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4 firefighters hurt in Mississauga industrial fire

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014

Four firefighters were hurt in a massive industrial fire in Mississauga on Wednesday morning.

An explosion caused a wall to collapse, injuring three firefighters. One of them was rushed to a downtown Toronto hospital in critical condition, and two other firefighters were taken to a local hospital. The fourth firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

Mississauga fire deputy chief Greg Laing three of the firefighters are now in serious but stable condition.

“The nature of their injuries are quite significant” said Laing. “We are all thinking and praying for our firefighters.”

The fire began on Thamesgate Drive near Airport Road around 4:30 a.m.

The building, an imported goods plant, contained butane lighters and bug spray, which exploded during the fire. The smoke is not toxic, Peel police said, but officers are wearing masks as a precaution.

An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the blaze but Laing noted that the business had not yet been inspected to determine it met with proper building and fire codes.

“From what we understand the owner had moved in and started his business however he had not gone through the process where our fire inspection division goes in, looks at what the business is going to do, examines the structure against the various codes that are in effect – the building code, the fire code – to ensure they are compliant,” said Laing. “I am unsure of where the owner was in that process. That will certainly be a large part of the investigation.”

Those who live in the area were asked to close their windows and Peel police asked people to stay out of the area bounded by Derry Road, Torbram Road, Steeles Avenue and Goreway Drive.

Businesses surrounding the fire were evacuated for several hours until it could be determined that the area was safe.

“Hazardous material on fire has values that are immediately dangerous to life and health and the risk of letting people in could not be justified so we kept (the area) closed,” said Laing.

The ministry of the environment was called in to assist the Hazmat unit to determine the safety of the area surrounding the building.

“There is definitely no danger right now and we’ve been able to shrink the isolation zone,” Laing explained.

Both Mississauga fire chief John McDougall and Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion expressed their concern for the injured firefighters.

“Our thoughts are with the firefighters who were injured,” Mississauga fire chief John McDougall said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters and their families. We are grateful for all emergency services personnel who are on site,” Mayor Hazel McCallion said.

She added that the Ontario fire marshal’s office is investigating and that the fire chief will provide a detailed report to her and councillors soon.

View her YouTube statement below.

Peel police have also closed the CN rail tracks north of the area and GO Transit service is affected. Click here for details. GO Transit users can show their Presto Card to get free access to TTC service at five stations: Dundas West, Finch, Yorkdale, York Mills and Lawrence West.

While schools are not closed, buses in the area are affected and will be delayed by road closures, the Peel District School Board said. Click here to see the full list of schools.

Amateur video of the fire was posted on YouTube. Watch it below. We’re always looking for your photos and video – send them to us @BTtoronto when safe to do so.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

5 things to do this weekend: silent films, book & paper show, storytelling festival

CityNews | posted Saturday, Apr 5th, 2014

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in the city for all ages and interests.

April 4-6, 2014

Toronto Silent Film Festival: The festival showcases films from the early 20th Century, such as 1928’s The Circus starring Charlie Chaplin, and The Wind with Lillian Gish. The movies are paired with live music. Various venues across the city, April 3-8. Single ticket: $15, passes: $80. torontosilentfilmfestival.com

Click here for the film schedule.

The Old Book & Paper Show: Don’t you just love the smell of old books? The book show features vintage rare and antiquarian books, posters, historical documents, postcards, theatre programs, comic books, and more. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults and seniors: $8, children 12 and under: free.antiqueshowscanada.com/the-old-book-paper-show/

Toronto Storytelling Festival: Partake in North America’s largest urban storytelling festival, which also includes Village of Storytellers: Regent Park project. Saturday’s programs will be held at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. E.) and Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas St. E.), while Sunday’s readings take place at Daniels Spectrum and the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W.).  April 5 (all-day events), April 6 (11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Adult, youth, students and seniors: $10-25, children: free. torontostorytellingfestival.ca

Click here for the schedule.

Toronto Cat Rescue Adopt-a-thon: Rescued felines and kittens are looking for a place to call home. Kittens are usually adopted quickly but older cats are still in foster care. Wag on the Danforth, 1918 Danforth Ave. April 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. According to the website, adoption fees are $175 for single kittens, $80 for cats eight months or older, and “an adoption fee of your choice” for cats eight years or older. torontocatrescue.ca

Good Food and Drink Festival: The event, which is a celebration of local and international food and drink, also features home cooking, celebrity guests, and tons of other exhibitors. BreakfastTelevision’s Frank Ferragine will be at the event at 11 a.m. on Saturday discussing how to grow health-boosting plants in your garden. Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place), 100 Princes’ Blvd. April 4-6. Adults: $14, seniors: $11, children 12 and under: free.goodfoodfestival.com

Click here for a list of exhibitors.

With files from Patricia D’Cunha, CityNews.ca

Kimmel slams Ford after mistaken council vote

CityNews | posted Thursday, Apr 3rd, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel returned to his favourite punching bag, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, after Ford made an error voting on Wednesday.

Ford mistakenly voted against honouring Nelson Mandela and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes who had competed in Sochi.

“Finally, a leader who’s not afraid to take a stand against athletic excellence and Nelson Mandela,” Kimmel joked during his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“Come on Toronto, how can you not re-elect this guy? He’s the best! And by the way, it’s Wednesday. This is the first mistake he’s made all week.”

Kimmel also cited 680News in his monologue, pulling up their tweets from the council vote onscreen. Follow @680News here.

Later in the show, Kimmel welcomed U.S. President Bill Clinton and he asked Clinton if he hadbeen following the Ford scandal.

“Well I will say this: He has absolutely destroyed every stereotype people have about Canadians,” Clinton said, to applause and laughter.

“Rob Ford has proved that stereotypes are not good, positive or negative.”

Is it time for Kimmel to move on? Or is the attention good for Ford? Let us know in the comments.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

TTC tweaks bus and streetcar service

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 31st, 2014

Starting Sunday, the TTC is adjusting service on dozens of bus routes, adding later trips, more stops, and more buses in some places while reducing service on other lines.

Among the major changes, the 35E Jane express bus will be replaced with a new 195 Jane Rocket.

More service will be added to 504 King streetcar route for morning and evening rush hour.

The 73 Royal York will run less often on Sundays and holidays.

And the 129 McCowan and 191 Highway 27 Rocket will run more often.


  • 11 Bayview: Another trip will be added at 7:04 a.m. on weekdays.
  • 37 Islington: Service will be cut back during weekdays.
  • 7 Bathurst: New articulated buses will be added to this route and weekday schedule times change to accommodate. Also, Saturday service will be increased.
  • 23 Dawes: Service will be reduced during weekdays.
  • 35 Jane: The 35E express bus to York University is cancelled and replaced with a new 195 Jane Rocket. Local service will run every five minutes in rush hour, and six to 12 in off-peak times.
  • 36 Finch: the A and C lines are cancelled, and there will be more service added west of Kipling on a renamed Finch Station-Humberwood branch.
  • 43 Kennedy: More buses will run during morning rush hour and later trips will be added to the route to meet the last subway.
  • 44 Kipling: A new bus will be added to connect with the last subway arrival of the evening.
  • 47 Lansdowne: More buses will be added to the route for Sunday and holiday afternoons.
  • 51 Leslie: Fewer buses will be running during morning rush hour.
  • 52 Lawrence West: The 52 will take over the 58 Malton route, and run from Pearson airport to Lawrence station.
  • 54 Lawrence East: Sunday and holiday schedule times are changing to reflect travel times more accurately, but the change does not affect the amount of buses running on the route.
  • 58 Malton: The bus route will be cancelled in name, and covered by the 52 Lawrence bus.
  • 68 Warden: There will be more padding in the schedule times during the week, but no change to number of buses.
  • 73 Royal York: Fewer buses will run on Sundays and holidays.
  • 75 Sherbourne: More buses will be added at all times of day every day of the week.
  • 79 Scarlett Rd: A new service will be running from Runnymede Station to Lawrence and Jane via St Clair.
  • 82 Rosedale: Service will be increased on Sundays.
  • 84 Sheppard West: The last trip will run later every day.
  • 89 Weston: There will be more weekday service from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • 90 Vaughan: More buses will run on Saturday evenings, arriving every 10 minutes instead of 20. Also later last trips will run during the week.
  • 91 Woodbine: Another trip will be added on week nights, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • 108 Downsview: Weekday afternoon and weekend service will be increased.
  • 111 East Mall: More buses will run Sundays and holidays.
  • 116 Morningside: A new stop will be added to the 116 E, at Ellesmere Road and Militry Trail.
  • 129 McCowan North: Afternoon rush hour service will be increased on weekdays, while early evening service is decreased.
  • 131 Nugget: More buses will run early evening weekdays.
  • 165 Weston Rd North: The trip will end at Ashberry Boulevard and Weston Road, instead of at Canada Drive and Cityview Boulevard.
  • 168 Symington: A new later trip to meet the subway is being added to every day.
  • Highway 191 Rocket: More buses will run midday and early evening during the week.
  • 199 Finch Rocket: More service will run throughout the week days.
  • 504 King: More streetcar service will run during morning and evening rush hours.

For more information on the changes, click here.

Freezing rain warning for areas outside of Toronto

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Mar 19th, 2014

It could be a slippery drive to work on Wednesday depending on where you’re going and when you plan to leave.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for parts of southern Ontario, including northern York and Durham regions, Newmarket, Uxbridge, Dufferin, Caledon, Barrie and Orillia.

According to the weather agency, the freezing rain is expected to begin early Wednesday morning.

“Northern York and Durham regions, areas like Newmarket and Uxbridge, [there is] some freezing rain that could be prolonged. Of course, this is all temperature-dependent, so the closer you stay to freezing or below, you’ll be dealing with the freezing rain,” 680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said.

In Dufferin County, Ontario provincial police are warning drivers to be extremely cautious, saying that several hours of freezing rain are possible.

Meantime, a special weather statement is in effect for much of the region, including Toronto and the GTA, warning of wintery weather.

Environment Canada said the precipitation may start as patchy freezing rain and then turn to rain for areas within southwestern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe.

Parts of north and central Ontario may receive snow at first, followed by freezing rain, which will then change to rain this afternoon. Between five to 10 centimetres of snow could fall in some northern areas.

For Toronto and the GTA, patchy freezing rain or showers will begin at around 7 a.m., Taylor said, with steady rain beginning at around 10 a.m. and lasting through the day. There’s a high of 6 C and a gusty southeast wind.

She also said rain will continue Wednesday evening with a few flurries late night and a low near 2 C.

There is some good news: spring arrives at 12:57 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

Click here for the full weather forecast.

With files from Patricia D’Cunha and Jaime Pulfer, CityNews.ca

George Stroumboulopoulos to host ‘Hockey Night in Canada’

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 10th, 2014

Talk-show host George Stroumboulopoulos is joining the Hockey Night in Canada lineup, Rogers Communications confirmed Monday.

Stroumboulopoulos, Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Daren Millard and Jeff Marek will be the “cornerstones” of the broadcaster’s NHL coverage, Rogers said in a statement.

Coach’s Corner will remain virtually unchanged with Cherry alongside MacLean.

“George is one of the smartest and most versatile broadcasters in the business,” Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet & NHL Properties for Rogers, said in a statement.

“Ron and Don are icons in the hockey world.  Along with Daren and Jeff, our new broadcast team brings a tremendous amount of talent, expertise and personality – and most importantly, they all possess a supreme passion for hockey.”

Stroumboulopoulos, a passionate Habs fan, spoke to the Montreal Canadiens magazine about his love for the team. Click here to read the interview.

MacLean is the current host of Hockey Night in Canada.

Stroumboulopoulos will host not only the marquee Saturday night show but also other broadcasts on City, Sportsnet and other platforms, Rogers announced.

The NHL and Rogers signed a $5.2-billion broadcast rights deal last fall. Under the contract,Hockey Night in Canada will remain on the CBC for at least the next four years.

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Stroumboulopoulos’s current program on the CBC, will end after this season, the broadcaster announced Monday.

The program has run for 10 years.

“Hockey is one of my deep-seated passions and I’m thrilled to be going full circle, returning to my roots in sports broadcasting,” Stroumboulopoulos said in a statement.

“It’s a dream for me to work with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, as well as my old friend Jeff Marek who I started my career with. I’m also looking forward to working with Daren Millard and the entire team at Rogers.”

Rogers Media is the parent company of this station and this website.

What do you think of the decision? Let us know in the comments.

With files from The Canadian Press

‘CityNews at 6’ wins Best Local Newscast at Canadian Screen Awards

CityNews | posted Sunday, Mar 9th, 2014

City took home a major honour on Tuesday night when CityNews at 6 was awarded Best Local Newscast at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.

City won for its coverage of the dramatic protest march through downtown Toronto following the fatal shooting of Sammy Yatim. Yatim, 18, was shot by police on an empty streetcar on July 27, 2013 — an incident that was caught on video.

An officer faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the case.

The Canadian Screen Awards honour achievement in homegrown television, film and digital projects, and replace the previously separate Gemini and Genie Awards.

On Tuesday, the awards in the documentary, reality, lifestyle, news, sports, and digital media categories were handed out.

CityNews at 6′s Avery Haines, Josef Fazio and Shayla Vize were nominated in the category of Best Reportage (Local) for the Inside Story: Kayla Baker, while Amar Sodhi, Kathleen O’Keefe, Katia Del Col, Dave Budge, and Gord Martineau were the winners in the Best Local Newscast division.

Haines and Vize, along with Chris Dunseith and Daniel Frechette, were also nominated for Best News Information Segment for Inside Story: Matthew Sagodi.

In the Best Local Newscast category, CityNews was competing with the CBC News: Toronto, CTV News Toronto at 6 with Ken Shaw and Michelle Dubé, Global News Calgary and CBC News: Nova Scotia at Six.

CBC News: Here & Now, CBC News: Nova Scotia at Six, CBC News: Toronto and CBC News: Winnipeg were among the nominees for the Best Reportage, Local, with CBC: Here & Now taking it home.

Other Rogers Media properties and City shows were also nominated, including Cityline for its Ultimate Holiday Guide. The sitcom Seed received eight nominations, including an acting nod for Laura de Carteret.

Denis Villeneuve’s surreal mind-bender Enemy’ leads the film nominations while Space’s sci-fi clone saga Orphan Black tops the television contenders.

Enemy — featuring Jake Gyllenhaal in dual roles as a paranoid teacher and as a cocky amateur actor who looks just like him —  dominates the film categories with 10 nominations, ahead of Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm with eight and Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle with six.

The competition for best national news anchor pits CBC’s Peter Mansbridge of The National against Global National anchor Dawna Friesen and Lisa LaFlamme of CTV National News.

Other notable nominees this year include Juno Awards host Michael Buble for best host in a variety, lifestyle, reality/competition, performing arts or talk program or series. The crooner is also named in the best writing in a variety or sketch comedy program or series category and best performance in a variety or sketch comedy program or series.

Click here for a full list of nominees.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television unveiled the list at a news conferences in Montreal and Toronto on January 13.

The main Screen Awards event will be in Toronto with comic Martin Short returning as host on Sunday, airing on CBC-TV.

With files from The Canadian Press

Rob Ford gets celebrity treatment in Los Angeles

CityNews | posted Sunday, Mar 2nd, 2014

Toronto’s controversial mayor is getting the celebrity treatment on a surprise trip to Los Angeles.

Rob Ford touched down in Tinseltown on Saturday and was greeted by late-night talk show jokester Jimmy Kimmel, who wore a chauffeur’s cap and held a sign reading “FORD.”

The mayor told reporters he’d “love to” to attend the Oscars on Sunday, and will also appear on Kimmel’s show — which has repeatedly ribbed the headline-grabbing Ford — Monday night.

When asked if he was taking Ford as his Oscar guest, a chuckling Kimmel replied “absolutely, wherever he wants to go.”

Ford says that after many requests he finally agreed to be a guest on Kimmel’s show because the host personally asked him.

Passersby snapped photos while Ford and Kimmel bantered as they made their way through the airport.

“I’m happy to have you here,” Kimmel told Ford.

“Thank you, thank you. We’re going to have a good time,” replied the mayor.

An upbeat Ford played along with Kimmel’s gag, slipping him a tip before hopping in a waiting vehicle.

Ford, who is running for re-election, rocketed to the attention of the international media after his bombshell revelation last year that he smoked crack while in office — an admission seized upon by wise-cracking late-night hosts in the U.S.

And in yet another sign he’s become the rare Canadian politician with name recognition stateside, a larger-than-life replica of Ford smoking a crack pipe was featured front and centre Friday in a Mardi Gras parade float sending up Canadian celebrities.

Twitter lit up on news of Ford’s L.A. trip.

“@TOMayorFord pls stay there,” one user quipped.

“THEY’RE ALL GONNA LAUGH AT YOU,” another posted.

With files from The Canadian Press

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