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York Region launches intersection safety program

Mark Douglas | posted Wednesday, Jul 31st, 2019

York Region wants public roadways to be safer for walking and cycling, so the municipality is launching a pilot program that will see some changes made to key intersections in the region.

The safety improvements, which will be implemented over the summer, will include no turning right on red light signage, advance left-turning signals and giving pedestrian signalling systems a seven-second head start.

“More and more, people are choosing to walk and cycle,” said Township of King Mayor Steve Pellegrini. “Active travel has many benefits and enhancing safety at our intersections is one way we can continue to create safe communities for people to travel.”

Major Mackenzie Drive and Bayview Avenue, Bathurst Street and Carrville Road, Yonge Street and Clark Avenue and Bathurst Street and Clark Avenue are the intersections that will see these safety changes made, the region said in a news release.

These safety features will be tested for one year to see if they make a difference before they become permanent, the region said.

2 pedestrians, including child, struck on Hwy. 404 on-ramp

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 31st, 2019

A four-year-old boy and his mother are in hospital with serious injuries after being struck on the Highway 404 on-ramp at Finch Avenue.

Officers were called to the scene just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said it appears the child ran away from his mother and started to head across the road. The mother ran after him and they were both struck by the vehicle.

They were both taken to a trauma centre with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver involved remained on the scene.

Police said the driver will likely not face charges because, while the on-ramp has sidewalks on both sides, it’s illegal to cross the road.

Westbound find was closed while police investigated. It has since reopened.

Police concerned for public safety after CAMH patient goes missing

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 31st, 2019

A 45-year-old patient at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has gone missing, the fourth one in the last month.

Anthony Murdock was last seen on Tuesday around 2:20 p.m. in the Queen Street West and Ossington Avenue area.

He is described as six feet one inch tall, 200 pounds and has a shaved head.

Police said he was out with an escort on an accompanied pass when he walked away.

Const. Rod Reid told 680 NEWS Murdock was found not criminally responsible for an indecent act that occurred in 1998.

Murdock was last seen wearing a burgundy cotton top and blue jeans.

Police say they are concerned for public safety. Anybody who spots him is asked not to approach him, but to call 911.

Police announced earlier this month that they were launching two separate probes after another patient at CAMH, who was declared not criminally responsible for killing his roommate, fled the country on an international flight.

Zhebin Cong, 47, has been missing since July 3, when he was last seen in the Queen Street and Ossington Avenue area at around 4 p.m.

CAMH said Cong was on an unaccompanied pass permitted by the Ontario Review Board (ORB), but failed to return to the facility. Police later revealed that Cong had flown out of the country.

Cong was an in-patient at the secured forensic unit of CAMH and deals with schizophrenia, ORB records show.

CAMH has also launched an external review of its process when it comes to passes and privileges for patients.

BMW to charge subscription fee to use Apple CarPlay in new vehicles

Spencer Gallichan-Lowe | posted Wednesday, Jul 31st, 2019

BMW owners who want to use Apple’s CarPlay system to use their iPhones in their new cars will now have to pay a subscription fee.

CarPlay allows drivers to access their iPhones to make calls, text, play music, navigate and use apps.

Up until recently, BMW charged a one-time fee to add CarPlay to a vehicle. Other car manufacturers like Honda, GM, Chrysler, Ford, Volkswagen, Mazda, Nissan and others followed a similar model, depending on the style and trim level of the vehicle.

But that’s all changed now, with the company charging $100 for a one-year subscription or $400 for 20 years after a one-year trial for 2019 model-year vehicles equipped with the navigation package.

“In Canada, all model year 2019 vehicles with on-board navigation have been equipped with Apple CarPlay preparation for a period of one year,” a statement from BMW Canada said. “This one-year period is an extended trial (teaser) that gives all customers the chance to test the service out and experience it in their car.”

The German automaker said the pricing structure will allow consumers flexibility.

“This offers BMW customers the flexibility to purchase the service for different lengths of time, based on their needs,” BMW added. “Customers will not incur any CarPlay preparation costs if they do not have an iPhone or do not use the service.”

Users of Android phones are not affected by this change, as BMW does not support Google’s mobile platform in their vehicles.

CityNews reached out to Apple Canada for comment, but they have not yet replied.

Celebs and Canines!

Dalia Yegavian | posted Wednesday, Jul 31st, 2019

Today is National Mutt Day so we’ve compiled some pictures of celebrities with dogs!

Harry Potter Pooches

Political Figure Pups

Canadian Celebs and their Canines

Models and their Mutts

Man arrested for allegedly exposing himself to women in Square One parking lot

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jul 30th, 2019

Peel police have arrested a man for allegedly exposing himself to several women in the parking lot of Square One shopping centre Saturday.

Officers were called to the area around 10 a.m. to reports of an indecent act.

A further investigation revealed a man had driven up to several women who were walking in the parking lot area and allegedly exposed his genitals to them in a sexual manner.

A 27-year-old man was arrested and will appear in court in August. He is expected to be charged with two counts of indecent acts.

Police are looking for any other alleged victims and have released a description in hopes they will contact police.

The suspect is described as having a thin build, short dark hair, a beard, wearing glasses and driving a silver Honda Civic.

Police add they are waiting for formal charges to identify the suspect.

Kitchener GO line resumes service after fatality

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jul 30th, 2019

GO service on the Kitchener line has resumed after a fatality stalled service early Monday evening.

GO Transit tweeted at just after 7 p.m. that there had been a fatality between the Mount Pleasant and Georgetown GO stations.

Busses were put in service to help move commuters from Mount Pleasant to all the remaining train stations.

It has since resumed service.


RCMP can’t substantiate tip that 2 men spotted in York Landing are BC murder suspects

The Canadian Press, News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jul 30th, 2019

Manitoba RCMP say they have been unable to substantiate a tip that said the two men wanted for killings in British Columbia were spotted in the community of York Landing.

But the search is still continuing.

Constant said there are some 30 officers in the remote community of 500, along with a dog team, emergency response teams, helicopters and armed searchers on all-terrain vehicles.

Corporal Julie Courchaine says police are aware it’s a trying time for residents as there’s a lot of uncertainty.

“We need to find them and identify them and then go on from there,” she explained.

Courchaine said people need to stay indoors as much as possible and report anything suspicious.

Helicopters, a plane, heavily armed officers and police canine units descended on the northern Manitoba community after Mounties received a tip Sunday night that two people matching the description of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod were spotted near the community’s dump.

The RCMP say officers searched the York Landing area throughout the night and continue their efforts today.

The last confirmed sighting of the two suspects was a week ago in Gillam, another remote community to the northeast of York Landing.

Courchaine said they have received over 200 tips, including the one that brought them to York Landing. They are making a plea to the public to keep submitting tips.

Schmegelsky and McLeod, both from Port Alberni, B.C., are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia professor Leonard Dyck.

The pair are also suspected in the fatal shooting of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese.

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