TORONTO – Two suspects arrested while the hunt for two others continues. Today during a press conference at its headquarters the Toronto Police updated the residents of the city on the ongoing investigation into the growing wave of violent car thefts. Sometimes, drivers are even thrown out of their car. “One can only imagine the trauma of people whose vehicles are stolen by violent individuals waiting for them in parking lots, at traffic lights, even in the driveway of their home, who ambush them – said Inspector Rich Harris – with their actions they cause a heavy psychological impact on the victims”.
TORONTO – He didn’t make it. The international student seriously injured last Monday in the shooting at MK Auto Body Repairs has died.
TORONTO – If one did not know it, the Municipal Democracy Index (MDI) confirms that our democratic institutions at the local level are crying out for serious reform, if not an injection of civic commitment. In 2021, out of a total of 150 possible points on the MDI scale, only eight (8) municipalities of the thirty-two (32) measured in Ontario received a passing grade of 75 or better. Neither Toronto nor Vaughan was among that acceptable group.
TORONTO – Ha trascorso più di due ore al Tim Horton di Mississauga prima di premere il grilletto contro Andrew Hong, il poliziotto che ignaro di quel che stava per accadere, è entrato nel locale per un pranzo veloce. Lì invece, l’agente della polizia di Toronto che si trovava a Mississauga per tenere un corso di addestramento per motociclisti su richiesta della polizia di Peel, ha trovato la morte…
TORONTO – He spent more than two hours at the Tim Horton in Mississauga before pulling the trigger at Andrew Hong, the policeman who unaware of what was about to happen, entered the venue for a quick lunch. There, however, the Toronto police officer who was in Mississauga to give a motorcycle training course at the request of Peel’s police, found death.
TORONTO – After the initial shock at the cold-blooded killings of Toronto Police officer Andrew Hong and mechanic Shakeel Ashraf (in the pics above) on Monday afternoon, new details about the killer begin to emerge although the reason for the murders remains a mystery.
TORONTO – Quanto accaduto lunedì nella GTA sembra uscito dalla fantasia di Quentin Tarantino ma, purtroppo, non si tratta di un film: un uomo armato è entrato in un Tim Hortons a Mississauga, ha ucciso un poliziotto che stava pranzando con i suoi colleghi e poi si è dato alla fuga arrivando fino a Milton dove ha fatto fuoco all’interno di un’officina di carrozzeria, uccidendo una persona e ferendone altre tre, per poi finire a sua volta ucciso in un conflitto a fuoco con la Polizia…
TORONTO – What happened on Monday in the GTA seems to have come out of Quentin Tarantino’s imagination but, unfortunately, it is not a movie: a gunman entered a Tim Hortons in Mississauga, killed a policeman who was having lunch with his colleagues and then he fled to Milton where he went inside a body shop, killing one person and wounding three others, ending up killed in a firefight with the police. (more…)
TORONTO – Ci deve essere un modo per “qualificare” i candidati a cariche politiche o per squalificare coloro che hanno una comprovata esperienza nel trasgredire gli standard pubblicamente accettati con comportamenti inappropriati. Nel bene e nel male, la burocrazia dei partiti politici riconosciuti conduce un processo di selezione per potenziali candidati alle cariche…
TORONTO – Investire nelle strutture sanitarie private per gli interventi chirurgici, aggiungere fino a 6.000 operatori sanitari, trasferire gli anziani in case di cura a lunga degenza “alternative”. Sono questi in sintesi i punti salienti del “Plan to stay open” presentato ieri dal governo dell’Ontario in vista di un probabile aumento delle malattie respiratorie nei prossimi mesi…
TORONTO – There must be a way “to qualify” candidates for political office or to disqualify those with a proven record of transgressing publicly accepted standards with inappropriate behaviour. For better or for worse, the bureaucracy of recognized political parties conduct a selection process for potential nominees for office. These are open to abuse and to the whim of the leadership and its entourage, but at least there are standards against which approval or criticism can galvanize.
Not so in the in the hurley burley wild west that we see in Municipal politics. The much- touted office of Integrity Commissioner has done little but develop an industry (lucrative for the practitioners) of “tut-tut ism”. Conflicts Commissioners (Ethics Commissioners in some circles) are as eunuchs in a harem.
John Tory, full-time employee of media giant, Rogers, can occupy the mayor’s chair, make decisions that suit his employer and still run for office. School board trustees can violate their oath of office and still offer themselves for election.
It seems endemic to our democratic system: do anything, no matter how egregious – lie, cheat, malign – if you can escape the public’s wrath.
It is a disease that afflicts even the boards of cultural institutions like the Art Gallery of Mississauga. A reading of the Agenda (and its Appendices) of the Annual General Meeting of the Gallery, held August 4, 2022, obtained by the Corriere Canadese would cause a reasonable person to shake their head in disbelief.
It is a “cleaning house” document approved by the assembly following a litany of disruptions, allegations of harassment, bullying, intimidation, questionable circumventions of rules and procedures, obfuscation, “people” sitting as arbitrators of complaints against them personally, falsification of financially sensitive documents etc. It is a wonder the AGM has survived the ordeal.
The Board of the AGM finally succeeded in liberating itself from the cause of all of this turbulence appears to be, its now former President of the Gallery’s Board of Directors, Leslie Silvestri. After an internal revolt structured to secure a legitimate meeting of the Board, it hired Scott and Associate (Scott) to conduct an investigation into the preceding allegations and to report – which it did on July 29, 2022.
Here is an excerpt from Scott’s Workplace Investigation Summary:
“…the allegations of bullying and harassment made against Ms. Silvestri are substantiated…Ms. Silvestri has engaged in, among other things, psychological harassment of others, as well as workplace violence as defined by Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, and that the complainant(s) fear reprisal, reputational harm from Ms. Silvestri. Scott concluded that [Silvestri’s] conduct contravened both the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Human Rights Code…”
Armed with this background, Ms. Silvestri has registered as a candidate for Mississauga City Council.
Silvestri and complainants were notified of the findings. Corriere’s attempts to reach Ms. Silvestri went unresponded as of going to print.
TORONTO – Una chiusura formale delle cure ambulatoriali per carenza di infermieri. I pazienti in barella che affollano i corridoi per ore. Nessuna sala di rianimazione operativa. Un bambino malato che non è sorvegliato.
È questa l’immagine del caos in un fine settimana di luglio dipinta da 40 medici nel pronto soccorso del St. Joseph’s Health Center, uno dei più trafficati di Toronto…
TORONTO – Five trustees in the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) have had enough of the climate of discrimination being tolerated, if not nurtured, by some of their colleagues against Italians and Catholicism. Yes, you read that correctly, against Italians, in 2022.
They appear to be an easy target. There are so many of them in York Region. In fact, two Federal/Provincial ridings (King-Vaughan and Vaughan Woodbridge) are home to 110,000 people who self-identified as being of Italian origin in the 2016 Census. Including those from other areas of Vaughan (Maple, Concord), they comprise 38% of the population in that city. While not as dominant in the Eastern part of York Region, there are sizeable numbers in Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Thornhill Stouffville and Markham.
They are predominantly Catholic. Without them, the York Catholic District School Board might well cease to exist. For some unexpressed reason that bothers people… not all, but some trustees resent the influence the impact of such numbers brings.
One trustee in particular, Theresa Mc Nicol, began a public social media “campaign” suggesting that there would be earth shattering revelations at the upcoming August 30, 2022, Board meeting and encouraging all her followers to attend in person. She sent a similar invitation to the Corriere Canadese, without particulars. Shortly after posting the message, McNicol sent the same message in Italian.
When asked why she was communicating in Italian, she apparently made the comment, “that’s the only way ‘they’ will understand…”. In fact, several email responses from McNicol were written in Italian. Corriere Canadese has asked for a copy of those emails, but, as of going to print, no one from the Board has responded.
Furthermore, evidently, through subsequent communication, she expressed [alleged] discomfort in the presence of her ‘Italian’ colleagues and a sense of insecurity for her personal safety, even in the sanctuary of the Board offices, implying a relationship with the American underworld. She emailed the Chair suggesting it might be prudent to engage security as a sign of an abundance of caution. This is 2022.
Four of the five trustees (Maria Iafrate, Maria Marchese, Domenic Mazzotta and Dino Giuliani) were born and raised in Canada, and Trustee Cantisano, who was born in Italy, immigrated to Canada at the age of three. All 5 Trustees are upstanding Canadian Citizens. Dino Giuliani has been a Trustee for the last 25 years. Domenic Mazzotta, also a previous Chair, has been a civic minded activist since very early in the 1980s.
All of them are motivated by a sense of civic duty. None of them deserved to be tarred by the besmirching of their heritage. Or to be treated as second-class citizens in their own home.
Regrettably, it seems an attitudinal problem at the YCDSB. When Cantisano and Iafrate attended their first Board meeting after the last election, the then Chair stated “oh great, two more Italians”. In a meeting with former Minister of Health, Christine Elliot, current Chair Crowe wistfully noted that the staff at the YCDSB was “predominantly Italian”. To her credit, Elliot asked, “What’s wrong with that?”.
But the request that the police be called to secure the safety of non-Italian trustees from the potential danger posed by the “Italians” was the proverbial last straw. The sting of discrimination directed at the ‘Italians’ was palpable and no longer ignorable. Its latest manifestation warranted action.
Dino Giuliani insisted that the police investigate McNicol’s not so subtle allegations. His colleagues agreed. As expected, the police found absolutely NOTHING; because there was nothing to investigate, nothing that would cause concern to even the most innocent of children.
They also called on the Ministry of Education to investigate and are exploring a Human Rights complaint. The Ministry responded with an offer to conduct a meeting in camera on August 16th. Such a meeting falls outside the parameters of permissible “private meetings” of any school board. Besides, the allegations made by Mc Nicol are already in the public domain. Their solutions should be aired publicly.
Trustees Cantisano, Giuliani, Iafrate, Marchese and Mazzotta have declined the offer to attend that private meeting and are considering absenting themselves from any subsequent ones until the matter is resolved to their satisfaction. Their absence would deprive the YCDSB of the required quorum to legitimize any meeting’s deliberations.
Corriere’s calls and emails to the Minister and the Ministry have so far gone unanswered. A last minute response by the YCDSB Chair and Director provided generic responses regarding courses of action that may not be applicable within the 90 days period preceding election day.
Ironically, the actions, utterances and postings of Mc Nicol and others would be reasons enough to disqualify them from seeking public office under a partisan party banner.
TORONTO – La parodia che circonda la “disposizione” delle accuse delle presunte violazioni del codice di condotta mosse contro il fiduciario Daniel Di Giorgio ha chiarito diverse cose. Il rapporto lanciato contro di lui è stato inventato senza senso, fabbricato per gettare discredito sul suo nome, giusto in tempo per le elezioni.
TORONTO – Il rafforzamento dei poteri e delle prerogative dei sindaci non riguarderà solo Toronto e Ottawa: presto verrà estesa ad altri Comuni dell’Ontario. La conferma della nuova svolta è arrivata ieri direttamente da Doug Ford, durante il suo intervento alla conferenza annuale dell’Association of Municipalities of Ontario…
TORONTO – Sul fronte scuola l’autunno – gli indizi ci sono tutti – sarà caldo. Ieri, come anticipato dal ministro dell’Istruzione Lecce – il governo ha presentato la sua offerta al Cupe – Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (Osbcu) con il quale sono in corso dalla fine di luglio negoziati per il rinnovo del contratto. Per gli operatori dell’istruzione rappresentati dalla Canadian Union of Public Employees che guadagnano meno di $ 40.000 l’aumento sarebbe del 2% all’anno. Ai lavoratori che guadagnano oltre tale importo, il governo propone un contratto quadriennale che prevede aumenti dell’1,25% su base annuale…
TORONTO – Mentre la riapertura delle scuole si avvicina a passi da gigante i negoziati tra sindacati e governo non sembrano andare proprio per il verso giusto. Nonostante siano iniziati con largo anticipo – alla fine di luglio – un accordo sembra essere ancora in alto mare al punto che il Canadian Union of Public Employees (Cupe) ha deciso di parlare di un eventuale sciopero alla sua prossima riunione. Una mossa, questa, che il ministro dell’Istruzione Stephen Lecce definisce una “inutile escalation”…
TORONTO – Conto alla rovescia sul fronte candidature per il voto comunale del 24 ottobre. Al termine di una finestra durata tre mesi, il prossimo 19 agosto scadrà il tempo limite per presentare la propria candidatura nelle corse per la poltrona di sindaco, di consigliere comunale e di fiduciario scolastico dei provveditorati pubblici in Ontario…
TORONTO – Catholic Schools exist because the Constitution, the Charter of Rights and the Education Act recognize and protect their existence; so does the Human Rights Code. Catholic ratepayers are expected to contribute, and do so contribute, to their financial stability.
The former Integrity Commissioner of the TCDSB seems to have had trouble understanding those fundamental concepts when he/they made themselves an instrument of others’ questionable attacks on trustees who comprehend and discharge their role. It started with the concocted attack on Del Grande in November 2019 and ended with the failed attempted defamation of Di Giorgio on August 10, 2022.
So, what is the role of Catholic trustees?
A certain Gabriella Mazarakis researched The Trustee Code of Conduct outlined in A.04 on the Board’s website. It says, in part… “Trustees are expected to discharge their duties and responsibilities in a professional and ethical manner consistent with Gospel Values and the teachings of the Catholic Church… That standard includes upholding the Catholic Faith and adhering to the Oath of Office taken each year at the Caucus meeting.”
…Unless you are a member of the infamous gang of four trustees at the TCDSB. Then the rules may not apply to you – you are woke, a cancel culture zealot – you make them up as you go along… until you are called out for misuse, if not abuse, of your position.
That’s what has happened to Markus De Domenico, charter member of the self-proclaimed authority of how to be an ethical Catholic trustee. Bang, just like that, Gabriella Mazarakis, has effectively asked the TCDSB and the Interim Integrity Commissioner to disqualify De Domenico from holding office for breaches of those “rules”.
Mazarakis, a mother of school-aged children, is registered as a candidate to oust the incumbent. Encouraged by the special Board meeting on August 10, called to “punish” trustee Di Giorgio for disagreeing with De Domenico and his ilk, she submitted a request to the new Integrity Commissioner (law firm Aird Berlis) that it investigate and report a finding of fault in the allegations of egregious violations (emphasis added) of the Trustee Code of Conduct and perhaps Conflict of Interest guidelines committed by De Domenico. What’s good for the goose is good for…
For good measure, she supplied relevant sections of the Code of Conduct and the Conflict-of-interest guidelines, together with pictures revealing Markus in flagrante delicto to support the allegations. It is a copious document. She has done the research for the Integrity Commissioner.
Mazarakis pointed out violation after violation, including a ten-page newsletter, an election brochure churned out at Board expense and distributed via Board resources. She made specific reference to the Political Activity and Campaigning Policy A.40 of the Board.
It may be worth noting for Municipal election officials that De Domenico also started a finance campaign prior to registering his candidacy, as required by the Municipal Elections Act.
Mazarakis, however, raised the question of electoral integrity and fairness with the City of Toronto Municipal Elections department who manage Trustee Elections. Mazarakis’ letter points out that “they have the same black out period for complaints and similar policies regarding use of City resources on election campaign sites as TCDSB”.
She highlights that, however, “in the case of alleged violations of election policies such as those [she has] described herein, [the complaints] are dealt with immediately to ensure election integrity and fairness.” She demands that the TCDSB do the same.
Otherwise, willful breaches of the Act may compromise the election and result in unfair advantage to the perpetrator, De Domenico.
Not content with the IC’s apparent docility to take on the task, she sent her concerns to the Director and all the trustees. Again, receiving no reply, she sent a letter demanding action to the Board, copying the Corriere Canadese and the Toronto Star.
We think she deserves a hearing.
TORONTO – Il mercato immobiliare canadese è destinato a raffreddarsi. I prezzi – secondo un rapporto presentato ieri da Desjardins – dovrebbero subire una brusca frenata nei prossimi mesi, con il progressivo calo lungo tutto il 2023: alla fine del prossimo anno, il costo medio di una casa dovrebbe segnare un meno 25 per cento rispetto al picco della corsa al rincaro registrato lo scorso febbraio…
TORONTO – Una correzione del mercato immobiliare, che ha già portato a quattro mesi consecutivi di calo dei prezzi nel settore precedentemente surriscaldato della Greater Toronto Area, potrebbe finire per diventare “una delle più profonde dell’ultimo mezzo secolo”. È questo l’avvertimento contenuto in un nuovo rapporto dell’RBC…
TORONTO – A correction in the housing market, which has already led to four consecutive months of falling prices in the previously overheated sector of the Greater Toronto Area, could end up becoming “one of the deepest in the last half century.” This is the warning contained in a new RBC report.
TORONTO – Non ha pace il mercato delle case nella Greater Toronto Area: nel mese di luglio appena terminato, le vendite sono diminuite del 47% rispetto allo stesso periodo dell’anno scorso e del 24% rispetto allo scorso giugno. Il Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) ha infatti rivelato, ieri, che le 4.912 vendite del mese scorso sono state quasi la metà delle 9.339 case passate di mano nel luglio del 2021 e questo indica che il mercato si sta attenuando rispetto al ritmo frenetico visto nella prima metà dell’anno ed alla fine del 2021…
TORONTO – The housing market in the Greater Toronto Area has no peace: in the month of July just ended, sales fell by 47% compared to the same period last year and by 24% compared to last June. (more…)
TORONTO – Mancano solo 16 giorni per sapere chi sarà sulla nostra scheda elettorale in modo da scegliere i nostri consiglieri comunali e fiduciari scolastici. Le candidature chiudono il 19 agosto. Noi del Corriere faremo del nostro meglio per informare i nostri lettori sui candidati e sulle loro piattaforme, se ne hanno una…
TORONTO – We are only 16 days away from knowing who will be on our ballot as we choose our city councillors and school trustees. Registrations close August 19. We at the Corriere will do our best to inform our readership regarding candidates and their platforms, if they have one.
TORONTO – Bloody weekend on the roads of Ontario. From Mississauga to Brampton, from Toronto to Brock Township, 6 people lost their lives while 14 are injured. A war bulletin, after all, the numbers speak for themselves.
TORONTO – Il sangue scorre senza sosta nella Gta. E lo fa in pieno giorno. Dopo le quattro sparatorie di venerdì e sabato nelle quali quattro persone sono morte e cinque sono rimaste ferite, domenica in altre quattro sparatorie un uomo è morto e sette persone hanno riportato ferite. Quattro sparatorie, queste ultime, avvenute tutte a Toronto nell’arco di sei ore…
TORONTO – I prezzi della benzina sono alle stelle. Non si fermano i rincari per i carburanti, anzi arrivano a toccare nuovi record. Ieri i prezzi alla pompa hanno raggiunto il record di $ 214,9 al litro nella Gta e nella maggior parte dell’Ontario meridionale. Ed il giorno prima, sabato, avevano toccato $ 2,11 al litro. Una corsa inarrestabile al rialzo che fa infuriare gli automobilisti impotenti di fronte agli aumenti che sono ormai quasi all’ordine del giorno…
TORONTO – Gasoline prices are skyrocketing. The price increases for fuels do not stop, on the contrary they reach new records. Today pump prices reached a record $214.9 per liter in GTA and most of southern Ontario. And the day before, Saturday, they had touched $2.11 per liter. An unstoppable race to the top that infuriates powerless motorists in the face of the increases that are now almost the order of the day.
TORONTO – Nel mese di marzo a Toronto è stato registrato un leggero calo nel prezzo medio di vendita delle case. Si tratta di un elemento in controtendenza rispetto al trend, poiché stando ai dati del Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), in generale il mercato si scalda con l’avvicinarsi della primavera…
TORONTO – In March, Toronto saw a slight decline in the average selling price of homes. This is an element in contrast to the trend, since according to data from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), in general the market warms up as spring approaches.
TORONTO – As the price of gasoline continues to rise to levels never seen before, public transport agencies are experiencing a considerable increase in passengers.
TORONTO – Bad news for Canadians. Gasoline prices are skyrocketing and reach levels never seen before in the country. These are increases that heavily affect citizens, already weakened by the pandemic crisis, which has inevitably become an economic crisis.
TORONTO – Mentre il conflitto si intensifica all’estero, i canadesi di origine ucraina continuano a organizzare manifestazioni per denunciare l’attacco della Russia all’Ucraina. Per mostrare sostegno al paese durante il fine settimana, migliaia di persone che hanno legami con l’Ucraina si sono radunate in luoghi diversi in tutta la GTA. Il Canada ospita la più grande diaspora ucraina. Si stima che oltre 1,3 milioni di abitanti ucraini risiedano in Canada, di cui oltre 336.000 nel solo Ontario…
TORONTO – It is the largest donation to help build the largest hospital in Canadian history. The Trillium Health Partners (THP) announced the $105 Million donation from the Peter Gilgan Foundation in a press release (February 15). The historic donation will help expand and redevelop facilities at two of THP’s three locations, the Mississauga Hospital and the Queensway Health Centre.
Things may get a little more difficult for some Toronto area students this coming Monday. The Toronto Catholic Elementary Teachers Union (TECT) is prepared to commence strike action as early as next week. If TECT and the Toronto Catholic District School (TCDSB) fail to come to an agreement in the next few days, teachers are in a position to stop instruction services as of January 31, 2022.
TORONTO – Una nevicata come non la si vedeva da decenni ha investito ieri Toronto e tutta la Gta paralizzando per parecchie ore la città. In tutto, a seconda della zona, sono caduti dai 35 ai 60 centimetri di neve in poche ore. Un’ondata di maltempo, quella che ha investito la città, che ha provocato disagi, incidenti e ritardi per tutta la giornata. Tanto per rendersi conto della portata di questa tempesta di neve, il Comune di Toronto ha fatto sapere che non sarà in grado di spazzare tutte le strade cittadine prima di mercoledì sera…
TORONTO – Her condition immediately appeared desperate and the doctors’ attempts to save her life were useless. The eight-year-old girl hit by a car along with a group of nine other people – mostly children – did not make it on Tuesday evening in London. (more…)
TORONTO – Prima nevicata della stagione, ieri, a Toronto che si è risvegliata tutta bianca. Secondo i dati di Environment Canada, molte zone della GTA hanno ricevuto tra i cinque e gli otto centrimetri di neve nella mattinata di domenica mentre fra il pomeriggio e la sera ne erano previsti altri due-cinque…
TORONTO – First snow of the season, today, in Toronto which woke up all white. According to data from Environment Canada, many areas of the GTA received between five and eight centimeters of snow on Sunday morning while two to five more were expected between the afternoon and evening. (more…)
In-person Remembrance Day services return to communities across Canada. Last year, pandemic restrictions prompted smaller, scaled down ceremonies while others were cancelled to minimize the risk of infection.
This year, things are decidedly different. The easing of restrictions and greater capacity limits mean traditional Remembrance Day ceremonies return to some semblance of normalcy, albeit with Covid-19 safety protocols in effect.
TORONTO – The provincial government is preparing for the 2022 elections, seven months in advance. Today, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy introduced the Fall Economic Statement, a document that usually has a lesser value and that lays the foundations for the Spring Maneuver. We are in the presence of a real mini budget, with a detailed spending and investment plan, a clear indication of the government’s willingness to arrive at the next electoral consultation with a well-defined economic and fiscal platform. In the document, first of all, an increase in the deficit of 5.1 billion dollars is expected: the budget red, for the fiscal year 2021-2022, should reach 21.5 billion. (more…)
TORONTO – Tornano a volare i prezzi delle case a Toronto. Su base annuale, l’aumento è quasi del 20% secondo quanto emerge dall’analisi di TRREB, Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. Motivo: i potenziali acquirenti di case nella Greater Toronto Area hanno trovato un numero notevolmente inferiore di case sul mercato il mese scorso rispetto ad un anno fa, facendo così diminuire le vendite e, di conseguenza, aumentare i prezzi dei pochi immobili disponibili…
TORONTO – House prices in Toronto are rising again. On an annual basis, the increase is almost 20% according to the analysis of TRREB, Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. Reason: Prospective homebuyers in the Greater Toronto Area found significantly fewer homes on the market last month than they did a year ago, thereby driving down sales and, consequently, raising the prices of the few properties available. (more…)