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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.”

Drake turns trolling sights on injured Warriors star Kevin Durant

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jun 3rd, 2019

Drake seemingly set his trolling sights on injured Golden Star Warriors star Kevin Durant on Sunday for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador/rapper took his courtside seat just prior the player introductions, shaking hands with nearby fans. He was wearing a black hoodie with a picture of actor Macaulay Culkin, who played Kevin McCallister in the “Home Alone” movie franchise, mouth open and holding his face above the word “Kevin?!?!?!”

One assumes it was an attempt to troll Durant, currently sidelined by a calf strain.


The decal was no longer on Drake’s back in the fourth quarter when he returned to his seat.

And Golden State had the last laugh with a 109-104 win that evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. After the game, Warriors guard Klay Thompson had a few choice words for Drake when their paths met out of view from the court.

“See you in the Bay Aubrey. Weren’t talking tonight were ya?” said Thompson, who had exited in the fourth quarter with a hamstring issue, in using part of Drake’s real name – Aubrey Drake Graham.

On video posted on social media, Thompson, Durant and Drake seemed to indulge in some good-natured needling.

Earlier, Drake stood up and applauded the Raptors as they took the court, exchanging fist bumps with the players. He exchanged a hug and handshake with former U.S. president Barack Obama before taking his seat.

The rapper stood up to applaud veteran coach Frank Layden when he was honored with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award in the second quarter.

With Fred VanVleet at the free throw line in the seocnd quarter, Drake and Toronto coach Nick Nurse chatted briefly. But there was no shoulder rub.

Drake himself was honored with an ovation when he was shown during a Celebrity Watch montage on the big screen.

Drake was largely on his best behaviour for Game 1, although he subtly trolled Golden State star Steph Curry by choosing to honour Curry’s father by wearing a vintage Dell Curry Raptors jersey.

He also wore a Nike wristband on his left bicep just above the elbow, apparently to cover up small tattoos dedicated to both Curry and Durant.

He wore a hoodie with “Kawhi Me a River” on the back for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final against the Milwaukee Bucks, whose star Giannis Antetokounmpo was well-defended by Raptors ace Kawhi Leonard.

The rapper did get into a jawing match with Warriors forward Draymond Green as the visitors filed off the floor following the Raptors’ 118-109 win Thursday night. But nothing happened and Green appeared ready to cut the rapper some slack.

“He’s a fan. He talks and it gets more attention because he’s Drake,” Green said the next day. “So many people are complaining about it, like, ‘You don’t let any other fan do that.’ Yeah, any other fan is just not Drake, so they probably shouldn’t be able to do that. That’s just kind of how the cookie crumbles.”

Drake and Green exchanged looks after the Warriors forward was hit with his second personal foul near the end of the first half Sunday, drawing comment from the rapper. There was more of the same when Green left the court for the break.

Commissioner Adam Silver, meanwhile, felt Drake went over the line in rubbing Nurse’s shoulders during an Eastern Conference final game, but also said that he appreciated the rapper’s “super-fan status and I know he’s beloved in the community of Toronto.”

Silver had a good view of Drake on Sunday, seated with Obama on the other side of the Scotiabank Arena lower bowl from the rapper’s seats.

Canada suspends operations at embassy in Venezuela

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jun 3rd, 2019

Canada suspended operations at its embassy in Venezuela on Sunday, saying President Nicolas Maduro’s regime is increasingly clamping down on diplomats who oppose his rule.

The diplomats’ visas are set to expire at the end of June, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement, and Maduro’s regime – which Canada has denounced as illegitimate and characterized as a dictatorship – has made it so they cannot be renewed.

“As Venezuela slides deeper into dictatorship, and as Venezuelans continue to suffer at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime, the regime has taken steps to limit the ability of foreign embassies to function in Venezuela, particularly those advocating for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela,” she said.

Freeland said the operations are being suspended temporarily, effective immediately.

“We are also evaluating the status of Venezuelan diplomats appointed by the Maduro regime to Canada,” she said in the statement.

News that embassy operations were being put on hold came a day before Freeland was set to meet in New York with other members of the Lima Group – a bloc that includes more than a dozen Latin American countries opposing Maduro.

Canada is among as many as 50 countries that have said Maduro stole last year’s election and is no longer the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

Instead, the Lima Group backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself Venezuela’s interim leader at the beginning of this year.

Freeland said that through its work with the Lima Group, the government will continue to advocate for democracy in the South American nation.

Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 100 officials in Maduro’s regime in a bid to hold them accountable.

The country’s political and economic crisis has forced three million people to flee their homes in search of food, health care and other basic services since 2015.

Global Affairs said Canadians in Venezuela who need consular assistance can reach out to the Embassy of Canada to Colombia, in Bogota, and noted that Ottawa has advised against travelling to Venezuela for the past several months.

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