Plucked from Tuesday’s news to truly inform and amaze

Extraordinary events plucked from Tuesday’s news include the baffling flight of an SUV onto the roof of a home. A clue may be seen in the huge divot on the lawn where the vehicle launched itself high enough to reach the shingles. Believe it or not. Upper right, Apple is about to release new emojis, check them all here Below that, the deeply moving story of a determined girl who went from being the least-wanted child in a Serra Leone orphanage to a sought-after ballerina. Now Michaela DePrince is getting endorsements from companies like Jockey as they tell her compelling story. And finally, several parents have come forward claiming the R&B legend R. Kelly is holding their daughters against their will in an alleged cult.

East York Farmers Market Tuesday at Coxwell Ave. stand

New principals this fall at Rolph Road and Northlea schools

Public School Trustee Gerri Gershon is saying this week that Micheal Kennedy and David Ehrlich, principals of Rolph Road Elementary School and Northlea Elementary and Middle School, will be heading to new assignments at other schools in the fall. Their replacements will be Sandra LaRosa at Rolph Road and Barbara Sandler at Northlea EMS.

Public Health closes sweets outlet until mice cleaned out

Toronto Public Health has closed the Meli Baklava and Chocolate Bar located inside a food market near Queen and John Sts. after a Youtube video was posted showing mice eating goods in the window. See previous story. 

Diet sweeteners study seems to fall flat on cause and effect

A report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal seems to be trying to make the case, as interpreted by many media sources, that artificial sweeteners do not appear to help people lose weight, suggesting instead it may cause them to gain weight. The reporting says observational studies that looked at consumption over time suggested that people who regularly consumed them by drinking one or more artificially sweetened beverages a day had a higher risk for health issues like weight gain, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


But a major caveat to the idea that the diet drinks are directly to blame is contained well down in most stories. For example: “It’s not yet clear whether artificial sweeteners actually cause harm, however. Observational studies that link the sweeteners to health problems do not prove the sweeteners themselves are responsible. Other factors may muddle the link; people who consume more artificial sweeteners may eat more processed food (or just eat more) which is linked to a higher risk for obesity or heart-related problems” Maybe not the finest moment for research or journalism.


Crossover driver wreaks death and injury on motorcyclists

A driver who crossed the centre line on Highway 118 in Haliburton County over the weekend killed two motorcyclists and gravely injured two others among seven riders going the other way.  The dead are prominent Toronto paramedic and Deputy Commander of the service George Eliadis and his partner Shari Williams. Two other riders as yet unidentified are fighting for their lives in hospital. The fatal crash happened at around 5 p.m. Saturday when an eastbound vehicle crossed the centre line of the highway and collided with four motorcyclists in the group. Friends and family of George Eliadis and Shari Williams identified the couple. Eliadis was a 27-year veteran with Toronto Paramedic Services.

Home sales plummet during June in Toronto and suburbs

Home sales in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years, driven by a plunge in the Greater Toronto market, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday, the latest evidence that a cool-down in the housing sector is taking hold. Transactions last month were down 6.7 per cent compared with May on a national basis, the third consecutive monthly decline, with the Greater Toronto Area registering a 15.1 per cent drop. Home sales are down 14.1 per cent from the record level set in March.


Dr. Who is now a woman and remains insufferably clever

Dr Who, that fixture of British pop culture known to generations, is now a woman. The Time Lord will be played by Jodie Whittaker in the new season and will confound evil genius with her superior powers. Next, an Icelandic doctor is able to get babies to stand up straight at three months. It’s as if they were six months older than their actual age. Other physicians have difficulty figuring how he does it. Below that, Martin Landau is dead at 89 and a Syrian refugee couple have named their baby boy after the prime minister.

Mice in Queen St West sweets shop recorded by passersby

The owner of Meli Baklava and chocolate bar at 238 Queen St West has bad luck in spades as mice are seen by passersby and video is posted to Youtube. “We cover everything, those are strictly for display, we would never serve anything that’s not fresh,” owner Julie Kyriakaki told CTV news. Kyriakaki said she has mousetraps all around the store, because the rodents have been an ongoing problem at the building, which is occupied by multiple food vendors. “There’s the racks there that they come under and through, and unfortunately or fortunately, this is a shared space and we can’t block it,” Kyriakaki said.

Element of deja vu in Newgarden’s Honda Indy circuit win

Josef Newgarden has won his second Honda Indy Sunday. It’s the fifth career win for Newgarden, who also claimed the 85-lap course on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place in 2015. Alexander Rossi finished second, ahead of Canadian James Hinchcliffe. The Oakville man was also third in last year’s event. That marked his first podium finish in Toronto. Autosport says Penske victor Newgarden claimed the win after inheriting a lead via a well-timed yellow in Toronto. He moved into first place due to pitting one lap before a caution period, performing a similar strategy to Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe. All three benefited, says Autosport, when Tony Kanaan locked up his rear black Firestone tyres at Turn 1 when coming out of the pitlane on lap 23 of 85.

TPNNO2017 a fun-filled Saturday at R. V. Burgess Park

The young volunteers with red shirts and simple code TPNNO2017 printed in white on the back dashed among residents, children and politicians in R.V. Burgess Park on a sun-filled Saturday at the 12th annual Thorncliffe Park Neighbour’s Night Out. Here are some pictures from the TPNNO Facebook account and from The South Bayview Bulldog. People in their cultural dress both colourful and modest crowded the tents of politicians and government bodies of which there were many. Three bouncy concessions were mobbed by kids and the modern splash pad was shooting spray all afternoon. A number of private concessions sold clothing, costume jewellery and women’s shoes and accessories.