Look at those doors! Tesla Model X an Auto Show stopper

The Canadian International Auto Show opened Thursday with the 2016 Honda Civic being named Canadian Car of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. The Civic beat out the Volkswagen Golf R and the Golf Sportwagon, the other finalists up for the award. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 beat out the Kia Sorento and Volvo XC90 to capture the 2016 Utility Vehicle of the Year title.

Trucker charged in woman’s death at Bathurst and Eglinton

Some ten weeks after the accident, police have announced charges of careless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to stop at a red light against a tanker truck driver. It happened at 5.30 a.m.at the corner of Eglinton Ave. W and Bathurst Street where the truck was turning right onto Bathurst. A 22 year-old woman was crossing from west to east and was struck and dragged by the tanker. Witnesses had to chase the vehicle to tell the driver to stop. The driver, 45, is not identified by police. He is scheduled to appear in City Hall court on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

PC candidate Lorne Coe wins Whitby-Oshawa byelection

The Progressive Conservatives have won the Whitby-Oshawa byelection according to the CBC and CP24. The candidate, Lorne Coe, was said to have about 50 per cent of the vote.

Summary touches City Hall, stock markets and outer space

Mayor John Tory warned of a “real chance” of a labour disruption involving indoor and outdoor workers in a letter to city councillors Thursday. He says that the “climate at the negotiations table and the union’s declaration that they will accept no concessions indicate that there is a real chance we will have a labour disruption”. .The Toronto stock market sank nearly 100 points Thursday, the fifth day of large losses. Traders were saying things like:  “Everyone is looking at negative rates in Europe and Japan, and trying to figure out what that means to the banking system.” And scientists for the first time have detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. The waves were unleashed by the collision of the black holes, one of them 29 times the mass of the sun and the other 36 times the solar mass, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth, the researchers said. It’s not clear from news reports just how, if at all, this knowledge might be applied to human life.

Will the earth move when Drake gets the Key to Toronto?

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Drake and Mayor Tory flank The Key

Mayor Tory will present the human phenomenon known as Drake with the Key to City Friday night.  Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham is famous for his music, for loving Toronto and for being famous. It’s nice but don’t expect the earth to move at Millwood and Bayview. The presentation of the key will take place in front of thousands of fans at Ricoh Coliseum as part of NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto.

SERRA sets seminar for March 9 on renovation planning

The west of Bayview ratepayers group SERRA will hold a two-hour seminar next month designed to help people in South Bayview avoid disputes with their neighbors when they renovate. This free event will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Greenwood College School, 445 Mt. Pleasant Rd. at Davisville  Ave. It is set to begin at 6.45 p.m. Ferris Varini of SERRA says it’s a chance to learn the planning process. This includes matters such as property variances, Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municipal Board. SERRA says these are concerns to residents in Davisville, Leaside and other neighbourhoods. The seminar will offer residents an opportunity to learn about ways to avoid conflict with builders and neighbours prior to and during residential construction.  Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22) Terry Mills, a professional planer and urban designer and construction lawyer Paul Hancock plan to be present. SERRA board members experienced working with Toronto’s planning process will also be able to answer questions. SERRA is the South Eglinton Ratepayers and Residents Association.


Marie Henien says witnesses lies taint Crown evidence


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Jian Ghomeshi’s defense counsel Marie Henein has made dishonesty the central argument of her closing statement in Ghomeshi’s trial that he assaulted three women and overcame the resistance of one by choking her.   Henein has, Canadian Press reports, avoided criticism of the  three complainants for continuing to have a sexual relationship with Ghoemshi. But she told Judge William Horkins that several instances of lying to the police brought out in cross examination reveal witnesses who cannot be believed. Reports say Henein was especially critical of Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere. Henein said that because DeCoutere testified she did not resist Ghomeshi when he choked her, the requirements of the Criminal Code have not been met on the charge of overcoming by resistance. Lying to the police is perjury Heinen insisted saying such conduct cannot be justified by the condition of trauma. “There is not an expert who will testify that perjury is indicative of trauma,” Henein said. Crown Michael Callaghan said in his statement that the credibility of Ghomeshi’s three accusers has nothing to do with the way they behaved after the alleged incidents, since the law is clear that everyone responds differently to sexual assault. From news accounts Callaghan did touch on lies, if any. The judge will render his verdict Thursday, March 24, 2016.


How a Syrian family was warmly welcomed in Toronto

This is a lovely CBC feature on a Syrian family who appear to be charming, and how they were helped in Canada by kids at Dewson Street Junior Public School and others.  Video would make you glad to see them move in next door.

GHOMESHI 2: Trials are to find truth not get convictions

The Jian Ghomeshi file is full of stories today in which advocates decry the trial process by which the former CBC broadcaster has had an opportunity to rigorously question the reliability of the witnesses against him. In all these cases the natural feeling of sympathy for a woman is thoroughly mixed up with how difficult it seems for her to live through the trial — and to get a conviction. One person has advocated a new kind of court, whatever that might mean. The counter argument will be that making it easier to get a conviction is a corruption of justice. The purpose of a trial is not to get a conviction but to establish the truth. Keeping in mind that many are convicted of sexual assault and similar crimes right now, what will sexual assault trials look like in five years?  You don’t have to admire Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual tastes to be concerned about that. Global News  CBC  GHOMESHI: Women line up behind their verdict of choice 


Sentencing today for thrill murder of kindergarten teacher


Sentencing will take place today in St. Thomas for two depraved people who committed murder for the fun of it.  Tanya Bogdanovich, 34, and Michael MacGregor, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the gruesome killing of kindergarten teacher Noelle Paquette, a stranger they abducted on a road as she was walking home from a New Year’s Eve party in Sarnia.  Canadian Press  Two plead guilty to killing of Sarnia kindergarten teacher 

Do cruise lines dump on passengers to save a few bucks?

Passengers are still steaming from the ocean voyage from hell they experienced on the Royal Caribbean liner Anthem of the Seas. The captain says he thought he could get past the Atlantic storm that pounded his ship but he couldn’t. Experts ask who willingly makes book on Mother Nature with a ship full of passengers? Another question is did orders come from head office? A spokesperson says no but experienced cruisers know that frequently vacations plans are  altered (not for the better) because the company decides to save a dollar or two off promised routing or departure times.