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2 seriously injured in shooting near Mississauga highway

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2020

Two men have been seriously injured after a car riddled with bullet holes was discovered just off a Mississauga highway Monday night.

Police say the incident took place on the QEW before the vehicle made its way onto Dixie Road near Sherway Drive around 7:40 p.m.

One person was sent to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries while a second person suffered serious injuries.

Peel Regional Police would not release any further information about the incident, saying they are assisting the Ontario Provincial Police in the investigation.

OPP have not released any information regarding the incident or if any suspects are being sought at this time.

Suspect in custody after violent assault and abduction of woman in Malvern

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 11th, 2020

Police say a suspect is in custody after a violent assault and abduction in Malvern Monday afternoon.

Investigators said a woman was forced into a car in the area of Empringham Drive and Sewells Road, west of Morningside Avenue just after 5:30 p.m.

She was located just before 10 p.m. and was treated for unspecified injuries.

Police tell 680 NEWS that the suspect, 34-year-old Santhoskumar Selvarajah, was apprehended and is now in custody.

There’s no word yet on charges.

79 new coronavirus cases reported in Ontario, 2 new deaths

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 10th, 2020

Ontario confirmed 79 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday – the seventh day in a row that the number is below 100. Yesterday, the government reported 70 new cases.

Two new deaths were reported for a total of 2,786.

The province now has 40,046 confirmed cases, with 36,279 considered resolved.

The number of hospitalized patients went up slightly from 53 to 55. Those in ICU decreased by one, from 27 to 26 with 12 people on ventilators.

The health minister says 30 out of 34 of the province’s public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 18 reporting no new cases.

The province processed 28,000 tests over the last 24 hours.

China sanctions 11 US politicians, heads of organizations

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Monday, Aug 10th, 2020

China has announced unspecified sanctions against 11 U.S. politicians and heads of organizations promoting democratic causes, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have already been singled out by Beijing.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday said the 11 had “performed badly” on issues concerning Hong Kong, where China has cracked down on opposition voices following its imposition of a national security law in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city last month.

The number of Americans named by the ministry exactly equals the number of Hong Kong and Chinese officials placed on a sanctions list by the U.S. last week over the crackdown.

China showed its determination to defy such pressure on Monday by arresting leading independent media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raiding the publisher’s headquarters.

Others named by the foreign ministry included Senators Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton and Representative Chris Smith. Heads of organizations including the National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House were also named.

Beijing already placed a travel ban on Rubio, Cruz and Smith last month after Washington announced similar measures against Chinese officials linked to measures taken against Muslims in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang.

Police seek 2 suspects after Mississauga stabbing

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 10th, 2020

Peel police are searching for two suspects after a man was stabbed in Mississauga early Monday morning.

Police were called just before 1 a.m. to the area of River Grove Avenue and Stillriver Crescent, near Creditview and Bristol roads.

A man was found suffering from a stab wound. He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Peel police tweeted that they are searching for two male suspects wearing black hoodies believed to be armed with a gun and knife.

If you know anything, contact police.

Columbus bursts Toronto’s playoff bubble with 3-0 win in Game 5

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Aug 10th, 2020

Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Sunday to win their best-of-five qualifying round series 3-2.

Columbus, the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference as part of the NHL’s 24-team restart to its pandemic-hit campaign, will now face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the usual 16-slot playoff bracket.

Zach Werenski, rookie Liam Foudy, with his first professional goal, and Nick Foligno, into an empty net, scored for the Blue Jackets.

Frederik Andersen stopped 19 shots for the Leafs, who haven’t won a post-season series since 2004.

Korpisalo started the first three games of the series, including a Game 1 shutout, before getting pulled with his team trailing 3-0 in Game 3, but got the call with Elvis Merzlikins unfit to play.

In the climax of series accented by dramatic momentum swings – Toronto fell 4-3 in overtime in Game 3 after blowing a three-goal lead before staging a stunning comeback from a three-goal deficit in the final four minutes of Game 4 to stave off elimination prior to winning 4-3 in OT – Columbus opened the scoring at 6:29 of the first period.

After leaving in the final period of Friday’s Game 4, Werenski floated a shot from the point that hit Leafs defenceman Tyson Barrie in front and sailed past a surprised Andersen inside an empty Scotiabank Arena.

Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe loaded up his top line with Auston Matthews, John Tavares and Mitch Marner, and the trio was buzzing in the offensive zone most of the first two periods. Tavares had his team’s best chance of the opening 20 minutes, but his rushed shot at a wide-open net hit the post and stayed out.

Leafs winger Ilya Mikheyev grazed the crossbar with a shot earlier in the period, while Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier rattled Andersen’s mask at the other end.

The Toronto netminder had to be sharp early the second after Justin Holl turned the puck over in his own end. Foudy had one shot before Oliver Bjorkstrand followed up with two more. Tavares and Matthews then came close on Korpisalo and stingy Columbus, while Foligno forced a good pad stop out of Andersen.

Already without Jake Muzzin after he was stretchered off late in Game 2, the Leafs went down to five defenceman not long after when Boone Jenner rocked Barrie in the corner. The Toronto blue-liner stayed down for time and went straight to the locker room.

The Leafs got their first power play when Werenski crosschecked Tavares into the boards, but both the Toronto captain and Matthews couldn’t find a way through Korpisalo on good chances.

William Nylander forced a good save out of Korpisalo early in the third after the Leafs killed a Columbus power play.

Toronto continued to push, but Foudy made it 2-0 at 11:20 when he snuck a shot under Andersen on a play that materialized out of nothing as the Leafs were changing.

Leafs winger Andreas Johnsson, who underwent knee surgery in February and was a surprise addition to the Toronto setup after being activated off injured reserve, was robbed by Korpisalo moments later on a terrific opportunity.

Unlike Friday’s chaotic finish, the Blue Jackets killed the game off from there, with Foligno icing it into an empty net, and will now play Tampa – the Presidents’ Trophy-winning team they upset in last season’s first round with a four-game sweep – in the normal playoff format.

Notes: Toronto will be part of the second phase of the NHL draft lottery Monday with the seven other losers from the qualifying round, with a 12.5 per cent chance of securing the No. 1 pick. … Muzzin watched the game from the stands. … Johnsson took the place of rookie Nick Robertson. … Blue Jackets defenceman Ryan Murray returned to the lineup after missing Game 4.

Cyclist struck and killed in Mississauga

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 7th, 2020

A cyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Mississauga.

Peel Regional Police were called to the area of Dixie Road and North Service Road around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Upon arriving on the scene, police say the male cyclist was pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene.

Rural, northern boards grapple with Ontario’s back-to-school plan

NICOLE THOMPSON THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Aug 7th, 2020

Ontario’s sprawling northern and rural school boards are working to interpret the province’s back-to-school plan for smaller communities, saying they don’t yet have all the answers for questions that parents are asking.

Catherine Shedden, a spokeswoman for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, said she’s fielded questions from parents about COVID-19 outbreak protocols and busing students to different schools.

But with a month to go before classes resume, she said those questions remain unanswered _ and they keep piling up given the unprecedented nature of the situation.

“We keep having people say, ‘Oh, did you think of this?’ I’m like, ‘No, we did not,”’ Shedden said. “It really is an ongoing exercise.”

In its plan released last week, the Ministry of Education said elementary students would return to school full-time in September, with their regular class sizes. To curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, elementary students would not be allowed to mix with other classes.

High schoolers in all but 24 boards are also to return to class full-time. Those 24 boards will see students attend only half the time, while doing distance learning for the other half.

Masks will be mandatory for students in Grades 4 through 12 and will be encouraged for younger kids.

The province is leaving it up to parents to decide on whether to send their kids to school for the term, or opt for remote learning as was done for the latter part of the last school year.

Shedden said it’s difficult to develop a detailed plan without further guidance from the province and public health officials, which the board is still waiting on.

The board also needs to hear from parents about whether they’ll be sending their kids back to class.

Once that happens, she said, they’ll be able to tackle one of the biggest issues: busing.

Like other school boards outside big urban centres, the Trillium Lakelands District board covers a vast swath of land: roughly 11,500 square kilometres from the southern Kawartha Lakes up to Huntsville.

There are 16,000 students, and of those, Sheddon said, 15,000 are bused.

The board also runs buses for “co-terminus” boards — Catholic school boards that cover the same ground.

That means students from different schools are sometimes on the same bus — something the board is trying to figure out as it looks to minimize contact between students in different cohorts.

Things won’t be much better if parents opt to drive their kids in to school, Shedden said.

“We don’t have the infrastructure set up for lots and lots of parents coming in cars to drop kids off,” she said. If kids aren’t bused in, it could lead to a big lineup of cars waiting to drop off kids.

More than a thousand kilometres away, the Keewatin Patricia District School Board is grappling with many of the same questions.

Kim Douglas, president of the local elementary teachers’ union, said she received more details about her board’s plans on Thursday.

“When I went through that meeting, I knew it would be semi-good news,” she said. “And if the government is able to provide even more funding then we’ll feel even more confident, but we have no control over that.”

She said her board plans to stagger busing and start times to minimize contact between students from different schools.

And while some teachers at her board — French teachers especially — teach in different schools throughout the day, she said the board wants to mitigate risk there, too. Those teachers will only teach in one class per school to minimize the number of students they come in contact with.

The Keewatin Patricia District board is in a better position than some others because their schools are older and have larger classrooms. Many schools have small classes due to sparse populations.

Douglas said she’s taken comfort in the board’s plan, and she hopes parents will too.

“There’s no board in Ontario that wants to be the board that brings COVID into a community,” Douglas said. “And our board certainly does not want that ever to happen. Their view is: safe re-entry for students and staff.”

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