Ontario boy’s lemonade stand attracts a crowd of first responders
Police, fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the scene of a small-scale Entrepreneurial enterprise in Ontario, Monday. The reason for their appearance was not for serious violations of the health code, abridgment of child labour laws, or any other such capitalist mischief, but to support the lemonade stand of a young boy with cancer.
Sam Cargill who pioneered the operation in Ajax, Ontario, is only four years old. Despite his young age, he has been diagnosed with stage four cancer which has made its way to the lungs.
Ontario Liberal leadership hopeful Michael Coteau has an idea to curb climate change, and it may not be what immediately comes to mind.
Coteau has announced a proposal that would make public transit free, eliminating fares within a decade in order to get commuters onto more public transportation.
“Climate change is an urgent, existential threat. We need to act in ways that empower Ontarians to reduce their carbon footprint and save their hard-earned money,” Coteau said Monday.
“Our actions must be bold and decisive … I believe, as a principle, that like other public services in Ontario, public transit should be free at the point of access,” he said.
“Within the context of a province-wide initiative to identify and mitigate barriers to use of public transit, we will develop and implement a plan to eliminate transit fares incrementally over the course of a decade.”
Coteau didn’t mince words when discussing the difficulty of his proposal, which would cost billions of dollars.
“This initiative will involve all local, regional and provincial transit entities in all parts of Ontario and entail all modes of public transit,” said Coteau.
“We will undertake cost-benefit analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of fare-free transit at achieving targeted environmental, economic and social objectives and determine the return on the province’s investment in free transit,” he said.
“We will use the findings of this analysis to inform evidence-based decision-making on the role free transit can play in transitioning Ontario to a greater reliance on public transit to meet our transportation needs.”
Coteau will be running for Liberal leader of Ontario come March 2020, in which he’d have to face current the incumbent Progressive Conservatives in the 2022 election.
“The Ford Conservatives are running away from the climate crisis. Under my leadership, the Ontario Liberals will stand with Ontarians and fight to do our part to protect our planet.”
As of now, there are five candidates who will be seeking the position as Ontario’s Liberal leader.
The proposal is backed by some economists and studies, who claim that a city’s productivity would increase substantially with easier access to public transportation.
Recently, Luxembourg, a small and wealthy European nation with a population only 20 percent the size of Toronto, recently made all public transportation free.
The deadline for entering the Liberal contest is 5 pm on Nov. 25. Candidates must also pay a fee of $100,000 to run.
Canopy Growth Corporation, formerly Tweed Marijuana, is teaming up with Toronto-based rapper and recently-named artist of the decade Drake.
Drake will now be holding a 60 percent stake in More Life and Smiths Falls-based Canopy Growth will own the remain 40 percent.
Canopy Growth will provide all day-to-day operations and maintenance of the Toronto-based More Life cannabis production facility, also retaining all rights to product distribution at the location.
On the flip side of the deal, Drake has granted More Life exclusive rights to use certain intellectual property, brands, and imagery with the growth and sale of marijuana and marijuana products, merchandise, paraphernalia, and accessories at home and abroad.
The move to partner with Canopy Growth came shortly after Drake had sent out bouquets of flowers to various companies around the GTA, hoping to make partnerships headed into his next business venture.
Though the partnership seems to be a match made in heaven for both parties, only time will tell whether or not this business venture is as successful as his others.
Ottawa explosive specialists removed a suspected hand grenade from a ByWard Market homeless shelter over the weekend, Ottawa police confirmed Thursday.
Police were called to the George Street Ottawa Booth Centre Salvation Army at 6:25 pm on Saturday.
The building was evacuated as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive units, or CBRNE removed the object, according to CBC.
Occupants were allowed to return at 7:47 p.m.
Ottawa police have not yet confirmed or denied whether the object was a live grenade, and have announced they will release more information on Friday.
No charges have been laid.
A spokesperson for the Salvation Army told the CBC the charity is cooperating with the police investigation.
“The safety of our staff and those that we serve is always of the utmost importance,” Rob Kerr wrote in an email to CBC.
Ottawa police are asking anyone with information to call 613-236-1222 ext. 5166.
UPDATE: A Brampton man has been charged in connection with the death of his two sons, with two counts of first-degree murder.
Edwin Bastidas, 52, was arrested after his two sons, Nicholas, 9, and Jonathan, 12, were found deceased in their home.
The boys are believed to have been suffocated.
The murders are the 24th and 25th homicides in the city of Brampton in 2019.
Police responded to a home near Sandalwood Parkway and Creditview Road in Brampton at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday for a medical call.
Police say the situation has been determined to be an isolated incident with no threat to the community.
“Investigation into the circumstances of what transpired within the residence is ongoing by investigators from the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau,” according to police reports.
Anyone with information relating to this investigation is asked to contact the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3205. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.