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Scarborough high school teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Apr 13th, 2018

A 57-year-old high school teacher in Scarborough has been accused of sexually assaulting one of his students.

Police said they learned of the alleged sexual assaults, at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, on the morning of March 29.

It’s alleged the teacher, John Kraft, sexually assaulted a girl at the school between late 2017 and March.

He has been charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

He is due in court on May 22.

Boston Bruins bounce Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL playoff opener

Chris Johnston, Sportsnet | posted Friday, Apr 13th, 2018

Talking about Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron is much easier than stopping Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.

The Toronto Maple Leafs believed they were ready to disrupt the spin cycle against the NHL’s top line until their series with the Boston Bruins began and they got tossed in the washing machine. Marchand and Bergeron put on a puck control clinic in Game 1, teaming with stylish sniper David Pastrnak to power Boston to a 5-1 victory on Thursday.

There will be much discussion in the coming days about what adjustments can be made to push back against the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak trio.

Mike Babcock will have to rethink his deployment after that unit gave the Bruins an important insurance goal in the final minute of the second period. The Leafs coach sent out Tomas Plekanec and the fourth line for the defensive zone faceoff and wound up seeing Marchand fool Kasperi Kapanen with a head fake before setting up Pastrnak for the 3-1 goal.

Toronto’s concerns only grew from there after Nazem Kadri received a boarding major for jumping at a prone Tommy Wingels midway through the third period. That hit will almost certainly draw attention from the NHL’s department of player safety and could see Kadri suspended for Game 2 on Saturday.

That would further complicate the Leafs’ matchup challenges.

The Auston Matthews line drew most of the Bergeron assignment on Thursday, as expected, and managed to keep them off the scoreboard at 5-on-5. But Marchand opened the scoring on a power play and was at his agitating best, planting a kiss on Leo Komarov for the second time this season.

The Leafs managed to recover after a deer-in-headlights start and saw Zach Hyman tie it 1-1 on a determined individual effort – taking control of the puck after Zdeno Chara got burned on a pinch in the offensive zone.

The game turned in the middle period as Toronto failed to score on two power plays. They had chances. Tyler Bozak couldn’t get a handle on a loose puck at the side of the net and Mitch Marner slid a shot under Tuukka Rask but had it roll wide.

David Backes put the Bruins ahead for good with Boston’s second power-play marker at 15:43 before their top line extended that advantage. Bergeron and Marchand, in particular, were dogged in their control of the puck – preventing Toronto’s top players from getting an opening in the offensive zone.

“What’s different about that line is lines that can really score, lots of times they don’t defend,” Babcock said beforehand. “These guys can really defend. So, you know, they’ve got good players and they play hard. Our job is to understand that and know what they do.

“We spend a good deal of time preparing for the team, we understand what they do. Now we’ve got to do what we do.”

The game got out of hand during the final 20 minutes – with Sean Kuraly batting the puck out of the air after Pastrnak was stopped by Frederik Andersen to make it 4-1 before David Krejci banged home another Bruins power-play goal during Kadri’s major.

Man shot multiple times in Etobicoke

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Apr 13th, 2018

A 21-year-old man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was shot in Etobicoke.

Emergency crews were called to the Bloor Street West and Royal York Road area just before 1 a.m. on Friday.

Police said the man was shot multiple times in the chest.

The canine unit was called to the scene to help search for the suspect, who is described as male, white, about six feet tall, between the ages of 20 and 25. He was last seen wearing a hoody and black pants.

There has been no word on a possible motive behind the shooting.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact investigators.

Man suffers serious injuries in Flemingdon Park stabbing

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Apr 13th, 2018

Toronto police say a man in his 20s has been taken to hospital with serious to life-threatening injuries after being stabbed near Flemingdon Park.

Officers say the incident happened in the lobby of a building at Don Mills Road and St. Dennis Drive just after 4 p.m. on Thursday.

They are currently searching for a suspect.

No suspect description has been made available.

Mourners fill Humboldt hockey arena for team announcer

Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Apr 13th, 2018

Hundreds of mourners, many wearing the Humboldt Broncos colours of green and gold, attended the funeral Thursday for the team’s play-by-play announcer who also coached in the community.

Tyler Bieber, 29, was one of 16 people — including 10 players — who died after the team’s bus and a transport truck collided Friday at a rural intersection north of Tisdale, Sask.

Bieber, who coached high school football and basketball, was in his first year doing play-by-play for the team.

Keegan Adair, 14, was one of the honorary pallbearers and was wearing the jersey of the Humboldt high school football team over his suit.

He said the loss of “Coach Bieber” has hurt him and his teammates, but they will focus on happier memories.

“He gave us a pep talk before one game and I had come off the field and my glasses were sideways in my helmet. He found it pretty funny and I just remember afterward him telling me how proud he was of how hard I played,” said Adair.

“It’s difficult to say the least. Everyone’s torn by the whole ordeal. We need to push on and keep going with our everyday lives, but hold on to a lot of the dear things.”

Boyd Henderson and his wife, Irene, said they were longtime Broncos season-ticket holders and wanted to show support for the family and the community.

“We know the family. We know a lot of the players and a lot of players who have played for the Broncos over the years, so we came to support them,” said Henderson, who was wearing a green Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey.

He said the town will survive, although the tragedy “will never go away. We’ll live with it forever. You just don’t get over it.”

His wife said the service was “very emotional … very touching.”

“It’s amazing how the community has pulled together and it’s so close. We’ll get through it.”

A display inside the arena’s lobby featured photos of Bieber, high school coaching playbooks and an homage to his favourite sports teams — most notably the NFL New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady.

Many of those attending wore ribbons of green and gold.

An official with the Broncos issued a statement asking the media not to attend the funeral service.

“A grieving family has asked for absolutely no media coverage of the event,” it said.

“This is an incredibly emotional and trying time for Broncos families.”

Bieber is survived by his mother, father, sister and two brothers.

The service was held on the ice at the Elgar Petersen Arena where the Broncos play their home games.

Services for home-town boy Jacob Leicht, who played left wing, and defenceman Adam Herold of Montmartre, Sask., were scheduled for Friday.

Players on the team were from towns and cities across Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.

Cineplex announces layoffs of full-time workers amid restructuring

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Apr 12th, 2018

Cineplex Inc. is laying off “a number of” full-time workers.

The Toronto-based company’s spokesperson Sarah Van Lange is refusing to say exactly how many jobs are being cut, but says the layoffs will impact less than 100 employees.

Lange says the cuts are part of a “small restructuring” happening at the entertainment giant.

She says the changes were prompted by a need to eliminate duplicate roles following several business acquisitions and a plan to roll out a diversification strategy.

The layoffs come as the company aims to reduce its expenses by about $25 million annually.

Toronto’s first legal pot shop to be in Scarborough: LCBO

News Staff and The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Apr 12th, 2018

The first provincially run cannabis store in Toronto is set to open in Scarborough.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ontario Cannabis Store announced Wednesday that the store will be located at 2480 Gerrard Street East in a strip mall near Victoria Park.

Three other shops will be opened in Guelph, Kingston and Thunder Bay.

The agencies say the locations comply with local zoning rules, minimize proximity to schools and factor in where illegal dispensaries are currently operating.

However, the location of the Scarborough store is also home to a tutoring centre which specializes in helping preschoolers through to Grade 12 students and a martial arts school.

Councillor Gary Crawford, who represents the area where the first government-licenced pot shop will open, expressed surprise that his area was chosen.

“It is happening, this is where the country is going and I understand that reality and we just have to ensure that its done appropriately and safely,” he tells 680 News.

Crawford says he expects the store to open sometime this fall.

Victor, a resident of the area, says even though there are some schools in the area he’s not too worried.

“Why not, it’s got to be somewhere,” he tells 680 News. “It might as well be in an open area that at least there could be a few eyes on it. You don’t want to hide this stuff.”

“Children will find it, they already know about it.”

Forty stores are expected to open this year and another 40 by July of next year. In total, the province plans to set up roughly 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020.

Ontario was the first province to announce a detailed plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana and will set the legal age to purchase it at 19.

The federal government introduced legislation last April with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational pot by this summer, but left it up to individual provinces to design their own distribution system and usage regulations.

Ice storm threatens to hit parts of southern Ontario this weekend

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Apr 12th, 2018

Talk about a weather roller-coaster.

Spring weather — with pleasant temperatures of 16 C — will hit the GTA on Thursday, but that will come to an abrupt and icy halt this weekend.

A special weather statement issued by Environment Canada warns of a potential ice storm for parts of southern Ontario on Saturday and Sunday.

The agency said the wet weather may start as rain on Saturday, but an increasing northeasterly winds will draw colder air from the Arctic high pressure system to the north, resulting in a changeover to freezing rain.

CityNews meteorologist Adam Stiles says the large spring storm is going to impact travel this weekend, especially north of Toronto. Here is a timeline of the storm and the potential risks associated with it:

Friday
Leading edge of the storm system arrives bringing scattered showers for Toronto. Snow and mixing expected in northern cottage country.

Friday Night
Steady rain sets in for Toronto. Freezing rain starts in cottage country

PRECIP-EVENT-OUTLOOK

Saturday Morning
Rain in Toronto, freezing rain & ice pellets move into north GTA. Snow in cottage country

Saturday Night
Freezing rain risk moves into Toronto (2 mm to 20 mm depending on where you are). Wind gusts pick up near 50 km/h

WHITE-CHRISTMAS-EURO

Sunday Morning
Freezing rain and strong winds continues in the GTA

Sunday Midday
Temperatures warm back up and heavy rain moves in (20-40 mm) Wind gusts near 65-70 km/h.

Sunday night
Heavy rain ends and wet flurries mix in. Winds begin to taper.

Storm-Risks

Monday 
Spotty mixed showers as system exits the region.

Stiles adds that the high winds and freezing rain could also lead to potential power outages in some areas.

Due to the storm, the city of Toronto has postponed its annual spring maintenance of the Don Valley Parkway. The DVP will no longer be closed this weekend.

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