Mississauga house explosion: Residents return, investigation shifts to mysterious notes

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.

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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.”

A fire fighter sprays water on debris after a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Police are evacuating homes in an area on Mississauga, Ont., as they investigate reports of a house explosion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Mark Blinch

Debris litters a street after a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Police are evacuating homes in an area on Mississauga, Ont., as they investigate reports of a house explosion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Zeljko Zidaric

A firefighter walks on the scene of a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

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A firefighter walks on the scene of a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

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A fire fighter sprays water on debris after a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Police are evacuating homes in an area on Mississauga, Ont., as they investigate reports of a house explosion.

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A fire fighter sprays water on debris after a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Police are evacuating homes in an area on Mississauga, Ont., as they investigate reports of a house explosion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Mark Blinch

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Debris litters a street after a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Police are evacuating homes in an area on Mississauga, Ont., as they investigate reports of a house explosion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Nathan Denette

Debris litters a street after a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Police are evacuating homes in an area on Mississauga, Ont., as they investigate reports of a house explosion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Nathan Denette

Debris litters a street after a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Police are evacuating homes in an area on Mississauga, Ont., as they investigate reports of a house explosion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Nathan Denette

THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Nathan Denette

Debris litters a street after a house explosion in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Police are evacuating homes in an area on Mississauga, Ont., as they investigate reports of a house explosion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Nathan Denette

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.”


‘Top Gear’ shake-up: Chris Evans stepping down as co-host of car show

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.

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.

READ MORE: Matt LeBlanc co-hosting Top Gear: Friends star joins Chris Evans

“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.

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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.

READ MORE: Matt LeBlanc vows to leave Top Gear if co-host Chris Evans isn’t fired

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.

Clarkson was fired from his Top Gear hosting duties in 2015 after he punched a producer.

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Juno mission to Jupiter: What scientists hope to learn about solar system’s giant planet

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.

WATCH LIVE: Juno mission to Jupiter

READ MORE: WATCH: Hubble captures brilliant aurora on Jupiter as Juno spacecraft nears

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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Juno’s journey to Jupiter

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Jupiter: Into the Unknown (NASA Juno Mission Trailer)

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Hubble captures bright aurora in Jupiter’s north pole

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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.

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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.

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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.

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