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Crash with Lyft vehicle causes streetcar derailment at King and University

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2019

University Avenue has reopened in both directions between Wellington Street West and Adelaide Street West after a collision between an SUV and a TTC streetcar at King Street West and University led to a derailment.

The TTC called it a “significant derailment” of the 504 streetcar.

The crash, which happened just before 7:30 a.m. on Monday, caused the streetcar to drive up over the curb and onto the sidewalk.

Ride-sharing company Lyft confirmed that one of its drivers was involved in the crash while transporting passengers.

“Safety is fundamental to Lyft and our thoughts are with all those involved in this unfortunate accident,” a Lyft spokesperson told CityNews. “We have spoken with the driver and rider to express our support and stand ready to assist law enforcement with any investigation.”

Lyft says the driver’s account has been put on hold while the company investigates.

Shuttle buses were called in to service commuters in the area.

Paramedics said three people suffered minor injuries.

Trudeau puts bagels, beer against wine, chocolate in Raptors bet with Pelosi

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2019

Justin Trudeau and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are betting on the NBA Finals, with the prime minister putting bagels and beer up against wine and chocolate.

The Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors in the best-of-seven championship series 3-1 with a chance to close out the franchise’s first NBA title tonight at home in Toronto.

Ahead of the game, Pelosi, who is from San Francisco and an ardent Warriors fan, says she’ll send Ghirardelli chocolate, California wine and a smattering of almonds and walnuts from her home state should Golden State fail to win yet another title.

Trudeau says in a statement that the chocolate and a glass of California wine will “pair nicely with the Raptors’ first NBA title.”

But maybe Pelosi knows something the prime minister doesn’t by placing the bet with Golden State deep in a hole: Does the speaker have inside intelligence on whether Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is healthy after a leg injury and ready to make his series debut?

If the Warriors come back to win their third title in as many years, and fourth in five, Trudeau will have to send smoked Atlantic salmon, Peace by Chocolates chocolates, St-Viateur Bagels, Pansawan dry bison meat, Nanaimo bars, and Ontario craft beer.

Nowhere in the bet is the fate of the new North American free-trade agreement that requires Congressional approval, the timeline of which Pelosi dictates as speaker of the House of Representatives.

Man charged with second-degree murder in Toronto man’s death

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2019

Toronto police say they’ve charged a 24-year-old man with second-degree murder in the city’s 27th homicide of 2019.

They say officers responded to a call for a medical complaint shortly after midnight on Saturday in the Yonge and Charles street area.

Police say they found a man with life-threatening injuries who was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation found that the victim had been standing by the main door of a building on Yonge Street when he was attacked by another man, who then fled on foot.

The victim has previously been identified as James Andrew Smith, 54, of Toronto.

Eric Bryant Ram, 24, of no fixed address was charged with second-degree murder. He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

TTC, GO Transit create ‘no-go’ zone to accommodate Raptors crowds

Spencer Gallichan-Lowe | posted Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2019

The TTC created a “no-go” zone Monday to accommodate the large crowds that were downtown to take-in Raptors fever.

Streetcars and buses were diverted at half-time, TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said Monday.

He added that 25 buses were on standby to help with the re-routing and five extra subway trains had been put into service.

“Extra subway and downtown bus service pre-game. Extra trains post-game with last northbound trains from Union Station at 2:25 a.m,” Green said in a Tweet at 4:18 p.m. “Connections will be available east-west at Line 2 and [eastbound] on Line 4.”

Green said the TTC was worried about overcrowding on platforms, so it was necessary to take these steps.

In addition, the Union Station GO bus terminal was closed soon after tip-off and is expected to remain closed for the rest of the night.

While the terminal is closed, buses that usually come through Union Station Bus Terminal will be detouring:

Route 61, 63, 65 or 71: All GO bus trips will begin and end at the Hwy 407 Station. GO fare can be used on the TTC subway for travel between Hwy. 407 Station and Union Station.

Route 21 or 31: All GO bus trips will begin and end at the Port Credit GO station. For travel between Port Credit and Union Station, take the Lakeshore West train.

Route 16: This route is now suspended. To travel from Hamilton to Union Station, take the Route 18 bus from Hamilton GO to Aldershot GO and then continue on the Lakeshore West train to Union Station. To travel from Union Station to Hamilton, take the Lakeshore West GO train to Aldershot GO and continue on the Route 18 GO bus to Hamilton.

Rory McIlroy flirts with 59, wins RBC Canadian Open by 7 strokes

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jun 10th, 2019

Rory McIlroy has won the RBC Canadian Open.

McIlroy pulled away from the field with a 9-under 61 in the final round of Canada’s national championship.

The fourth-ranked golfer had never played a competitive round in Canada before.

The win was McIlroy’s sixth national title. He has also won the U.S., British, Irish and Australian Opens. He considers his Hong Kong Open title a national championship.

McIlroy, who sank nine birdies, an eagle and a bogey in his dominant final round, began the day in a three-way tie for first with Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson.

Adam Hadwin was the low Canadian. The golfer from Abbotsford, B.C., finished sixth. Mackenzie Hughes, from nearby Dundas, Ont., finished in a tie for 14th.

Seagull photobombs and steals woman’s lobster roll

Sophia Rosenbaum, The Associated Press | posted Monday, Jun 10th, 2019

Alicia Jessop knew Friday was going to be a memorable day, but she didn’t realize it would be one she’d never forget.

The 34-year-old Pepperdine University professor planned to finally visit New England, hitting some of the last seven states she’d never been to, and try her first-ever lobster roll. What she didn’t plan for was capturing a now-viral photo of the moment a seagull tried to snag her pricey sandwich as she was lining up the perfect shot.

“I was really embarrassed. You hear stories of people taking crazy Instagram pictures and hurting themselves and I was like, ‘Oh my God, you are now that person. You just wasted $21.50 for a picture.”‘

Jessop started her lobster roll quest Friday afternoon, renting a car after wrapping up a work conference in Vermont and beginning her New England road trip. After a few Google and Yelp searches, she made her way to Fox’s Lobster House in York, Maine, buying her $21.50 lobster roll and walking over to the water to take a picture.

“It was the most picturesque place,” Jessop said. “You’re standing on the seashore overlooking the lighthouse. I don’t really take a lot of food pictures, but I knew this needed to be documented.”

She spent about 20 seconds framing her Instagram shot, manoeuvring her hands holding the lobster roll in the perfect position so her phone could capture the sandwich and the Nubble Lighthouse in the background.

Jessop said as she took the picture, she felt something rustle her hand. She immediately thought she dropped the lobster roll.

“That’s when I realized the seagull had swooped in and I hadn’t even seen it coming,” she said. “It’s a really smart bird and it all happened so fast.”

Before she had time to shoo the bird away, Jessop said it was already feasting on the lobster roll with “all of his friends.”

As she walked back to the lobster shack to get another roll, she flipped through her camera roll and burst into laughter, realizing the only photo she had was the exact moment the seagull had swooped in to steal her sandwich. She posted the picture on Twitter, saying, “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

Within a half an hour, thousands of people had liked her post, which now has more than 191,000 likes on Twitter.

Jessop went back to Fox’s and paid for another $21.50 lobster roll, but this time sat in a different area to enjoy the sandwich, which she said “was an awesome treat and well worth the money.” She asked another customer to snap a photo of her so she had proof she actually ate a lobster roll.

Aside from the funny story and laughter she personally got from her lobster roll mishap, Jessop said the experience has shown her “people just need a laugh.”

She is also embracing the possibility of being known as the seagull picture woman for the rest of her life.

“There’s a lot worse things I could be known for, and if that means I get free lobster rolls and bring a little bit of laughter into people’s lives, I think that’s a good thing,” she said.

2b or not 2b: Charter section key in Toronto’s fight over council cut

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jun 10th, 2019

Ontario’s top court is set to thrash out the legalities of last year’s unprecedented intervention by Premier Doug Ford’s rookie government in Toronto’s municipal election.

The battle, slated for Monday and Tuesday, pits the city against the province over legislation that slashed the number of councillor seats to 25 from 47 partway through last fall’s municipal election campaign.

In new filings, the city urges the Court of Appeal to declare the Better Local Government Act unconstitutional – but to then leave things as they are until the next election in 2022.

“There is no reliable evidence to support the province’s suggestion (the act) was necessary because city council is dysfunctional,” Toronto says in its filings. “The rhetoric from the premier or members of the legislature is not reliable evidence.”

Carissima Mathen, an Ottawa law professor, said the city faces an uphill battle in persuading the Appeal Court to its viewpoint.

“There’s no question that the deck is stacked against them,” Mathen said. “What they do have on their side is this sense that there was something deeply unfair and there was something deeply troublesome about the way the province went about this.”

In passing the legislation, Ford’s Progressive Conservatives maintained that fewer councillors would ensure a more effective council. Critics called it crass political interference from Ford, a failed mayoral candidate and one-term councillor under his late brother, former mayor Rob Ford.

In its factum, the province renews its claim the legislation was necessary.

“(The act) is a meaningful, proportionate measure to address the dysfunction caused by having too many councillors – ungoverned by party discipline,” the province says. “A smaller council can operate more effectively as a deliberative body, with a lower burden on city staff.”

Passage of the act, better known as Bill 5, caused an uproar, sparking accusations the Ford government was riding roughshod over local democracy.

The city initially prevailed in its legal fight when Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba, just weeks before the October election, declared the legislation unconstitutional and ordered a 47-seat vote to proceed. Ford further inflamed debate by threatening to invoke the notwithstanding clause in light of the decision.

That proved unnecessary after the province won a stay of the ruling pending disposition of its appeal, and the 25-ward election went ahead.

In his decision, Belobaba said Bill 5 violated the free-expression rights of candidates and voters under Section 2b of the charter, and “undermined an otherwise fair and equitable election process.” The Ford government, the judge found, had “clearly crossed the line” into undemocratic territory.

The appellate court, however, called Belobaba’s reasoning “dubious” in granting a stay. While the legislation might have been disruptive and frustrating, that did not necessarily amount to a constitutional violation, the Appeal Court said.

“The question for the courts is not whether Bill 5 is unfair but whether it is unconstitutional,” the higher court said. “We have concluded that there is a strong likelihood that (Belobaba) erred in law, and that the attorney general’s appeal to this court will succeed.”

The city argues the Appeal Court should uphold Belobaba’s freedom of expression finding but, in its filings, also argues the legislation violates unwritten constitutional principles of democracy under Section 3 of the charter.

“A province does not have the power (under the Constitution) to enact legislation that makes the election of a democratically elected municipal government undemocratic,” the city argues.

The province counters that the Constitution does not guarantee any particular structure for local governments, which are essentially creatures of the province. It also argues Belobaba was out of line to order a 47-ward election rather than simply allow time for the legislature to pass new legislation.

“There is no basis to conclude that the resulting election was not free or fair – for candidates, their supporters and voters – that it failed to reflect the will of a freely informed electorate, or that the elected city council lacks a legitimate democratic mandate,” the province says.

The appeal hearing in which groups such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Canadian Constitution Foundation are intervening will be available via livestream.

Raptors’ VanVleet concussion-free and ready to perform in pivotal Game 5

Steven Loung, Sportsnet | posted Monday, Jun 10th, 2019

TORONTO – Near the tail-end of the Toronto Raptors‘ practice Sunday, Fred VanVleet was spotted taking three-pointers that were oddly off the mark.

Stationed along the left wing, VanVleet was taking passes from teammate Danny Green and letting fly shot after shot, putting his trademark side spin on the ball that normally always softly lands in the bottom of the net in these situations, only to see it hit iron more often than not.

This usually wouldn’t mean anything. But when a player takes an elbow to the head, has to get stitched up because he’s bleeding from the eye and loses a tooth to boot like what happened to VanVleet in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, these are the nit-picky things that will suddenly stand out like the Bat Signal shining across the Gotham skyline.

But when VanVleet got off the court and entered a sea of microphones, cameras and tape recorders about 45 minutes later, he settled things down with his calm and cool demeanour, like he always does.

“It’s a little blurry,” said VanVleet of his left eye, under-which a distinctive bandage could be seen masking the seven stitches he was forced to receive to stop it from bleeding after Shaun Livingston’s elbow drove directly into it on Friday. “My eyes water at random points, but it’s not too bad. I’ve actually had worse so I’m doing alright.”

Welcome news for the Raptors who have relied on VanVleet’s timely and accurate shooting from deep throughout these Finals with the Golden State Warriors.

Better yet for Toronto, the worst-case scenario involving VanVleet was avoided.

“Nope, no symptoms, no concussion, so you guys can leave that alone,” he said. “We have great doctors and great staff and the NBA is great and they follow a protocol.”

This is a huge sigh of relief for the Raptors because of the job he’s done on Warriors superstar Stephen Curry.

Over the course of these Finals, no Raptors defender has seen Curry nearly as much as the 132 possessions VanVleet has and in that time VanVleet has given Curry fits, forcing him to 8-of-26 shooting overall and 3-for-14 from three-point range.

The scary potential of a concussion loomed large on VanVleet but thankfully for him and the Raptors that won’t be an issue anymore meaning Toronto will have no issues unleashing its pit bull against Golden State’s two-time MVP, and the only thing VanVleet will have to worry about is his new grin.

“I’m not gonna smile for you or show you, but I’m back to normal,” VanVleet said, adding that he got it fixed after receiving a CT scan to check for any additional bone damage as soon as he landed back in Toronto.

He’s wearing a mouthguard now, something he’s not too enthused about, but it’s whatever it takes to keep him out there because VanVleet knows the kind of task that’s in front of him.

With the Raptors up 3-1 and a chance to capture their first-ever championship on Monday, they now, for the first time all Finals, face the weight of expectation. Going from underdog to suddenly being expected to win can be a jarring thing for teams but this is something VanVleet has actually gone through before.

During his freshman and sophomore years at Wichita State, VanVleet was on teams that made the Final Four and then went undefeated. In both cases, the Shockers fell short of their ultimate goal, but there was a lesson in there that VanVleet learned that he’s now applying to the situation he finds himself in with the Raptors.

“At the end of the day all of that stuff is performance based,” said VanVleet of the narrative of dealing with expectation. “[If] I tell you we’re locked in, I tell you all the right answers and we go out there and we lay an egg then you say we weren’t focused and the moment is too big. If I tell you something else and we go out there and we play our butts off and win then we were the most laser-like focused and locked in that we could be. So it’s all performance based.”

Yes, no matter how VanVleet has looked – swollen eye, missing tooth, missing practice jumpers – performance really is all that matters, and so far he’s performed at a championship-calibre level.

Expect more of the same Monday night.

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