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Child dies after A/C unit falls from building’s 8th floor

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 12th, 2019

A two-year-old child has died after being struck by a falling air conditioning unit in Scarborough.

Emergency crews called to the scene before 3:30 p.m. at Lawrence Avenue East and Mossbank Drive.

The child suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a trauma centre where she later died.

Police continue to investigate what caused the air conditioning unit to fall from a window on the eighth floor of the building.

Toronto FC falls to Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup final

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Nov 11th, 2019

Kelvin Leerdam, Victor Rodriguez and Raul Ruidiaz scored second-half goals to lift the Seattle Sounders to a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final Sunday.

It was an opportunistic performance for the Sounders, who lived off scraps but got the goal they needed and then came on strong. Toronto’s consolation goal came in stoppage time.

The game was a championship rubber match with Seattle winning the 2016 final via penalty shootout (5-4) and Toronto lifting the trophy with a 2-0 victory in 2017.

While Toronto dominated possession for most of the game Sunday, it looked vulnerable to the counter-attack. The visitors kept up the pressure to open the second half with Alejandro Pozuelo dancing around defenders with the ball on a string. But he lacked help up front, with Jozy Altidore on the bench.

The Seattle breakthrough came in the 57th minute when Ruidiaz found Leerdam in the penalty box. Leerdam lost Nicolas Benezet and his shot, through the legs of Chris Mavinga, deflected in off Justin Morrow for the Dutch fullback’s first playoff goal.

The Peruvian wheeled away and whipped off his jersey, swinging it around his head in joy. He got a yellow card for the show and then was subbed off to a standing ovation.

It was Seattle’s first MLS Cup goal from open play in 267 minutes – and another unhappy championship game memory for Morrow. The Toronto fullback hammered his spot kick off the crossbar in the penalty shootout loss in the 2016 Cup final.

Rodriguez, who had come on the field 15 minutes earlier, then capped off a nifty passing sequence with Nicolas Lodeiro and Gustav Svensson with a wonderful shot from the edge of the penalty box that eluded goalkeeper Quentin Westberg in the 76th minute. Svensson started the play by winning the ball back in the Toronto end.

Rodriguez was named MLS Cup most valuable player.

With Toronto throwing everything forward in search of a goal, Ruidiaz outmuscled Mavinga to the ball and scored in the 90th minute to complete the victory. It was his fourth of the playoffs.

The sellout crowd of 69,274 at CenturyLink Field, a record for a sporting event at the stadium, erupted as the Sounders celebrated en masse by the corner flag.

Altidore, with an assist from Pozuelo, scored in the 93rd minute after coming on as a late substitute.

Seattle joins the Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City and San Jose Earthquakes with two Cup wins. The Los Angeles Galaxy lead with five, followed by D.C. United at four. Seven other franchises have one championship.

Coach Greg Vanney, wearing his lucky playoff scarf, returned centre back Omar Gonzalez (hamstring) to the starting 11 with Laurent Ciman reverting to the substitutes. Altidore, who had not played since the Oct. 6 regular-season finale due to a quad strain, started on the bench.

Altidore came on in the 68th minute. But it was the Sounders who came on late, spurred on by their goal.

Gonzalez, like Ciman a former MLS defender of the year, missed the first playoff game, dressing but not seeing action for the next two. The changes meant defender Drew Moor dropped out of the game-day 18.

Seattle opted for veteran Panamanian Roman Torres over Xavier Arreaga at centre back.

CenturyLink Field was loud and dressed almost exclusively in green, save for a pocket of red Toronto FC supporters high up in the north end of the east stand.

Toronto had 65.1 per cent of the possession in a scrappy but entertaining first half, with Seattle defending hard and looking for the counter-attack. Despite not having much of the ball, the Sounders collected eight corners to Toronto’s two in the first 45 minutes.

Gonzalez sent an early message by bundling Ruidiaz, Seattle’s danger man, to the ground from behind in the fifth minute.

While Toronto had more of the ball early, it lived dangerously with a few giveaways. Seattle showed its counter-attack threat with Jordan Morris, taking advantage of a poor Toronto pass, made a marauding run down the length of the field with Westberg comfortably handling his shot in the ninth minute.

Torres came close in the 22nd minute but his shot off a corner flew high. The corner came after a poor pass from Benezet resulted in a deflected Sounders shot.

Seattle ‘keeper Stefan Frei had to deal with some friendly fire, racing to handle an over-enthusiastic backpass from a teammate. Frei then had to make a fine one-handed diving save off Benezet in the 36th minute.

Westberg came up big in the 45th minute, stopping a dangerous Ruidiaz shot. Cristian Roldan found Lodeiro whose curling ball found Ruidiaz behind Gonzalez. The slight Peruvian accelerated past Gonzalez but Westberg blocked the shot with his legs.

A subplot Sunday was Toronto captain Michael Bradley’s contract. The 32-year-old, who joined Toronto in 2104 from AS Roma, is out of contract at the end of the year. But both he and the club declined comment on a report that a win Sunday would trigger another year at his current salary of US$6.5 million (second-highest in the league this season).

Sunday also marked Bradley’s 200th game in all competitions for Toronto. Coach Greg Vanney faced another milestone as he entered the championship game with 99 wins in all competitions at TFC’s helm.

Toronto arrived riding a 13-game undefeated streak (7-0-6) in league play. Seattle had won five straight and lost just twice in its last 12 league outings (8-2-2).

Toronto, seeded fourth in the East, made it to the final the hard way with road wins over No. 1 New York City FC and No. 2 Atlanta United FC after dispatching No. 5 D.C. United at BMO Field.

Seattle, seeded second in the West, downed No. 7 FC Dallas and No. 3 Real Salt Lake before upsetting No. 1 Los Angeles FC on the road.

Attendance Sunday was second only to the 73,019 that attended last year’s final at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The finals in Toronto drew 36,045 and 30,584, respectively.

The area around CenturyLink Field was a sea of green hours before kickoff with lineups to get into bars and restaurants. A lineup for a few portable toilets stretched 40 people long more two hours before kickoff as fans waited to enter the stadium.

Guillermo Rodriguez, Jimmy Kimmel’s security guard sidekick, mugged for cameras outside dressed as a soccer referee.

Seattle rapper Macklemore, a Sounders co-owner, performed at a nearby pre-game rally. Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, a Seattle native, performed the U.S. national anthem at the game.

MacLean, Sportsnet apologize for Don Cherry’s ‘discriminatory’ comments

The Canadian Press and News Staff | posted Monday, Nov 11th, 2019

Sportsnet and Coach’s Corner co-host Ron MacLean have apologized for TV commentator Don Cherry’s remarks on Saturday night’s segment.

The 85-year-old said on his weekly segment as part of Hockey Night in Canada that he’s less frequently seeing people wearing poppies anymore to honour fallen Canadian soldiers – and he singled out those he believes are immigrants in Toronto, prompting a swift online backlash.

“You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

Cherry made his comment prior to running his annual Remembrance Day video montage, where he is seen walking through a military cemetery in France visiting the graves of Canadian soldiers who went to battle in the First World War.

Ron MacLean apologized during the opening remarks of Hometown Hockey which aired on Sportsnet Sunday evening.

“I owe you an apology too. That is the the big thing that I want to emphasize. I sat there, did not catch it and did not respond,” said MacLean.

“Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory were flat-out wrong,” added MacLean. “We know diversity is the strength of the country. Wee see it in the travels with our show and with Hockey Night in Canada

MacLean also tweeted saying he has worked with Don for 30 years and “know that we failed you.”

The tweet read in part, “I wish I had handled myself differently. It was a divisive moment and I am truly upset with myself for allowing it.”

Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley issued a statement Sunday morning, calling Cherry’s comments discriminatory and offensive.

“They do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network. We have spoken with Don about the severity of the issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks.”

The NHL called the comments “offensive and contrary to the values we believe in” in a brief statement issued Sunday.

The CBC said in a statement that even though Coach’s Corner is filmed in its studio in the CBC building in Toronto, it is broadcast as part of a sub-licensing deal with Rogers Media.

“As Rogers Media is the national rights holder for NHL Hockey in Canada, CBC has no purview over any editorial (choice of commentators or what they say) with respect to Hockey Night in Canada,” CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said in an email.

Rogers Media, a subsidiary of Rogers Communications, is the parent company of Sportsnet which also owns this website.

The hashtags #firedoncherry and #DonCherryMustGo were trending on social media in the wake of his comments.

Among the online responses to Cherry’s rant was one from Paula Simons, an independent senator from Alberta, and Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie.

She wrote that it has not been her experience that new immigrants don’t wear poppies or appreciate the tragedies of war, and further condemned the sentiment behind Cherry’s remarks.

Poppies are sold every year starting on the last Friday in October until Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 by The Royal Canadian Legion to raise money in support of veterans and their families.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council also posted on their website that they would be unable to accept any further complaints as the number they have received concerning the Coach’s Corner broadcast has exceed their their technical processing capacities.

Billions of clothing microfibres leaking into Toronto wastewater

News Staff and Erica Natividad | posted Monday, Nov 11th, 2019

Our clothes are polluting our water, damaging wildlife and potentially harming our health, according to new research from the University of Toronto.

A team of scientists at U of T is currently investigating the effect of microfibre pollution on the environment, including how it affects wildlife and bodies of water.

Microfibres are tiny thread-like fibres which shed from fabrics like carpets, furniture and clothing. They are what appear in dryer lint traps, but aren’t always visible to the naked eye.

Droves of the tiny pollutant shed from clothing during laundry cycles and through the water used in washers, ending up in wastewater.

Lisa Erdle, a researcher at U of T, says a single load of laundry can release hundreds of thousands of microfibres into the environment and “can have physical or chemical impacts on wildlife when they enter the food web.”

The fibres from synthetic materials contain plastic that don’t fully break down and natural fibres are typically treated with harmful chemicals or dyes, Erdle added.

“We’ve seen from research that when animals ingest microfibres, it can lead to changes in feeding behaviour and altered growth,” said Erdle. “There are many known endocrine disruptors, chemicals which are carcinogenic, that are associated with these microfibres.”

The study has also calculated how much microfibre pollution Toronto could be generating.

They have found that if the 1.2 million households ran an average of 219 loads of laundry, the city could be releasing up to 36 trillion microfibres into wastewater every year.

Water treatment plants do remove the large majority of microplastics — up to 99 per cent, but that still leaves 200 billion tiny fibres that are released into the environment.

Even more ends up in the environment after the sludge byproduct of wastewater treatment is spread on farmers’ fields — only to be washed into the watershed when it rains.

The effect on humans is still unknown, Erdle said and research is just beginning into the potential health concerns associated with the fibres.

“We’re literally eating and drinking some of the waste from our laundry. So I think there is cause for concern,” said Erdle. “We know that they have negative effects to wildlife and the research is just beginning in looking into human health.”

There are a few ways to prevent microfibres from ending up in water systems, but the main one they have focused on is a filter that attaches to washing machines, catching fibres before they go down the drain.

Erdle tells CityNews the research team has partnered with environmental charity Georgian Bay Forever to help develop the filters and test them in homes.

She adds the next logical step to help reduce the amount of pollutants entering the environment would be to have them pre-built into washing machines.

 

GTA bracing for possible record-breaking snowfall

News Staff | posted Monday, Nov 11th, 2019

A winter weather travel advisory from Environment Canada remains in effect for most of southern Ontario on Monday, as the province could potentially see record-breaking snowfall.

In Toronto, 10 to 15 centimetres of snow are possible with flurries beginning in the morning. The afternoon commute is expected to be messy due to the accumulating snow.

Much of the GTA is under the winter weather travel advisory; however, Halton Region is under a snowfall warning. School buses have been cancelled in Halton but schools are open.

Halton could receive up to 25 centimetres of snow throughout the day on Monday due to gusty northeast winds of Lake Ontario. There also a chance of reduced visibility because of blowing snow.

The largest recorded snowfall in Toronto on Nov. 11 was back in 1983 with three centimetres and with the current forecast, the record could very well be broken.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the snow will intensify after 8 a.m. and the brisk northeast end will make it feel like -8 by 11 a.m. Taylor said the snow will continue into the evening hours, while the windchill drops to near -15.

 

Remembrance Day to be marked with parades and ceremonies across the GTA

News Staff | posted Monday, Nov 11th, 2019

Remembrance Day will be marked on Monday with ceremonies and parades are being held across the country.

Here is a list of all the ceremonies and parades you can attend to honour veterans in the GTA:

Toronto

The province will be holding a ceremony of Remembrance on the front lawn of Queen’s Park at the Ontario Veterans Memorial which will include a moment of silence and the laying of wreaths, including the People’s Wreath. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m.

The City of Toronto will be holding six services across the city on Nov. 11 all beginning at 10:45 a.m:

Old City Hall: A Remembrance Day service and parade will be held at the Old City Hall cenotaph. You can watch it live on CityNews.ca and 680NEWS.com.

East York Civic Centre – Memorial Gardens: 850 Coxwell Ave

Etobicoke Civic Centre – Cenotaph: 399 The West Mall

Meridian Arts Centre – George Weston Recital Hall: 5040 Yonge St.

York Civic Centre Cenotaph: 2700 Eglinton Avenue West

Fort York National Historic Site: 250 Fort York Blvd.

More details on each ceremony can be found on the City of Toronto website. 

The TTC will also be pausing all transit at 11 a.m. for two minutes to honour Canada’s fallen. All current members of the Canadian Armed Forces, peacekeepers and veterans will be able to ride the TTC for free along with one companion on Monday.

Mississauga

Mississauga will be hosting a public ceremony on Monday for Remembrance Day with a wreath-laying component and a moment of silence. It will be held in Mississauga Civic Centre Community Memorial which is in the northwest corner of Mississauga Celebration Square at 10:30 a.m.

It will also be live-streamed on the city of Mississauga’s website.

There will also be two parades held by Royal Canadian Legions in Mississauga.

Royal Canadian Legion – Port Credit Branch 82’s parade will begin at the branch on 35 Front Street North and ending at the Cenotaph at Vimy Park.

Royal Canadian Legion – Streetsville Branch 139 will start at the Streetsville Legion at 101 Church Street and finish at the Streetsville Cenotaph.

Veterans and service members will be able to ride MiWay transit for free on Monday.

Brampton

A parade and service of Remembrance will be held at the Memorial Cenotaph at Brampton City Hall in Ken Whillans Square, beginning at 10:55 a.m. Veterans service members will be able to ride Brampton Transit for free.

York Region

York Region will be holding a Remembrance Day ceremony in Newmarket Monday, beginning at 10:25 a.m. The service will be held at the Administrative Centre in the Great Hall at 17250 Yonge Street. The ceremony will include a presentation of wreaths and two minutes of silence.

Oakville

There will be two Remembrance Day ceremonies held across Oakville on Monday.

A parade will be held at 10:30 starting along Sheddon Avenue to George’s Square for a Ceremony of Remembrance hosted by Oakville’s Legion Branch 114 at 11 a.m.

There will a second ceremony for Remembrance Day held at Trafalgar Memorial at 11 a.m.

Orangeville

Orangeville’s Remembrance Day ceremony will have a special guest with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell expected to attend. The ceremony will be held Orangeville Town Hall at 11 a.m. preceded by a parade led by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 233.

Honda Car Giveaway Official Rules and Regulations

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 8th, 2019

CONTEST RULES

(the “Official Rules”)

 

Honda Car Giveaway CONTEST

 (the “Contest”)

 

 

These Official Rules govern the Contest.  By participating or attempting to participate in the Contest, you will be deemed to have received, understood, and agreed to these Official Rules.

 

  1. WHO are the Sponsors?

 

The Contest is sponsored and administered by Rogers Communications Inc. or one of its subsidiaries or their affiliates (“Rogers”) on behalf of Breakfast Television.

 

The following entities are co-sponsors of the Contest: Honda

 

Rogers and any co-sponsors of the Contest are referred to collectively or individually as the “Sponsors”.

 

Although the Contest may be communicated, promoted, or administered by means of a third party social media or social networking service or site (a “Third Party Service”), the Contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, any Third Party Service; any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest should be directed to Rogers and not to any Third Party Service.

 

  1. WHO MAY ENTER THE CONTEST?

 

The Contest is open to the Province of Ontario who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry and have a valid Canadian driver’s license.

 

The following individuals are not eligible to enter the Contest:

  • employees, officers, directors, agents, and representatives of: (i) the Sponsors, or any of their respective parents, subsidiaries or affiliates; (ii) any prize suppliers; (iii) any and all other companies associated with the Contest;
  • a household member of any of the individuals listed in (a), above, whether or not related;
  • members of the immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling) of the individuals listed in (a), above.

 

  1. WHEN DOES the contest START/END?

 

You may enter the Contest between [October 7th, 7:00am] am and [9:00am time] pm November 29th, 2019 (“Entry Period”).  All times referenced in these Official Rules are Eastern.

 

  1. how do I enter the contest?

 

No purchase is necessary to enter this Contest.  Entry is subject to these Official Rules, including without limitation the conditions of entry set forth below.

 

 

To enter the Contest: (i) send a video message to contests@bttoronto.ca as instructed during the Entry Period telling us a bit about yourself and why you deserve the car and (ii) include your name, number and email address.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. How many times may i ENTER THE CONTEST?

 

There is a limit of one entry per person.

 

 

  1. cOULD MY ENTRY BE REFUSED OR REJECTED?

 

Your entry could be refused or rejected if:

  • you attempt to enter the Contest in a fashion not authorized by these Official Rules;
  • your entry contains false or misleading information, or is late, falsified, illegible, damaged or incomplete or otherwise irregular;
  • your entry is submitted using robotic, automated, programmed, or other illicit means; or
  • your entry is not in compliance with these Official Rules.

 

In addition, the Sponsors reserve the right to refuse any entry for any other reason as they may determine.

 

  1. WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS OF ENTRY?

 

By entering the Contest:

  • you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the Sponsors, which decisions are final, binding and conclusive;
  • you represent and warrant that (i) your entry, including any material comprising your entry (e.g. name, user name, profile picture, etc., as applicable) and any material submitted with your entry (e.g. photograph, video, written submission, or other form of submission, as applicable) (all such material, collectively, the “Entry Material”) is original to you, (ii) you have all necessary rights in and to your Entry Material to enter the Contest, including the consent of any third parties whose personal information is included in your Entry Material, and (iii) your Entry Material does not contain, depict, include or involve content that is, or could reasonably be considered to be, inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, as determined by the Sponsors;
  • you understand and agree that your entry, including your Entry Material, will not be returned to you and may be moderated or edited by Rogers as it deems appropriate;
  • you grant to the Sponsors the irrevocable right to use your Entry Material in any media worldwide and for any purpose related to the Contest (or any similar contest), including the right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, or create derivative works from, your Entry Material without notification, compensation or additional consideration to you;
  • you waive all claims of moral rights in any use of your Entry Material by Rogers pursuant to the rights granted in these Official Rules;
  • you agree that the Sponsors shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity or eligibility to enter the Contest; failure to provide any such proof upon request may result in disqualification;
  • you release and forever discharge the Sponsors, their respective parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries, any other companies associated with the Contest, and all of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, licensees, successors and assigns, as well as any Third Party Services, (collectively, the “Releasees”), and agree to indemnify and hold harmless each of the Releasees, from and against any and all claims, damages or liability, including any costs or losses related to personal injury, death, damage to or loss or destruction of property, arising out of, or in any way related to, (i) your participation in the Contest, (ii) the awarding, receipt, possession, use or misuse of any prize, in whole or in part, or any travel or activity related to any prize, (iii) the use of any Entry Material or Publicity Material (defined below) in accordance with the rights granted in these Official Rules, or (iv) any breach of these Official Rules.

 

  1. WHAT ARE THE CONTEST PRIZES?

 

There is one (1) prize to be won in this Contest, consisting of the following vehicle (the “Prize Vehicle”):

 

  • 2019 Honda Civic Sport valued at approximately CDN $25,000

 

  1. are there any prize conditions?

 

In addition to any prize conditions provided elsewhere in these Official Rules, any prize awarded in the Contest is subject to the following conditions:

  • Prize value in these Official Rules is approximate only. You will not be compensated if actual prize value is lower than the value quoted in these Official Rules.   
  • The prize may not be substituted, in whole or in part, with a prize or prize component of equal or greater value if the prize or prize component cannot be awarded for any reason.
  • The prize must be accepted as awarded and may not be transferred, unless otherwise determined by the Sponsors. The prize may not be exactly as advertised.  The prize is provided “as is” without representation or warranty of any kind by the Sponsors.
  • The prize may not be resold.
  • Any unused portion of the prize, once awarded, will be deemed forfeited. The prize will not be replaced if lost, destroyed, mutilated or stolen.
  • The prize has no cash value
  • Winner will be responsible for all incidental costs and expenses not explicitly included in the prize, including without limitation, car insurance (including damage insurance).
  1. how will the potential winner(s) be selected?

 

On [insert date judging of entries will take place] at approximately 8:30am in Toronto, ON, all THREE  eligible entries will be judged by a panel of judges comprising representatives of the Sponsors, based on the following criteria: Creativity/Originality of Entry Material (20%), Quality of Entry Material (30%), and Relevance of Entry Material to Contest theme (50%) (the “Criteria”).  For each prize to be awarded pursuant to these Official Rules, one entrant will be selected as a potential winner, based on the rank of entries as determined by the application of the Criteria, and notified using the information provided at the time of entry.  In the event any potential winner does not respond to such notification within three (3) business days, declines a prize for any reason, or does not meet the requirements set forth in these Official Rules, as determined by the Sponsors, the potential winner will be disqualified and, time permitting, an alternate potential winner may be selected based on the next-ranking eligible entry, or the prize may be cancelled.  The decisions of the judges are final and binding and may not be challenged in any way.

 

Once three finalists have been chosen they will be invited to play a game on air on the Monday December 2nd live show of Breakfast Television.  Further details on how the game will work will be explained by the host come the day of the show.

 

 

In the event any potential winner declines a prize for any reason, or does not meet the requirements set forth in these Official Rules, as determined by the Sponsors, the potential winner will be disqualified and, time permitting, an alternate potential winner may be randomly selected from among remaining eligible qualifiers who attended the Event or the prize may be cancelled.

 

Finalists must be available to appear live on air show on Monday December 2nd, 2019.

 

 

  1. how can a potential winner BECOME A winner?

 

To be declared a winner, a potential winner:

  • must correctly answer, without assistance, a time-limited, mathematical skill-testing question to be administered by the Sponsors;
  • must be in compliance with these Official Rules;
  • must sign and return, within any designated time period, a release of liability and consent to publicity form and any other documentation as reasonably required;
  • may be required to provide proof of identification to confirm eligibility or to claim a prize, or provide proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of any account associated with the selected entry.

 

  1. WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF WINNING a prize?

 

 

 

  1. how do i claim a prize?

 

Once a potential winner is confirmed as a winner, prize distribution will be promptly coordinated.

 

Except as otherwise indicated by the Sponsors, a winner must personally take delivery of the prize as instructed within thirty (30) days of being notified that such prize is available or within such other time period as may reasonably be advised.

 

If a winner fails to take delivery of the prize as instructed, the prize will be deemed forfeited.

 

  1. WILL I APPEAR IN ANY PUBLICITY IF I AM A WINNER?

 

If you are a winner, the Sponsors may require you to appear in publicity related to the Contest or to any similar contest.

 

By accepting a prize:

  • you grant to the Sponsors the irrevocable right to record, photograph or otherwise capture or document you, your likeness, your voice, or any statements you make regarding the Contest or the prize, by any available means;
  • you agree that any such captured material, together with your biographical information, such as name or place of residence, or your Entry Material (collectively, all such materials, the “Publicity Material”) may be used by the Sponsors or their licensees, successors, or assigns (collectively, the “Publicity Parties”) in any media, whether now known or later devised, worldwide and in perpetuity, for advertising or promotional purposes related to the Contest or any similar contest. Any such use of the Publicity Material may include the reproduction, modification, adaptation, translation or creation of derivative works from your Entry Material;
  • you acknowledge that the Publicity Parties shall not be required to compensate you, notify you, or request your permission in connection with their use of any Publicity Material, unless otherwise prohibited by law; and
  • you waive any rights that you may have or that may otherwise exist in connection with any use of the Publicity Material by any of the Publicity Parties, including any moral rights in any such Publicity Material.

 

  1. HOW will MY PERSONAL INFORMATION be COLLECTED, USED AND DISCLOSED?

 

By entering the Contest, you consent to Rogers’ collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Policy, available at www.rogers.com/web/content/Commitment-to-Privacy (the “Rogers Privacy Policy”), for purposes of administering the Contest as described in these Official Rules.

 

Over the course of participating in the Contest, you may be given the option to receive commercial emails or other communications of a commercial nature (collectively, “Commercial Communications”) from the Sponsors or other parties.  Should you elect to receive Commercial Communications from Rogers, your personal information will be used by Rogers to that end, in accordance with the Rogers Privacy Policy.

 

Your personal information may be disclosed to a third party in the following circumstances:

  • in accordance with these Official Rules, or with your consent, or as otherwise permitted or required by law.
  • if you elect to receive Commercial Communications from a party other than Rogers, Rogers will disclose your personal information to that other party for that purpose;
  • if you are a potential prize winner, Rogers may disclose your personal information to any prize supplier for purposes of prize fulfillment; and
  • if you have been asked to sign and return a release of liability and consent to publicity form or other documentation in accordance with the terms of these Official Rules, Rogers may disclose your personal information to any interested party, such as an entity who is released from liability.

 

Rogers’ disclosure of your personal information to another party will cause your personal information to be subject to that party’s privacy policy and practices.

 

  1. how DO the releasees LIMIT THEIR LIABILITY?

 

The Releasees assume no liability for the following:

  • stolen, late, incomplete, illegible, inaccurate, misdirected, lost, misrouted, scrambled, damaged, delayed, undelivered, mutilated, jumbled, or garbled entries, transmissions, email, mail, or other communications;
  • any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in transmission, processing, or communication;
  • failures or malfunctions of, or difficulties with, computer hardware or software, telephones, telephone lines, telephone systems, or network, cable, satellite, server, or website connections;
  • printing, typographical, or other errors appearing within these Official Rules, in any Contest-related advertisements, or in Contest-related materials;
  • incorrect or inaccurate information, including where caused by website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated or used in connection with the Contest;
  • injury or damage to any computer or other device resulting from or otherwise related to participation in the Contest, the use of any website, or the downloading or accessing of any materials;
  • anyone being incorrectly or mistakenly identified as a winner or potential winner; or
  • any other errors, problems or difficulties of any kind, whether human, mechanical, electronic, or otherwise, relating in any way to the Contest, including those errors, problems or difficulties that may relate to the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the advertising of the Contest, the announcement of any prize or prize winner, or the cancellation or postponement of any event.

 

  1. What laws apply to the contest?

 

The laws of the province or territory in which you reside apply to the Contest.

 

Any attempt to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal or civil laws.  Should any such attempt be made, the Sponsors reserve the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

  1. CAN THE SPONSORS CANCEL OR AMEND THE CONTEST?

 

The Sponsors may cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest or amend these Official Rules for any reason whatsoever, subject to prior approval by the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, if legally required.  For example, if for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, the Sponsors may adjust any of the dates, timeframes or other Contest mechanics, or suspend or cancel the Contest.

 

You may not amend these Official Rules in any way.

 

  1. would the Sponsors ever DISQUALIFY or ban someone from a contest?

 

The Sponsors may disqualify without notice or ban someone from the Contest or any future contest for any other reason, including if the Sponsors find that a person has:

  • resold or attempted to resell a prize, in whole or in part;
  • tampered with or attempted to tamper with, or undermined or attempted to undermine, the legitimate operation of the Contest;
  • provided false or misleading information;
  • acted in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person; or
  • otherwise violated these Official Rules.

 

  1. What HAPPENS if these official rules contradict other contest materials?

 

In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between these Official Rules and disclosures or statements made by the Sponsors or appearing in other Contest-related materials, these Official Rules shall govern.

 

  1. What HAPPENS IF PART OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BECOMES UNENFORCEABLE OR DOES NOT APPLY?

 

If any part of these Official Rules is legally unenforceable or inapplicable, then that part will be deemed invalid; however, the remainder of these Official Rules will otherwise continue to be legally binding.

 

 

Province to investigate racism allegations within Peel District School Board

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 8th, 2019

The province of Ontario has announced an “immediate review” of the Peel District School Board.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the review will look into allegations of “anti-Black racism” raised by families, students, members of the community as well as members of the board.

“Discrimination and prejudice against students is unacceptable,” said Lecce. “Schools must be safe, inclusive, and welcoming places for students, staff, and the entire community.”

In a statement, the Board says it contacted the Ministry on October 17 “requesting assistance and intervention.”

“We made a commitment to work on our governance and so we reached out to the Ministry of Education for support,” the Board said Thursday.

“We are thankful for the Ministry of Education’s support and continue to be committed to working alongside Peel District School Board staff, students, families and community members to ensure student success and well-being.”

Lecce says the review will come up with recommendations on how the board can ensure effective governance that promotes equality, increases accountability and transparency, and creates a learning environment where all students feel welcomed, included, and respected.

The minister did not specify a timeline for the completion of the review.

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