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Pregnant woman seriously injured in head-on crash

CityNews | posted Friday, May 5th, 2017

A pregnant woman in her 20s was among four people taken to hospital following a serious crash in Scarborough.

Police were called to the area of Midland Avenue and Treewood Street just after 9 p.m. following reports of a head-on collision.

Police tell 680 News they were called to the area of Midland Avenue and Treewood Street just after 9 p.m. after a car hit another car head-on after crossing the centre line.

A man, a pregnant woman and an infant who were in the car that was struck have all been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, although the pregnant woman’s injuries are considered serious.

A man in the other car suffered minor injuries.

No word yet if any charges will be laid.

Mistaken identity blamed as CAS takes 6-year-old out of school

CityNews | posted Friday, May 5th, 2017

A Scarborough mother says her family was put through a terrifying afternoon after her six-year-old son was mistakenly pulled out of school and taken by the Children’s Aid Society for almost three hours Tuesday.

The woman, who CityNews has decided not to identify in order to protect the identity of the other child, said she was first alerted that something was wrong when she got an automated call from Walter Perry Public School informing her that her son was not in class.

“I called and I asked, ‘How is my son absent when I dropped him from school this morning?’” the mother said Wednesday.

The woman says she was then told by a staff member the boy’s grandmother had picked him up from school around noon. A quick check with the boy’s grandmother proved that was not the case.

“I nearly fainted four times,” she said. “That’s when I started to make my walk down to the school.”

An hour later, the woman said staff explained that her son was accidentally taken out of school due to a case of mistaken identity. A driver for Children’s Aid allegedly came to the school and asked to pick up a child using his first-name only. Two children go to Walter Perry Public School with that name. Someone in the school assumed it the woman’s son and pulled him from class. The boy was reportedly told by staff that his grandmother had come to take him home.

“He went and once he seen that (it wasn’t her), he stated, ‘That’s not my grandmother.’ He said that’s when the driver took him by the arms and brought him to the car and roughly placed him inside the vehicle,” she said.

The mother says it wasn’t until the boy arrived at the Children’s Aid Society offices and another mother commented they have the wrong boy that he was returned to the school.

“He arrived maybe 15 minutes to 3 p.m., and he was like, ‘Mom, a stranger took me,’” she said. “And I cried.”

The Children’s Aid Society did not return CityNews’ request for comment on their pickup protocol.

The Toronto District School Board says an investigation is underway and a staff member has been sent home until the investigation is complete.

“It would appear to be a horrible case of mistaken identity,” TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird said. “This should never have happened.”

The boy’s mother says in total, she went through about an hour of not knowing her son’s location and who had taken him.

“It felt like I failed my son because no matter what, I feel like it’s my responsibility to keep him safe,” she said.

A superintendent has since called the boy’s mother to apologize and offer services to help the boy feel secure in school.

Buses to replace Queen streetcars starting Sunday for summer roadwork

CityNews | posted Friday, May 5th, 2017

There will be no streetcars running on Queen Street this summer due to construction — but the TTC will be running more of its popular replacement buses instead.

From May 7 to Sept. 3, buses will run along the entire 501 Queen route to avoid diverting for work at Coxwell Avenue, between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue, and the installation of a new pedestrian bridge at the Eaton Centre.

Buses have already been running west of Roncesvalles Avenue due to major road and track work.

The TTC said it would bring in 65 buses for the morning and evening rush hour.

About 43,000 people use the line every day.

What you need to know if you take the 501

TTC spokesman Stuart Green said the 501 Queen schedule will change when bus service kicks in on the entire line. Riders, especially those who travel during off-peak hours and overnight, should check their schedule beforehand.

The existing stops will remain in place and will only be relocated if there is TTC construction or road work.

Buses will be pulled off existing streetcar routes where buses are being used. Those routes will use streetcars instead.

  • 511 Bathurst will resume operation with streetcars for the summer
  • 503 Kingston Rd will also be operated with streetcars for the first half of the summer
  • 504 King supplemental buses will be replaced by streetcars


In case of a subway shutdown. buses are generally pulled from less busy routes, but they may also be pulled from 501 if needed.

Related stories:

No streetcar service on Queen Street this summer: TTC

Queen West streetcar riders loving replacement buses

Prince Philip will stop carrying out public engagements as of this fall

GREGORY KATZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, will stop carrying out public engagements this fall, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.

The palace said in a statement that Philip, who is 95, has the full support of the Queen in his decision. He will continue heading numerous charitable organizations but will not play an active role attending engagements.

In the past Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has suffered heart problems but has maintained a vigorous public schedule. The palace did not offer any new details about his health.

Earlier in the day, a report by Britain’s Daily Mail of an unusual meeting of royal household staff sparked a worldwide wave of speculation about the health of the queen and Philip, including incorrect reports that the flag atop Buckingham Palace had been lowered to half mast.

The two appeared to be in good health Wednesday. The Queen met with Prime Minister Theresa May at the palace and Philip made an appearance at a London cricket club.

Cavaliers rout Raptors to take 2-0 series lead

CityNews | posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017

There was no Game 2 comeback for the Toronto Raptors.

A rattled DeMar DeRozan, another sizzling three-point shooting night from Cleveland, and the Raptors dropped a 125-103 decision to the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers. They’ll head back to Toronto down 2-0 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points to top Toronto, while Cory Joseph had 22 and Kyle Lowry shook off a third-quarter injury to finish with 20. Serge Ibaka added 16 points. DeRozan finished with just five points, and didn’t make a field goal until early in the fourth quarter.

LeBron James had 39 points, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second all-time in post-season scoring, and now trails only Michael Jordan. Kyrie Irving added 22 for the Cavs, who made 18 of their 33 three-point attempts to Toronto’s five.

Two nights after dropping the series opener 116-105, Raptors coach Dwane Casey had predicted more fight from his players in Game 2. They traditionally rebound well from a loss, and are solid in Game 2s.

Yet, it was more of the same. Despite inserting Norman Powell and Patrick Patterson into the starting lineup to push the pace, the Raptors managed to dig themselves an early hole anyways. They managed to cut the Cavs’ lead to single digits in the second quarter, but by the time Irving scored on a driving bank shot late in the third quarter, Cleveland waltzed into the fourth with a 99-73 advantage.

The Cavs twisted the knife in the fourth, taking a 30-point lead with 9:32 to play on a three-pointer from Channing Frye. Casey went to his bench soon after. As the final couple of ugly minutes ticked down, many fans had already left Quicken Loans Arena, which was a raucous sea of yellow T-shirts and white rally towels. A photo of Toronto rapper Drake was shown on the big screen during Raptors’ free throws.

A frazzled DeRozan, who didn’t score a field goal in Game 3 versus Milwaukee, was just 2 of 11 from the field, wrapped up for most of the night by JR Smith. The all-star tugged his shirt up over his face in frustration a couple of times.

There were some tense moments early in the second half when Powell crashed into Lowry’s leg in a collision under the net. Lowry was down on the court for several minutes before limping to the locker-room, but returned moments later, driving to the hoop for a layup.

The Cavs shot 55 per cent on the night to the Raptors’ 47 per cent. Toronto went just 5 of 17 from three-point range.

Ibaka got off to another slow start, missing his only four shots of the first quarter. The Raptors were clobbered 13-2 on the boards in the frame, and the Cavs took a 34-22 lead into the second quarter.

The Raptors had a mini 10-5 run midway through the second to pull to within nine points, but the Cavs responded with back-to-back threes and they took a 62-48 lead – identical to Monday’s Game 1 – into halftime.

In last season’s conference finals, the Cavs routed Toronto in Games 1 and 2 by a combined 50 points. The Raptors rebounded to take Games 3 and 4, eventually going down in six games.

Game 4 is Sunday in Toronto. Game 5, if necessary, would be Tuesday in Cleveland.

2 arrested after ‘prank’ harassment videos posted online

CityNews | posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Two Toronto men have been arrested after a series of videos were posted online of harassment throughout the city over the last year.

It’s alleged two men, who go by the name F–kry in the Six, have committed numerous criminal offences.

The videos were posted on social media starting in May 2016.

According to the group’s YouTube page, the point of the videos are to “do real pranks.” Some of the videos are titled “Screaming in Public,” “Catching A Child Predator” and “Stealing Store Owners Phone!! (Prank).”

It’s alleged two men terrorized and harassed people on the street, at restaurants and at various businesses across the city.

In some instances, the men would allegedly jump over counters and grab employees or steal food or other items.

The “pranks” were recorded and posted to social media.

On Tuesday, Liban Issa, 21, of Toronto was arrested. He faces multiple charges including mischief and criminal harassment.

On Wednesday afternoon, 21-year-old Mustafe Mohamed of Toronto surrendered to police. He has been charged with mischief, common nuisance, criminal harassment and assault.

Police are asking anyone who is captured on any of the videos, or who is aware of any of the locations, to contact police. At this point only three of the locations have been identified.

Toronto area home price index rises 31.7 per cent in April

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

A ‘sold over asking’ sign sits in front of a detached house in Toronto on Feb. 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin

New figures released Wednesday morning show that Toronto-area home prices continued to soar by double digits in April but the number of sales was down slightly compared with the same month last year.

The Toronto Real Estate Board says the average price in the area rose to $920,791 and its price index rose 31.7 per cent.

That was a slightly slower rate of increase than in March, when TREB’s price index rose 33.2 per cent year-over-year.

The board says there was a dramatic increase in the number of new listings, which rose by 33.6 per cent year-over-year.

But it also found the total number of sales in the Greater Toronto Area in April was down by 3.2 per cent from a year ago.

LCBO recalls Bombay Sapphire gin due to wrong alcohol content on label

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The LCBO recalled Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin was recalled on May 2, 2017, due to its high alcohol content. CFIA

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is recalling 1.14-litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin because the incorrect alcohol content is shown on the label.

The LCBO says the affected product – lot code L16304 W and UPC 6 20213 19020 8 – has been removed from all of its stores’ shelves.

The Crown corporation says the recall was initiated after an investigation by its quality assurance team found the alcohol content was 77 per cent, instead of the 40 per cent declared on the label.

Customers and licensees are advised to return the recalled product to any LCBO store for a full refund.

Click here for more information on the recall.

This is the second such incident in Ontario in as many months.

An Ontario-made brand of vodka was pulled from shelves in early March because one batch contained double the stated amount of alcohol.

The batch of Georgian Bay brand vodka was not properly diluted prior to bottling, resulting in 654 bottles containing 81 per cent alcohol instead of 40 per cent as shown on the label.

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