Toronto police enforcing regular parking regulations after rules relaxed during COVID-19


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Three dead after float plane crashes near Edmonton airport: Mounties
The RCMP say it’s believed no one else was aboard the aircraft.
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Report calls out ‘systemic’ failings in Canada’s long-term care system
The report released Friday by the Royal Society of Canada found the pandemic was a ``shock wave'' that exposed many long-standing deficiencies in the system.
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Ethics commissioner launches investigation into Trudeau, $900M WE Charity contract
Ethics critics for both the Conservatives and the NDP had written to Commissioner Mario Dion seeking a review of whether the prime minister contravened the Conflict of Interest Act.
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Police, firefighter statues vandalized with paint outside Calgary city hall
Statues of a Calgary firefighter and police officer outside city hall were vandalized with paint.
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Federal Ethics Commissioner investigates Trudeau's ties to WE Charity over $912-million student volunteer grant
OTTAWA – The federal Ethics Commissioner will investigate the links between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and WE Charity, the organization with close ties to the Trudeau family to which the government outsourced an over $900-million student volunteer grant program last week. According to letters received by both the Conservatives and the NDP on Friday afternoon, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion says he has advised Justin Trudeau that he will be opening an investigation into many facets of the WE Charity deal. “In your letter, you allege that, given the existence of Mr. Trudeau’s close family ties with WE Charity and the outsourcing of this project to the charity over the federal public service or another volunteer organization, Mr. Trudeau afforded preferential treatment to WE Charity in contravention … of the Conflict of Interest Act,” Dion wrote in a July 3 letter to NDP MP Charlie Angus. “I have considered your request and am of the view that it satisfies the requirements set out in … the Act. I am therefore commencing an examination.” WE Charity co-founder said PMO 'called' to award $900M student-grant program, contradicting Trudeau WE Charity pulls out of $912-million contract with Trudeau government Last week, Trudeau announced that the government was outsourcing the $912-million Canada Student Service Grant to WE Charity, an organization who has close ties to the prime minister and his family. Trudeau had regularly attended or hosted “WE Day”, the organization’s annual stadium-sized rally for Canadian youth, up until 2017. His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, is currently a “WE ambassador and ally”, hosts a podcast with the organization and attended a WE Day event with her daughter and the prime minister’s mother, Margaret Trudeau, in London in March. After a week of controversy, Trudeau announced Friday that WE Charity had pulled out of the deal. For example, the National Post reported on Monday that WE Charity — which has close ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family — had received only sole-source contracts from the federal government in the last three years. Tuesday, video obtained by the National Post showed WE Charity co-founder saying that the prime minister’s office had called his organization directly asking it to “help implement” the Canada Student Service Grant. This is the sixth time the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has investigated Trudeau’s behaviour since he was elected prime minister in 2015. Two of those times, the Commissioner concluded that Trudeau had violated federal ethics laws. More to come. 
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Suspect sought by Hamilton police in attempted murder at Corktown Park
A 22-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times during an attack in Hamilton's Corktown Park early Friday morning, according to police.
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Bedlam erupts in Arkansas eatery over social distancing
A chaotic melee was unleashed inside an Arkansas restaurant over social distancing amid the coronavirus, according to a report. The wild fracas was caught on camera when a woman donning a face mask confronted patrons who stood too close to her, according to bystanders inside the Saltgrass Steak House in Little Rock. Seth Crews, who […]
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Town of Wasaga Beach to send strongly-worded letter to Premier Ford
The Town of Wasaga Beach plans on sending Premier Doug Ford a letter next week, saying the province “mismanaged” the re-opening of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, which attracted throngs of people on Canada Day. The town’s mayor, Nina Bifolchi, said the letter is also addressed to Ontario Parks and the Ontario Provincial Police, which respectively […]
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Charges laid following March shooting in Clearview, Ont., believed to have left 1 dead
Provincial police believe the shooting resulted in the death of Rohan Rose, a 36-year-old Toronto man, who was found with gunshot wounds outside of Humber River Hospital by Toronto police.
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LEGO's Art Kits For Grownups Are Here To Turn Your Home Into A Museum
Here’s the truth: we aren’t all artists. If we were, the world would certainly be a different place. Another truth: most of us are stressed out. New data from Health Canada found roughly 11 million Canadians are experiencing high levels of COVID-19-related stress, and an IPSOS poll saw a majority of men and women claiming their mental health has been negatively affected by the pandemic. Enter a distraction that’s typically reserved for kids! On Wednesday, LEGO announced the launch of a “new canvas for creative expression,” specifically tailored to adults. It’s this new line of pop-culture-themed art kits, which are designed so that once you’ve built them, you can hang them up as artwork. Much easier than sculpting, or painting, or taking a good photograph! Call it plastic pointillism.For $119.99 apiece, you can select from four different art kits to build. When we think of LEGO, we often (wrongly) imagine kids filling in their idle time by playing around on the floor. But adults may find benefits in playing with the interlocking bricks, too. In fact, LEGO Art promises to simultaneously “relieve stress” and “set your creative side free.”Watch: Practicing mindfulness might help you get through the pandemic. Story continues below.The four sets are immediately recognizable to any fan of popular culture and each one stokes nostalgia. There’s a Marvel Studios Iron Man kit. There’s a recreation of Andy Warhol’s iconic diptych of Marilyn Monroe. There’s a Star Wars Sith-themed set, from which you can build portraits of Darth Vader, or Darth Maul, or Kylo Ren; and there’s an homage to The Beatles — all four of them. The point is you can buy more than one of each kit to build out all possible portraits, and hang them next to each other.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by LEGO (@lego) on Jul 1, 2020 at 6:01am PDTOh, not to mention each is accompanied by a soundtrack. While building your portrait of, say, Sir Paul McCartney, you can listen to “stories and unexpected details about the band.” It’s a whole immersive experience designed to get you thinking a little more like an artist, in the hopes of calming your nerves. At a cursory glance, it might seem weird to associate an ancient Buddhist technique with the world’s largest toymaker, but a recent Washington Postarticle would suggest it all makes sense. “To focus singularly on a task is a form of mindfulness,” Carrie Barron, director of the Creativity for Resilience Program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, told the Post. Working with Lego, apparently, can help you to separate from “the mania of the day.”And lately, we’ve had so much mania. It’s like a constantly regenerating club that beats everyone over the head just when we think it has crumbled to bits. On the bright side, though, there are a bunch of ways you can try to practice mindfulness in the wake of so much stress: yoga, meditation, long walks, and focusing on your breathing, among them. All of these things can help not only with slowing down your jittery mind, but also to make you a better parent. It’s like sending your brain to the gym, only the result is not tiredness but rejuvenation. If you can’t get into the whole yoga thing, maybe you can just try out some Lego. You just have to wait until September 1. RELATED How Mindfulness Meditation Can Make You A Better Parent Trudeau's COVID-19 Address To Kids, But Make It LEGO Can Reading Actually Improve Your Mental Health?
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Rosie DiManno: The lingering mystery that lies at the heart of the Dafonte Miller case
Why were Michael Theriault and his younger brother Christian not tried for the more serious charge of assault with a weapon, asks Rosie DiManno.
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How a Black cowboy became a disinformation target
Adam Hollingsworth says his car was vandalized and that he received death threats following false accusations over a video showing him on horseback.
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Dispute over pizza toppings leads to gunshots fired
An argument with an employee over pizza toppings led to gunshots being fired by a man in Arkansas, according to police. Michael Brown was arrested Monday on multiple felony charges after the violent encounter at Pie Five restaurant in Little Rock after Brown allegedly fired gunshots through the front window. Eboni Smith, an employee at […]
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One new coronavirus case reported in Simcoe Muskoka, local total now at 602
The new case is in New Tecumseth, Ont., involving a woman between 65 and 79 years old who had close contact with another positive COVID-19 case.
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Germany finalizes plan to phase out coal by 2038
“The days of coal are numbered in Germany,” Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said. “Germany is the first industrialized country that leaves behind both nuclear energy and coal.”
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‘Stop the bull—t’: Timeline unclear as FSIN renews call for child welfare reform funding
FSIN vice-chief David Pratt is fed up with what he calls government inaction and hollow gestures.
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Officials working to contain COVID-19 outbreak at Calgary long-term care centre
Eight people at the facility are confirmed to have the illness, according to Alberta Health.
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Greater Vancouver June home sales surge 64 per cent from May: real estate board
The 2,443 homes sold in June are also more than double the 1,109 sales registered in April, at the peak of pandemic restrictions.
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York police charge man and woman in 2018 killing of man linked to towing industry
There have been at least four murders and scores of arsons, shootings and threats over the past 18 months that are connected to the GTA tow truck industry.
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Coronavirus: Saskatchewan expanding family visits to care homes, ICU
Under newly relaxed visitation rules, family members must still follow coronavirus protocols, wear a medical-grade mask and practice social distancing.
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Hot dog eating kingpin Joey Chestnut gunning for another title
The legend of Joey Chestnut has a chance to add a new chapter in hot dog eating lore. Amid the pandemic, the show, in this case the 2020 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, will be staged as planned Saturday on the 4th of July at an undisclosed indoor venue with one-third as many competitors featured […]
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Keep cool and pack a parasol when heading outside this summer
The accessory, long used around the world for shade from the sun, also helps keep people out of your space.
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Montreal university students set stage for drive-in film fundraiser
Proceeds from July 18 screenings of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Mean Girls at Royalmount Drive-In to benefit Children's Hospital Foundation.
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‘People who are honest don’t get on the ferry’: BC Ferries customers call for resident ID checks
A Maple Ridge couple is calling on BC Ferries to I.D. residents, after they spent six hours in a ferry line-up that didn't move
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EDITORIAL: Answers still needed on WE Charity contract
While WE Charity is no longer administering a federal government COVID-19 funding program, questions still remain about how the situation came about in the first place. On Friday, WE Charity, founded by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger, announced they would be stepping away from the program following news reports from multiple media outlets, including Postmedia. […]
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Excuses for Dan Snyder and NFL not to change Redskins’ name are over
In the television series Master of None, there is an episode in which the character played by Aziz Ansari visits an anti-racism organization. One of the employees has a white board by his desk, and at the top of the to-do list it says: Washington Redskins. The guy notes that it has been on the […]
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Glebe BIA reverses course, won’t seek to oust Ottawa Coun. Menard from board
The rift between Capital Coun. Shawn Menard and the Glebe BIA appears to be healing, based on a joint statement released Friday.
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Edmonton International Street Performers Festival heads to the screen during COVID-19
It's easier than ever to take in a show at a popular summer festival.
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Edmonton Eskimos re-affirm name after Washington football team wavers
A day after the Washington Redskins announced the team was reviewing its name, the Edmonton Eskimos said it will increase consultation with the Inuit community.
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Trans-Canada closure spillover: Lineups for 2 ferries in B.C.’s Southern Interior
When the Trans-Canada Highway closed Thursday due to flooding, many motorists began using alternate routes, leading to delays at two ferries south of Revelstoke.
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COVID-infected inmate on death row drops dead
Suffice to say not many tears were shed following the death of a California inmate who spent close to three decades on death row for the rape and murder of a 47-year-old woman. Richard Stitely, 71, passed away at San Quentin State Prison, a facility in the throes of a major coronavirus outbreak, which, according […]
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Woman facing charges in connection with collision in Fall River
The driver of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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RCMP investigating homicide in Houston, B.C.
RCMP say the victim's name will not be released due to privacy concerns, but say they believe the death was an isolated incident and there is no risk to the public.
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SNOBELEN: Government regulations can support business by being more agile
Sharon and I have a couple of favorite local restaurants (Pasqualino in Milton and The Glen Tavern in Glen Williams). With luck and a lot of hard work, they will still be our favourites when the COVID-19 debacle is over. These establishments are probably a lot like your local eatery. They have found a niche […]
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Winnipeg poised to study lowering residential speed limits
Winnipeg's public works committee will discuss a pilot project to reduce the 50 km/h speed limit to 30 km/h on five residential routes on July 7.
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B.C. teacher handed 15-year ban for sex with two recent grads
The discipline, posted Tuesday by the B.C. teacher regulation branch, does not name the teacher or their district where he worked.
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HANSON: Universities sowing the seeds of their own obsolescence
When mobs tore down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant and defaced a monument to African American veterans of the Civil War, many people wondered whether the protesters had ever learned anything in high school or college. Did any of these iconoclasts know the difference between Grant and Robert E. Lee? Could they recognize the […]
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Major League Soccer teams head to Florida, albeit in stop-start fashion
Toronto FC was among several squads to delay their departure, saying more time was needed to complete pre-travel COVID-19 testing.
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1 hospitalized in car, transport truck crash in West Perth, OPP say
It happened around 1:30 p.m. at Perth Road 164 and Line 20 in Russeldale, Ont., located about 10 minutes south of Mitchell.
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CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos announce they’ll be retaining their team name
The franchise said it conducted ‘an extensive year-long formal research and engagement program with Inuit leaders and community members across Canada.’
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Should armed police be on the mental health frontline?
John Sewell, former Toronto Mayor and member of Toronto Police Accountability Coalition, speaks to Saba Eitizaz about why the police are on the mental health frontlines, and what can be done to avoid these tragic outcomes
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Sir John A. Macdonald plaques vandalized in Cataraqui Cemetery
Kingston police are investigating after Sir John A. Macdonald’s plaques in the Cataraqui Cemetery were found to be vandalized Thursday.
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