St. Anselm’s Maeve Pestonji wins Macphail speaking contest

Maeve Pestonji of St Anselm Catholic School (seen at upper left with Trustee Angela Kennedy) is the winner of Agnes Macphail public speaking contest. Nice going Maeve. To the right, Leaside Jr. Wildcats are in darkest Southwestern Ontario tonight and this weekend with games in London, Windsor and Strathroy. Lower left, sometimes it seems there are more trucks at Loblaws on Moore Ave. than cars. Centre right, the pleasant window at Putti’s decor on Yonge St. and at bottom right work on the front door of the new Costco on Overlea Blvd at seen from the dead-end roadside of Banigan Drive. They say it could be open in April.

Blast probe digs through debris to find cause at ground zero

Mississauga Fire Chief Tim Beckett says it will be weeks or months before the Fire Marshall can offer a reason for the ignition of the natural gas that largely levelled a shopping plaza at Hurontario and Dundas Sts. five days ago. He referenced the fatal explosions that destroyed dozens of home on Hickory Drive in 2016 when he noted that investigators have to start at the outer reaches of the debris field and work their way into the centre of ground zero. There seems no doubt that the explosion that left 58 families in shelters and destroyed or damaged 104 business was indeed a natural gas blast. Many business and families are returning as the week ends said Chief Beckett.

FBI offers apology for blowing tips on Florida school killer

The FBI issued an extraordinary apology Friday afternoon, revealing that it had received a tip on January 5, 2018, that Nikolas Cruz was acting erratically and may have been planning a school shooting. The agency failed to act on the tip. A month and nine days later, Cruz, 19, entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, mowing down students and staff with an AR-15. Seventeen people died. “We are still investigating the facts,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public.” Attorney Melisa McNeill tells the media that her client is a broken human being and feels remorseful for his actions. There was also a tip to the FBI in September about Cruz but it said at the time they could not trace it.

Will Stanley Ma revive Timothy’s World Coffee in Toronto?

Stanley Ma’s MTY Food Group has purchased Timothy’s World Coffee and Mmmuffins from a subsidiary of Le Duff America for $1.675 million. MTY gets the current 28 franchised and seven corporately owned Timothy’s locations in Canada, two licensed Timothy’s locations in US, three Mmmuffins and two co-branded franchised locations in Canada. It will also acquire the license to operate and franchise coffee shops under the trade name Timothy’s which is owned by Keurig Canada. MTY has many brands including Thai Express, Vanellis and Manchu Wok. Mr. Ma is a Canadian franchisor and operator of numerous quick service restaurants operating under 70 brand names, some of them through wholly owned subsidiaries. The number of enterprises carrying MTY brands reached 5,500 in 2017. Stanley Ma is a 67 year old Hong Kong-born Canadian.

Governor General Payette to visit City Hall next Tuesday

Governor General Julie Payette to pay an official visit to Toronto Mayor John Tory next Tuesday morning. Her Excellency will visit City Hall on her first visit to Ontario. The event is a photo opportunity only. Payette will be greeted by the mayor at the front doors to City Hall. They will walk past the City of Toronto Honour Guard, which includes retired members of Toronto Paramedic Services, Toronto Fire Services, Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Transit Commission and City staff.

Police get tip, make appeal in Y2K case of murdered man

Cold case officers are appealing for public help in the Y2K murder of Richard McEachern, 38, found slumped in the driver’s seat of his 1977 Pontiac Parisienne sedan on Yorkwoods Gate at 11:51 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2000. He had stopped at a nearby convenience store, minutes earlier. A witness heard a single gunshot and observed three men running from the convenience store parking lot. Homicide Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant would like to speak to the men seen running from the area as he believes they may be witnesses to the murder. Video of case detail is here.

Brown removed from PC caucus says Interim leader Fedeli

Former leader Patrick Brown has been removed from caucus of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, Interim leader Vic Fedeli said in a statement on Friday. He said he had asked Mr. Brown to step aside when he was awarded the position. The announcement seems to have been spurred by Brown’s suggestion Thursday that had not actually resigned the leadership of the party. The implications of that assertion for the planned leadership vote and prospects for the party in the June General Election seem obvious. “Earlier today, Mr. Brown was notified that he has been removed from the PC Caucus effective immediately,” Fedeli said. Also, CTV News Toronto said it had obtained an audio recording of Brown informing members of caucus that he was resigning as leader of the Progressive Conservative party.

Charles Kipper taught at Rosedale Hts. School of the Arts

Charles Kipper has died in Toronto at the age of 66. Mr. Kipper was for many years a teacher at Rosedale Heights School for the Arts on Bloor St. E.  He was a devoted husband, father, musician, composer, teacher, and friend as well as a prominent member of the Estonian community. He was the conductor of many choirs, accompanist to numerous soloists as well as for ballet classes at the National Ballet School of Canada. Visiting is scheduled for Friday (today) at Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue 5 to 8 p.m.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 17th at 11 in the Toronto Estonian Baptist Church, 883 Broadview Ave.

Appealing canine videos help welcome the Year of the Dog

The Chinese Lunar New Year has broken across the world. It is said to have been received more quietly than usual in Beijing where authorities are concerned about the pollution caused by fireworks. Many Chinese party pretty hard at this time of year. But the most appealing part of this event for everyone will be the arrival of the Year of the Dog. Here are two enjoyable videos on that subject. Gong Xi by the way means Good Wishes.

Police appeal to conscience of Mississauga hit-run driver

Peel Police have issued a news released Friday in which they appeal to the conscience of the hit and run driver who killed a woman on Mavis Rd in Mississauga Thursday night. They urge the person to surrender to authorities. They are also asking residents to watch for the alleged vehicle — a small white car with fresh windshield damage. The car was southbound on Mavis at Knotty Pine Grove when it struck the woman, 61. This is a signalized intersection where Mavis is five lanes wide plus a separator lane for turns.

$6 coffee at 3,200 sq. foot Starbucks in Shops of Don Mills

Some City News stories and a CBC video as well in this late Thursday Wheel. Starbucks Reserve is the new giant coffee cave off Don Mills Rd. Nice for a wedding party. Then, is Patrick Brown saying he didn’t resign from the PC leadership? The party may have a view on that. Below, details of a Liberal cabinet minister not named who allegedly groped an assistant. No name offered but the simple process of elimination among recent resignations might turn up some likely guesses. Finally, it’s all about the Koenigsegg Agera RS at this year’s Toronto auto show, or so they say. That’s if they can say it at all.

Police seek 2 after dope shop raid, other releases Thursday

Police have arrested two men and a woman and are seeking two more men after a raid on a marijuana dispensary Wednesday morning at 33 Kensington Ave. It was an outlet of the Toronto Dispensary. A related raid occurred at a condo near Legion Rd and Manitoba St. which is southeast of Royal York Rd. and the Gardiner. The outstanding warrants are for Simon Lip, 37 and Cesar Bonilla-Acevedo, 31. Police seized marijuana, marijuana oil, shatter. hashish, infused lotions and as much as $130,000 in Canadian and US cash. The accused are Darryl Jackson, 39, of Toronto, Navjat Singh, 29, of Toronto and Maryna Mushlovina, 34, of Toronto,