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The Weeknd cancels Jimmy Kimmel performance over Donald Trump appearance

News staff and The Associated Press | posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Toronto singer The Weeknd cancelled Wednesday night’s performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” because of Donald Trump.

He was supposed to perform a song with Canadian rapper Belly, who said he didn’t want to share the same stage with the republican presidential nominee because of his views on immigrants, Muslims and women.

“I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world — from religion to race,” Belly said in a statement. “I just didn’t want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that majority of us don’t agree with.”

Trump has been criticized by some political rivals and voters for his comments, such as when he said some Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally are “rapists” and when he called for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.

A Trump spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on The Weeknd and Belly.

The Jimmy Kimmel show had no comment, a representative said. Representatives for The Weeknd didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The Weeknd won two Grammy Awards earlier this year, including best urban contemporary album for “Beauty Behind the Madness.” Belly has co-written many of The Weeknd’s hits, including “Earned It,” ”The Hills,” ”Into the Night” and “Often.”

The Weeknd appears on Belly’s song “Might Not,” which they were set to perform on Kimmel’s show.

CAA to reveal Ontario’s worst roads

CityNews | posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) will reveal Ontario’s worst roads on Thursday morning.

One month ago, the CAA put out its annual poll, asking for drivers across the province to nominate and then vote for the worst roads.

Last year, Dufferin was the worst road in Toronto, but the top Ontario ‘honours’ went to Algonquin Boulevard West (No. 1) and Algonquin Boulevard East (No. 2) in Timmins.

Last year’s results can be seen below.

Ontario’s top 10 worst roads for 2015:

  1. Algonquin Boulevard West, Timmins
  2. Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins
  3. Dufferin Street, Toronto
  4. Highway 144, Greater Sudbury
  5. Carling Avenue, Ottawa
  6. Radical Road, Port Dover
  7. Burlington Street East, Hamilton
  8. Riverside Drive, Timmins
  9. Dominion Road, Fort Erie
  10. Bayview Avenue, Toronto

More to come

Goodbye, empty nest: Millennials staying longer with parents

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Many of America’s young adults appear to be in no hurry to move out of their old bedrooms.

For the first time on record, living with parents is now the most common arrangement for people ages 18 to 34, an analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center has found.

And the proportion of older millennials — those ages 25 to 34 — who are living at home has reached its highest point (19 percent) on record, Pew analysts said.

Nearly one-third of all millennials live with their parents, slightly more than the proportion who live with a spouse or partner. It’s the first time that living at home has outpaced living with a spouse for this age group since such record-keeping began in 1880.

The remaining young adults are living alone, with other relatives, in college dorms, as roommates or under other circumstances.

The sharp shift reflects a long-running decline in marriage, amplified by the economic upheavals of the Great Recession. The trend has been particularly evident among Americans who lack a college degree.

The pattern may be a contributing factor in the sluggish growth of the U.S. economy, which depends heavily on consumer spending. With more young people living with their parents rather than on their own, fewer people need to buy appliances, furniture or cable subscriptions.

The recovery from the 2008-09 recession has been hobbled by historically low levels of home construction and home ownership.

Jennifer Post, 26, has been living with her parents in Villas, New Jersey, since dropping out of law school two years ago.

A law career wasn’t a good fit for her, Post decided, and now she’s seeking a job in digital media or marketing. There aren’t many opportunities in Villas, a beach town.

Even living at home, she said it’s been hard to save for a move to a bigger city after she was laid off from a baking job in March.

Post spends her days on her laptop, sending resumes and refreshing LinkedIn and other job sites. To her parents, it looks as though she’s slacking off.

“It’s definitely a generation gap,” she said. “I think they literally think I just sit down and watch Netflix all day.”

As recently as 2000, nearly 43 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 were married or living with a partner. By 2014, that proportion was just 31.6 percent.

In 2000, only 23 percent of young adults were living with parents. In 2014, the figure reached 32.1 percent.

The proportion of young adults living with their parents is similar to the proportions that prevailed from 1880 through 1940, when the figure peaked, Pew found. Yet in those decades, the most common arrangement for young adults was living with a spouse rather than with parents.

“We’ve simply got a lot more singles,” said Richard Fry, lead author of the report and a senior economist at Pew. “They’re the group much more likely to live with their parents.”

The typical U.S. woman now marries at 27.1 years old, the typical man at 29.2, according to census data. That’s up from record lows of 20.1 for women and 22.5 for men in 1956.

“They’re concentrating more on school, careers and work and less focused on forming new families, spouses or partners and children,” Fry said.

The shift may also be disrupting the housing market. One mystery that’s confounded analysts is why there aren’t more homes for sale. The lack of available houses has driven up prices and made it less affordable for many would-be purchasers to buy.

Nela Richardson, chief economist at real estate brokerage Redfin, says one explanation for the sparse supply is that many baby boomers aren’t able to sell their family homes and downsize for retirement because they still have adult children living with them. Redfin surveyed homeowners ages 55 to 64 and found that one-fifth still have adult children at home.

“It’s having a big effect on the housing market,” Richardson said.

Among young men, declining employment and falling wages are another factor keeping many 18-to-34-year-olds unmarried, Fry said. The share of young men with jobs fell to 71 percent in 2014 from 84 percent in 1960 — the year when the proportion of young adults living outside the home peaked.

Incomes have fallen, too: Wages, adjusted for inflation, plunged 34 percent for the typical young man from 2000 to 2014.

Other factors contributing to more millennials living with parents range from rising apartment rents to heavy student-debt loads to longer periods in college.

Many analysts had expected that as the economy improved, younger adults would increasingly move out on their own. That hasn’t happened. Jed Kolko, a senior fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, says soaring rents are discouraging some from leaving their parents’ homes.

Kolko’s research has found that the share of young adults living with parents in the first quarter of 2016 was essentially unchanged from two years earlier.

Median rents nationwide were surging at a 6 percent annual pace as recently as August, though they have slowed since. In fast-growing cities like San Francisco, Denver, and Portland, Oregon, rents rose last year at a double-digit pace.

Heavier student debt loads have sent more young people back to their parents’ nests, according to research by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Other economists aren’t convinced that student debt plays a dominant role. They note that the proportion of young adults without college degrees who live with parents is especially high: Nearly 39 percent of those with only a high school degree were living with a parent in 2014, up from around 26 percent in 2000.

That compares with just 19 percent of young adult college grads living at home in 2014. That figure, though, is up sharply from 11 percent in 2000.

Still, economists say most millennials appear to be delaying, rather than avoiding, marriage.

Casey Marshella moved back in with her parents in Fairfield, Connecticut, after graduating from Boston University last year. Just this week, she moved into an apartment with her sister. Within weeks, she and a friend — who also lives with her parents — expect to find their own place.

Marshella, 22, says living at home has helped her save money from her job as a human resources specialist. Because many people her age share the same circumstances, most sympathize with her.

Still, Marshella says their first question is usually, “So when are you planning on moving out?”

Raptors coach Casey predicts different game in second trip to Cleveland

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The Toronto Raptors have found a way to beat Cleveland at home.

Now they head back into the inhospitable Quicken Loans Arena with the daunting task of stealing a game on the road.

The Raptors dropped the opening two games of the Eastern Conference final by a combined 50 points on the Cavaliers’ home court, before knotting the series at 2-2 with a pair of thrilling victories at home.

Same city, but coach Dwane Casey is predicting a much different game this time against the backdrop of Cavs’ wine and gold.

“I will say this: It’s going to be a different animal back in Cleveland, as it is in every series,” Casey said Tuesday. “When you go into another team’s home territory, it’s a little bit tougher. But (the two wins) does give us more rhythm and more confidence going against them now that we have a little bit better feel of what we can and cannot do against this team.”

The Raptors opened the conference finals two nights after dispatching Miami in seven games in the semis, and faced a Cavs team coming off nine days of rest.

Over four games, they’ve become more familiar with what the Cavs are trying to do, Casey said, and they’ve become confident in their ability to stop it.

“It gets into a little more of a chess match as the series goes on,” Casey said. “We’ve learned some things, and I’m sure they have too.”

The Raptors are 8-2 at home and 2-6 on the road in the post-season, winning Game 3 in both Indiana and Miami.

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The Raptors are proving everyone wrong after virtually no-one gave them a chance of more than a token win in this series. Now Canada’s lone NBA franchise is two victories away from the NBA finals, prompting ESPN host Stephen A. Smith to apologize Tuesday night to “all Canadians everywhere” for doubting the Raptors.

“I can’t put into words how stunned I am, I can’t believe what I saw,” Smith said.

“I gotta be a man of my word and just apologize to Canada, all Canadians everywhere because I certainly thought that this was going back to Cleveland, 3-1 … with the Cavs closing this series out on Wednesday night so I wouldn’t have to go back to Canada and go through customs and all that other nonsense.”

Smith called the Raptors winning two straight “inexplicable.”

“I can’t understand what’s happened to Cleveland right now,” Smith said. “They don’t resemble the team that has won 10 straight playoff games prior to losing the last two.”

The key to a win Wednesday, Casey said, is limiting the Cavaliers’ runs. Game 2 in Cleveland was tied late in the second quarter but the Cavs closed out the half with a brisk 16-2 run. It was a hole too deep for the Raptors to dig out of.

“The games that we lost there, there were probably three- or four-minute segments, portions of the game that really did us in in both games,” Casey said. “If we can sustain our defence against their runs and not let them blow it open in those three- or four-minute segments … and we’ve got to respond offensively.”

Toronto’s all-star backcourt was superb in Tuesday’s victory – Kyle Lowry had 35 points while DeMar DeRozan added 32.

Each has struggled at times these playoffs, but when they’re both firing on all cylinders, pity the opponent.

“They’re always dangerous with the guys they have who can get going at any time,” said Cleveland’s backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova. “Once they get it going, it’s hard to stop because they hit tough shots and make plays. It’s up to us to try to take them out of their rhythm and make it as hard as possible on them.”

Casey hopes to get Jonas Valanciunas into Game 5, but it depends on the Cavs’ lineup. Valanciunas, who sprained his ankle in Game 3 of the Miami series, rejoined the active roster ahead of Tuesday’s game, but didn’t play.

“I know he’s our starting centre, but it’s tough to put him out there if they’re playing Channing Frye big minutes at (centre),” Casey said. “We just have to make sure that he has a matchup and he’s not out there chasing three-point shooters all around the perimeter.

“He’s going to be valuable for us because he is an excellent passer and can make plays from the top of the key.”

Two capybaras still on the loose after escaping High Park Zoo

CityNews | posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The search is still on for two female capybaras after they escaped from their pen at the High Park Zoo on Tuesday.

Zoo officials say the pair bolted when a new capybara was moving in around 6 a.m. that morning.

Nearly 24 hours later, they were still missing.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation said the two are not considered dangerous.

“[They] are skittish and people are advised to stay away from the animals,” an animal service spokesperson said to CityNews.

Capybaras are the world’s largest rodents. Fully grown, they can reach over four feet in height and can weigh as much as 140 lbs – they also look like large guinea pigs. They enjoy swimming and don’t like children.

“The last sighting saw them heading towards the creek, which is just to the east of the zoo, out of the llama pen area,” said Sarah Doucette, city councillor for High Park.

And it seems the rodents have taken to Twitter to share their adventure.

Police notified the public around 9 a.m. about the two rodents and ask if anyone has seen them to contact police or call 311.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff, along with the High Park zookeepers are working to catch and secure the animals.

There is a little river right near the zoo and Doucette suspects they’ve headed towards the water. They often lounge or sunbathe near the water to dry off, and because of their brown colour they are hard to see.

“We believe they are in between the zoo and the Jamie Bell Adventure playground,” she said. “Because they are shy animals they would rather stay under the hedges and the bush. I can’t see them wanting to go across a pathway or even a roadway,” Doucette said.

This isn’t the first time an animal has run free from the High Park Zoo.

Almost exactly a year ago, the High Park Peacock escaped from the zoo and was on the loose in Toronto for days before returning home on its own.

In 2009, six animals – four llamas, one yak and one wallaby – escaped from the zoo after someone opened their enclosures.

Police and zoo workers were able to round up all the animals in a few hours.

Gord Downie has aggressive, incurable brain cancer

News staff and The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

A specialist treating the Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie says the singer is facing one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer but has been cleared to perform.

The band announced in a statement Tuesday morning that the dynamic lyricist and performer learned of the illness in December.

Dr. James Perry, head of neurology at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, said Downie has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is the most common and most aggressive cancerous primary brain tumour. He also said the brain tumour is incurable.

Glioblastoma affects about two to three people per 100,000 in Canada, the United States and Europe, according to information supplied by Sunnybrook Heath Sciences Centre, which is treating the musician. Perry said it is the most common cause of cancer deaths in Canadians between 40 and 60 years old.

Perry said Downie has a primary brain tumour, which is one that started in the brain itself and not in another part of body. The tumour, a majority of which has since been removed, is located in the left temporal lobe, in the area near where speech and memory are located.

“These primary brain tumours are infiltrative by nature, so they are impossible to remove completely by surgery, they frequently recur and they require other therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy treatments,” Perry said. “They range in how aggressive they are from some that are fairly slow-growing to others that are very aggressive and incurable.”


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Downie first developed symptoms in December of 2015, Perry said. He had a seizure that led to a visit to the emergency room, which led to the tumour diagnosis. Dr. Douglas Cook in Kingston, Ont., performed the surgery and excised the bulk of the brain tumour.

The musician was given radiation for six weeks, which consisted of 30 treatments Monday to Friday, combined with chemotherapy. The treatment was completed a little more than a month ago, and Perry noted he has a type of glioblastoma that is more amenable to treatment. He will be receiving ongoing “maintenance chemotherapy.”

Perry said it’s “too early right now” to understand Downie’s full prognosis. He said there’s a very wide spectrum of possible outcomes for patients with the type of brain cancer Downie has.

“It’s too early right now in Gord’s trajectory to understand what his prognosis might be. When it comes down to individuals we only have statistics and statistics just don’t tell the picture,” Perry said.

But Perry said Downie has recovered much of his physical, mental and emotional strength, and has “rallied tremendously” over the past several weeks. He said it’s safe for Downie to tour with his band this summer.

“Last week, he had a very important MRI scan of the brain that showed all the swelling in his head in the left temporal lobe area has decreased substantially, and the amount of tumour that we see residual has clearly shrunk and he is doing very well,” Perry said.

Dynamic lyricist and performer

Downie is 52 years old and has four children. He is married to Laura Leigh Usher.

He is known for songs like ‘New Orleans is Sinking,’ ‘Bobcaygeon,’ ‘Ahead by a Century,’ and ’38 Years Old.’ He also wrote the poetry book, ‘Coke Machine Glow,’ which was released as an album under the same name.

The Kingston band formed in 1984 and launched their self-titled debut EP in 1987. Their first full-length album, ‘Up to Here,’ in 1989 turned them into bona fide rock stars.

Downie’s performances of ‘New Orleans Is Sinking’ in concert would become one of his trademarks. He regularly thrilled fans by reinventing the hit with different lyrics during an extended musical interlude.

The band has won 14 Junos and been inducted to both Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Downie ‘fighting hard’

Despite the “very tough news,” the band’s statement read, Downie “has been fighting hard.”

Downie has decided to launch a tour with the band this summer. Tour details are to be announced Wednesday.

“Through all of this, we’ve been standing by him,” the statement continued. “So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours … We’ve decided to do another one. This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.

“What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans. So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.

“This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.”

The Tragically Hip’s 14th studio album, ‘Man Machine Poem,’ will be released on June 14.

Reaction on social media has been swift to the news.

“Gord Downie is a true original who has been writing Canada’s soundtrack for more than 30 years. #Courage,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet.

Musicians also turned to Twitter to acknowledge Downie’s influence on the Canadian arts scene.

Indie rock band Stars tweeted: “Gord Downie is the poet laureate of the Canadian soul.”

Newfoundland band Hey Rosetta added: “Slapped awake by news radio this morning – we love you Gord Downie, and we owe you magnificently. Steady on skipper.”

Musician Ron Sexsmith tweeted: “Thoughts are of Gord Downie today family & road family Thx for having me on roadside & 4 letting me tag along with U to Madison Square XO RS.”

And actor Jonathan Torrens wrote: “No band in our history has embraced/defined Canadianity more than The Hip. Gutted by this news. Gord IS Canada.”

TTC offering free rides on vintage streetcar this summer

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

It may be 2016, but the TTC would like to offer you a taste of 1938.

The TTC announced that it is offering free rides in one of two of it’s vintage PCC streetcars every Sunday starting today until Labour Day weekend.

Sunday-only boarding will be available from noon to 5 p.m. on the 509 Harbourfront streetcar route.

“PCC cars will travel from Union Station to the Fleet Loop, providing a scenic view along Queens Quay West. It makes stops at many tourist destinations on Toronto’s waterfront, such as the Ferry Docks, Toronto Music Garden, HTO Park, York Quay Centre, Stage in the Round, The Power Plant and numerous other attractions,” the TTC said in a statement.

The classic burgundy-and-cream-coloured streetcars were a common sight in Toronto more than 70 years ago and made their debut on the St. Clair route in 1938.

PCC stands for Presidents’ Conference Committee, which was a 1930 North American transit industry committee that developed specifications for new-era streetcars.

The last PCC streetcars were retired from service in 1995. Today, the TTC has two PCC cars it uses for special occasions and charters.

Gord Downie has terminal cancer: Tragically Hip

CityNews | posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, the Tragically Hip reported on their website early Tuesday morning.

Downie, the band’s lead singer and primary lyricist, said the band would do one last tour, but did not give a date.

Downie is 52 years old and has four children. He is married to Laura Leigh Usher,

He is known for songs like ‘New Orleans is Sinking,’ ‘Bobcaygeon,’ ‘Ahead by a Century,’ and ’38 Years Old.’ He also wrote the poetry book, ‘Coke Machine Glow,’ which was released as an album under the same name.

The Hip formed in Kingston and have since toured Canada from coast to coast to coast, as well as around the world. They have won 14 Junos and been inducted to both Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

They even have their own stamp.

Downie was diagnosed with cancer in December. Despite the “very tough news,” the message read, Downie “has been fighting hard.”

“Through all of this, we’ve been standing by him. So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours … We’ve decided to do another one. This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.

“What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans. So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.”

Details on the summer tour will be released this week.

The band thanked their fans for their continued love and support.

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