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FBI cracks gunman’s iPhone using ‘mystery method’

The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Mar 29th, 2016

The FBI said Monday it successfully used a mysterious technique without Apple Inc.’s help to hack into the iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, effectively ending a pitched court battle between the Obama administration and one of the world’s leading technology companies.

The government asked a federal judge to vacate a disputed order forcing Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone, saying it was no longer necessary. The court filing in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California provided no details about how the FBI did it or who showed it how. Apple did not immediately comment on the development.

The brief court notice left important questions unanswered: Who showed the FBI how to break into iPhones? How did the government bypass the security features that Apple has invested millions of dollars to build into its flagship product? Are newer iPhones vulnerable to the same hacking technique? Will the FBI share its information with scores of state and local police agencies that said they also need to break into the iPhones of criminal suspects? Will the FBI reveal to Apple how it broke its security? Did the FBI find anything useful on the iPhone?

The surprise development also punctured the temporary perception that Apple’s security might have been good enough to keep consumers’ personal information safe even from the U.S. government – with the tremendous resources it can expend when it wants to uncover something.

The FBI used the technique to access data on an iPhone used by gunman Syed Farook, who died with his wife in a gun battle with police after they killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December.

U.S. magistrate Sheri Pym of California last month ordered Apple to provide the FBI with software to help it hack into Farook’s work-issued iPhone. The order touched off a debate pitting digital privacy rights against national security concerns.

Apple was headed for a courtroom showdown with the government last week, until federal prosecutors abruptly asked for a postponement so they could test a potential solution that was brought to them by an unidentified party the previous weekend. Technical experts had said there might be a few ways an outsider could gain access to the phone, although the FBI had insisted repeatedly until then that only Apple had the ability to override the iPhone’s security.

The case drew international attention and highlighted a growing friction between governments and the tech industry. Apple and other tech companies have said they feel increasing need to protect their customers’ data from hackers and unfriendly intruders, while police and other government authorities have warned that encryption and other data-protection measures are making it more difficult for investigators to track criminals and dangerous extremists.

The withdrawal of court process also takes away Apple’s ability to legally request details on the method the FBI used. Apple attorneys said last week that they hoped the government would share that information with them if it proved successful.

The encrypted phone was protected by a passcode that included security protocols: a time delay and self-destruct feature that erased the phone’s data after 10 tries. The two features made it impossible for the government to repeatedly and continuously test passcodes in what’s known as a brute-force attack.

10 natural solutions to the body’s biomarkers

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Mar 28th, 2016

Our bodies offer an array of physical changes (also known as biomarkers) that can signal our health is at risk. While these signs don’t necessarily require a trip to the doctor or a lab test, they can be observed as physical signs of stress that may mean you’re at risk of potential illness. Hair, skin and nails play a particularly telltale roll because they are affected over time by your state of health and can tell a larger story of your health. Bryce Wylde, shares his ten natural solutions to body’s biomarkers.

1. Allergy shiners

Allergy shiners are the dark circles that appear under the eyes along with puffiness and often red sclera. These are indicative of food and environmental sensitivities or allergies.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Food IgE and IgG blood test

Recommended action:

Determine whether your allergy shiners are caused by seasonal allergies or an allergy-food interaction and opt for a diet high in Plant Sterols.

2. Beau’s lines

Beau’s lines are deep grooved lines that run from side to side along the fingernail. These often look like indentations or ridges in the nail plate. Beau’s lines can be caused by malnutrition or malabsorption, illness and chemotherapy.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Comprehensive Nutrient Profile

Recommended action:

Focus on nutrient absorption, digestive enzymes and Betaine HCL.

3. Leg length

Short leg length is associated with a risk for liver dysfunction. Studies have shown people with legs that are less than 29 inches long (femur and tibia), have a tendency to have higher levels of enzymes that indicate liver disease. Epidemiological factors such as childhood nutrition will impact not only growth patterns but liver development into adulthood.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Toxins

– Liver enzymes & Detoxification Genomics

Recommended action:

Eat a diet high in detoxifying greens, garlic, ginger, sulfur based foods, NAC, Selenium, and other micronutrients that support phase I and phase II liver detox pathways.

4. Dry skin

Dry skin is one of the most common biomarkers. If you have an itchy, flaking rash on the inner surface of elbows and knees, the backs of the upper arms, wrists, cheeks, scalp, or eyelids, or if you have eczema or psoriasis, it could be correlated to an imbalanced immune system.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Omega 3 index

Recommended action:

Try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet rich in omega-3 and soluble fibre. Include many Asian mushrooms, fish oils and pre/probiotics.

5. Jaw line acne

Jaw line acne is a tell-tale sign of hormonal imbalance. Typically symptoms include deep, inflamed lesions that erupt along your jaw line, chin and around your mouth. This a persistent acne that is often late-onset and doesn’t clear up by the time you reach 25 years old.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Comprehensive Female Hormone panel all estrogens, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, testosterone, DHT, DHEA, Insulin, lipid profile (if excessive hair growth on body, hair loss on crown, and unexplained weight gain possible = PCOS).

Recommended action:

Follow a hormone balancing diet rich in good fats, fibre and low in sugar. Opt to supplement CIM, I3C, Vitex and False Unicorn Root.

6. Skin tags

Skin tags are often a marker of blood sugar imbalances that could be associated with Metabolic Syndrome.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Metabolic Syndrome: cholesterol, triglycerides, HbA1c, insulin, fat%, blood pressure

Recommended action:

Follow the Glycemic Index diet and incorporate sugar balancing spices like cinnamon. You can also consider supplements with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Grape Seed Extract.

7. Fingernail spots

White spots on the fingernails that are not caused by trauma could signal a deficiency in Zinc or Calcium.

Recommended follow-up testing:

–  Hair Tissue Minerals

– RBC calcium and Serum vit-D

Recommended action:

Ensure you are doing weight bearing exercise, following a diet rich in Calcium, Magnesium, Vit-D, Vit-K, and essential micronutrients such as boron, molybdenum, and strontium and consider supplementing with Olive Leaf extract.

8. Mouth cracks

Cracks in the corner of your mouth, called Angular Chelitis, could mean you are lacking B vitamins in particular vitamin B2 (riboflavin) that can be attributed to a poor diet and high levels of stress.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Urine B vitamin complex assessment

Recommended action:

Follow a diet rich in vitamin B, brewers yeast, and consider a B complex supplementation

9. Pale Conjunctiva

Pale conjunctiva and poor capillary reflex in your fingers could be a sign of iron deficiency anemia-approximately 80% of premenopausal females have low iron.

Recommended follow-up testing:

– CBC along with Ferritin, TIBC, Iron, and vit B12

Recommended action:

Maintain a diet rich in iron. Supplement with the triad: B12, Vit-C, Chlorophyll to help iron uptake.

10. The earlobe crease

Is an earlobe crease a sign of heart disease? University of Chicago followed 108 patients for up to 10 years and found that those who had creases had higher rates of heart disease and higher rates of death from heart-related problems (with an exception of Native Americans and Asians).

Recommended follow-up testing:

– Cardiovascular Genetics

– Inflammatory markers like CRP-hs

Recommended action:

Consider a Paleo diet rich in omega-3 and high in heart healthy berries. Consider supplementing with CoQ10 (ubiquinol), pterostilbene, grape seed extract, niagen, etc.

Soggy start to the week as spring storm hits southern Ontario

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 28th, 2016

It was a soggy start to the work week as a spring storm hit southern Ontario, arriving on Sunday night and lasting until Monday.

The heavy rain will taper to showers and end in the afternoon, 680 NEWS meteorologist Harold Hosein said. As the rain dies down, the wind will pick up, he warned. Winds will become northwesterly, gusting to 60 km/h.

The forecasted high is 8 C, with cloudy periods and an overnight low of 3 C.

Across Toronto and the GTA, residents were woken up by the loud claps of thunder.




For those who were awake to see it, Mother Nature put on quite a show, with lightning striking the CN Tower.





Doug Ford preparing for an emotional send-off this week

ADRIAN GHOBRIEL | posted Monday, Mar 28th, 2016

An emotional Doug Ford opens up about what the past few days have been like and the celebration that is to come his brother’s life in the coming week.

Starting Monday at 10 a.m., thousands of people are expected to pay their respects over the next two days as the former mayor lies in repose at City Hall.

If you would like to send a video or pictures to be used in the Rob Ford memorial, you can do so at the following linkrobfordmemorial@gmail.com

Pothole menace angers motorists, creates business for repair shops

Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Mar 28th, 2016

MONTREAL – An annoying sign of spring — the dreaded pothole — is testing the patience of Canadian drivers this year while also creating a financial bonanza for auto repair shops.

Extreme fluctuations in early spring temperatures along with lots of rain have unearthed a high number of potholes that are exposing motorists to hefty repair bills.

“It’s probably the worst year I’ve seen in the last 10 to 15 years,” Ben Lalonde, president of My AutoPro service centres in Ottawa, said in a recent interview.

Business is up as customers are showing up with bent wheels, punctured tires, misalignments and wrecked suspensions. Repair bills can range between $200 and $500 depending on the force of impact and the type of damage, Lalonde said.

Spring is a lucrative period for repair shops, says Jack Bayramian, owner of Montreal’s Decarie Garage, who adds that repairs stemming from pothole damage makes up about 30 per cent of his year’s revenues.

There’s no tally for the cost of dealing with the aftermath of potholes in Canada, but a poll of U.S. motorists by the American Automobile Association suggests they spend an average of US$3 billion a year dealing with pothole repairs. The Canadian Automobile Association is in the process of conducting its own poll.

While repair shops welcome the extra business, they also say it can cause customers to pare back spending on preventative maintenance.

“I know having bad roads is good for business but I think it’s (temporary) … because a lot of people end up neglecting their cars, and at the end it could be a safety concern,” James Bastien, manager of an OK Tire in the nation’s capital.

Most motorists tend to pay for repairs out-of-pocket unless damage is well above insurance claim deductibles, or they can beat the odds and win a claim from a municipality.

Several large Canadian municipalities are struggling this year to keep up with the menace that is consistently among the top sources of angry complaints from residents.

“This year has been fairly bad,” says Bryden Denyes, area manager of core roads for the City of Ottawa.

The city has filled 51,000 potholes so far this year, up substantially from 20,200 at the same time in 2015, but down slightly from two years ago. Compared to last year’s almost relentless bone-chilling cold, Ottawa has faced 28 freeze-and-thaw cycles versus just 11 a year ago.

The capital spends $5.4 million a year filling potholes and repairing roads, compared to the nearly $7 million to fix major and arterial roads in Montreal. Toronto spent $6 million in 2014 to fix 360,000 potholes.

Lionel Perez, a councillor responsible for Montreal’s infrastructure, said it’s a constant struggle to plug the holes, especially because of decades of under-investment.

The challenge is even bigger in Edmonton, which over the last nine years has faced an average of 455,000 new potholes a year. A warmer winter and less snow has given the Alberta capital somewhat of a reprieve this year.

In addition to filling potholes, municipalities have to contend with damage claims submitted by residents.

Very strict rules limit compensation in Quebec. Payouts are also low in other provinces.

Ottawa paid out only 10 per cent of claims last year, while Edmonton’s annual payout ratio is about 16 per cent. Toronto, meantime, paid out about half the 2,376 claims filed in 2014, the city said in its latest report.

Emergency kit to prepare at home if power goes out

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Mar 24th, 2016

Here’s what you should be preparing at home if power goes out in your area. According to Emergency Preparedness Canada, here’s what should be in your emergency kit:

  • 72-hours of food that won’t spoil
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Extra medications
  • Cash

 And if you’re out on the messy roads, here’s what you should have in your car:

  • Food that won’t spoil
  • Bottled Water
  • A blanket and extra clothing
  • A first aid kit
  • A flashlight
  • Candles and matches
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares

For your pets, you should have these in a kit at home, according to the Ontario SPCA:72 hour food supply, including bowls and a can opener

  • 72 hour water supply
  • Blankets/towels
  • Toys
  • Leash, muzzle, harness
  • Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scooper
  • Pet carrier to allow for easy transport
  • Medical records, Veterinarian’s name and contact number
  • Medications and a pet first aid kit
  • Current photo of your pet along with their name, address and brief description
  • Information on your pets feeding schedule, temperament/behavior, medical concerns
  • ID tags and Micro chip number
  • Flashlight
  • List of boarding facilities, hotels that can accommodate pets

Ghomeshi found not guilty of all charges in sexual assault trial

CityNews | posted Thursday, Mar 24th, 2016

Judgement day in the compelling sexual assault trial of Jian Ghomeshi has arrived.

The fallen radio star has been found not guilty in all four counts of sexual assault one count of overcoming resistance by choking by Ontario Court Justice William Horkins today.

“The quality of the evidence failed to prove the case,” Horkins said in delivering the verdict. “The testimony brings reasonable doubt.”

Ghomeshi had previously pleaded not guilty to the five charges against him. Ghomeshi now faces/was facing a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail. The choking charge carried or carries a potential life sentence.

Ghomeshi – who kept a very low profile inside and outside the courtroom – immediately hugged his mother and sister upon hearing the verdict. Because of this acquittal, he now has the option of pursuing a counter lawsuit for defamation or malicious prosecution against his accusers.

Looking back at the trial, the strategic decision not to testify in his own defence likely played a large part in why he walked out of Old City Hall a free man today.

He also has an all-star defence team to thank, Marie Henein and Danielle Robitaille, for using every moment of the trial’s 80 days to break down every fiber of his three complainants’ testimonies.

This trial heard three alleged victims: Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere and two other women who chose to keep their identities protected.

Henein’s fierce cross examination targeted inconsistencies in the women’s accounts of what happened between them and the former broadcaster, some of which allegedly happened over a decade ago. In her closing statements, Henein accused all three women of lying under oath.

The defence consistently produced what several media outlets could only describe as ‘bombshells’ of evidence against each complainant throughout the case.

For the first complainant, Henein presented flirtatious emails sent after alleged assaults in 2002 and 2003, including an infamous bikini photo that was never made public. The emails were brought up in court after the woman testified she never contacted Ghomeshi following a series of violent accounts with him.

DeCoutere was confronted with emails of her own, including one where she expressed a desire to have sex with Ghomeshi after an alleged assault where she was slapped and choked by Ghomeshi against her will. Henein also produced a hand-written letter sent to Ghomeshi days after the alleged assault that ended with the words: “I love your hands.”

The third and final complainant admitted to deliberately withholding information from police. In addition to that, Henein also revealed that the third woman and DeCoutere exchanged thousands of messages discussing their allegations and shared contempt for Ghomeshi.

The 48-year-old disgraced radio host has acknowledged to being into “rough sex” but maintains that it was always consensual.

Easter weekend: What’s open/closed and events

PATRICIA D'CUNHA AND AMBER LEBLANC | posted Thursday, Mar 24th, 2016

The Easter weekend is upon us, and while some of us are heading to family gatherings and church services, others will be hopping at parades and Easter egg hunts.

As always, as you make your long weekend plans, consult our list of what’s open and closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Hope you have a relaxing long weekend!

What’s open and closed



Food and drink

All LCBO and Beer Store locations will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

While all Beer stores are open on Easter MondayLCBO stores will be open but with modified hours. Before the weekend, some LCBO stores have extended hours on Thursday.

Most grocery stores will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but some are open. Call ahead before heading out. The Loblaws on Carlton Street is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, while the Sobeys Urban Fresh on Bay Street is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days.

Transit, garbage and other services

The TTC is running on holiday service on Good Friday and regular service the rest of the weekend, while GO Transit is on a Sunday schedule on Good Friday and will run on regular schedules the rest of the long weekend.

Government offices, including municipal buildings like Toronto City Hall, are closed Friday to Monday. However, City Hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday so that people can pay their respects to former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who willie in repose in the rotunda until Tuesday.

Banks will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Also, mail won’t be delivered on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

All Toronto Public Library branches will be closed Friday, Sunday and Monday, but are open on Saturday.

In Toronto, daytime curbside residential collection will take place on Good Friday and is not collected on any Monday. Click here for more details.

Shopping centres

Some malls will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, while most malls will be open on Monday.


Bayview Village
Good Friday (closed but some restaurants are open), Easter Sunday (closed)

Bramalea City Centre
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Dufferin Mall
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

East York Town Centre
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Eaton Centre
Open on Good Friday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Easter Sunday (noon to 5 p.m.)

Fairview Mall
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Pacific Mall
Open 365 days a year

Scarborough Town Centre
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Sherway Gardens
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Square One
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

The Promenade
Open on Good Friday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and closed Easter Sunday

Toronto Premium Outlets
Open on Good Friday (9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and Easter Sunday (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

Upper Canada Mall
Open on Good Friday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and closed Easter Sunday

Vaughan Mills Mall
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Yorkville Village
Open on Good Friday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Easter Sunday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Tourist attractions


Art Gallery of Ontario

Open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but closed on MondayClick here for hours.

City of Toronto activities
Recreation programs won’t be held at parks and recreation facilities on Good Friday and Easter MondayClick here for more information.

The city’s 10 historic sites will be closed on Friday but will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum are the only locations that will open on Monday.

Casa Loma
Open over the Easter weekend from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CN Tower
Open over the Easter weekendClick here for hours.

Hockey Hall of Fame
Open over the Easter weekend. Click here for hours.

Ontario Science Centre
Open over the Easter weekend. Click here for hours.

Ripley’s Aquarium
Open over the Easter weekendClick here for hours.

Royal Ontario Museum
Open over the Easter weekendClick here for hours.

Toronto Zoo
Open over the Easter weekendClick here for hours.



Easter parade and egg hunts
The two-houEaster parade will be rolling through the Beach on Sunday, featuring floats, marching bands, and an appearance by the Easter bunny. It starts at 2 p.m.

There are a few Easter egg hunts to check out, including one aSpringdale Farm in Milton and another in at Kortright Centre For Conservation in Woodbridge.

Spring Canadian Pet Expo
Canada’s largesevent for our furry friends takes over the International Centre this weekend. You’re encouraged to bring your pet to the show with you to check out three massive pet-friendly halls. The show is also home to Canada’s biggest cat show, put on by the Canadian Cat Association. Tickets are available here or at the door.


One of a Kind Show and Sale
Celebrating homemade excellence – that’s the focus of the One of a Kind Show and Sale at the Enercare Centre. It features more than 450 artisans selling everything from furniture to jewellery to stained glass. Click here for tickets.


Toronto Indoor Games
Some incredible musicians will be piping and drumming away Saturday during the annual Toronto Indoor Games. It’s a long standing tradition taking place at the Moss Park Armoury in downtown Toronto. Some of the best pipers and drummers in the province will be competing in solos, quartets and bands. Admission is just $5 and everyone is welcome.

TTC changes
Great news for TTC bus riders. The TTC says five new express routes start later this week, one on Easter Sunday and four on Easter Monday.


First up on Sunday, the 185 Don Mills rocket will operate between Steeles Ave. East and Pape Stations. Then on Monday, riders will be able to ride the 24E Victoria Park Express, the 186 Wilson rocket, the 199 Finch rocket, and the 188 Kipling South rocket. These buses will make limited stops in order to get riders where they’re going faster.

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