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Man killed in downtown apartment building

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jun 25th, 2018

Toronto police say one man is dead after being shot in a downtown apartment building.

Officers were called to 251 Sherbourne Street, just north of Dundas around 2:30 a.m. for the sound of gunshots on Monday.

They found a man in his 30s suffering from gunshot wounds in the hallway of the third floor and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Homicide detectives are investigating and scanning surveillance footage.

Body discovered after suspicious car fire in Mississauga

News Staff | posted Monday, Jun 25th, 2018

Peel Regional Police have one man in custody after a body was found inside a burned out car in Mississauga.

Police were called to the area of Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East just before 7 p.m. Sunday night following a suspicious vehicle fire.

Police say the body of a male was discovered inside the car once the fire had been extinguished. It’s not known if the victim died as a result of the fire or was killed before the car was set ablaze.

An adult male is currently under arrest.

The homicide squad is assisting Peel police in their investigation.

Sombre tones mix with vibrant celebrations at Toronto Pride Parade

News Staff and The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jun 25th, 2018

More than 120 groups marched along a rainy downtown parade route as close to one million revellers celebrated the vibrant culture at the largest Pride Parade in Canada.

While celebrating the LBGTQ+ communities is a central component of the month long celebration, the 38th annual parade adhered to its protest roots, taking time to reflect and advocate for how much more work needs to be done.

“Part of the reason so many people come, because in their daily lives they don’t get to have visibility and a platform this parade provides and they are able to see others in the community just like them,” said Olivia Nuamah, the Executive Director of Pride.

Once again, uniformed police officers were not permitted to join in the festivities. This is the second consecutive year police have been excluded from marching in the parade.

Tensions involving police and the parade started brewing in 2016, when members of Black Lives Matter abruptly halted the march to present several demands, among them that uniformed police, their floats and cruisers be excluded.

The group cited tensions between the force and black citizens arising from racial profiling, among other things.

Earlier this year, members of the LGBTQ community accused Toronto police of failing to seriously investigate the disappearances of men linked to the city’s gay neighbourhood for years – until January, when 66-year-old landscaper Bruce McArthur was arrested and subsequently charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.

Pride Toronto paid tribute to McArthur’s alleged victims as part of a moment of silence for LGBTQ+ victims of violence.

As well, marchers dressed in black followed behind the main parade in what organizers called the Until We’re Safe march as a tribute to members of the community who were lost as well as those who fell unsafe in the community.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wore a black arm band around her wrist Sunday as a signifier of the “poignant” and “painful” moment the community is facing after the deaths of eight of McArthur’s alleged victims.

“There are still tensions with the police and I believe that dialogue has to continue to happen and that it will resolve with respect from both sides, but those things are part of the context of moving us forward as a province and as a city, and I’m happy to be here and part of that positive revolution,” Horwath said.

Everyone from dignitaries to organizers and spectators said the recent tensions weren’t far from their minds.

“We are reminded today of a terrible tragedy that befelled this community and really the entire city and the whole country with the loss of the men. … I view Pride as a much bigger healing process,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said, noting that he recently initiated an independent review of the police’s handling of missing persons cases.

“We still have a lot of work do to make sure these things don’t happen.”

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh pointed out that Pride is a “revolutionary movement to take space for a community that has always been marginalized.”

“Love is love, it truly is, but there is so much more that needs to be done… There’s been concerns around a trust that’s broken down,” he said.

“The only way we can have good policing is when there’s a trust between the police and the public and that is something we need to have.”

Noticeably absent from the parade was premier-designate Doug Ford, who had said he would consider marching in the parade once police were no longer excluded. His late brother, former mayor Rob Ford, also often skipped the event to head to the family’s cottage.

Both Singh and Horwath said Ford should have been in attendance.

“It is not surprising that he’s not here,” Singh said.

Outgoing and openly gay Premier Kathleen Wynne had a message for Ford.

“Canada and Ontario are a beacon for inclusion and it is very important for us to understand that as elected people,” she said. “It is our job to contribute to that and bring people together.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who marched in last year’s parade, wasn’t in Toronto for this year’s event. He opted instead to take part in Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations in Quebec.

Deadline for Ontario’s green renovation rebate extended to Oct. 30, Doug Ford announces

News Staff | posted Friday, Jun 22nd, 2018

A series of rebates offered by the Ontario government for energy-efficient renovations will be extended to Oct. 30, Doug Ford announced Thursday.

“In order to help small businesses and families, our intention is to extend the install date of the GreenON program to October 31, 2018,” Ontario Progressive Conservative spokesperson Simon Jefferies said in a statement.

“They will have until November 30th to submit any outstanding paperwork. No new applications will be accepted.”

The rebate will be honoured for homeowners who have a signed work agreement with a participating contractor for work to be completed by Oct. 30 or who submit a rebate application by Sept. 30.

Otherwise, the Ontario government cancelled the rebatessince the program was funded through proceeds from the cap-and-trade program, which Ford scrapped.

The newbie’s guide to Pride Toronto 2018

Victoria Revay | posted Friday, Jun 22nd, 2018

The countdown to pride weekend is on. If you’ve always wanted to take in the celebrations but didn’t know where to start, here are three expert recommendations about the top things to do, see and try, during pride. Happy Celebrations!

Erick Espinosa
CityNews Associate Producer & Pride Pro

5. Cabana Pool Bar 
Stealing an ideal spot on Toronto’s waterfront at Polson Pier, Cabana Pool Bar is hosting a slew of Pride Month-related parties. But it’s also a great spot for those looking for fun under the sun with a drink in hand and a good time on the mind. Miami-style white cabanas, daybeds, a huge pool and world-class DJs entertain 2500 guests at a time in this spacious summer-favourite venue.

4. Hair of the Dog 
A village staple, this pub is the perfect hangout for those who need to nurse a mighty hangover or they’re ready to get one started. All kidding aside, the corner spot is an ultimate place to people watch, grab a bite and be situated just a throws-away from the hubbub of activity in the village.

3. Toronto Island 
The Toronto Islands are just a water taxi ride away from the downtown core. Offering both adults-only beaches — the clothing-optional Hanlan’s Point is a must-try for those brave enough to take it all off — and the family-friendly Centreville. This year, Pride organizers are bringing it back to where it all started — Toronto’s very first Pride-style celebrations happened on the island in 1971.

2. The Anndore House 
This new concept hotel calls itself a house and for good reason. Each room is unique, offering up an industrial design combined with home-like decor. And in case you need a last minute chop, there is even a barber shop. The best part? The concierge also helps cater Toronto-first experiences.

1. Green Space Festival 
The 519, the community centre that is an essential part of the village, has been running the multi-day festival for over a decade. Offering hours of entertainment through musical performances of all genres. 100 per cent of the proceeds go towards funding LGBTQ+ initiatives for the centre that is one of the most prominent in Canada.

Carlotta Carlisle

Toronto Drag Queen

5. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
One of the most acclaimed performing centres in Canada featuring alternative theatre, for more than forty years, the once nomadic theatre has been at the forefront of promoting queer productions. Leading up to pride weekend, check out Tallulah Pride Party with drag queen performances.

4. The Drink
A gay-owned and gay-operated independent coffee house. Adding a dash of Drag to the cookies and carrot cakes that are available until close, it’s a mix of sweet and boozy atmosphere.

3. The Men’s Room
You can’t do Pride without looking the part, right?  For t-shirts, accessories, flags and more adventurous garb, this clothing store stocks everything from the tame to the more risque: Read, yes there is lots of leather and fetish apparel.

2.  Crews & Tangos
Sure, you could watch RuPaul’s Drag Queen Race on TV — or you could just head to Toronto’s premier Drag Bar to see the action up close and personal. The safe and open environment offers laughs, karaoke nights, and a lot of fun to be had.

1.  Woody’s and Sailor
Dubbed Toronto’s gay equivalent to the bar in the show “Cheers,” the friendly gay bar opened its doors in 1989. Offering drag shows every night during Pride Month and the weekend of the parade, the bar turns into a local meet-up and hang out spot where you will want to take lots of selfies.

Jax Irwin

Radio Host, KiSS 92.5

5. “Queer West” (West Queen West)
On the opposite side to where the village is, from Bathurst to Gladstone streets in the city’s west end, this neighbourhood dubbed “Queer West” is known to be Toronto’s art and design district. More known for its unique clothing shops, street art and galleries, the area is an artistic and unique way to discover pride without being in the thick of it all.

4. O’Grady’s Restaurant
The family-friendly restaurant offers your traditional food and drink options, but adds in an extra large patio to take it all in. Check out the website for their pride weekend event and food guide. Open until 2 am.

3. Yes Yes Ya’ll
Yes Yes Ya’ll’s block parties are known to be epic. And they’re free! Probably one of the most vibrant outdoor dance and music bashes, head to the OLG Centre Stage in the village and just see what happens. Their pride parties are legendary.

2. The Village
It’s the historic urban area for Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community, in the heart of downtown Toronto. And while there are specific spots in the village that you definitely have to see and try, walking around the entire area is an experience on its own. Being that it’s car-free during pride weekend is also a plus.

1. Pride Parade
The 38th annual Pride Parade kicks off at 2 pm from the corner of Church and Bloor streets all the way down Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas Square. Over 1 million festival-goers and many more watching will see colourful costumes, choreography, music and everything glam.


Pride Parade and other festivities jazz up the weekend, but there are road closures

PATRICIA D'CUNHA AND PATRICK LUCIANI | posted Friday, Jun 22nd, 2018

The first weekend of summer is going to bring rain and cooler temperatures, which goes against everything the season stands for. But regardless of the weather, Pride festivities will bring rays of sunshine to the city, topped off with the parade on Sunday.

There will be several road closures this weekend for Pride and other events, so plan ahead before you head out. Line 3 will also be shut down on Sunday for TTC work.


Pride weekend, include parade finale
Pride month will come to a close this weekend in the most spectacular way — one of the highlights being the parade on Sunday. Ahead of the Pride Parade, two marches and a street fair will round up the festivities.

First up is the Trans March on Friday. A rally will be held at 7 p.m. followed by the march at 8 p.m., which starts at Church and Hayden streets and ends at Allan Gardens. Then on Saturday, the Dyke March will take over Church and Hayden at 2 p.m. A rally will be held afterwards in Allan Gardens, which will include performances and community-building activities.

“Pride Parade is not only about Pride in Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA community, but celebrating diversity and the variety of life in Toronto while respecting differences amongst its citizens and visitors, and creating an inclusive experience for all.”

While you are out enjoying Pride festivities from Friday until Sunday, stop buy the Pride Streetfair taking place in the area of Church, Wellesley and Alexandra streets. The fair features local artisans and businesses, health-and-wellness groups, community groups, vendors, and more.

The grand finale is on Sunday with the Pride Parade at 2 p.m. The parade starts at Church and Bloor streets and makes its way to Yonge-Dundas Square. This year, the parade will mark a sombre tone, honouring the victims of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Organizers say the parade will culminate with the “Until We’re Safe March,” which will be led by organizers and volunteers wearing black. As the march makes its way along the parade route, other people will join in. During the parade, a moment of silence will be held for the victims and also members of the community who died because of HIV/AIDS, homophobic and transphobic laws and hate crimes.

I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got music
The sounds of jazz will be heard across the city over 10 days starting on Friday for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The area of Yorkville will be the major hub with more than 165 free shows, while the ticketed venues are spread across the city. Opening weekend includes shows by Seal, Herbie Hancock, Alison Krauss, Gregory Porter, and Holly Cole, and free performances that include gospel legend CeCe Winans and R&B singer Macy Gray. On Friday, they Royal Ontario Museum will be turned into a jazz club for a special edition of Friday Night Live at the ROM. The festival runs until Canada Day.

No rubber duck this time
There may not be a giant inflatable rubber duck this year, but the Redpath Waterfront Festival is promising to impress with something just as large … and inflatable. A total of six beach balls — each six feet five inches tall — will be suspended from a large truss frame, swinging back and forth like a pendulum. The HTO Pendulum Wave stands 22 feet tall, 42 feet wide and 12 feet deep, and weighs a whopping 19,000 pounds. It was custom made for this year’s festival by Canadian event design firm Décor & More. The festival bounces into HTO Park, Sugar Beach, and Sherbourne Common from Friday until Sunday.

Irie it up in Mississauga and Toronto
Everything will be Irie at Mississauga Celebration Square this weekend. Starting Friday night, the 16th annual TD Irie Music Festival will be taking over the square at Burnhamthorpe Road and Duke of York Boulevard. The festival features musical performances from Junior Kelly and Patrice Roberts. Admission to the party is free from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the celebration wraps up in Toronto with a boat cruise on Yankee Lady III. Boarding time is at 12:30 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, with the cruise around the harbour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 online, or $55 at the dock.

TTC service

Line 3 closure
If you live in the east end and are heading to the Pride Parade on Sunday, trains won’t be running on Line 3 due to track and infrastructure work. Shuttle buses will be running, and Wheel-Trans buses will be available upon request.

Road closures

Starting on Friday

Pride Streetfair: Church Street from Dundas to Bloor streets will be closed from the north side of Dundas Street East to the south side of Hayden Street from 10 a.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Monday. Wellesley Street East from Yonge to Jarvis streets will also be closed at that time.

Pride Trans March: The march, which is on Friday, starts at Church and Hayden streets, heads north to Bloor Street East, west on Bloor Street East, south on Yonge Street and east on Carlton Street to Allan Gardens. Roads along the route will be closed from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival: Road closures start at 12 a.m. on Friday and continue until 6 a.m. on Monday. Click here for a full list.

Starting on Saturday

Pride and Remembrance Run: Wellesley Street East between Jarvis Street and Queen’s Park Crescent East, and Queen’s Park Crescent West between College and Bloor streets, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Dyke March: The march on Saturday starts at Church and Hayden streets, heads north to Bloor Street East, west on Bloor Street East, south on Yonge Street and east on Carlton Street to Allan Gardens. Road along the route will be closed from noon to 6 p.m.

Rotary International: Bremner Boulevard from York Street to the Air Canada Centre will be closed daily Saturday to Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fairbank Village BIA – Flavours of Fairbank: Eglinton Avenue West between Ronald Avenue and Dufferin Street will be closed from 2 a.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Monday.

Junction BIA – Summer Solstice: Dundas Street West from High Park Avenue to Indian Grove will be closed from 4 a.m. on Saturday to 7 a.m on Sunday.

Starting on Sunday

Pride Parade: The parade on Sunday runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. It starts at Church Street and Bloor Street East, heads west on Bloor Street East, south on Yonge Street and east on Dundas Street East to Victoria Street. Rosedale Valley Road between Park Road and Bayview Avenue will be closed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Several roads in the area will also be closed from noon to 7 p.m.

Luminato Festival: The southbound curb lane of Victoria Street from Shuter Street to Queen Street East will be closed from 10 a.m. on Sunday to 10 a.m. on Monday.

Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays: Parts of Kensington Avenue, Augusta Avenue and Baldwin Street will be closed on from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Man stabbed in the head in Moss Park

News Staff | posted Thursday, Jun 21st, 2018

One man is in hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed in Moss Park.

It happened on Queen Street East near Jarvis Street around 1 a.m. on Thursday.

Toronto police say there was some sort of fight, which led to the victim being stabbed in the head.

There’s no word on suspects at this time.

Female under arrest after man stabbed near York University

News Staff | posted Thursday, Jun 21st, 2018

A woman is in custody after a man was taken to hospital after being stabbed near York University.

York Regional Police were called to the UPS distribution building in the area of Jane Street and Steeles Avenue West around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night.

A man was rushed to hospital suffering a minor stab wound to his stomach.

Police say it’s unknown what may have led up to the stabbing.

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