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2nd body found following house explosion

2nd body found following house explosion

TORONTO — Police say the body of a man has been found in the debris field of a house explosion west of Toronto. Peel Regional Police said Thursday evening that it’s the second body located at the site of the explosion — the body of a woman was found the day of the blast that damaged other houses in the Mississauga neighbourhood. Earlier Thursday, Sgt. Josh Colley said the home is associated with Robert Nadler and Diane Page, but police had not been able to contact either of them. Police said the identification of the man has not been confirmed and Colley had said the identity of the woman found dead at the scene on Tuesday had not been determined. Nine other people suffered minor injuries in the explosion that rained debris over a wide area and forced the evacuation of 69 homes — an evacuation that police said would end for some residents on Thursday night. Media reports have said there were handwritten notes found near the scene of the blast, and police said they’re working to find out whether the papers are related to the explosion. “Because the blast site was so large and there were multiple homes that were damaged, it’s an extensive process to try to match up handwriting analysis,” Colley said. “So they’re working on trying to associate those documents with an address.” Jeff Minten from the Ontario Fire Marshal said investigators were set to begin searching the debris on the blast site to determine the cause of the explosion. A canine search-and-rescue team has already been through the scene. “We’re going to be excavating that very slowly. We’re going to be looking for fragile debris that might have been associated with the blast,” he said. A police spokesman said some homes evacuated following the blast have been deemed safe and residents were to contact police to find out if their address was on the list of safe homes. Residents would then have to fill out paperwork to get gas and electricity restored and they would be given a waiver to present to officers at the site, he said. Once at the...

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Second body located at site of Mississauga home explosion

Second body located at site of Mississauga home explosion

The body of a male was found in the rubble of the deadly Mississauga explosion Thursday evening, Peel Regional Police said. Peel Const. Harinder Sohi said police have been unable to identify the age or identity of the body, which he said was discovered “earlier this evening.” This is the second dead person found on the site. Sohi said the force’s homicide squad continues to monitor the investigation into the deadly blast on Hickory Drive that officers are treating as suspicious. Peel Sgt. Josh Colley told media at a news conference earlier today that a man and woman named Robert Nadler and Diane Page live in the home on Hickory Drive that blew up. But, police said Nadler is “unaccounted for” and investigators have yet to determine whether the dead woman and man found on the property are in fact the couple. Colley said homicide officers are monitoring the case due to the suspicious circumstances but denied media reports that the case is being treated as a homicide at this time. Until a cause has been established and further evidence can be gathered ‎from the blast site, the case will remain “suspicious ” and be handled by the 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau. Colley didn’t rule out that Nadler’s body is in the large rubble‎ that crews are slowly sifting through. “He hasn’t been located,” Colley said, adding that if Nadler is alive somewhere, “we haven’t spoken to him.” The News has learned a special team of Peel Regional Police officers is searching for evidence of foul play, sources say, as investigators continue to sift through the rubble of Tuesday’s explosion. Property records show the home on Hickory Dr., at the centre of the blast, is owned by Robert Walter Nadler, 55, and his wife Diane Page. Mississauga Fire Chief Tim Beckett said a specialized canine search-and-rescue team sniffed around the rubble and found no evidence of living victims. Property records show ownership of the home was transferred to Robert Nadler by Frank Nadler in 2009. A call to a number associated to the home goes to a voicemail for “Bob and Diane.” Robert Nadler’s age...

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White House responds to rapturous MP reaction

White House responds to rapturous MP reaction

WASHINGTON — It’s not every day that the crowd’s reaction to a speech becomes a story — but that’s what Canadian politicians might have achieved with their rapturous response to U.S. President Barack Obama. There were different reactions to the tongue-in-cheek, campaign-style chorus of “Four more years!” repeatedly echoing from Canada’s House of Commons after the president’s speech to the chamber this week. It came up at a White House briefing. “I noticed that,” Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said during the daily White House briefing Thursday. “I’m sure that he did (too).” International newswires delivered news of the adoring response around the world, with stories or video of the moment posted on websites for The Washington Post, Fox News, the major U.S. TV networks, and in more distant places like the UK’s Daily Telegraph. Time Magazine invited readers in a headline: “Watch as Canadian Lawmakers Chant for ‘Four More Years’ of Obama.” Some commentators viewed it as a moment of triumph for a president who’s now begun a global farewell tour, with his popularity still high abroad and on the upswing at home to the point that he’s been invited to participate in the campaign for a third straight Democratic term. Some, however, found it weird. “I love Canada. Have a home there. Wonderful country. This is embarrassing,” tweeted Stuart Stevens, who was a senior Republican strategist in the last election. “It’s Parliament not a group of 14-year-old girls having a private Justin Bieber concert.” The response to Obama was so exuberant that Canadian MPs actually delivered a standing ovation while Obama was asking for more money from Canada — to meet its unreached military spending targets at NATO. He cleverly stuck the request into a section filled with natural applause lines, about the world needing more Canada and the quality of the northern neighbour’s soldiers. A transcript of the speech counted about four-dozen applause breaks. Some Americans joked about the possibility of Obama moving north, to extend his political career. He’s constitutionally precluded from seeking a third term in his own country by the 22nd Amendment of 1951. But Canada allows foreign-born citizens...

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Out for Canada Day: special 'ehdition' smokes

Out for Canada Day: special 'ehdition' smokes

TORONTO — It wouldn’t be Canada Day without legions of red-and-white Maple Leaf flags being waved with patriotic gusto, fireworks displays lighting up the sky and musical celebrations across the country. But specially branded cigarettes? This week, Rothmans Benson & Hedges brought out a limited “ehdition” of its Canadian Classics brand in time for Canada Day, a move that has raised the ire of anti-smoking advocates, who argue that such promotion is another reason plain packaging for cigarettes needs to be implemented as soon as possible. “Here we have a tobacco company using the theme of Canadian pride and Canada Day to sell cigarettes — and that is wrong,” said Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society. “We should not be using images associated with Canadian pride to market an addictive, lethal product.” The special-edition packaging of Canadian Classics also features a white maple leaf containing the names of the provinces and territories in blue or black, as well as the phrase “Undeniable Canadian Taste” on the obverse side. Even the bar code on the pack has been stylized with a partial maple leaf, continuing the Canadian theme. Reached Thursday by The Canadian Press, a spokesperson for Rothmans Benson & Hedges said the Markham, Ont.-based company would not provide any comment about the product, how long it will be on the market or the criticism levelled over its packaging. Cunningham contends the tobacco company is using the product’s cardboard wrapper as an advertising vehicle before new regulations mandating plain packaging for cigarettes come into effect. “What the tobacco companies are doing is they’re trying to take advantage of the legislative opportunity while they can,” asserted Cunningham. “In fact, this type of package reinforces exactly why we need plain packaging, because the companies are using the package as advertising and we should not have advertising for this type of product,” he said from Ottawa. “If a smoker takes his or her pack out 20 times a day, every time it’s an advertisement and it has the endorsement of the person that’s holding the pack, (exposing them to) kids that may see their parents’ packs or...

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TSX flat ahead of Canada Day long weekend

TSX flat ahead of Canada Day long weekend

TORONTO — The summer doldrums may have begun for the Toronto stock market, which ended flat Thursday ahead of a long holiday weekend and after two days of solid gains that saw it recoup most of the losses it suffered following last week’s surprise Brexit vote. The S&P/TSX composite index added 27.80 points or 0.2 per cent to 14,064.54, with a lift mainly from mining issues. Canada’s main market now has recovered all but 66 points of the big losses it suffered after the British vote to leave the European Union. “A lot of people are taking off early today,” Allan Small, a senior adviser at Holliswealth, said of the low trading volumes on the TSX ahead of Canada Day on Friday. “I think that is playing a factor. We can expect a lacklustre trading day on Monday as well for the (U.S.) holiday, so it’s a good excuse for people to take an extra long weekend.” But Small cautioned that although summer is often a quiet time for stock markets, investors can expect even more volatility than usual when economic data is released or earnings season kicks off again. Next week, all eyes will be on the latest jobs figures in the U.S., due out Friday. Markets will be watching to see if May’s disappointing report was just a blip and or indicative of a long-term trend. The U.S. Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged in June due to weak economic indicators after it originally planned on hiking rates up to four times this year. Economists now anticipate the central bank will raise only once, perhaps in December, due to the fallout from the British vote. The Fed holds its next rate meeting in July. “I wish they would increase rates in July. It would send a positive signal that they think the economy is healthy enough to do that,” said Small. Meanwhile, New York forged strongly ahead for a third straight day as the Dow Jones industrials rose 235.31 points to 17,929.99. The broader S&P 500 was up 28.09 points at 2,098.86, while the Nasdaq composite added 63.42 points to 4,842.67. The Canadian dollar...

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Life comes full circle for retired Scarborough soccer star Dwayne De Rosario at Robbie International Soccer Tournament

Life comes full circle for retired Scarborough soccer star Dwayne De Rosario at Robbie International Soccer Tournament

This year’s Robbie International Soccer Tournament, which is marking its 50th year, will be an extra special one for retired MLS/Canadian national team soccer star Dwayne De Rosario. For the first time, the Scarborough native’s 15-year-old son, Osaze, will be playing in the under-16 boys division with Toronto FC. “I played in the Robbie and now I’m the father of a kid in the Robbie. I’m going to live vicariously through him and get back some special memories,” De Rosario said, following a June 30 press conference at the Delta Toronto East Hotel. DeRo, who this year is serving as the Robbie’s honourary chair, said the event – the largest youth soccer tournament for charity in the world – is a way for young players to showcase their potential and dream big. “I thank the Robbie wholeheartedly for creating that environment for kids like myself,” he said. De Rosario, who is a former Robbie champion, also said he’s looking forward to this weekend as players from his family’s homeland of Barbados are competing in the event. The teens, who are members of Paradise Football Club, trained with De Rosario for a week back in April as part of a partnership between his foundation, DeRo United, and the Sandals Foundation. “It was a real amazing experience,” he said, adding he’s looking forward to cheering the youths on and seeing how hey fare. De Rosario, who was inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame in 2009, is also coordinating a celebrity soccer match for the Robbie on Sunday, July 3 starting at 3 p.m. at Birchmount Stadium. The Robbie, which this year is welcoming close to 400 teams playing at about 25 east-end Toronto venues, kicked off its 50th edition on Saturday, June 25 with a tournament featuring 220 teams of players ranging in age from 8 to 12. This weekend’s soccer action will see about 160 teams of players aged 13 to 18 competing. Mike Ellis, who has served as the event’s chair for the last six years, said the Robbie is all about promoting soccer as well as...

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Toronto police charge woman, 48, in fatal crash that killed pedestrian on Bremner Boulevard

Toronto police charge woman, 48, in fatal crash that killed pedestrian on Bremner Boulevard

A 48-year-old woman has been charged is facing charges in connection with a crash which took the life a woman working at a farmers’ market stall on Bremner Boulevard earlier this month. On Tuesday, June 14, at approximatedly 2:15 p.m., Toronto police responded to a call for a personal injury collision at Bremner Boulevard, east of Spadina Avenue. When police arrived, they found a 38-year-old who been pinned against a brick wall by a 2013 Mercedes that had mounted the sidewalk. The 38-year-old woman died of her injuries. On Friday, June 30, police announced that the driver of the Mercedes had been charged with careless driving and an unsafe lane change. Source...

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Samsung sells Galaxy S7 phones that aren't tied to carrier

Samsung sells Galaxy S7 phones that aren't tied to carrier

NEW YORK — Samsung will sell unlocked versions of its flagship Galaxy S7 phones in the U.S. so consumers can switch carriers more easily. Although two-year service contracts are now rare, consumers are instead stuck with two-year installment plans and cannot take a phone to a rival until it’s paid off. Unlocked phones have no such restrictions. They are also free of carrier-specific apps for messaging, video and other tasks, though Samsung still adds several beyond the standard version of Android from Google. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 will sell for $670, and a model with a curved side screen called Edge will go for $770. The prices are cheaper than Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, though more expensive than Sprint. You pay the phone’s full price rather than monthly installments. By The Associated Press Source...

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Feds launch pot legalization task force

Feds launch pot legalization task force

OTTAWA — The federal government is launching a task force to study the legalization and regulation marijuana use. Ottawa has committed to introducing legislation on the legalization of pot in the spring of 2017. The task force is made up of experts in public health, substance abuse, law enforcement and justice. It will be chaired by former Liberal public safety minister Anne McLellan. The group plans to meet with provincial, territorial and municipal governments over the coming weeks and months. The government will also hold a online public consultation that will be open until the end of August. By The Canadian Press Source...

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