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Ottawa to host 2017 Grey Cup at TD Place Stadium

Ottawa to host 2017 Grey Cup at TD Place Stadium

OTTAWA — The 2017 Grey Cup will take place in Ottawa. Canadian Football League commissioner Jeffrey Orridge made the announcement prior to Sunday night’s matchup between the Ottawa Redblacks and Toronto Argonauts. The 105th Grey Cup will coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and take place on November 26. “The Grey Cup game and festival are iconic national events that provide a tremendous boost to the local economy, but more than that, they bring our nation together,” Ottawa mayor Jim Watson said in a release. A pre-game video montage featured Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Hon. Catherine McKenna. The video led into an on-field ceremony at TD Place Stadium where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police handed the Grey Cup off to former Ottawa Rough Riders member Tony Gabriel, who hoisted the trophy to mid-field. By The Canadian Press Source...

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Warm reception for Trudeau at Vancouver Pride

Warm reception for Trudeau at Vancouver Pride

VANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is no stranger to Vancouver’s Pride parade, having taken part in the annual celebration for the past several years. But this year he set a milestone for the 38-year-old event by becoming the first sitting prime minister to participate in the march. Trudeau and his family waved to cheering crowds as they led the procession along the sunny, rainbow-laden streets of the city’s downtown on Sunday. The prime minister paused along the route to shake hands and snap selfies with enthusiastic spectators. “What an incredible pleasure it is to be back here in Vancouver,” he said moments before the parade set off. “We celebrate the great diversity that is such a strength of our country. We celebrate community. We celebrate family. And all these things together means we’re going to have a great Pride.” He began the parade alongside his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and his three children, the youngest of whom appeared oblivious to the noisy revelry as he slept in a stroller pushed by the prime minister. On July 3, Trudeau also became the first incumbent prime minister to take part in Toronto’s Pride parade. The revellers in Toronto, some decked out in rainbow gear and outlandish costumes, gave the prime minister a boisterous reception, posing for selfies with him and chanting his name as he passed by. Trudeau, however, downplayed his appearance at Toronto’s parade as no big deal, noting he’d been attending Pride parades for years. Official numbers have yet to be released for the Vancouver parade, but organizers estimated the celebration would attract more than half a million spectators. The event drew some controversy when the activist group Black Lives Matter called for the Vancouver police to withdraw from the parade, saying allowing officers to participate on a float was “insulting” to protesters who made Pride celebrations possible. The call came just weeks after the Toronto chapter of the group temporarily stopped the country’s largest Pride parade and issued a series of demands — including more funding and better representation for minority communities during Pride events, and a ban on police floats in future parades. ...

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Body of abducted man left in driveway

Body of abducted man left in driveway

CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — Police in Newfoundland are looking for suspects they describe as “armed and dangerous” after a man was allegedly abducted from his home in Conception Bay South and found dead outside another residence just hours later. Officers responded to a 911 hang-up call at a residence in the town’s Seal Cove neighbourhood at around 4 a.m. on Saturday, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said Sunday. Upon arrival, officers found the house engulfed in flames. According to police, a witness told them several armed people wearing masks had forced their way inside the home and dragged the man out against his will. About four hours later, police were called to a residence a few kilometres away in the town’s Bayview Heights area where the man’s body had been left on the home’s driveway. “We do believe that this was not a random act of violence,” Const. Geoffrey Higdon told a news conference. “However, we do believe these individuals have certainly shown what they’re capable of. “If you put into consideration the home invasion, a kidnapping, a fire … a suspicious death — of course we think that these individuals are dangerous people.” Investigators believe there may be a connection between the suspects and the deceased, Higdon said. Police have not determined the origins of the fire, Higdon said, but believe it to be “suspicious.” He said a female resident was inside the home during the fire and sustained minor injuries. Police have not found evidence to suggest a connection between the crime and the location where the body found, according to Higdon. He said it’s possible the driveway was a “very random,” quiet location. The name of the dead man hasn’t been released. Police said he was 25 years old and the cause of death is still under investigation. Police are also looking into a serious assault on a man believed to have been stabbed Saturday in Paradise, a 20-minute drive from Conception Bay South. Higdon said the assault is being treated as a separate incident, however, police are not ruling out a possible connection between the crimes. Police urged anyone with...

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Liberal, PC, NDP candidates for Scarborough-Rouge River campaign during Joythi Festival

Liberal, PC, NDP candidates for Scarborough-Rouge River campaign during Joythi Festival

At the Joythi Festival, Ontario’s three biggest political parties offered passers-by free face-painting, chocolates and balloons. But on Saturday, July 30 evening, as hundreds moved around an annual fair on Scarborough’s Middlefield Road, not many seemed interested in what the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats wanted to tell them. Most people on the grounds of the Canada Sri Ayyappan Temple were too busy looking through clothes, hearing speeches from the stage about mortgage specialists, or lining up for ice cream or dosas. It’s been nearly two months since the parties had candidates in place for Scarborough-Rouge River to replace MPP Bas Balkissoon, who suddenly quit politics in March. Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, who must call a byelection by Sept. 22, hasn’t done so yet, but meanwhile all three camps continue to campaign. Before visiting the temple festival, Raymond Cho, the PC candidate and a local city councillor, canvassed a street in Morningside Heights with Tobias Enverga, a Conservative senator from Scarborough. On Boulderbrook Drive, a winding street off Staines Road, Cho started most conversations with residents by saying, “You know, I’ve been your councillor for 25 years.” Cho, who unsuccessfully ran for the MPP position as a PC in 2014, now has former Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford as a campaign manager. Cho cancelled his annual community picnic in Malvern’s Nielson Park Saturday because, as an assistant explained, the councillor didn’t want the event seen as a misuse of city funds so close to an election. On the canvass, however, Cho worked quickly from a list of past supporters to get locations for lawn signs, and said he’s not concerned about when the writ is dropped. “If they call (the election) later, that’s fine. The response has been very good,” he said. New Democratic Party candidate Neethan Shan, who’s also the area’s public school trustee, has run twice against Cho and also tried twice to unseat Balkissoon as a New Democrat. At Joythi, he said he senses the northeastern Scarborough riding, which Balkissoon held like a fortress, has finally had enough of the Liberals. “It’s not looking good for them,” said Shan. “There’s...

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Toronto police arrest teen following gun-point and pepper-spray robbery in North York

Toronto police arrest teen following gun-point and pepper-spray robbery in North York

A boy is charged with robbing two other boys using pepper spray and a gun on a street near the Don Valley Parkway and York Mills Boulevard. Toronto police say a 16- and 17-year-old were approached by a third boy early on Saturday, July 30 as they sat on a bench on Fenside Drive. The suspect pepper-sprayed the two boys at 1:30 a.m., and then pointed a firearm at them. He allegedly took a wallet, cellphone, and necklace from the 17-year-old boy. An hour later, police arrested a 15-year-old boy, who cannot be identified, and charged him with robbery with a firearm, robbery with an offensive weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon and administering a noxious substance with intent. Police are asking anyone with information to call 416-808-3300, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477). Source...

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Broga: A macho twist on yoga with added sweat

Broga: A macho twist on yoga with added sweat

A growing global fitness trend has men rolling out their yoga mats for so-called broga classes — a macho twist on the thousands-year-old practice with a little added sweat. Michael DeCorte of Jock Yoga in Toronto says anywhere from half to 85 per cent of people in his classes, which offer an athletic mashup between stretching and strength, are men. But Nikki Martin, a teacher at the Rock in Opposition Yoga & Pilates Studio in Halifax, says her dude-centric Jo-Ga class is largely attended by women who want to “keep up with the boys.” The Massachusetts-based official Broga empire claims to have more than 12,000 students and 500 teachers, boasting classes online and all over the world. Founder Roberti Sidoti says there are even man-only retreats for guys who fear the allure of women wearing pants may distract from their yogic journey. Sidoti says most of broga’s disciples are just regular guys — dads with back pain and office workers trying to trim down. By Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Source...

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Toronto police release suspect image in Christie Pits Park fitness class shooting

Toronto police release suspect image in Christie Pits Park fitness class shooting

Toronto police are reaching out to the public in locating a man wanted in a shooting at Christie Pits Park that injured two people Saturday. The incident happened around 9 a.m. during a fitness class at the park. The suspect participated in the class, according to media reports, before he started shooting. Police say the 35-year-old fitness instructor was hit in the abdominal area and suffered life-threatening injuries. A second person was hit in the foot by a stray bullet. Both victims are expected to survive. The suspect is described as black, dark complexion, with short cornrows hanging out of his baseball cap, 25 to 30, thin build, 5’8” to 5’9″. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black hoodie with a white logo in the centre, black sweat pants with a light logo on left front hip area, light-coloured running shoes, and dark sunglasses with gold trim on the arms. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Police say do not approach him, but call 911. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World. Source...

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Toronto set to host Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals at Polson Pier

Toronto set to host Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals at Polson Pier

Toronto will host the most prestigious beach volleyball competition of the year – outside of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The world’s top beach volleyball players – which will likely include the champions of the upcoming Rio Olympics – will compete in the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals Sept. 14 to 17 at Polson Pier on the east waterfront in the port lands district. They’ll be competing for $500,000 (U.S.) in prize money, part of a total prize pool of $8.25 million for the long season. The prestigious season-ending tournament is the first world tour stop in Canada since the Quebec Open was held in 2011. Last year’s Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals were held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Toronto event is more exclusive than Rio with only 12 pairs invited each for both the men’s and women’s draws, consisting of the top 10 in the world (limit two per country), plus two wildcards. Organizers say admission will be free, on a first-come, first-served basis. The grandstands will seat 4,000. “We are delighted and proud to come to such a marvelous city like Toronto,” said Hannes Jagerhofer, who together with Red Bull sponsors a portion of the world tour labelled the ‘Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series’. “Polson Pier offers one of the best sites of the FIVB World Tour, and will definitely set new standards that will make the Swatch Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals a spectacular and truly memorable event.” Toronto has qualified two women’s and men’s teams to Rio, as follows (current world rankings in brackets): • men, Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk (11th); Dr. Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter (22nd) • Women: Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley (15th); Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas (36th). Source...

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