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Man seriously injured in stabbing outside downtown bar

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Oct 8th, 2019

Police are searching for suspects after a man was stabbed outside of a bar on Dundas Street, just east of Yonge overnight.

Emergency crews were called to the scene around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said the victim suffered a stab wound to his side and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

It’s believed there was some sort of altercation at the bar which ended with the victim being stabbed.

No suspect information has been released.

Trudeau heads to the North as Scheer and Singh make for Toronto after debate

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Oct 8th, 2019

OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is touting his party’s climate-change policies in Iqaluit today, the first party leader to go to the North in this federal election campaign.

He’s to appear with the Liberal candidate in Nunavut, Megan Pizzo-Lyall, emphasizing climate change’s dangers to the Arctic and meeting with Inuit elders.

Then Trudeau flies back south to Toronto, which is where Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and New Democrat Jagmeet Singh are spending the day.

Singh is promising to talk about a new deal for young people at a record label east of downtown, the part of the city where New Democrats stand the best chance of picking up seats.

Scheer has events in the suburbs of Markham and Mississauga, where his own party hopes to take seats from Liberals.

The Greens’ Elizabeth May, meanwhile, is campaigning in Montreal alongside former New Democrat MP Pierre Nantel.

Kyle Lowry signs one-year $31M contract with the Toronto Raptors!

Kyle Mack | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2019

The hype of the Toronto Raptors continues! Kyle Lowry has officially signed a $31 million contract extension. This now takes Lowry out of the free-agent market!

This extension will give Lowry two years and $64 million in the bank – this includes the $33.3 million left on his expiring contract.

Lowry has earned $157 million in a career that’s starting its 15th season, including his eighth as the longest-tenured active member of the Raptors.


President’s Choice Lower Iron milk based powdered infant formula recalled

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2019

Loblaw Companies Ltd, is recalling its President’s Choice brand Lower Iron milk-based powdered infant formula due to possible contamination by Cronobacter bacteria.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product was sold in stores across the country in 900 gram packages with a best before date of Aug. 29, 2021.

The agency says no illnesses have been linked to the product.

It notes that while Cronobacter is not commonly linked to human illness, in rare cases it can cause serious or even fatal infections.

Climate change protest expected to block Bloor Street Viaduct

News Staff and The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2019

A two-week global protest to bring attention to climate change started this weekend in Europe will be making its way to Toronto.

An environmental group called “Extinction Rebellion” is planning on shutting down a major bridge during morning rush hour Monday.

Protesters will be lying down in traffic lines on the Bloor Street Viaduct to show that major disruptions are inevitable if society fails to act on climate change.

It’s expected to begin just after 8 a.m. and there’s no word on how long the protest could last.

A release from the group says they also will be filing a notice of demonstration with Toronto police.

Around 1,000 people blocked the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital’s Tiergarten park dominated by the landmark Victory Column, in a protest that started in the early hours Monday.

Members of Extinction Rebellion have also set up a camp outside Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, reflecting dissatisfaction with a climate policy package drawn up last month by her government, ahead of what it called an “international rebellion” starting Monday. It says protests are planned in 60 cities worldwide.

In Amsterdam, hundreds of demonstrators blocked a major road outside the Rijksmuseum, one of the city’s most popular tourist draws, and set up tents.

The demonstration went ahead despite the city banning activists from gathering on the road. The protesters ignored police calls for them to move to a nearby square.

Back in April, members of the group blocked several London roads and bridges during 10 days of action designed to alert the public and politicians to the “climate emergency.”

Extinction Rebellion wants to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2025.

Education minister Lecce optimistic about teacher contract talks

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2019

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he remains optimistic about ongoing teacher contract talks after averting an education workers strike over the weekend.

He says that in reaching a deal with the union representing 55,000 education workers important lessons have been learned which can be applied to other contract talks.

Lecce says he believes there is a “path forward” in the ongoing negotiations with Ontario’s high school and elementary teachers.

Late last night the government, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the school boards announced they’d reached a tentative contract that avoided a strike that was set to begin at midnight.

The potential labour disruption could have closed schools across the province, leaving parents scrambling to make child care arrangements.

Meanwhile, NDP leader Andrea Horwath warns that unless the government reverses school system cuts the remaining talks will be difficult.

Teen struck and killed in hit-and-run in East York

News Staff | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2019



A teenager has been struck and killed by a pick-up truck that fled the scene in East York early Monday morning.

Police were called to Cedarvale Avenue near the East York Memorial Arena just after 2 a.m. to reports of a pedestrian struck.

It’s believed the boy, around 16 years old, was walking on the sidewalk when a vehicle struck him and fled the scene. Witnesses on the scene say it appeared the vehicle intentionally hit the victim, but police have yet to determine whether it was an intentional act.

He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries where he was pronounced dead. The victim has yet to be identified.

Officers are now looking for a black pick-up truck with damage to the front-end.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

‘Schools will be open in Ontario:’ CUPE, government reach deal to avert strike

News Staff | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2019

A potential strike involving 55,000 education support workers in Ontario has been averted following a late night deal between the province and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

The tentative three year agreement means schools across the province are expected to be open as usual on Monday.

“Parents can rest easy knowing that the Government worked tirelessly to ensure their children remain in the classroom, where they belong,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce, without giving any specific details of the new agreement except to say it was “fair and reasonable.”

“We can all leave this deal knowing we’ve achieved some incremental success, and that is important for the students of this province,” he said.

More than two dozen school boards were prepared to shut down classes in the event of a strike.

Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, apologized to parents and student for how long it took to get an agreement.

“To all the parents and students who have waited to know what is happening tomorrow, I would like to apologize for how long it has taken to be able to give you this news,” said Walton. “I do regret the disruption to your lives.”

Tens of thousands of custodians, clerical workers and early childhood educators had begun a work-to-rule campaign last week in a bid to pressure the provincial government into making concessions in contract negotiations.

The union says it was able to secure modest wage increases, a reinstatement of the local priorities fund with a new investment of up to $20 million and maintain its existing sick leave plan – a sticking point for the school trustees.

Lecce said the new deal “strengthens the integrity” of the sick leave program.

“I think the pressure that we applied, the fact that we were going to be going out on strike – a full withdrawl of services – made the difference this weekend,” said Walton.

Asked if the province caved in the negotiations, Walton said they “met us where they needed to be in order to get a deal” and that the union “didn’t give up anything.”

Walton says they hope to have the deal ratified by the end of the month.

CUPE is the first of several unions to reach an agreement with the Ford government since contracts for all of the province’s public school employees expired at the end of August.

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