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Remembrance Day services among weekend events in Toronto

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 8th, 2019

Remembrance Day is on Monday but some community services are being held on Sunday ahead of the main ceremonies the next day. The details on these services and other events are listed below.


Services ahead of Remembrance Day
On Sunday, the 32 Service Battalion will be holding a service at the York Cemetery and Funeral Centre at 10:30 a.m. Then at 11:50 a.m., the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada will be taking part in a solemn event at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.

A service will also be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11 at Dawes Road and Danforth Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Then at 2 p.m., a service will be held at the Scarborough Civic Centre. Click here for a list of other community services being held elsewhere in the GTA on Sunday.

Vegan holiday market
The Christmas season has arrived quickly this year and so have the holiday markets. One of them is the Afro-Caribbean Vegan Holiday Market, which takes place on Sunday afternoon at The 519. Vendors will be offering all things vegan — food, health and beauty products, art, clothing, and informational sessions to help you adapt to the lifestyle. Admission to the event is free.

Raising money with pie
If you love to bake pies, why not show off your skills for a good cause? Bake your most delicious apple pie ever and bring it to the Do Pie: Trinity Bellwoods Apple Pie Baking Contest, which is taking place at the A-Game Cafe on Sunday. The top three winners will win a prize and bragging rights. If you don’t bake, no worries, you can still indulge in a slice or two. After the pies are judged, they will auctioned off. The contest entry costs $10 (plus tax) and $5 for a slice of the pie. Money raised will go to the Women’s Own Withdrawal Centre.

Winter market in the city
Althought the season doesn’t start towards the end of next month, winter fun is starting up this weekend with the Leslieville Winter Market. The market, which starts on Sunday and runs until Dec. 22, will be set up at the The Redwood Theatre. It will feature food, drinks, wellness programming and activities for the kids.

Last weekend of the fair
This the last weekend of the 97th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair — a place where you can check out the best in agricultural, food, and equestrian competitions our country has to offer. The fair has been a staple in Toronto since 1922.


Partial Line 1 closures
This weekend, TTC riders will have to deal with partial Line 1 closures on two separate days due to signal upgrades. On Saturday, trains won’t be running between St. Clair West and King stations. Then on Sunday, there will be no subway service from Bloor-Yonge to Osgoode stations.

Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be running. On Saturday, riders travelling south on Line 1 who require an elevator should exit at Queen Station.

Teenage girl injured in shooting near Finch and Weston Road

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 8th, 2019

A 14-year-old girl is in hospital after a shooting in the Finch Avenue and Weston Road.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at an apartment building on Finch just before 12:30 a.m. Friday.

According to police, the girl was in an apartment with five males when one of them pulled out a gun and pulled the trigger.

The bullet went through both of the girl’s legs

Police said the males all fled the scene.

The girl was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

No description of the suspect has been released but police say he is known to authorities.

Karygiannis blames ‘clerical error’ for ousting over election overspending

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Nov 7th, 2019

Jim Karygiannis hinted that he will fight to be re-instated as the councillor for Ward 22 after he was ousted from the position over election overspending.

According to the City of Toronto, Karygiannis’ financial statement for the 2018 election showed that he exceeded the allowable spending amount by more than $25,000, leading to his removal as the councillor for Ward 22.

But in a statement, Karygiannis said it was a “clerical error” in paperwork and hinted that he would fight the decision.

“I am in contact with my solicitor and auditor in order to correct the error,” he said. “I look forward to continuing my work City of Toronto Councillor for Ward 22 and serving the people of Scarborough-Agincourt.”

Karygiannis was notified of his removal from council by the City Clerk on Wednesday.

In a release, City of Toronto spokesperson Brad Ross said Karygiannis violated the Municipal Elections Act.

“Mr. Karygiannis is in default of the Act and is disqualified from being elected or appointed to any office until after the 2022 municipal election,” the release stated.

“The City Clerk will report to Toronto City Council at its next meeting on November 26, outlining next steps with respect to declaring the seat vacant, as prescribed by the City of Toronto Act, 2006. In the interim, staff in the Ward 22 office will continue to support residents in the ward, and will report to the City Clerk until the office is filled by appointment or by-election.”

Mayor John Tory released a statement, calling the news “sudden and shocking.”

“(It’s) an unfortunate situation for everyone involved, including the councillor, his office staff, the City Clerk, and the residents he was elected to serve.

“Councillor Karygiannis worked hard over the last five years at City Hall to serve the residents of Scarborough-Agincourt. I will be working to make sure those residents continue to be well-served by the City.”

Toronto set to get hit with messy, slippery wintry mix on Thursday

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Nov 7th, 2019

Toronto and the GTA is set to get its first taste of winter on Thursday.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement calling for a wintry mix of weather during the morning commute.

“A developing low pressure system is expected to bring a messy mix of precipitation tonight into Thursday morning. Precipitation is expected to begin as rain and then change over to light snow overnight or early Thursday morning,” said the national weather agency.

“Falling temperatures through the morning may also cause roads to become icy or slippery. Prepare for hazardous driving conditions at times.”

Snow squall watches are in effect for areas north and the west of Toronto. Snow squalls coming off Georgian Bay and Lake Huron could bring as much as 20 to 30 cm of snow to the region by Friday morning.

Missing boy and girl found safe following Amber Alert, father in custody

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Nov 7th, 2019

A boy and girl who were the subject of an Amber Alert on Wednesday night have been found safe.

They were believed to have been abducted by their father who is in custody.

The 13-year-old and 15-year-old were last seen in the Nairn Avenue and St. Clair Avenue West area early Wednesday morning.

An Amber Alert was issued around 11:30 p.m. and at the time police said they were believed to be in danger.

About an hour later, around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, police said the children had been found safe.

There are no outstanding suspects.

2 boys found dead in Brampton home

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Nov 7th, 2019

Peel police’s homicide unit is investigating after two children were found dead at a home in Brampton.

Police responded to the residence on Hiberton Crescent, near Sandalwood Parkway and Creditview Road, just before 11 p.m. Wednesday for a medical call.

When they arrived, two boys — aged nine and 12 — were found dead.

Police said they are waiting for the coroner’s office to arrive at the scene before they can release any more details.

More to come

Man dies in Mississauga garage fire

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Nov 6th, 2019

One man has been found dead after a garage caught fire in Mississauga.

Emergency crews were called to Arbor Road and Northhaven Drive just after 12:40 p.m. to a detached garage on fire.

The fire has since been put out and it’s unclear how the blaze started at this point. It’s unknown if the circumstances are suspicious at this time.

One other person suffered minor smoke inhalation.

The Ontario Fire Marshall will be attending the scene.

More to come

Black man beaten by men, including off-duty Toronto cop, to testify at trial

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Nov 6th, 2019

OSHAWA, Ont. — A young black man who prosecutors allege was beaten by an off-duty Toronto police officer and the officer’s brother nearly three years ago is expected to testify today at the two men’s trial.

Dafonte Miller is to tell an Oshawa, Ont., court his account of the encounter with Michael and Christian Theriault in the early hours of Dec. 28, 2016.

The brothers are jointly charged with aggravated assault, and separately charged with obstruction of justice over how they portrayed it to investigators.

They have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege Michael Theriault, an off-duty officer, and his brother ran after Miller and beat him, including with a long metal pipe.

Court has heard the brothers told investigators Miller was the one who attacked them with a pipe after they caught him breaking into their parents’ truck.

The trial has heard Miller was badly injured and was blinded on his left side after his eye ruptured.

This report by The Canadian Press was originally published on Nov. 6, 2019.

The Canadian Press

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