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International Coming Out Day

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, Oct 11th, 2019

Today is International Coming Out Day. To aid those struggling with their identity or in need of immediate assistance or guidance, we have put together a cohesive list of local LGBTQ2SA+ resources for those in need.

The act of coming out is seeing a swift de-stigmatization. With the awareness and social acceptance seen on social media, LGBTQ2SA+ individuals are feeling confident to embrace their true selves and to share this with the world.

With this said, we cannot discount the difficulties faced by LGBTQ2SA+ individuals around the globe. People are being harmed for being themselves. People are being encouraged to shroud their colours and shift into heteronormative assimilation. This is why coming out day is important. The awareness and support alone is enough to give someone the strength to make the decision to be their true selves.

The below list showcases Toronto organizations aimed to provide aid to those in need.

The 519

Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)

Kulanu Toronto is a Jewish LGBTQ social group,

Rainbow Health Ontario

Planned Parenthood

Rainbow Railroad

Refugee Support Group

Ontario Public Health Association – ‘A Positive Space is a Health Space’ manual.

OCASI’s Positive Space Initiative

Homeless Hub

Canadian Mental Health Association

Man in his 20s seriously injured in Regent Park shooting

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 11th, 2019

A man in his 20s was seriously injured after a shooting in the Regent Park neighbourhood on Thursday night.

Police responded to the area of River and Oak Streets following calls that seven to eight shots had been heard around 9:15 p.m.

The 22-year-old male victim was taken to hospital in serious but non-life threatening condition. Officers also found shell casings in the area.

Duty Inspector Mandeep Mann says police are looking for two suspects described as black males, both wearing grey clothing. One of them was wearing a dark or black toque and both are believed to be between 24 to 30 years old.

They were last seen fleeing southbound on River towards Dundas Street in a silver sedan.

Anyone with information, dashcam or security footage is asked to contact 51 Division or Crime Stoppers.

Man wanted for series of break-ins, sexual assault

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 11th, 2019

Toronto police are looking for a man accused in a string of break-ins near Royal York and Evans avenue on Thursday morning.

Police say the man attempted to enter three homes between 5:30 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. but fled the scene each time homeowners became aware of his presence.

He eventually broke into a fourth house through an unlocked door around 6:15 a.m. and allegedly sexually assaulted a 53-year-old woman at that home.

Thereafter the man moved on to a fifth home which he also entered. He confronted a female occupant in the home but fled the scene when another resident became aware that he was inside of the home.

The suspect is described as approximately five feet eight inches tall with a tanned complexion, 25 to 30 years of age with a thin to medium build, unshaven beard and short dark hair. He was last seen wearing dark pants, a hooded top with a front zipper, black t-shirt and dark shoes.

The man has been identified as Terence Frezell, 28, of Newmarket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

OPP investigate crash that claimed life of motorcyclist on QEW at Appleby Line

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 11th, 2019

Ontario Provincial Police are investigating after a crash on the westbound QEW at Appleby Line in Burlington claimed the life of a motorcyclist on Thursday night.

Police say a motorcycle, transport truck and two cars were involved in the collision at around 6 p.m.

The motorcyclist was rushed to hospital and later pronounced dead.

No other injuries were reported.

Investigators are reconstructing the scene and OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says the westbound QEW will be closed at Appleby Line for “several hours.”

“Roads are dry, sky is clear, it’s a beautiful evening and sadly here we are knocking on a door right now letting family know that a loved one is never coming home,” Schmidt said.

An investigation is ongoing.

Federal leaders begin sprints to voting day as advanced polls open

THE CANADIAN PRESS AND NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Oct 11th, 2019

OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is leaving Ottawa for the West Coast today, though he’s saying goodbye with an exceptionally early morning rally at a downtown food court before he departs.

With the last debate of the federal election campaign behind them, the leaders are beginning sprints to the finish line: voting day on Oct. 21.

After the 7:30 a.m. event Trudeau flies west to the Vancouver area, taking advantage of the time-zone change to squeeze in multiple appearances with local candidates and then an evening rally in Burnaby.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also starts his day in Ottawa, releasing the financial elements of his party’s platform before zipping east to Montreal for some mid-day mainstreeting and then back west to Brampton, Ont., for the evening.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is also in B.C. today, where he’s to reveal his party’s full platform after holding off longer than the other party leaders.

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is on the other coast, staging a rally of his own in Halifax, and Green Leader Elizabeth May is lingering in Ottawa for an announcement on foreign and security policy.

Meanwhile, voters can begin to cast their ballots as advanced polls open Friday.

Polls will be open over the entirety of the Thanksgiving long weekend.

While some people are questioning the decision to have the advanced polls open during a time of high travel, Elections Canada says they are hoping it is a period where people can get out to those advanced polls and vote.

For details on advanced polling stations in your area, click here.

Recall of raw beef, veal products expanded over E. coli concerns

The Canadian Press and News Staff | posted Thursday, Oct 10th, 2019

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has expanded its recall of raw beef and veal products due to possible E. coli contamination.

Food service establishments, retailers, distributors and manufacturers are being told to not serve, use, or sell the recalled products and people who have such products are being urged to return them.

The agency said food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea and in severe cases people may have seizures, strokes, suffer permanent kidney damage or die.

The CFIA said the recall was triggered by its inspection activities but said there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

Click here for a list of the affected products.

2 Nobel literature prizes to be awarded after 2018 scandal

The Associated Press and News Staff | posted Thursday, Oct 10th, 2019

STOCKHOLM — Two Nobel Prizes in literature — one for 2019 and one for last year — will be announced Thursday after the 2018 literature award was postponed following sex abuse allegations that had rocked the Swedish Academy.

Two Canadians are thought to be in contention for the prize — The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood and Anne Carson.

The chemistry prize went Wednesday to three scientists for their work leading to the development of lithium-ion batteries. That was a day after the physics award was given to a Canadian-American and two Swiss, and on Monday the Physiology or Medicine award went to two Americans and one British scientist.

So far, nine Nobel prizes have been awarded this week and all the laureates are men.

The coveted Nobel Peace Prize is Friday and the economics award on Monday.

Watermain break closes northbound Yonge Street near Eaton Centre

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Oct 10th, 2019

A section of Yonge Street is closed near the Eaton Centre after a watermain break overnight.

Police said all northbound lanes of Yonge are closed at Shuter Street due to the large pool of water.

There has been no word on what caused the break.

Shuter is also closed between Yonge and Victoria Street.

Police said there may be other closures as crews work to repair the break.

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