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Graphic Photos Spread Online Alerting Horror of Migrant Crisis to Canada. Toronto Hits Record Temperature Ahead of Long Weekend. Gas Prices Drop 4 Cents Overnight. Police Looking For Sex Assault Suspect In Etobicoke. PC Leader Patrick Brown Hopes to Get Into Legislature in Simcoe North Byelection.
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Horrific Photos Bring New Urgency to Refugee Crisis
A new sense of urgency has been brought to the European migrant crisis after a series of photos that capture the dangers of those fleeing war torn countries in search of brighter futures has spread online like wildfire. A photo of a drowned child, washed up on a beach in Turkey has spread across social media this week after a dozen Syrian refugees died in their attempt to reach Greece. The photo was taken near the Turkish resort town of Bodrum. The refugees were attempting to flee to the island of Kos, and then eventually make their way to Canada. It’s reported that Turkey denied them direct travel to Canada, so this is the route they sought. The boy in the photo is 3-yr-old Aylan Kurdi. His 5-year-old brother and mother also perished in the incident. They’re part of massive wave of Syrian refugees fleeing the violence that has gripped their homeland. It’s estimated that 2,000 people a day are making the journey to Greek territory in a bid for safer climes. An MP in the Vancouver area says Teema Kurdi was working with her brother Abdullah Kurdi (father of Avlan) to sponsor the family. Vancouver are MP Fin Donnelly says he delivered a letter on behalf of Kurdi to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander in March, but the sponsorship request was not approved. The photos have brought a new sense of urgency to the issue in the federal election campaign.
Toronto Hits Record Temperature Ahead of Long Weekend
It may be back to school season, but summer weather seems to want to stick around. Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson says Toronto hit 33.3°C on Wednesday afternoon, surpassing the two previously hottest days of the season so far. However, Coulson says it’s no where near the hottest Sept. 2nd on record, which was set in 1953 at 36.7°C. As for the week ahead, temperatures will be hovering in the high 20′s until the Labour Day weekend, when they’re supposed to go back up to 30 degrees, feeling warmer with the humidity. Environment Canada will be confirming tomorrow if it was in fact the hottest day of 2015 so far.
Gas Prices Drop 4 Cents Overnight
The price of gas is a little bit cheaper this morning. The price at the pump dipped four cents overnight and Gasbuddy.com’s Dan McTeague expects it to get better. The average price of regular in the GTA is sitting just under $1.07 per litre.
Police Looking For Sex Assault Suspect In Etobicoke
Police are looking for a sexual assault suspect after an incident in North Etobicoke. Police say a woman was walking on a foot path around 9:30 last night near Hwy 27, south of Humber College Blvd. A man approached the woman from behind and knocked her to the ground before sexually assaulting her. The man was last seen heading south along the pathway. He is described as Male black or brown, 5’6″-5’7″ with an average build, straight hair, unkept at the collar and a strong sweat or body odour. He was wearing a yellow, beige or cream coloured t-shirt, dark long pants and he was possibly wearing sandals. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
PC Leader Patrick Brown Hopes to Get Into Legislature in Simcoe North Byelection
Residents in Simcoe North head to the polls today. Tory leader Patrick Brown is hoping to win the byelection in the central Ontario riding. Rob Leone, a Western University political science professor and former Progressive Conservative MPP says he thinks Brown is a safe bet. If Brown wins, that will allow the party leader to have a seat in the legislature when it resumes in 11 days.