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Boy, 3, struck and killed by vehicle in Etobicoke, sister rushed to hospital

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 12th, 2020

A three-year-old boy is dead after being struck by a vehicle at The East Mall and Burnhamthorpe Road in Etobicoke late Tuesday morning, police said.

The boy’s seven-year-old sister was also struck and was taken to hospital. She suffered relatively minor injuries in the collision, police said in a news release.

The two children were crossing the street with their 36-year-old father when they were struck. The father suffered minor injuries, police said.

The alleged driver of the vehicle, an 81-year-old woman, remained on scene and was also taken to hospital.

Sgt. Brett Moore says police are looking for help from anyone who saw what happened or has dashboard camera video of the incident.

“We do have accounts of folks that were here (and) even spoke to police in the initial minutes … and then left,” Moore said in a video posted to Twitter.

“We’re looking for those folks to come back and connect with us.”

Hockey makes progress in midst of awakening about racism

STEPHEN WHYNO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2020

Anson Carter filled his time in pandemic isolation walking 11 miles a day, sometimes with his dogs, around his Atlanta neighbourhood.

When video surfaced of another Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, being shot and killed in nearby Glynn County, Georgia, Carter found himself looking over his shoulder. To use a hockey term from his playing days, he kept his head on a swivel.

“It crosses your mind,” Carter said. “I’m always aware of my surroundings at all times. I don’t take it for granted.”

It’s the sort of experience the 46-year-old TV analyst wants to explain to viewers. He’ll get that chance beginning Tuesday, when NBC Sports launches a new “Hockey Culture” show spearheaded by Carter — a 10-year NHL player — to “try to change the culture of hockey, one interview at a time.”

The initiative comes amid an awakening in hockey about systemic racism and its role in the majority white sport. Minnesota’s Matt Dumba recently became the first NHL player to kneel during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” Vegas teammates Ryan Reaves and Robin Lehner were joined by Dallas players Tyler Seguin and Jason Dickinson kneeling for the U.S. and Canadian anthems the next night, and teams are taking tangible steps to address the issue in their communities, led by the Washington Capitals.

“Hockey is a great game,” Dumba said in a powerful speech before one of the first games of the NHL restart, “but it could be a whole lot greater, and it starts with all of us.”

Each step has brought the question of what’s enough.

When Dumba took a knee, fellow Black players Darnell Nurse and Malcolm Subban each stood with a hand on his shoulders, and some questioned why they didn’t also kneel. When Dumba raised his fist during the anthems the next day, some questioned why he did it alone.

“It’s natural, it’s healthy to always want to do more,” Carter said. “You always question what more. I’ve been questioning that since I’ve been involved in the game. It’s never enough, as far as I’m concerned.”

Unprecedented efforts are underway. The NHL has formed player, executive, fan and youth inclusion committees and partnered with the Hockey Diversity Alliance formed this summer by several current and former Black players.

The Capitals are setting an example for the league’s other 30 _ soon to be 31 _ teams by establishing a fund to eliminate cost barriers for minority youth players, expanding their relationship with the oldest minority youth hockey program in North America and its home rink, and educating current players and staff on diversity and matters of race.

In all comes in the U.S. capital, which is the NHL market with the highest percentage of African-American residents. Capitals president Dick Patrick said the team consulted with players and alumnus Joel Ward and reached out to “Soul on Ice” filmmaker Kwame Damon Mason about what more could be done in the Washington area.

“He basically said: `It’s not up to you to solve the big issues. Work on things that you can impact right away and go from there,’ and I thought that was good advice,” Patrick said. “The players can make statements about more global issues, but as far as actually having an impact, we have to see what we can get done really on a local basis.”

Goaltender Braden Holtby, who backstopped the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup title two years ago and was at the forefront of speaking out as a white hockey player, said now is the time to affect real chance.

“The organization right from ownership down I think has the right mindset and the right beliefs behind it to really use our platform for positive change, not only in the D.C. area but everywhere,” Holtby said.

Carter, who had two brief stints in Washington, is on board because he believes other teams will follow the Capitals’ blueprint. The former right wing from Toronto considers his role an opportunity to put a voice to concerns about racism in hockey and the world.

In the first “Hockey Culture” episode that was filmed before the playoffs began, he and Reaves trade stories about being pulled over by police and the fear that accompanied them in those situations. Reaves spoke about being the son of a Manitoba Sheriff Service Sergeant and how he could still see problems within law enforcement while not believing all cops are bad.

Four years after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt to protest police brutality against minorities, Reaves made a point of saying he wasn’t trying to disrespect the flag or those who have fought for freedom in the U.S. Seguin and Dickinson were even asked what cause they were supporting by kneeling _ the one Reaves explained clearly.

“Those people go across seas and they go to war and families are torn apart in these wars for the freedom of this country, only to come back and find out this country isn’t free for everybody,” he said. “I think that’s where I’m coming from. Not everybody is truly free in this country, and I think it’s starting to come to light a lot more right now.”

Frightening video shows 2 blood-splattered men revving chainsaws at Cherry Beach

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2020

One of Toronto’s more idyllic locations looked more like the set of a slasher film on Sunday when two blood-splattered men wielding chainsaws appeared to threaten a group of people at Cherry Beach.

A brief video making the rounds on social media shows one of the men asking “Who hit me?” as the duo rev their chainsaws and walk towards a group of backpedalling beachgoers.

WARNING: The video below contains swearing and images that may be disturbing to some viewers

Police confirmed that they were called to Unwin Avenue and Cherry Beach Street area on Sunday morning just before 10 a.m. for reports of a large fight.

“It is alleged that two men involved in the original altercation suffered injuries. They then left and returned with weapons,” police told CityNews in a statement.

A second video shows the two being arrested by police and being told they will get medical attention. Both are facing charges.

Police only confirmed that “weapons” were seized but did not specify the kind of weapons.

Police also have not released their names or what charges may have been laid at this point, citing the need to protect the ongoing investigation

WARNING: The video below contains swearing and images that may be disturbing to some viewers

2 seriously injured in shooting near Mississauga highway

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2020

Two men have been seriously injured after a car riddled with bullet holes was discovered just off a Mississauga highway Monday night.

Police say the incident took place on the QEW before the vehicle made its way onto Dixie Road near Sherway Drive around 7:40 p.m.

One person was sent to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries while a second person suffered serious injuries.

Peel Regional Police would not release any further information about the incident, saying they are assisting the Ontario Provincial Police in the investigation.

OPP have not released any information regarding the incident or if any suspects are being sought at this time.

Suspect in custody after violent assault and abduction of woman in Malvern

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2020

Police say a suspect is in custody after a violent assault and abduction in Malvern Monday afternoon.

Investigators said a woman was forced into a car in the area of Empringham Drive and Sewells Road, west of Morningside Avenue just after 5:30 p.m.

She was located just before 10 p.m. and was treated for unspecified injuries.

Police tell 680 NEWS that the suspect, 34-year-old Santhoskumar Selvarajah, was apprehended and is now in custody.

There’s no word yet on charges.

79 new coronavirus cases reported in Ontario, 2 new deaths

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 10th, 2020

Ontario confirmed 79 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday – the seventh day in a row that the number is below 100. Yesterday, the government reported 70 new cases.

Two new deaths were reported for a total of 2,786.

The province now has 40,046 confirmed cases, with 36,279 considered resolved.

The number of hospitalized patients went up slightly from 53 to 55. Those in ICU decreased by one, from 27 to 26 with 12 people on ventilators.

The health minister says 30 out of 34 of the province’s public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 18 reporting no new cases.

The province processed 28,000 tests over the last 24 hours.

China sanctions 11 US politicians, heads of organizations

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Monday, Aug 10th, 2020

China has announced unspecified sanctions against 11 U.S. politicians and heads of organizations promoting democratic causes, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have already been singled out by Beijing.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday said the 11 had “performed badly” on issues concerning Hong Kong, where China has cracked down on opposition voices following its imposition of a national security law in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city last month.

The number of Americans named by the ministry exactly equals the number of Hong Kong and Chinese officials placed on a sanctions list by the U.S. last week over the crackdown.

China showed its determination to defy such pressure on Monday by arresting leading independent media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raiding the publisher’s headquarters.

Others named by the foreign ministry included Senators Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton and Representative Chris Smith. Heads of organizations including the National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House were also named.

Beijing already placed a travel ban on Rubio, Cruz and Smith last month after Washington announced similar measures against Chinese officials linked to measures taken against Muslims in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang.

Police seek 2 suspects after Mississauga stabbing

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 10th, 2020

Peel police are searching for two suspects after a man was stabbed in Mississauga early Monday morning.

Police were called just before 1 a.m. to the area of River Grove Avenue and Stillriver Crescent, near Creditview and Bristol roads.

A man was found suffering from a stab wound. He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Peel police tweeted that they are searching for two male suspects wearing black hoodies believed to be armed with a gun and knife.

If you know anything, contact police.

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