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Twitter says internal glitch exposed users passwords

News Staff | posted Friday, May 4th, 2018

Twitter is urging its more than 330-million users to change their passwords after discovering a glitch on its internal computer network.

In a blog post, the company’s Chief Technology Officer said the social media network recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log.

“We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone,” wrote Parag Agrawal.

“We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again.”

Agrawal explained that a number of passwords were written to an internal log before completing a process known as hashing, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are then stored on Twitter’s system.

Twitter did not say how many passwords were affected.

Toronto Marathon highlights a busy weekend in the city

Patricia D'Chunha and Michael Gibbons | posted Friday, May 4th, 2018

Toronto is always bustling with energy, and this weekend is no different. There are so many events taking place, that you will need to put them in your calendar. One of them is the Toronto Marathon, which runs through several areas of the city. This is also the weekend that Centre Island opens for a new season.

Run, walk, and support
It will be an emotional time for those who are running, walking, or supporting those taking part in the Toronto Marathon on Sunday. Three of the main events — marathon, half-marathon and relay — start at Mel Lastman Square and continue along a stretch of Yonge Street in North York. The neighbourhood has been the scene of tragedy, but also of people coming together in solidarity. That supportive spirit will continue to embrace the city this weekend, as the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 10-kilometre run, and five-kilometre run and walk navigates from one neighbourhood to another.

Around 14,000 people from Toronto, across the country and around the world are participating in the event, which also supports the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and the Hospital for Sick Children. It all starts at 7:30 a.m. with the 10-kilometre run, followed by the marathon, marathon relay, five-kilometre run, half-marathon, and the five-kilometre walk. The marathon and half-marathon events start in North York and make their way along Yonge and into the downtown core, along Lake Shore Boulevard, to the Humber Bay Shores area, back onto Lake Shore and ending at Ontario Place. The 10-kilometre run starts near Yonge and Bloor streets and finishes at Ontario Place. The five-kilometre run and walk starts and ends at Ontario Place. Click here for the route maps.

Road closures start at 6 a.m. and will be in effect along Yonge and other streets bounded by Bayview Avenue in the east, South Kingsway in the west, Lake Shore Boulevard in the south and Finch Avenue in the north. The following ramps on the Gardiner and the DVP will also be closed:

  • Eastbound Gardiner ramp to Jarvis Street from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Westbound Gardiner ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • No access to westbound Lake Shore Boulevard at Spadina Avenue from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • DVP Bayview/Bloor ramp to Bayview Avenue from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Click here for a full list of the road closures.

Cherry blossoms starting to bloom
With the arrival of warm weather, the cherry blossoms trees are starting to flower in High Park. On its website, officials at the High Park Nature Centre say they “expect some blooms on the trees this weekend, with many more by May 9-14.” Drivers can expect traffic delays the area during peak viewing times — 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends.

MS Walk
Downsview Park will play host to a special fundraiser to support people living with multiple sclerosis in the GTA. The Toronto Mandarin MS Walk is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, with participants checking in at 9:30 a.m. Participants will walk either a 2.5-kilometre route or a five-kilometre route through Downsview Park. After the walk, there will be a BBQ lunch, entertainment, and awards. Event organizers have a fundraising goal of $63,000, which will go towards multiple sclerosis research, and to help people living with the autoimmune disease.

Travel to the island
Centreville Amusement Park will be opening for a new season on Saturday, and will stay that way for every weekend in May. The amusement park opens as of June 1. Last year, the park, as well as Centre Island and other Toronto islands, were closed until late July due to high water levels. Click here for the ferry schedule.

Bowling to save cats
You can be the knight in shining armour for every cat in our city that is abandoned, sick and injured from abuse or neglect, or is at risk of being euthanized. This Saturday, bring your charitable goodness to a bowl-a-thon to raise money for Toronto Cat Rescue. It will be held at the Kennedy Bowl from noon to 3 p.m. Last year, the event raised $25,000, and this year, the event hopes to bring in $35,000. There will be pizza and prizes, and you are encouraged to wear your cat tails and ears — but that is optional. If you are not able to bowl, you can still donate to the cat rescue.

Park and Bark Dog Show
Dog owners are encouraged to bring their pups out to an outdoor pop-up shop in the Yonge and Davisville area on Saturday. The one-day outdoor event will feature free samples and contests, as well as speakers and experts to talk to. If you happen to look like your canine, there will also be a special “Dog and Owner” look-alike contest. It takes place at 1943 Yonge St. just north of Davisville Avenue in the large parking lot.

Toronto has many stories
Learn more about Toronto’s past and its path to the future by walking through the city. Named after author and urbanist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk aims to bring people together through citizen-led walking tours, which start on Friday and run until the end of September. Some of the walks this weekend are:

  • Sculpture and the City — these pieces of art are everywhere, but how did they get there and who paid for them?
  • Crosstown: Transforming York South-Weston Through Transit — a look at the physical transformation between West Road and Blackthorn Avenue along the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project
  • From Town to City in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood — how the Town of York outgrew its colonial roots in the 1800s to become the City of Toronto
  • The Pulse of the Junction; Our Stories — learn how the railroad played a role in the development of the neighbourhood to what it is now, shaped by a cultural mosaic, architecture, breweries, and local businesses


Paddle the Don
Paddle the Don is celebrating 25 years as an event on Sunday. Since 1993, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has been giving people a unique opportunity to celebrate the Don River watershed by paddling from Ernest Thompson Seton Park to the mouth at the Keating Channel. The TRCA says participants will experience a natural adventure in an urban environment, and learn to honour and connect with the Don River.

May 4, 2018

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 4th, 2018

In studio:

  • Its Star Wars Day and for the first time in Toronto, the original lightsaber used by Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will be on display, along with other Star Wars memorabilia at the Ripley’s Aquarium
    Cory Dacy, Star Wars enthusiast from Ripley Entertainment
    Web: www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada
  • The award-winning play ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ tackles themes of race, power and opportunity. Two of the stars of the latest Toronto production are in studio
    Alana Bridgewater – “Ma Rainey,” Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Lovell Adams-Gray – “Levee,” Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Web: www.Soulpepper.ca
    Twitter: @SoulPepper
  • Toronto Author, Zoa Gypsy’s book was chosen by Sir Elton John to read on BBC’s Bedtime Stories. Her book “The Dog Detectives: Lost in London,”is based on her travels to 20 countries with her dog
    Zoa Gypsy, Author
    Web: www.youtube.com/cbeebies

On location:

  • Adam Wylde is LIVE at Scotia Bank Pond Arena for the 13th annual Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s™ in Support of Baycrest

680 NEWS’ Darryl Dahmer gets potholes fixed on the Gardiner

News Staff | posted Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

One of the worst sections of the Gardiner Expressway will soon get the special treatment, thanks to the efforts of 680 NEWS airborne traffic reporter Darryl Dahmer.

Dahmer said he sent an email to Mayor John Tory concerning the terrible condition of the expressway, in particular between Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue, and the area from Spadina Avenue Jarvis Street.

He received an email back from Tory, who said that stretch of the Gardiner will be repaved.

“This is really exciting news because when they rehabilitated the Gardiner Expressway, they left that stretch out,” Dahmer said.

“The fact that they’re going to cover up all the potholes, and are not going to fill potholes with more potholes, that’s great news.”

This exchange of emails came on the day Tory provided an update on the pothole situation in the city. So far this year, city crews have filled in 133,852 potholes.

Police say car dangling off Millwood Bridge likely a prank

CityNews | posted Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Toronto police say a car found dangling from a bridge near a busy highway during the morning rush hour was most likely a prank.

Around 7 a.m. emergency crews and police were dispatched to Millwood Bridge, west of the Don Valley Parkway, following reports a burnt out car was hanging from a wire.

Just before 8:30 a.m. Toronto police tweeted that the dangling blue sedan was for a movie shoot. They later sent a correction, saying no movie shoot had been authorized.

“Through our sources at City Hall and other sources we’ve confirmed that it was not a movie shoot,” said Sgt. Glenn Russell.

Wednesday afternoon, police indicated that the incident was most likely intended as a prank.

“This incident resulted in the use of significant resources that were not available to attend to genuine emergency calls for service,” read a brief statement from police.

Images from the scene show that the car was empty, with no windows or windshield, and its underbelly had been stripped.

“It’s a shell of a car. It was a Honda Civic, pretty much just a body and a frame,” Russell confirmed.

“You’re always very puzzled as to how a car would have got into that particular situation,” said Mayor John Tory when asked about the dangling car. “Fortunately the land that is right beneath that is not a neighbourhood or another street, I think it’s basically green space and the Don Valley. I just saw some of the pictures myself and I was mystified as to how the car ended up there.”

According to the Twitter account @WhatsFilmingON, a similar scene was staged near the Port Lands in the last couple of days but that was an authorized movie shoot.

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report

New fare machines coming to TTC streetcars

Dilshad Burman | posted Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

If you’re one of the many who have struggled with the fare machines on the new TTC streetcars, relief is on the way.

Presto will be replacing the current touch-screen machines with different ones — which were originally used on the first new streetcar received by the TTC in 2014.

“These machines are part of an upgrade and will better meet the needs of our customers who pay their fare by cash or token,” TTC spokeswoman Heather Brown tells CityNews.

The new machines appear to be lower tech with no touch screen, but rather colour-coded buttons and a smaller digital display. They also currently do not accept debit or credit cards.

To mitigate this, the machines will be replaced in two phases — at first only one of the two machines on each streetcar will be replaced, so one of the current machines will still be available for debit and credit users.

The change over began mid-April and a note on the TTC website states “Passengers travelling by streetcar should carry a PRESTO card, a token, or exact change for fare payment in the event they board a streetcar with reduced payment functionality.”

Brown says the next generation of machines will have debit and credit capabilities and they will replace all current fare machines on new streetcars in the second phase of the plan.

There is no confirmed timeline for when the fully equipped second-generation machines will be rolled out, but Brown says the TTC is working with Presto to finalize the details.

However, if you happen to find yourself on a streetcar with both machines replaced with new ones, Brown confirms four streetcars were already fitted with two new machines each, which does not appear to be part of the plan. As of Wednesday, one such streetcar was running on route 510 and a second on route 504. The other two are in the Leslie Barns.

Presto will be going back “to replace one of the new machines with an older machine so that debit and credit will be accepted on these streetcars,” says Brown.

It’s unclear what prompted the revamp and if the reported frequent failing of current touch-screen fare machines was a factor. Brown says the TTC is continuing to work with Presto on fare recovery as a result of card readers and fare machines not working.

Air Canada agrees to give free tickets to love-struck man — with a catch

Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

A love-struck Michigan man has convinced Air Canada to give him free tickets to visit his Newfoundland girlfriend — if he can manage to make his campaign go viral.

C.J. Poirier of Clarkston, Mich., met Becca Warren of Corner Brook, N.L., online last year.

After six months of daily texts, Facetime calls, and chatting with each other’s friends and family, the two decided they wanted to meet in person. But neither could afford a flight.

So Poirier took to Twitter, asking Air Canada how many retweets it would take for free roundtrip tickets.

Air Canada responded Tuesday by asking what the population of Newfoundland was — and said it would take that many.

Poirier needs 530,000 retweets; he was at 7,900 late Wednesday afternoon, and rising fast.

“Quite honestly, I was very surprised to see the campaign start growing at the rate it is now,” Poirier told The Canadian Press over a Twitter message.

The 19-year-old barista said he didn’t expect a response from Air Canada, but it’s made him and Warren optimistic that the dream trip could finally happen.

“When they first responded, I had a sliver of hope. That sliver has become a mountain and I could not be any more excited,” said Poirier.

Poirier and Warren’s international love story has proven inspiring. Canadian comedian Colin Mochrie shared Poirier’s tweet on Wednesday, writing “Help true love….”

Isabelle Arthur of Air Canada wrote in an e-mailed statement that the company reacted to Poirier’s authenticity.

“We certainly hope all 530,000 of us get invited to the wedding,” Arthur wrote.

Warren said she isn’t surprised by Poirier’s far-fetched plan — in her words, “he’s a pretty quirky guy.” She found out about his Twitter campaign after it had already started racking up retweets.

“I was literally grocery shopping with my mom and my brother yesterday and he called me and was like, you have to see this,” Warren recalled with a laugh.

Poirier hopes to meet his goal by May 13, so he can use the time he has already booked off work to make the trip to Corner Brook.

Both are unsure if the Twitter campaign will meet its goal. But Poirier posted Wednesday afternoon that he’ll be livestreaming a fundraiser on YouTube Gaming Thursday as another way to cobble his ticket funds together.

“Even if we don’t make it, I still plan on going,” he wrote.

“The fact that Detroit is kind of a strange place to go from Newfoundland doesn’t make it cheap at all.”


Multiple shots fired near St. Lawrence Market

Daniel Berry, CityNews | posted Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Police are investigating after gunshots rang out overnight near the St. Lawrence Market.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene in an alleyway near Jarvis Street and The Esplanade after a number of people called police claiming they’d heard multiple gunshots.

Witnesses reported seeing a man running from the area.

Police said they searched the area and found bullet shell casings.

There has been no word on a suspect description.

So far, no injuries have been reported.

The area has been taped off while police investigate.

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