New York LGBTQ cops invite Toronto police — in uniform

Toronto police have been invited to participate in uniform at the New York City Pride March in June. The invitation is said to be designed to make a point about the Toronto Pride ban on TPS uniforms in the local parade.  The Gay Officers Action League in New York requested permission for Toronto officers to join uniformed members of the NYPD Marching band and colour guard in the June 25th Pride March in New York City — the same day as the Toronto Pride Parade.

Two gay men caned in Indonesia in front of festive crowd

Two gay men, aged 20 and 23, have received 83 strokes of the cane each after being found guilty of breaking sharia rules in conservative Aceh province, the only part of Indonesia that implements Islamic law. The spectacle is reminiscent of public executions of previous centuries, events held to warn possible transgressors and as group entertainment. Many were recording the punishment with their phones. The video reveals something like a holiday occasion as the two are led onto a stage set up outside a mosque in front of a crowd of thousands, who jeered and booed. The pair bowed their heads as they were whipped by officials who wore dark robes and masks with eye slits, and used thin rattan canes. One of the men grimaced occasionally and the other showed little emotion. Before the caning, Abdul Gani Isa, a member of the Acehnese clerics’ council, told the crowd the caning was “a lesson for the public”. “Lessons carried out with our sharia law are conducted in a very thoughtful way, are educational and do not violate human rights,” he said.

Art show and ad shoot near you in East York and Leaside

Geoff Kettel reminds readers that the Homes and Haunts exhibit sponsored by the East York Foundation is in its final days at the Walter Stewart Library, 179 Memorial Park Ave. You can see it until May 31.  And on Thursday, Untitled Films will be on Canada’s favorite street for shooting commercials, this time for the Bank of Nova Scotia. That street would be Bessborough Drive in Leaside.

Woman attacked at Finch and Doris in central Willowdale

Police are reporting an attack on a woman, 26, in central Willowdale late Monday night as she walked near the corner of Finch Ave. and Doris Ave. She was walking in what are called “late-evening hours” when a man approached her from behind and forced her to the ground. She was sexually assaulted.  She is said to have fought him off. The man is described as white, 28-34, 5’7″-5’8″, blonde hair, beard, medium build, wearing a white long-sleeve shirt with a wide olive/grey stripe.


Police are reporting further charges laid against Najeeb Saad, 42, in connection with the sexual exploitation of male teens. TPS release 

May addresses nation as dead number 22 in Manchester

Officials in the US say British authorities have identified the suspected Manchester bomber as 22-year-old British national Salman Abedi. No other information was given.  Police swept through Manchester overnight making arrests following the suicide bomb attack that killed 22 at the City’s main arena. They say a person acting alone detonated a device in the crowded lobby of the Manchester arena.  In a statement, the Greater Manchester Police said that they arrested a 23-year-old man in south Manchester in connection with the attack as hundreds of police swarmed through the City in the aftermath of the blast. The bomber was apparently alone at the time of the attack but was it planned by just one person? Police are trying to determine if there is a network. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which injured 59 others. Earlier  CBC BBC Latest Updates

Tourists mob sea-lion dock, deaf to warnings to stay away

Officials at the Steveston dock in Richmond B.C. are flabbergasted by the appearance of dozens of tourists to the spot where a young girl was pulled into the water by sea-lion Saturday. Signs have been posted warning people to stay away from the water and not to feed the wildlife. Bob Baziuk. the general manager, says he is stunned by the performance of people. “Unbelievably, last night there were about 100 people down there, mostly tourists, maybe some of them locals, picking up their kids and holding them over the water looking for the infamous sea-lion,” he told CBC News on Monday. Video of the child being yanked by the shirt into the grimy water has been viewed more than 14 million times. Marine experts and port officials have sent out a slew of warnings, reminding the public to keep a safe distance from the animals.  Video — Girl dragged off wharf by sea-lion a scary moment in nature

Fireworks at Leaside High School field attracts families

A crowd of possibly 600 people watched the private fireworks display put on by David Bryant and friends at Leaside High School field Monday. Families lined the hills to the south of the field and applauded the display enthusiastically. Before the sun set, children entertained themselves by rolling down the hill in their dozens. The display is put on by Mr. Bryant and friends at his initial personal expensive said to be in the order of $1,700. He does however have community supporters who contribute to the cost.

19 dead in blast at Manchester concert. suicide suspected

Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. The blast happened at about 22:35 BST on Monday following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. The cause is unknown but PM Theresa May said her thoughts were with those affected by “what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack”. Some reports said the suspected cause was a suicide bomber. British Transport Police said the explosion was in the arena’s foyer — BBC

Fireworks readied for lighting Monday evening at LHS

Preparing the fireworks at LHS! Amazing display scheduled to begin at 8:45 tonight — always a good show.  Video and event recap here.

5-storey marionettes in Montreal for City’s 375th birthday

This looks like an engrossing show. It has a trace of the medieval Cirque de Soleil style.

Pictures to ponder of stories that demanded our attention

A group photo has emerged of the prime minister with kids on the Vancouver waterfront on their way to the prom. The PM was jogging by and things just happened. The video at the left updates the horrifying attack on pedestrians in Times Square. A huge memorial to Alyssa Elsman, the girl who died, has formed at the spot. And the back story to the sea lion leap that took a young girl into the water in BC. is to the right.

Urban Toronto post on French firm Alstom and products

Urban Toronto has a lot of research in the linked post on the back-up French train maker Alstom, which has just been given a contract to make cars for Metrolinx. As reported at the time, these cars (designated the Citidis Spirit) may or may not run on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT depending on whether Bombardier can possibly fulfill its committment. (As the TTC chair has tartly remarked, “I’ll  believe it when I see it.”) In any case, the Alstom cars are longer than Bombardier cars and if they run on the Crosstown, there may have to be changes so they fit. Read the comments. Take a look  Urban Toronto