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Man seriously injured in Rexdale shooting

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

A man has suffered life-threatening injuries following a shooting in Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood Monday night.

Police tweeted at around 10 p.m. that they had been called to the area of Kipling Avenue and John Garland Boulevard for a report of gunfire.

When officers arrived, police said they found a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The man was transported to the hospital.

Police said witnesses saw three males fleeing the area in a grey or silver vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police directly or can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.

A very Canadian solution to a problem we’ll hopefully never face

THE BIG STORY | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

In today’s Big Story podcast, you’ve seen the stories and images from around the world. Hospitals built in China in 10 days. Convention centres turned into temporary coronavirus care centres. A medical train moving patients around France.

When healthcare systems become overwhelmed, solutions are needed quickly—and they need to be executed in a span of days or weeks, not months. Canada has avoided that drastic situation thus far, but if the virus spikes in the fall, officials will have a plan to create temporary hospitals wherever they’re needed. This is the story of how that plan came together.

You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle and Spotify

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

Toronto breaks 80-year cold record for May 12

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

As a frost advisory continues across the GTA, Torontonians are waking up to the coldest May 12th seen since the Great Depression.

As of 4 a.m. on Tuesday, it was -3 C at Pearson Airport, beating a cold record of -2.2 C set back in 1939.

“We could be dealing with more record cold lows tomorrow morning and then finally we can say goodbye to the cold air,” 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor explained.

“We’re going to turn a corner and by the end of the week it will feel closer to 20 C.”

It’ll be a cloudy day with a chance of showers this afternoon with a high expected to reach only 9 C — average temperature is usually closer to 18 C.

Tonight, there could still be some patchy frost so keep those plants indoors.

The sun comes back on Wednesday with a high of 13 C.

Being out in public is stressful in pandemic era, new survey suggests

JIM BRONSKILL , THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

As restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus persist, a new survey suggests more than half of Canadians find it stressful to venture out in public.

In a web survey conducted by polling firm Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, 57 per cent of respondents said leaving their home for a public space caused anxiety.

While the figures were relatively consistent across the country, they reached a high of 64 per cent in Ontario and a low of 48 per cent in Alberta.

In comparison, 64 per cent of American respondents said they found it somewhat or very stressful to go out in public during the pandemic.

The survey was conducted May 8 to 11 among 1,526 Canadians and 1,004 Americans, 18 or older, who were randomly recruited from an online panel.

Since polls created from Internet panels are not random samples, however, the survey can’t be assigned a margin of error.

The polling firm says that using data from the 2016 census, results were weighted according to age, gender, mother tongue, region, level of education and presence of children in the household in order to ensure a representative sample of the population.

Forty-three per cent of Canadians who took part found going out in public somewhat stressful while 13 per cent considered it very stressful. The figures do not correspond to the sum of 57 per cent due to rounding.

Ten per cent of men who responded found going out very stressful, compared with 17 per cent of women.

The vast majority of Canadians who took part said they were following advice to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus by maintaining a safe distance of two metres from others, washing their hands more often, coughing or sneezing into their elbow and going out only for necessities.

In addition, 42 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they wore a protective mask when they did head out to public areas in the last week.

Fifty-one per cent said people outside their family had gotten within two metres of them over the last seven days.

The vigilance needed to maintain one’s personal space in public is likely a factor in the stress people are feeling, said Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque.

“Every time I go out grocery shopping, which I do because it’s a necessity, somebody wants to pick the same avocados I’m looking at,” he said. “There’s always somebody in your bubble at some point, even though we try to do our best.”

Asked how long it would take for the economy in their province to start getting back to normal, with commercial activity and jobs being created at a level before the pandemic hit, 14 per cent said about six to eight months from now, 24 per cent about a year and 30 per cent one to two years.

SIU investigates shooting in Mississauga

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 11th, 2020

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating a shooting in Mississauga that sent one person to hospital Sunday night.

Peel police said they were called to a residence in the area of Matheson Boulevard West and Heatherleigh Avenue at around 10:40 p.m. after reports of a disturbance.

“During the police interaction, [a] firearm was discharged and an adult female was struck,” police said in a tweet. “One person being transported to a trauma centre.”

No other details have been released.

Jerry Stiller, comedian and ‘Seinfeld’ actor, dies at 92

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Monday, May 11th, 2020

NEW YORK — Comedy veteran Jerry Stiller, who launched his career opposite wife Anne Meara in the 1950s and reemerged four decades later as the hysterically high-strung Frank Costanza on the smash television show “Seinfeld,” died at 92, his son Ben Stiller announced Monday.

He died of natural causes, his son — a comedy star himself — said in a tweet.

Jerry Stiller was a multi-talented performer who appeared in an assortment of movies, playing Walter Matthau’s police sidekick in the thriller “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and Divine’s husband Wilbur Turnblad in John Waters’ twisted comedy “Hairspray.”

He also wrote an autobiography, “Married to Laughter,” about his 50-plus year marriage to soul mate and comedic cohort Meara, who died in 2015. And his myriad television spots included everything from “Murder She Wrote” to “Law and Order” — along with 36 appearances alongside Meara on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Stiller, although a supporting player on “Seinfeld,” created some of the Emmy-winning show’s most enduring moments: co-creator and model for the “bro,” a brassiere for men; a Korean War cook who inflicted food poisoning on his entire unit; an ever-simmering salesman controlling his explosive temper with the shouted mantra, “Serenity now!”

Stiller earned an 1997 Emmy nomination for his indelible “Seinfeld” performance. In a 2005 Esquire interview, Stiller recalled that he was out of work and not the first choice for the role of Frank Costanza, father to Jason Alexander’s neurotic George.

“My manager had retired,” he said. “I was close to 70 years old, and had nowhere to go.”

He was initially told to play the role as a milquetoast husband with an overbearing wife, Estelle, played by Estelle Harris. But the character wasn’t working — until Stiller suggested his reincarnation as an over-the-top crank who matched his wife scream for scream.

It jump-started the septuagenarian’s career, landing him a spot playing Vince Lombardi in a Nike commercial and the role of another over-the-top dad on the long-running sitcom “King of Queens.”

While he was known as a nut-job father on the small screen, Stiller and wife Meara raised two children in their longtime home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side: daughter Amy, who became an actress, and son Ben, who became a writer, director and actor in such films as “Dodgeball,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Meet the Parents.”

He and Ben performed together in “Shoeshine,” which was nominated for a 1988 Academy Award in the short subject category.

Stiller was considerably quieter and reflective in person than in character — although just as funny. The son of a bus driver and a housewife, Stiller grew up in Depression-era Brooklyn. His inspiration to enter show business came at age 8, when his father took him to see the Marx Brothers in the comedy classic “A Night at the Opera.”

Years later, Stiller met Groucho Marx and thanked him.

Stiller earned a drama degree at Syracuse University after serving in World War II, and then headed to New York City to launch his career. There was a brief involvement in Shakespearean theatre, including a $55 a week job with Jack Klugman in “Coriolanus.”

But his life and career took off after he met Meara in spring 1953. They were married that fall.

The seemingly mismatched pair — he a short, stocky Jewish guy from Brooklyn, she a tall, Irish Catholic from the Long Island suburbs — shared an immediate onstage chemistry, too. They were soon appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and working nightclubs nationwide.

The pair also wrote and performed radio commercials, most memorably a series of bits for a little-known wine called Blue Nun. The duo’s ads boosted sales by 500%. Ben Stiller recalled trips with his sister to California when his parents would head west to do television appearances.

The couple went on to appear as a team in dozens of film, stage and television productions. One of them was “After-Play,” a 1995 off-Broadway show written by Meara. Stiller joined “Seinfeld” in 1993, and moved on to “King of Queens” when the other Jerry & co. went off the air in 1998. The following year, he appeared in Ben Stiller’s spoof on modeling, “Zoolander.”

More coronavirus restrictions being lifted across the country

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, May 11th, 2020

Some significant steps will be taken Monday in the slow process of lifting restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Canada.

Quebec, which accounts for more than half of the country’s novel coronavirus cases, is reopening elementary schools and daycares outside the Montreal area.

Students will be subject to physical distancing and frequent handwashing while school officials follow public health guidelines for cleaning and disinfection.

Attendance, however, is not mandatory, and two school boards have told The Canadian Press that most of their students will be staying home for now.

Quebec is also allowing most retail stores outside Montreal to open Monday, but pushed back the opening date for schools and other businesses in the hard-hit metropolis to May 25 as case numbers there remained high.

Meanwhile, Ontario is allowing non-essential retail stores to open for curbside pickup, after letting hardware and safety supply stores to reopen on the weekend.

It’s also opening its provincial parks, though visitors must adhere to physical distancing rules and park camping grounds, beaches and playgrounds will remain closed.

Alberta is also planning to allow some retail stores to open this week, while Saskatchewan and Manitoba began to gradually reopen last week.

British Columbia is phasing in the reopening of its economy with certain health services, retail outlets, restaurants, salons and museums resuming some operations in mid-May.

On the other side of the country, Newfoundland and Labrador is allowing some medical procedures to resume today, as well as low-risk activities, such as golf, hunting and fishing. Low-risk businesses, including garden centres, and professional services such as law firms can also reopen.

As of this morning Canada had recorded 68,848 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, including 4,871 deaths and 32,109 cases resolved.

Ontario stores to reopen for curbside pickup, delivery

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, May 11th, 2020

Stores in Ontario are allowed to reopen Monday for curbside pickup after a weekend that saw the spread of the coronavirus slow to a pace not seen in six weeks.

The measure announced last week is meant to help ramp the economy back up after the pandemic caused unprecedented job losses in March and April.

All retail stores with a street entrance will be allowed to open to provide both curbside pickup and delivery — a move Premier Doug Ford has said will allow thousands of people to return to work.

On Friday, the government allowed garden centres and nurseries to fully reopen, and hardware stores could do the same on Saturday.

According to data released Friday by Statistics Canada, 689,200 Ontarians lost their jobs in April, in addition to the 403,000 the agency says were lost in March.

On Sunday, the province reported 294 new cases of COVID-19 — a jump of just 1.5 per cent over the previous day.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 now sits at 20,238, with a death toll of 1,634.

Ford also announced over the weekend that provincial parks will reopen Monday, though beaches, camping areas and playgrounds will remain closed and physical distancing must be maintained.

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