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Driver caught doing 228 km/h on Hwy. 403 in Mississauga

New Staff | posted Thursday, Aug 8th, 2019

Ontario provincial police have nabbed a 20-year-old driver going 228 kilometres per hour on Highway 403 in Mississauga.

The man, who is also from Mississauga, was caught speeding just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

The driver had his licence immediately suspended for seven days, as well as his car impounded for that time.

Currently in Ontario, anyone caught driving more than 50 kilometres per hour above the speed limit will have their driver’s licence suspended and vehicle impounded for seven days. If convicted, drivers can be fined between $2,000 and $10,000, and could also serve six months in jail, along with a longer licence suspension.

Last week, OPP caught around 50 extreme speeders on GTA highways. More than half of the drivers were in their teens or 20s.

Brampton man burned after Samsung phone allegedly explodes

Ginella Massa | posted Thursday, Aug 8th, 2019

A Brampton man said he was left with burns and scars after his Samsung S5 allegedly burst into flames.

Kunal Sharma was sitting in his living room with his family last month when he suddenly felt his phone heating up in his hands.

The 23 year-old has muscular dystrophy, and limited movement to his hands, so called his uncle over to check it out. But, within seconds the device exploded, shooting flames toward the ceiling.

“My uncle kicked it onto the floor,” Sharma told CityNews. “I was in pain, I couldn’t breathe, there was smoke all over. My nose and my lips got burned [as well as] my neck and my hands.”








This isn’t the first time Samsung has had an issue with phones catching fire. In 2016, they recalled their Galaxy Note 7, saying the battery had potential to overheat and burn. At the time, there were no reports of incidents to Health Canada, but there were dozens in the US.

Sharma, who uses a wheelchair, said the S5 was a Christmas gift from his parents five years ago and became one of his biggest forms of entertainment. Now, he said it’s become a source of stress.

“I’m scared of touching electronics now,” he said. “I get nightmares too. In the night, I can’t sleep.”

The company did not answer questions about whether there had been similar reports of issues with the S5 in the past.

In a statement to CityNews, they did say, “Samsung takes customer safety very seriously. In any case of this sort, we take every step to investigate and remedy the concern.”

“This relies on the customer allowing us to obtain the Galaxy S5 device and charger, which he has declined to do so far. Since we have not had an opportunity to inspect the device and charger we cannot speculate on the cause of the specific issue,” read the statement.

A lawyer retained by Sharma’s family said they have been in contact with Samsung and are pursuing legal action, which is why they are hesitant to hand over their only piece of evidence.

“At this time we want further answers, and communication is still ongoing with Samsung,” said Haider Bahadur, a partner with Affinity Law, and a lawyer representing the family.

He points out the phone was bought brand new, the battery was never replaced, and no after-market chargers were used. Sharma said the phone was not in a case, nor was it charging at the time of the incident.

“It could happen to anyone,” he said. “They need to do something about it so it won’t happen to other people.”

Man shot while sitting in his car in Scarborough

News Staff | posted Thursday, Aug 8th, 2019

Toronto police are investigating a shooting overnight in Scarborough.

It happened around midnight near Scarborough Golf Club Road and Lawrence Avenue East.

Police said a man was shot in the shoulder while sitting in a car in a driveway.

Someone then dropped him off at a hospital.

The man’s injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

There has been no word on suspects.

Police continue to investigate.

1 injured in overnight Etobicoke shooting

News Staff | posted Thursday, Aug 8th, 2019

A 21-year-old man is in hospital after a shooting overnight in Etobicoke.

Emergency crews were called to the area of Royal York Road and Hay Avenue, south of the Gardiner Expressway, around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were unable to find a victim but said a man walked into a local hospital with a gunshot wound after midnight.

He was then transferred to a trauma centre with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Police say he is now in stable condition.

There has been no word on suspects.

Police are still investigating.

1 dead, 6 rescued after float plane crash in central Ontario

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2019

The Royal Canadian Air Force says one person has died and six others had to be rescued after a floatplane crashed in central Ontario over the long weekend.

It says crews were called to an area near Upper Raft Lake around 10 a.m. Monday for an air rescue of the survivors.

The air force says it hoisted two search and rescue technicians to the site while two others parachuted in to provide medical help.

It says the six survivors were taken to the Muskoka airport and received further medical care.

An air force helicopter and plane were used in the rescue operation.

1 injured, 1 arrested in Junction Triangle stabbing

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2019

One man has been injured and another has been arrested after a stabbing in the Junction Triangle.

Police were called to Dupont Street and Perth Avenue before 10 p.m. on Tuesday to reports of a man stabbed.

The victim was located on the scene with non-life-threatening injuries.

A suspect was found in the area and taken into custody.

More to come.

Some skeptical as Trump prepares to visit sites of shootings

Jill Colvin, The Associated Press | posted Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2019

President Trump is bringing a message aimed at national unity and healing to the sites of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. But the words he offers for a divided America will be complicated by his own incendiary, anti-immigrant rhetoric that mirrors language linked to one of the shooters.

It is a highly unusual predicament for an American president to at once try to console a community and a nation at the same time he is being criticized as contributing to a combustible climate that can spawn violence.

White House officials said Trump’s visits Wednesday to Texas and Ohio, where 31 people were killed and dozens wounded, would be similar to those he’s paid to grieving communities including Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas, with the president and first lady saluting first responders and spending time with mourning families and survivors.

“What he wants to do is go to these communities and grieve with them, pray with them, offer condolences,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Tuesday. He said Trump also wants “to have a conversation” about ways to head off future deadly episodes.

“We can do something impactful to prevent this from ever happening again, if we come together,” the spokesman said.

That’s a tough assignment for a president who thrives on division and whose aides say he views discord and unease about cultural, economic and demographic changes as key to his reelection.

At the same time, prominent Democrats have been casting blame on Trump more often than calling for national unity in the aftermath of the shootings, a measure of the profound polarization in the country.

Trump, who often seems most comfortable on rally stages with deeply partisan crowds, has not excelled at projecting empathy, mixing what can sound like perfunctory expressions of grief with awkward offhand remarks. While he has offered hugs to tornado victims and spent time at the bedsides of shooting victims, he has yet to project the kind of emotion and vulnerability of his recent predecessors.

Barack Obama grew visibly shaken as he addressed the nation in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre and teared up while delivering a 2016 speech on new gun control efforts. George W. Bush helped bring the country together following the Sept, 11 attacks, notably standing atop the smoking rubble of the World Trade Center, his arm draped over the shoulder of a firefighter, as he shouted through a bullhorn. Bill Clinton helped reassure the nation after the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City and the mass school shooting at Columbine High School.

Trump, too, has been able to summon soothing words. But then he often quickly lapses into divisive tweets and statements — just recently painting immigrants as “invaders,” suggesting four Democratic congresswoman of colour should go back to their home countries, though all are citizens, and describing majority-black Baltimore as a rat-infested hell-hole.

In the Texas border city of El Paso, some residents and local Democratic lawmakers said Trump was not welcome and urged him to stay away.

“This president, who helped create the hatred that made Saturday’s tragedy possible, should not come to El Paso,” tweeted Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who served the area for three terms as a congressman. “We do not need more division. We need to heal. He has no place here.”

In Dayton, Mayor Nan Whaley said she would be meeting with Trump on Wednesday, but she told reporters she was disappointed with his scripted remarks Monday responding to the shootings. His speech included a denunciation of “racism, bigotry and white supremacy” and a declaration that “hate has no place in America.” But he made no mention of new efforts to limit sales of certain guns or the anti-immigration rhetoric found in an online screed posted just before the El Paso attack.

The hateful manifesto’s author — police believe it was the shooter but investigation continues — insisted the opinions “predate Trump and his campaign for president.” But the words echoed some of the views Trump has expressed on immigration, including claiming that Democrats “intend to use open borders, free HealthCare for illegals, citizenship and more to enact a political coup by importing and then legalizing millions of new voters.”

Dayton Mayor Whaley said simply, “Everyone has it in their power to be a force to bring people together, and everybody has it in their power to be a force to bring people apart — that’s up to the president of the United States.”

Democrats vying to challenge Trump in the 2020 election have been nearly unanimous in excoriating him for rhetoric they warned has nurtured the racist attitudes of the El Paso shooter as they sought to project leadership during a fraught moment for a bruised nation.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was delivering a speech on gun violence and white nationalism Wednesday at the Charleston, South Carolina, church where nine black parishioners were killed in 2015. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, released a detailed plan for gun control and deterrence.

Gidley and other White House officials denounced suggestions that Trump’s rhetoric was in any way responsible for the shooting. They called it “dangerous,” ”pathetic,” ”disgusting.”

“It’s not the politician’s fault when somebody acts out their evil intention,” he said, pointing to other shooters who have expressed political preferences for Democratic politicians including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders.

“It is shameful that Democrats are unable to prevent themselves from politicizing a moment of national grief,” added Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh.

Trump himself, quoting one of the hosts of his favourite “Fox & Friends” show, tweeted: “Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of control. Mass shootings were happening before the president even thought about running for Pres.”

Warren spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said leaders have an obligation to speak out.

“Let’s be clear,” she said in a statement. “There is a direct line between the president’s rhetoric and the stated motivations of the El Paso shooter.”

Recent Pew Research Center polling found 85% of U.S. adults believe the tone and nature of political debate in the country has become more negative, with a majority saying Trump has changed things for the worse. And more than three quarters — 78% — say that elected officials who use heated or aggressive language to talk about certain people or groups make violence against those people more likely.

Associated Press writers Elana Schor, Deb Riechmann and Darlene Superville and AP polling editor Emily Swanson contributed to this report.

Stage 1 repair work on Don Mills bridge over DVP wraps 2 weeks early

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2019

The drive down the Don Valley Parkway should be a little smoother on Wednesday after work on the Don Mills bridge wrapped up early.

Crews completed stage 1 work on the bridge two weeks ahead of schedule.

Lane restrictions were taken down around 3 a.m.

City officials say restrictions will shift on Thursday so that crews can begin phase 2 of the project — meaning the shoulders of the DVP at Don Mills will be closed.

The southbound DVP on-ramp from northbound Don Mills will also be closed until the project is finished in October.

Repair work on four DVP bridges — Don Mills, Spanbridge, Wynford and Lawrence — began in July.

City officials said crews are working to make sure the bridges meet standards and stay safe for vehicles and pedestrians.

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