposing rifts in his organization. He also considered former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a one-time vocal Trump critic, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who leads the Foreign Relations Committee. Romney wrote on Facebook Monday that it “was an honour to have been considered” for the job.

The unconventional vetting procedures are in keeping with Trump’s presidential style thus far, unconcerned with tradition or business as usual. In recent weeks, he’s attacked CIA intelligence, spoken to the leader of Taiwan and has continued his late-night Twitter tirades.

Making yet another nontraditional choice, Trump heads out Tuesday for another week of travel, starting with a rally in Wisconsin.

Trump postponed a Thursday announcement about how he will handle his massive business empire, though it appears likely he will not follow other presidents and make a clean break from his personal holdings.

Should certain vehicles be allowed to park in bike lanes?

FAIZA AMIN | posted Tuesday, Dec 13th, 2016


Bike lanes are back in the news, this time due to a debate on whether or not certain vehicles should be allowed to park in the space. This week, City Council will be considering an item on whether vehicles with accessibility permits should be allowed to pick-up and drop off a passenger with a disability while in a bike lane.

The fine for parking in these lanes runs $150 and some drivers say they’d rather pay that fine, than struggle to find parking on streets where cyclists take up part of the space.

“If I can’t find a parking spot, and the only parking is a bike lane, then I would put on my emergency lights and do what I have to do,” Geoffrey Nelson, a Delivery Driver tells CityNews.

Nelson, who once says he was ticketed seven times, isn’t alone.

Miguel Garcia, a Courier got three tickets this year, and says it’s especially difficult to execute a delivery along the Bloor Street Bike lanes.

“I understand it’s good for the cyclists,” he explains. “But for delivery, it’s complex.”

Otherwise these delivery drivers say they try and find an empty alleyway where they can park and unload, but oftentimes, they aren’t that lucky. Neither are taxi drivers, who say with the increase of bike lanes taking up space on the roads, they sometimes struggle with dropping off customers.

“I have to pick up wheelchairs and the people with the disabilities, and it’s really hard on me, and they get mad at me,” Tariq Sheikh, who drives an accessible taxi, said.

Sheikh said he gets ticketed every second week.

His dilemma will be heavily debated at council, but not everyone is on board with this idea. Those who oppose it say this could set a dangerous precedent for drivers who don’t have a permit, to do the same.

Cycle Toronto, an advocacy group for bikers, says a better alternative would be to have these vehicles park adjacent to the lanes.

“Parking right next to the bike lane, and loading and unloading right there, is going to have to be that we’re going to have to go right now,” Jared Kolb, Executive Director said.

The city says enforcement is increased during the winter months, when vehicles parked in the way of snow plows.

“Motor vehicles are basically parking on the bike lane, making it very difficult for us to maintain, and the users to use the bike lane,” said Hector Moreno, Transportation Services Manager with the city.

The city says it is increasing enforcement during the winter months, not only for these vehicles parked in these lanes, but for anyone who may add to the

“Private property owners and commercial buildings are basically pushing snow on to the bike lane,” Moreno said.

During last year’s winter season, the city says it received over 611 complaints, gave 572 warnings and issued 70 fines. For illegally dumping of snow onto the road way or laneway will run you $300.

Like our roads, the city also has priority designated bike lanes, which get cleared off after 5 inches of snowfall.

Road tolls on Gardiner, DVP goes before city council

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Dec 13th, 2016


Road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway could get one step closer to becoming a reality as councillors debate Mayor John Tory’s contentious proposal at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Tory said money raised from the proposed fees would pay for infrastructure projects including his SmartTrack transit plan.

While the cost of the tolls has not been decided, Tory said a $2 fee would bring in more than $200 million every year. All drivers would pay the toll, not just those living outside Torotnto.

On Monday, Tory once again challenged his detractors to find an alternative plan.

“I say to those who have expressed opposition, I respect your right to take the position against road tolls. But leadership also requires you to spell out in detail where the funds would come from to build the transit and fix the traffic,” he said.

Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti took a strong stance against toll on Monday, unfurling a banner and encouraging drivers to honk if they oppose the fees. Mammoliti said tolls would be Tory’s downfall.

“Mayor Tory said he [was] going to try when he got elected to bring the city together. Instead, he is dividing the city; he’s dividing the suburbs with the downtown part of the city with these kinds of initiatives. I think it’s his demise quite frankly,” he said.

Mammoliti did not say how he would raise funds for city services.

The tolls would still need approval from Queen’s Park. Premier Kathleen Wynne has suggested the Liberals would not block any official request from Toronto for road tolls.

So how will your councillor vote on road tolls? Click here for a map and list of every ward, showing which local politicians are supporting the proposed fees and which ones aren’t.

Seattle Sounders defeat Toronto FC on penalty kicks for MLS Cup

NEIL DAVIDSON, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Dec 12th, 2016

Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (6) hoist the MLS Cup with teammates after defeating the Toronto FC during shootout MLS Cup soccer final action in Toronto on Saturday, December 10, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei came back to haunt his former team as the Sounders defeated Toronto 5-4 in a penalty shootout to win the MLS Cup and end a long, chilly Saturday night.

It was 0-0 after regulation, with Frei keeping Seattle in the game with a marvellous save in extra time.

Jozy Altidore, Benoit Cheyrou, Will Johnson and Drew Moor scored in the shootout for Toronto. Frei stopped captain Michael Bradley and Justin Morrow hit the underside of the crossbar with Toronto’s sixth attempt.

Defender Roman Torres then stepped up and beat Clint Irwin to end the drama.

Brad Evans, Andreas Ivanshitz, Joevin Jones and Nicolas Lodeiro also scored in the shootout for Seattle. Clint Irwin stopped Alvaro Fernandez.

It was a bitter pill for Toronto to swallow after a game where the tension was ratcheted up as the night wore on, with Toronto turning the screws. The shots were 19-3 in Toronto’s favour (7-0 in shots on target) after 120 minutes but Seattle defended stoutly.

The Sounders’ zero shots on target and three total shots were both MLS Cup records. And it was the first 0-0 MLS Cup final in regulation time.

Seattle, which was mired near the bottom of the league in mid-July, becomes the 11th team in league history to win the championship.

Nine of the previous 20 finals had also required overtime with three of those going to penalty kicks.

Toronto had chances in extra time. Substitute Tosaint Ricketts shot just wide early in the second half with Frei rooted to the spot.

The former Toronto FC ‘keeper then made a brilliant save in the 108th minute, using his left hand to claw away a looping Altidore header from the top corner. Frei somehow extended himself like Inspector Gadget to preserve the tie.

Torres then had a chance at the back post, but could not sort his feet out.

Toronto had the better chances in the first half but could not break down a well-organized Seattle side. Toronto captain Bradley and Seattle counterpart Osvaldo Alonso both stood out, breaking up plays and sending the ball the other way.

It was a tense second half, with both teams knowing one mistake could cost them the Cup. As the clock wound down on regulation time, Toronto had outshot Seattle 12-3 (3-0 in shots on target). Two of the Sounders shots were off-target and the third was blocked.

It was almost decided in second-half stoppage time but Frei got to a bouncing ball off a Bradley corner just before Altidore did. Frei paid the price, running into the burly forward.

Both teams’ star men had quiet nights. Striker Sebastian Giovinco was treated like a pinata by Seattle defenders. Uruguayan playmaker Lodeiro was kept in check by Toronto.

Giovinco came out in the 103rd minute, replaced by Ricketts. He exited late in the last playoff game too, slowed by cramps.

It was -4 Celsius at kickoff but felt like -9. It didn’t bother Bradley who wore short sleeves and no gloves.

None of the Toronto starters wore tuques in the warmup. Some of the Sounders, in contrast, looked like they had dressed for the ski lodge.

The championship game, just 15 days before Christmas, was the latest ever on the MLS calendar. The previous latest was Dec. 7, in 2015 and 2013. The temperature at the 2103 final in Kansas City hovered around -6 Celsius (22 F) at kickoff, making it the coldest match since 2003 when the league first started recording game-time temperatures.

At the other end of the spectrum, the 2004 Cup final was a warm 27 degrees (81 F) on Nov. 14 in Carson, Calif.

Not this night. You could see the players’ breath and feel for the kilt-wearing flag-bearers during the anthems. Most of the record capacity crowd of 36,045 at BMO Field stood during the match, probably to keep their feet moving.

The travelling Seattle fans likely needed an air traffic controller to find their seats high in the corner of the East Stand.

It was physical from the get-go. Giovinco was floored in the third minute and Moor went down after taking an accidental boot in the groin from Nelson Valdez in the sixth. Toronto’s Armando Cooper then ran over Jordan Morris.

The early chances went to Toronto with an Altidore shot deflected wide in the second minute and then Frei getting down to stop a weak shot from Jonathan Osorio in the 15th. Seattle had its moments but could not convert them into scoring chances.

In the 26th minute, Torres took a Giovinco shot to the face. But the big Panamanian was soon back up.

Altidore came close with a header in the 30th off a Morrow cross. Giovinco had two bites at the apple from free kicks in the first half but could not work his magic.

Seattle, looking to strike on the counter-attack, failed to put a shot on target in the first half. Toronto managed three.

Giovinco shot wide in the 49th minute, missing a fine opportunity. Minutes later he was bulldozed into the turf by Alonso with no foul called.

Toronto built the shot count to 10-0 (3-0 in shots on target) after 60 minutes.

Valdez limped off in the 73rd minute, replaced by Ivanschitz. Morris moved to the tip of the Seattle offence.

Giovinco was taken down in the 76th minute, caught in a Sounders sandwich, but again got no call from referee Alan Kelly – much to the Italian’s disgust.

Torres, who was immense on the night, and veteran centre-back partner Chad Marshall did not yield an inch.

Saturday’s game pitted two championship-hungry franchise with heavyweight fan followings. Seattle, which joined the MLS fold in 2009, led the league in attendance averaging 42,636 per game at CenturyLink Field. Toronto, which came on board in 2007, was third – behind Orlando – at 26,583.

Saturday’s big crowd was made possible by temporary seats left over from the Grey Cup.

Pre-game social media messages of support for the home side came from all quarters, from Drake to the prime minister.

“At #BMOField in my long underwear,” tweeted TV personality Drew Carey, a minority owner in the Sounders.

The teams each made one change in their midfield from Game 2 of their respective conference finals. Osorio returned at the expense of Johnson for Toronto and Erik Friberg came in for Ivanschitz for Seattle.

There were five points separating the sides during the regular season with Toronto (14-9-11) third in the East and Seattle (14-14-6) fourth in the West.

The Sounders’ season turned on July 26 when assistant coach Brian Schmetzer replaced Sigi Schmid, the team’s only head coach. Seattle, ninth in the West with a 6-12-2 record at the time off the coaching change, went 12-3-4 since en route to the final.

Toronto also arrived on a roll, having lost just three times since mid-July (12-3-5). The year had a hard start, with Toronto playing the first eight games of the season away due to stadium renovations.

A crowd of 21,700 took in the only other MLS Cup in Toronto in 2010, when the league used to hold the championship at a neutral venue. Colorado, with current Toronto defender Moor in the lineup, beat Dallas 2-1 in overtime. Temperature at kickoff that night was 6 C (43 F).

Here’s a breakdown of the penalty kicks shootout

Toronto: Jozy Altidore (goal, bottom left corner)
Seattle: Brad Evans (goal, bottom right corner)
Toronto: Michael Bradley (saved by goalkeeper Stefan Frei)
Seattle: Andreas Ivanschitz (goal, bottom right corner)
Toronto: Benoit Cheyrou (goal, right side)
Seattle: Alvaro Fernandez (saved by goalkeeper Clint Irwin)
Toronto: Will Johnson (goal, bottom right corner)
Seattle: Joevin Jones (goal, top right corner)
Toronto: Drew Moor (goal, bottom left corner)
Seattle: Nicolas Lodeiro (goal, top right corner)
Toronto: Justin Morrow (no goal, hit crossbar)
Seattle: Roman Torres (goal, middle of net)

Politicians scramble to address higher pedestrian death rates on city streets

NICOLE THOMPSON, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Dec 12th, 2016


TORONTO – As the number of pedestrian deaths continues to climb in Canada’s most populous city, politicians and police are trying to address the issue.

So far this year, 42 pedestrians have died in Toronto, making 2016 the deadliest on record since 2002, when 50 pedestrians died.

The trend has prompted Mayor John Tory and the city’s police force to consider measures such as lowering speed limits, putting up better road signs and launching an education campaign next year.

Personal injury lawyer Patrick Brown, who frequently represents the families of pedestrians and cyclists killed in collisions, says this problem isn’t new.

“I did a case about 10 to 15 years ago … A young man going home to take his kids out for Halloween. And a truck turned two lanes over, made a right turn in front of him and killed him,” he said.

Since then, he’s seen a pattern of more people being killed and seriously injured.

“And you know these things are preventable, and you ask yourself, ‘Why isn’t more being done by the government or the police or the courts?’”

Kasia Briegmann-Samson has been asking the same question since 2012, when her husband, Tom Samson, was killed in a hit-and-run while riding his bike.

“You constantly want to scream, ‘Don’t you care? Isn’t there something that can be done?’” she said. “And the answer is always ‘Well, no. This is the end of the road. This is as far as we can go. This is as much as we can investigate.’ After a while, you stop being surprised by that. There’s only so much energy you can pour into that.”

The issue of pedestrian death in Toronto has been making headlines in recent weeks and Briegmann-Samson hopes something good will come out of it.

“It’s about time,” she says.

Brown says the issue of pedestrian safety will only become more pressing as the city grows.

“Inside the city core, you’re having a larger portion of the population choosing to walk or ride a bike,” he said. “And they’re scared as hell; they don’t want to die on our roads.”

Along with the concern, there has been public outrage. Brown noted that drivers who kill pedestrians often face negligible punishment.

Erica Stark, a mother of three, was fatally hit by a car in 2014, when she was standing on the sidewalk. The driver was reportedly punished last week — she’ll have to pay a fine of $1,000. She is also facing six months of probation as well as six months of driving restrictions.

In the wake of cases like that, advocates say there are a few things that policy-makers and everyday people can do to prevent cases like Stark’s and Samson’s.

Brown said “vulnerable road user laws” should be put in place, so that drivers face increased penalties when pedestrians and cyclists are struck. Toronto city council requested in 2015 that Ontario’s legislature craft such laws, but that hasn’t happened.

Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says a number of safety measures have been brought in to protect pedestrians and cyclists, but he says more must be done.

He noted that the provincial government recently introduced an act that would, if passed, allow municipalities to bring in measures that include reducing speed limits in community safety and school zones.

“I have directed Ministry staff to work with our road safety partners to find practical solutions and strong action that we can take to prevent these incidents from happening on our roads. I hope to have more to say on this front in the New Year.”

But before policies and legislation are introduced, there are a number of things individuals can do to protect pedestrians, said Const. Clinton Stibbe of the Toronto police.

Drivers should take time to go over rules of the road, he said, especially given that in Toronto, nearly two-thirds of pedestrians are killed by drivers making improper turns.

And motorists should also drive more slowly, because speed is a factor in most fatal crashes, he said.

Stibbe noted that 82 per cent of the pedestrians who have been killed in Toronto so far this year are aged 55 or older.

As the population continues to age, more changes will need to be made, he said. People will need to be more aware of older pedestrians who take longer to cross roads, and improvements like longer traffic signals must be put in place to accommodate seniors.

Gas leak forces North York residents outside on cold night

News staff | posted Monday, Dec 12th, 2016


A gas leak forced residents of a North York highrise outside on a very cold night.

The gas leak began on Empress Avenue, near Yonge Street and Doris Avenue, around 1:20 a.m. on Monday, as temperatures hovered around freezing.

TTC buses were brought in to be used a temporary shelter, but not everyone took advantage of them. Some residents used their time outside to build snowmen.

Everyone was allowed back inside around 2:45 a.m.

It’s still not known what caused the leak.


A gas leak forced residents from their Empress Avenue apartment building on Dec. 12, 2016, as temperatures hovered around freezing. CITYNEWS


A gas leak forced residents from their Empress Avenue apartment building on Dec. 12, 2016, as temperatures hovered around freezing. Image credit: Viewer Pearl Ng


A gas leak forced residents from their Empress Avenue apartment building on Dec. 12, 2016, as temperatures hovered around freezing. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy

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