Newsstand: June 18, 2014


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Newsstand: June 18, 2014

Anyone in the market for an obnoxiously painted Ferrari 458 should call Deadmau5—does he have a deal for you! In the news: A tornado touches down in Angus while huge storms down power for 47,000 people in Ontario, four golfers get hit by lightning, Ugandan WorldPride delegates get their visas approved, and the Toronto Catholic District School Board will get an ombudsman.

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The weather system that caused two deadly tornadoes in Nebraska earlier this week ripped through Ontario last night, creating a tornado in Angus that significantly damaged 20 to 30 homes. While the Angus tornado did not cause any serious injuries, the township of Essa, in which Angus is located, did declare a state of emergency on Tuesday night. Environment Canada called for thundershowers yesterday with gusts of wind over 100 kilometres per hour. The storms, which affected a giant swath southwestern of Ontario, left 46,800 people in the province without power. According to Toronto Hydro, 12,000 customers in the city were affected by the power outage, and as of this morning approximately 1,000 were still waiting for their power to be restored.

The storm was also pretty bad news for four GTA men who were golfing at Bethesda Grange Golf Course on Stouffville Road, just north of Toronto. While on the course, near the clubhouse, all four men were struck by lightning at around 11:40 yesterday morning. Police say a 60-year-old man remains in critical condition, while the other three men are stable.

Good news for some of the 10 Ugandan delegates who were expected to participate in the WorldPride Human Rights Conference, but had their visas denied last month, causing event organizers to fear that the country would go unrepresented at the conference. Thankfully, six delegates have since received travel visas, after resubmitting more comprehensive applications in order to prove they intend to leave Canada after their scheduled stay. Conference organizers say having Ugandan representation at the conference is critical—they want to highlight human rights struggles taking place in the country, where being gay or lesbian is against the law, and punishable by long-term imprisonment or death. There is still hope that the four remaining delegates will also be able attend the conference. They have not yet had their revised visa applications denied, and are still awaiting a response from Canadian officials.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board has become the first school board in Ontario to create an ombudsman role to help referee conflicts. On Monday night, trustees approved allocating $150,000 of a $1.12-billion budget to creating the position, which board chair Jo-Ann Davis says “demonstrates the value that Toronto Catholic places on good governance, on the importance of public confidence, and the importance of accountability and transparency.” The ombudsman will be capable of intervening as a last resort to help resolve problems for parents when other methods have failed. While the overall scope of the position is still to be determined, Davis hopes it will be in effect before the municipal elections.