By Noor Javed Staff Reporter Fri., May 25, 2018 It’s the middle of the day on a weekday afternoon, but with the hustle and bustle inside the Muslim Welfare Centre, one could think otherwise. A line of people, some pulling shopping trolleys, make their way to the large food bank situated in a warehouse in a quiet strip mall at Markham Rd. and McLevin Ave. Some have taken the bus to get here; others have hitched rides with friends for their scheduled visit to collect a month’s worth of halal meat and non-perishable ethnic groceries. Dozens of volunteers load the shelves and sort through boxes of donated clothes and furniture that has been dropped off. “I heard from people that they are a good charity that helps widows,” said Ambio Mahmood, the mother of seven who started using the food bank last year after the death of her husband. She makes the trek from Toronto’s west end to come here once a month, as all clients are allowed. … [Read more...] about From a humble start, this Toronto Muslim charity has grown to serve multitudes, as far away as N.W.T.
By Hamilton Spectator Fri., May 25, 2018 Metrolinx is warning GO train commuters of possible delays if Canadian Pacific Railway workers go on strike next week. A release from Ontario’s transit agency said CP workers will be in a legal strike position again as of noon Monday. An earlier strike threat in April was postponed by a federal order for unionized workers to vote on a contract offer. The dispute matters to local commuters because the railroad company owns the tracks used by GO trains to access the Hamilton GO Centre downtown. In April, Metrolinx said it could be forced to cancel daily service to Hamilton GO Centre, but it now says it will be able to continue running its trains on the CP-owned spur into Hamilton even if a strike occurs. Metrolinx warned a strike could reduce the number of railroad staff available to deal with signal or switching issues. Article Continued Below “The potential for delays on CP-owned track increases during a … [Read more...] about Metrolinx warns of possible GO train delays if CP Rail workers strike
By Royson James Star Columnist Fri., May 25, 2018 Narrow sidewalks. Poor street design. Lack of safe cycling space. Insufficient speed controls. Inattentive drivers. These are some of the frequently cited reasons for the carnage on our streets when pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles converge. We should loudly, boldly, resolutely address another, less politically correct reason — the culture of pedestrian disrespect of the car as an agent of danger and death. This is not blaming the victim; it’s arming the potential victim with survival tactics. And nowhere is this more needed than in Greater Toronto — a region where those on foot seem to exhibit wanton disregard and disrespect of the car as a killing machine. Read more: Pedestrian and two cyclists, one a child, struck in separate collisions Thursday Article Continued Below Nearly two years since Toronto announced Vision Zero, the city is on pace for its deadliest year for … [Read more...] about The one thing pedestrians should remember about cars
By Sara Mojtehedzadeh Work Reporter Wealth Fri., May 25, 2018 Job creation is an evergreen campaign promise, but as for your rights on the job — well, they don’t tend to be a wedge issue. That’s what Navi Aujla hopes to change this time around. “I think there’s a lot of myths around, if we increase the quality of jobs it’s going to lead to job loss. I think it puts a fear in folks that asking for what we deserve is going to put us out of work,” says the 26-year-old organizer with the Fight for $15 movement. Low pay and temp agency work are common in her community, the Brampton-native says. She’s experienced it first hand — and wants political candidates to take note. “At one factory we were made to race against each other and you feel like you have no choice to try and win that race because they may not call you back,” she recalls. “There’s constant threatening going on — … [Read more...] about In provincial election, battle lines drawn over minimum wage and good jobs
By Star staff Fri., May 25, 2018 On the provincial election trail, all three major party leaders weighed in on the Mississauga bombing. Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne called the bombing a “shocking and fearful incident” and said there is no indication it is terror-related. “We are all shocked and saddened by the news out of Mississauga. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and our thanks go out to the first responders,” said Wynne who as premier will receive security briefings from officials. READ MORE: Hunt on for two suspects in Mississauga explosion Article Continued Below What we know and don’t know about the explosion She referred to it as a “serious criminal incident” and said she would receive further briefings throughout the day on the investigation. Wynne cancelled two morning campaign announcements to be available, and said the province can play a coordinating role for the various police … [Read more...] about Ontario party leaders condemn Mississauga bombing