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1 injured in Mississauga shooting

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 17th, 2019

A man in his 20s is in hospital after an overnight shooting in Mississauga.

Emergency crews were called to the scene in the Dunmow Crescent, near Cawthra and Burnhamthorpe roads, just before 2 a.m. Tuesday for reports of shots fired.

A few blocks away on Hurontario Street police found the victim sitting in a vehicle that had a flat tire and several bullet holes in it. The man was conscious but suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries to his lower torso.

Police said it appears the victim was getting into a vehicle when he was shot. Investigators believe this was a targeted incident.

Paramedics rushed him to a trauma centre.

Police are searching for two suspects. They are described as male, both wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered. They fled the area in a silver Hyundai.

Gas prices could rise 8 cents by Wednesday in wake of Saudi oil attack

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Sep 17th, 2019

Higher oil prices spurred by an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities boosted the Canadian energy sector on Monday but are expected to result in higher fuel prices for consumers.

The attack halted production of 5.7 million barrels of crude a day, more than half of Saudi Arabia’s global daily exports and more than 5 per cent of the world’s daily crude oil production. Most of that output goes to Asia.

It remained unknown on Monday how long it will take Saudi Arabia to bring production back.

Long-suffering Canadian oil and gas stocks posted their best day in nearly three years on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The index that tracks leading energy company share prices on the TSX closed up 9.25 per cent and double-digit increases were posted by energy firms including Baytex Energy Corp. (up 16.5 per cent), Encana Corp. (up 16.3 per cent), MEG Energy Corp. (up 13.8 per cent), Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (up 12.8 per cent) and Cenovus Energy Inc. (12.0 per cent).

Benchmark U.S. crude oil soared $8.05 to settle at $62.90 a barrel. Brent crude oil, the international standard, jumped $8.80 to close at $69.02 a barrel.

Higher oil prices could raise average gasoline prices in Canada by between five and 12 cents per litre over the next two weeks, depending on how long Saudi Arabia production is affected, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

Roger McKnight with EnPro says he expects the price at the pump to increase by as much as eight cents in the GTA on Wednesday.

However, the increase may not be as much for some as Canadian retailers just switched to the winter blend of gasoline, which is cheaper to produce.

Housing, children, privacy to feature in leaders’ plans on Day 7 of campaign

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Sep 17th, 2019

OTTAWA — Some of the federal party leaders are getting early starts as Day 7 of the federal election campaign begins.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kicks off in St. John’s, N.L., with an announcement at a parent-and-child centre before heading to Prince Edward Island for a rally at thr farm of longtime Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay.

At the same time, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is due at a non-profit housing complex in Ottawa for an announcement with a candidate, Emilie Taman, who’s hoping to take a downtown seat away from the Liberals’ Catherine McKenna.

Then Singh goes to northern Ontario to hit a plowing match and host a town hall in Sudbury.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is in Winnipeg, making a policy announcement at a beauty school.

His departure to the city was delayed after his chartered plane encountered a mechanical issue.

The Greens’ Elizabeth May is to talk about her party’s plans to protect Canadians’ privacy at the high-tech University of Waterloo.

And Maxime Bernier of the People’s Party is spending a second day in New Brunswick, taking part in a meet-and-greet with a candidate in Fredericton.

Ontario education workers vote 93 per cent in favour of job action

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 17th, 2019

Ontario education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have voted 93 per cent in favour of job action amid negotiations with the province.

The vote, which has been taking place since late August across Ontario, will leave 55,000 CUPE employees in a legal strike position as of Sept. 30.

Negotiations between the central bargaining unit, CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, and the province are expected to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday.

President of the Council of Unions Laura Walton said they will continue to work to avoid a labour disruption but added in a release, “CUPE education workers are ready to stand up for the services that they provide and that students and families depend on.”

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce said he was disappointed in CUPE’s decision in a statement, adding their government would not be deterred from their mission “to reach a deal that ensures students remain in the class.”

“We continue to call on all parties to reach a deal in good faith as soon as possible to ensure our kids remain in class. Our students deserve no less,” read a statement from Lecce.

CUPE has previously said the Ford government’s cuts to teaching positions and increases to classroom sizes have made the environment very difficult for talks toward a new contract.

The union also announced a campaign called “Communities Not Cuts” last week aimed at stopping funding cuts that they say could hurt local communities.

President of CUPE Fred Hahn said some of the union actions could include petitions, putting pressure on MPPs, funding other like-minded groups, as well as strikes.

Night Mode, Slofies and more; what the iPhone 11 brings to the market

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 17th, 2019

In just a few days, Apple will release its most powerful family of iPhones to date. The iPhone 11, along with the new Pro models are not only faster and more durable, but they also offer more tools to unleash your creativity.  Is the iPhone 11 right for you or should you consider bumping up to the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max? I had the chance to put the models to the test to see just how well the latest phones perform.

Design with Durability

Don’t expect a radical change in design. Apple plays it safe with its latest lineup – choosing subtle yet effective upgrades that are more practical rather than radical.

New colours breathe new life into the latest lineup from the beautiful new purple iPhone 11 to gorgeous new Midnight-Green which is exclusive to the higher-end iPhone 11 Max Pro. But the colour is only part of the story. Apple has also swapped out the glossy glass on the rear of the iPhone 11 Pro models with a textured glass (matte finish) which not only gives it almost an aluminum-look but makes it less slippery in the hands.

Those who refuse to use a case for their iPhones will be happy to know Apple has improved the durability of the glass it uses on not only the front but also the back of the iPhone 11. By using a dual ion-exchange process, Apple has created what it calls the toughest glass on a smartphone. Of course, you always have to take claims with a grain of salt. We all know there are many factors in determining if a drop results in a broken screen. you can’t predict how your phone falls of how it hits the ground. I’m going to have to take Apple’s word on this one as I didn’t have the guts to do a drop test with my sole review device.

Another improvement is in the water resistance. Last year’s iPhone XS was able to withstand being submerged in water down to 2 meters for 30 minutes. The iPhone 11 matches those specs while the iPhone 11 Pro Max (as well as the iPhone 11 Pro) now resist water at double the depth, down to 4 meters for 30 minutes.  Apple still does not recommend that you take it underwater to shoot stills or video..although I really want to try it now!

Screen

This is one of the areas where you will see a difference between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models. Don’t get me wrong, the Liquid Retina LCD on the standard iPhone 11 is quite beautiful. It’s incredibly bright. So bright in fact that you will be squinting when looking at the screen at full brightness in the dark. That being said there is something special about the new Super Retina XDR display on the iPhone 11 Pro models.

For starters the screens on the Pro models are OLED. The blacks are incredibly deep and dark which truly cannot be beat. The screens boast a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio making them ideal for watching movies and other videos. Everything looks gorgeous on these new screens. It’s not that the regular iPhone 11 doesn’t have a nice display, it’s just hard to go back to LCD once you’ve witnessed the beauty of OLED.

Faster Processer

All of Apple’s latest phones feature the new A13 Bionic processor. Apple makes a bold claim stating the A13 Bionic is the fastest chip in a smartphone, with the fastest CPU and fastest GPU. So how do the latest iPhones perform? Quite well.

There’s no denying performance is snappy. Everything from unlocking with facial recognition to launching apps all happens in the blink of an eye. But where most people will really notice a difference is in gaming. Graphically intensive games can not only bog down less powerful processors but can be a serious drain on battery life. The A13 Bionic processor ran every game I threw at it, and in many cases, the iPhone 11 Pro Max ran cooler to the touch, even after extended play, compared to last year’s iPhone XS Max.

Dual and Triple Camera systems

Cameras have become an important feature for smartphones as more and more of us use the devices to create content on the go. It’s also the feature where we see the biggest difference between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro line-up.

The rear of the iPhone 11 contains a dual-camera system. One camera contains a 12MP standard wide-angle lens, while the other has a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens. You really need to try the camera yourself to truly appreciate what you can accomplish with this new dual system.

The ultra-wide camera lets you grab a wider shot, or capture the BIG picture without having to step away from your subject. The best part is swapping between the two cameras is simple. On the right side of the screen, you’ll now see an option to swap back and forth between cameras. In fact, while you have the wide-angle camera up on the screen, you’ll see a preview of what the ultra-wide-angle camera would give you. It’s so nice to be able to swap back and forth between the cameras without having to dig through menus or drop-downs. The ultra-wide-angle camera works really well when you’re shooting in confined spaces or crowded areas where bracing up may not be an option.

The iPhone 11 Pro lineup features for the first time a triple camera system. Not only do you have the wide, and ultra-wide cameras, you also get a 12MP telephoto camera thrown into the mix. Now you can get a little bit closer to your subject without having to move. The key here is now you can swap between all three cameras without digging through menus, allowing you to frame your shot just how you want it with minimal effort on your part. It really does make a difference, so much in fact that once I tried it on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, I was reluctant to go back to the standard iPhone 11.

Both the Ultra-wide camera and Telephoto camera allow for some great pics, but keep in mind each camera will only give you up to 2X optical zoom. You can bump it up to 10X zoom (with a telephoto) but that is where digital zoom comes into play and will more than likely result in a grainy photo which in most cases will be unusable.

 

Night Mode

This is by far my favourite feature on the latest iPhones. Night mode allows you to take photos in low light (and almost no light) conditions with surprising results. I know what you’re thinking “other phones like Google’s Pixel smartphones have had that feature for some time now!”. While this is true, they do not perform equally.

Night Mode is enabled automatically when the iPhone senses low light. A slider bar will pop-up, letting you change the exposure for your picture anywhere from 3 to 30 seconds. The darker it is, the longer the exposure will be offered.

To put it to the test I travelled to a provincial park in the dark of night to see what Night Mode was capable of. I decided to try and take a simple shot of my Jeep in the dark to see if the iPhone 11 Pro Max could pick it out of the darkness. I was shocked by the results. Not only did it pick up my Jeep, but it also showed the Big Dipper in the sky above my vehicle, something which was barely visible to the naked eye that night.

Something to point out, it takes a bit of tinkering to get great long exposure photos. You NEED a tripod. In fact, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro won’t even offer you a 30-second exposure if it senses any movement at all.

Night Mode offers up an entirely new way to explore photography on the iPhone. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole and spend hours trying new things to see how photos will turn out. Maybe it’s playing with light, or doing long exposure shots with moving objects like headlights. It’s incredible to be able to pull off unique shots that once required an expensive point and shoot camera. You just need to pack some patience to get that perfect pic.

 

Slofies

In the world of social media, the front cameras have become just as important as the rear cameras. After all, how else do you capture that perfect selfie? Apple has updated the front camera to not only record 4K video but slo-mo as well.

Slofie video

Apple has coined the new feature as taking a “Slofie”. You iPhone will record the video as it does any other, but when you play it back you will see it in 120 fps slo-mo. The option to record at 240 fps is reserved for the rear cameras only.

Of course, slofies are gimmicky…but they are a lot of fun. Watching yourself do a hair flip, spit water, shake your head back and forth in slo-mo is certainly good for a few laughs. Will you post them online for others to see? Maybe…or maybe not. That being said, expect to see a flood of posts by content creators, and influencers alike who are looking to come up with ways to use the new feature.

Battery

For me, battery life is everything in a smartphone. I begin using my phone at 3:00 am each morning and continue to use it until I go to bed around 9 pm. I consider myself a power user.

Apple claims the iPhone 11 has one hour longer battery life than the iPhone XR while the iPhone Pro Max has 5 hours more battery life than last year’s iPhone XS Max. I can’t dispute this. On some of my most productive days never completely ran out of juice on my iPhone 11 Pro Max. Part of that is due to the rapid charging feature. If you use the 18-Watt fast-charger, which comes with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you can get a 50% charge in 35 minutes. Just plugging it in for 10 – 15 minutes gives enough of a top-up to carry you on through the evening until you can fully recharge overnight.

The iPhone 11 Pro also features rapid recharging, however, it’s important to note the required 18-watt charger does not come in the box, you must purchase it separately. I highly recommend you splurge and purchase one!

Faster Connections

The latest iPhones may not support 5G (that’s expected next year) but they do support faster wireless connections.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max supports Wi-Fi 6, which can deliver up to 38% faster downloads via Wi-Fi. This comes with a bit of a caveat. To achieve those types of speeds you do need a newer router in your home which supports 802.11ax. Without getting too geeky, if you don’t have newer router, there’s a good chance these speeds won’t be relevant to you.

Another interesting addition is support for Ultra-Wideband. Never heard of it? You’re not alone. It’s a relatively new technology that hasn’t caught on quite yet.

Ultra-Wideband or UWB is a wireless technology that is used for spatial awareness, In other words, it can help pinpoint the location of your phone by measuring how long it takes for super-short radio pulses to travel between devices. So what does that mean? Apple says it could be used to prioritize airdrops to other nearby iPhones and share files faster with devices that are close by.

While Apple is only talking about UWB links between its own devices right now, in theory it could be used on a bigger scale, allowing your iPhone to better connect with smart devices within your home, even your vehicle. Time will tell how Apple plans on using the technology.

The Bottom Line

There’s a lot to love about Apple’s latest iPhones. From the ultra-fast processor to the increased durability, it’s clear Apple focussed on practical upgrades rather than features we will rarely use. But it’s the new camera system that really sets it apart from previous generations. The ability to take low light photos and tweak exposure lengths puts the iPhone 11’s camera in a class by itself. It practically taunts you, daring you to see where your creativity will take you.

If you’re a content creator, influencer or just a shutterbug, then the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max is a no-brainer. But if you’re just looking for a solid phone with great battery life and great camera the iPhone 11 will fill that need just fine.

Pros

  • Fast Processor
  • Intuitive camera system
  • Stellar Night mode
  • 4K video at 60fps
  • Wi-Fi 6

Cons

  • No 5G connectivity
  • 64GB storage for base model too small
  • Pro models pricey

Availability

iPhone 11 will be available Friday September 20th at Rogers and other carriers starting at $979 (no contract).

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available through Rogers and other major carriers on September 20th starting at $1,379 (CAD) and $1,519 (CAD) respectively (no contract).

Peel school board offers supports to students after ‘ambush-type’ shooting left teen dead

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Sep 16th, 2019

The Peel District School Board has additional supports in place Monday for students who lost one of their own in a shooting over the weekend.

A spokeswoman for school board said a 17-year-old boy shot and killed outside an apartment building in Mississauga on Saturday evening was a Grade 12 student at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School.

Five others were wounded in the attack, including a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and two other 17-year-old boys.

Carla Pereira said members of the board’s Critical Incident Response Team will be at Lincoln M. Alexander to support both staff and students.

She said they’ll stay there as long as they’re needed and that supports will also be available for staff and students at neighbouring schools.

Pereira said the board understands that violent incidents such as this one can affect those who live and work nearby.

Peel police are still looking for at least seven suspects in the case.

Investigators say the suspects descended on the area surrounding an apartment complex, firing semi-automatic handguns indiscriminately.

Police have described the boy who died as a bystander.

Homework tips for different learning styles!

Kye Mack | posted Monday, Sep 16th, 2019

Trying to get your child to focus on their homework can sometimes be a major battle. Some parents call their kids lazy, unfocused, or even unmotivated! But did it occur to you that maybe your child does not have the proper mental stimulus?

When teaching, one must account for the individuals ‘learning style’. With each style differing from the next, improper teaching methods could keep your child at a B+ without reaching an A.

The Seven Learning Styles

  • ●  Visual​ (spatial):​You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • ●  Aural​ (auditory-musical):​ You prefer using sound and music.
  • ●  Verbal​ (linguistic):​ You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • ●  Physical​ (kinesthetic):​ You prefer using your body, hands and sense of

    touch.

  • ●  Logical​ (mathematical):​ You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • ●  Social​ (interpersonal):​ You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • ●  Solitary​ (intrapersonal):​ You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

    While every individual is unique and everyone processes information at their own pace and in their own way, research has discovered ​there are seven types of learning styles or categories that everyone falls into.
    1. Visual (Spatial)

    As the name suggests, visual learners are those that learn best when they have an image or cue to help them process the information. They may also need to map out or write out their thoughts in order to really process what they are thinking.
    These are some of the most common characteristics of visual learners:

  • ●  Have good spatial sense and sense of direction
  • ●  Can easily visualize objects, plans, and outcomes
  • ●  Like coloring, drawing, and doodling
  • ●  Have good color balance
  • ●  Are good at using maps and rarely get lost

For example, a visual learner in a writing class may process the information better by seeing a movie clip of how a film adapts the literature it was based on, instead of listening to the literature being read aloud.
You are a visual learner if: Y​ ou prefer pictures, images, and mind maps to help you process information.

2. Aural (Auditory-Musical)

Aural learning is a unique type of learning style, but it is used to classify those who respond primarily to sound. Unsurprisingly, most musicians are aural learners. This is a learning style that isn’t often addressed in many schools because it can be hard to teach outside of music class. These are also individuals who respond best to things such as ​binaural beats​.
Aural learners:

  • ●  Find that certain music invokes strong emotions
  • ●  Enjoy ​listening to music in the background while learning
  • ●  Have a good sense of pitch or rhythm
  • ●  Often hear songs, jingles, and themes tend to pop in their head without prompts

    For example, a song that helps you remember the alphabetical order of all the states is a way to tap into aural learning styles.
    You are an aural learner if: Y​ ou prefer learning through rhythms or tend to use clever rhymes to remember something.

    3. Verbal (Linguistic)

    Verbal learners learn best both under verbal instruction and writing. They typically excel with both. These learners are typically those that go into public speaking, writing, journalism, and debating.
    Verbal learners:

  • ●  Express themselves in both written and spoken word
  • ●  Enjoy reading and writing
  • ●  Like tongue twisters and rhymes
  • ●  Has a large vocabulary and enjoys learning new words

    For example, reading definitions of a word aloud or writing them down a few times, are ways for verbal learners to process information.
    You are a verbal learner if: ​You need to read content aloud to learn something or prefer to have someone speak the information to you so you can process

    4. Physical (Kinesthetic)

    If you are someone who likes getting their hands dirty, then you are likely a physical learner. Physical learners are extremely animated and always need to be moving. They learn best by going through the motions of what they are learning.
    Physical learners:

  • ●  Notice and appreciate the physical world around them, such as textures
  • ●  Enjoys sports and exercise along with outdoor activities and working with their hands
  • ●  Tend to use and pick up on body language
  • ●  Enjoy making models or doing jigsaw puzzles

    For example, if something is bothering you or you are trying to wrap your head around a concept, you would rather go for a run or walk than sit down and figure it out.
    You are a physical learner if: ​You don’t learn something until you do it, and need to draw out your own diagrams or role play to learn new information. You may also be constantly in motion and speak with your hands.

    5. Logical (Mathematical)

    Most logical thinkers end up being engineers, mathematicians, or pursuing the sciences. This is because they have a very unique way of learning. They are the

individuals who want to understand the reason behind content or skills and tend to enjoy games like chess and doing brainteasers.
Logical learners:

  • ●  Classify and group information together to better understand it
  • ●  Perform complex calculations
  • ●  Create procedures for future use, after coming up with a solution to a problem
  • ●  Plan agendas and itineraries and even rank and number them

    For example, those who prefer making a neat and organized list while studying and extracting key points from material for these lists are typically logical learners.
    You are a logical learner if: ​You can learn something only when you understand the bigger picture, along with the logic, reasoning and systems behind that concept.

    6. Social (Interpersonal)

    As the name suggests,​ social learners​ are natural group workers. For students, these are the individuals that seem to be involved in every extracurricular activity. For adults, they are the individuals that like to be engaged with others, work on teams, and ask their peers for feedback in order to learn.

    Social learners:

  • ●  Prefer to socialize after work or class
  • ●  Enjoy playing group sports
  • ●  Bounce ideas off of others and to work through issues in a group
  • ●  Listen well
  • ●  Are often trusted by others for their advice

    For example, in school when teachers assign group projects, it is often a way to appeal to social learners.

You are a social learner if: Y​ ou prefer to work with other people and find you learn best in groups.
7. Solitary (Intrapersonal)

Solitary learners are individuals who simply prefer to learn on their own and keep to themselves. In most situations, this is a learning style for socially introverted people—but not always. There are some people who are extroverts in social situations but prefer to be alone when they are trying to learn. They also tend to be ​concerned with goals​ and outcomes.

Solitary learners:

  • ●  Spend time on self-analysis
  • ●  Prefer to relax or travel away from crowds
  • ●  Think independently
  • ●  Journal, write, and record personal thoughts and events as a way to improve.

    For example, someone who reads self-help books to develop a deeper understanding of themselves is often a solitary learner.
    You are a solitary learner if: ​You need to sit alone and study by yourself in order to retain information.

Federal party leaders address gun violence in wake of weekend shooting

STEPHANIE LEVITZ, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Sep 16th, 2019

What police were calling an “ambush-style” shooting in the Toronto area that left one teenager dead and five other people injured saw federal party leaders swiftly move to offer condolences Sunday but little in the way of new ideas to address gun violence in Canada’s cities.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau had already been on the way to Mississauga, Ont., when he briefly addressed the incident, telling reporters he would speak with the city’s mayor, Bonnie Crombie, to offer support from the federal government.

Crombie, a former Liberal MP, suggested Sunday that all levels of government must increase the resources and funding they direct at the problem of gun violence. Trudeau said what his party is preparing to offer is something he’ll discuss in the coming weeks.

“We know there’s more to do and we will be doing more,” he said.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh went little farther. Both said the root causes of the violence need to be addressed, but differed in their views on what those are as they repeated their existing commitments.

“What we do know about some of these shootings that have gone on over the past few months is that they are related to gang activity and that’s why we need better laws to deal with things like bail conditions that known gang members receive,” Scheer told reporters after a campaign announcement in Surrey, B.C.

“That’s why we need greater co-operation with police agencies, that’s exactly what my plan for a safer Canada talks about.”

That plan was mostly released last year. It will form part of the Conservatives’ broader election platform. Among other things, it promises that known gang members won’t be allowed to post bail if arrested (a measure certain to be challenged on constitutional grounds) and bring in longer sentences for gang-related offences.

Peel Regional Police said the intended targets of the shooting in northeast Mississauga, just outside Toronto, appeared to be a group preparing to film a rap video, and the 17-year-old victim was a bystander. Police are now searching for at least seven suspects who they say fired semi-automatic handguns indiscriminately.

Singh, campaigning in Quebec, re-iterated his party’s promise to allow municipalities to ban handguns, if that’s what they think is the best way to stem violence.

But he said that’s only one step.

“When people don’t have hope they can fall on the wrong path,” Singh said after an event in Sherbrooke.

“And we want to make sure we have all the programs in place _ affordable housing, good health care, opportunities for work so that young people can find a positive way forward and not end up in a vicious cycle of violence.”

Trudeau’s stop in Mississauga wasn’t entirely for the campaign; he was to attend a celebration rally for tennis star Bianca Andreescu, who captivated the country with her victory in the U.S. Open last weekend.

His attendance at the rally – and call to Crombie – speaks to the two hats he wears these weeks. Despite the fact Parliament has been dissolved, Trudeau remains prime minister. He spent most of the day campaigning in southern Ontario, and was to wrap up the day with a rally in Markham, a suburb northeast of Toronto.

The shooting in Mississauga is sure to renew calls for a handgun ban, which the Liberals have been facing pressure for over a year to implement.

In August 2018, they launched a formal study of the idea, with public consultations suggesting Canadians were divided on the issue.

While Trudeau provided no details on his party’s plan on Sunday, the Liberals have signalled they will include some form of gun control in their platform.

Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who was named crime-reduction minister in his first term as a Liberal MP, suggested back in June that ideas on the table included new standards for secure storage of firearms, preventing people from buying them on behalf of criminals and deterring the smuggling of weapons from the United States.

Police forces have largely stopped short of calling for a ban, with some echoing Blair’s thoughts on the need to tackle illegal firearms-trafficking as a top priority.

Scheer, in B.C., pointed to the fact that not even police want a ban when asked whether his party would support one.

“We listen to the experts on this,” he said.

Surrey is no stranger itself to gun and gang violence. Outrage over the issue saw a new mayor elected last year on a promise to end the city’s policing contract with the RCMP and establish a new force answering to a local police board.

But Scheer focused his announcement there Sunday on a promise to cut the amount of tax Canadians pay on the first $47,630 of taxable income they earn, what’s known as the lowest tax bracket. The cut would be phased in starting in 2021 and fully take effect in 2023.

The parliamentary budget office estimates the cut will cost the treasury $6 billion a year if fully implemented, though Scheer said forgoing that revenue would still allow him to balance the federal budget in five years. The cut would be worth $850 a year to a household headed by a couple making average salaries, Scheer said.

The NDP took a big-picture approach to its campaign Sunday, with Singh launching a platform specific to the province of Quebec. Among other things, he pledged more money for immigration, an expansion of language laws and the right to withdraw from more federal programs with financial compensation, so Quebec could establish its own parallel programs.

The 11-page pitch harkened back to the NDP’s “Sherbrooke Declaration,” a 2005 policy document that laid out the party’s vision for Quebec and in turn, what many considered the groundwork for the party’s historic victory in the province in 2011.

That year, the NDP captured 59 of the province’s then-75 seats. But New Democrats’ fortunes have reversed: the party had only 14 Quebec MPs at dissolution and the NDP is trying at least to hold onto those this time around.

Singh is expected to spend the next few days in Quebec as well.

Also on Sunday, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was making her way to Toronto, where she’ll be unveiling her party’s platform on Monday. People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was in Quebec, and will travel to New Brunswick Monday for a rally there.

The federal election is scheduled for Oct. 21.

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