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Liberal MP Justin Trudeau looked very much like a man intent on seeking the leadership of the federal Liberal party as he donned a cowboy hat, boots and jeans and pressed the flesh at a Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast Saturday.
Trudeau worked his way down the long line of pancake enthusiasts at a Liberal breakfast, speaking to each individual and posing for photos.
But he told reporters it shouldn't be seen as campaigning and was something he does at all public events.
``If you guys had been to see me at any other Stampede breakfasts over the years I do the exact same thing because for me someone who chooses to be a Liberal in Calgary isn't doing it because it makes them popular,'' he said with a chuckle.
That being said the Montreal MP and eldest son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau acknowledges that running for the leadership ...
The mayor is losing his right-hand man.
Rob Ford's Chief of Staff, Amir Remtulla is quitting the mayor's office for a job with the Pan Am Games.
The mayor's office says Amir Remtulla, who has served Ford for 18 months, will leave his post on July 20 to become vice president of external partnerships for the 2015 Pam Am Games.
Remtulla says serving Ford has been ``an honour and a privilege.''
The mayor's office says Remtulla has been credited with helping steer a number of key items through city council, including the budget, the outsourcing of garbage collection and successful labour negotiations with a number of Toronto workers.
Remtulla took over as Ford's chief of staff in February 2011, after helping the mayor transition into office.
Ford says Remtulla brought ``tremendous leadership'' to his team.
3 separate sex assaults near York University's central campus have Toronto Police looking for at least one suspect.
The alleged incidents happened from Thursday to Friday, near Vari Hall.
Investigators say they all happened the same way, in that the suspect approaches a woman, strikes up a conversation and then sexually assaults her as she walks away.
Police say the male suspect is black, about 6'1, roughly 175 pounds with a thin face and a short, black afro.
He was wearing dark jeans, a green shirt a blue and orange baseball cap.
Investigators are also looking for a male who may have been with the suspect.
He is described as male, black, roughly 5'8 with a stocky build, he was clean-shaven and wearing sunglasses, a green t-shirt and jeans.
These reports come after a peeping tom was caught at York's Keele campus in January.
Allegations are he was taking cellphone video while reaching over ...
High Park's favourite playground is rising from the ashes of an arson attack.
Back in March, a wooden, scaled-down version of a storybook castle that served as the centrepiece of the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground was burned to the ground by a vandal.
Residents in the area were shocked and disappointed, especially given that the playground has been designed, built and funded by residents.
On Saturday, the site at the south-east end of High Park bustled with activity as hundreds of volunteers pitched in to support a project to rebuild the castle and revamp the surrounding play area.
Mid-morning rain didn't spoil the mood for those who spent the day hauling mulch and building materials to the new playground.
It was hard, sweaty work. Some admitted to getting sore backs and calluses but nobody was complaining.
"I'm just excited to be giving back to the community," says High Park resident Michael Vargas.
The project ...
Dario Franchitti has the pole and a shot at winning for a fourth time at the Honda Indy Toronto.
The defending champion posted a time of 59.3510 seconds in qualifying Saturday to earn the top spot on the starting grid for Sunday's race at Exhibition Place.
Franchitti will be joined on the front row by rival Will Power, who posted a time of 59.3757 seconds but was nudged out of the pole in the dying seconds of qualifying.
Justin Wilson earned the third spot, while Sebastien Bourdais finished fourth and Scott Dixon was fifth on the 11-turn, 2.824-kilometre street course race.
Canada's Alex Tagliani finished sixth with a time of 59.5616 seconds, but the Lachenaie, Que., native will start 16th after being penalized 10 starting spots for changing an engine on Friday.
James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., will also start 10-grid spots back in 19th for an engine change despite ...
Someone in Quebec is $50-million dollars richer.
The winning ticket for the Lotto Max jackpot was sold somewhere in the province.
There are some consolation prizes. 17 ticket holders have scored $1-million. 6 of those MaxMillion winners were sold in the GTA, with two others winning $500, 000.
There were two $1-million dollar winners in Brampton and one half a million dollar winner. There were $1-million dollar winners in Mississauga, Thornhill, Burlington, and Markham. A ticket worth $500, 000 was sold in the Bowmanville area.
The $100-million in total prize money in Friday's draw was the most in Lotto Max's 3-year history.
Scott Dixon posted the fastest time in the last practice at the Honda Indy Saturday.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, who's looking for his 3rd straight IndyCar victory was 2nd, followed by Simon Pagenaud.
Oakville's James Hinchcliffe finished a lap for the 1st time after engine troubles kept him mostly off the track during Friday's practice sessions.
He had the 7th best, but will be handicapped for Sunday's race after being penalized 10 grid spots for changing his engine Friday.
Quebecer Alex Tagliani will also start 10 spots back of his qualifying spot for an engine change.
Brazil's Victor Carbone grabbed the IndyLights pole after a wet qualifying session at the Honda Indy.
Carbone earned his 2nd career pole with a time just ahead of teammate & points leader Esteban Guerrieri. Gustavo Yacaman will start 3rd.
David Ostella of Maple, ON. earned the 7th spot
The race goes Saturday afternoon after IndyCar qualifying.
Some parts of the GTA could be hit hard by severe thunderstorms Saturday morning.
Environment Canada says storms are targeting Durham, Halton, Innisfil, Peel & York regions.
The storms could mean torrential downpour, bringing visibility down to virtually zero, plus cloud to ground lightning.
Environment Canada expects the storms to end later in the morning.
A busy weekend around the city with lots to do, but it could also mean more traffic on Toronto streets.
The biggest event taking place is the Honda Indy, which is Ontario's largest annual sporting event. The race closes off Lake Shore Blvd West in both directions from Strachan Avenue to British Columbia Road until July 8 at 11:59 p.m. Strachan is also closed from Fleet St. to Lake Shore Blvd. W. to southbound-through traffic until July 8 at 11:59 p.m.
Free Friday on July 6 at the Honda Indy is open to all without tickets and there's no regular reserved seating. A donation to the Make-A-Wish organization is encouraged.
The Taste of Lawrence Festival kicks off on Friday with three days of food and entertainment and over 200-thousand people expected to be in attendance. Lawrence Avenue East will be closed from Warden Avenue to Birchmount Road in Scarborough.
One man is dead after crashing his car on Hwy 401.
The 22-year-old lost control on a ramp from Kennedy Rd to the eastbound 401, hitting a pole & guardrail.
Meanwhile 3 people are hurt after a crash on Hwy 407 at Pine Valley Rd. Police say one of the cars involved had been reported stolen & the driver took off.
2 people were hurt in a separate crash on Markham Rd.
1 person was thrown from the car, another trapped inside after crashing near McNicoll Ave.
Ontario is urging Ottawa to block generic brands of OxyContin from the Canadian market.
When Purdue Pharmaceuticals' patent runs out this fall, other companies will be able to start making generic versions of the drug.
The Globe and Mail reports Ontario's Health Minister wants Health Canada to reject applications for those generic versions.
Deb Matthews says allowing copies of the drug will only lead to more addiction & death.
Some relief for drivers headed out of town on the QEW.
The 2 left Niagara-bound lanes have been re-opened through Cawthra Rd. All the Niagara-bound lane were blocked off around 2:30am Saturday, after they were flooded with water from a broken main.
Crews are still working on a fix, but that's expected to take into tonight.
The right lane of the Niagara-bound QEW is still blocked from Cawthra to Hurontario St.