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More than 300 street racing charges in GTA in May: OPP

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jun 5th, 2019

Despite the tough laws designed to discourage it, street racing remains a big problem in the GTA.

Provincial police laid more than 300 street racing charges on GTA highways in May, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said in a tweet on Monday.

These drivers were caught travelling more than 50 kilometres an hour over the posted speed limit, including one driving who was clocked at 192 kilometres an hour on Highway 403 in Mississauga.

Currently in Ontario, anyone caught driving more than 50 kilometres an hour above the speed limit will have their driver’s licence suspended and vehicle impounded for seven days. If convicted, drivers can be fined between $2,000 and $10,000, and could also serve six months in jail, along with a longer licence suspension.

The OPP also laid more than 100 impaired driving charges in May.

Back in April, the federal government announced it would give the province $17 million over five years to support various anti-drug driving initiatives. Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said 40 per cent of all front line police officers in Ontario will have up-to-date standardized field sobriety testing skills by 2021.

Waterfront Toronto board vote on Sidewalk Labs pushed back several months

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Jun 5th, 2019

Waterfront Toronto says a vote on whether to move forward on Sidewalk Labs’ contentious development project will be pushed back several months to allow for a thorough evaluation.

Spokesman Andrew Tumilty says Waterfront’s board vote on the Quayside development plan, scheduled for September, is now expected sometime in December or January.

Tumilty says the delay will allow the board to do a “full, through, and extensive evaluation process” of the development plan Sidewalk Labs is expected to submit later this month.

Waterfront Toronto, a collaboration between Toronto and the provincial and federal governments to oversee the city’s lakefront development, says it will publicly release the plan for a stretch of the city’s eastern waterfront within a week of receiving it.

Sidewalk, backed by Google parent Alphabet Inc., says its plan to develop the neighbourhood aims to address challenges like traffic, housing affordability and job creation and comes after consultations with over 20,000 city residents.

The proposed waterfront smart city has drawn criticism, lawsuits and calls to be scrapped over concerns of privacy, corporate overreach and a lack of transparency.

Spiderman webbing Toronto streetcar wires at Queen and Spadina

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jun 5th, 2019

Spiderman does whatever a Spider can.

Unless the Toronto police calls him out on Twitter.

Apparently Spiderman has been webbing items such as lightpoles — but this time he’s webbed streetcar wires at Spadina Avenue and Queen Street.

The police tweeted about it on Tuesday afternoon, calling it a hazard. Later tweeting that no streetcars were affected and there was “no impediment to the sidewalk.”

“Spiderman is back to performing for people,” police added.

The comments on Twitter, naturally, are light-hearted, with one person tweeting “Spiderman is not a hazard, he’s a hero.”

Business group warns that axing Beer Store deal could deter investment

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Jun 5th, 2019

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is telling Finance Minister Vic Fedeli that ripping up a deal with The Beer Store could deter investment in the province.

The Progressive Conservative government tabled legislation last week that would terminate a 10-year contract with The Beer Store in order to allow the sale of beer and wine in corner stores.

It was signed by the previous Liberal government and permitted beer and wine to be sold in hundreds of grocery stores.

The president and CEO of the chamber says canceling a contract sends an alarming message to the business community in Ontario and beyond.

Rocco Rossi says the business advocacy group has been supportive of this government, but breaking a legitimate contract is a short-sighted approach.

The Beer Store is threatening to challenge the Tory government’s legislation in court.

At least 4 dead in shooting in Australian city of Darwin

The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Jun 4th, 2019

A gunman was arrested after killing at least four people and wounding several others Tuesday in the tropical Australian city of Darwin, officials and media said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the incident was not terrorism related. “This is a terrible act of violence that has already, I’m advised, taken the lives of four people,” Morrison told reporters in London.

A 45-year-old man was in custody following the shooting, Northern Territory Police Duty Superintendent Lee Morgan told Guardian Australia.

“At this stage, we’ve got reports of four deceased and a number of other people who have been shot,” Morgan said.

Police contacted by The Associated Press declined to comment.

A man fired a pump action shotgun at the Palms Hotel in the Darwin suburb of Woolner in the late afternoon, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Police attended three crime scenes in the city of 100,000 related to the gunman, ABC said.

Police earlier said the suspect was described as wearing a high-visibility shirt and driving a white dual-cab pickup truck, Australian Associated Press reported.

Cop seen in video punching teen ‘following protocol,’ Durham police say

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jun 4th, 2019

A video that shows a police officer punching a 16-year-old boy in the back several times while the teen was on the ground in Whitby is getting a lot of attention on social media.

But Durham police say the officers involved were following protocol.

They were trying to arrest the teen on May 15 at around 3:30 p.m. while he was walking with his friends in the Taunton and Thickson roads area.

Police say they had earlier received a call about a distraught male possibly armed with a knife and say when the officers arrived they found a teen with existing cuts to his hand.

The boy was eventually taken into custody and according to investigators was not injured.

The Durham police statement also says a copy of the video and the officer’s use of force report will be forwarded to the training branch and the professional standards unit for review.

View the full video here:

Cop seen in video punching teen ‘following protocol,’ Durham police say

Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over rights to his logo

The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Jun 4th, 2019

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard filed a federal lawsuit against Nike on Monday, saying the footwear and apparel giant is blocking him from using a logo that he believes he owns.

The suit was filed on a travel day for the NBA Finals; Leonard and the Raptors flew to Oakland, Calif., on Monday to begin preparing for Game 3 of the title series against the Golden State Warriors, a game that will be played Wednesday night.

It was filed in California because Leonard maintains a home in San Diego, the suit said.

Leonard was a Nike endorser until 2018. He now endorses New Balance. A message left for Nike was not immediately returned Monday. Leonard is scheduled to speak with reporters on Tuesday when practice resumes at the NBA Finals.

In the lawsuit, Leonard said Nike filed a copyright application for a logo that he designed and did so “unbeknownst to Leonard and without his consent.” Nike told Leonard earlier this year to stop using the logo, the lawsuit said. Leonard is preparing to use the logo “on clothing lines, footwear and on other products and, among other things, in connection with sports camps and charity functions.”

Leonard claims that he developed the logo himself by tracing his very large hands. The ring and pinky fingers of the logo are shaped into a “K,” the middle finger and thumb form an “L” and the index finger is designed to resemble an elongated “2” — all nods to his initials and jersey number.

The suit said that Leonard “refined” the logo in December 2011 or January 2012, and eventually consented that Nike could use it on certain products. Leonard wants the court to decide that he is the author of the logo and that Nike “committed fraud” when registering the logo for copyright.

Leonard is in the NBA Finals for the third time, and got there in his first season as a member of the Raptors after previously playing with the San Antonio Spurs. He will become a free agent on June 30 and many teams, including the Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers, are expected to attempt to sign him this summer.

2 girls, 13, in serious to life-threatening condition after being struck by vehicle in Agincourt

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jun 4th, 2019

Toronto police say two teenage girls, both aged 13, have been struck by a vehicle while crossing the street near an Agincourt school on Monday afternoon.

Both girls are in serious to life-threatening condition, police tell CityNews.

It happened near Midland and Lockie avenues at around 3:30 p.m.

Police say the driver, a 64-year-old woman, remained on scene. There’s no word yet on possible charges but police say at this point there’s no indication of impairment or criminality.

In a statement, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) said both girls are students at nearby Sir Alexander Mackenzie Senior Public School.

“Our thoughts are with the students and we are supporting their families in any way we can,” said TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird. “In the meantime, social work support is being made available to students and staff who are understandably upset.”

Area residents tell CityNews speeding is a problem in the neighbourhood.

“The city won’t do anything about it,” one father of two girls said. “We’ve asked to put up cameras, we are willing to pay for the cameras ourselves and the city is giving us a hard time … as residents what can we do?”

“They speed around here all the time,” another added.

Toronto police Sgt. Edmund Wong said officers are doing their best to assure drivers don’t speed in the area.

“My understanding is that there is a lot of enforcement being done (here),” he said. “We do our best and whenever we have the man power, we put man power in this area to enforce the speed laws.”

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