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Male seriously injured in North York shooting

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 31st, 2020

A man was seriously injured in a shooting in North York late Thursday night.

Police responded to several calls for a shooting in the area of Falstaff and Springview avenues shortly after 11:30 p.m.

Callers reported hearing multiple gunshots and people were reportedly screaming and fleeing from the area. There were also reports of vehicles fleeing from the scene.

Police found a male victim suffering from gunshot wounds and his injuries are considered serious.

A nearby residential building was also damaged due to the gunfire.

Police say they believe the suspects fled the scene northbound on Jane Street in a white Honda Civic. No other descriptions were immediately available.

Van strikes multiple cars in Etobicoke, no serious injuries reported

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 30th, 2020

Multiple cars were damaged when a man driving a van struck them on Wednesday evening in Etobicoke.

Police say a white panel van hit several cars in the Valhalla Inn Road and The East Mall area shortly after 7 p.m. and then fled the scene at a high speed.

The van was then found abandoned and the driver ran away.

The driver is described as a white male, between 35 to 40 years old with short brown hair and an olive complexion. He was last seen dressed in all black shorts, shoes and t-shirt.

Const. David Hopkinson says multiple people were hurt but their injuries are considered minor.

Roads are closed in the area for the investigation.

Toronto to challenge provincial Bill 184 in court

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 30th, 2020

Toronto City Council has voted to take the provincial government to court over Bill 184.

Tenant advocates say the bill will make it easier for landlords to obtain evictions once the COVID-19 crisis eases, leading to mass evictions which will harm the city’s most vulnerable residents.

The bill, also known as the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, allows the Landlord and Tenant Board to order up to 12 months’ rent in compensation for eviction notices issued in bad faith, or where the landlord does not allow the tenant to move back in after renovations or repairs.

Renters and activists have been protesting and petitioning this bill since it was first proposed months ago.

Trudeau to testify Thursday on WE Charity controversy

TERESA WRIGHT, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Jul 30th, 2020

Justin Trudeau will be in the hot seat Thursday for a rare prime ministerial appearance at a House of Commons committee, facing questions about his role in the simmering controversy involving the WE organization.

MPs on the finance committee will grill Trudeau about the events that led to his Liberal cabinet asking the WE Charity to oversee a $912-million program that provides grants to students and graduates for volunteering.

Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford was also scheduled to testify today.

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre warned that if the prime minister doesn’t fully answer questions from opposition MPs about his own and his family’s ties to the WE organization, they will call him back again.

“We want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” Poilievre told reporters in Ottawa Wednesday.

The Conservatives say many of their questions for Trudeau will revolve around hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees paid to members of his family for appearing at WE events, along with related expenses.

WE had previously confirmed that Trudeau’s mother, Margaret Trudeau, was paid about $250,000 for 28 speaking appearances at WE-related events between 2016 and 2020 and his brother Alexandre has been paid $32,000 for eight events.

WE co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger testified Tuesday that Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has participated in seven WE Days and received an average of $3,618 for each event, to cover her expenses. That works out to $25,326 in total.

The Conservatives are now calling on federal ethics czar Mario Dion to widen his probe of Trudeau to include travel expenses WE covered in addition to speaking fees for his mother, wife and brother.

“What else is he hiding in this affair?” Poilievre said Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Dion sent letters to Conservative and NDP MPs saying he is widening his investigations into trips Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his family participated in that were sponsored by the WE organization.

Morneau told the Commons finance committee last week he had freshly repaid WE Charity more than $41,000 in expenses for trips he and his family took in 2017 to see and take part in some of the organization’s humanitarian work.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he believes details that have emerged since the program was announced suggest the deal awarding WE the Canada Student Services Grant program was never about students, but about helping close friends of the Liberals and of Trudeau.

“That is deeply troubling,” he said Wednesday in Burnaby, B.C.

“A prime minister should work for people, should work for Canadians, should not be working in the interest of enriching his or her family or his or her close friends.”

Ontario government to announce plans for back-to-school in September today

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Jul 30th, 2020

The Ontario government is due to announce plans for reopening schools in September later today.

The announcement comes just six weeks before back-to-school season and a week before the province’s 72 school boards were initially asked to outline their plans for the academic year.

The province had previously asked school boards to prepare for three scenarios come September: regular in-class instruction with physical-distancing measures in place, full-time remote learning, and a hybrid model blending both approaches.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce initially expressed a preference for the hybrid model, which would see no more than 15 students in class attending on alternating days or weeks.

More recently, he expressed a preference for full-time, in-class learning.

Government opposition critics, school boards and unions alike have said that if classes are to resume full time, the province will have to significantly increase spending on education so that staff and students can be kept safe from COVID-19.

Male dead after stabbing in Mississauga

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2020

One male is dead following a stabbing in Mississauga on Tuesday night.

Police were called to the Battleford and Montevideo roads shortly before 8:30 p.m. for a stabbing incident.

A male victim was found at the scene and taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

No suspect information is available at this time and no further details surrounding the incident have been released.

The homicide bureau has been notified.

Police investigating after noose found at Eglinton LRT construction site

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2020

Toronto police are investigating after a noose was found hanging at the Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction site on Tuesday.

Crosslinx Transit Solutions says the noose was found near Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West.

Premier Doug Ford tweeted his outrage saying “we will get to the bottom of this despicable act of hatred. This will never be tolerated here in Ontario … and when we find who did this, there will be consequences.”

The incident comes after four nooses were found at three different construction sites in June.

Two were discovered on a site near Michael Garron hospital by Black construction workers, a third was discovered on Bay street and another one at a site in Regent Park.

All cases are currently under investigation. There have been no arrests or charges.

900 homes, businesses lose power after crash in Richmond Hill

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2020

Nearly 900 homes and businesses have lost power in Richmond Hill after a crash in the Leslie Street and Bur Oak Avenue area.

The blackout comes after a major crash at Leslie Street and Princeton Avenue just before 9 p.m. Injuries were reported but no further details are available.

York Regional police says two vehicles were involved in the crash that damaged hydro poles.

Staff Sgt. Marc Hilliker says drivers are cautioned to avoid the area as hydro crews work to fix live wires on the ground.

Roads will be closed from Elgin Mills to Major Mackenzie Drive. on Leslie Street,

Electricity supplier Alectra estimates all power should be restored by 5 a.m.

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