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Security video released of suspect wanted in Chinatown stabbing

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Oct 10th, 2019

Toronto police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing last month in Chinatown that left a man with serious injuries.

Just after 9 p.m. on Sept. 13, two men got into a heated argument outside a bar near Dundas Street West and Augusta Avenue.

Investigators say the argument escalated to the point where one of the men stabbed the other.

The victim, a 54-year-old man, was rushed to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as Asian, in his late-30s to mid-40s, with a medium build, clean shaven and had short, black hair. He was wearing black frame glasses, a white T-shirt with a red and white checkered unbuttoned shirt, and dark-coloured pants at the time of the attack.

Police have released security video of the suspect in the hopes that someone will recognize him and contact investigators.

The comfort cookies you’ll want to bite into this Fall

Mairlyn Smith | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2019

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 26

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 26



1/2 cup (125 mL) Becel® Original

1 1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose flour

1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/2 cup (125 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

1/2 cup (125 mL) HERSHEY’s CHIPITS Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1/4 tsp (1 mL) flaked sea salt



  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.


  1. In large bowl, beat together Becel® Original, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla until blended. Gradually add flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.


  1. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden.


  1. Remove from oven; sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Let cool for 2 minutes in pan on rack; transfer cookies directly to rack and let cool completely.

Tip: Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped pecans or walnuts to cookies, if desired.


Spiced Caramel Snickerdoodles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 26



1/2 cup (125 mL) Becel® Original

1 1/3 cups (325 mL) all-purpose flour

1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda

1 tsp (5 mL) cream of tartar

1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar, divided

1/4 cup (60 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

1/2 cup (125 mL) HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Sea Salt Caramel Chips

2 tsp (10 mL) ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp (2 mL) each ground ginger and nutmeg

1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper



  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; set aside.


  1. Beat together Becel® Original, 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla until blended. Gradually add flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in sea salt caramel chips.


  1. Stir together remaining sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl or plate.


  1. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Roll balls in sugar mixture, then place on ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.


  1. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden. Let cool for 2 minutes on rack; transfer cookies directly to rack and let cool completely.

Tip: For Spiced Caramel Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies, simply spread cream cheese frosting and store-bought caramel sauce between 2 cookies.

2 men seriously injured in Uxbridge house explosion

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2019

Two men were seriously injured after an explosion inside a house in the Uxbridge area.

Emergency crews responded to a call in the Concession 3 and Zephyr Roads area around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The injured men were airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre with severe burns and are in critical condition.

Durham police duty inspector Mitch Martin tells 680 NEWS it appears to be a furnace installation gone wrong.

“Our investigation at this point in time has shown that a furnace was being installed in this house and today they were completing the installation with the gas portion of it and it appears there was an explosion during that installation period,” he said.

The Ministry of Labour has been called to investigate

Why I’m showing my scars

CRISTINA HOWORUN | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2019

They’re the kind of thing that many people try to conceal. Some cover them with clothes, others use makeup, but most of us have them — physical or emotional scars.

They are some of the parts of me that make me feel the most self-conscious — a big gash across my stomach, a series of smaller scars from laparoscopic surgeries, a fist-sized bump on the lower right side of my abdomen. But, unlike the stitches scar on my big toe, or even the tattoos on my back and stomach, they mean something beautiful. They mean somebody loved me enough to give me a part of them. They mean I’m alive.

About 18 months ago I was diagnosed with end stage kidney disease, which means I only had between six and eight per cent kidney function. It didn’t take long for me to have to start peritoneal dialysis, which required a tube to be inserted into my stomach area so I could hook up to a dialysis machine and have several litres of solution pumped through me for nine hours every night.

The surgery and treatment kept me alive but came with its own scars — physical ones, but also emotional ones — as I tried to grapple with weight gain and the body image issues that inevitably come with having a tube hanging out of your stomach 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I’d tape it up and try to hide it in my pants, or wrap it around to make it as thin as possible, but it was always there. There were dresses, pants and tops I could no longer wear. I couldn’t shower without seeing it. I’d have to adjust it before I went on air. I had to buy a whole new wardrobe to hide it. I couldn’t escape it.

When I received the incredible news that my cousin Christine was selflessly giving me her kidney, I was both elated and petrified. They were already increasing my dialysis dose and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep going for much longer. She was, quite literally, saving my life. I couldn’t be more thankful. Not only was the tube coming out but I was going to survive. I silently — and sometimes not so silently — thank her for every happy moment I’ve enjoyed since my transplant.

In the days after the transplant I gained 25 pounds in water weight as a result of the steroids and medications. I couldn’t look at my stomach — I could barely move. The weight came off, slowly at first, and I’ve been working to get back to my pre-kidney disease body, but the scars and the bump are always there. At the time, I felt so horrible about myself. Here I was — alive and feeling better than I had in years — but wallowing in self-doubt and concerns about my appearance. It was petty and vain, but it felt like something I should have been able to control.

For the better part of two years, I had no control over my body or my appearance and now that I was “healthy,” I wanted to reclaim my body. But the scars and the bump made it feel like I didn’t have control — that my disease was still in charge.

And in a way — it is. If I don’t take my medications as prescribed and on time, my body will reject my cousin’s kidney. If my creatinine levels raise, I’ll be readmitted to hospital. If I get sick — I’ll get really sick — because the immunosuppressants I take in order to keep the kidney, make me vulnerable to everything. It doesn’t help that they make you hungry non-stop or that I too have developed a mild form of moon-face — where your face bloats up because of the steroids.

But some time between the June transplant that saved my life and a few weeks ago, I learned to embrace my scars. I didn’t want to spend my summer covered up or scared to go to the beach. I didn’t want to spend my life hiding under over-sized t-shirts and worried that my midriff would show. They are big and they feel ugly but they are a reminder of the beautiful and selfless gift from my cousin — my life.

I chose to share these photos in hopes that somebody about to undergo a transplant might stumble upon them and be able to focus on how fortunate they are to be getting the gift of life — and not have to wonder about silly things like scars or weight gain. I wanted them to be able to see how a regular person looked three months in and feel assured that, while there are marks and bumps and scars, it’s probably not as bad as they feared, and certainly not as bad as the disease itself — or the alternative.

I wanted to embrace my life-saving scars and I wanted other patients to be able to feel the same. I want people to see my marks as a sign that I’m not only loved- but fortunate. Because I know there are thousands of people waiting for an organ- some of who may die before they get a chance to have these very same battle wounds.

Hiding them suddenly seemed selfish, frivolous and vain.

They may not be pretty — but they are also a sign of hope, of strength, of my cousin’s selflessness — and of life.

Woman seriously injured after being hit by car at Bay and College

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2019

A woman was seriously injured after being struck by a car downtown on Tuesday evening.

Emergency crews were called to a collision where a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle in the Bay and College Streets area around 5:30 p.m.

Police said the woman had just stepped off the curb onto the road to board the streetcar when she was hit by a car. She was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the car stayed on scene.

The westbound lanes of College Street were closed from Yonge to Bay streets for the investigation but have since reopened.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle in Brampton

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2019

A pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Brampton on Tuesday night.

Police were called to the intersection of Steeles Avenue and Hurontario Street around 9:40 p.m.

A male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and transported to a trauma centre with unknown injuries. Police later said he died at the trauma centre.

The driver of the vehicle involved remained on scene.

3 arrested, 2 at large after boy, 14, stabbed to death outside of Hamilton high school

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Oct 8th, 2019

Hamilton police have arrested three people and say two suspects remain at large after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death outside of his high school on Monday afternoon in front of his horrified mother.

Police say the teen victim was attacked outside of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, where he was a student. He was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries.

Two male suspects were located and arrested close to the crime scene shortly after and a third suspect was also arrested later in the day.

The suspects in custody are a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man. The third suspect is also a male youth.

Police are still looking for one female suspect and one male suspect, both believed to be in their early teens and are urging them to turn themselves in. They added that some of the suspects may have been students at the school.

They have not recovered a weapon yet and are asking area residents to check their properties for a knife, but cautioned not to touch it.

A can of pepper spray was located nearby that Det.-Sgt. Steve Bereziuk said may be part of the investigation. Evidence on social media may also be part of the investigation, he said.

Bereziuk said the incident was captured on video which police have obtained. They’re also asking people to turn over any other video they have of the incident, such as from security or dashboard cameras.

“There is a relationship between the victim and the suspects,” he said, although he didn’t comment on the nature of the relationship.

Bereziuk says the victim’s mother was with him when he was fatally attacked but did not know why she was there.

“She’s witnessed something horrible here. She’s devastated.” he said. “It’s a complete disregard for human life.”

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board said the entire community shares in the grief.

“Our hearts are broken by the news that a 14-year-old student has died. There are no words that can begin to describe how shocked we are to learn about this loss,” Manny Figueiredo, the board’s director of education, said in a statement.

“Our thoughts are with the student’s family and loved ones.”

This is Hamilton’s ninth homicide of the year.

Regulator to hear allegations against Dr. Brian Thicke, father of actor Alan Thicke

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Oct 8th, 2019

TORONTO – Ontario’s medical regulator will hear sexual abuse allegations against a doctor identified as the father of late TV star Alan Thicke.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario says Dr. Brian Christopher Thicke faces allegations that he touched a patient’s breasts in a sexual manner.

The alleged incidents happened in 1993 and 1995, when the complainant came to him for a pilot’s medical exam.

She initially complained about the incident in 2015, but the college decided not to refer the case to its discipline committee.

It was ordered to reconsider after the complainant appealed to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, which described the college’s decision as “unreasonable.”

Restrictions were placed on Thicke’s practice in early 2018 and he allowed his medical registration to lapse several months later.

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