Toronto Public Health traces 3 travel-related measles cases

Toronto Public Health has published dates and locales where travelers to and from Toronto may have contracted measles. This comes as three cases are confirmed in the City, all related to travel. Details are at the linked site. They involve certain Emirates Airline flights and certain West Jet flights to and from Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto, Toronto and Montreal and Toronto and the Turks and Caicos.

Bombardier top bosses stunning sense of entitlement

Bombardier, Canada’s no-can-do streetcar maker, has been funneling additional millions of dollars to executives as it hopelessly fumbles Ontario’s LRT train order and grubs for public handouts. It is being slammed for its “sense of entitlement” after awarding $32.6 million US to senior executives even as it laid off thousands of workers and sought government aid. The payout represents an increase of nearly 50 per cent for its top five executives and board chairman, compared with 2015. “At the very least, it demonstrates a rather incredible sense of entitlement, doesn’t it?,” said David Baskin, president at Baskin Wealth Management, a Bay Street investment management firm. CBC

“Magic to remove evil” mostly removed $101,000, say cops

Murali Muthyalu, 37, has been charged with extortion after extracting $101,000 from a client who wanted him to exorcise an evil ghoul from a sick family member. The ghoul or evil spirit is a common fear and belief in certain cultures. Muthyali, an Indian citizen visiting Canada, also called himself Master Raghav as part of his practice of supposedly scaring away evil spirits. Toronto police say that between February and March the practice mostly extracted cash.. Muthyalu advertised his ability as an astrologer and psychic in Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood. One client from Brampton paid him the six-figure amount over a brief period of time to fix up his relative, more or less. Police don’t say how the complaint came to them. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 416-808-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).

Sign of Skier pop-up back at 1560 Bayview walk-down shop

The Sign of the Skier seasonal sell-off in pop-up form is back, this time in one of the otherwise vacant shops in the walk-down level of 1560 Bayview Ave. at Belsize Drive.

Police seek man after improper advance on boy at library

Police are seeking the identity of this man who they say made improper advances in a note to 12-year-old boy in a public library at 620 Jane Street. The boy immediately told the library staff and the man fled. He is described as 18-20, 5’10”, thin build with black hair shaved on the sides. He was wearing black Adidas trackpants, black jacket, shirt with Blue Jays logo on it, carrying a black backpack.


A 42-year-old Toronto man, Najeeb Saadis, is in custody for allegedly luring a boy, 14, with apps lie Grindr, Snapchat and Kik and sexually assaulted him. The boy believed he was communicating with another teen. Police say the accused sent nude images to the boy. They are seeking other possible victims. Saadis, is charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and one count of luring a child under the age of 16. He was known to use usernames including “AJ S,” “AjSaad123,” and “asaad942” on Grindr, Snapchat and Kik. He is drives a  drive a black Range Rover SUV.

Second update of design for new Davisville Public School

A fuller account of the release of the second update of the plan for the new Davisville Public School is available at the DPSParents site with a link to a pdf showing detail of the proposed use of the property. It is informative. A community centre (or hub) is shown sitting to the west of the new three storey school. There will be underground parking in keeping with the compact parcel of land.

OPP confirm 3 dead, 5 injured in car-van crash on Hwy 6

The two girls aged 12 and 14 who died Wednesday night in a head-on collision on Highway 6 south of Hamilton had been on a play excursion with other children. The group had been playing laser tag. They were heading back to the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation when a northbound car crossed the centre line and struck their van. The 21-year-old driver of the car was also killed. A news conference held Thursday in Caledonia confirmed the deaths and the serious injuries to the 27-year-old man driving the van and four other young people from that vehicle.

Video wheel visits a log-rolling teen-girl “woodsman”

In Nova Scotia, logroller Alyssa Casey is looking forward to the Lumberjack World Championships where she placed eighth in 2016. How about you? Then, the love that grew between a British diplomat and Jackie Kennedy. His attic has now revealed a stack of love letters from her to him. Interesting. Then, every thoughtful Canadian’s arctic concern. What do the Russians want up there? Maybe we should pay attention. And finally, Samsung tries again with the Galaxy S8.

Painted red sky a glorious prediction of Thursday rain

The Toronto and East York sky on Thursday morning was dramatic and foreboding for the day’s weather. We are told to expect 5 to 10 cm of rain with a bit of snow overnight Friday. It will be sloppy on Friday as well. But it appears temperatures will stay at or above zero.  Photo: @marcusvichert, Twitter


Via Rail said early Thursday that all available $150 youth passes for unlimited travel across Canada in July had been sold out after the sales were derailed on Wednesday due to high demand on its website. The Canada 150 Youth Pass is intended to coincide with celebrations marking the country’s sesquicentennial. They went on sale Tuesday. The company said, however, that sales were temporarily suspended “due to high demand” and technical difficulties with its online booking engine.

12 seniors killed as pickup hits church van head-on in Texas

A small shuttle bus carrying Texas church members home from a retreat near San Antonio collided head-on with a pickup truck, killing 12 elderly people and injuring three others Wednesday. The victims who died were senior adults from First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas. It was not immediately clear what caused the collision about 120 miles (193.1 km) from the church, where the members were headed.


The nearly 130-year-old Westinghouse firm, now a nuclear subsidiary of Toshiba, has sought bankruptcy protection in the US.  Toshiba had hoped to see a resurgence of nuclear energy but cheap natural gas seems to have closed that door for a while.


Uber has announced it will leave Denmark in the wake of new national rules calling for passenger sensors, mandatory meters and other rules inspired by the arrival of the free-wheeling digital ride company.

City repeals ban on collars, chains used to train service dogs

City Council has repealed its ban on pronged dog collars and choke chains after complaints from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind which said the devices are best practices and necessary training for service and other dogs. To train the dogs properly the seeing eye handlers would be potentially breaking the law. The matter was raised by Councillor Jon Burnside among others. Now the City will ask licensing staff to consult the public on use of the collars, specifically including veterinarians, experts and professionals “involved with the humane and ethical treatment of dogs; those who rely on service dogs; those who have mobility issues; dog trainers; and dog groomers.” Staff will report back to the Sept. 18 meeting of the licensing committee.

Reception to toast lifelong arena volunteer George Turrell

The Premier will host a reception at the William Lea Room at Leaside Arena to toast and thank a lifelong arena volunteer George Turrell for his work. It’s Wednesday, April 5, 2017 between 6 and 8 p.m.