Humber News Express October 24

by | Oct 24, 2013 | News

Today’s headlines from Humber News Express.

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Ford Photo is Back:

The now infamous photo of Mayor Rob Ford with his arm around three men outside a North Etobicoke home is back in the headlines.

The Toronto Star has continued to investigate the controversy surrounding Ford and the photo. (Click Here for the full story)

Police described the residence (Windsor Road) in the photo as a “drug home” and had monitored it earlier in the year.

Two of the men in the photo with Ford were arrested in June during the Project Traveller raids while the other was murdered back in March.

Police also say the man who was trying to sell the alleged video of Ford smoking crack, Mohamed Siad, had visited the home multiple times.

Undercover officers followed Siad from his apartment to the home on Windsor Road. They have multiple reports of Siad visiting the home at different hours of the day during the month of April.

According to the Star, Siad had tipped off a Star investigator of the video of Ford and after a month of back and forth finally showed the video to two reporters.

Siad was arrested on June 15 during the Project Traveller raids and faces gun and drug trafficking charges.

No one from the Windsor Road residence was ever arrested.

O’Canada Lyrics Poll

A new survey suggests that a majority of Canadians are opposed to changing the lyrics to O’Canada.

Only 25 percent of people polled support the change.

A group of women including author Margaret Atwood is pushing for to have the lyrics made gender neutral.

A Forum Research poll of close to 15-hundred Canadians found the people most in favour of the change were those aged 55 and older, women and people born in the British Isles.


Health Canada to now Publish Drug Reviews

Health Minister Rona Ambrose has asked Health Canada to publish drug reviews.

Concern was raised after an 18-year-old University of Calgary student died from a blood clot that blocked flow of oxygen to her lungs.

The death was linked to the acne drug Diane-35.

That brings the death toll among young people to 13 since 2000.

Health Canada has previously reviewed the drug and said its benefits outweighed the risks.

But now it will publish its findings of all future drug reviews for the public.

York University Subway Station back on Track

Construction is set to resume next week at the York University subway station.

It is part of the Spadina Subway extension but has been left idle for months as the TTC switches from the contractor who broke ground to a new builder.

In the meantime water has filled in the site meaning the first job will be to pump the water out.

The TTC says bringing in the new contractor will not increase the cost of the station and it is set to be complete in 2016.

Bon Jovi being honoured by Air Canada Centre

Fans have been waiting for a banner to be lifted at the Air Canada Centre for a long time but did you expect that banner to be for Bon Jovi.

It’ll be raised before a concert on November 2nd making the group the first member of the ACC Wall of Fame.

Bon Jovi has sold over six hundred thousand tickets during 17 appearances at the ACC.  That’s more than any other act in the building’s history.

MLSE President Tim Leiweke says there is still plenty of space left for Stanley Cup banners.