As the on-site investigation into a house explosion in Mississauga comes to a close, residents are being allowed to return to the site and investigators are shifting their focus to mysterious letters found at the scene in an attempt to determine the cause of the blast.
About 700 homes were evacuated after a house located at 4201 Hickory Dr. was levelled by an explosion around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, leaving as many as 25 neighbouring residences damaged and nine people injured.
Two bodies were recovered from the rubble, 55-year-old Dianne Page on Tuesday and 55-year-old Robert Nadler on Thursday. Police said Thursday that although the explosion is considered a criminal investigation, the homicide bureau is not yet involved.
READ MORE: Mississauga house explosion: Investigators identify second body pulled from rubble
Paul Camilleri, Page’s nephew, told Global News Saturday that Nadler had served 10 years in prison in connection with the killing of a friend after a dispute over money in 1982.
“We had a happy family until this all happened,” Camilleri said.
“We can’t get back our aunt, none of us personally said our goodbyes … I’m basically going to live my entire life in regret that this happened.”
WATCH: Nephew of house explosion victim says aunt was ‘wonderful person,’ deeply religious
Peel Regional Police Sgt. Josh Colley said Monday that police and the Ontario Fire Marshal had concluded their on-site portion of the investigation, which now shifts towards the letters found at the scene.
“They’ll be working extremely hard to analyze letters that were found, some of the documentation that was found … and it will continue behind the scenes,” he said.
“They’re still working on the cause of the explosion and that will take some time and we want to make sure that we analyze all the evidence and are certain with the cause.”
READ MORE: Mississauga house explosion: Investigators identify body of woman found in rubble
Colley said expert analysis of the evidence is required, which could take weeks, so he could not provide a time frame on the investigation.
“I spoke earlier about handwriting analysis, the biggest portion is making sure the letters are associated to the right addresses,” he said.
“Because there have been numerous houses that were destroyed, we just have to make sure that what we have recovered thus far we can put back to the specific addresses.”
WATCH: Police still working to determine cause of Mississauga house explosion
Colley said the cause of the explosion is the main focus of the investigation and that autopsies on both bodies had been completed, but the cause of death was not released.
“Unfortunately that’s part of the investigation and that’s why they’re analyzing every piece of evidence,” he said.
“They want to be certain when a determination is made whether deliberate, accidental so that’s what’s taking so much time with this investigation.”
READ MORE: Mysterious notes found at Mississauga house explosion scene may lead to cause: police
Colley said he could not confirm Nadler’s criminal background because it is something police will be focusing on as part of their investigation.
“When we’re able to provide more information and we’ve figured out a cause and moved forward from there, we’ll be able to provide a lot more information to the media and to the public just to give them a sense of why and how this happened,” he said.
Colley said Wednesday that notes found at the scene of the explosion could provide insight into the cause of the blast.
WATCH: Investigators looking at mysterious notes found in rubble of Mississauga home explosion
Global News obtained one of the notes found at the scene and turned it over to police Wednesday.
The notes appear to be written by a woman who complains of an inability to maintain her house due to persistent health issues.
“I am sorry the house is a mess. I stopped vacumming [sic] when the power went off in the upstairs bathrooms. I stopped ironing a few month ago; When I could not stand up for long periods of time. I stopped dusting when I had to deal with my vertigo (the last year it began and now I have it often),” the note stated.
“I just stopped caring as much because of my pain … I trust God to look after me and my husband to take us home. I sleep away my days cause I am in pain. Vertigo is the worst.”
The notes also make several references to the Bible and the woman’s husband, who was also categorized as having health issues.
“Dear God, You know that my health and my husband’s health are in poor condition. We ask that you help us, we have trusted you with all of our lives and possessions because everything belongs to you; including us,” it reads.
“We have put all of our faith and trust in you. Only you can save us from man and his laws … Why are we still here God?”
WATCH: 700 addresses initially impacted by evacuation in Mississauga: fire chief
Mississauga Fire Chief Tim Beckett said Monday families in 69 residences remain under an evacuation order, but residents will continue to be allowed back to their homes this week.
“Over the period of the next couple of days we will start releasing that site, whether it be all at once or within sections, back to the residents, back to the insurance companies and in a very co-ordinated effort to ensure that the residents’ safety and the safety of any public coming into the area is addressed,” he said.
“On Tuesday, the night of the explosion, we had some 700 addresses that were impacted by the evacuation zone. Over time we have now been able to bring people back into the area and we’re now currently at 69 addresses that are unable to return to their homes.”
READ MORE: Explosion destroys home in Mississauga; at least 1 person dead, up to 25 houses damaged
Beckett added that of the 69 addresses, 32 units were in an apartment building located at 1360 Rathburn Road East in addition to 37 other homes.
He also said that some residents will be allowed into their homes on a 15-minute supervised visit to get their “personal needs,” before the homes are turned over to insurance companies and engineers are brought in to assess structural damage and whether they are safe to be occupied.
“Walking down the street was a little surreal just seeing where houses were and where it no longer is,” said neighbour Anna Wolanin.
“We eventually walked up the steps and they deemed that we could not go in to retrieve things. There’s a lot of glass everywhere, the ceiling is hanging.”
WATCH: Residents returning to site of Mississauga house explosion
Marco Mastrorilli said his grandparents live a few houses down from the blast, while his uncle lives across the street.
“It’s just devastating to see what happened. Never expected anything like this in my life,” he said. “I’ve been visiting them … for 17 years and never, never in my life expected this.”
Sandra Marasovic said emergency crews allowed her back into her house to retrieve some of her belongings and she’s grateful for the help they have provided.
WATCH: Displaced residents speak out after Mississauga house explosion
“That was the best phone call I’ve ever had in my life when they said, ‘You can go to your house for 10 minutes,’” she said.
“I was so ecstatic just to be in there for 10 minutes and see everything’s fine —; yeah there’s broken stuff but you know, it’s your life, your life is in there.”
Excitement was building Monday as NASA — as well as both professional and amateur astronomers — anxiously awaited the arrival of Juno, the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter since Galileo came to an end in 2003.
Overall, Juno’s mission is to better understand the evolution of Jupiter, a planet so large that more than 1,300 Earths could fit inside it. Jupiter, and its collection of more than 60 moons, has presented planetary scientists and astronomers with many mysteries yet to be uncovered.
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Scientists hope to explore Jupiter’s atmosphere in an effort to ascertain how much water it contains. This, in turn, will help planetary scientists to determine if theories on planet formation are correct.
Juno’s journey to Jupiter
Juno’s journey to Jupiter
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NASA’s Juno spacecraft makes its way to Jupiter
Our solar system was created from a swirling cloud of dust and gases. When Jupiter — a giant gas planet — formed, it held on to much of that primordial material, acting like a giant history book. Juno will measure not only the water but other elements such as ammonia contained in the atmosphere, which will lead to a better understanding of our early solar system formation.
Then there is Jupiter’s rich and interesting cloud system, something that it is well known for, most notably, the largest and longest-lasting storm known in our solar system, the Great Red Spot.
Like the sun, different parts of Jupiter rotate at different speeds, depending on the latitude. This churns up gases and produces the colourful bands of clouds we see today. Juno will study their composition, temperature and motions and will also measure the clouds to unprecedented depths.
An illustration depicting Jupiter’s interior.
One of the most interesting things about Jupiter is its powerful magnetic field. It is the strongest of any other planet in our solar system.
WATCH: Astrophysicist Jesse Rogerson joined Global News to discuss the significance of Juno reaching Jupiter.
Here on Earth, our magnetic field is created by a combination of a liquid layer of iron, nickel and other metals around our inner solid core where the flow of liquid iron becomes electrically charged.
READ MORE: Juno’s mission to Jupiter: 7 weird and wonderful facts about this giant planet
When it comes to Jupiter, scientists believe that the powerful magnetic field is created as hydrogen is squeezed into metallic hydrogen where it acts like an electrically conducting metal.
Jupiter’s intense magnetic field allows for bright, strong aurorae at its poles, just like our northern and southern lights here.
Juno will sample some the charged particles and magnetic fields near Jupiter’s poles while also observing the aurorae.
Scientists hope that studying this relationship will help better understand magnetic fields as well as aurorae.
Measuring the magnetic field will also help scientists determine if Jupiter has a solid core, something that remains unknown.
Faced with potential labour disruptions at Canada Post, licensed medical marijuana producers have turned to alternative methods for delivering patient prescriptions.
Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) are still locked in increasingly frosty contract negotiations, and though no work stoppage has been announced, medical marijuana producers have already made the switch to competing courier services.
“To reduce the risk of medication not making its way to our patients, which is our number 1 priority, we had to make the switch over to Purolator,” said Robyn Rabinovitch with CannTrust, a licensed medical marijuana producer based in Vaughan, Ont. “This is medicine that our patients need and we need to do all that we can to make sure that it gets into their hands.”
READ MORE: What are the Canada Post negotiations about anyway?
Rabinovitch said it is working with customers who use P.O. boxes to find an alternative solution, as Purolator doesn’t ship to P.O. boxes. Other companies that have made the switch include Canopy Growth Corp., Canada’s largest publicly traded marijuana company.
Under Health Canada regulations licensed producers are only allowed to ship marijuana products to customers by mail, with many opting to use Canada Post.
WATCH: Small businesses fear higher costs as Canada Post work stoppage looms
Jordan Sinclair, a spokesperson for Canopy Growth Corp., said while the company has shifted their package handling to courier services to avoid any shipping problems in the event of a work stoppage, the company doesn’t have any plans to abandon Canada Post.
“We are using a variety of courier services to be able to cover everywhere in Canada,” Sinclair said, adding that Canopy Growth moved away from Canada Post roughly 10 days ago. “We were happy with the level of service [Canada Post] provided and our customers seem to be happy with it as well. At least in the short term there isn’t any reason for us to think about permanently switching.”
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The Crown corporation and CUPW, representing about 50,000 workers, have been in contract negotiations since late last year to reach a new agreement. Employee pension plans and what the union calls a two-tier pay scale for urban and rural mail carriers are at the heart of negotiations.
Neither side has provided the required 72-hour notice for a lock-out or strike.
There are 33 licensed medical marijuana producers in the country, all of which use the mail to ship tens of thousands of packages a year.
One of the co-founders of Gatineau-based Hydropothecary, which offers pricier buds starting at $15 a gram, said it will be unaffected by any job action at Canada Post.
“All of our deliveries are free of charge and through Purolator,” said co-founder Adam Mirron. “It will have very little if any impact on us and our customers.”
Two Montreal men have been charged after Toronto police said they forced a woman into prostitution and threatened to kill her dog if she didn’t continue.
Toronto police said a 20-year-old woman was taken from the Montreal-area to Toronto by two men, who allegedly forced her into the sex trade industry.
Investigators said the men took photos of the woman in various stages of undress and posted them on an escort website that also advertised her sexual services.
READ MORE: Ontario promises to spend up to $72 million to fight human trafficking
The men then also allegedly “managed all incoming calls” and police said they made arrangements with clients to meet the woman.
Police said the woman was forced to turn over all of her money to the men, but eventually refused to work and attempted to leave.
That’s when police said the woman was assaulted and forced to stay with the men unless she was able to pay an “exit fee.”
READ MORE: Man, woman from Brampton arrested in human trafficking investigation
The men then allegedly took all the woman’s belongings, which police said included her pet dog that the men threatened to kill “in an attempt to control her.”
Amine Chakar, 19, and Anass Ahaouaze, 19, both of Montreal, were arrested Tuesday by the human trafficking enforcement unit and charged.
Chakar faces seven charges, including trafficking in persons by recruiting, financial/material benefit by trafficking persons, withholding travel or identity documents, assault, procuring prostitution, advertising another person’s sexual services and forcible confinement.
READ MORE: Teenage girl charged in recruitment of Toronto high school student into sex trade
Ahaouaze has been charged with trafficking in persons by recruiting, financial/material benefit by trafficking persons, withholding travel or identity documents, assault, advertising another person’s sexual services and forcible confinement.
Both men appeared in a Toronto court on Wednesday and police said they are concerned there may be other alleged victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 长沙桑拿按摩论坛长沙夜生活222tips长沙桑拿, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Halifax Transit is now accepting applications for it’s low income bus pass pilot program.
Successful participants will be able to buy monthly transit passes for half price.
To be eligible, you must be a resident of Halifax Regional Municipality and have a combined gross annual household income of less than $33,000. You cannot apply if you get transit costs covered by another agency, including the the Department of Community Services Employment Support and Income Assistance Program.
The first phase of the pilot program will run six months, from September of this year to February 2017.
The pilot program was approved by Regional Council in June, with the objective of making transit in the city more affordable for low income residents.
Applications for the 500 passes will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be made online here, or in person at one of the following municipal Citizen Contact Centres:
Acadia Centre, Lower SackvilleAlderney Gate, DartmouthBayers Road Centre, HalifaxScotia Square, Halifax
In May, Patricia Huges with Halifax Transit said they didn’t know how many people in the municipality might be eligible for the program.
“It’s hard to get an exact number. We do know that as of a few years ago, there was about 34,000 that would have met the Stats Canada low-income cut off, which is a slightly different metric. We do anticipate it would be around that number today,” Hughes said.
“There are more than 7,000 that do receive a transportation subsidy from the province that wouldn’t be eligible, so certainly somewhere around 25,000 would be a good estimate.”
Halifax council will re-evaluate the pilot program after the six-month pilot project is over.
Toronto’s Board of Health has unanimously endorsed the opening of three safe injection sites, sending the proposal to a decisive council vote next week.
The locations would be inside a Public Health office near Yonge-Dundas Square, the Queen West-Central Toronto Community Health Centre near Queen and Bathurst Streets, and the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, said safe injection sites are shown to be effective in reducing overdose deaths and harm tied to intravenous drug use.
READ MORE: Toronto’s top doctor calls for 3 safe injection sites in city
He said public opinion has changed since the idea to follow Vancouver and open a site was first floated three years ago.
“I think we’ve come to a point in Toronto where supervised injection is something that people recognize is important and are willing to support even in their own neighbourhoods,” McKeown said.
An online survey conducted as part of city consultations on the proposed sites found overwhelming agreement that they would be beneficial, with less than one-third of respondents flagging them as a concern.
Results of consultations show that benefits of SIS were identified by 84 – 96% of residents who participated (depending on location) #bohTO
— Toronto PublicHealth (@TOPublicHealth) July 4, 2016
Residents recognize that SIS can: reduce fatal overdoses, lower risk of infect. diseases & lower injections in alleyways, washrooms. #bohTO
— Toronto PublicHealth (@TOPublicHealth) July 4, 2016
There were 258 overdose deaths in the city in 2014, a 10-year high, a city report states.
Health board chair Coun. Joe Mihevc said he was brought to tears listening to deputants at the hearing tell of losing loved ones to drug use and a “tough love approach” that did more harm than good.
“Today is a victory for communities concerned about drug use in their local neighbourhoods,” said Mihevc.
“Now we will have three sites where people can go and make sure, if they are using injection drugs, that they will be able to do it safely. And that’s a victory.”
He said the goal of the sites will be to bring overdose deaths “down to zero.”
“These are human beings, these are our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our colleagues —; and it’s an intolerable public health epidemic.”
#bohTO voted unanimously in favour of item 13.2 to implement SIS. You can expect us to stand firmly by this issue at Council next week
— Joe Mihevc (@joemihevc) July 4, 2016
The consultation process leading up to the vote helped build public support for safe injection sites, Mihevc said.
“I think that was one of the genius parts of the process. This was city hall really saying ‘to make this work we needed to reach out in a broad and healthy way.’ And we did that and it’s obviously paid off.”
He said the cost of the program would be $3 million in capital and operational funding, with the money to come from the province.
Mayor John Tory and Police Chief Mark Saunders have expressed support for the proposal.
WATCH: March 14, 2016: The Medical Officer of Health is calling on the city to launch consultations on opening injection sites in three existing health centres downtown. Mark McAllister reports.
We can likely all agree that cleaning isn’t fun but what’s lurking in common cleaning products can also irritate skin or cause respiratory issues.
Even some “green” cleaning products can contain toxic ingredients.
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The good news is it’s likely you have some effective cleaning products in your kitchen cupboards right now. Here are some everyday natural products to get your home squeaky clean.
Baking soda – whitens, cuts grease, deodorizes and lifts dirt.
Clean your fridge with a teaspoon of baking soda per litre of water.Remove stains from coffee and tea cups with a paste of baking soda and water.Clean your toothbrush by soaking it in warm water mixed with baking soda overnight.Wash your veggies and fruit in a large bowl of cool water with a few tablespoons of baking soda.Clogged drain? Pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of hot vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes, then flush with a litre of boiling water.
Vinegar – cuts grease, deodorizes and disinfects.
A vinegar and baking soda solution will help remove stubborn grease stains on and inside the stove.Deodorize your fridge by wiping surfaces with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.Run your coffee maker with vinegar instead of water. Run at least twice more with just water before making coffee.Clean windows and TV screens with a solution of 10 parts water to vinegar and a soft cloth.Pour vinegar into toilet bowl and let sit for five minutes before flushing or scrubbing.
WATCH: All natural cleaning solutions get the job done
Lemon – deodorizes, cuts grease.
Freshen your home by simmering sliced lemons in water on the stove for an hour.Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of salt to make a rust-removal scrub.Remove smells from wooden cutting boards and bowls by rubbing with lemon peel —; don’t rinse.Remove discolouration from plastic utensils by rubbing with cloth soaked in lemon juice, then rinse.Remove odours from your skin by rubbing with fresh lemons.
You can also mix your own cleaners, laundry soaps. The David Suzuki Foundation has a list of “green cleaning recipes” online.
Here’s one for furniture polish:
2 cups warm water2 Tbsp olive oil2 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake well, spray, rub, and polish with rag.
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ROME – The body of a teenage Wisconsin student who went missing shortly after he arrived for an exchange program was found in the Tiber River on Monday.
John Cabot University confirmed that the body was that of 19-year-old Beau Solomon, who was last seen by his friends in the early hours of Friday morning.
“We express our most heartfelt condolences to the Solomon family and to all those who loved Beau,” said a statement from the Rome-based English-language university.
Solomon had just completed his first year as a personal finance major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
READ MORE: University of Wisconsin-Madison student goes missing in Italy
An earlier statement from the university said it was “alerted by his roommate, who reported that he had lost contact with Beau around 1 a.m. … and was worried when he did not see Beau at orientation” Friday morning.
Solomon’s family said his credit cards had been used after he disappeared.
WATCH: Body of American college student visiting Rome has been found
Solomon’s family and John Cabot University were in contact with Italian authorities, the U.S. Embassy and his U.S. college’s President Franco Pavoncello told The Associated Press.
Without citing sources or names, the Italian news agency ANSA said two people claimed to have seen a man throw a person into the Tiber the night Solomon disappeared.
An older brother, Jake Solomon, described his brother as an athlete who successfully battled cancer for years as a child. He said his parents, Nick and Jodi Solomon, had travelled to Rome.
READ MORE: Mother has tearful reunion with son 20 years after he was abducted
While the cause of Solomon’s death is unclear, there have been several recent cases of American students in Rome running into trouble, especially during a night out drinking. Many American students are surprised to find that alcohol can be easily acquired in Italian supermarkets, bars or restaurants.
In 2012, a U.S. student was allegedly stabbed by his roommate, a fellow student at John Cabot University, after what police said was a night of alcohol and possible drug use. The stabbed student survived.
Also in recent years, a young American man recently arrived in Rome for studies and died after falling off a low wall where people sit at nighttime, landing on the cement banks of the Tiber River. Another young American male student, who had been reported missing after leaving a bar, was found dead near train tracks in a Rome tunnel, apparently hit by a train in the early morning hours.
NEW YORK – Joey “Jaws” Chestnut regained the Mustard Yellow International Belt Monday, ousting Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie of the championship title at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on Monday.
Chestnut, 32, downed 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes – the most hot dogs and buns ever eaten at the competition – polishing off 17 more dogs than Stonie. Chestnut’s eight straight victories ended last year when he lost the championship title in an upset to Stonie. Both men are from San Jose, California.
In 2013, Chestnut set a world record by eating 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Contest officials said Chestnut set a new record last month when he ate 73 1/2 hot dogs and buns during a qualifying event.
As he gripped the mustard-colored belt after his win Monday afternoon, Chestunt said Stonie had “woke up the sleeping giant” when he beat him out last year.
“Last year was rough,” Chestnut told the crowd. “This year was the best ever.”
Matt Stonie, left, and Joey Chestnut compete in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest men’s competition, Monday, July 4, 2016, in New York.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Stonie said there were “no excuses” for his loss. He said Chestnut did an amazing job.
With thousands of people – many wearing Nathan’s Famous hats – watching the eaters on an elevated stage along the famed Coney Island boardwalk, the next closest competitor ate 41 hot dogs.
The men’s contest came more than an hour after the women competed, with defending champion Miki Sudo capturing first place.
WATCH: Defending champion Miki Sudo ate 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the coveted title.
The Las Vegas woman scarfed down 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to claim the championship title for the third straight year. Both she and Chestnut leave with $10,000 each.
Sudo, 30, downed 4 1/2 more wieners than prior champion Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas, 48, of Alexandria, Virginia, who devoured 34 hot dogs. Thomas had held the championship title from 2011 until she lost in an upset to Sudo in 2014.
The colorful holiday tradition draws its share of characters. Many in the crowd Monday wore foam hats shaped like hot dogs. One man held a sign that read: “Make America Eat Again,” a play on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
WINNIPEG —; Reloadable smart cards for Winnipeg Transit users are now on sale, a decade after former mayor Sam Katz first promised the new microchip-enabled payment system.
As of Monday, the Peggo card will be available for seniors. All other passengers will have to wait until Aug. 8 to get their hands on the plastic.
The $17 million system was originally supposed to be in place in June 2013, but technology issues kept pushing the date back.
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Seniors can purchase the smart cards at locations across the city, including all 7-Eleven and Shoppers Drug Mart locations, the city said in a media release Monday.
Cards can also be purchased at WinnipegTranist长沙桑拿 or by calling 311.
During the launch period, riders can continue using paper passes and tickets and are encouraged to use these items, as they will no longer be sold in the new year. Cash fares will still be accepted.
Peggo: everything you need to know
To use the smartcard, tap it against thecard reader on the farebox and wait for it to beep. There are two types of fares that can be loaded onto Peggocards: e-passes and e-cash.E-passes will replace paper passes and are valid for an unlimited number of trips during a set number of consecutive days. Transit will offer passes that range from 24 hours, all the way up to an annual pass.E-cash will replace paper tickets, and is deducted from the card when it is tapped on the farebox. When paying with e-cash, a 75 minute transfer is automatically loaded onto the card, eliminating the need for paper transfers.Peggo cards can be purchased for $5. However, for a limited time when riders purchase theircard and use it within 90 days of purchase, the $5 will be refunded to the card as e-cash.