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Missing 5-year-old Brampton boy found, has life-threatening head injury

News Staff | posted Thursday, Jul 19th, 2018

A missing five-year-old boy from Brampton has been found and has a life-threatening head injury, Peel paramedics say.

The boy found just before 7 a.m. Thursday close to the train tracks. He was reported missing in the McHardy Court and McMurchy Avenue area, near Queen Street and McLaughlin Road.

The boy has been rushed to hospital but the extent of his injuries is not yet known.

According to police, the boy’s mother last saw her son at 2 a.m. But when she woke up, her son was gone and the front door was open. Police were called just after 6 a.m.

More to come

2 tractor-trailers collide on Hwy. 401, 3 people injured

News Staff | posted Thursday, Jul 19th, 2018

A major crash on Highway 401 has sent three people to hospital in serious condition.

It happened just before 1 a.m. on Thursday on the eastbound express lanes near Allen Road.

The crash involved two tractor-trailers, an SUV and possibly other vehicles damaged in the aftermath.

One of the tractor-trailers flipped over, trapping a man inside for roughly 25 minutes.

Toronto fire and paramedics pulled the man, believed to be in his 40s, from the vehicle. He was then taken to a trauma centre with serious injuries.

Another man was also rushed to a trauma centre with serious injuries.

A third victim was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Highway 401 eastbound express lanes were closed at the Allen for the majority of the night. They reopened just around 6 a.m. The westbound express lanes are shut down at Highway 404.

The Big Smoke: Survey says Torontonians smoke 141.7M joints a year

N | posted Thursday, Jul 19th, 2018

When it comes to marijuana consumption, Toronto has more than earned the nickname The Big Smoke.

According to new data released by Environics Analytics, Torontonians spark up the equivalent of 141.7 million joints a year.

To put that in perspective, Environics Analytics says if you stacked all of those joints (eight-millimetre average thickness) on top of each other, it would be equal to 2,050 CN Towers.

Despite the city’s passion for pot, the analytics company also found that 54 per cent of Torotonians think cannabis will have a negative effect on their home life.

We also pay a bit more than the national average for our weed in Hogtown. The average cost of a gram in Canada is $7.36, while it’s $7.67 in Toronto.

The data also revealed that weed is most popular among young, diverse singles in highrises. That could pose some problems as condo boards scramble to ban weed smokingahead of October 17, when marijuana will officially become legal across Canada.

All of the data came from Environics Analytics’ CannabisInsights — a database that projects how consumers view and use cannabis at the neighbourhood level.

Toronto FC fans allegedly set fire to stands at Ottawa match

News Staff | posted Thursday, Jul 19th, 2018

A shocking video that shows the stands at an Ottawa Fury FC vs. Toronto FC game on fire has circulated on social media.

Ottawa police say flares and fireworks were allegedly smuggled into the match by TFC supporters and were lit during the second half of the game.

The fires were quickly extinguished and no one was injured.

Officers are on the scene investigating the incident, but no one has been taken into custody.

How a Toronto teacher turned her passion for trivia into a Jeopardy! jackpot

News Staff | posted Thursday, Jul 19th, 2018

CityNews reporter Amanda Ferguson sat down with Toronto teacher Michelle Cabral to chat about her three-game winning streak on Jeopardy!

Q: So fans of Jeopardy! want to know, how do you make it on the show?

A: They put the online test up every year, year and a half, I think going on nine years now. It’s one of those things that sort of comes around, you register for it, you take it and you put it out of your mind. It’s just something fun you do because you love trivia. Last October, randomly was checking my email and I got an email saying we’d like to invite you to an audition in November, we’re coming to Toronto. Alex Trebek randomly showed up to our audition because he was receiving the Order of Canada and he had like a 20 minute Q&A with all of us hopefuls. Then I got the call in February saying can you be in LA in a month

Q: How much money did you win after 4 rounds?

A: $48,693 US. As to what that will look like in Canadian, I guess we’ll see!

Q: So that’s the monetary prize but what to you is the biggest prize of all of appearing on the show?

A: The fact that it was everything I wanted it to be and more. My goal was not to win. My goal was just to win and go and make the most out of the experience and it would be cool to run a category, you know, sweep a category, to see Alex Trebek again, to get the ins and outs of what taping an episode is like. And then I won.

Q: So that was on your bucket list, you checked that one off, what’s next?

A: It was something that was on my mind, I would love, I’ve never been to Paris. I would love that


Growing criticism of temporary plan to put additional 200 officers on patrol overnight

TINA YAZDANI | posted Thursday, Jul 19th, 2018

There are growing tensions between the mayor, police chief and police union over a plan to put an additional 200 officers on patrol in the city overnight, for the next eight weeks.

The plan comes in response to the recent spate of gun violence in the city.

The Toronto Police Association is grieving the mandatory overtime required to get the job done. Officers will be forced to work 12-hour shifts, and the union says there won’t be an appropriate rest time between shifts, breaking their collective agreement.

“This whole notion that we’re going to have an additional 200 officers available is just not true,” said Mike McCormack, Toronto Police Association president.

“We’re relying on the officers that are already overworked.”

“This is a temporary measure, for eight weeks,” said Toronto mayor John Tory in response to the grievance, noting Police Chief Mark Saunders has reassured him that the well-being of police officers comes first.

But the union says more hires are needed to make a plan like this work effectively. Right now, the city is in the process of hiring more permanent officers, but the mayor said it just can’t happen overnight.

“We can’t hire them that fast,” said Tory.

“We have some obstacles standing in the way of hiring police officers right now that have to do with some of the fitness tests, the capacity of the police college and so on, so it’s not possible to hire police officers on a dime. This is the best way that we can put those resources in the community.”

On Wednesday, the mayor also released a 16-point plan that focuses on youth programs, with the goal of keeping at-risk youth away from violence and violent behaviour. Tory says the initiative will help thousands of young people access jobs, mentoring and after-school programs. The majority of the $12 million dollar cost will come from the federal government.

Experts say there is no short-term fix but investing in marginalized communities and at-risk youth is the best way to see significant changes.

“There’s no real quick fix,” said Jooyoung Lee, U of T Associate Professor. “The solution is systemic, and if we want to rid the city streets of gun violence then we have to invest in infrastructure that’s gonna support people who are marginalized and vulnerable. That’s the real solution.”

In the meantime, the Toronto Police Association says it will not be taking any immediate job action, and the eight-week plan is set to move forward on Friday.

Condos rushing to ban pot smoking before legalization, leaving some residents fuming

SHERYL UBELACKER, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Jul 19th, 2018

Gerald Major goes out on the back balcony of his condo several times a day, leaning against the wall and smoking or vaping medicinal cannabis to ease the pain and other symptoms of severe arthritis.

But the looming legalization of recreational marijuana may put his daily ritual in jeopardy, as condominium corporations and apartment buildings across the country scramble to enact rules that would ban pot smoking inside units, on balconies and in common areas used by residents.

“I don’t use inside my dwelling, I have a seven-year-old. I don’t think it’s healthy, nor is it necessary,” said Major, 46, who has had eight surgeries in the last eight years related to ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, which he began developing at age 14.

“So I discretely go about my business and try to respect everyone around,” he said. “The solution I have right now is fine because all the vape goes away from anyone and it’s not going in anyone’s windows.”

Major and his family moved into the Oakville, Ont., condo about five years ago, a couple of years after his medical condition forced him to give up his job running hedge-fund services for a major North American bank.

Although there’s been no such notice circulated to residents, Major is worried what he would do if his condo corporation and the building’s board of directors decide to outlaw pot smoking and vaping on the property in the run-up to Oct. 17, when toking recreational cannabis becomes legal.

“If it does go that way, then my board will certainly take the most conservative approach. And then, I guess I’ll be looking for another place to live.”

Toronto condo lawyer Denise Lash said her firm has been kept hopping by clients putting new rules in place for their buildings before cannabis is legalized, often resulting in some residents objecting to the changes. Social media has been rife with complaints about condo boards being high-handed in banning weed.

Lash said that over the past few years, many condo corporations were focused on dealing with tobacco use within units and in common areas of their properties.

“So now that we have marijuana that’s going to be legalized, there’s a real concern that there’s going to be more (pot) smokers,” she said, noting that the pungent fumes from a joint can permeate nearby condo units, which non-using residents could argue is not only a nuisance but also a health risk.

Such a contention would be valid, as no building can be made completely air-tight, said Sandro Zuliani, president and CEO of Crossbridge Condominium Services, a property manager for about 80,000 units in the Greater Toronto Area.

“You can never wrap it in Saran Wrap, per se, to prevent that smoke from migrating,” he said. “Even someone going out onto their balcony, the smoke can make its way into an adjoining unit.

“What the solution is, you make the building completely smoke-free.”

Yet even going that route won’t necessarily mean a condo complex will be devoid of smoke: unit owners who already used tobacco prior to a smoking ban being instituted can seek to be “grandfathered,” meaning they would retain the right to continue puffing away.

Lash said in part it’s grandfathering that has lit a fire under many condo corporations to get expanded rules in place, to avoid residents using that loophole for recreational cannabis should buildings miss the Oct. 17 deadline.

Also of concern is residents cultivating marijuana plants — legislation will allow four per household for recreational users, six or more for medicinal users — because even such mini grow-ops can cause damaging moisture and mould in units.

“So we’re taking the position of no cultivation,” Lash said of drawing up rule-change documents for clients.

While condo corps in Toronto and many other cities across the country are rushing to get new rules passed by their building’s boards of directors, Vancouver and other West Coast communities have been able to take a much more mellow approach.

“It’s not really a new scenario in the sense that strata (condo) corporations across British Columbia have had no-smoking bylaws for probably five to 10 years already,” said Tony Gioventu, executive director of the Condominium Home Owners Association of BC.

“And so with respect to any type of consumption of a combustible, whether it’s tobacco, marijuana or any other substance, there’s an extensive list of strata corporations that have already started prohibiting consumption,” he said from Vancouver.

“There was so much anticipation that this was going to be a bigger issue, and it turns out in British Columbia to be not that much of an issue because we already have built into our legislation a nuisance bylaw which applies to any type of nuisance created from one strata lot or a common area into another unit.”

Gioventu said some condo corporations will make special accommodations for residents authorized to smoke medical marijuana and to propagate plants for that use within their units.

Still, that could pit a medicinal pot smoker against a neighbour who complains about contamination of their living space, conceivably triggering a human rights complaint by either party.

“It becomes a human rights Catch-22,” said Gioventu. “Who has the greater rights of the two parties?

“Sometimes both rights are met. Some circumstances require modifications to the ventilation system in the building to accommodate both parties.”

As for Major, he would consider taking his case to Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal if rules come into force in his condo that would prohibit him from smoking or vaping cannabis, along with the oils and tinctures he takes to control his multiple symptoms.

Otherwise, he’d likely have to give up the no-stairs, no-maintenance benefits of condo living and move again to a house.

“It would put me back to what I didn’t want to be doing, which is worrying about cutting grass, shovelling snow,” said Major, who has already fallen and broken a hip due to osteoporosis.

“Or then I get my wife to do it, and it’s just one more thing that she gets to do.”

Seasonal + year-round farmer’s markets to explore in Toronto!

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 19th, 2018

Courtesy of Toronto Farmers’ Market Network. Check out their website here.


Seasonal Markets:

Annette Village Farmers’ Market – Runnymede Presbyterian Church, Annette Street
Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM, May to October

Bloor-Borden MyMarket Farmers’ Market
Lippincott St., south of Bloor
Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM, June to October

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
Riverdale West Park
Tuesdays, 3 PM to 7 PM, May to October

Davisville Farmers’ Market
Mt. Pleasant at Davisville, west side of the park
Tuesdays 3 PM to 7 PM, May to October

East Lynn MyMarket Farmers’ Market
Woodbine & Danforth Aves.
Thursdays 3 PM to 7 PM, June to October

East York Civic Centre Farmers’ Market
850 Coxwell Ave.
Tuesdays 8 AM to 2 PM, May to October

Etobicoke Civic Centre Farmers’ Market
399 The West Mall
Saturdays 8 AM to 2 PM, June to November

Humber Bay Shores Farmers’ Market
Humber Bay Park West, Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Park Lawn Rd.
Saturdays 9 AM to 2 PM, May to October

John St. Farmers’ Market
205 John St.
Wednesdays 3:30 PM to 7 PM, June to October

Junction Farmers’ Market
2960 Dundas St. West
Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM, May to October

Leslieville Farmers’ Market
Queen St. E. & Coxwell
Sundays 9 AM to 2 PM, May to October

Liberty Village MyMarket Farmers’ Market
Corner of Liberty St. & Atlantic Ave.
Sundays 9 AM to 2 PM, June to October

Metro Hall Farmers’ Market
55 John St., near King St.
Thursdays 8 AM to 2 PM, May to October

Nathan Philips Square Farmers’ Market
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W.
Wednesdays, 8 AM – 2 PM, May to October

North York Civic Centre Farmers’ Market
Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge St.
Thursdays 8 AM to 2 PM, June to October

Ryerson Farmers’ Market
Near Victoria St. and Gould St.
Wednesdays 11 AM to 3 PM, May to October

Sherway Farmers’ Market
NEW LOCATION: 1536 The Queensway (church parking lot)
Fridays 8 AM to 2 PM, June to October

Sick Kids Hospital Farmers’ Market
555 University Ave.
Tuesdays 9 AM to 2 PM, some vendors indoors for the winter

Stonegate Farmers’ Market
194 Park Lawn Rd., Etobicoke
Tuesdays 4 PM to 7 PM, June to October

The Shops Farmers’ Market
NEW: CF Shops at Don Mills (SW corner of Don Mills Rd. and Lawrence Ave.  E.)
Tuesdays, 11AM to 5:30 PM, June to October

Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market
Trinity Bellwoods Park, Dundas & Shaw Sts.
Tuesdays 3 PM to 7 PM, May to October

Uptown Farmers’ Market
Yonge St. at Roselawn
Thursdays, 3 PM to 7 PM, June to October

University of Toronto Scarborough Farmers’ Market
Parking lot 4, 1265 Military Trail
Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM, June to October, winter markets the first Wednesday of the month November to April

Urban Market, Concord CityPlace
Concord Presentation Centre, Spadina and Bremner
Wednesdays 3PM to 8PM and Saturdays 10 AM to 5 PM, May to October

Weston Farmers’ Market
GO Train parking lot, John St.
(Weston Rd. & Lawrence Ave. W.)
Saturdays 7 AM to 2 PM, May to October

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market
725 Logan Ave.
Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM, June to October


Year-round markets:

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market 
873 Dufferin St., in park opposite mall
Thursdays 3 PM to 7 PM year round

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market
550 Bayview Ave. (Bayview extension)
Saturdays 8 AM to 1 PM May to November,
winter markets Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM

Market 55
Community Centre 55, 97 Main Street
Sundays 9AM to 1PM year round
Montgomery’s Inn Farmers’ Market
4709 Dundas St. W.
Wednesdays 2 PM to 6 PM year round
St. Lawrence Market North
92 Front St. E. at Jarvis (temporary location south of main market due to construction)
Saturdays 5 AM to 2 PM year round
Sorauren Farmers’ Market
Sorauren Ave., south of Dundas
Mondays 3 PM to 7 PM year round

The Stop’s Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns
Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.
Saturdays 8 AM to 1 PM, year round

Toronto Botanical Garden Organic Farmers’ Market
777 Lawrence Ave. E. at Leslie
Thursdays 2 PM to 6 PM year-round

York University Market (YUM!)
Central Square, York University
Thursdays, 11 AM to 4 PM, September to April

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