Council votes 20-4 in favour of private cannabis storefronts

Toronto City Council has voted to allow retail pot shops on City streets. The divide was 20-4 Thursday evening to allow such businesses. The fear of illegal pop up businesses and street corner trafficking leading to criminal activity was a major factor in the decision. Ottawa also voted Thursday to permit cannabis stores. Such businesses can open as early a=s April. Currently, a government-run online store is the only way to purchase recreational pot in Ontario.

Man found with gunshot wound at Thorncliffe Park/Overlea

A man has been taken to hospital with a gunshot wound from Thorncliffe Park. TPS Operations gave the location on Twitter as Thorncliffe Park Drive and Overlea Blvd. They were called there just before 8:30 p.m. to reports a man had been shot. He was found on the scene suffering injuries believed to be non-life-threatening. Officers are now searching for two suspects in connection with the incident. They are looking for one black male and one brown male, wearing winter coats and dark-hooded tops — with 680 News

Police urge steering locks as car thefts double in 53 Division

South Bayview neighborhoods have seen a nearly 100 percent increase in car thefts in 2018 over the previous year as crooks employ electronic over-rides on door locks. These include fob cloning or relay theft on vehicles with what is known as on board diagnostic (OBD) overwriting. The statistic was released Thursday at a police news conference which can be seen here. In policing terms, these crimes occur in 53 and 13 Divisions. Urgent advice on stopping such theft include some obvious and some more sophisticated precautions. Recommendations include shutting off the motor, parking in well-lit areas and/or a garage, and not leaving keys in the vehicle. Also:

– Steering Wheel Club
– Wheel Boot/Chock
– OBD (On Board Diagnostic) Port Lock
– Aftermarket Ignition Kill Switch
– Intelligent radio-frequency identification (RFID) car immobilizer
– Aftermarket Alarm System
– Place keys in Faraday bag
– Park In Your Garage

Market’s can’t win for losing as China-US fears hold sway

Stock markets in Toronto and New York spun wildly up and then plunged Thursday, apparently related to the uncertainty of what China and the US will do to each other. Writer William Watt of MarketWatch said: “Another rally, another close well off the highs.” In Manhattan, the Dow composite gave up more than 300 points while the TSX finished down 32 after posting a nice gain earlier in the day.

Bomb threats in Canada, US may have originated in Russia

Authorities in the US state of Missouri say they have traced an emailed bomb threat to Russia. It was one of dozens, possibly hundreds, of bomb threats made to an array of public services and businesses across Canada and the US Thursday. All appear to have been baseless. The threats were made by email and included a demand for payment in bitcoin. Some of the emails had the subject line: “Think Twice.” The sender claimed to have had an associate plant a small bomb in the recipient’s building and that the only way to stop him from setting it off was by making an online payment of $20,000 in bitcoin. Police in the US said the emailed threat to a school in Troy, Missouri, about 55 miles from St. Louis, was sent from Russia. In Toronto there were threats made to TTC subway stations. In Toronto, police won’t name the targets until the matter if fully investigated. Instances were reported in Winnipeg, Calgary, Ottawa and Vancouver as well as some US cities. New York City was hit with several threats.The Palm Beach County, Florida, sheriff’s office and the Boise, Idaho, police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.

Girl, 12, missing since Wednesday afternoon at Yonge/Bloor

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing girl. Kenzie El Bahoudi, 12, was last seen on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m., in the area of Yonge Street and Bloor Street. She is described as 5’4”, 112lbs., with light brown hair and blue eyes, and a slim build. She was last seen wearing a black winter jacket with a fur collar, a black turtleneck shirt, and black track pants. Police are concerned for her safety.

Ford dodges questions on “off-the-books” camper purchase

Natpost writer reveals secrecy order on files of slain couple

Adrian Humphries writing in the National Post Thursday says the estate files dealing with the inheritance of Barry and Honey Sherman have been sealed by what he calls a rare court order to preserve the “privacy and dignity” of the victims and to protect the heirs from possible violence from the couple’s unknown killer or killers. “The willingness of the perpetrator(s) of the crimes to resort to extreme violence to pursue whatever motive existed has been amply demonstrated. The risk of harm is foreseeable and the foreseeable harm is grave,” wrote Ontario Superior Court Judge Sean Dunphy in a highly unusual sealing order. National Post

Silly Senate, Hail Mary pipeline and naughty MD bounced

Faces for Thursday begins with Stanley Kutcher (left) eminent mental health expert from Nova Scotia whose own state of mind must be pretty good because he has just been appointed to the Canadian Senate. By the way, Senator Kutcher is a former candidate for the Liberal Party. This is what the prime minister promised never to do. The Senate was going to be independent. Uh-huh. At centre is outgoing Republican Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan  He has signed Hail Mary legislation Wednesday to keep Canadian oil and gas running through a tunnel to his state. The line is owned by Enbridge and is part of the Canadian economy. Incoming Democrats say they want to shut it down. Maybe they’ll buy their oil from Saudi Arabia. And at right is naughty Toronto physician Suganthan Kayilasanthan. He has just had his license to practice in Ontario revoked by the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Seems Dr. Kayilasanthan had intercourse and oral sex with one of his patients. He also gave her excuse slips to avoid examinations she was scheduled to take so she could hang out with him.

 

Canada agents “endanger security” of China (pop 1.4 billion)

The Chinese must smile at their own malarkey when they issue bulletins that two Canadian men have been detained in China on suspicion of “endangering national security.”  That would be Canadian men from Canada, population possibly 35 million. The Canadians in question are entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig.  Spavor runs a cultural exchange organization that helps people travel to North Korea. The apprehension of the two  seems clearly related to the pending US extradition case of Meng Wanzhou, of the electronics giant Huawei, who is currently on bail in Vancouver.

Four survive collision as car demolished by utility pole

Four people survived this collision with a utility pole on Don Mills Rd. near the Peanut Plaza Wednesday night. The tweet says three but that’s wrong. Quite a mess.

City Council to vote Thursday on pot retailing in Toronto

Toronto City Council will vote Thursday on whether to permit private cannabis retailers on our streets. You know, Bayview Avenue Marijuana and CBD Oil Emporium and stuff like that. Staff is mad keen to approve such stores because there is money to be made. Meantime Mississauga and Markham have voted no. Below that, shell-shocked St. Michael’s College School has cancelled all sports programs as it tries to root out the insidious bullying that infected teams and led to the dreadful sex abuse scandal of recent weeks. Finally, Theresa May has beaten back a revolt in the Conservative Party but the road to Brexit does not seem any clearer.