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Canada’s GDP falls 0.1% in October

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Dec 23rd, 2019

Canada’s economy contracted slightly in October, with real gross domestic product down 0.1 per cent from September.

Statistics Canada says that October’s decline in GDP was the first in eight months.

Economists had projected a flat GDP report for October compared with September, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.

Statistics Canada says the month included the biggest decline in retail trade since March 2016.

There were also declines in wholesale trade and manufacturing.

Those declines were only partly offset by an advance in the mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction sector as well as transportation and warehousing services.

Police investigate 5 tow truck fires in Toronto, York Region

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Dec 23rd, 2019

Toronto and York police are investigating at least five reports of tow trucks set on fire early Monday morning.

Three of the tow trucks were torched in the area of Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue in North York.

Toronto Fire said one of the fires spread to a home on Drewry Avenue. Nobody was home at the time and the fire has since been knocked down.

Two of the other two truck fires were on Devondale and Connaught avenues.

Fire crews in York Region also responded to tow truck fires in Richmond Hill.

No injuries have been reported.

Shots fired in Rexdale home invasion, no injuries

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Dec 23rd, 2019

No injuries were reported after shots were fired during a home invasion overnight in Rexdale.

Officers were called to a home on Humheller Drive near Martin Grove Road and Westhumber Boulevard just after 3 a.m. Monday.

Police said two suspects entered the home looking for someone inside.

One of the suspects opened fire inside the home and then fled the scene.

The suspect descriptions are not clear at this point.

Man seriously wounded in stabbing in north Scarborough

JOHN MARCHESAN | posted Friday, Dec 20th, 2019

Toronto police are searching for a scene and a suspect following a stabbing in Scarborough.

Police were called to the area of Birchmount Road and Bonis Avenue, just north of Sheppard, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police say when they arrived they found a man unconscious and bleeding. He was transported to hospital in serious condition.

Police say it was the victim who made the emergency call but they have been unable to pinpoint where the stabbing may have occurred.

There is no suspect description at this time.

Pearson expected to be packed Friday as travellers head home for holidays

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 20th, 2019

Whether it’s the trip home for the holidays, or the escape to warmer weather, thousands of people will move through Pearson airport on Friday, in what’s expected to be the busiest day of the holiday travel season.

Poinsettias decorate the terminals as Christmas carols pipe through the speakers, welcoming the estimated 138,000 people expected to travel through the airport.

Because of the high volume of people expected, airport officials are advising travellers to give themselves lots of extra time for check-in and clearing security.

And remember, if you’re packing Christmas gifts don’t wrap them because all of your hard work could get unwrapped through security.

Displaced residents of Gosford fire weeks away from returning home

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 20th, 2019

Some good news for hundreds of residents left displaced for more than a month after a fatal high rise fire in North York, many of them may be able to return home sooner than anticipated.

At a holiday dinner Thursday night for the fire victims meant to bring little holiday cheer to those who won’t be able to go home for Christmas, Mayor John Tory revealed that the first batch of doors that were damaged in the five-alarm blaze have been delivered and many more are expected to be delivered in the next day or so.

“For the majority …we’re very close to people being able to move back in,” said Tory. “I would say that for many of the units in the building we’re down to weeks.

“There’s a number of them that were much more severely damaged that is going to take longer. That may be a matter of a few more months.”

Tory says he’s heard the frustration in the voices of many residents who are temporarily living in hotels and looking for answers.

“We are going to make sure we stay on top of the landlord to make sure those people who are out longer are looked after,” said Tory. “Our expectation is that the landlord will have those people continue to stay in the hotel on the arrangements that have been put forward until such time as they can move back into their apartments.”

There is still no official word on the cause of the five-alarm blaze that started in an eighth floor apartment unit which claimed the life of one man. Preliminary reports said the fire did not look suspicious and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office had narrowed the source of the fire down to one of the two bedrooms in the unit.

3 injured after shooting on Hwy. 401 in Pickering

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 20th, 2019

Three people are injured — one in critical condition — after a drive-by shooting on Highway 401 in Pickering.

It appears the shooting happened in the westbound collector lanes near Whites Road around 4 a.m. on Friday.

According to police sources, four people were in a car at the time — two males and two females.

One male was shot in the chest and is in critical condition. Another male was shot in the arm.

One female has minor injuries after she grazed in the head.

The second female was not injured. She is believed to have fled the scene on foot.

The collector lanes are closed in the area.

Judge to rule on assault charges against former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Dec 19th, 2019

A judge is slated to rule Thursday whether former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle is guilty of assaulting his wife Caitlan Coleman.

Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period from October to December 2017.

The incidents are alleged to have taken place in Ottawa after Boyle and Coleman returned to Canada following five years as prisoners of Taliban-linked extremists.

The couple was seized in 2012 in Afghanistan during an ill-fated backpacking trip through Asia.

In urging Ontario Court Judge Peter Doody to find Boyle guilty, prosecutor Meaghan Cunningham said during closing arguments that Boyle used a calculated mixture of kindness and cruelty to ensnare Coleman in an emotional web.

Lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, who represented Boyle, said reasonable doubt about his client’s guilt amounted to a defence against all of the criminal charges.

A judge is slated to rule Thursday whether former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle is guilty of assaulting his wife Caitlan Coleman.

Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period from October to December 2017.

The incidents are alleged to have taken place in Ottawa after Boyle and Coleman returned to Canada following five years as prisoners of Taliban-linked extremists.

The couple was seized in 2012 in Afghanistan during an ill-fated backpacking trip through Asia.

In urging Ontario Court Judge Peter Doody to find Boyle guilty, prosecutor Meaghan Cunningham said during closing arguments that Boyle used a calculated mixture of kindness and cruelty to ensnare Coleman in an emotional web.

Lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, who represented Boyle, said reasonable doubt about his client’s guilt amounted to a defence against all of the criminal charges.

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