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Motorcyclist injured in Mississauga crash

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2019

A motorcyclist has been taken to a trauma centre with non-life-threatening injuries after a collision in Mississauga.

Peel police were called to Derry and Bramalea Roads just after 9:30 p.m. to reports of a crash between a motorcycle and a vehicle.

The driver was taken to hospital and no other injuries were reported.

Man dies after being struck by vehicle in North York

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2019

Toronto police say a pedestrian has died after being struck by a vehicle in North York.

Police were called to the scene just after 9 p.m. to Laureleaf Road South and Steeles Avenue East near Bayview Avenue.

The man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but was pronounced dead in hospital.

The driver of the car was unharmed and remained at the scene.

New sex-ed curriculum to be released Wednesday: sources

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2019

The Ontario government will be releasing their new sexual education curriculum Wednesday morning at 6 a.m., multiple sources confirm to CityNews.

The new curriculum will reportedly deal with bullying, health, concussions, gender identity and same sex relationships.

Multiple sources also said it isn’t far off from the previous Liberal government’s sex ed curriculum that was scrapped by the Progressive Conservative government shortly after they came into power. One notable change expected is that gender identity would be taught a couple of grades later.

The Wynne government’s sex-ed curriculum sparked controversy, particularly among social conservatives, when it was introduced in 2015.

It was the first time the curriculum had been updated since 1998, and it included warnings about online bullying and sexting that were not in the previous version.

But protesters had zeroed in on discussions of same-sex marriage, gender identity and masturbation.

The Ford government had previously said their curriculum would allow parents to opt out of having their kids exposed to certain topics in sex-ed class, and the Ministry of Education would issue online modules for those who want guidance on discussing those topics at home.

Ethics Commissioner report had little effect on voter preference: poll

Dilshad Burman | posted Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2019

While a damning report from Canada’s ethics commissioner found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau guilty of violating Canada’s Conflict of Interest Act, it looks like the affair has had little impact on how Canadians say they will vote in the upcoming federal election.

According to a new survey conducted by DART & Maru/Blue Voice Canada over the weekend after the report was released, Mario Dion’s findings following the SNC-Lavalin scandal did not prompt any sudden or drastic changes in voter opinion.

The online survey polled 1,512 randomly selected Canadians who are members of Maru/Blue’s online panel and compares numbers to the last survey conducted in June.

Overall party support

The Liberals still have 32 per cent voter support and support for the Conservatives went up slightly from 37 to 39 per cent compared the the last poll.

Bloc Québécois went up two points to 22 per cent, the NDP lost two points, down to 15 per cent and the Green Party and the People’s Party of Canada trailed at seven and one per cent respectively.

The increased support for the Tories comes from areas in which they already have a stronghold: Alberta shot up 11 points to 77 per cent and Saskatchewan/Manitoba that increased eight points to 58 per cent.

Time for a change vs re-elect Liberals

Opinions regarding an overall need for change in government also saw only minimal shifts.

Over half of those polled agreed that a new party needs to take over the federal reigns — going up from 52 to 56 per cent.

Twenty six per cent of Canadians believe the Liberals deserve another term — a slight increase from 24 per cent compared to the last survey.

Undecided voters: the real fallout

The number of people who don’t know or are not sure whether the Liberals deserve their vote or another party should take over dropped from 24 per cent down to 18 per cent.

In addition, the overall number of undecided voters in Canada went down from 22 per cent in the previous survey to only one in 10 Canadians (10 per cent).

The poll suggests these shrinking numbers of unsure voters likely reflects the real fallout of the ethics report findings and could possibly be a negative development for the Liberals.

Methodology: The poll is accurate to withing plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled.

50 cannabis retail licenses to be awarded in second lottery

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 20th, 2019

Fifty new retail cannabis licenses will be awarded on Tuesday as Ontario moves forward with its second lottery.

The lottery will be handing out licenses to sell legal marijuana to 42 retail stores, including 13 in Toronto and six in the rest of the GTA, while eight more will be given to First Nations Reserves through a separate, first-come first-serve basis.

Unlike the first lottery in January, which saw 25 retail licenses handed out, this one required applicants to provide confirmation they had secured a lease, along with the capital to run it.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said a bank letter confirming access to $250,000 cash and another confirming the ability to get a $50,000 standby letter of credit was needed to apply.

The province was hoping to weed out unprepared applicants.

The new stores will be allowed to open on a rolling basis starting in October.

The Ontario government had cited national supply issues for the decision to hold an initial lottery of just 25 stores, but that was easing at the time of the second lottery announcement.

“Our government is continuing to take a responsible approach to opening cannabis stores across Ontario, allowing private sector businesses to build a safe and convenient retail system to combat the illegal market,” Finance Minister Rod Phillips said in a statement.

With files from The Canadian Press

2 injured in motorcycle crash in Scarborough

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 20th, 2019

A motorcyclist remains in hospital after a collision with a vehicle in Scarborough Monday night.

Emergency crews were called to Markham Road and Finch Avenue East just after 9 p.m.

Police said the motorcycle struck the back of a Volkswagen, sending the 24-year-old motorcyclist into the rear window of the car.

He was rushed to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A 23-year-old woman, who was a passenger on the bike, was also sent to hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

The driver of the Volkswagen wasn’t hurt.

2 males show up in hospital after shooting in Rexdale

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 20th, 2019

Toronto police are searching for suspects after a double shooting at a plaza in Rexdale.

Police were called to Kipling Avenue and Mount Olive Drive just after 10:30 p.m. Monday for reports of six to eight shots fired.

A group of males were reportedly seen running from the scene.

When police arrived, they could not locate a victim.

Two males later walked into a hospital in the city’s west end with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

There are no suspect descriptions available at this time.

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