Unknown Canadian killed, 4 others hurt in Barcelona attack

One Canadian has been killed and four more injured in the terrorist attack in Barcelona. Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed this but gave no names. Meanwhile, Spanish police shot and killed five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in a town south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove the van into crowds. Nothing has been revealed about these men.

Hope of relief from rents sent sky-high by 100% tax jumps

The promise of possible tax relief and lower rents for downtown Yonge St. small businesses has come from Councillor Wong-Tam. As reported here and elsewhere, many long-standing businesses are threatened by a doubling of property taxes this year. Wong-Tam says they will be reassessed. The rationale that permits increases of this kind seems perplexing. Some opinion suggests that a broad-brush application of assessment is being made based on property values without regard to any tenant’s capacity to pay. As many homeowners might say, “I could not afford this house if I had to buy it today.”  But retail renters pay the market rate no matter how outrageous. CBC

Pick your fun from many things to do in town this weekend

Upper left, a perfectly wicked poster for Wheels on the Danforth starts us off. It’s at Danforth Rd and Danforth Ave. Saturday. To the right, Taste of Manila is up on Bathurst (see City news release below) and left again is the Open  Streets notice. The Summer Jam Mural Unveiling is on at 150 Grenoble Drive from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Way downtown, the Chinatown BIA whoops it up again on Spadina Ave. on Saturday night and Sunday. Sunday, it’s the India Day celebrations taking place in Nathan Phillips Square. Of course the CNE opened Friday.  All events

As many as 5 hurt when pickup crashes into Hillcrest Mall

Various reports suggest that a driver suffered medical distress of some sort when the truck crashed into a hair salon in Hillcrest Mall in York Region. As many as five were injured but the latest information indicates no one is seriously hurt.

Summary touches Sears, Mr. Karim and GO bus accidents

Certain Sears Canada creditors wants to sue the company’s executive officers and directors, alleging negligent misrepresentation and oppression. It would appear they are owed big money. The retailer’s court-appointed monitor says the group wants an Ontario judge’s permission to launch their case against the company, which is currently protected under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. As expected, the young man in the hacking of Yahoo email users and implicated in Russian spying waived his right to a Canadian extradition hearing and could be brought to the United States in the next several days. Karim Baratov, from Ancaster, who liked to called Mr. Karim by his friends, says he is excited to have proceedings begin in the US. Suspicion runs high that the CIA really just wants to find out what Baratov knows about Russian spying. A trade off perhaps. And finally, GO bus accidents of all kind total 897 since 2014 but Metrolinx says that less than half that number, 417, were preventable by the driver.

Kids at Whole Foods and the Monarch on Monarch Park

Mommy Connections @mommyconnectMTO had a bunch of kids at large in Whole Foods at Bayview and Broadway Thursday. They were eating, checking out the meaning of brown eggs and stuff like that.  Then, Cathy Crowe tweeted this grand depiction of a Monarch on Monarch Park Ave beside Monarch Park Montessori. Love it.

Report Canadians among casualties in Barcelona outrage

Canadian Press says Friday that authorities in Spain indicate one or more Canadians has been killed or injured in the terrorist attack in Barcelona. CP says local Twitter updates name Canada among 34 countries from which there are casualties. Details are unknown so far.  A man used a truck to drive into a pedestrian mall and strike many people. At least 13 people were killed and as many as 100 injured. Global Affairs (the foreign affairs department) it is in contact with family members affected by the attacks and is trying to gather more information. Meanwhile, the CBC has interviewed a Mississauga family which witnessed the attack from a restaurant.

City of Toronto road closures for weekend’s many events

Chinatown Festival
Spadina Avenue’s southbound lanes will be closed from St. Andrew Street to Sullivan Street from midnight on Saturday, August 19 to midnight on Sunday, August 20 to accommodate the Chinatown Festival. Dundas Street will remain open.

Taste of Manila
Bathurst Street between Wilson and Laurelcrest Avenues will be closed in both directions from Saturday, August 19 at midnight to Sunday, August 20 at midnight for the Taste of Manila. TTC service will be increased to service the event, with buses on the 7/307 Bathurst and 160 Bathurst North routes diverting via Wilson Avenue, Faywood Boulevard and Laurelcrest Avenue.

Open Streets TO
Bloor Street between Montrose Avenue and Parliament Street, and Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Queen Street, will be closed on Sunday, August 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Open Streets TO event.

During this event, vehicles will be able to cross Bloor Street at Grace Street/Christie Street, Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue, Avenue Road, Bay Street, Church Street, Ted Rogers Way and Sherbourne Street. Vehicles will be able to cross Yonge Street at Wellesley, College, Gerrard, Dundas, Shuter and Queen Streets.

The TTC’s 161 Rogers Road bus will divert to and from Ossington Station via Ossington Avenue and Dupont Street.

Wheels on the Danforth
Sections of Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road will be closed in both directions on Saturday, August 19 from 7 a.m. to midnight. Specifically, Danforth Avenue between Byng Avenue and Leyton Avenue and also between Leyton Avenue and Warden Avenue, and Danforth Road between Landry Avenue and Danforth Avenue will be closed during that period.

The TTC’s 113 Danforth and 20 Cliffside bus services will divert in both directions via Warden Avenue, Clonmore Drive, Gerrard Street East and Victoria Park Avenue during Wheels on Danforth.

Panorama India Day Festival and Grand Parade
Two northbound lanes on University Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street, and Armoury Street between University Avenue and Chestnut Street, will be closed on Sunday, August 20 from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. for this festival and parade. This news release is also available on the City’s website: http://ow.ly/HfRg30evkfP

Widowed judge brings joy to kids with new swimming pool

Widowed judge Keith Davison realized after a while that crying for his lost wife Evelyn was not the right way to spend his final years. So at 94, the Morris, Minnesota man built a neighborhood swimming pool in his backyard. It opened this summer and now brings joy daily to kids and parents, and to Judge Davison too.

Principal shifted, VPs in limbo at drowned teen’s school

Principal Monday Gala will be transferred out of C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute in Scarborough and his two vice principals seem to be in limbo. They are the key people who were in charge when student Jeremiah Perry was permitted to leave on a canoe trip this summer even though it was known that he had failed swimming classes. CBC

Five-car collision snarls traffic on Gardiner at Cherry St.

Is the OSPCA harbouring a grudge against Marineland?

A week after the Crown in Niagara Falls withdrew charges against Marineland, zoo officials from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) have staged a surprise inspection of the entertainment firm and announced they found 11 items needing correction. Marineland, on the other hand, says the OSPCA found “no signs of abuse, distress, mistreatment or neglect” of animals during the unannounced visit. There appears to be some careful semantics at work. OSPCA gave the tourist attraction 24 hours to fix the issues. Unlike the complaints which led to the charges which were dropped, the OSPCA carried out this inspection without a complaint, Marineland pointedly added. After the withdrawal of charges on August 10, the OSPCA seemed to be stinging that the Crown had ended the prosecution. It said there was no reasonable chance of conviction. Marineland has consistently blamed complaints on disgruntled ex-employees and radical advocates. Crown drops animal cruelty charges against Marineland