Despite continued windy weather, The 2010 Canadian International Air Show will go on today, starting at 12:30pm.
Organizers were forced to cancel yesterday's show (the first of three) after high winds created swells on Lake Ontario, which made for unsafe conditions.
Today is rather cool and still a bit windy, but so far so good. Here's what plane watchers can expect:
CF-18 Hornet at 12:30pm
Aurora at 12:38pm
Navy Demo at 12:55pm
Harvard Aero Team at 1:40pm
Air Cadets at 1:55pm
Mike Wiskus - Lucas Oil at 2:00pm
B-25 at 2:13pm
F-16 Viper at 2:35pm
Heritage (Tutor/Corsair) at 2:50pm
Corsair at 2:58pm
C-130J at 3:08pm
Rob Holland 3:15pm
Morning Brew: drive-thrus in residential areas, would Miller be reelected if he ran again?, residents vs. preacher video goes viral, arrests in GO parking lot thefts, Shakespeare on the subway, Darth Vader yoga and picnic
A poll, well ahead of the October vote for Toronto's next mayor, indicates that Rob Ford (unbelievably, somehow) maintains a healthy lead. But an interesting twist is that were David Miller to throw his hat back into the ring, he might very well be re-elected with convincing numbers (despite his uncharacteristically whack handling of the G20).
Details are slowly emerging and bringing more context and understanding to a now viral video depicting a residents-versus-preachers showdown that occurred recently in Leslieville. While conducting an "open-air" sermon on the street, residents quickly moved in and confronted the group, accusing them of intentionally choosing to preach their word outside the home of a homosexual couple. The couple aren't convinced that this is the case, and the worshippers are standing by their right to conduct their rites as they have been for 70 years.
Morning Brew: prisoners accidentally released, Bombardier Q400 planes inspected, tough steak leads to domestic violence, G20 charges dropped, TTC transit museum moves ahead, Bautista chasing home run record
Earlier this year, Bombardier discovered an issue with cracking of an engine cover on their model Q400 planes - a problem which in turn required inspection of over 90% of the total fleet. Porter Airlines, operating out of Toronto island, uses the Q400 exclusively, and has stated that they've already done the inspection on their planes and found no problems. This issue appears to be mostly resolved, and won't likely be fuel for the anti-island-airport fire.
A Barrie man is in custody and charged with assault after he allegedly struck his girlfriend with a metal pipe and threw her purse out into the rain. Perhaps more disturbing though is that the violent domestic dispute started after his steak came off the grill and wasn't cooked to order. Yikes!
Morning Brew: TTC customer service report, G20 mass court appearances, earthquake crippled government web page, Pattison ads replaced by art, pizza eating contest wows Barrie
The circus is back in town this morning. In what is being described as "one of the largest mass court appearances the city has ever seen," over 300 people facing charges stemming from the G20 weekend will all appear in court. Today. All at once and at the same place. Court staff are apparently prepared to handle the hundreds that will descend onto the Finch Avenue court house, but there will likely be logistical challenges. Why the heck would they hold proceedings for all 303 accused at the same time and place? Perhaps most will be processed quickly when charges are dropped? Will it look good or bad to have all the "anarchists" and "activists" herded up one more time for the media cameras?
Remember the rare, rather strong earthquake that shook Toronto back in June? Documents obtained via Access to Information show that the event caused major problems for the government of Canada's Natural Resources'website, which couldn't handle the influx of viewers.
Morning Brew: new waterfront condo plans unveiled, mystery man may bail out accused cancer faker, Molson to produce Labatt beers, massive medical malpractice suit, CNE opens, Bills in Toronto can't fill Rogers Centre
Ashley Kirilow stands accused of multiple counts of fraud in a case that's gotten a lot of media attention. It's alleged that she faked having cancer by removing her hair and starving herself, and then running a charity to raise money for cancer research (which she appears to have pocketed for her own use). Her parent's have all but disowned her, but when question of bail came up, a stranger stepped forward with an offer to post her bail. His motives are unclear at this point. I'm just as curious to understand what has motivated him to post her bail as I am to understand why he's chosen to tattoo his entire face.
Molson-Coors brewery facilities in Toronto and Montreal may soon be producing several Labatt's products for export to the US market. While it's common for some mass market beer makers to be contracted to produce other brands of beer, it's less usual to see iconic brands being made by major competitors. How this came to be involves a string of complicated sub-contracting and licensing requirements south of the border. Given that mass-produced beer is pretty much all the same crap, this kind of thing just gives us all the more reason to drink far more enjoyable craft brews!
Morning Brew: photo radar proposed, Kurt Browning had a leaf blower and house fire, Rob Ford to speak about his former drug possession charges, school prinicpal accused of assaulting teacher, deep-fried butter balls coming to the CNE
Two residential fires caused destruction and loss in Toronto yesterday. A blaze at skating star Kurt Browning's Forest Hill home started in the garage, when he reportedly left his leaf blower unattended for a short time (he was using it to dry the interior of his car; not a good idea evidently). Another fire, in the Ossington & Dupont area, saw an estimated 30 of 40 resident cats succumbed to smoke inhalation after a fire started in the basement of the home.
Mayoral candidate Rob Ford continues to get blasted by his opponents (and others, including Premier Dalton McGuinty) for controversial comments he made about immigration and Toronto. During a televised debate, he said "Right now we can't even deal with the 2.5 million people in this city. I think it is more important to take care of people now before we start bringing in more people." Today, Ford is dealing with another controversial incident -- a 1999 run in with authorities in Florida, where he was arrested for possession of marijuana.