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TTC bus crashes into Scarborough home

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Mar 21st, 2019

A family is safe after a TTC bus crashed into the front of their home in Scarborough early Thursday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the scene on Oasis Boulevard, near Morningside and McNicoll avenues, just after 1:30 a.m.

The bus veered off the road, across a lawn and crashed into the front of a home. A second home was also damaged in the crash.

Police said there were no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash.

The driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Police said both houses were evacuated and the families will not be allowed back home until the buildings have been deemed safe.

“We’re concerned that there may be some structural damage with the house so the engineer will be attending the address tomorrow morning to determine what the damage to the house is and is it safe to reoccupy at this point in time,” Insp. Jim Gotell explained.

The bus has since been towed away from the scene as part of the investigation.

Voting marathon continues as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Mar 21st, 2019

Members of Parliament are continuing their marathon voting session as opposition parties protest the Trudeau government’s efforts to shut down any further investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

The Liberal majority shot down a Conservative motion calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to let former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testify more fully about her allegation that she was improperly pressured to drop a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

The motion was defeated by a vote of 161-134.

That set the stage for a Conservative-sponsored filibuster Wednesday night, requiring 257 separate votes on items in the government’s spending estimates.

Since any vote involving government spending is automatically considered a confidence vote, Liberals were required to be out in force to avoid potential defeat of the government.

The voting could theoretically last 36 hours, but the Conservatives have only to keep it going until just after 10 a.m. Thursday to scrub the remainder of the parliamentary day.

Floods, destruction from cyclone continue in Mozambique

The Associated Press | posted Thursday, Mar 21st, 2019

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe — A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the storm’s aftermath of flooding, destruction and death continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history.

Floodwaters are rushing across the plains of central Mozambique, submerging homes, villages and entire towns. The flooding has created a muddy inland ocean 50 kilometres (31 miles) wide where there used to be farms and villages, giving credence to Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi’s estimate that 1,000 may have been killed.

Mozambique reports that 200 have died and Zimbabwe reports a similar number but emergency workers say the death toll will continue to rise.

Rains stopped, at least temporarily, Thursday and floodwaters have begun to recede, according to aid groups.

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Is the federal budget enough to distract from the SNC-Lavalin affair?

Cormac Mac Sweeney | posted Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2019

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is touting the 2019 budget as the next piece to the Trudeau government’s overall strategyto make life better for families and the middle class, highlighting the measures about pharmacare, skills training for jobs and home ownership.

But, as the federal government continues to try and douse the flames of the SNC-Lavalin affair, Maclean’s Ottawa Bureau Chief John Geddes says this may not be enough to change the channel.

“SNC-Lavalin, Wilson-Raybould still remains a major story on the hill and there is nothing dramatic enough in this budget to take away from that,” said Geddes.

Geddes believes this is more aimed a longer-term election strategy, noting items like pharmacare won’t kick into gear until after the vote.

Morneau also took shots at the opposition, stating they want cuts to balance the books, but claims that would just lead to more challenges for families.

Police ask residents not to call 9-1-1 for delayed Amber Alert

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2019

Police are asking residents not to call 9-1-1 if they are still receiving the Amber Alert from Tuesday afternoon.

An Amber Alert was sent out around 5 p.m. after a five-year-old girl was allegedly abducted from her Armadale Public School classroom by her father in Markham.

As a direct result of the alert, police received a tip from a concerned citizen and the father and daughter were found in the area of Fairburn Drive.

The Amber Alert was cancelled around 6 p.m. but several residents report that they are still receiving the alerts several hours later on their cellphones or televisions. Police say they have been inundated with calls to the 9-1-1 emergency line by people complaining about the alert.

Toronto police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante says the emergency line is not to be used for such complaints.

“If you are still receiving the alerts, it’s technical issue. It’s not a 9-1-1 emergency,” she told 680NEWS.

Anyone still receiving the alert is being referred to alertready.ca for concerns or complaints.

Residents are asked to refrain from calling 9-1-1 so that the lines can remain open to respond to real emergencies.

Man critically injured after being struck by TTC utility vehicle

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2019

A man in his 60s is in hospital after being struck by a TTC utility vehicle in the city’s west end.

Police responded to a call for a collision on Perth and Wallace Avenues around 6:20 p.m.

A pedestrian was found unconscious but breathing. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the victim.

He is described as five-feet-six inches tall, weighing 175 pounds with an olive complexion, brown eyes, grey hair and a mustache. The man also has a “U” shaped scar below his ribs.

When he was struck, he was wearing blue jeans with a brown belt, a burgundy or red plaid shirt, grey hiking shoes and a black wind jacket with an orange collar. Police say he wears a watch and was carrying keys to an older model Nissan.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100.

TTC vehicles bypassing Broadview Station due to suspicious package

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Mar 19th, 2019

Toronto police said special constables located a suspicious item on Tuesday morning.

The TTC said buses and streetcars are also not entering the station while police investigate.

Shuttle buses are running between Pape and Castle Frank stations.

On Monday, TTC vehicles bypassed the station for more than four hours as police investigated a suspicious package.

Police said the package was found in the station’s bus bay around 6:30 a.m.

Although nothing harmful was found in the package, police believe it was left there intentionally.

“It was left discarded, it was in a visible area, so more of a likelihood that whoever put that package there intended for someone to react to it,” Insp. Anthony Paoletta said.

Kamal Badri, 53, of Toronto was identified as a suspect in Monday’s incident and is now wanted by police.

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