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Teen charged in Devan Bracci-Selvey’s death returns to court

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Jan 2nd, 2020

The case of a teen charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 14-year-old Devan Bracci-Selvey is due back in court today.

The 14-year-old is accused of stabbing Bracci-Selvey outside their Hamilton school.

An 18-year-old man had initially also been charged with murder in the case, but the charge was reduced.

Bracci-Selvey’s death sparked a province-wide conversation about bullying, and spurred the government to introduce new anti-bullying measures.

Body found near pool in Woodbine Beach

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 2nd, 2020

Toronto police are investigating the discovery of a body near a pool in Woodbine Beach.

Police were called to the beach area south of the pool near Woodbine Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East just after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The body was found by someone who had been walking their dog.

The victim’s identity, age or gender are not known at this time.

Police said the death appears to be suspicious, but have not yet declared it a homicide investigation.

Man allegedly stabbed by woman during argument

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 2nd, 2020

A man suffered serious injuries after he was allegedly stabbed by a woman in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Police say the incident occurred in the Danforth Avenue and Linnsmore Drive areas around 3:30 a.m.

A couple was reportedly involved in an argument when the man was stabbed. He was taken to hospital and his injuries are not considered life threatening.

The woman was taken into custody.

There is no word on any charges at this time.

New vaping promotion ban comes into effect in Ontario on Wednesday

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Dec 31st, 2019

Ontario’s new ban on the promotion of vaping products in convenience stores and gas stations comes into effect on Wednesday.

The regulations were announced by the Progressive Conservatives in the fall, in response to research that shows vaping is on the rise among young people in the province.

The new regulation will bring vaping rules in line with the current ban on in-store tobacco promotion.

The government will still allow the products to be promoted in specialty vaping and cannabis shops, which are open to people aged 19 and older.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott says the government expects to put forward additional regulations aimed at protecting young people in the new year.

Ontario was set to ban the promotion of vaping products in convenience stores in 2018 under the previous Liberal government, but the Tories paused those regulations after taking office.

What’s open and closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Dec 31st, 2019

It is the most wonderful time of the year and also the busiest. Before you head out and about over the holidays, consult our list below of what’s open and closed from now until New Year’s Day.

Transit | Malls | Grocery/drug stores | LCBO/Beer stores | Tourist attractions | Government offices and banks | City of Toronto services


Dec. 31: Regular service, with free rides from 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 7 a.m. on Jan. 1
Jan. 1: Sunday service (subway and most surface routes start at 8 a.m.)

Click here to refer to the service schedule.

GO Transit
Dec. 31: Sunday schedule, with early homebound and late-night service, and free rides after 7 p.m.
Jan. 1: Sunday schedule

Click here to refer to the service schedule.


Bramalea City Centre
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dufferin Mall
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Eaton Centre
Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Erin Mills Town Centre
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Fairview Mall
Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Scarborough Town Centre
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Sherway Gardens
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Shops at Don Mills
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Square One
Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Toronto Premium Outlets
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vaughan Mills
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Yorkdale Mall
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Grocery/drug stores

Most grocery stores will be closed on New Year’s Day but some local stores may be open. Call your local store before heading out.

LCBO/Beer Stores

Dec. 31: Most stores will have extended hours, click here to locate your store’s hours
Jan. 1: Closed

The Beer Store
rel=”noopener”>Select stores will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 31: Stores will close at 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Tourist attractions

AGO: Open over the holidays.
Casa Loma: Open over the holidays.
CN Tower: Open over the holidays.
Ontario Science Centre: Open over the holidays.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Open over the holidays.
Royal Ontario Museum: Open over the holidays.
Toronto Zoo: Open over the holidays.

Government offices and banks

No mail delivery on New Year’s Day and banks are closed as well.

City of Toronto services

Garbage collection
Garbage, blue bin and green bin collection will not take place on New Year’s Day but will be picked up the following day. The next day’s collection will move to the next day and so on. This applies to daytime and nighttime curbside collection. Click here for more information.

Toronto Public Library
Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Recreation centres and skating rinks
The City of Toronto’s municipal offices, community and recreation centres, arenas, child-care centres and museums will be closed on New Year’s Day. Recreation centres will be open until 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Click here for list of activities to do in the city over the break.

Toronto under a snow squall watch

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Dec 31st, 2019

A snow squall watch is in effect for the GTHA including Toronto as a “brief but intense” snowfall is expected on Tuesday.

“Flurries will develop early this morning. A brief period of heavy snow is expected later this morning,” Environment Canada said in its watch.

Wind gusts of up to 70 km/h are also expected, resulting in reduced visibility for drivers.

Around two to four centimetres of snow could fall in the GTA.

Serious injuries after double shooting in North York

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Dec 31st, 2019

A double shooting in the city’s west end overnight has sent two people, including a teen, to hospital.

Emergency crews were called to the scene outside the Turf Grassway complex in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue area around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

When police arrived they found one victim outside the complex. The second victim was found about half a block away in front of another building on the other side of the street.

Police said one of the victims is believed to be a 17-year-old boy, and the other is a man in his 20s.

Their injuries are considered serious but not life-threatening.

Police have not released any suspect details.

Investigators are looking through surveillance video of the area and are asking witnesses to come forward.

LifeLabs facing proposed class action over large scale data breach

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Dec 30th, 2019

A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against medical services company LifeLabs over a data breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of up to 15 million customers.

In an unproven statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court on Dec. 27, lawyers Peter Waldmann and Andrew Stein accuse LifeLabs of negligence, breach of contract and violating their customers’ confidence as well as privacy and consumer protection laws.

The statement of claim was filed on behalf of five named plaintiffs, including lead plaintiff Christopher Sparling, but seeks to represent all Canadians who used LifeLabs’ services, or else those who were told they were affected by the breach, if that information becomes available.

The plaintiffs allege LifeLabs “failed to implement adequate measures and controls to detect and respond swiftly to threats and risks to the Personal Information and health records of the class members,” in violation of the company’s own privacy policy.

In the court document, specific allegations include a failure to implement “any, or adequate, cyber-security measures,” neglecting to hire or train personnel responsible for network security management, storing personal information on unsecured network and servers, and failing to encrypt the data.

LifeLabs has said the data hack affected up to 15 million customers, almost all of them in Ontario and British Columbia. The compromised database included health card numbers, names, email addresses, logins, passwords and dates of birth, but it was unclear how many files were accessed. The lab results of 85,000 customers in Ontario were also obtained by the hackers, the company said.

The class action, which has yet to be certified, asks for more than $1.13 billion in compensation for LifeLabs’ clients, who they say experienced repercussions including damage to their credit reputation, wasted time, and mental anguish.

“The Plaintiffs and the Class Members are therefore obliged to take all reasonable steps necessary to protect their information including hours of wasted time and inconvenience involved in applying for identity theft protection services, changing passwords, notifying financial institutions and applying for new social insurance numbers from Service Canada, as well as the humiliation and mental distress of having lab tests results released without their consent,” the statement of claim read.

The plaintiffs are also seeking additional punitive and moral damages.

LifeLabs chief executive Charles Brown apologized earlier this month for the breach, which led the company to pay a ransom to retrieve the data.

The company also assured the public that its consultants have seen no evidence that data from LifeLabs has been trafficked by criminal groups that are known to buy and sell such data over the internet.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

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