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Man wanted for allegedly trying to choke woman on North York street

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2019

Toronto police are looking for a suspect who allegedly chocked a woman on a North York street.

Officers were called to reports of an assault at Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

A 24-year-old woman was walking along the street when a man approached her from behind and attempted to choke her.

She bit the man’s hand and began to scream, police said. Several people then began to come out of their homes and the man fled on foot.

The suspect is described as 19 to 21 years old, with a slim to medium build, dark blond hair, and clean-shaven. He was wearing a navy blue or black shirt, black shorts and black running shoes.

Police are reminding people in the area to be aware of their surroundings and report anything suspicious.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact police.

York police seek help finding missing teen girl

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2019

York regional police are looking for a 17-year-old girl who was last seen Sunday afternoon in Markham.

Investigators say Ayra Nawaz has not been heard from since walking from a plaza in the area of Cornell Park and Bur Oak avenues shortly after 12 p.m.

She’s described as South Asian, five feet four inches tall, with a medium build.

She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a gold logo, black track pants and black and white sandals with a gold Michael Kors logo.

Her family tells 680 NEWS they are concerned for her safety because she has autism and is considered vulnerable.


Lametti swats back at Ontario attorney general over legal aid spending

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2019

The Ontario government’s rejection of shared responsibility for legal aid is an “excuse for spending cuts” that will leave many of the province’s most vulnerable at greater risk, federal Justice Minister David Lametti said Tuesday.

The federal government has consistently recognized the importance of working with its provincial counterparts on matters relating to legal aid, Lametti wrote in a letter dated Tuesday to the Ontario attorney general.

“It will perhaps come as no surprise that I strongly disagree with the path that Premier (Doug) Ford has chosen,” he wrote.

Friction between the Ontario Tories and the federal Liberals is expected to be on full display in the upcoming federal election campaign and both parties appear to be relishing the fight.

In the spring, the provincial Progressive Conservative government announced it would cut funding for refugee- and immigration-law services provided by Legal Aid Ontario on the grounds that refugee claims and immigration claims are properly a federal responsibility.

A Liberal spokesperson indicated this week that the party has already received a strong response against Ford’s policy during door-to-door canvassing.

The Ontario government’s failure to provide its legal-aid program with adequate support will increase the likelihood of life-altering and unacceptable outcomes, Lametti wrote Tuesday, while he cited examples like Ontarians facing the prospects of criminal trials without appropriate representation or the need to escape domestic violence.

Lametti’s letter comes after Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey recently wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directly and asked him to instruct his ministers to reply to the province’s requests to fill what he says is a funding gap of $25 million.

The number of refugee claims in Ontario has soared by nearly 160 per cent since 2013, Downey said, connecting the increase to the Trudeau government’s immigration policies.

“Because of their decision to increase the service need, we think they need to increase the service resources,” Downey said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.

Immigration is a federal responsibility so Ottawa should shoulder these costs, he argued, adding Ontario has not been receiving the same level of funding as other provinces for legal-aid services provided to immigrants.

The federal justice department says, however, that provincial allocations for immigration and refugee legal aid are calculated annually based on a formula that was agreed upon by all provinces and territories.

“Over the past five years, Ontario received 62 to 74 per cent of the total annual federal funding available,” Lametti noted.

Canadians across the country expect their governments to work together to support those in need of legal assistance, he added.

“An approach on the part of the Ontario government that departs from that co-operative precedent and seeks to obscure that shared responsibility as an excuse for spending cuts will leave many of the province’s most vulnerable people at increased risk and without legal protection,” he wrote.

“Governments have an obligation to represent and support all people, not just the people who can afford to hire legal representation.”

Breakfast Television is seeking interns!

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2019

Are you passionate about news, lifestyle content, social media, and creative design?

We’re looking for individuals who are bright, creative, and energetic, with a passion for news – and lifestyle-themed content, plus the ability to hunt down the latest trends before they go viral!

Breakfast Television is a three-and-a-half-hour LIVE television news and lifestyle production and is looking for full-time digital, production, and creative interns for the summer (May – September). The successful applicants must be studying a relevant program, and the internship must be part of their school curriculum.


Knowledge of video production and editing would be considered a strong asset.


Passion for live television and experience in a studio setting are considered a strong asset.


Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop, AfterEffects) is considered a strong asset.

Positions are full-time, five-days-a-week, running from 6 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in our downtown Toronto studios.

Should you fulfill the requirements and wish to apply for the position, please forward your resume and cover letter, along with your placement officer’s name and contact info, to:


Please include ‘Internship‘ in the subject line.

Alternately, send a hard copy to:

Citytv – Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
Breakfast Television Internship Program
33 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1B8

If we are interested in following up with you, we will be in touch to set up an interview.


Boris Johnson wins race to be UK prime minister

The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2019

Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson has won the race to lead Britain’s governing Conservative Party, and will become the country’s next prime minister.

He defeated his rival Jeremy Hunt overwhelmingly in a vote of Conservative Party members.

He will be installed as prime minister in a formal handover from Theresa May on Wednesday.

The victory is a triumph for the 55-year-old Johnson, an ambitious but erratic politician whose political career has veered between periods in high office and spells on the sidelines.

Johnson has vowed that Britain will quit the European Union, “come what may,” on the scheduled Brexit departure date of Oct. 31 even if it means leaving without a divorce deal

But he faces a rocky ride from a Parliament determined to prevent him from taking the U.K. out of the bloc without a withdrawal agreement.

6 Movies Coming in the 2nd Half of 2019 To Watch For

Riley Glenn | posted Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2019

2019 has been a great year for moviegoers. With blockbusters like Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, John Wick: Chapter 3, Rocketman, and the freshly released Lion King remake, the first half of 2019 has not disappointed. There has been something for just about everyone, from superhero epics to pure action, freaky horror hits, comedy gold, and some incredible animated features.

After such an incredible start to the year, will the second half of 2019 be able to keep the movie momentum going? Only time will tell, but for now, let’s take a look at 5 movies we just can’t wait for.

  1. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (July 26, 2019)

Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, set in 1960’s Hollywood, features an absolutely stacked cast. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pachino are just a few of the names that make up the talented group of stars. If you are familiar with Tarantino’s work, films including Pulp Fiction (1994), Kill Bill (2003), and most recently, The Hateful Eight (2015), then you have a general idea of what to expect. Over the top characters, a twisting and turning plot, and of course, violence.

  1. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (August 2, 2019)

The Fast and Furious franchise has been churning out blockbuster hit after blockbuster hit for nearly 20 years, with each film becoming more and moreover the top than the last. Hobbs & Shaw, a spinoff of the main series, follows you guessed it, Hobbs & Shaw, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham. The duo has appeared in the past 3 Fast & Furious films, and each has a deep history of iconic action films. Expect this one to be furiously packed with action.

  1. It Chapter Two (September 6, 2019)

When It hit theatres back in 2017, it became an instant classic. The adaptation of Stephen King’s novel was a near-perfect combination of humour and horror, It had us laughing at times, but mostly covering our eyes throughout the entire 2+ hour runtime. It Chapter Two returns to the town of Derry 27 years after The Loser Club’s first encounter with Pennywise. Starring Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), and James McAvoy (Split), It Chapter Two is guaranteed to be one of the spookiest movies of the year.

  1. Joker (October 4, 2019)

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Joker takes a look at the origin of the titular character. More psychological thriller than superhero flick, Joker follows the evolution of failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck and his descent into madness and ultimate transformation into criminal mastermind The Joker. We’ve seen a few iterations of the Joker in recent years, starting with Heath Ledger’s legendary performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight and Jared Leto’s in 2016’s Suicide Squad, but first impressions make it clear Joker will bring a brand new take on the iconic character.

  1. Frozen 2 (November 22, 2019)

Elsa, Anna, and their snowman companion Olaf are back for another adventure. So far, not much is known about the sequel, however, the trailer alludes to a dangerous journey across unknown lands. Even with the lack of information, this is one to keep on the radar.

  1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (December 20, 2019)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was… let’s say… not as well received by die-hard fans of the franchise as Disney would have hoped. Still, we have faith in The Rise of Skywalker. The final chapter of the 9-episode Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker is destined to be an epic conclusion to one of the largest movie franchises in the history of cinema. Produced, co-written, and directed by J.J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker follows the battle between the Resistance and the First Order, all while the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax. As mentioned, this will be an epic conclusion.


What movies will you be looking out for?

CannTrust files response to Health Canada, names special committee members

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2019

CannTrust Holdings Inc. has officially responded to Health Canada’s finding that the cannabis company ran afoul of its regulations, including unlicensed cultivation at its Ontario greenhouse.

The company says that on July 17 it filed a response to the regulator’s non-compliance report, one day before the July 18 deadline, and it now awaits Health Canada’s response.

CannTrust also says it has appointed U.S. sports executive Robert Marcovitch as chairman of its previously announced special committee tasked with investigating the matter.

Marcovitch is a CannTrust board director and has previously served as president and chief executive of K2 sports, and chief executive of The Coleman Outdoor Company.

The company said Monday the special committee’s “investigation and deliberations are ongoing.”

The committee “takes these issues very seriously” and is committed to working with Health Canada to bring CannTrust into compliance, Marcovitch said.

“Although we want to move as quickly as possible, we are mindful of the critical need to be thorough,” he said in a news release. “We are determined to identify the root causes for all non-compliance issues, to take appropriate actions to address and remediate any issues with the Company’s compliance culture and to restore trust in the Company.”

CannTrust said the other members of the special committee were board directors Shawna Page, Mark Dawber, and John Kaden, each of whom are independent of company management.

Earlier this month, the licensed producer said that Health Canada notified it of its finding that CannTrust grew cannabis in five unlicensed rooms at its Pelham, Ont. facility and that employees provided inaccurate information to federal regulators.

CannTrust said the growing in these unlicensed rooms took place between October 2018 and March 2019, before the licences were issued for each of the five rooms in April 2019.

Health Canada has put on hold 5,200 kilograms of CannTrust’s inventory and the licensed producer voluntarily put 7,500 kilograms of products linked to the unlicensed rooms.

Later on July 11, CannTrust put a voluntary hold on all sale and shipments of its cannabis products as a precaution as Health Canada investigated its Vaughan facility.

GTA Homeowner Calls Police on Ice-Cream Truck

Riley Glenn | posted Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2019

The Peel Police were called to investigate a cold crime scene this past Sunday. The culprit? An ice-cream truck that had been parked outside a homeowner’s house for “too long”.

The Peel Police issued a statement on their twitter addressing the call.

The best part of this story? The call was made on National Ice Cream Day. Luckily, the Police didn’t let the call get in the way of their celebrations, as an officer was later pictured grabbing a cone of his own.

Remember, if an ice-cream truck is parked outside of your house for too long (which seems impossible to me), just chill out and grab a cone.

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