1974 women hockey pioneers honoured at Leaside Arena

Those present Friday night at the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame at Leaside Arena are basking in the glow of a happy and sentimental evening. Two women’s hockey teams from the Leaside Girls’ Hockey League, established in 1974, were honoured. It was, as described by historians, an offshoot of the Leaside Hockey League, essentially a boys’ organization. The founders correctly observed that there was an increasing demand by girls to play the game. As a result, a fledgling two-team house league was created, featuring the Lancerettes and the Blazerettes as seen above. It was the efforts of these teams which led ultimately to the creation of the Wildcats league. It is now part of a huge network of girl’s and women’s hockey including the professional junior hockey performances of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.  Also inducted were the late Matthew Sayliss, former NHLer Mike McEwen and competitive curler Jan Carwardine. Leaside Sports Hall of Fame for 2018. 

Watermain break floods Millwood Rd. at railway underpass

A watermain break has caused flooding on Millwood Rd. at the railway underpass Monday. The break closed the southbound lanes of Millwood Road, between Laird Drive and Redway Road.

Santa Claus Parade rings in Christmas season in Toronto

The 114th Toronto Santa Claus Parade has rung in the Christmas season. More photos and videos here.

Man dies on pavement at Jarvis/Shuter Sunday morning

Police report a man has died on the pavement at Jarvis and Shuter Sts. Sunday morning. He was apparently found sometime after 9 a.m. in what was called “obvious distress.” The Toronto Police Operations Twitter account confirmed just before 11 a.m. that the death is not suspicious.

Medical case possible as car hits Subway in Scarborough

Police say the driver of a car that smashed into the front of a Subway store on Saturday may have suffered a medical incident. His vehicle also hit other cars in the parking lot at Woodside Square mall at Finch Ave. and Sandhurst Circle. The driver was admitted to hospital with serious injuries while a woman with him was assessed at the scene.


Two people were said to have serious injuries after a car smacked into the Church of the Redeemer at Bloor West and Avenue Rd. about 7.15 Sunday morning. A third person was also treated at the scene.

Thousands head downtown Sunday for Santa Claus Parade

Street closures are in effect Sunday in preparation for the 114th annual Santa Claus Parade. The parade starts at 12:30 p.m. at Bloor and Christie streets. It then heads down Bloor to Queen’s Park Crescent East, University Avenue, and ends at Front and Jarvis streets between 3 and 4 p.m. Ahead of the parade, runners will spread their merriment in the Holly Jolly Fun Run. The five-kilometre run starts at 11:45 a.m. on Bloor Street between Manning and Euclid avenues, and ends at Maple Leaf Square. This year, everyone who finishes the run will receive a medal.

No winning ticket for Saturday’s $9.3 million 649 jackpot

No winning ticket was sold for the $9.3 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw. However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder somewhere on the Prairies. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Nov. 21 will be approximately $12 million

Mayor Tory seeks answers to Crescent Town bridge failure

Mayor Tory said Saturday that he will getting answers about the state of the jointly owned pedestrian bridge that crumbled before dawn, leaving a gaping hole in the crossing between a condo and Crescent Town Elementary School in East York. Investigation indicates that the collapse occurred on the side of the bridge owned by Pinedale Properties. Fire officials said it appeared there had been previous additional support given to the bridge. The undamaged half of the bridge is owned by the Toronto District School Board. The Star reports that the fire service was called after 6 a.m. about concrete that had fallen from the underside of the bridge. When they arrived, there was a hole in the bridge, which stands 5 metres off the ground The bridge is used by students to and from get to the school. Mr. Tory visited the school and tweeted later that it was a miracle no one was hurt. “I will be making inquiries of (TDSB and Pinedale) as to how the bridge got into this state including a review of repairs done in the past year,” he said. “I will also be asking questions about inspections done on this bridge (and) others like it.”

He’s a comic winner, selfie salvation and FAO Schwarz lives

Faces, faces and there’s none better than that of 10-year-old Grant Bailey (left). The Bowmanville boy won second place in a national contest meant to create awareness about cyber safety using his artistic skill and love of comics. At centre, the selfie (with mom) that saved Christopher Precopia from a prison sentence. The digital record proved Precopia was with family at the precise hour his accuser claimed he assaulted her. At right, FAO Schwarz fan Noa Shaboni, 13, is excited to look around. The store has returned to Manhattan after closing three years ago. But now it has shed the ownership of Toys R Us. The brand name can also be found in pop-up form at locations in The Bay.

Holly Berry Fair highlights include hefty hams, haughty hats

Holly Berry Fair at Rosedale United Church was packed Saturday with buyers, sightseers and fans of those hearty ham sandwiches. Always great fun.

CIA lays murder of journalist at front door of Saudi prince

In news from beyond Canada this Saturday, the CIA has laid the murder of Washington-based Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi right on the doorstep of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. He’s the spoiled brat boss of the arab kingdom. MBS, as he is known, sparked the temper tantrum against Canada this summer for criticising day-to-day life in Saudi Arabia.  British PM Theresa May is hanging tough against Brexit hardliners who are grumbling about getting rid of her. So far, she has them at bay. In the Hague, the World Judo Grand Prix is off to a slam down start. And a California couple has “adopted” a 93-year-old veteran whose home burned down in Paradise, California. They were working at a relief centre when they came across Lee Brundige sitting alone in his car.

Holly Berry Fair underway Saturday at Rosedale United

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