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Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings end for GTA, southern Ontario

NATASHA RAMSAHAI | posted Wednesday, Sep 15th, 2021

Environment Canada’s severe thunderstorm watches and warnings have ended for southern Ontario, including Toronto and the GTA.

Tornado watches were also issued during the evening hours but ended around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai explains that a cold front in the region has been the trigger, setting off storms north of the GTA, including cottage country, on Tuesday afternoon. The environment was primed for storms in a warm sector, behind a warm front that increased temperatures and humidity through the day.

Once the cloud cleared in the afternoon, heating from the sun added extra energy to get the storms going to the north. This added energy helped to intensify the updrafts and downdrafts within the storms, resulting in very large hail.

Winds at the surface were coming out of a different direction than winds aloft. This was the “shear” needed to add the “twist” to some of these storm cells, resulting in tornado watches and warnings in the evening hours.

As the line of storms sinks south into the GTA through the night, there will be less daytime heating, but they will still pack a punch with rain and wind.

Gusts over 70 to 90 kilometres per hour are possible for the south GTA region and up to 100 kilometres per hour for the north GTA region as they pass through Tuesday night, especially if the line of storms starts to form a “bow echo,” which is a curved line on radar.

There is still a chance for hail in the GTA but it may be smaller than what we saw earlier in the day to the north.

Watch Meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai’s update as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night below:

Justin Trudeau, Erin O’Toole tied as election campaign hits final bend

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Sep 14th, 2021

OTTAWA – A new poll shows a complete deadlock between Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives with less than one week left in the federal election.

The poll conducted by Leger in collaboration with The Canadian Press shows both parties tied with the support of 32 per cent of decided voters, with the NDP in third place with 20 per cent.

A similar poll conducted two weeks ago had the Conservatives ahead with 34 per cent compared with 30 per cent for the Liberals and 24 per cent for the NDP.

The polls cannot be given a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.

The leaders are back on the campaign trail today after spending yesterday sharpening their attacks, with O’Toole painting his opponent as privileged and entitled — saying while Trudeau was “partying,” he was doing search-and-rescue missions in the military.

Trudeau accused O’Toole of engaging in “personal attacks,” and insisted his own actions could not be compared to the Tory leader’s, even while arguing O’Toole has “proxies” in the anti-vaxxer movement, without providing concrete evidence.

COVID-19 contact tracing underway at nearly two dozen schools: TPH

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 14th, 2021

The COVID-19 situation in city schools continues to escalate, with Toronto Public Health now conducting contact tracing investigations at nearly two dozen schools.

TPH says it’s conducting case and contact tracing for COVID-19 at 23 different school buildings.

The schools on that list include East York and West Hill collegiate institutes, Alvin Curling Public School and Milne Valley Middle School.

The number of schools across Ontario affected could be higher.

Data shows 273 confirmed cases in the province, just days into the school year.

This comes as calls grow louder for the Ford government to take immediate action on class sizes to prevent the spread of the virus.

The provincial NDP says class sizes need to be cut immediately amid what Andrea Horvath calls “alarming reports of classroom crowding”

The ministry of education says school boards have the funding and flexibility to choose to re-allocate staffing to meet current class size requirements.

2021 Federal Election: Platform Breakdown

Kyle Mack | posted Tuesday, Sep 14th, 2021

As election day nears closer, we want to know…have you decided who you are voting for? It’s important to know which leader stands for what, and how they compare. Here’s the lowdown on some of the key campaign processes from each political party in Canada.

Remember: this is just a short list of the party platforms! to see the full breakdowns, follow the links below:








City extends deadline for municipal workers to report COVID-19 vaccine status

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Sep 14th, 2021

City of Toronto workers now have until the end of the week to disclose their COVID-19 immunization status.

The City initially set Monday September 13th as the deadline, but a spokesperson says some staff who do not have regular access to computers need additional time.

RELATED: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, negative test required for Blue Jays games at Rogers Centre

Under the City’s new mandatory vaccination mandate, all employees who are either unvaccinated or refuse to disclose their status will be required to participate in an information session about the benefits of vaccines.

Employees will then have until September 30th to get at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and October 30th to be fully vaccinated.

Verdict expected today in trial of Linda O’Leary, accused in fatal boat crash

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Sep 14th, 2021

A verdict is expected today in the trial of Linda O’Leary, charged in a boat crash that killed two people in central Ontario two years ago.

O’Leary, the wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary, has pleaded not guilty to one charge of careless operation of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act.

Linda O’Leary was at the helm when the boat collided with another vessel on Aug. 24, 2019, on Lake Joseph, north of Toronto.

The couple and a family friend were returning to their cottage from a dinner party at another cottage when the incident took place.

Two people on the other boat — Gary Poltash, 64, of Florida, and Suzana Brito, 48, from Uxbridge, Ont. — died from their injuries. Three others were also hurt.

O’Leary’s defence lawyer, Brian Greenspan, has argued his client should be cleared because there is evidence the other boat’s lights were off at the time of the incident, rendering it essentially “invisible.”

Leaders in Ontario and B.C. as campaign enters final week

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Sep 13th, 2021

OTTAWA – The three main federal party leaders are focused on Ontario and British Columbia today as the election campaign heads into its final week.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is returning to Vancouver to make an announcement this morning.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, meanwhile, will open the day in the rural Ottawa suburb of Carp.

Later in the day, he’ll hold a pair of virtual town halls with residents of Ontario and B.C. at the Ottawa hotel he’s adopted as his headquarters during the campaign.

The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, meanwhile, will be in northern Ontario for the second day in a row.

He’ll open the day in the northwestern community of Sioux Lookout before moving on to Neskantaga First Nation.

Toronto Public Health identifies COVID-19 cases in three schools

LAURA CARNEY | posted Monday, Sep 13th, 2021

Not even a full week into the school year, and Toronto Public Health has identified COVID-19 cases in three schools.

Cases have been confirmed at Fraser Mustard Early Learning Centre in Thorncliffe Park, St-Michel French Catholic Elementary in Scarborough, and West Hill Collegiate also in Scarborough.

TPH said it’s investigating and is working to notify those affected, asking them to stay home and monitor for signs and symptoms.

Health officials stress this was not unexpected given COVID-19 continues to circulate and how transmissible the Delta variant is.

The number of cases identified has not been released.

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