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Midtown intersection endures construction crunch

ERICA NATIVIDAD | posted Friday, Nov 15th, 2019

New ground is being dug up at the notoriously construction heavy intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, re-configuring what is already a challenging area to navigate.

Construction crews with the Eglinton Crosstown project are currently digging a ventilation shaft for the TTC’s line one subway. Cars now have to drive around a hole in the middle of Yonge Street between Eglinton and Roehampton Avenue.

“We will see a few more configurations from here, but the good news is that all four crosswalks will remain open and really the worst is behind us,” said Metrolinx spokesperson Nitish Bissonauth.

Construction on the Eglinton Crosstown started in the summer of 2011 and began impacting the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton in 2014. In the years that followed, there were lane restrictions, pedestrian tunnel closures, crosswalk closures and turn restrictions — the intersection configuration changing with each new phase of construction.

I think people are sick of it to be honest,” said Alex Mazelow, chair of the Uptown Yonge BIA.

Mazelow owns the Carbon clothing store on Yonge Street just north of Eglinton. He said he’s seen a change in business since the construction, and adds he’s worried about how the construction will impact this year’s holiday shopping season.

“Some days you go out, you open the door and there’s not a person on the street — which is very unusual.”

Metrolinx launched a marketing campaign called “Experience Eglinton,” which promotes local businesses, but Mazelow said the same should be done for struggling shops on Yonge as well.

Compounding the construction woes are the numerous condominiums being built in the area. City councillor Josh Matlow said the city’s hands are tied when it comes to these projects.

“The reality is the province gets to decide how we allow for condo construction and how we don’t,” he said. “The province decided on when the LRT was going to be built.”

Metrolinx said the new intersection configuration will be in place for the next six months, and then it will be changed again.

The Eglinton Crosstown is projected to be completed by 2021.

Santa comes to town this weekend in the GTA

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 15th, 2019

The Christmas season has officially kicked off and there is no place like the GTA for the holidays. One of the main attractions is Santa Claus who will be making an appearance in several events this weekend.


Events

Santa comes to the GTA
Santa will be quite the busy bee this weekend — the star attraction in at least three parades in the GTA. So, if he can be jolly, you better turn that frown upside down.

In Toronto, the Santa Claus Parade takes place on Sunday and travels along a new route (see the map below). It starts at 12:30 p.m. at Bloor Street East and Parliament Street, then heads along Bloor to Queen’s Park Crescent East, along University Avenue to Wellington Street West, then onto Yonge Street and Front Street East, ending at Front and Jarvis Street. Road closures start at 7 a.m. and will be in effect along Bloor Street, Avenue Road, Queen’s Park, University Avenue, Wellington Street and Front Street. Click here for a full list. Ahead of the two-and-a-half-hour parade, the the Holly Jolly Fun Run kicks off at 11:45 a.m.


 

 

Elsewhere in the GTA, the Santa Claus Parade will also be bringing cheer to residents of Brampton on Saturday evening, as part of the Winter Lights Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday with the lighting of the Christmas tree and an outdoor market. Then at 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Santa Claus parade rolls into town.

Around an hour later, Santa will be at the Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade. The parade will be decked out with colourful floats and marching bands. Canada Post employees will also be collecting letters to deliver to Santa at the North Pole. There will also be comfort food and drinks to warm you up.

Christmas market opens in Toronto
‘Tis the season for Christmas markets and one of the more well-known ones will be opening this weekend. The Toronto Christmas Market opened on Thursday with the tree lighting ceremony.The market is home to carolers, vendors selling all things Christmas, tummy-happy food and warm drinks, heating spaces for beer and mulled wine, and plenty of other festive things. The market is open Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Mondays. Admission on weekdays is free until Friday at 6 p.m. and $6 after that and into the weekend. Children under five years old can enter for free but require a ticket for the weekends. The market runs until Dec. 22.

Baking for the holidays
Most kids love Christmas cookies, so why not get them into the spirit of baking their own creations. The Scarborough Museum is offering a Holiday Baking Bonanza on Sunday afternoon for kids six to 11 years old. They can learn to bake and decorate donuts and also make snickerdoodle cookies. The young chefs will also get a chef-in-training kit, which has a wooden mixing spoon, chef hat, chef apron, and other fun stuff.

Christmas joy in Markham
Santa will also be making a stop this weekend at Home for the Holidays, an outdoor Christmas festival at the Markham Fairgrounds. The event starts on Friday and runs until Sunday. Vendors will be selling ornaments and other Christmas decorations, stained glass, fresh greenery to decorate your home, and gifts for your shopping list. There will also be yummy shortbread and other treats to taste, as well as Victorian carolers to put you into the Christmas spirit.

Transit

Partial Line 1 closure
On Saturday, subway service will be shut down on Line 1 between Sheppard West and Wilson stations due to maintenance. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be running. Riders travelling northbound who require an elevator should exit the train at Lawrence West Station.

Peel police arrest man in Mississauga shooting investigation

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 15th, 2019

Peel Regional Police have arrested a man they allege is connected to a shooting in Mississauga this past August.

On Aug. 13 at around 2:30 p.m. officers were called to the Apple Blossom Circle area where they found a woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

Police allege a suspect fled on foot to Stargazer Drive where he was involved in an altercation with a police officer before jumping into a cruiser.

The police vehicle was later found a short distance away on Idlewilde Crescent.

Police allege when the suspect abandoned the police car, he also stole a civilian vehicle. A cellphone was later found in the area of Highway 401 and Martin Grove Road.

On Thursday, police announced that 31-year-old Michael Cleghorn of no fixed address had been arrested.

He is facing several charges including attempt murder and assault, police said.

Cleghorn was already wanted in Thunder Bay for an alleged murder in 2017, and in Toronto for the alleged sexual assault of a child in 2014.

He is scheduled to appear in a Brampton court on Friday.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is also investigating the incident involving the police cruiser.

The SIU is an arms-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

Disorderly conduct charge against Maple Leafs’ Matthews dismissed

SPORTSNET STAFF | posted Friday, Nov 15th, 2019

The court case against Auston Matthews has been dismissed, Sportsnet can confirm.

Matthews — who was facing a charge of disorderly conduct and disruptive behaviour stemming from an incident in May — and the female security guard who filed the complaint against him reached a settlement in the matter.

Under Arizona law, an individual who is accused of a misdemeanour offence has the ability to settle the matter by coming to a financial agreement in exchange for the criminal case’s conclusion.

In the police report and subsequent police body-cam interview that surfaced, the victim, who is a security guard at the Arizona condominium complex at which Matthews is a resident, alleged that Matthews and a group of males attempted to break into her car at around 2 a.m., where she was doing paper work. When she exited the vehicle to confront them, she alleged Matthews told her they believed it would be funny to see how she would respond.

According to the police report, Matthews, while making his way back to his building, dropped his pants and grabbed his buttocks, leaving his underwear on.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to meet with Trudeau to discuss throne speech

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Nov 14th, 2019

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Thursday to lay out his priorities in the hope of leveraging his party’s position in a minority government.

Speaking on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, Singh says he has three key priorities that he hopes to see in the Liberal throne speech, which will be delivered when Parliament resumes on Dec. 5.

The top ask from the NDP will be for Liberal support for the immediate creation of a national universal pharmacare program.

Singh says he wants to see an “openness” from the Liberals to public dental coverage.

He says he will also push Trudeau to drop the government’s legal challenge of a recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling that ordered Ottawa to pay $40,000 each in compensation to Indigenous children who were wrongly placed in foster care after 2007, as well as to their parents or grandparents.

Singh says he’s not issuing ultimatums, but he says his party would be willing to vote against the throne speech if it doesn’t acknowledge the NDP’s requests somehow.

Car catches fire while allegedly doing ‘doughnuts’ in Mississauga parking lot: police

News Staff | posted Thursday, Nov 14th, 2019

Peel Regional Police are reminding drivers that most vehicles are not performance machines — and that sometimes they can catch fire when you take them beyond their design limits.

Police said a vehicle was allegedly doing “doughnuts” in a parking lot in the Wolfedale Road and Central Parkway area on Wednesday night when it somehow caught fire.

The vehicle apparently attempted to flee — while on fire — when officers pulled up but did not get far, police said.

The occupants fled the scene and police said they’d like to speak to them.

“While we get everyone wants to show that #Mississauga is lit, this probably isn’t what they meant,” police said in a tweet. “If you were the driver of this newly burned-out sedan, officers would like to speak to you.”

“Consumer cars are designed to be driven on the roads and not to perform stunts. We highly recommend you ‘donut’ try this,” police quipped.

There were no reports of injuries and police continue to investigate the incident.

Woman in hospital, dog missing after house fire in Mississauga

News staff | posted Thursday, Nov 14th, 2019

A woman has been taken to hospital for serious smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a home in Mississauga.

Peel police said the fire started in the back bedroom of a home on Russett Road, near Dixie Road and the QEW, just before 3 a.m. on Thursday.

They said three people were inside the home at the time. They all got out safely, but one of them ran back in to get their dog.

Police pulled the woman out of the home. Her injuries are not-life-threatening.

The dog has still not been found.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

St. Michael’s College sex assault case back in court Thursday

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Nov 14th, 2019

The case of three boys who pleaded guilty in a sexual assault scandal at an all-boys Catholic school is due back in court on Thursday.

The former students at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto each pleaded guilty last month to one count of sexual assault with a weapon and one count of assault with a weapon.

One of them also pleaded guilty to making child pornography.

The charges stem from two separate incidents that happened in October and November of last year.

The sexual assault and assault charges against a fourth student were withdrawn in August.

The cases of two other students accused in the scandal have concluded, but the Ministry of the Attorney General has refused to disclose those outcomes. A seventh teen is set to go to trial next March.

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