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Police investigate after shots fired from vehicles in separate Toronto-area incidents

Toronto·NewPolice investigate after shots fired from vehicles in separate Toronto-area incidentsPolice are investigating after shots were fired from vehicles in two separate incidents in Toronto and in Richmond Hill, just one night after a targeted triple shooting along Highway 400 that left one man dead. Gunfire comes just one night after a targeted triple shooting along Highway 400 that left one man dead The gunfire comes just one night after a targeted triple shooting along Highway 400 that left one man dead. (Alicia Bridges/CBC)Police are investigating after shots were fired from vehicles in two separate incidents in Toronto and in Richmond Hill, just one night after a target triple shooting along Highway 400 that left one man dead. In one incident Sunday night, emergency crews were called to the Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue area just after 9:30 p.m. for reports of gunfire. Callers reported eight to 10 shots fired, Toronto police said. Targeted triple shooting along Toronto hi..

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Ontario court to hear challenge to prison needle ban this week

Toronto·NewOntario court to hear challenge to prison needle ban this weekA constitutional challenge to the federal government's refusal to provide clean needles in prisons is set to be heard by an Ontario court this week.Government has argued giving clean drug-injection needles would make federal facilities more dangerousThe challenge, filed by former inmate Steven Simons, is backed by a several HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations, who say current rules are arbitrary and disproportionate. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)A constitutional challenge to the federal government's refusal to provide clean needles in prisons is set to be heard by an Ontario court this week. The challenge, filed by former inmate Steven Simons, is backed by a several HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations, who say current rules are arbitrary and disproportionate. The organizations are expected to argue in court Monday that the lack of access to sterile syringes violate inmates' rights to life, liberty a..

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Pedestrian killed after being struck in Clarington, Durham police say

Toronto·NewPedestrian killed after being struck in Clarington, Durham police sayA pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Clarington Saturday evening. There's no word yet on the victim's age or genderEmergency crews were called to the area of Highway 2 near Brownsville road around 6:50 p.m. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Clarington Saturday evening, Durham Regional Police say. Emergency crews were called to the area of Highway 2 near Brownsville road around 6:50 p.m. There's no word yet on the victim's age or gender. Highway 2 is closed between Gold Course Road and Brownsville Road for the police investigation. Report Typo or Error|Send Feedback

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Use less road salt to protect Ontario ecosystem, urges WWF

Toronto·NewUse less road salt to protect Ontario ecosystem, urges WWFAs Toronto deals with fluctuating winter weather, environmental advocates say excessive road salt is harming Ontario wildlife—and urge people to use less.Road salt flows into waterways impacting freshwater organismsLiz Hendriks with the World Wildlife Fund says she is working with the province to look at regulations around salt use. (CBC)As Toronto deals with fluctuating winter weather, environmental advocates say excessive road salt is harming Ontario wildlife — and they're urge people to use less. Salt used to melt icy roads and sidewalks can end up flowing into rivers, lakes and soil, creating dangerously salty environments for some freshwater plants and animals. In certain areas during winter, "some of our rivers will have salt as high as oceans," said Elizabeth Hendriks, vice-president of freshwater with the World Wildlife Fund Canada. Some frog and salamander species can't breed in ponds with high ..

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Pedestrian killed after crash in Clarington, Durham police say

Toronto·NewPedestrian killed after being struck in Clarington, Durham police sayA pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Clarington Saturday evening. There's no word yet on the victim's age or genderEmergency crews were called to the area of Highway 2 near Brownsville road around 6:50 p.m. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Clarington Saturday evening, Durham Regional Police say. Emergency crews were called to the area of Highway 2 near Brownsville road around 6:50 p.m. There's no word yet on the victim's age or gender. Highway 2 is closed between Gold Course Road and Brownsville Road for the police investigation. Report Typo or Error|Send Feedback

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Cardi B, Management, Meet with Celebrity Pencil Artist Alesh Akeem

Listen nowUnited States of America’s female Rapper together with her team mates have met with Nigeria’s celebrity Pencil Artist, Alesh Akeem. Cardi B, her team, and the Pencil artist met in the early hours of today 8th of December, 2019, at Eko Hotel & Suites and held private discussion together. Sources confirmed that the discussions that was held with the team was how to move Africa’s creative industry forward especially in the areas of Art & Craft. During their meeting, Celebrity Artist, Alesh Akeem, also gifted the American rapper a Hyper-realistic pencil portrait of herself which she later posted on her Instagram story. While Newsmen also spoke to Alesh Akeem’s management- The RedAce Company, asking about the content of their, they hinted saying, “We really can’t say much for now, but we can assure you something big is in the pipeline slated for early year 2020; no one will see it coming”. Recall that Alesh Akeem is famous for creating Pencil Portraits of international celebrities..

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French strikes: heading for a repeat of 1995 nationwide shutdown?

Listen nowFrench unions behind the December strikes hope that their action will pressure the government into backing down from its attempts to overhaul the pension system – just like they did in 1995. The circumstances 24 years on are remarkably similar. But how much has the context changed? In 1995, after three weeks of nationwide strikes and a complete paralysis of the public transport network, the unions forced then prime minister Alain Juppé to abandon his plans to change what is known as the special retirement scheme, which provided benefits for those working in sectors such as railways. The protesters in December 2019 are pushing for similarly dramatic end to President Emmanuel Macron's intention to overhaul the entire pension system and replace it with a single, points-based scheme. After bringing nearly a million people into the streets on 5 December, the unions are well on the way to increasing the pressure, with yet another demonstration planned for Tuesday. "In 1995, at..

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Nearly a million hit the streets in Hong Kong to mark six months of pro-democracy movement

Listen nowSome 800,000 protesters took part in the largest mass rally through Hong Kong on Sunday to mark the pro-democracy movement's six month anniversary, with leading activists warning the city's pro-Beijing leaders that they have a last chance to end the current political crisis. Pro-democracy protesters took part on Sunday in what has been the largest mass demonstration on the streets of Hong Kong in months to show their support for the movement. People snaked for hours through the financial hub's main island as the protests marked six months. Eric Lai, from the Civil Human Rights Front, CHRF, told reporters Sunday evening that 800,000 participants came out in support of the movement. The CHRF, which advocates non-violence, has been the main umbrella group behind record-breaking rallies earlier in the summer. But figures from the city's police force, which often gives lower numbers, told local media that 183,000 protesters were present; still one of their high..

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Indian Ocean island Mayotte lifts cyclone red alert

Listen nowOfficials on the small Indian Ocean island of Mayotte said Sunday they had lifted the red alert in place for Cyclone Belna, after it brushed past the French territory. Officials had told islanders to keep off the roads and stay indoors earlier as they declared a red alert in the expectation that the cyclone would hit the island. Island officials have not yet said how much damage the storm caused on Mayotte, which is home to a quarter of a million people. While early forecasts had suggested the cyclone would hit the island full-on, the latest prediction from France-Meteo -- that it would veer further south and miss the island -- proved more accurate, Mayotte's governor Jean-Francois Colombet said. The cyclone is now 100 kilometres (60 miles) away from the island, but officials still advised islanders to be careful. Many schools were to be closed Monday because some were being used as emergency shelters for between 10,000 and 15,000 of the islanders most vulnerable to poss..

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Grab your skates: Toronto has new places to glide this winter

Toronto·NewGrab your skates: Toronto has new places to glide this winterA downtown skating trail officially opened this weekend at College Park.Public ice trail officially opened this weekend at College ParkThe Barbara Ann Scott skating trail officially opened Saturday at College Park in downtown Toronto. (CBC)Looking for more places to glide through winter? There are some new options in Toronto this season. A downtown skating trail officially opened this weekend at College Park. The public skating loop, named after the late Olympic gold medal figure skater Barbara Ann Scott, is near Yonge and College streets downtown. It officially opened on Saturday, and will be free to use until March 22. There is also a new skating rink opening this year at Ethennonnhawahstihnen Park in North York, the city has said. Three revitalized rinks are also open at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, Ramsden Park and Westgrove Park. Several people took to the ice Sunday afternoon at College P..

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