MAYHEM: Eight injured in Toronto shootings and stabbings on Halloween
Toronto has gone through a rough 48 hours, with multiple stabbings and shootings being reported throughout the city.
October 30, Devil’s Night
Toronto police announced in a news release this morning that on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 at 10:04 p.m., an investigation was started into a stolen firearm at Sherway Gardens shopping mall.
The firearm was stolen between 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. from a black satchel with a blue stripe.
The model of the stolen gun is a Smith & Wesson 9mm model 5946 pistol, with a silhouette of a horse and rider engraved in it, along with the letters GRC and RCMP engraved on the side of the firearm. Three magazines and a police radio were also stolen.
Police ask that if anyone locates the satchel, not to remove the firearm and to instead call 9-1-1.
October 31, Halloween
It was a particularly violent Halloween for residents across the Greater Toronto Area, as intense winds caused branches and trees to dislodge, damaging power lines and causing widespread blackouts.
A triple stabbing and multiple shootings plagued the child-friendly holiday. According to Toronto Police, the incidents started at around 11:40 p.m. Thursday, when they received a call to a “rowdy party” at a frat house with at least 200 attendees in a home near Spadina subway.
Police said a fight broke out when a man and a woman were denied entry to the house party. That’s when the man stabbed three people, with two others being injured.
Police initially said that there had been six people stabbed, but went on to revise their information the following morning.
Police confirmed that one of the victims was found “without vital signs” when officers arrived.
All five of those injured remain in stable condition.
Shortly after the call, a sixth victim walked into a Toronto hospital and collapsed with critical stab wounds. Const. David Hopkinson told Global News that hospital staff were working to treat the victim, though it is currently unknown whether those injuries are related to the house party.
A man and a woman were taken into custody in connection to the stabbings.
Shootings in Brampton
An hour after the stabbing incident, a male was fatally shot at the Ridgeview Public School in Brampton, being announced dead at the scene by police. Police say the victim was in his late teens or early 20s.
The Peel District School Board announced that the school would be closed for the day, advising families who utilize the childcare program operated out of the school to find alternative means for their children, as it too will be shut down.
Shooting in Don Mills
A couple hours after this incident, at around 1:30 am, a male was shot in the Don Mills Road and Gateway Avenue area.
Police say the man was sitting in his vehicle with another male when an SUV pulled up next to the two, opening fire from the SUV.
Police said the victim suffered “serious but non-life threatening injuries.” Police did not provide his age.
Response from Mayor Tory
When asked by reporters about the night of violence in his city, Mayor Tory said the bloodshed was “incredibly disconcerting.”
“I am disturbed by the fact that people seem to be prepared to engage in random acts of violence in the city, whether it’s using a knife or gun or otherwise. We just have to put a stop to that,” he said.
“The police, I think, are doing what they can.”
A&W is once again leading the charge when it comes to plant-based foods.
Following the success of its Beyond Meat Burger, A&W is set to test out plant-based chicken nuggets in Canada starting today.
While plant-based, A&W does note on its website that the Nuggets will be cooked with vegetable oil using the same fryers as it’s chicken items’
The nuggets will be provided through a partnership with Lightlife, a meatless product producer, for a limited in stores across Ontario and British Columbia. Should sales go well; A&W has said it would be happy to retain the item after its promotional period.
“We can’t resist our new Plant-Based Nuggets and we can’t wait for guests to taste our delicious new nuggets for themselves,” Susan Senecal, President, and CEO at A&W Canada, said, according to VegNews.
“Nuggets are fun to eat and fun to share and we think Canadians will be very impressed with our new plant-based nuggets for lunch, dinner, or any time in between.”
The nuggets will be made from peas, wheat flour, and fava beans. They will be sold for $5.99 for a six-piece or $8.99 for a 10-piece.
This weekend, winter is back with a vengeance. A weather advisory has been put in place for Toronto and basically all of Southern Ontario.
The icy effects are already being felt. Many have taken to Twitter to document their own frozen nightmares.
The Weather Network reports that thousands are already without power in the Kitchener area, and as the icestorm continues, it could get worse for many: “Strong winds through the late morning and afternoon will pose a risk to power lines for parts of the southwest that saw ice accumulation through the morning.”
CBC’s Natasha Fatah tweets, “Toronto friends, a weather advisory in place as Sunday is going to bring a lot of messy, wintry, rainy, freezy weather.
Check on your neighbours, the elderly, those with mobility issues, the homeless, be good to each other and stay warm.”
Good advice, indeed. The mixture of snow, rain and ice is expected to continue through until Monday morning in most of Southern Ontario.
Stay safe and warm, Ontario!
At least 11 people were shot in New Orleans French Quarter Sunday morning, with two victims taken to hospital in critical condition.
The suspect, who has been detained by police, opened fire in an area known for its nightlife early on Sunday morning.
New Orleans Police were already on scene, as security was already heightened for a college football game between Southern University and Grambling State University.
According to local media, New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said the shooting occurred on the 700 block of Canal Street.
Officers say they were only feet away from the shooting.
This is a breaking news article and will be updated.
The province of Ontario is in for another potential teachers strike.
According to the President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation(OSSTF) which represents 60,000 members, public high school teachers will hold a one-day strike Wednesday unless a tentative deal is reached.
In the case of a walkout, the Toronto District School Board has said the board “would have no option, but to close all secondary schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure safety.”
In response, Education Minister Stephan Lecce has said he finds it troubling that the teacher unions turn their backs on the children.
According to the Minister, the two percent increase in wages and benefits requested by the Teachers’ Federation would cost $1.5 billion.
“Educators in Ontario are the second-highest remunerated in the country — we pay them well and we value their work,” Lecce said. “We’re offering a $750 million increase and the people of this province overwhelmingly, who I’ve spoken to, have said to me that they want us to be reasonable when it comes to compensation at one percent.”
While a walkout has been tentatively set for Wednesday, the OSSTF and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) began some job action Tuesday, by withdrawing largely administrative work such as EQAO preparation.