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Man stabbed aboard Queen streetcar, suspect fled on bicycle

News Staff | posted Monday, Jul 15th, 2019

A man was stabbed aboard a TTC streetcar on Queen Street Sunday night.

Police responded to a call for the stabbing in the Queen and John Street area around 10:40 p.m.

They say the victim had gotten off the streetcar but officers found him nearby suffering from stab wounds and bleeding heavily.

His injuries are considered serious but not life threatening.

Police say the suspect also got off the streetcar and fled the scene on a bicycle. Officers are searching the area for the suspect.

The 501 Queen streetcar is detouring via Church Street, King Street West and Spadina Ave. Shuttle buses will be operating.

Kensington Market shooting leaves 2 people injured

News Staff | posted Monday, Jul 15th, 2019

Police are investigating after a shooting in Kensington Market left two people injured early Monday morning.

Police said they were called to a report of gunfire near Baldwin Street and Spadina Avenue at around 4:05 a.m.

EMS said they transported a man to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

A second man made his own way to a local hospital, police said. His injuries are considered serious, but non-life-threatening.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

Multiple injuries aboard Air Canada flight after plane hits turbulence

The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Jul 12th, 2019

Thirty people were sent to hospital with injuries after an Air Canada flight travelling from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, hit severe turbulence and was forced to divert to Honolulu.

Nine of those people were in serious condition, some suffering lacerations and injuries to their head, back and neck, emergency first responders in Hawaii said.

“Any time we get a call for an airline bringing in multiple injuries it makes our hearts beat a little faster, but we train for this kind of stuff and we were ready to respond,” Honolulu EMS Chief Dean Nakano said Thursday.

“There were 37 injuries. Thirty were transported. Twenty-one were deemed to be minor. Nine were serious. Seven of the passengers refused to be transported.”

Officials said the injured ranged from children to seniors and included some flight crew members.

Flight AC33 was about two hours past Hawaii over the Pacific Ocean early Thursday morning when “unforecasted and sudden turbulence” caused “minor injuries” for travellers and crew that triggered a turnaround, Air Canada said in an email.

Late Thursday, Air Canada said all of the injured had been assessed, treated and released by hospitals. The flight was to resume Friday.

“We have made arrangements including hotel accommodations and meals for passengers in Honolulu. The flight to Sydney is planned to resume tomorrow, July 12, at 12 noon local Hawaii time,” Angela Mah, an Air Canada spokeswoman, said.

Eyewitnesses described a gut-churning drop in altitude that slammed passengers and flight attendants into the ceiling.

“We hit turbulence and we all hit the roof and everything fell down, and stuff… people went flying,” passenger Jess Smith told local station KHON in Honolulu.

“I watched a whole bunch of people hit the ceiling of the plane,” said Alex MacDonald. “A couple of the air hostesses were bringing food out at the time, and they hit the roof as well. But as a whole people seem to be OK, didn’t seem to be any major injuries.”

MacDonald added that staff and ground crew were “amazing” in the wake of the incident.

Linda Woodhouse, an Albertan who is moving to Australia, said people had just begun to wake up and move around when the airplane experienced several seconds of minor turbulence. A few moments later, “the plane just dropped,” she said.

“The lady in front of me flew up to the ceiling, so I was trying to grab her and make sure she wasn’t injured,” she said in a phone interview from Honolulu airport.

Passengers getting up for the washroom and flight attendants starting to serve refreshments were violently knocked about, she said.

“Those individuals unfortunately flew up and hit the ceiling of the plane and dropped back down again.”

Woodhouse credits the crew and passengers with springing into action in the wake of the drop. Four passengers with medical training walked up and down the aisles, helping the injured and reporting their issues to the pilots and crew, who eventually decided to turn the plane back to Hawaii.

“There were some facial lacerations, so they put sterile strips on them,” she said. “There were a couple of people with head and neck injuries from flying up and hitting the ceiling.”

Woodhouse said Air Canada has told passengers they will spend the night in a hotel and will likely continue their journeys tomorrow. Despite the shock, she said she has no qualms about getting on the plane.

“It could have been a lot worse,” she said.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200 jetliner, had 269 passengers and 15 crew members on board who were greeted by medical personnel on arrival at Honolulu airport at 6:45 a.m. local time.

Jim Howe, director of Honolulu’s emergency services department, praised first responders and the plane’s crew for how they handled the emergency.

“I want to say to everyone involved, including the pilots and staff on the plane, congratulations on a job well done,” Howe said.

“No lives lost. We are very pleased with the outcome.”

The airline said it is arranging hotel accommodations and meals for passengers in Honolulu as well as options for resumption of the flight.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our flights, passengers and crew,” Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said, noting the airline requested first responders before touchdown.

The turbulence happened at about 10,970 metres 966 kilometres southwest of Honolulu, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in a tweet.


Man seriously injured in Brampton stabbing

News Staff | posted Friday, Jul 12th, 2019

A 19-year-old man is in serious condition following a stabbing in Brampton.

Peel Regional Police were called to a school in the area of Van Kirk Drive and Bramtrail Gate just before 9 p.m.

The victim was transported to a trauma centre by paramedics.

Police are searching for a male suspect who fled the scene on a bicycle. He’s described as white and wearing all black clothing.

R. Kelly arrested again in Chicago on federal sex charges

The Associated Press | posted Friday, Jul 12th, 2019

CHICAGO — Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago Thursday on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick said the R&B singer was taken into custody about 7 p.m. local time and was being held by federal authorities.

He was arrested after the indictment was handed down earlier Thursday in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois.

“The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice,”‘ Fitzpatrick said, adding that further details would be released Friday.

The arrest was the second time this year that Kelly has been taken into custody in Chicago on sex charges. The 52-year-old Grammy winner, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was arrested in February on 10 counts in Illinois involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail.

Then on May 30, Cook County prosecutors added 11 more sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage.

His attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment on the federal charges. Fitzpatrick said Kelly’s arraignment date and time had not yet been set.

Kelly has faced mounting legal troubles this year after Lifetime aired a documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which revisited allegations of sexual abuse of girls. The series followed the BBC’s “R Kelly: Sex, Girls & Videotapes,” released in 2018, that alleged the singer was holding women against their will and running a “sex cult.”

Soon after the release of the Lifetime documentary, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said her office had been inundated with calls about the allegations in the documentary. Her office’s investigation led to the charges in February and additional counts added in May.

Kelly avoided prison after similar allegations were made more than a decade ago. A jury in 2008 acquitted him of child pornography charges that stemmed from a videotape, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, allegedly showing Kelly having sex with a minor.

Police reissue notice of closure to CAFE in Fort York

News Staff | posted Thursday, Jul 11th, 2019

Police and bylaw officers once again attempted to shut down the CAFE dispensary on Fort York — one of four locations of the illegal chain.

Notices of immediate closure were taped to the windows Wednesday, but the front door does not appear to be bolted shut as it has been in previous raids.

Witnesses say officers attended the location around 11:30 a.m.

Customers are reportedly being directed to the chain’s Harbord Street location — which was raided and shut down on Tuesday.

In that incident, numerous bags of dried cannabis and edible products, along with an undisclosed amount of cash were removed from the premises.

A man who claimed to live above the store was told the property was seized by the city and he would not be allowed back inside.

The provincial government recently closed a loophole that saw some dispensaries stay open by claiming their business locations were also serving as residences.

It is unclear if the Harbord street location is back in business or if the Fort York location is being sealed again.

Mindy Kaling comedy casts Mississauga teen

The Canadian Press and News Staff | posted Thursday, Jul 11th, 2019

A Mississauga teenager has nabbed the lead role in Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix comedy.

The streaming service says Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is a newcomer to acting who will make her on-screen debut in the untitled project as Devi, described as “a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl.”

Ramakrishnan, a Meadowvale Secondary School student, beat out 15,000 other girls to land the role from a worldwide open casting call that began with an online post from the “The Office” actress and “Mindy Project” star.

The untitled series is co-created, co-written and executive produced by Kaling and Lang Fisher, whose writing credits include “The Mindy Project” and “Brooklyn Nine Nine.”

Kaling announced the news on Instagram, saying they feel so much excitement to be bringing this story to life.

“We love that this extremely special and hilarious young woman gets to help us tell that story,” read the post. “Depicting what it’s like to be a young desi woman right now – a real girl with real desires, ambitions and problems.”

Peel District School Board also congratulated Ramakrishnan on Twitter, saying “We’re excited to see you on Netflix as a young Mindy Kaling! You’re going to be great!”

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