Three injured in drive-by shooting near Highway 401
Three people were wounded today in a drive-by shooting in Pickering near Highway 401. The shooting occurred at about 3:20 a.m and those injured were taken to hospital.
The westbound collector lanes have been closed while the OPP investigate.
At the scene, a Kia car can be seen with bullet holes through the window.
The incident started at Island Mix Restaurant and Lounge on Brock Road in Pickering. A dispute broke out in the restaurant and ended up on the street.
Two men and two women were sitting in the Kia close to Whites Rd. near Highway 401 when another car approached and fired into the vehicle.
Three of the people in the car were hit. One man was hit in the chest and the other man in the shoulder. One woman was hit and the other escaped from the car free of injuries. She waited while hiding in some bushes and another car picked her up. Only one of the victims still remains in serious condition.
Investigators don’t yet know what caused the altercation in the nightclub.
This is one of many shootings in the GTA and close to Hwy. 401 this year.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told CP24 News, “All I can say is that the officers and the emergency response team members have walked back hundreds of metres on the highway looking for any possible evidence and there certainly is evidence being captured and collected.”
He also noted, “We have our forensic identification members as well as the traffic support doing aerial photography and ground based mapping as well to measure how long the scene actually is.”
At around 11:30 Police said that lanes would be closed for hours.
Two private schools in the Greater Toronto Area have made it aware that some parents were on the same flight as the Ontario patient who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to CTV News.
Since coronavirus was brought to the attention of the Western public last week, there has been a great deal of panic around the spreading of the virus. Originally starting in Wuhan, China, the disease has now spread to Canada—with two confirmed cases.
Since then, two private schools in Ontario have asked parents to not send their children to school if they have recently travelled to China. One school, named Richmond Hill Montessori School, has asked children to stay at home for at least 15 days.
In an “emergency order,” the school asked that parents “kindly note, the same 15-day quarantine applies to any RHMS family who may have come in contact with individuals travelling to Toronto from China or any other countries or cities to be known to have confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases.”
Another Montessori has also sent a message to parents, asking them to quarantine “themselves for the recommended 14-day period to ensure the safety of themselves and others.”
It is unclear whether any of the parents have been affected.
No, Ontario isn’t about to have the next Chernobyl or Fukushima nuclear disaster.
An alarm that was sent to Ontarians’ smart phones at 7:23 a.m. Sunday morning warned residents that there was an “incident” at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.
“This is a Province of Ontario emergency bulletin which applies to people within ten (10) kilometres of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. An incident was reported at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station . There has been NO abnormal release of radioactivity from the station and emergency staff are responding to the situation . People near the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station DO NOT need to take any protective actions at this time,” read the emergency alert.
A second message sent to Ontarians’ phones later cleared the air and the anxiety the first message caused residents, letting them know they weren’t going to be burned to death in a nuclear apocalypse.
“There is NO active nuclear situation taking place at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. The previous alert was issued in error. There is no danger to the public or the environment. No further action is required.”
Premier Doug Ford’s Solicitor General, Sylvia Jones, released a statement a 12:29 p.m. addressing the false alarm:
“Earlier today, an emergency alert was issued by the Province of Ontario stating there was a situation at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. The alert was issued in error to the public during a routine training exercise being conducted by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC).
“There was no incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station that should have triggered public notification. Nor was there ever any danger to the public or environment.
“Emergency exercises are a critical component of ensuring preparedness for emergency management and response agencies. The PEOC conducts training exercises regularly and there was no intention to notify the public in this instance.
“The Government of Ontario sincerely apologizes for raising public concern and has begun a full investigation to determine how this error happened and will take the appropriate steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Top trends on Twitter quickly became “Pickering”, “Chernobyl” and “#everythingisfine”, with many creating memes to laugh off or mock the government-issued the false alarm.
Some residents near the Pickering nuclear plant reminded others that in case of a real emergency those living near the power station can get pills from the government.
This latest false alarm raises questions for Pelmorex, parent company of the Weather Network, its Alert Ready system (the software used to send out the mass emergency messages to Canadians’ smart phones, including Amber Alerts) and the Ontario government.
A shooting in Ottawa Wednesday morning killed one and left three people seriously injured, who were rushed to hospital by paramedics.
The shooting took place on Gilmour Street at a spot about one kilometre from Parliament Hill.
According to CBC, paramedics were called to Gilmour Street, near the intersetion with Kent Street at around 7:30 a.m. local time.
Ottawa Police say the suspect is still at large.
The Ottawa Police say there is not an active shooter, but the area remained closed as they investigate the crime scene.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
A man has died in Edmonton after an early morning shooting on Christmas morning according to the Edmonton Journal.
The Journal reports that: “Police and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene after the victim was shot at a multi-unit housing complex at 117 Street and 106 Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Investigators say the man had been attending a Christmas party that spilled outside before he was shot.”
If this lethal incident is determined to be a homicide, it will be the 26th in Edmonton this year.