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- 09/29/17--15:45: Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders to undergo kidney transplant
- 09/29/17--17:31: Obama’s eternal optimism was on display in Toronto: Paradkar
- 09/30/17--18:20: Protests erupt on immigration issues in Quebec
- 09/30/17--18:30: Illnesses among diplomats in Cuba have no known cause: Analysis
- 09/30/17--09:00: St. Regis moves in on Toronto’s Trump Tower
- 09/30/17--09:38: Sudanese man gets last-minute reprieve from deportation order
MIAMI—The take-a-knee protests over racial justice now run the age gamut — from 6 to 97.
A 6-year-old, emulating NFL football players’ take-a-knee protests, knelt for the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance in his classroom in a suburb of Tampa, Fla.
But his action didn’t go over any better than the NFL stars’ protests went over with President Donald Trump.
The boy’s teacher at Wiregrass Elementary School in Pasco County told him to stand and show respect for the flag. His mother says the school should not have publicly reprimanded him.
Eugenia McDowell told ABC News that the teacher sent her a text message on Monday, alerting her of her son’s protest and how she had admonished him. McDowell was not pleased with the response because she felt the admonishment in front of his classmates encroached on her son’s freedom of speech. McDowell passed the text along to ABC News.
The teacher’s message to McDowell read: “I knew where he had seen (kneeling), but I did tell him that in the classroom, we are learning what it means to be a good citizen, we’re learning about respecting the United States of America and our country symbols and showing loyalty and patriotism and that we stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.”
A spokesperson for the Pasco County School District told ABC that the teacher responded to the incident by mouthing, “We stand for the pledge” when she saw the boy kneeling. The district policy requires students to have written exemption from their parents if they don’t plan to take part in the pledge.
The night before, on Sunday, one in eight NFL players, about 200, took a knee before their games during the national anthem to protest police brutality and social inequality.
Trump took to Twitter and said that the NFL should have rules prohibiting kneeling during the national anthem.
In one tweet he said, “Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad Ratings!” In speeches, he called for players to be fired. People, Trump said, “MUST honour and respect” the American flag.
McDowell didn’t know what her son planned on doing, but he’d had plenty of inspiration. Aside from the televised football games, his two older brothers knelt during the national anthem at their high school football game last year, McDowell told the Tampa Bay Times.
“What he did was have a difference of opinion. He was not being disrespectful. He was silently protesting and exercising his constitutional right,” McDowell told ABC News. “My concern is she infringed upon his constitutional right to express himself, to protest peacefully, and she also made him feel like his decision to come up with his own opinion about things was the wrong thing to do.”
‘We stand for the Pledge,’ Florida teacher tells 6-year-old who took a knee in class
A judge in Louisiana on Thursday said that Black Lives Matter is a social movement and therefore can’t be sued, dismissing a lawsuit brought by an anonymous police officer.
In his ruling, Chief Judge Brian Jackson, of the U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge, said that the lawsuit against several parties, including Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, one of the movement’s most prominent supporters, suffered from “numerous deficiencies.”
The officer, of the Baton Rouge Police Department, first filed the suit late last year, arguing that the pair should be held responsible for injuries he suffered while responding to protests in 2016. A rock or piece of concrete thrown at a protest struck him, he said, resulting in loss of teeth and injuries to his jaw, brain and head.
The protest at which the officer was injured, attended by Mckesson, was held in Baton Rouge in July 2016 amid widespread demonstrations over police shootings of black men. The officer alleged that Mckesson had helped incite violence at the protest. That month saw five police officers killed at a march against police shootings in Dallas, and three more killed in Baton Rouge.
This summer, the officer added two more parties to his lawsuit. One was Black Lives Matter Network, Inc., a group associated with the movement. The other was “#BlackLivesMatter,” which, Jackson noted repeatedly in italics, is a hashtag, a marker used on Twitter to flag posts about a similar topic.
In his ruling, Jackson acknowledged that groups and individuals associated with the movement can be brought to court. But Black Lives Matter was an exception, he said.
“Black Lives Matter,” as a social movement, cannot be sued, however, in a similar way that a person cannot plausibly sue other social movements such as the Civil Rights movement, the L.G.B.T. rights movement, or the Tea Party movement. If he could state a plausible claim for relief, a plaintiff could bring suit against entities associated with those movements, though, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Human Rights Campaign, or Tea Party Patriots.
Jackson also chafed at the inclusion of the hashtag, which the officer and his lawyers defined as “a national unincorporated association” in California.
For reasons that should be obvious, a hashtag — which is an expression that categorizes or classifies a person’s thought — is not a “juridical person” and therefore lacks the capacity to be sued. Amending the Complaint to add “#BlackLivesMatter” as a Defendant in this matter would be futile because such claims “would be subject to dismissal”; a hashtag is patently incapable of being sued.
In the end, he criticized the officer and his lawyers for including either.
Plaintiff’s attempt to bring suit against a social movement and a hashtag evinces either a gross lack of understanding of the concept of capacity or bad faith.
Billy Gibbens, a lawyer for Mckesson, said he was pleased with the ruling.
“DeRay has repeatedly said that he doesn’t endorse violence, and we’re sorry for what happened to the officer, but I think the judge was right that he’s not responsible,” he said.
This case may be resolved, but another, brought before the same judge by a different officer, against Mckesson, Black Lives Matter, the hashtag, and others, remains, Gibbens said.
A lawyer for the anonymous officer could not immediately be reached.
No, you can’t sue #BlackLivesMatter, judge says in ruling against injured Louisiana cop
A Toronto-area company’s upcoming video game called Dirty Chinese Restaurant is being denounced as racist, but the business says its product is meant as satire.
Big-O-Tree Games says the game — in which players chase cats and dogs with a cleaver, scavenge for ingredients and dodge immigration officials — “in no way is meant to be an accurate representation of Chinese culture.”
The Markham company says the game is coming out soon for Apple and Android devices but it has yet to announce a release date.
A New York congresswoman this week urged all platforms not to carry the game or any other that “glorifies in hurting any community.”
In a Facebook post on Monday, New York Rep. Grace Meng says the game “uses every negative and demeaning stereotype that I have ever come across as a Chinese American.”
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also condemned the game on Twitter on Thursday, saying such racism has no place in Ontario.
Big-O-Tree has issued two trailers for the game, which show the protagonist, Wong Fu, dumpster diving, evading tax collectors and sabotaging competitors.
The videos begin with the company’s logo and the tagline, “Because being politically correct is so...boring.”
The company defended the game in a statement posted on its website.
“It has come to our attention that our small, independent game, Dirty Chinese Restaurant, has upset some people due to its content,” it said.
“Our game is mainly satire and comedy influenced by the classic politically incorrect shows we grew up watching, such as: South Park, All in the Family, Sanford & Son, Family Guy, Simpsons, and Chappelle’s Show. We also listen to Jay-Z.”
The company describes itself as a small independent game studio “making games no one thought possible” and says it strives “to create entertainment that we all want to experience which is fun, addictive, and hilarious.”
Markham company’s ‘Dirty Chinese Restaurant’ mobile game denounced as racist
Hallelujah. Women in Saudi Arabia are going to drive. According to a new royal decree, the ultrareligious kingdom is ditching its long-standing ban on women drivers, granting Saudi women the right to get behind the wheel come June next year. But here’s the really extraordinary bit: not only will Saudi women be able to hit the road next summer, they will be able to drive alone.
Of course there are still a great many things Saudi women can’t do alone — or at all. Since the kingdom’s announcement, many critics were quick to point out that despite its apparent change of heart on women behind the wheel, Saudi Arabia may remain only second to Margaret Atwood’s dystopia, the Republic of Gilead (of The Handmaid’s Tale) in its unapologetic oppression of the female gender.
And they’re right. In Saudi Arabia, though a woman may soon be able to drive her family’s Honda Civic off the dealership lot, she is still prohibited from doing the following without a say-so from a male guardian: opening a bank account, getting married, getting divorced, having elective surgery, applying for a passport. Women in the kingdom aren’t allowed to socialize freely with members of the opposite sex and this one won’t surprise you: they must appear veiled in public at all times. All in all the Middle Eastern kingdom is a lousy place to be if you’re a lady, brand new Honda Civic or not.
But the Honda Civic helps a lot. For proof we need only look to history. The car has always been a driving force in feminism not merely because it gives women freedom of movement but a place in which they can move and think at the same time absent interference from home and public life. In other words, under the new law Saudi women drivers will have access to a roving room of their own, or as historian Margaret Walsh put it in an essay about American women’s increased bent for driving in the decades after the invention of the car, they will have access to “the automobile as a type of second home.”
This is no small thing. The right to be alone in a car isn’t just a win for practicality (under the new policy Saudi women will no longer have to rely on a male guardian or a paid driver to get to the grocery store). It’s psychologically liberating too because it affords women a type of privacy and solace previously only afforded to men. For anyone who believes that all a woman requires for peace and contentment is a hot bath in the evening, here’s Walsh to disabuse you of that notion: “As one farmwoman in the 1920s told an inspector from the United States Department of Agriculture who inquired why her family had bought a car rather than putting indoor plumbing into their home, ‘You can’t go to town in a bathtub.’”
You can’t go sightseeing in a bathtub either. When women began driving in large numbers in the United States in the early 20th century, they didn’t just whip over to the store to pick up some groceries. They went exploring. “It is clear that many women sought and enjoyed the independence provided by the automobile and welcomed the opportunity to travel,” writes Martin Wachs, an engineering and planning professor in an essay called “The Automobile and Gender: An Historical Perspective.”
“Many books appeared presenting accounts of women’s trips across country without men. For example, the first commercially successful book published by Emily Post, who later became a well-known authority on etiquette, was an account of her cross-country journey in an automobile.”
In fact, despite male obsession with women-can’t-drive jokes, it was a woman, not a man, who embarked on what is believed to be the first ever road trip. German engineer Karl Benz is widely credited with inventing the original motor car in the late 1800s, but it was his wife Bertha Benz who actually thought to take the thing for a good long spin. The story goes that one morning in 1888, without his knowledge or permission, Mrs. Benz drove her husband’s car roughly 90 kilometres to visit her mother in another city. Not only was this the furthest anyone at the time had ever driven a car; Benz’s surprise road trip changed the way many people saw the automobile. “She proved the car was a tool, not a toy,” writes Andrew Frankel in a story about Benz published in the Telegraph earlier this year.
Of course Saudi Arabia is a very different place than Europe or North America in the decades after the car was invented. Thanks to the country’s draconian male guardianship laws, it’s highly unlikely that come June, Saudi women will immediately take off with their husbands' convertibles and re-enact Thelma and Louise in the Arabian Desert. But the elimination of the driving ban is a major win for gender equality in the state because history shows us that when women take the wheel, all of us, men included, move forward.
Emma Teitel is a national affairs columnist.
Saudi reversal of female driving ban is a big win for gender equality: Teitel
Safety advocate says speed limits over 50 km/h contributed to the deaths.
Four pedestrians die in Scarborough within 24 hours
Donald Trump on Friday had said he was “not happy” with the former Georgia congressman, who also incurred more than $500,000 flying on military planes. Three other Trump cabinet members have come under scrutiny over their flying habits.
Trump health secretary Tom Price resigns after spending $400,000 on private-plane flights
Paramedics have rushed a man in his 20s to hospital after he was shot at the North York shopping centre.
Man shot at Sheridan Mall in critical condition
If he beats Democratic lawyer Doug Jones in the December general election, Moore will become by far the most ideologically extreme member of the Republican caucus.
Preschool a Nazi-like institution for brainwashing children into being liberal: Alabama Republican Roy Moore
Nearly 200 students and faculty signed an open letter to Hugh Segal, previously the “master” of the graduate college on the U of T campus, asking him to oust the professor who made the remark.
Firestorm over racially charged remark prompts Massey College to drop title of ‘master’ for head of school
Donald Trump’s response to devastation on the island has been markedly different than to damage in Texas and Florida, notably in his repeated mention of the burden of cost. Puerto Ricans have noticed.
‘He’s a racist president’: Mainland Puerto Ricans are furious over Donald Trump’s debt talk amid hurricane crisis
Saunders, who has been living with one kidney all his life, is expected to have transplant surgery Monday — and his wife will be the donor.
Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders to undergo kidney transplant
Critics charge the federal government is wasting money and betraying its promises to Indigenous peoples by pursuing a court case against the family of an Alberta teen who required $6,000 worth of orthodontic treatment.
Ottawa racks up $110,000 in legal bills to avoid paying for Indigenous teen’s braces
The former U.S. president urged active citizenship in his speech to a crowd of youth in Toronto on Friday. He also noted his optimism is hard earned. “It is not a naiveté . . . But it is leavened by the recognition that progress can reverse itself. It can go backwards.”
Obama’s eternal optimism was on display in Toronto: Paradkar
MONTREAL—Pro- and anti- immigration protesters faced off in duelling rallies Saturday.
Members of the right-wing group Storm Alliance announced a series of rallies outside border crossing points and government buildings to protest what they call the destructive policies of Justin Trudeau’s government.
In turn, many pro-refugee organizations have announced their own gatherings to counter Storm Alliance’s message, which they say is hostile to immigrants and refugees.
In Quebec, about 200 members of Storm Alliance traded insults across a police line with a group of pro-refugee protesters outside the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle border station.
Authorities announced the border crossing, which has been a processing point for thousands of refugee claimants who have walked across the Canada-U.S. border in recent months, was temporarily closed on Saturday.
Other gatherings were planned in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and British Columbia.
Protests erupt on immigration issues in Quebec
It’s a mystery out of a John le Carré novel: For the past several months, U.S. diplomats in Cuba have suffered unexplainable symptoms, from hearing loss and vertigo to nausea and concussions. Some say they’re struggling to concentrate and recall even common words.
Equally strange: While some victims said they felt vibrations or heard loud noises audible only in parts of a room, others experienced nothing.
So far, 21 Americans have reported symptoms, and Canadian diplomats are suffering as well. It’s become so bad that the United States decided this week to yank all non-essential personnel from its Havana embassy. Americans are being warned against visiting the country for their own safety until investigators can figure out what’s happening.
What is going on? For months, experts have struggled to explain what kind of weapon could cause such a wide variety of symptoms. Investigators on the scene have uncovered few clues. In the absence of hard proof, there are lots and lots of theories. Here are some of the main ones:
The perpetrators are using sound as a weapon
The sonic attack theory is a popular one, especially because some of the diplomats are reporting hearing loss, sounds and vibrations.
And it is possible to use sound waves to cause problems. Ultrasonic frequencies, which are high-pitched, can be harnessed and directed. As Tim Leighton, professor of ultrasonics and underwater acoustics at University of Southampton, told the Guardian: “If you want to produce a tight beam of energy that you can point at someone, ultrasound is the one to go for.” Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to ultrasonic sound can result in hearing loss and human tissue damage.
It’s also not hard, professors say, to build a device that emits this kind of noise. “You can buy transducers on the internet that emit these frequencies,” Robin Cleveland, a professor of engineering science at the University of Oxford, told the Guardian. “Anybody with a bit of engineering background could put one together.” It would take a device about a size of a matchbox to produce noise that could, at close range, induce feelings of anxiety or difficulty concentrating.
But high frequency sound doesn’t travel well through any kind of barrier, like a wall or even a curtain. It’s even hard for it to pass through human skin. To create a sound that could travel through windows, you’d need something more like the size of a suitcase. To affect people 150 feet away, the device would have to be the size of a car.
Scientists are also skeptical about ultrasonic sound’s potential to cause permanent brain damage. (According to U.S. officials, some Cuban diplomats had been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury.) “That’s a little harder for me to believe,” Cleveland told the Guardian. “The sound would have to enter the brain tissue itself, but if you’ve ever had an ultrasound scan you’ll know they put gel on. If there’s even a tiny bit of air between the sound and your body it doesn’t get through.”
In short: Weaponizing sound is a glamorous theory, but experts don’t think that’s what’s going here. “It sounds very appealing and interesting, but I find it hard to believe that there actually is such a device,” hearing expert John Oghalai, who chairs the Caruso Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Southern California, told the Verge.
OK. So, maybe it’s an electromagnetic device?
The case for: Electromagnetic waves can be easily directed, like a laser. They can also travel through walls, and could plausibly be concealed from afar. (In the 1960s, the Soviet Union bombarded the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with microwaves; it’s not clear why or whether that had any impact.) Electromagnetic pulses, when sent out in short, intense blasts, can also cause people to “hear” clicking sounds.
But electromagnetic waves usually cause physical damage by heating body tissue. And the diplomats haven’t reported burning sensations.
So maybe it’s a poisoning? Could it be a chemical weapon?
Yes. There are several chemicals that can cause hearing damage, including mercury and lead, along with some industrial solvents.
But what about the other symptoms?
Writing in USA Today, Director of Medicine at the American Council on Science and Health Jamie Wells and microbiologist Alex Berezow explain that it’s possible, particularly “if the diplomats share meals together, it is a distinct possibility that somebody poisoned their food.”
“Does chemical poisoning explain all the known symptoms, even for those victims who heard noises in the middle of the night?” they write. “Possibly. Chemical solvents can cause nerve damage, which can manifest in different ways. With auditory nerve damage, some people might experience ringing (tinnitus), and others might find certain noise frequencies excruciatingly intolerable while others barely notice.”
Or maybe the diplomats just got sick?
Respiratory and ear infections can sometimes cause hearing loss. One inner-ear inflammation called labyrinthitis can lead to vertigo, hearing loss, bad balance, nausea and ringing in the ears — all symptoms experienced by the diplomats. Of course, the victims have been tested for the obvious diseases, but maybe they’re suffering some kind of new or mutated illness that doctors don’t know to look for yet.
One reason to be skeptical: Though American diplomats work closely with Cuban staff at the embassy, only Americans got sick. If the victims were suffering from a contagious disease, you’d expect it to have spread more widely.
Is Cuba to blame?
We don’t know for sure, obviously.
But experts say the Cuban government has been working closely with the United States to figure out what’s going on. The Cuban president met with the top U.S. envoy in the country to express his grave concern and confusion about what’s going on. Cuban officials even let the FBI come down to Havana to investigate, an extraordinary level of access. (Also, Cuba has no obvious beef with Canada.)
Some U.S. officials are still skeptical. But investigators have begun to wonder whether this is the work of a rogue faction of Cuba’s security forces. Or maybe it’s another country, like Russia or North Korea. Perhaps Moscow is trying to drive a wedge between communist Cuba and the West? (As the AP reports, “Russia also has advanced, hard-to-detect weaponry that much of the world lacks and might not even know about.”)
Or, most unsatisfying: Maybe it’s no one at all? It’s possible that the diplomats were exposed accidentally to the chemical that’s now wreaking havoc. Or maybe the culprit is testing out some new surveillance system that’s gone awry?
No one knows for sure. Unlike the best spy capers, we’re so far stuck without a satisfying ending.
Illnesses among diplomats in Cuba have no known cause: Analysis
American tastemaker John Jacob Astor IV, the wealthiest passenger on the Titanic and founder of the five-star St. Regis hotel in New York City, perished in 1912 when the ship struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic.
Astor’s style-setting legacy, and hotel standards, live on and are coming to Toronto in a way that will join the city skyline. His St. Regis brand will illuminate the former Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto at 325 Bay St. — currently operating as the Adelaide Hotel.
The 65-storey hotel and residence will be rechristened St. Regis Toronto after an extensive renovation for a new look, new amenities and a new vibe. It will be the first St. Regis Hotel in Canada.
Seventy-four residential condominium suites, known as the St. Regis Residences Toronto, were to be offered for sale starting Sept. 28. The units, from 1,200 square feet up to 12,000 square feet, are priced from $1.6 million to $23 million.
JFC Capital acquired the Trump Tower’s 211 hotel units, 74 condos and amenity space this past March. In the previous 10 years, the Trump hotel had been plagued by construction delays, lawsuits, loan defaults and protests from people unhappy with the new American president. Donald Trump’s company never owned the Toronto tower but licensed out the name and managed the property.
JCF bought out the Trump management contracts this past June and sold the hotel to InnVest Hotels, one of Canada’s largest hotel portfolio holders. The hotel will be operated by Marriott International under its St. Regis brand, known for luxury, impeccable service and innovation. JCF retained ownership of the residential condo suites. (There are 118 condo residences in all; 42 had been sold before the JCF acquisition and one has been sold since).
“This was a unique opportunity,” says Jay Wolf of JCF Capital about the Trump Tower acquisition. “It was an exceptional asset in the heart of the third largest real estate market in North America. That type of opportunity doesn’t come around every day.”
Tim Terceira, general manager of the St. Regis Residences Toronto and the Adelaide Hotel, says condo residents will enjoy the privileges of being connected to a five-star hotel and will have a dedicated director of residences.
“Our job is to make sure this is the best investment in their lifestyle they’ve ever made,” says Terceira. “We will get to know them as appropriate and make them feel at home. The service will be gracious, intuitive and prestigious.”
A personal butler will assist residents with everything from arranging theatre tickets to organizing their daily itinerary. A private chauffeured car will be available. They’ll have access to the hotel’s amenities and services, including restaurant, bar, fitness centre, spa and room service, with preferred pricing.
The original hotel staff — including housekeepers and front office workers — has been retained. The restaurant, bar and spa, that had been contracted to third party operators, will now be operated and controlled by the hotel management. Guillaume Robin, former executive sous chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Naples, Florida, is now in charge of the kitchen.
“From a service perspective, this hotel is already a four- or five-star and the staff understands luxury,” says Terceira. “What we will be doing is bringing the culture of the St. Regis, its processes and rituals.” Those rituals include Afternoon Tea, Midnight Supper and Sunset Sabrage, where a ceremonial sabre is used to open champagne bottles.
The hotel lobby, amenity spaces, bar and restaurant will be refurbished before the hotel is rebranded as the St. Regis and are still in the planning stage. However, the residential condo suites in the Astor Collection have been updated and two model suites created by Toronto interior designer Ann Johnston.
“I’ve created transitional spaces that are more refined, not as theatrical, as they were,” says Johnston. “We also want to appeal to a new generation of multinational luxury travellers.”
She’s opted for contemporary furnishings and neutral palettes that mix textures, with a few punches of jewel-toned hues. Light fixtures and countertops have been replaced and hardwood floors have been refinished to a modern, warm grey tone.
The condo suites feature coffered ceilings in foyer and principal rooms, hardwood flooring and wainscotting, electric fireplaces, Downsview kitchen cabinetry, Miele appliances and recessed halogen lighting.
“There has been a lot of interest in the suites, and the original developer did a clever job of designing a building on a tight lot,” says Kate Hay of JCF Capital. “It’s a prime location in the financial district ... There are a lot of condos for sale in the luxury space, but what’s different with these is you don’t have to buy off plans and are able to walk through the actual suites.”
Buyers of the Astor Collection suites — named for John Jacob Astor IV — will receive a furniture package from Elte, initiation and membership in the private National Club and two years of free valet parking for two cars. They will also enjoy a favoured St. Regis ritual by attending a polo match in an international destination.
“Toronto, like most major metropolitan markets, tends to have a very sophisticated clientele that appreciate and demand this level of services,” says Wolf of JCF Capital. “One of the things I find really compelling is the story of the St. Regis brand and it has an impact on everything we do. It’s steeped in tradition and quiet luxury, and is the perfect brand for this building.”
ST. REGIS RESIDENCES
Location: 325 Bay St.
Description: 73 residential condominiums within a 65-storey luxury hotel that was formerly Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto. The hotel is currently operating as the Adelaide Hotel and will be rebranded as Canada’s first St. Regis Hotel.
Architect: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Interior designer: Ann Johnston (model suites and Astor Collection suites)
Suite sizes: 1,200 to 12,000 square feet
Prices: $1.6 million to $23 million
Suite features: Coffered ceilings, minimum ceiling heights of 10 feet, marble and hardwood flooring, electric fireplaces, separate showers and stand-alone tubs, heated bathroom floors, Downsview kitchen cabinetry, Miele stainless steel appliances.
Amenities: Access to all hotel amenities including bar, restaurant, spa, pool, fitness centre, housekeeping and room services at preferred pricing. Residence-only Sky Lobby on the 32nd floor. Twenty-four hour concierge, personal butler, valet parking (two years free), chauffeured car service.
St. Regis moves in on Toronto’s Trump Tower
A Sudanese man on track to become a permanent resident with his family has been granted a last-minute reprieve from his scheduled deportation.
Nasreldin Ali Akad Himad, 49, was to be deported Saturday morning. But Federal Court Justice Douglas Campbell ordered a review of the Canada Border Service Agency denial to defer his deportation, while his permanent resident application with his wife and three children was under way.
The family crossed into Canada in January from Saudi Arabia via the United States in January. Although they were all on the same claim, a refugee judge granted asylum to all except the father because she found him not credible.
Himad’s lawyer said the man is almost certain he will receive his permanent status with the rest of his family given he has already had security and medical clearance. But the border agency insisted on deporting him, tearing the family apart while the application is in process.
“The judge found that removing Mr. Himad would constitute irreparable harm to both Mr. Himad and his family,” said his lawyer Ashley Fisch, after an emergency request to court to suspend her client’s removal.
“It’s unfortunate and disappointing that we had to take it all the way to the court because there were opportunities for the Government of Canada to have intervened beforehand. Nevertheless justice prevailed.”
The judge felt there were serious legal issues raised by the border officer’s decision to refuse the deferral request and the court will hear about that in due course, Fisch said.
Sudanese man gets last-minute reprieve from deportation order
Suze and Trevor Morrison stationed themselves at the corner of Regent and Cole St. in preparation for their community block party — just over three months after the two performed CPR on Lemard Champagnie, a 30-year-old Toronto man who was shot and killed at that same intersection.
On Saturday, hundreds of community members gathered to remember those who have died in Regent Park and receive free CPR training from Red Cross.
“It’s a really symbolic way to reclaim (the neighbourhood) after the violence on our streets,” said Morrison, adding that she made a point to host the event at the intersection, rather than in the park where events are typically held.
Present at the block party were Toronto groups including Regent Park Mothers of Peace, as well as Toronto Community Housing and the Muslim Welfare Centre.
Morrison said that the support she and her husband received for the event was “incredible.” All of the food for the event was donated by the Salvation Army, Fresh Co. and the Muslim Welfare Centre.
The day after Champagnie’s death, Morrison said dozens of neighbours came out to the streets, offering support for one another.
“Watching the community come out to the street and hold each other up in that moment, that’s what Regent Park is really, really good at,” she said. “I think we get a bad rap — all people ever hear about coming out of Regent Park is the violence. They don’t see all of this really great community support.”
Most recently, 54-year-old Everone Paul Mitchell was shot near Regent Park after visiting the Area. He was pronounced dead on scene.
Sureya Ibrahim, a co-organizer of the event, arrived on scene within two minutes of the shooting.
“We are bigger than this, fear won’t hold us back,” she said, adding that the people responsible for these deaths are “leaving behind orphans.”
She added that Mitchell had two children.
Morrison and her team have planned for events following the block party, including full-day CPR training scheduled for October and November, as well as a talk hosted by the Toronto Police’s 51 Division.
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An Air France flight bound for Los Angeles from Paris made an emergency landing in Canada on Saturday after one of the jumbo jet’s four engines exploded in midair, passengers said.
Passengers aboard the double-decker Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner, described hearing a loud noise about five hours into the flight. The plane, which had just crossed the southern tip of Greenland, vibrated for several minutes.
About two hours later, the plane landed at Goose Bay Airport in Labrador, on the far northeast edge of Canada.
Photographs and videos shared by passengers on social media showed tattered metal surrounding the exposed interior of an engine, its white covering blown away. One fragment, dangling from the main body of the engine, bobbed in the wind.
Air France said in a statement that the engine had suffered “serious damage” but that the plane landed safely. “The regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled this serious incident perfectly,” the statement said.
The company did not address a possible cause for what happened.
A passenger, John Birkhead, said he and his wife had just stood up to stretch when they heard the explosion.
“We were just stretching and talking, and suddenly there was an enormous bang, and the whole plane shook,” said Birkhead, 59, who was returning home to California after a two-week vacation. “We were lucky we weren’t tossed to the ground.”
Sarah Eamigh, another passenger, said she had been dozing when she felt her stomach plunge as the plane momentarily dropped, then lurched back up.
Eamigh, 37, who was returning from a business trip, described the sensation that followed as a pervasive humming feeling, entirely unlike the side-to-side motion of turbulence.
“Of course, we were all anxious,” she said. “We had a quick drop, and that obviously made someone yell, and we were white-knuckling our chairs.” The cabin remained relatively calm, she said.
Pamela Adams, a travel writer and family therapist from southern California, said she and her husband were on their way home from a trip in France, when six hours into the flight, they got up in the aisle to stretch their limbs.
“We heard this tremendous bang. It was like the plane hit a Jeep at 35,000 feet,” Adams said in a phone interview. “It was a whiplash moment. We grabbed onto something and then we sat down, and the plane righted itself fairly soon.”
Passengers nervously joked to one another as they tried to make sense of the commotion, Adams said. She figured the plane had struck a bird, but then, it became clear that the situation was more “dramatic.”
The pilot came on over the loudspeaker and said the plane had “lost” one of its engines and would be attempting to land in Canada, said Adams.
About 20 minutes after the disturbance, the captain, whom Eamigh described as sounding shaken, announced that an engine had exploded.
Several hours after landing at Goose Bay Airport, passengers were just getting off the plane.
Birkhead said he had heard the reason for the delay was that the small airport — which is home to three air carriers, a coffee shop, a gift shop and three car rental agencies — was not prepared to accommodate the number of passengers on a jet the size of an A380. (Even the world’s biggest airport, in Atlanta, has had trouble accommodating planes of that model.)
“Nobody’s told us why, but the speculation is they’ve got nowhere to put 500-plus people — that’s probably the whole population of Goose Bay,” he said in an interview.
Air France said it was working to reroute passengers through one of its connecting sites in North America.
Eamigh said she was content, for the time being, on the tarmac.
“You make friends in a situation like this,” she said.
She added, with a laugh: “It looks pretty cold outside, so we’re actually OK here.”
With files from The Canadian Press
Exploding engine forces Air France flight to make emergency landing in Labrador