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What you need to know for the Thanksgiving long weekend

NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Oct 5th, 2018

What are you thankful for? That will be the sentiment echoed at Thanksgiving gatherings over the long weekend. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we may lose perspective on what’s really important to us. This weekend, you can rekindle the things that matter most.

While the main event of the weekend may be Thanksgiving meals with family or friends, others will also be venturing out. There are lots of things to do, from checking out the Stanley Cup exhibition at the Hockey Hall of Fame to checking out a dance show at The Bentway.

If you are heading out on Monday, below is a list of what’s open and closed. There is also a partial subway closure on Line 1 on Saturday and Sunday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s open and closed on Monday

Open

  • TTC will run on holiday service.
  • GO will run on a Sunday schedule.
  • Tourist attractions: Art Gallery of Ontario, Casa Loma, CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, Ontario Science Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo
  • Several malls: Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Eaton Centre (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Upper Canada Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Hillcrest Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

 

Closed

  • All LCBO and Beer Store locations will be closed.
  • Most grocery stores (Select ones are open, but call ahead.)
  • Some malls: Dufferin Mall, Fairview Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Shopping Centre
  • Government offices, municipal buildings, and banks
  • All Toronto Public Library branches are closed on Sunday and Monday.
  • No mail delivery

Events

Pumpkin fun at Downsview Park
October has so much to offer: piles of falling leaves, autumn colours, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and those lovely pumpkins. If you love pumpkins, then Downsview Park is the place to be this weekend for Pumpkinfest — fun for the whole family. Stop by the pumpkin patch to pick one out, take part in pumpkin carving or bowling, eat some yummy pumpkin pie, have fun in the inflatable corn maze, and more. Pumpkinfest takes place Saturday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the park is free but there is a charge for the rides and some activities.

Top Gun at the Cinesphere
Maverick, Goose, Iceman, and Charlie. If you grew up in the ’80s, you probably remember watching Top Gun over and over again. Now, you can relive your youth, or watch the movie for the first time, at the Ontario Place Cinesphere — but this time, as an Imax 3D Experience. The movie will be shown starting Friday and over the weekend and next weekend as well. Some of the other movies in the Cinesphere’s new lineup include GhostbustersAlienBack to the Future, and Die HardClick here for ticket information and showtimes.

Oktoberfest with craft beer
What do you get when you mix beer with Oktoberbest in the city? Torontoberfest. Brewer’s Backyard is an Oktoberfest-themed celebration at Evergreen Brick Works on Monday, featuring craft beer that will dazzle your taste buds. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All beers will be $5 for the first hour. Admission to the event is free.

TTC closure

Line 1 partial shutdown
Subways won’t be running on Line 1 between Finch West and Lawrence West stations on Saturday and Sunday due to signal upgrades. Shuttle buses will run during the closure.

Toronto elementary school principal charged with assaulting student

NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Oct 5th, 2018

The principal of an elementary school in East York was charged with assaulting a student late last month.

It’s alleged Sean Hume physically assaulted a Grade 5 student on Sept. 25 at Chester Elementary School, near Pape and Cosburn avenues.

Hume, accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself into police two days later.

Toronto police said the charge is not sexually-related and it could involve restraint of the child.

Two sources told CityNews the student has exhibited violent behaviour in the past.

And CityNews obtained a letter written by Lucy Giannotta, Superintendent of Education with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), which was sent to a concerned parent. In it, she confirms an “aggressive incident” resulting in several students and a staff member being injured.

“Chester staff responded immediately to move students away from where the aggressive behaviour was taking place, and as such, the students were brought into the school and directed to go to their classrooms,” she said in the letter. “At the same time, some staff were focused on de-escalating the aggressive behaviour.”

She went on to assure the parent that on-site staff are trained in de-escalation techniques to provide students with a safe environment.

“Staff know to roam the school yard; intervene quickly if there is a possible situation brewing; and to request adult assistance/administrative support if there is a potential for behaviours to escalate,” the letter reads.

As for Hume, Giannotta said he has been placed on home assignment and will remain there until the investigation is closed.

“While it is important to remember that laying criminal charges does not constitute guilt, and that a person is innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law, we also cannot and do not take these allegations lightly,” she said in a letter sent to parents.

“The safety of students is a top priority at the TDSB and we are committed to enforcing policies about their well-being.”

The TDSB said a retired principal has been asked to fill in at the school in Hume’s absence, and social workers have been brought in to provide support and speak with students.

Bruce McArthur to appear in court via video Friday

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Oct 5th, 2018

The case of Bruce McArthur, the man accused of killing eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village, is expected to make a court appearance via video on Friday.

McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, faces eight counts of first-degree murder.

The remains of seven men were recovered from planters at a property where McArthur had worked in the months following his arrest last January.

Police later found the remains of the eighth alleged victim in a ravine behind the same property in midtown Toronto.

Lead detective Insp. Hank Idsinga has said he doesn’t believe there are any more alleged victims.

McArthur briefly appeared by video last week.

Nobel Peace Prize honours the fight against sexual violence

PATRICIA D'CUNHA | posted Friday, Oct 5th, 2018

The Nobel Peace Prize on Friday was awarded to a Congolese doctor and a Yazidi former captive of the Islamic State group for their work to highlight and eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its announcement.

“Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and other.”

Mukwege has treated thousands of women in Congo, many of whom were victims of gang rape. Armed men tried to kill him in 2012, forcing him to temporarily leave the country.

Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army. She managed to escape after three months and chose to speak about her experiences. At the age of 23, she was named the U.N.’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

The 2018 prize is worth 9 million Swedish kronor (US$1.01 million). Last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

In other Nobel prizes this year, the medicine prize went Monday to James Allison of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University, whose discoveries helped cancer doctors fight many advanced-stage tumors and save an “untold” numbers of lives.

Scientists from the United States, Canada and France shared the physics prize Tuesday for revolutionizing the use of lasers in research.

On Wednesday, three researchers who “harnessed the power of evolution” to produce enzymes and antibodies that have led to a new bestselling drug won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

The winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, honouring Alfred Nobel, the founder of the five Nobel Prizes, will be revealed on Monday.

No Nobel literature prize will be awarded this year due to a sex abuse scandal at the Swedish Academy, which choses the winner. The academy plans to announce both the 2018 and the 2019 winner next year — although the head of the Nobel Foundation has said the body must fix its tarnished reputation first.

The man at the centre of the Swedish Academy scandal, Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for rape.

Matthews, Tavares each score as Maple Leafs top Canadiens in overtime

JOSHUA CLIPPERTON, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Oct 4th, 2018

Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the night in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Monday in the NHL’s regular-season opener.

Matthews took a feed from Patrick Marleau and beat Carey Price upstairs 61 seconds into the extra period.

John Tavares, with his first for Toronto, also scored, while Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots. Nazem Kadri added two assists.

Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw scored for Montreal, which got 23 saves from Price. Max Domi – the son of former Leafs tough guy, Tie Domi – had two assists in his first game with the Canadiens.

With the Leafs viewed as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders after adding Tavares in free agency to a roster already loaded with offensive talent up front, the city has been buzzing for months at the prospect of Toronto finally ending its 51-year title drought.

The Canadiens, meanwhile, are loathe to use the word “rebuild,” but have clearly begun a transition phase following the trade of captain Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights last month for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round draft.

Despite the wide gulf in expectations, Montreal was the better team much of the night, and came close to taking a 3-2 lead on a third-period power play when Tatar hit the post.

Domi then had another chance on a bouncing puck that had Andersen desperately flailing in his crease.

While the Leafs were outshot 15-7 in the period, a down-and-out Price made an incredible pad stop on Kasperi Kapanen on a scramble just before the buzzer to end regulation.

After the teams traded goals in the first, they did the same late in the second.

Tavares – who signed a US$77-million, seven-year deal on July 1 with the team he cheered for growing up in nearby Oakville, Ont., after nine seasons with the New York Islanders – moved past Matthew Peca and roofed a shot over Price at 18:07.

But the Canadiens got a late power play and levelled things when Shaw beat Andersen upstairs with 12.3 seconds left on the clock. Shaw was playing his first game in nearly seven months after suffering a knee injury March 13.

Montreal rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the first player born in the 2000s, picked up an assist. The Finn, who only turned 18 in July, also became the second-youngest player in Canadiens’ history to score a point.

Prior to the late flurry, the teams traded chances in what was at times a sluggish battle through the neutral zone.

Andersen, who set a franchise record for wins last season with 38, made a good pad stop on Brendan Gallagher early in the second before Price matched that save with a lunging effort at the other end on Marleau.

Tatar then rattled Andersen’s mask with a backhand and Paul Byron hit the post for Montreal moments later.

Price was there again with 2:34 remaining when he blocked Josh Leivo’s effort on a 2-on-1, but the Toronto winger will be disappointed in his shot that hit Price square.

Montreal had Toronto on its heels early, outshooting the hosts 6-1 before Lehkonen scored the first goal of the NHL season when he banked a wraparound off Leafs defenceman Ron Hainsey at 9:34.

Toronto picked things up almost immediately and had a couple of good opportunities before their top-heavy first power-play unit went to work. Matthews took a feed from Morgan Rielly at the left faceoff dot and used a subtle toe drag to change the angle before whipping a shot beyond Price’s glove at 12:57.

The Canadiens goalie stared at the replay on the big screen high above centre ice at a raucous Scotiabank Arena – formerly Air Canada Centre – as the Leafs celebrated, perhaps trying to get his first look at the bullet shot.

Montreal head coach Claude Julien sent a strong message to his team before puck drop by making 30-year-old defenceman Karl Alzner and 35-year-old centre Tomas Plekanec healthy scratches on opening night.

The move ended Alzner’s consecutive-games streak of 622, the fourth-most among active players. Plekanec, meanwhile, has played at 998 career games, meaning he will have to wait a little longer to reach 1,000.

Ontario giving hospitals $90M to address overcrowding during flu season

PAOLA LORIGGIO AND SHAWN JEFFORDS, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Oct 4th, 2018

Ontario will spend $90 million this year to fund hundreds of hospital beds ahead of flu season, a measure the province’s health minister said will help address the issue of so-called hallway medicine.

Christine Elliott said the funding will help Ontario’s hospital system deal with overcrowding that has resulted in patients being treated in unsuitable spaces.

“It’s unacceptable to see our loved ones treated in hallways and in storage rooms in our hospitals,” Elliott said Wednesday. “It’s no way to treat our loved ones.”

But earlier, during Question Period, she conceded overcrowding will still be a problem, and said a more comprehensive health plan is on the way.

The government will fund 1,100 hospital beds in total, including more than 400 opened under the previous Liberal government that will have their funding renewed.

In October last year, the Liberals gave hospitals an additional $100 million before flu season to create roughly 1,200 more hospital beds.

The Progressive Conservative government could not immediately say Wednesday how many of those beds — which are meant to bring temporary relief to hospitals at a busy time of year — are still operating. Nor could it say whether the $90 million came from previously announced health-care spending.

The government also said it will continue an expansion of the province’s long-term care beds planned by the previous Liberal regime, adding 6,000 new beds as part of a five-year plan to build capacity.

“These are meaningful early actions we are taking to end hallway health care,” Elliott said.

Premier Doug Ford said the additional beds mark just the first step in addressing the long-term needs of the health care system.

“With an aging population, time is of the essence,” he said. “That’s why I’ve asked Minister Elliott to focus on building a strong, vibrant and sustainable health care sector that puts the needs of Ontario’s patients first.”

Interim Liberal leader John Fraser said the Tory government is simply maintaining the flu season support his party brought in.

“I don’t see where there is new capacity being built in there,” he said, noting the Tories have announced roughly the same number of beds his party did last year. “There’s nothing new here.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said last year’s Liberal commitment, and the latest spending by Ford’s Progressive Conservatives, falls far short of the $300 million she said is needed to help address hospital overcrowding.

“This is not going to affect in any way the hallway medicine that is being experienced by people in our province,” she said.

Wednesday also marked the inaugural meeting of the premier’s council on improving health care, a group meant to recommend possible strategies to improve the health care system and make it more efficient.

The council is chaired by Dr. Rueben Devlin, a former Progressive Conservative party president and former CEO of Humber River hospital. The job, to which he was appointed this summer, comes with a $348,000 salary plus paid expenses.

With files from News Staff

Don’t take pot on international flights, transport minister warns

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2018

Canada’s transport minister says travellers aboard domestic flights will be allowed to carry a small quantity of cannabis with them after Oct 17.

But Marc Garneau warns against packing it into luggage that’s destined outside the country. And the country’s airport screening authority says it has yet to finalize procedures for dealing with passengers taking pot through security lines.

Garneau says as long as they are on domestic flights, Canadians can bring up to 30 grams of marijuana with them once possession for personal use becomes legal.

The minister warns, however, that international passengers must abide by the laws of their country of destination.

Transport Canada says taking cannabis, or products that contain pot, across the U.S. border remains illegal.

While several American states have legalized marijuana, possession of the drug is still illegal under U.S. federal law.

“As long as the flight is domestic, then people are allowed to bring up to a certain quantity for their personal use,” Garneau told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday.

“However, I would remind Canadians again that, if they are going on flights that cross into the United States or go to other countries, that the rules of that country where they are going are the rules that apply.”

Under Bill C-45, Canadian adults will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public.

The Canadian Air Transport Safety Authority said Tuesday it is still working to ensure its rules conform with the law.

“We have been working with Transport Canada since the government passed the cannabis legislation to ensure our protocols are consistent with government policy,” said CATSA spokeswoman Christine Langlois.

“We expect to finalize our procedures in the coming days.”

Loblaw recalls chicken fries for possible salmonella after 4 people become ill

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2018

Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling certain $10 chicken fries due to possible salmonella contamination that caused four people to become ill.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says consumers should not eat the recalled chicken sold in 1.8-kilogram bags across Canada with the UPC code 0 60249 01411 4 and dated June 22, 2019.

The recall was triggered by findings during an agency investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak.

The four cases reported in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec did not require hospitalization or cause death.

The CFIA says a food safety investigation being conducted may lead to the recall of other products.

Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Click here for more information on the recall.

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