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Man in hospital after shooting in Cabbagetown

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2019

One man in his 20s is in hospital after a shooting in Cabbagetown overnight.

Toronto police were called to a building on Sherbourne Street, north of Dundas Street West, just after midnight.

Police found the man suffering from serious but not life-threatening injuries.

There is no word on suspects.

4 suspects wanted in Brampton shooting

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2019

Peel police are looking for four suspects after a shooting in Brampton.

Officers were called to Queen Street West and McMurchy Avenue North just before 8 p.m. on Monday.

One male was found with a single gunshot wound to his lower body and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Canine units conducted a search of the area and police say they believe it was a targeted incident.

There have been no suspect descriptions released.

Austrian far-right activist probed over ties to NZ suspect

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2019

BERLIN — A prominent far-right activist in Austria says he is being investigated over a possible donation received from the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman.

Martin Sellner, head of the white nationalist group Identitarian Movement Austria, said on social media that police searched his apartment Monday and seized electronic devices.

He said the “disproportionately high donation” came from a person named Tarrant — the same surname as the suspected Christchurch shooter.

Sellner said he’s being investigated on suspicion of “forming or being a member of a terrorist organization,” which he denied.

Christoph Poelzl, spokesman for Austria’s Interior Ministry, confirmed Tuesday that the country’s BVT domestic intelligence agency searched Sellner’s home at the request of prosecutors in the city of Graz. He referred further questions to prosecutors, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The Associated Press

Cyclone relief operations press into Mozambique remote areas

The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2019

BEIRA, Mozambique — Relief operations are pressing into remote areas to find survivors of the cyclone that ripped into central Mozambique, while trucks carrying aid attempt to travel a badly damaged road to the hard-hit city of Beira.

The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $282 million for the next three months and says some 1.8 million people in Mozambique need urgent help after Cyclone Idai.

Authorities say the death toll of at least 761 is “very preliminary” and more bodies will be found as floodwaters drain away.

Diseases such as cholera are expected as more than a quarter-million survivors gather in displacement camps both formal and informal.

The United States says it has donated nearly $3.4 million in emergency food assistance to the U.N.’s World Food Program.

The Associated Press

Taking steps to protect Aquatic Species at Risk

Kyle Mack | posted Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2019

Built into the core of our national identity, supporting the health and structure of the natural environment improves our Canadian culture, wellbeing, and economy. Taking action against the declining environment, The Government of Canada has placed a focus on reversing the decline of Canadian wildlife and biodiversity. The Government of Canada has proposed that 32 aquatic species be reclassified and added under SARA (Species at Risk Act). The Species at Risk Act was introduced in 2002 to provide a legal framework for wildlife management, protection, and recovery. Currently there are 120 aquatic species protected under SARA.

The status of several species has improved and the Government of Canada is proposing the reclassification of these species to a lower risk category. These species are: Pugnose Shiner, Salish Sucker, Striped Bass (St. Lawrence River), Mapleleaf (Saskatchewan-Nelson Rivers), Mapleleaf (Great Lakes-Upper St. Lawrence), Rainbow, and Eastern Pondmussel. Unfortunately, several other species have been found in worse condition, or were newly identified as being at risk.

“The protection of aquatic species is a priority for the Government of Canada. We are taking action based on scientific advice and the concerns of communities to protect endangered species. By working together with Canadians, we can increase the likelihood that species at risk will survive and recover while maintaining our rich and diverse marine environment”  said The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson.

Species added to or reclassified on Schedule 1 of SARA:

Fish

  • Rainbow Trout (Athabasca River)
  • Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia large – bodied)
  • Silver Shiner
  • Plains Minnow
  • Bull Trout (Saskatchewan – Nelson Rivers)
  • Black Redhorse
  • Lake Sturgeon (Southern Hudson Bay – James Bay)
  • Silver Lamprey (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence)
  • Bull Trout (Western Arctic)
  • Bull Trout (South Coast British Columbia)
  • Cutlip Minnow
  • Unarmoured Threespine Stickleback
  • Giant Threespine Stickleback
  • Northern Sunfish (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence)
  • Striped Bass (St. Lawrence River)
  • Spotted Gar
  • Pugnose Minnow
  • Pugnose Shiner
  • Salish Sucker
  • Channel Darter (Lake Ontario)
  • Channel Darter (Lake Erie)
  • Channel Darter (St. Lawrence)
  • Silver Chub (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence)

Molluscs

  • Fawnsfoot
  • Hickorynut
  • Lilliput
  • Threehorn Wartyback
  • Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel
  • Mapleleaf (Saskatchewan – Nelson River)
  • Mapleleaf (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence)
  • Rainbow
  • Eastern Pondmussel

SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada

Porter to fly to Muskoka starting this summer

Kyle Mack | posted Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2019

Beating the cottage country traffic has never been easier!

Porter airlines has announced they will be flying to the Muskoka airport from Billy Bishop Airport beginning this summer.

Roundtrip flights can be found for as little as  $115 and will take around 20 minutes.

“This new route serves as a great opportunity to link Muskoka to our North American network,” Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, said.

Porter will begin flying north on June 27th.

Inquest into fatal Radiohead stage collapse starts Monday

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Mar 25th, 2019

The band’s drum technician, Scott Johnson, was killed when a massive structure crashed down on him on June 16, 2012 — just hours before Radiohead was set to take the stage at Downsview Park.

Charges in the case were stayed because the case took too long to get to trial.

The inquest, which is expected to last three weeks and hear from roughly 25 witnesses, will examine the circumstances around Johnson’s death, but will not assign blame.

A jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar incidents.

The victim’s father, Ken Johnson, and Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke have been highly critical of the judicial process.

“They can’t bring Scott back — that’s obviously painful,” Ken Johnson told The Canadian Press last year. “But it needs to be clear. I think people need to see what’s happened.”

When the British band played in Toronto last summer for the first time since the incident, Yorke did not hold back.

“The people who should be held accountable are still not being held accountable,” he told the crowd at Scotiabank Arena in July 2018.

After an investigation, 13 charges were laid under provincial health and safety laws against the show’s promoter, Live Nation, contractor Optex Staging and engineer Domenic Cugliari.

The case went off the rails when the presiding judge at trial declared he had lost jurisdiction after being appointed to a higher court. Another judge declared a mistrial and a new hearing was planned.

Defence lawyers argued the charges should be stayed because the delays violated their clients’ rights to a timely trial, which was expected to wrap up in mid-2018, five years after the charges were laid.

The new judge agreed, noting the Supreme Court of Canada’s so-called Jordan decision, which set a ceiling of 18 months for proceedings in provincial court.

A ‘Clueless’ reunion and we are totally buggin

Kyle Mack | posted Monday, Mar 25th, 2019

Are we totally buggin, or did the stars of the 1995 romcom “Clueless” pose for the ultimate throwback photo?

Star Alicia Silverstone, who played “Cher”, was joined by Paul Rudd (“Josh”), Breckin Meyer (“Travis) and Donald Faison (“Murrary) at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.

The crew also paid tribute to their late co-star Brittany Murphy, who died from pneumonia related complications in December 2009 at the age of 32.

“So much fun hanging out with these boys today #paulrudd@donald_aison and @breckinmeyer! They had me laughing so hard on our panel. Such a great day at #c2e2
Love that they still roll with the homies.
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