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3 party leaders campaign in B.C., Scheer tours Quebec

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2019

British Columbia is getting attention from three federal party leaders on Wednesday, including the promise of a “new deal” from the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh.

Singh has already promised to cede authority in several areas to Quebec, including on the environment, immigration and justice, as part of his vision for more asymmetric federalism, in which the provinces don’t all have the same relationship with the federal government.

Singh is also to meet with Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, the former NDP MP whose old seat Singh now holds.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is starting his day in Delta, B.C., where he’s expected to make another announcement on the environment before flying back east to a rally in Thunder Bay, Ont.

And People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier begins a western tour, his first extended trip of the campaign, with an appearance at the Surrey, B.C., board of trade.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning in Quebec and Green Leader Elizabeth May is to reveal the financials behind her party’s platform in Halifax.

Trudeau has been trying hard to paint Scheer as backward on environmental issues, especially climate change, by tying him and his opposition to the Liberals’ carbon-pricing policy to unpopular Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

He hopes a string of environment-related promises will help draw back some of the support that got shaky after last week’s revelations of his history dressing up in black- and brownface.

Singh made climate-change promises of his own Tuesday, including pledging to electrify Canada’s public-transit fleets by the end of the next decade and to construct a coast-to-coast clean-energy corridor.

Trudeau’s climate-change policies are hypocritical, the NDP said, considering the $4.5-billion the government spent to buy the Trans Mountain oil-pipeline project.

Trudeau and Singh did speak late Tuesday about the times Trudeau darkened his skin for costumes, but neither camp would say just what they talked about.

Scheer, meanwhile, has mostly been playing his own game in central Canada, talking about undoing Liberal changes to the tax treatment small corporations get and eliminating regulations.

Case of 11 disqualified Ontario pot shop licence applicants in court today

JOHN MARCHESAN | posted Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2019

An Ontario court is expected to hear the case today of 11 people who won the chance to apply for a cannabis retail licence only to be disqualified shortly afterwards.

The applicants are requesting a judicial review of their rejection, as well as the procedures involved in the lottery that has been used to grant all Ontario’s pot shop licences.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said in August the group had missed a deadline in the application process but the group says that’s not the case.

Earlier this month, a Toronto judge paused the licensing process for the latest round of cannabis stores until the case is resolved.

Lawyers representing the commission had contested the stay, saying it would interfere with the integrity of the lottery system.

There was also opposition from lawyers representing a new slate of applicants selected to replace the 11 eliminated.

So far, there have been two rounds of the government lottery to determine who can apply to open cannabis stores. The first involved 25 spots and the second, 42.

Lottery winners have five business days to turn in their application along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.

The legal challenge may affect the government’s timeline to increase the number of legal pot shops in the province.

3 youths arrested in connection with car break-ins, stolen vehicle in Brampton

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2019

Peel Regional Police arrested three youths who were driving an allegedly stolen vehicle in Brampton on Tuesday night.

Police were called to the area of Bersan Terrace and Delport Close around 10:20 p.m. for reports of three people breaking into cars.

Officers found three youths in an allegedly stolen vehicle in the area and there was a minor collision between the vehicle and a police cruiser. The three suspects then fled on foot.

A police K9 unit tracked and found one of the suspects who suffered a minor injury from the dog biting the youth.

The two other suspects were also located and all three are now in police custody.

Police say there are no more outstanding suspects.

Leafs’ Auston Matthews facing disorderly conduct charge in Arizona

HE CANADIAN PRESS AND NEWS STAFF | posted Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2019

The Toronto Maple Leafs say they are aware of a complaint of disturbing the peace against star forward Auston Matthews.

In a statement, the Leafs say “Auston is co-operating fully with the relevant authorities but neither he nor the Club will comment any further out of respect for the process involved.”

A Scottsdale, Ariz., police spokesperson said the department in Matthews’ hometown investigated a disorderly conduct case involving an Auston Matthews on May 26. He said Matthews was not arrested and the case has been forwarded to the City of Scottsdale Prosecutor’s Office for review.

A Scottsdale police report alleges Matthews and a group of people attempted to open the door to a female security guard’s vehicle that was parked outside a condo building at 2 a.m.

At some point during a confrontation with the guard, Matthews allegedly walked away before he “pulled down his pants, bent over and grabbed his butt cheeks.”

Online court records show that an Auston Matthews, with a birthdate of September 1997 was issued a summons on July 23 for “disorderly conduct – disruptive behaviour or fighting.” The Leafs centre was born Sept. 17, 1997.

The City of Scottsdale’s court website listed a pre-trial conference set for Wednesday morning.

The lawyer for Matthews is listed as Larry Kazan. His website includes names of a number of past high-profile clients including Glen Campbell, Stephon Marbury, David Boston, Jason Kidd, Nikki Sixx, Terrell Suggs, Jason Richardson and Charles Barkley.

A message left at Kazan’s Phoenix office Tuesday afternoon wasn’t immediately returned.

Matthews signed a five-year, US$58.17-million contract extension with the Leafs back in February that kicked in July 1 with a signing bonus of more than $15 million.

The first pick in the 2016 NHL draft, Matthews has 111 goals and 205 points in 212 career regular-season games. He’s added 10 goals and three assists in 20 playoff outings for Toronto.

Scrumptious (and simple!) sweets from ‘The 3-Ingredient Baking Book’

Charmian Christie | posted Tuesday, Sep 24th, 2019

Need a quick treat for a bake sale? Or a party? You can throw these recipes together for a quick and easy treat with ingredients you either have on hand or can be bought in one trip to the store!

All recipes courtesy of Charmian Christie, author of The 3-Ingredient Baking Book 

 

GINGER CRUSTED LIME TARTS p 161

 Makes 8 tarts

These two-bite lime cups deliver extra zing thanks to a gingersnap base. They’re a simplified version of the classic Key lime pie, but this recipe uses standard limes. If you want to use tart and tiny Key limes instead, you’ll need between 16 and 20.

  • 4 limes
  • 8 gingersnap cookies, each about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter
  • 1 can (14 oz or 300 mL) full-fat sweetened condensed milk

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)

12-cup muffin pan, lined with 8 lightly greased paper liners

  • Grate 1 tablespoon (15 mL) zest from the limes, plus a generous pinch (about 1⁄8 teaspoon/0.5 mL). Squeeze enough of the limes to make 1⁄3 cup (75 mL) juice (reserve any extra for another use).
  • Place a gingersnap cookie in the bottom of each paper liner.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the condensed milk, 1 tablespoon (15 mL) lime zest and the lime juice; whisk together until smooth.
  • Spoon the filling evenly over the gingersnaps. Sprinkle the remaining lime zest over top.
  • 5 Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven until the filling is just set and doesn’t jiggle when gently shaken, about 8 to 10 minutes (it should not begin to brown).
  • Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.

Tips

 Any leftover lime zest and juice can be frozen for later use; see page 16 for details.

These tarts can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight or for 30 minutes on the counter at room temperature before eating.

 

TUXEDO CHOCOLATE BARK P 115

 Makes 1½ pounds (750 g)

This bark looks formal with its intermingled swirls of dark and white chocolate. But despite its dressed-up appearance, the bark is easy to make. Whether you present it on a plate or package it up as a gift, it’s sure to draw attention — and compliments.

  • 12 ounces (340 g) good-quality 70% bittersweet (dark) chocolate, chopped into 1⁄4-inch (0.5 cm) pieces, divided
  • 12 ounces (340 g) good-quality white chocolate, chopped into 1⁄4-inch (0.5 cm) pieces, divided
  • Flaky sea salt

Rimmed baking sheet, lined with parchment paper

  1. Set aside 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) dark chocolate and 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) white chocolate in separate small bowls.
  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave the remaining dark chocolate on High in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. (Alternatively, melt it on the stove; see page 15 for details.) Immediately add the reserved dark chocolate and stir until melted and shiny.
  3. In a separate medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave the remaining white chocolate on High in 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted — it will melt faster than the dark chocolate. (Alternatively, melt it on the stove.) Immediately add the reserved white chocolate and stir until melted and shiny.
  4. Pour the dark chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet. Pour the white chocolate over the dark in a zigzag pattern from side to side. Draw a spatula through the chocolate, zigzagging from top to bottom, to create dramatic swirls. Quickly sprinkle with flakes of salt.
  5. Let the bark set at room temperature for at least 1 hour or overnight. If the room is warm, transfer it to the refrigerator for 10 minutes. The bark is set if you can lift out the parchment liner and the chocolate doesn’t sag in the middle. Once the chocolate has set, break it into pieces.

Tips

See page 15 for tips on buying and chopping chocolate for melting.

Store the bark in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 2 weeks.

 

RASPBERRY FOOL, p 155

 Makes 4 servings

No one knows where the term “fool” comes from. I’ve a few ideas: You’d be a fool to pass on this dessert. It’s so simple even a fool can make it. Or, most likely — at least in our house — certain unnamed people try to fool each other into thinking it’s all gone by hiding the leftovers behind big bags of salad.

  • 2 cups (280 g) raspberries, thawed if frozen, divided
  • 1⁄4 cup (55 g) Vanilla Sugar (page 22), divided
  • 11⁄2 cups (375 mL) cold heavy or whipping (35%) cream

Electric mixer

  1. Set aside 1⁄2 cup (70 g) raspberries.
  2. In a medium bowl, using the tines of a fork, gently crush the remaining raspberries and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons (30 g) vanilla sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. In another medium bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, whip the cream with the remaining vanilla sugar until stiff peaks form.
  4. Fold the crushed raspberries into the whipped cream, leaving some swirled through for effect.
  5. Spoon into dishes and top with the remaining berries. Serve immediately.

Tip

Leftover fool can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

 

OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES p 44

Makes about 12 cookies

Oatmeal and raisins are a classic combination, whether they’re swirled together warm and soft in your breakfast bowl or stuffed helter-skelter into a cookie jar. Of course, chocolate chips are an acceptable alternative — for cookies, not porridge (see Tips). When it comes to baked goods, I’m open to either option, so go ahead, surprise me.

  • 2 large bananas, mashed (about 1 ½ cups/375 mL)
  • 1 ¾ cups (175 g) quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1⁄2 cup (75 g) raisins (see Tips)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)

Baking sheet, lined with parchment paper

  1. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas and oats. Stir in the raisins.
  2. Form the dough into 2-inch (5 cm) balls and place 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheet. Wet your fingers and flatten each cookie to 2 inches (5 cm) across.
  3. Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven until the cookies are golden on top and just set to the touch, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips

If your raisins are dry, plump them up first to help keep them moist and chewy. Place them in a small bowl with enough boiling water to cover. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain well, pat dry and then proceed with the recipe.

Use 1⁄2 cup (95 g) chocolate chips instead of the raisins for a chocolatey twist.

These cookies don’t keep as long as those made with flour. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

 

MINI BAKLAVA BITES, p 103

Makes 15 pastries

No one can agree on baklava. The Greeks and Turks both call it theirs, and some regions of Russia also stake a claim for its creation. I’ve tasted variations with almonds, pistachios and walnuts, and I’ve had it arrive at my table piping hot and swimming in syrup and even gobbled versions that were cold, dry and crumbly. This simplified version is a nod to the original. The fact that it’s easier to make and has a higher nut-to-phyllo ratio are points no one can argue about.

  • 1 box prebaked phyllo pastry mini shells (15 per box; see Tips)
  • 1 cup (150 g) finely chopped salted mixed nuts (see Tips)
  • 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) honey

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)

  1. Place the phyllo shells on a baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the nuts and honey (see Tips).
  3. Spoon the filling evenly into the shells.
  4. Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven until the honey is bubbling and the nuts are fragrant, about 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool slightly on the baking sheet on a wire rack. Enjoy slightly warm or at room temperature.

Tips

Can’t find mini phyllo cups? Make your own in minutes. Lay an 18- by 12-inch (46 by 30 cm) phyllo sheet on your work surface and brush with canola oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil. Place a second sheet on top and brush with oil. Fold in half lengthwise so you have an 18- by 6-inch (46 by 15 cm) stack four layers thick. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the phyllo into fourteen 21⁄2-inch (6 cm) squares, discarding scraps. Press the squares into 14 cups of a mini muffin pan. Bake on the middle rack of an oven preheated to 350°F (180°C) until pale golden, about 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

While you can use any combination of mixed nuts you like, almonds, walnuts and pistachios work well as a mix.

The honey should be runny in order to coat the nuts evenly. If your honey is thick, place it in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High in 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until liquid.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

UK Supreme Court rules suspension of Parliament was illegal

GREGORY KATZ, MIKE CORDER AND JILL LAWLESS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Tuesday, Sep 24th, 2019

In a major blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s highest court ruled Tuesday that his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks in the crucial countdown to the country’s Brexit deadline was illegal.

The unanimous Supreme Court ruling declared the order to suspend Parliament “void and of no effect.”

Supreme Court President Brenda Hale said the suspension “was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.”

She said the court’s decision means Parliament was never legally suspended and is technically still sitting.

In this nation without a written constitution, the case marked a rare confrontation between the prime minister, the courts and Parliament over their rights and responsibilities.

It revolved around whether Johnson acted lawfully when he advised the queen to suspend Parliament for five weeks during a crucial time frame before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline when Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union.

Johnson, who is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, has refused to say whether he will resign if he is found to have broken the law, or will seek to shut down Parliament again.

The decision followed three days of hearings last week before a panel of 11 judges.

The court rejected the government’s assertions that the decision to suspend Parliament until Oct. 14 was routine and not related to Brexit. It claimed that under Britain’s unwritten constitution, it is a matter for politicians, not courts, to decide.

The government’s opponents argue that Johnson illegally shut down Parliament just weeks before the country is due to leave the 28-nation bloc for the “improper purpose” of dodging lawmakers’ scrutiny of his Brexit plans.

They also accused Johnson of misleading the queen, whose formal approval was needed to suspend the legislature.

Johnson and Parliament have been at odds since he took power in July with the determination to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a divorce deal with Europe.

17-year-old boy killed after being struck by vehicle in Scarborough

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 24th, 2019

A 17-year-old boy has died after he was struck by a vehicle in Scarborough Monday night.

Police responded to a crash around 8:15 p.m. at Scarborough Golf Club Road and Confederation Drive, south of Lawrence Avenue.

Toronto police constable David Hopkinson tells 680 NEWS the victim suffered very serious injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Scarborough Golf Club Road is closed between Marcella Street and Confederation drive and police say it will remain closed for several hours.

More to come

22-year-old charged in shooting death of man in Scarborough parking lot

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 24th, 2019

Toronto police say a 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 25-year-old man in Scarborough last week.

The man is also believed to be responsible for shooting and injuring another man in the same incident.

Police said they were called to the area of Middlefield Road and McNicoll Avenue around 10 p.m. on Sept. 19 following reports someone had been shot.

When officers arrived, they found a 25-year-old man suffering from obvious sings of trauma due to gun shot wounds.

Paramedics said the man was treated for life-threatening injuries before being pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was identified as Charankan Chandrakanthan of Toronto.

On Monday, police said an investigation has revealed that another man was also shot during the same incident.

The second victim was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries

Police believe the same person is responsible for shooting both men and he was arrested on Sunday.

Saranraj Sivakumar of Stoufville is facing one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

He appeared in court on Monday.

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