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A couple of high profile shootings in Toronto appeared to have put a slight chill over the city's annual Caribbean carnival this year, festivalgoers and vendors said on Saturday.
Although the centrepiece parade boasted the usual vivid display of colours and pageantry, there appeared to be fewer spectators, said those came out to watch the spectacle and police officers who were handling security.
July's shooting rampage at a community barbeque and June's shooting at Toronto's Eaton Centre were on the minds of those who did come out.
``I'm feeling happy but not too safe,'' said Michael Messoom, a forklift operator who originally hails from Trinidad, who admitted he was worried about the recent streak of shootings.
The shooting at the barbecue killed two people and wounded nearly two dozen while two died in the shooting at the Eaton Centre.
Despite beefed up security at this year's event, safety concerns might ...
Saturday was a great day for Team Canada at the Olympics in London.
We added 3 more medals to our haul including our first gold.
Canada has 1 gold, 3 silver, and 6 bronze.
Here are the Canadian results from Day 8 of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
WOMEN'S POLE VAULT
Melanie Blouin, Quebec City, was ninth in
her qualifying group with a best-height of 4.25 metres, did not
Women's doubles: Alexandra Bruce and Michele Li, both Toronto, lost the bronze-medal match to Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova, Russia, 21-9, 21-10.
Women's team pursuit: Canada (Tara Whitten, Edmonton; Gillian Carleton, Victoria; and Jasmin Glaesser, Coquitlam, B.C.), defeated Australia to win the bronze medal (3:17.915).
Men's Omnium: Zachary Bell of North Vancouver, B.C., is ranked ninth with 30 points following the opening three of six elements.
Women's three-metre springboard: Jennifer Abel, Laval, Que., placed fourth in the ...
Canadian cyclists won bronze Saturday in the women's team pursuit.
Edmonton's Tara Whitten, Gillian Carleton of Victoria and Jasmin Glaesser (GLAY'-zer) of Coquitlam, B-C, out-pedalled the Australians in a close bronze medal race.
Britain beat the U-S to win gold.
(The Canadian Press)
Canadian swimmer Ryan Cochrane has won silver in the men's 1,500-metre freestyle at the Olympic Games.
The 23-year-old from Victoria held off defending Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia for second place, finishing in 14 minutes 39.63 seconds.
China's Sun Yang won in a world-record time of 14:31.0.
Cochrane earned Canada's second swimming medal of the Games.
Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., won bronze in the 100-metre freestyle.
Cochrane won a bronze medal in the 1,500 at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
(The Canadian Press)
On a scorching hot August long weekend, security at Vaughan Mills Mall are stationed outside entrances asking those heading inside from the parking lot if they've left pets in their cars.
It comes after a dog died in the mall parking lot earlier this summer after being left in a hot car.
A young couple in their 20s faces charges in the death of the chocolate lab mix on June 10th.
The initiative will continue on weekends for the rest of the summer.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told Newstalk 1010 earlier this week that they've been getting more calls the usual this year for dogs left in hot cars, attributed to a number of high profile cases this summer.
The OSPCA also announced a charge for a Kingston man after a dog was left in a hot car at the Queen's Quay Loblaws on ...
Environment Canada is expanding its smog advisories to cover much of southern Ontario, including Toronto, as the long weekend looks to be a steamy one.
The weather agency says that with high humidity added in, the region from Sarnia to Ottawa will bake in temperatures hovering near 40 C.
The agency says the hot and sunny conditions, along with southerly winds, are causing elevated smog levels across southern and parts of eastern and central Ontario.
The smog advisory now covers from Windsor in the south to Kingston in the eastern region, and from the Niagara area to Grey-Bruce.
Temperatures are expected to drop Sunday as cold winds blow in from the north.
(The Canadian Press)
Trampolinist Rosie MacLennan has snagged Canada's 1st Olympic gold at the London Games.
She was in the lead as the final competitor, China's Shanshan Huang climbed onto the trampoline.
Huang seemed poised to kick MacLennan off the top of the leader board, but she caught a bad double bounce in the final moments of her routine & ended up on her rear.
Huang took silver, pushing Canada's reigning trampoline queen Karen Cockburn off the podium for a 4th place finish.
MacLennan sang the words to Oh Canada as she watched the Maple Leaf being hoisted up to the rafters of the Greenwich Arena in London.
The gold is MacLennan's 1st Olympic medal. At her debut Beijing, she finished 7th.
Team Canada now has 8 medals at the Summer Games-1 gold, 2 silvers & 5 bronze. They're hoping for a top-12 finish in London.
2 men are dead & 4 people hurt after a crash in Ancaster near Hamilton.
2 cars collided on Jerseyville Rd late Friday night.
One man was pronounced dead on scene. Another man riding in the same car died later in hospital.
2 men riding in the other car are suffering serious injuries. Another man & a 14-year-old girl weren't badly hurt.
Toronto's Medical Officer of Health has issued a Heat Alert for the city.
The forecast high for Saturday is 32 degrees, but with the humidity, it could feel more like something in the low 40-degree range. Environment Canada has also called a Humidex Advisory for Toronto & much of southwestern Ontario.
You can beat the heat by drinking lots of water, even if you don't feel thirsty, seeking out shade & sticking to air conditioned buildings if you can. The Heat Alert means city pools & cooling centres will stay open longer.
Toronto Public Health is asking you to check on family, friends & neighbours, especially seniors who have a harder time handling the punishing heat.
Other at-risk groups include children, the homeless & people with chronic & pre-existing illnesses.
Police are reminding you not to leave your furry friends in the car when its hot out.
This after Woodstock cops were called to a mall parking yesterday where a dog was locked in a van.
Animal cruelty charges are pending against the dog's owner.
This week a Kingston man was charged under the Ontario SPCA Act after leaving his dog in a hot car in Toronto back in June.
Police had to break into an SUV parked at the Queen's Quay Loblaws to let Parker out. The dog got loose & ran onto the Gardiner & stopped traffic for awhile.
Parker's owner is charged with permitting distress. If convicted, he could be jailed for 2 years & be fined up to $60 000. He could also be banned from ever owning another animal again.
***With files from Russ Courtney
New federal rules meant to make grocery easier & safer for food allergy suffers kick in Saturday.
The regulations say manufacturers have to clearly ID the presence of ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction.
Some companies have already started flagging ingredients voluntarily. Now, it's mandatory.
On Health Canada's hot list of ingredients:
Rosie MacLennan has captured Canada's 1st gold at the Olympics on the trampoline. Her teammate finished just off the podium in 4th after medalling in the last 3 Summer Games.
Canada Jessica Zelinka is in 8th spot in the women's heptathlon with 1 event to go.
Canada could pick up another medal today in the pool. Ryan Cochrane will swim the 1500m freestyle, his strongest event. Cochrane won the bronze in this event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The Canadian men's relay team also has a shot at the podium in the 4x100m medley.
Alex Bruce & Michelle Li lost their bronze medal match in women's doubles badminton, finishing in 4th.
Team Canada has 8 medals now at the Summer Games: 1 gold, 2 silver & 5 bronze. They're aiming for a top-12 finish in London.
**PHOTO: Ryan Cochrane at Beijing Olympics, Canadian Olympic Committee