York Region teen on cusp of radicalization says CTV source

A Richmond Hill teen, Mahyar Mohammadiasl, 18, must be supervised by a surety as he awaits trial with his father on charges of possession of an explosive device. Mahyar and his dad, Reza Mohammadiasl, 47, were released on $50,000 bail Friday when they appeared in court on the charge. A surety is someone who agrees to supervise an accused person while they’re released into the community on bail waiting for their criminal matter to be resolved in court. The surety was not named in open court. Police raided the family home on Larratt Lane near Canyon Hill Ave. and Bathurst St. on Tuesday.


CTV Saturday is quoting an unnamed source saying that the younger Mohammadiasl was “on the cusp of being radicalized.” They cited a copy of The Anarchist Cookbook, a book filled with instructions for the construction of crude explosive devices, home manufacture of drugs, and the modification of telephones and radios. The source described the search of the home as “a sea of red flags.” It appears that the first indication of this matter came from a US source.  The source says Mayhar’s cell phone is in the possession of the FBI and investigators are examining his other electronics.

Civic Raptors claw fills waterfront park on day of Game Two

Keeping spirits up is what it’s all about at playoff time. Here the City has painted a giant Raptors claw in Canoe Park on Fort York Blvd. Mayor Tory painted in the last little bit Friday.

Hwy. 407 owners in court tussel over who gets SNC share

Never let it be said that the toll highway business isn’t a desirable investment. The owners of 407 International Inc. are off to the Ontario Supreme Court in June to settle who gets the ten percent share now owned by SNC-Lavalin. In what seems a remarkable faux pas, SNC had agreed to sell its share to OMERS, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Service. But wait. Both the other owners had first right of refusal over that purchase. They are the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and a Spanish firm, Cintra Global S.E.  City News

She gets a bad start to weekend at Danforth and Eldon Ave.

Thanks to City News for this raw video of a bad start to the weekend for the woman who was driving this car on the Danforth at Eldon Ave just west of Victoria Park Friday. For reasons unknown she struck a utility pole and then slammed into a building. They say she suffered only minor injuries and that’s good. Hang in there lady. It’s only a car.

City publishes list of Victoria Day weekend fireworks, events

The City has published the following list of events and recreational locations over the Victoria Day weekend.

Internet sensation Grumpy the Cat was in fact quite friendly

The feline whose frown turned the world upside down has died. Grumpy Cat, armed with a cranky expression that launched a thousand day-brightening memes, was 7. Tardar Sauce was her real name. She died Tuesday morning at her home in Arizona from complications of a urinary tract infection, according to an announcement posted Friday on Grumpy’s Instagram page. The behind-the-scenes story of Grumpy was that she was an affectionate pet who could not fairly be called grumpy in real life. “Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough,” Grumpy Cat’s owners wrote. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”

Police notices Friday include the relative-needs-cash scam

From the left, Jared Battieste, 30, of Toronto, (aka online as “jaytopsir”) is charged with making sexually explicit material available to a person under 16 years of age and luring. Police have reissued this information because they fear there may be further victims. Second from left is a woman who in March duped a woman, 80, out of money. It is a well-known scam that plays on the concern of people for a relative in trouble. A sum of money was lost in this case which may be targeting Polish-language speakers. The perpetrator is said to be 30 to 40 years old, 5’9″ in height, medium build, blonde hair and speaks Polish. She was wearing a black jacket with fur around the hood, grey pants, a long white and purple scarf, a black and white hat. She was driving a silver Dodge vehicle.


Second from the right is Andrew Murdoch, 25, of Toronto wanted for many offenses as shown:

1. Attempt Murder
2. two counts of Assault Cause Bodily Harm
3. Assault with a Weapon
4. two counts of Carry Concealed Weapon
5. two counts of Possession of a Weapon
6. Unauthorized Possession Prohibited Weapon
7. Obstruct Peace Officer
8. Administer Noxious Thing With Intent
9. Theft Under $5,000
10. three counts of Fail to Attend Court
11. seven counts of Fail to Comply with Recognizance

He is described as 5’9″, 260 lbs., unshaven, shoulder-length wavy dark hair and brown eyes. At far right is Mark Giesbrecht, 44, of Toronto. He is wanted for robbery with violence, forcible confinement and related charges. He is described as 5’11, 245 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Electronic car theft up 240% in South Bayview since 2018

The electronic theft of code from inside locked homes to open and steal expensive cars in the driveway has exploded some 240 percent since late last year in 53 Division. The CBC story linked does not state raw numbers but the stunning statistic is a reflection of car theft in Leaside and area neighborhoods. As previously discussed in The Bulldog and elsewhere, the only fast (and maybe certain way) to prevent such theft is to insulate your key and fob inside the home. Owners have taken to putting the key in a metal box far from any door or window. Some keys are stored in the microwave. The phenomenon seems like an absolute failure of modern technology and manufacturing. Welcome to 2019.


Will Ford kill plan to limit height, grow parks in Midtown?

Fears appear to be growing that the Ontario government is stalling on the City’s Midtown in Focus — limiting height and density at Yonge and Eglinton. Midtown in Focus has been the goal of Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 12) for many years. One of the most appealing parts of Midtown in Focus is the requirement for extensive parkland. The minister, Steve Clark, must sign off on the plan for it to become law but he has not done so. CBC

Man hit in wild shooting-gallery gunplay on Oshawa street

A man has been shot overnight in what appears to be a settling of scores on darkened streets in Oshawa. Residents say the gunshots just kept on coming. It happened at Rossland and Thornton Rds. at around 3 a.m. Carl Hantske of 680 News was at the scene.

Alert Sophia spies Charlie in Beaches with (not) his owners

Charlie, the quiet and friendly Husky from the Beaches, has been found. On Thursday, Charlie was located by Sophia Cottrell, a citizen who found the dog sitting with two men on the boardwalk. She asked twice without an answer if the two owned the dog. “I looked and I thought he’s an awfully big boy so I got him by the collar and I said to the two fellows, ‘Is this your dog.’”When she repeated the question, she said the two men got up and left.” She had the phone number of the owner from posters and called in the good news. Charlie’s owner, Carol Bouley, promises never to leave Charlie outside a store alone ever again. Quiet, friendly Charlie stolen on Danforth near Woodbine

Raptors tailgate party, Dundas ribfest among road closures

Here details about important events and road closures this weekend

Toronto Raptors tailgate and viewing party
Bremner Boulevard from Lake Shore Boulevard West to the east side of the parking garage at 25 York St. will be closed on Friday, May 17 and Sunday, May 19 (from 7 a.m. to midnight both dates) for Toronto Raptors road and home playoff games. A map of these closures is available at http://bit.ly/MLSEPlayoffs2019.

Ribfest at Yonge-Dundas Square
The south curb lane on Dundas Square between Yonge Street and O’Keefe Lane as well as the west curb lane on Victoria Street between Dundas Square and about 250 feet south of the intersection will be closed from today (Thursday) until Sunday, May 19 at midnight. A map of this closure is available at http://bit.ly/RibfestYDSquare2019.

Bathurst Street festival
Bathurst Street between Wilson Avenue and York Downs Drive will be closed on Monday, May 20 between 4 a.m. and midnight for a street festival and walk. A map of this closure is available at http://bit.ly/BathurstStFest2019.

In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations. TTC customers can subscribe to eAlerts at http://www.ttc.ca or follow @TTCnotices on Twitter to receive information about service diversions.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.

Information about road closures related to parades and special events that are overseen by the Toronto Police Service is available at http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/specialevents/.