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.
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.
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“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.
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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.
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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.
Top Gear co-host Chris Evans has announced that he’s leaving the immensely popular car show after only one season.
Evans revealed his departure on 桑拿会所.
Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) July 4, 2016
Stories surfaced last week about the other Top Gear co-host, American Matt LeBlanc of Friends fame, and how he was unable to deal with Evans in a professional capacity. He threatened to leave Top Gear if Evans stayed on, and according to multiple sources behind-the-scenes, LeBlanc refused to shoot more episodes until Evans was out.
Top Gear network BBC released a statement about Evans’ departure, not once mentioning anything about a rift or show ratings, which fell substantially over the course of the season.
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“Chris is stepping down from his duties on Top Gear,” said Mark Linsey, Director at BBC Studios for Top Gear. “He says he gave it his best shot doing everything he could to make the show a success. He firmly believes that the right people remain, on both the production team and presenting team, to take the show forward and make it the hit we want it to be. The new series has so far notched up over 30 [million] views in the U.K. alone and has already been sold to 130 territories worldwide.”
Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans pose for the ‘Top Gear’ promotional photo.
Perry McCarthy, the original Top Gear host, told the BBC: “It’s sad for Chris, but personally I was expecting such an announcement. I wasn’t expecting it this quickly, but I did think that Chris would step down from it. Chris is an enormously popular radio presenter and TV show host, but he [didn’t] quite gel with this show, he [didn’t] really gel with the viewers. It must be a little bit painful for him to receive this reaction from everybody and I don’t think he’d want to continue, I probably wouldn’t want to continue if I was getting constant criticism either.”
The Guardian reports that it’s “thought” that BBC is in talks with LeBlanc to return for a second season.
The car show used to be helmed by acerbic host Jeremy Clarkson and had high ratings worldwide. While LeBlanc was not a fan favourite out of the gate, reports indicate that it was actually Evans who impacted the show’s performance.
One frequently heard complaint from viewers was that Evans was too “shouty,” while LeBlanc allegedly grew frustrated with Evans’ perceived rudeness and supposedly “frosty” attitude toward the rest of the Top Gear team.
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Still, Evans was rather kind with his parting words.
“I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last 12 months,” he said in a statement via the BBC. “I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause. I remain a huge fan of the show, always have been, always will be. I will continue to focus on my radio show and the allied events that it encompasses.”
Evans said he would continue with his other BBC commitments.
Full steam ahead then with Radio 2, CarFest, Children In Need, 500 Words and whatever else we can dream up in the future.
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) July 4, 2016
Clarkson was fired from his Top Gear hosting duties in 2015 after he punched a producer.
The federal government wants to introduce personal identification with more options than just male or female — possibly adding a third option, for gender-neutral.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Toronto news station CP24 on Sunday that the government is considering following in Ontario’s footsteps with gender-neutral identification. Ontario announced last week that it would allow the use of a third gender indicator, “X”, for driver’s licences and health cards.
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“It’s something we’re looking at federally, we’re just trying to figure out the best way to get around to doing it,” he said.
Cameron Ahmad, press secretary for the PMO, confirmed to Global News that the government is considering this change as part of Bill C-16, which would add gender identity to the human rights code.
“With regard to Bill C-16, we are conducting a review of all the circumstances in which the government requires or produces identity documents to ensure we do not to exclude people whose gender identity does not match the binary standard,” he wrote. “This could include neutrality in several situations.”
Some countries, like Australia, Denmark and Bangladesh, already allow people to state their gender as “X” or “Other” on official government identification.
LOS ANGELES – Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones’ recent online lament about having trouble finding a designer to dress her for the film’s premiere points to the challenges actresses face when it comes to walking red carpets in style.
While one nice tux might carry a male actor through many a premiere, it’s customary for female stars to show up in new attire for every photo opportunity, which makes finding fresh, fashion-forward outfits for such occasions a time-consuming task, especially for women larger than a size 2.
“It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie,” wrote Jones on 桑拿会所, who is 6 feet tall. “Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”
It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 28, 2016
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But for designers, it’s not just about their star clients fitting into smaller sizes, said celebrity stylist Nina Hallworth. It also has to do with creating a mutually beneficial partnership between the clothier and the star.
“It is about how a designer wants to be represented as an artist,” Hallworth said in an interview. “We have worked with women who are sample sizes and incredibly well known and a designer will say no to that collaboration as creatively it is not a fit — even if we think it is.”
As it turned out, designer Christian Siriano responded to Jones’ call on 桑拿会所 last week and agreed to make her gown. He said in a statement that he’s a fan of the actress and her work.
Hmm what a difference a tweet makes. Should I name the designers that didn’t look out?Put y’all ass on blast. You will not get my love later
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 29, 2016
“I can’t wait to create something special for her to wear,” the statement said. “I support all women no matter age or size!”
“It shouldn’t be exceptional to work with brilliant people just because they’re not sample size,” Siriano wrote on 桑拿会所. “Congrats aren’t in order, a change is.”
It shouldn’t be exceptional to work with brilliant people just because they’re not sample size. Congrats aren’t in order, a change is.
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) June 29, 2016
He followed up later in the week with photos of Jones visiting his studio.
Up to no good. 👋🏻 @Lesdoggg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/bolRUZE2Cq
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) June 30, 2016
It’s not clear how long Jones had been seeking a dress for the premiere, but she hasn’t been alone.
Other actresses outside the size-2 landscape have said it can be hard to find designers to work with, even for high-profile events. Melissa McCarthy said that when she was invited to the Oscars after the success of Bridesmaids, she couldn’t find anyone to make her a dress.
“I asked five or six designers — very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people— and they all said no,” she told Redbook magazine in 2014.
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McCarthy has since launched her own clothing line and she helped design the dress she wore to this year’s Golden Globes.
Bryce Dallas Howard, who wears a size 6, said she bought her own gown off the rack for the Golden Globes, as she does for most Hollywood appearances.
“I like having lots of options for a size 6, as opposed to maybe one option,” she told E! News on the red carpet. “So I always go to department stores for this kind of stuff.”
Hallworth notes that designers who loan their dresses might have specific demands for how they’re worn.
“Free clothes can come at a cost to your own authentic style,” she said. “If you own those pieces, you own your image and can wear things in a way that speaks your narrative, not the designer’s.”
It comes down to an actress establishing a personal, individual look, she said, which then becomes a magnet for designers.
“Collaboration between designers and actors is symbiotic,” Hallworth said. “A great image can last a lifetime; a bad one longer.”
Whether you agree with Hallworth or not, one thing is certain – the conversation on the subject will likely continue on 桑拿会所. Here are just some of the tweets that have popped up amid the debate.
About @Lesdoggg and @CSiriano and clueless people saying she’s acting “entitled”… pic.twitter长沙桑拿/vdgMk0ZKhS
— Brad Walsh (@BradWalsh) July 1, 2016
Class and smart. Thanks @CSiriano for takin’ care of my homegirl @Lesdoggg! 👊🏾💯 https://t.co/fIGOzZfW4d
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 30, 2016
@Lesdoggg WOW – can’t believe these idiots won’t design anything for u. Proof that their skills are limited 2 ordinary and boring. #TooGood
— Christy (@thechristylove) June 29, 2016
@Lesdoggg Ill make your dress lesdoggg. I’m a baker so we can make it out of cookies and hamburger buns #eatitwhenyourdone
An Ottawa lemonade stand operated by two little girls was shut down on Sunday for not having the proper permits.
The lemonade stand, where seven-year-old Eliza Andrews and her five-year-old sister Adela were selling lemonade on Sunday, was shut down by an official from the National Capital Commission, according to a report by CBC News.
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The girls were selling lemonade to passing cyclists on a median next to NCC-operated Colonel By Drive, a road that is closed to motorists on Sundays during the summer for “Sunday Bikedays”.
The girls’ father, Kurtis Andrews, told CBC that although the NCC officer was polite, “I think that they need to relax a bit. I understand that they have to manage their properties but at the same time we’re talking about a five and seven-year-old raising money for camp.”
According to the National Capital Commission Traffic and Property Regulations, “no person shall sell or offer or expose for sale any drink, goods or wares,” without written permission from the NCC.
In an emailed statement, the NCC said it apologizes to the Andrews family for the inconvenience and met with them Monday “to see how we can support these two young entrepreneurs going forward.”
“Given the location of the lemonade stand, the Conservation Officer acted in good faith in applying the federal land use rules in place,” wrote the NCC. “However, we believe the situation could have been handled differently. Children’s lemonade stands are a time-honoured summer tradition that contributes to a lively Capital and the NCC wants to encourage these activities whenever possible.”
Hope for a quick resolution to the labour battle between Canada Post and the union representing 50,000 of its workers seemed to dim on Monday as the Crown corporation released a blistering statement in response the union’s latest offer.
Canada Post said it was “extremely disappointed” in the response from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) at the bargaining table in recent days.
“Late Friday evening, CUPW tabled offers that would add at least $1 billion in new costs over the term of a new collective agreement while rejecting the Corporation’s approach to address the long-term issues with the employee pension plan,” said a statement released Monday morning.
Canada Post also accused the union of demanding the reversal of several changes that had already been agreed to in the last round of negotiations in 2012.
READ MORE: Canada Post work stoppage: What are the negotiations about anyway?
In spite of the fact that the two sides appear to remain far apart on numerous points, talks are reportedly continuing in the hopes of negotiating a deal.
Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said the company has not given the required 72 hours’ notice of a lockout, nor has the union given notice of any job action. Both sides remain at the table and Hamilton said he hopes they can reach an agreement that is “affordable and reasonable.”
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Changes to employee pension plans have been a key sticking point. Canada Post made new contract proposals about a week ago, and the union presented a counter offer on Friday.
That offer included wage hikes and rejects Canada Post’s plan to have new employees get a pension plan that operates like an RRSP instead of the defined benefit plan for current employees that guarantees a set level of retirement benefits.
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Hamilton says Canada Post has expressed frustration over the union’s proposal, which he says “puts us in the exact opposite direction of where we need to be as a company.”
On Saturday, the union called the wage increase offer presented by Canada Post last week “an insult.”
If no deal is reached, the two sides are now in a position to either strike or begin a lockout, which could disrupt mail services to Canadians across the country as early as Thursday if a 72-hour notice is served today.
The deteriorating status of the negotiations has been aired publicly in a series of statements issued on websites and to the media over the last few weeks.
LONDON – An unprecedented peek into Queen Elizabeth‘s royal wardrobe is taking place this summer at Buckingham Palace.
As part of the monarch’s 90th birthday celebrations, the Royal Collection Trust announced Monday that visitors will be treated to a special exhibition of the queen’s outfits, entitled: “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe.”
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The exhibition will feature a wide range of clothes from the queen’s childhood to the present day, including ball gowns and military regalia.
The display will also include the outfit designed by Angela Kelly and worn by the Queen and for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
A total of around 150 outfits will be shown, with similar displays taking place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Windsor Castle.
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