Two dots admidships (and chip too) get Oscar home safely

Heartwarming posts Saturday tell of a community effort to identify Oscar and get him home to his family. Oscar was found at the Esso station at Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Millwood Rd. He apparently galloped all the way from Crothers Woods below the Bayview Ave. Loblaws. An identifying tipoff was the two dots that sit midway along Oscar’s brown and white coat. Then, of course, a check of the chip made it official. He is a handsome guy with a distinguished coloured-coded nose. FB

1 a.m. gang gunplay sees thugs unleash 30 slugs, hurt four

Chief Saunders says the post-midnight shooting at the corner of Glencairn and Marlee Aves. Saturday looks like another gang spasm. It’s hard to imagine how even criminals can generate the need to kill and main so often. Entertainment or macho fulfillment perhaps. On this occasion, three thugs who spilled out of a dark-coloured car fired as many as 30 slugs. Four men were hit and will recover, police say. Some bullets are said to have crashed through an apartment window. City News

Last Rhinos, pee power, free HK and Danforth bike pop-up

Scientists have harvested the eggs of the world’s two remaining Northern White Rhino females so that they may be fertilized by the frozen sperm of the now-extinct males of the species. Then, those Australians are at it again with a scheme to recharge your cell phone with your urine. No really, this is science. Below that, Hong Kong democracy demonstrators link arms to demand the freedom that China promised Taiwan — two systems, one country. None deserve freedom more than these brave people. Lastly, you be the judge of this vision of Danforth Ave. as offered by pop-up cycle folks this weekend.

Markets plunge as Trump tells US business to boycott China

North American stock markets plummeted Friday after President Trump angrily told businesses to “immediately start looking for an alternative to China,” although it’s unclear what authority he has to make this happen. China ratcheted up the trade war this week by announcing tariff hikes on US$75 billion of American goods including some agricultural products, crude oil and small aircraft in retaliation to US tariffs. China will also boost import duties on U.S.-made autos and auto parts. The Toronto index fell 215, the Dow dropped 624 and the NASDAQ 239.

No winning ticket for Friday’s $30 million Lotto Max prize

No winning ticket was sold for the $30 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. That means the jackpot for the next draw on Aug. 27 will grow to approximately $40 million

Ottawa bus driver on 35 charges from January deadly crash

The woman behind the wheel of an OC Transpo double-decker bus that crashed into a bus stop shelter in January killing three passengers is facing numerous dangerous driving charges, Ottawa police confirmed Friday. Aissatou Diallo, 42, turned herself in to police on Friday and was charged with three counts of dangerous driving causing death and 35 charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. The crash at Westboro station on Jan. 11 killed passengers Judy Booth, Bruce Thomlinson and Anja van Beek. At least 23 others were injured, some grievously. Ottawa police announced a week ago their investigation was “substantially completed,” and that they were talking to the Crown about what would happen next. Ms. Diallo had been with the transit agency less than a year when the accident occurred. She had also been involved in an earlier collision. Three dead, many hurt in double-decker Ottawa bus crash

New school set to rise above ground at Davisville and Yonge

The foundation of the new Davisville Public School and Spectrum School is nearing completion on Davisville Ave. near Yonge St. At the top is a shot looking west. The photo below looks toward Millwood from Yonge. New Davisville school to open in 2021 not 2020 as intended

Bloor West will close at Spaghetti Junction until end of year

The on-going rebuilding of Six Points Junction in Etobicoke will require the closure of a one-block section of Bloor St West between Kipling Avenue and Prennan Avenue starting Monday at 7 p.m. through to the end of December. The 1960s interchange of Bloor, Dundas and Kipling has been one of the City’s most confusing and ridiculed intersections since it was built and promptly labelled Spaghetti Junction. News release

Sad man’s appearance, reality, perplex residents of Leaside

Once again this summer residents of north Leaside are commenting in concern, sympathy and confusion over the appearance and reality of a ragged, homeless man seen almost daily in the neighborhood. The long thread of well over 100 comments was deleted after a day. It was started by a man who reasonably does not like the way the man stares at his wife. Others use the term “completely harmless” and so it may be but the perplexing question of appearance and reality remains. Poignent meeting with ragged man who refused all offerings

Phony loan scam among police releases out in recent hours

Police are trying to identify the man at the left as they uncover details of a phony loan company. They say the suspect offered to make loans if the victims made a deposit. No loans were made nor deposits returned. The charge is theft over $5,000. Centre, police have apprehended Abdulkadir Handule, 22, for the rap-world slaying of Jahvante Smart, 21, and Ernest Modekwe, 28, last June. A woman bystander was hit by stray shots and is still recuperating. Both Smart, who went by the name “Smoke Dawg,” and Modekwe were well known within Toronto’s music industry. At right Moazzam Tariq, 32, of Toronto, wanted in 14 Division for sexual assault and a number of court violations. He is described as 5’9″, 220 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

Woman dead in car pinned under burning tractor-trailer

A woman has died a horrifying death trapped in a car pinned beneath a burning tractor-trailer on the QEW near Oakville. The woman, 34, was found after flames were extinguished. Several others were injured in the multi-vehicle collision in the Toronto-bound lanes. Eleven lanes of the Toronto-bound QEW were closed at Trafalgar Road.

Petition begun to oppose large box replacement on McRae

The Leaside Property Owners Association has taken up the cause of neighbours on McRae Drive opposite Trace Manes Park who are opposing a box style replacement home at 158 McRae. A petition has been started. In an appeal to residents Friday Geoff Kettel and Carol Burton Fripp, co-presidents, say the out-of-character box will spoil the look of the street and dwarf its neighbors. In recent years large box homes have made inroads into streets in South Leaside, Bennington Heights and elsewhere.

LPOA mail Friday

“Do you ever marvel at the view across McRae Drive from the playground at Trace Manes Park – soon to be revitalized as the Georgia Walsh playground – to the row of houses making up the block from Crandall to Field? These seven houses in Revival style are all the same, yet all different. This iconic Leaside streetscape is threatened by the proposed teardown of just one of the houses – 158 McRae Drive – and its replacement with a large modern box with flat roof. The new home, if approved by the Committee of Adjustment next Thursday, will be wider, higher and deeper than any of the other homes on the block. It will dwarf the adjacent homes and simply not “fit”, as seen in the drawing attached to the application. The application for this new house and the variances to the zoning by-law that it requires will be heard at the North York Committee of Adjustment on Thursday August 29th at 9.30am. If like the Leaside Property Owners Assn you are concerned about this please contact the LPOA at”