Speech from the throne and an obessession with toilet paper

The speech from the throne delivered Wednesday by Governor General Payette was the Liberal government’s plan of action (for spending) in the coming months. There’s a lot of cynicism seen in early news stories. The minority government seems likely to remain in power with NDP support. This brings us to the odd Canadian pandemic obsession with toilet paper and paper towels. They are again sold out in many places in South Bayview. The need to fill the basement with paper seems to be to C-19 related. Manufacturers say the trucks are on the road with more but they have to obey the speed limits.

Charges laid in syringe mischief at Eglinton Public School

Toronto Police have charged Anthony Purchase, 44, of no fixed address with mischief and failing to comply with probation after someone delivered a package of syringes and related paraphernalia to Eglinton Junior Public School Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 10 a.m., at College Park Courts, in room 507. Man delivers syringes to Eglinton School, flees on a bicycle

Sexual assault alleged at 808 Mt. Pleasant

Police say a man entered a room at a location at Mt. Pleasant Rd and Eglinton Ave. early Friday and committed a sexual assault on a man of 42. The release does not state an address, but pictures of a suspect in the release show the interior of the former Roehampton Hotel at 808 Mt. Pleasant. It is now a shelter for homeless.

C-19 cases down to 335 as government girds for flu season

The Ministry of Health reports 335 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hour period ending midnight. The total is much lower than recent counts. Ontario reported more than 400 new cases for four out of the past five days.

Man delivers syringes to Eglinton School, flees on a bicycle

Police say a man on a bicycle delivered a package containing syringes and other paraphernalia to Eglinton Junior Public School at Eglinton Ave. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. Tuesday morning. He was spotted by Community Safety Team members. Just what this act was all about is an open question but the issue of drug use and discarded syringes is a burning issue in the Roehampton neighbourhood since homeless and street people moved into the former Roehampton Hotel at 808 Mt. Pleasant. Police call this incident mischief. The man is described as 5’9”, 35-45 years of age, with a medium build. He was wearing a white and blue Blue Jays baseball cap, a white and grey striped long-sleeved sweater under a black down vest, grey pants, and black running shoes. He was last seen riding a dark-coloured bicycle.

National hero Payette’s rocky job creds back down on earth

Julie Payette became a national hero when she hurtled into space not once but twice. Sadly, when she got back to earth, it was more or less downhill until she was appointed Governor General. Was that a good thing to do?

Second-wave hits downtown, Canada backs vaccine access

The Ministry of Health is reporting 478 new cases of C-19 Tuesday for the 24-hour period ending at midnight. Three new deaths have occurred. Health Minister Elliott says there are 153 cases reported in Toronto, 95 in Peel Region and 90 in Ottawa. She says 68 percent of the new cases are in people under the age of 40.

Interactive map

The City’s interactive map showing recent cases (within three weeks) reveals that the virus is raging in the condominium communities along the waterfront. The neighbourhood officially known as Waterfront Communities-The Island has reported 88 cases in recent days. Find the map here.

Canada joins 64 high-income states to expand C-19 vaccine access

Canada, the UK and the EU jurisdictions are among 64 countries pledged to expand global access to C-19 vaccines by funding a purchasing pool organized by the World Health Organization and other nonprofit groups, leaders of the effort announced Monday. The US and China have both opted out.

Girl, 14, dies after being mired in a bog while freeing horse

A teen girl who died in deep mud trying to extricate her horse has been identified as Zara Buren, 14, of Hamilton. Hamilton police say Zara was riding with her mother on an unfamiliar trail in Flamborough on Monday when her horse became stuck in the mud in a marshy bog. “The experienced riders were riding on a path not familiar to them when the horse ridden by the 14-year-old became trapped in a marshy bog,” Hamilton police said in a release. “The rider was able to dismount the horse and while waiting for help, she became submerged and a short time later she was pulled from the marsh without vital signs. The rider was transported to the hospital however, she succumbed to her injuries.”

FB post reports that Sobey’s on Mt. Pleasant to close soon

A post to Leaside Community Facebook says that Sobey’s Urban Fresh store at Mt. Pleasant Rd. near Soudan  Ave. will close in October. The reason given was that a related company, Farm Boy, will soon open at Yonge St. and Soudan Ave. The assumption is that location is the new Art Shoppe Lofts and Condos at 2131 Yonge St., but no firm address has been published. Both Sobey’s and Farm Boy are owned by Empire Company of Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Farm Boy is a favourite with many shoppers but the old rule that most people go to the grocery store closest to their homes seems likely to prevail.

Where’s Michelle? Went out Friday in track pants, tank top

Toronto Police are asking for the public’s help in finding Michelle Tomlinson, 35, missing since Friday in the Lawrence Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue area. She was last seen at about 2 p.m. that day. Her plans are not revealed but she was dressed in brown and green camouflage track pants, a white tank top, and a black sweater. Ms. Tomlinson is 5’6″ and 150 lbs.

Recent releases describe gun seizure, murder and arson

Security caps of suspect in Yonge/Dundas assault of senior

Police have released security camera captures of a suspect in the reported assault of a man, 77, on Friday afternoon at Dundas St East and Yonge St. They say the victim was approached by two perpetrators who began to assault him. The pictured suspect is described as mid to late 20s, wearing a blue and white checkered dress shirt, grey pants and white running shoes. He was last seen entering the shopping mall at 10 Dundas Street East.

Taxi driver robbed at knife-point

Police are seeking a teen who robbed a cabbie in the City’s northwest on Saturday. Somewhere near Keele St and Four Winds Drive he held a knife to the throat of the driver and demanded cash. The perpetrator is 15 to 17 years old. He is said to be black, approximately 6″ with a slim build, and wearing a brown zip-up hooded sweater, black pants and a blue medical mask.

Driver escapes injury in Hwy 401 conflagration at Kennedy

Highway cameras have captured a tractor-trailer fire on the 401 at Kennedy Rd. Sunday night just before midnight. No one was injured.

Motorcyclist, 23, dies as bike goes off rural road in Uxbridge

A young motorcyclist from Pickering died Sunday when his bike left bumpy, unpaved Pickering Concession Road 7 at Chalk Lane Rd. in Uxbridge. The rider, 23, was fatally injured when the vehicle apparently struck a steel signpost, one of several at the corner. He was declared dead at a local hospital late in the afternoon. Durham police conclude that the young man lost control of his bike for reasons they are still investigating.