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Unveiling of provincial buck a beer scheme expected today

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Aug 7th, 2018

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to roll out the provincial government’s buck a beer plan when he visits a brewery early today in Picton, Ont.

The move was one of Ford’s promises during the spring election campaign. He has also vowed to expand the sale of beer and wine to corner and box stores in Ontario.

A source with knowledge of the plan told The Canadian Press last week that the Progressive Conservative plan will lower the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer to $1 from $1.25 by the Labour Day weekend.

Brewers would not be required to charge less, however, and the lower minimum price would not apply to draft beer, nor would it include the bottle deposit.

The source said the government hopes to get brewers on board by launching what it calls a “buck-a-beer challenge” with incentives for those who cut prices to $1.

The Tories have said a return to buck a beer would see more competition in the beer market without affecting the province’s revenues from beer and wine taxes, which government documents show brought in roughly $589 million in 2016-2017.

Ontario previously had buck-a-bottle beer but the Liberal government quietly hiked the minimum price in 2008, citing its “social responsibility” mandate.

6-year-old girl dies in Highway 10 tractor trailer crash

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Aug 7th, 2018

Provincial police say young girl has died after a collision on Highway 10 in Caledon.

Officers were called to the crash between Charleston Sideroad and Olde Base Line Road around 10:15 a.m. Monday.

The collision involved a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle, both headed northbound on the highway.

A 6-year-old girl in the vehicle died of her injuries while a 36-year-old man was airlifted to a trauma centre with serious injuries.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Hwy. 404 reopens after fatal head-on crash

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Aug 7th, 2018

All northbound lanes of Highway 404 have reopened after a fatal head-on crash overnight.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at Elgin Mills Road around midnight on Tuesday.

OPP say a 64-year-old Toronto man was killed in the crash.

It appears one vehicle was heading southbound on the highway when it crossed over the grass median and slammed into the second vehicle, which was heading northbound on the highway.

Both vehicles involved were heavily damaged in the crash.

A 22-year-old man, who was driver heading northbound, is in hospital with serious injuries.

All northbound lanes of the highway were closed overnight at Elgin Mills. One southbound lane was also closed. The highway reopened just before 7 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing.


At least 1 person trapped as car crashes into Toronto Harbour

News Staff | posted Friday, Aug 3rd, 2018

A recovery effort is underway following reports a car plunged into Lake Ontario late Thursday night.

Toronto police and the marine unit responded to reports a car crashed into Toronto Harbour in the area of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Parliament Street just before 10:30 p.m.

Police initially told CityNews as many as two people may have been trapped in the vehicle.

A bystander who happened to be in the area at the time of the crash jumped into the water to try and help. They told police they saw at least one person trapped in the car.

Toronto Fire says the bystander was safely pulled from the water and was safe and sound.

Man stabbed at apartment building in Etobicoke

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 3rd, 2018

A man in his 20’s is in hospital after a stabbing at an apartment building in Etobicoke overnight.

Emergency crews were called to Mabelle Avenue, near Dundas Street West and Burnhamthopre Road, around 11 p.m. on Thursday.

The victim was rushed to a trauma centre with serious to life-threatening injuries.

No details have been released on the circumstances surrounding the stabbing.

There has been no word on suspects.

Police continue to investigate.

Bar fight in Bloor West Village lands 1 man in hospital, another in custody

News Staff | posted Friday, Aug 3rd, 2018

Toronto police are investigating after a bar fight left one man with serious to life-threatening injuries in Bloor West Village.

Officers say they were called to a stabbing outside a bar on Bloor Street near Jane Street just before midnight on Thursday.

One male in his 20s was rushed to hospital with serious stab wounds.

The other male in his 40s allegedly involved in the fight was arrested.

Police have not indicated if or when they will be laying charges.

Police looking for suspect after child sexually assaulted in Etobicoke home

News Staff | posted Thursday, Aug 2nd, 2018

Toronto police are looking for a suspect in connection with the sexual assault of a child and other suspicious incidents in an Etobicoke neighbourhood.

It has been reported to police that a man entered a home in the Renforth Drive and Burnhamthorpe Road area between 11 p.m. and midnight on Saturday.

He then sexually assaulted a child and fled in an unknown direction.

The next night, around 11 p.m., a man was seen prowling in the backyard of the same home.

The suspect is described as white in his late 20s to 30s. He is approximately 5 foot 8 or 9 inches with short dark hair and wearing a dark jacket.

After canvasing the area, police learned of a number of suspicious incidents in the neighbourhood, including indecent act, exposures and prowling on property. Investigators say at this point there is no evidence linking the incidents to the reported sexual assault.

The other incidents happened in the area boarded by Rathburn Road, The West Mall, Bloor Street West and Renforth.

Anyone with security cameras in the area are asked to contact police.

Community members are asked to remain vigilant and come forward with any information.

Cyclist killed by runaway trailer dislodged from van in Brampton: police

News Staff | posted Thursday, Aug 2nd, 2018

A cyclist has died after being hit by a runaway trailer in Brampton on Wednesday.

Peel police and paramedics were called to Summerlea Road and Walker Drive, near Torbram Road and Steeles Avenue East, around 8 a.m.

The cyclist, a 39-year-old Brampton man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

He has been identified as Paul De Pledge.

A white Nissan NV cargo van captured on security video is believed to be involved.

Peel regional police say the van, which was earlier reported stolen, was found on Wednesday after 4 p.m. near Jefferson Road and Jasper Crescent in Brampton.

No arrests have been made.

Const. Akhil Mooken says police believe the driver of the vehicle is aware of the collision since the trailer attached to the van dislodged and hit the cyclist. It was left at the scene.

Mooken says a preliminary investigation has led police to believe the cyclist was dragged by the vehicle.

The topic of cyclist deaths was covered in the “Big Story” podcast in July.

It seems we can’t go a day without hearing about a cyclist in this country being injured, or killed on the road.


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