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A new poll suggests a majority of Canadians support the decriminalization of marijuana in small amounts.
The Ipsos Reid survey for Newstalk 1010 says 66% of respondents would like to see action to decriminalize possession of the drug in small amounts so that it no longer leads to a penalty or fine.
34 percent are against decriminalization.
The numbers suggest Canadians are becoming more accepting of the drug as just 39% supported decriminalization in 1987.
Poll respondents in Atlantic Canada (72%), Ontario (69%) and BC (69%) were most in favour of decriminalization.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping Jay McClement can help improve their sagging penalty kill.
The checking-line forward signed a US$3-million, two-year deal after free agency opened on Sunday.
McClement is a seven-year NHL veteran who spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche, where he led the team in short-handed time on ice.
Toronto has been ranked no higher than 24th in the NHL in penalty killing since the 2004-05 lockout.
In 553 career games with St. Louis and Colorado, the 29-year-old McClement has 63 goals and 177 points.
Also Sunday, the Leafs signed forward Matt Frattin to a two-year contract.
(The Canadian Press)
Spain trounced Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final on Sunday, retaining its title and extending its reign as the best team in world football.
Goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba in the first half gave Spain a convincing lead. Fernando Torres and fellow substitute Juan Mata added goals in the last six minutes.
Italy's task was tough enough with 11 players, and it became impossible with just 10 after the 64th minute. All its substitutes were used when midfielder Thiago Motta, who had only been on the pitch for seven minutes, was taken off due to injury.
The victory lifted Spain to a record third straight major title, after winning Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. The hat trick of titles is an unprecedented feat for a European team, as is successfully defending the championship.
Spain even allowed Italy the majority of first-half possession, yet its trademark ...
Thousands of people have streamed into balmy downtown Toronto today for the city's 32nd annual Pride Parade.
Many in the crowd are carrying both the Canadian flag and also the rainbow flag of the gay and lesbian movement, marking Canada Day and the end of the city's Pride festival in one go.
The theme for this year's festival is ``Celebrate and Demonstrate,'' and neither is in short supply as waves of people cram together on sidewalks along the parade route laughing, smiling and dancing under a clear sky and sizzling 30-degree weather.
Included among the 158 groups scheduled to participate in Sunday's parade was Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, which has been a focus of controversy and cancelled plans to march in last year's event.
The parade caps the end of 10 days of Pride celebrations.
(The Canadian Press)
A motorcyclist has died after a crash in Richmond Hill.
Police say a motorcycle and taxi collided on Leslie St near Highway 7 at about 6:15 a.m. Sunday.
The motorcycle driver was unconsious when taken to hospital.
The intersection was closed for several hours but re-opened before 2 p.m. Sunday.
No word on any possible charges.
Peel Police are investigating a suspicious death in Mississauga.
There are few details available, but police say they were called early Sunday morning after the discovery of a body inside an apartment building on Mississauga Valley Blvd.
It's not known if the deceased is male or female.
No other information was immediately available.
A man has died in hospital after a shooting in Mississauga earlier this morning.
It happened around 2:15 a.m. overnight on Brandon Gate Dr, in the area of Goreway Dr and Morning Star Dr.
Police say the victim was taken to hospital after the shooting in a private vehicle.
No word on suspects or arrests.
A 2-year-old girl is expected to fully recover after being hit by a stray bullet.
Police say she was sitting in her mom's car with her legs hanging out when she was hit in the leg by a projectile.
It wasn't until later, when the object was examined, that it was determined to be a bullet.
It happened on Sentinel Rd by Sheppard Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police say they don't know where the bullet came from.
OPP are investigating a single -vehicle crash on Hwy 427 that closed off the northbound collectors at Dundas St. The two right lanes have since been reopened.
The car drove into a construction area and ended up in a hole cut into the pavement.
Three people have been injured. One person had to be extricated by firefighters.
Most football fans would agree that Spain is the favourite for Sunday night's European Championship final against Italy.
The Spanish won the Euro 2008 title four years ago in Vienna, and followed that up with their first World Cup victory two years ago in Johannesburg. But regardless of what they have won, it's how they have won, entertaining neutral fans with the way they play, their passing, their style and their charisma.
Now, everyone is waiting to see is if those characteristics are enough to win a third straight major title at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv.
``I don't think we're favourites for this final,'' said Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the team's captain and probably its most vocal player on the field. ``Quite the opposite. It's wide open.''
Humble words indeed from a player who surely believes the 10 men standing in front of him day ...
It's Pride Parade day in downtown Toronto.
The 32nd annual event is expected to draw thousands of people to the Church St area.
The always colourful parade with its many festooned floats kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Several streets from Yonge to Church and Bloor down to Carlton will be closed off for the party.
At 8 a.m., the following roads will be closed:
Aylmer Avenue, from Yonge Street to Park Road
Park Road, from Rosedale Valley Road to Church Street
Rosedale Valley Road, from Park Road to Bayview Avenue
At noon, road closures will also come into effect on:
Bloor Street, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street
Church Street, from Park Road to Gerrard Street East
College Street, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street
Gerrard Street, from Bay Street to Jarvis Street
Yonge Street, from Aylmer Avenue to Dundas Street
The Pride Parade will commence at ...
Canada celebrates it's 145th birthday this long weekend and if you're not heading away to a cottage retreat, there is plenty to do in Toronto.
Toronto Ribfest at Centennial Park
Scotiabank CHIN Picnic at the Ex
Canada Day is on Sunday and as usual, Mel Lastman Square will be buzzing with activity. Performances are lined up all day long and the fireworks display will take place at 10:15 p.m.
Other fireworks displays will be taking place at:
-Ashbridges Bay Park- 9:45 p.m.
- Milliken Park- at dusk
- Stan Wadlow Park- 10:15 p.m.
- Amesbury Park- 10 p.m.
- Centennial Park in Etobicoke- 10 p.m.
- Weston Lions Park- at dusk
- Canada's Wonderland- 10 p.m.
The Canada Day party at Queen's Park will have Queen's Park Circle from College Street to Hoskin Avenue closed on Sunday July 1 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In Scarborough, ...
A woman who died in the Elliot Lake mall roof collapse will be buried next week.
Seventy-year-old Doloris Perizzolo was pulled from the rubble of the Algo Centre Mall three days ago.
She'll be buried next Wednesday at Woodlands Cemetery.
Thirty-seven-year-old Lucie Aylwin was also killed when the roof fell two floors to the mall below.
No funeral arrangements for her have been made public.
(The Canadian Press)