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Strange lights seen over North York spark UFO concerns. Ford apologizes after LGBT attendees harassed at Ford Fest. Laureen Harper stung by bees while touring Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
STRANGE LIGHTS CAUSE UFO CONCERNS IN NORTH YORK
Many videos of flashing lights hovering over North York appeared on social media overnight, prompting assumptions of an alien invasion in Toronto. Tons of people on Twitter reported seeing strange lights in the sky moving around the the Willowdale area. Many of the tweets included photos and videos. Several of them showed a bright white light moving unpredictably. Others showed four lights flashing pink and green in a single, slightly diagonal line. A local police officer may have the answer to the mystery. A Toronto police officer who patrols 32 Division sent a tweet explaining the incident. “Hard to believe my UFO from last night actually made it as a top news story. #Quadcopter Google it!,” he wrote before adding the additional hashtags #headshake, #slownewsnight. “Quadcopter was up over Yonge Street north of Empress last night,” he tweeted. A quadcopter is a multirotor helicopter that has been used as a surveillance tool as well as a way to test different theories of flight navigation.
FORD APOLOGIZES AFTER LGBT ATTENDEES HARASSED AT FORD FEST
Mayor Rob Ford apologized Saturday after members of the LGBT community we’re attacked at his family’s annual Ford Fest a day earlier. During Friday’s event at Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough, members of the LGBT community were verbally and physically harassed, with some members of Ford Nation yelling for them to go home. The mayor’s brother, Doug Ford, apologized for the mishap Friday. Saturday, Mayor Rob Ford also expressed his regret for the incident. “I apologize too. I didn’t personally see it. I was in the tent, but it’s terrible that things like that happen. I apologize and we have to move on.” Ford also said the event “was the best Ford Fest we’ve ever had” and thanked supporters for attending. However, the mayor declined to comment on mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson’s entrance to Ford Fest — appearing on a white horse — and who now may face a bylaw infraction charge for the stunt.
LAUREEN HARPER STUNG BY BEES WHILE TOURING ROYAL YORK HOTEL
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife, Laureen Harper, was looking at a bee hive on the rooftop of the Royal York hotel Sunday with a hotel chief, but both got a touch too close and ended up getting stung. The beehive is part of the hotel’s effort to provide fresh honey for its guests and to help the environment by providing bees to pollinate area gardens and parks. Footage shows that Laureen Harper didn’t seem phased by the stinging, and for good reason. The Prime Minister’s Office says her father raised bees on the family farm. There was no word on how many stings she received.
6-YEAR-OLD GIRL HIT BY CAR AT COSTCO DIES OF INJURIES
Addison Hall, the six-year-old girl who was hit by a car that crashed through Costco in London, On. last week, has died of her injuries. Addison Hall was with her pregnant mother and three-year-old sister when the vehicle crashed through the front doors of the Costco. The accident happened around noon this past Friday. Her younger sister remains in hospital in critical condition. There are reports that an emergency Caesarean section was preformed and the new born baby is also in critical condition while the mother has been listed in fair condition. Three others were also hospitalized in the accident but have since been released. Police say they are still looking into the crash and that an autopsy on the Addison Hall’s body is scheduled for today.
DECISION TO END SWIM EARLY WAS HARD
16-year-old Annaleise Carr ended her swim across Lake Erie early, but says she still intends to finish it later this summer. Annaleise ended the swim early Saturday morning at Long Point, Ont., short of Port Dover where she was planning to celebrate the end of the 75-kilometre swim. “The whole time we had one-to-four-feet waves so that was a big challenge for everyone,” she said. Carr said the weather didn’t co-operate in general, but that the waters were warmer than when she crossed Lake Ontario. Two years ago, Annaleise Carr swam across Lake Ontario at the age of 14, becoming the youngest person known to have accomplished the challenge. She still is considering her latest attempt a success, having raised around $150,000 for Camp Trillium, a childhood cancer support centre.