Visitors to Sidney Smith Hall this week will notice that the Second Cup has expanded its operations, consequently eliminating nearly half of the student space in one of U of T’s most frequented buildings.Without any student input, the hall has been transformed from a student-oriented space into one that is corporate-dominated, thanks to the new, giant L-shape formed by the Second Cup expansion and the ever-present U of T MasterCard table.We at the Arts and Science Students’ Union (ASSU) were never consulted, even though we are based out of Sidney Smith, often use the hall for tabling and events, and are the official representatives of over 23,000 students enrolled in Arts and Science. In fact, we only learned about the construction after it began.Soon after construction started, the Association of Political Science Students (APSS) informed us that without any notice, they were forced to shut down their office in Sidney Smith for over a week so that construction workers could access water mains.During orientation week, ASSU contacted Monica Contreras, the Assistant Dean responsible for planning, and requested a copy of the plans. On September 10, we received the design drawings which showed that the plans had existed at least since August 2006, but no one in the administration had seen it fit to notify students.Sidney Smith is one of the best outreach locations on campus, and now nearly half of it is being turned over to a corporation. In past years, we’ve held our annual “ASSU Day” in Sid Smith, with almost 40 course unions in attendance. Space was tight before, but staging it in Sidney Smith may now be impossible. Of course, many more student groups will also be affected.Corporations have too much of a presence on U of T’s campus. ASSU believes that corporations should not provide our student services. In terms of food, we should be building upon the incredible success stories of the student-run, fairtrade Human Bean in Old Vic, and the gourmet, cheap, and mostly local and organic vegan food made by the Hot Yam out of the International Student Centre.These are the types of initiatives— not well-established and highly profitable corporations— that need support from the university. And if the administration had asked for student input, they would have known this already.Instead, in this climate of federal and provincial under-funding for post-secondary education, we have seen corporatization and private profit become the driving force at the University of Toronto. Corporatization has restructured research, education, services, and the physical space of the university according to profit-driven business models.Academic freedom and integrity are being threatened by the school’s increasing dependence on private donors and the prioritization of research and education that tie into corporate and commercial needs.We see hints of corporatization at the University of Toronto when honorary PhDs are bestowed upon the most generous donors, such as billionaire Michael Lee Chin last year.Our own school president, David Naylor, is corporatization’s most vocal advocate and makes no attempts to hide his agenda. In May, Naylor delivered the keynote address at a $200-per-person conference on “Commercializing University Research”. Now, Naylor is peddling his Towards 2030 vision, a neoliberal plan that calls for the commercialization of research and the deregulation of all tuition fees.As students, faculty, staff, and community members, we must denounce the Second Cup’s takeover of student space, but we must also organize together against the broader issues of corporatization, or we will soon be facing much worse.ASSU is holding an open meeting to discuss corporatization on Friday September 28th in Sidney Smith 1074 from 3-5pm.
Second Cup forced down students’ throats
Torngat is top of the chamber pops
Admittedly, Torngat is an odd name for this odd band. But, just like their music, their moniker—a reference to the Torngat Mountains that link eastern Quebec to Labrador—begins to make sense after only a brief listen.The trio’s choice of instrumentation— mainly drums, old synths, and French horn—seems like it would present a challenge to the listener, but it doesn’t really. Torngat’s sound is definitely unique, but it’s also pleasantly accessible.So how does a band decide to make music with such a weird combination of instruments? According to synth player Mathieu Charbonneau, it all happened naturally.“Before, it wasn’t that weird because we had a bass player so it was more like a quartet with French horn, which you still don’t see around too much, but it was still straight-forward in terms of formation. But when the bass player left and we decided to just stay as a trio, that’s when the instrumentation became interesting. We each started to play more instruments, to keep the sound as big as possible. We try to sound like we are still four people.”To date, the band has two independent releases under their belt—including their acclaimed 2005 EP, La Rouge—and are excited to have just dropped their first LP with label Alien8 Recordings (Think About Life, Les Georges Leningrad) earlier this week.“We’re pretty happy [to have signed with Alien8] because our first two records were released independently. We were doing everything ourselves, which was a lot of work, and not necessarily the kind of work that we wanted to do,” says Charbonneau, on the phone from this home in Montreal.Their brand new full-length, You Could Be, was recorded back in August in a renovated barn in the Eastern Townships outside of Montreal.“We lived there for a month with a sound engineer, just focusing on the music,” Charbonneau remembers, “It’s a renovated barn with electricity, so it’s not like we had hay and cows in there while we recorded.”That being said, the location was still remote, which had it’s advantages: “We could go there and record, and not disturb anyone, and play at anytime of the night…we hardly left the barn for the whole month, only to buy groceries.”“That’s why the record has a vibe to it. It’s definitely the vibe of four people being isolated for a month and not coming back home everyday and thinking about it—you’re in a bubble.”To promote the record, Torngat are hitting the road. This Friday finds them in town at the Music Gallery— which is inside St. George the Martyr Church—for their Toronto CD release show. The guys in Torngat have played this venue before, opening for Final Fantasy there back in 2005, and are no strangers to playing in churches.“We’ve played in many churches, and I don’t know why. I guess churches are just starting to be venues for different kinds of music. We’ve played churches in Toronto, Montreal, we played a church in Ottawa with Bell Orchestre, and we’re actually playing a church in New York this fall, opening for Mum.”The date with Mum is the first show for Torngat south of the border, and like many independent musicians, they’re aware and wary of the unfair shit that sometimes goes down while trying to cross into the USA.“It’s hard to play in the States because if you don’t have anyone in the band who is American it’s really a bitch to go there. Either you go illegally— and if you get busted you can’t go anymore, which is not a good idea—or you have to pay for a permit and that’s really expensive.”“It’s not fun and at the same time we’re letting Americans come here and play for almost nothing. It’s an unbalanced relationship.”While Torngat should have no problems at the border (they’ve wisely opted to do everything above the table and have gotten visas), crossing them is something they should get used to. After their fall jaunt through Quebec, Ontario, and New York is complete, the band is looking to tour the west coast in late November before heading out to play the Maritimes after Christmas. If all goes well, 2008 could see Torngat on a full-fledged US tour, and hitting up dates in Europe too. Just don’t miss your chance to see them here first!
Torngat play their CD release show for You Could Be Friday, September 21 at The Music Gallery (197 John Street) with Timber Timbre and Double Suicide. Doors are at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 at Soundscapes or $12 at the door.
It’s Not Rocket Science
Put the beat down on cancer
An informative article from Men’s Health magazine suggests eight ways you can protect your body from cancer. Strategies discussed include eating foods high in anti-oxidants and spending time (but not too much) in the sun to ensure an adequate supply of vitamin D. Although a little obvious, the article gives extremely sound advice that everyone can benefit from. Considering one in three people will get cancer in their lifetime, it’s probably wise to start protecting yourself now.tinyurl.com/2gffxe
We seem to leave crap wherever we go
(NASA should be fined for littering): An interesting Wikipedia entry (titled “list of artificial objects on the moon”) describes in detail all the junk we have left on the moon—all 170,000 kilograms of it stashed over the years. Smaller objects, like the golf balls hit by Alan Shepard during his lunar golf practice and the numerous flags left behind by several missions, are not listed. (Also absent from the list is a book of Russian cosmonaut jokes dropped by Buzz Aldrin after using the lunar portapotty on the Apollo 11 mission).
Speaking of crap
Ever wonder why poo is brown? (I know I sure do.) The answer is that orangebrown bilirubin and yellowish bile are both released from the liver and combine in feces to give it its distinctive colour. I am currently working on a proposal for Crayola to include ‘poo brown’ in their crayon boxes, but they are not receptive to my idea. You know the kids would love it.
A fishy story
Scientists have developed a technique that allows salmon to give birth to trout offspring. Apparently bored with doing regular experiments, the Japanese research team injected trout sex cells into salmon embryos, allowing the salmon to give birth to normal trout fish that were capable of reproducing. This could prove to be a useful technique for breeding endangered fish species in an economical and effective manner. There are no reports on the effect of the trout offspring on the parent salmon’s marriages. (Though I suspect there is a consortium of sushi restaurants funding this research).
A clear diagram showing how circular reasoning works
(and how I win any argument I am in): Check out this link: tinyurl.com/2qvgad
Save the environment and look ridiculous at the same time:
As much as it is our responsibility to save our already critically-injured planet, some eco-friendly ideas are definitely lacking in the aesthetics department. This funny device is a miniature (and somewhat) portable windmill that can power your laptop or cell phone. I don’t think the public is yet convinced of its practicality, as the first comment attached to the article suggests: “How many people would actually carry that thing around when we won’t even carry around a solar cell 1/10th that size? Impractical.” To paraphrase that anonymous commenter: Worst. Invention. Ever. (And why didn’t the Dutch come up with this sooner?) tinyurl.com/22vdth
Did you hear the one about Jack Hanna and a flamingo at the airport?
Turns out famous animal expert Jack Hanna got stuck in an Ohio airport turnstile with an 11- month-old flamingo in a carrying container. The flamingo was eventually freed, but it took three firemen to rescue the trapped bird. The Department of Homeland Security held the bird for questioning and released it later after it was determined it wasn’t on the no-fly list. Unfortunately the penguin that was with the group was held for further questioning. (Although it’s ridiculous this item makes the news, the fact that I found it on CNN makes sense).
Looking down from above
As the International Space Station orbited above Dubai, it snapped an incredible shot of The Palm Jumeirah island resort project. It seems like Dubai is going to be the new Las Vegas pretty soon. I wonder how long it will be until they beat out Disney World. tinyurl.com/2yplpk
Finally, science brings us something useful
(so that we can be cool like the Jetsons): It’s about time the self-chilling drink was invented. No more lugging around ice and coolers on those hot summer days. Although speculative in nature, an article from engadget.com suggests that we could soon see soft drinks (and conceivably, beer) with built-in cooling technology that works by using a vacuum and heat sink to absorb warmth from the drink, bringing its temperature down. I can envision news reports of exploding cans taking out the eyes of several people once this product comes out — but at least they will be refreshed!
Inaccurate sayings that piss me off
“Shoot for the moon, because if you miss, you will at least land among the stars.” This quaint and encouraging proverb is greatly lacking in scientific accuracy. The moon is only 405, 696 kilometres from the Earth compared to the closest star, Proxima Centauri, at 4.22 light years away. If you convert that distance into kilometres, it equals 39 trillion (3.9 x 1013) kilometres. You would have to overshoot very, very badly in order to land among the stars if your original target was the moon. The children that hear this saying will grow up to be shoddy astrophysicists.
Organism of the week
Class scyphozoa — commonly known as jellyfish. These alien-looking, generally amorphous blobs are found in every ocean on the Earth. Their name is somewhat inaccurate, as they are invertebrates and do not have backbones (whereas fish do). Jellyfish are interesting in that they lack a brain, but are able to perceive and respond to their environment using their basic nervous system. An adult jellyfish is made up of 94 to 98 per cent water and generally feeds on small fish and plankton. Many species are capable of delivering a nasty sting using numerous small cells known as cnidocytes that can contain a small amount of venom. Although the venom in most jellyfish stings is not fatal, some jellyfish do carry venom strong enough to kill. The best-known example is the box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri), which is responsible for at least 5, 567 recorded deaths since 1884. If stung by a jellyfish, the best course of action is to pour vinegar on the area to deactivate any cnidocytes that have not yet injected their venom and carefully remove any remaining tentacles using protective gloves or clothing. The tentacles can still sting even if the jellyfish is dead. An extremely useful protein known as green fluorescent protein (GFP) was first isolated from the species Aequorea victoria and has been used in countless biological experiments due to its ability to glow green when exposed to blue light. A group of jellyfish is known as a ‘smuck’ of jellyfish. Contrary to popular belief, jellyfish are not the source of fruit jelly.
The crazy things we used to believe #2
Phrenology: Back in the good old days of the 19th century, a German physician named Franz Joseph Gall developed an odd theory that stuck around for far too long. He believed that a person’s intelligence, personality, and future behaviour (things such as the likelihood of them performing criminal activities) could be determined by carefully measuring the shape of the head. Phrenology was based on the notion that specific areas of the brain handled certain functions. Furthermore, it was thought that these areas would be larger if the person was skilled in that particular mental faculty.To practice phrenology, one would feel the bumps of the subject’s skull and draw conclusions on the supposed 27 areas that made up their personality and beliefs. As well, measurements of head size would be taken with callipers. The phrenologist could then predict what kind of behaviour the subject was prone to and other speculative information. Some people had so much faith in the ridiculous practice that it was even used as a type of background check for job applicants.Phrenology became increasingly popular in Victorian England and in the United States through the 19th century. Although some ‘scientists’ wrote serious papers on the subject, it was considered to be a pseudo-science by most in the scientific community.Regardless, phrenology has had adherents even up until the end of the 20th century. Its use as a tool to promote racism in a seemingly scientific way has been seen several times, including by Nazi scientists claiming that there was a biological basis for the supposed superiority of the Aryan race.Thankfully, the dawn of neuroscience killed any serious interest in phrenology. People born with bumpy heads today need not fear phrenologists telling them that they have a lifetime ahead as a career criminal.
Rotman shuts up CIUT
U of T’s campus radio station CIUT-FM is preparing to vacate its familiar house across from Robarts and move south of College street. The station’s current home is slated for “selective demolition” as part of a plan to add a huge expansion to the Rotman School of Business. Only the building’s façade will be left intact.The $92 million plan—the figure includes $204,000 for moving CIUT to a different location— was approved Tuesday by Governing Council’s planning and budget committee.Students, faculty and staff at Rotman were thrilled at the project.“Having a good business education is really good for the Canadian economy. Rotman is a responsible institution that teaches about environmental issues and social issues. The project is really a good one for the country. This is the largest gift we’ve ever received,” gushed Alex Kenjeev, Juris Doctor/MBA combined program.Rotman vice-dean Peter Pauly said the construction would provide space needed to increase Rotman’s enrolment.“We’re already at the max,” he told planning and budget committee.The expansion program aims to bring Rotman in line with space guidelines set by the Council of Ontario Universities. U of T’s three campuses are all overcrowded, according to the COU standards.At this time, it is unclear where CIUT’s new permanent home will be.Planning documents suggest the station could eventually find space in the proposed Student Commons, a campus hub that has been in the early planning stages for years.Before the vote, station manager Brian Burchell urged committee members to better consider how last November in an interim planning report on the Rotman project, will affect CIUT.He found no security in the suggestion that CIUT move to the Student Commons, which has no guarantee of being built any time soon. Burchell, who last year sat on the committee that produced the latest, most realistic plan for the commons, cast doubt on whether student groups and administrative representatives would be able to reconcile “drastically conflicting visions” of the project.“In any case, the whole thing is dependent on a successful student levy referendum, by no means a sure thing,” he reminded the governors.For the foreseeable future, after construction of the new Rotman building begins in 2009, the radio station will be moved to a building at 256 McCaul Street, south of College, in a space 30 per cent smaller than their current facility.Andréa Armborst, president of the University of Toronto Students Union, commented on the relocation.“There has been this weird trend with student spaces on campus over the last six months: initially APUS, then Sidney Smith and now SEC and CIUT are being displaced,” Armborst said.Though Burchell did not object to the relocation itself, he expressed serious misgivings about the new location.The move squeezes CIUT in with the building’s current occupant, U of T’s custodial services, located across the street from a homeless shelter. Burchell said he worried that volunteers leaving the building late at night could be at risk.Burchell also argued that CIUT’s central location on campus was critical to the station’s role both as a media outlet and a part of the campus community. CIUT has often staged concerts and community events on the front lawn of their St. George and Huron house.“Once we evict U of T’s radio to south of St. George, will it ever return to its core?” demanded Burchell.He went on to complain that CIUT had not been consulted on the relocation, prompting U of T’s vice president and provost Vivek Goel to object.“I don’t think it’s fair to say you haven’t been consulted,” Goel told Burchell at the committee meeting. “We’ve been meeting with you over the past six months.”Asked to clarify whether consultations had taken place, Burchell later told The Varsity, “I think [Goel and I] have both been using that word ‘consultations,’ but meaning different things.”According to Goel, Burchell himself had suggested moving CIUT to another building on McCaul, but not enough space was available there.
Assassins lurking in your backyard
You may not know it, but assassins could be hiding in your flowerbed. They’re not out to get you — in fact, they may be helping you get rid of unwanted pests.Assassin bugs of the family Reduviidae can range in size from 4 to over 40 millimetres. They feed in a spectacularly gory way, similar to spiders, by capturing prey in their hairy, sticky legs and sucking their insides out. Their saliva turns their victims’ insides into liquid, making an easy meal that can be sucked up through their straw-like proboscises. This deadly saliva allows these little bugs to kill much larger insects, with some species able to feed off cockroaches, hornets or even bumblebees. Assassin bugs’ front claws are well designed for capturing and holding prey, most likely helped by generations of selective evolutionary pressure.Bug bites can be painful for humans and may cause an allergic reaction. Certain species of assassin bug in Central and South America can transmit a serious illness known as chagas disease through their bite. If untreated, this parasitic disease can be fatal, leading to heart disease and malformation of the intestinal tract.The species shown here is of the genus Phymata and can be found in Southern Ontario. Commonly known as ambush bugs, these yellow- and-black insects have evolved to look like their surroundings, blending in best among the yellow flowers of the goldenrod plant. They have even developed a pointy body shape that mimics the goldenrod’s buds and a yellow eye that does not betray their location to nearby insects. Younger, less-developed ambush bugs have been observed camouflaging themselves with pieces of debris or the remains of dead insects. The male of the species tends to be smaller and can often be seen hitching a ride on the female’s back during mating.These particular ambush bugs were collected at U of T’s Koffler Scientific Reserve at Joker’s Hill. They can be useful in gardens for reducing the number of unwanted pests, but require goldenrod to be planted where they are most comfortable hunting and feeding.
CFS-Québec self-destructs in election fiasco
A feud between combative factions of the Canadian Federation of Students- Quebec has blown into a full-scale legal battle, resulting in impeachment, political scandal, jealousy, and thousands of dollars in legal fees, paid with students’ money.The dispute began over the summer, when the Dawson Student Union and the Students’ Society of McGill University were allowed to run candidates in the June elections. Both are prospective members of CFS-Q, whose bylaws are unclear as to whether prospective members are allowed to elect executives.The Concordia Students’ Union initially accepted Mehdi Al-Talibi from the DSU and Nina Amrov from the SSMU as executives on CFS-Q. A few weeks later, however, CSU execs realized that Al-Talibi and Amrov’s undergraduate unions don’t pay fees to the CFS-Q, which disqualifies them from holding office, and called for their removal from office.In an interview, Al-Talibi expressed suspicions that CSU was simply upset because one of their candidates for CFS-Q failed to win a position in June.“They had a candidate who didn’t get his position in the end, and it took them a couple of weeks after that to find a flaw and point it out.”A meeting between McGill, Concordia, and Dawson on Aug. 3 reportedly exploded into a shouting match full of racial slurs, dividing the DSU. Emma Boma-Savas, VP external of the DSU, was sent to defend Amrov and Al-Talibi, while other representatives demanded their impeachment. Brent Farrington went on to chair an ad hoc special general meeting of the remaining unions, and the leadership of the CFS-Q was subsequently impeached.“There was nothing legitimate about it,” said Al-Talibi regarding the SMG. Al-Talibi questioned Farrington’s right to chair a CFS-Q meeting, as Farrington is a member of the national CFS caucus, not the Quebecois.Over the next few weeks, the locks to CFS-Q’s office were changed multiple times as the two sides battled for control over the group’s bank account. The CFS-Q account was then frozen and an injunction was sent to the bank, prompting the Quebec Superior Court to take notice. Lack of access to their office and money has been a serious blow to the general day-to-day operations of CFS-Q. “For now the organization is really crippled and we’re working from outside the office, trying to get as much as we can done” Al-Talibi said.Amanda Aziz, chairperson of CFS-National, informed DSU and SSMU that they could run for CFSQ executive positions even though they were prospective members. Justice Mark Peacock, however, suggested that the opposite was the case and that prospective members are not allowed to run for office, a recommendation Aziz will not challenge.Will CFS-Q get its act together to challenge the lifting of the tuition fee freeze?“In my opinion, it’s already too ate,” said Farrington. “The real victory would’ve been to prevent this implementation.” Farrington estimated that by September of next year, it will be impossible to do anything about the defreeze of Quebec tuition without 80% public support. “There’s a lot of divide, my hope is that students will remain united,” Farrington added.In addition to leaving students without a representative voice, the feud is also costing students thousands of dollars. A trial will be held in Quebec Superior Court on Dec. 14 to decide the legitimate executives of CFS-Q. Patrice Blais, lawyer and executive director for the Concordia Graduate Students’ Association, estimated that the combined legal fees for both sides will top $100,000.
Can-Con 2007: Part I
It’s Christmas in September as NHL teams take to the ice.Yup, it’s that time of year again: NHL training camps are underway. We’re getting our first glimpse of pre-season highlights and soon the puck will drop on a brand new season. Here’s a look at what at the Canadian teams in the Eastern Conference have been up to over the summer and what you can expect from them this season. Stay tuned to the Varsity for a preview of Canada’s western teams.
This summer, Canadiens captain Saku Koivu was quoted as saying that the Habs would likely not be a Cup contender this season.While it is ill-advised for a captain to say such a thing from a PR standpoint, only the most optimistic Habs fans would disagree with his appraisal. GM Bob Gainey was reportedly pursuing free agents Daniel Brière and Ryan Smyth but came up empty in the bigname free agent sweepstakes. The Habs had the best power play in the league last year but with the departure of blue-liner Sheldon Souray who scored a Conference-best 19 goals with the man-advantage, their power play production is likely to drop off significantly. On the plus side (literally), newly-acquired defenseman Roman Hamrlik’s plus-22 plus/minus rating is a significant improvement over Souray’s abysmal minus-28, and should help the team’s even strength play, which was among the worst in the league. Gainey cleared cap space by shipping Sergei Samsonov and his $3.525 million contract to Chicago and added scoring depth by signing free agent forwards Tom Kostopoulos and Bryan Smolinski. The team is still short on elite-level scoring, and will need right winger Michael Ryder to have another 30-goal campaign and the underachieving Alex Kovalev to step up in a big way. Goaltending will be solid as long as Cristobal Huet can stay healthy. Montreal barely missed the playoffs last year, and given improvements in other Eastern Confer- ence teams, the Habs seem likely to miss the playoffs by a wider margin this year.
After making it to the Stanley Cup Finals last season and (possibly) shedding their reputation as perennial chokers, the Ottawa Senators kept their core intact and made only minor adjustments to their lineup in the off season. Head coach Bryan Murray replaced John Muckler as GM and promoted assistant coach John Paddock to his place behind the Ottawa bench. Paddock worked with a number of the Sens’ current players while head coach of Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, making the transition from assistant to head coach hopefully go fairly smoothly. As for on-ice changes, the loss of free agent defenseman Tom Preissing and his plus-40 rating – -fourth-best in the league – will hurt, as defenseman/ winger Christoph Schubert is likely to be called upon to fill the hole. As one of Murray’s first acts as GM, he dealt second-line forward Peter Schaefer to Boston for speedy forechecking winger Shean Donovan to give the Sens a little more room under the salary cap. While the roster changes might be a slight downgrade, the experience the team gained during their Cup run could help, and fans are hoping it’ll be enough to take them one final step further this year. Look for Murray to upgrade his team during the season, using the almost four million in cap space he has remaining. So with the Buffalo Sabres loss of co-captains Daniel Brière and Chris Drury, the Sens are likely the team to beat in the Northeast division.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Last year, newly minted head coach Paul Maurice frankly stated that his team would be in a dog fight to make the playoffs. That prediction turned out to be accurate, with the Leafs falling just one point out of eighth place in the east. With a more optimistic Maurice predicting that his team will “make the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup” this season, Leafs nation is hoping Maurice’s words will ring true once again. GM John Ferguson signed speedy 34-year-old winger Jason Blake to a five-year, twenty million dollar contract, a risky deal in the long term with a chance to improve the team for the upcomming season. Blake is coming off an impressive 40-goal campaign and is expected to play top line with Mats Sundin and Nik Antropov, who the team hopes will finally shed his injury troubles and play a full season. The Leafs’ only off season trade brought in goaltender Vesa Toskala and troubled forward Mark Bell from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for three draft picks. Toskala could prove to be the most significant addition to this year’s team if he lives up to expectations. He has not played a full season as a number one goalie, sharing time with Evgeni Nabokov in San Jose, but has shown flashes of brilliance. Toronto was tied for sixth in the league in goals for but 25th in goals against after Andrew Raycroft failed to return to his Calder Trophy-winning form in his first season between the pipes for the Leafs, and Toskala is the Leafs’ best chance at changing those stats. Bell who was suspended after pleading no contest to drunk driving and hit-and-run charges will be forced to miss the first 15 games of the season.. Maurice is also counting on improved off season training regimen to help some of the team’s young players. While expecting the Leafs to be contenders this season might be a bit of a stretch, the team seems likely to take the spot in the playoffs the New York Islanders held last year.
The corner of Morningside and Ellesmere was the scene of a bloody, gunshot-riddled car crash Wednesday morning. The crime scene was one block away from UTSC directly across from the Centennial College HP Campus, meaning that many students living near campus, like Chris Smith, a fifth-year political science student at UTSC who heard the shots firsthand.“All I heard was gunshots—bang, bang, bang—like that. And not long after I heard a lot of sirens… it was pretty intense. Normally you only see a couple of cop cars, not 15 or 20.” Early that morning over a dozen police cars were still lined up along the street next to a crashed compact car—the result of a late-night highspeed chase involving gunshots, a helicopter scan and a call for help to cruisers from multiple divisions.The chase began after a man was shot near Wellesley and Parliament and two suspects were seen attempting to make a getaway in a small green vehicle. It quickly escalated into a multi-car chase for more than 40 kilometers, finally ending when the vehicle lost control and swerved into a guardrail on the side of the road. One suspect fled the vehicle into nearby Morningside Park, while the other refused to get out of the car. An Emergency Task Force and K-9 Unit were both brought in to subdue the uncooperative suspect, and eventually escorted him out of the vehicle. Police quickly surrounded the area of the park and soon found the fleeing suspect hiding in a ravine.While two individual patients were taken to Sunnybrook hospital, it is uncertain whether the injuries sustained were from the car accident or shots fired by police.As of early yesterday morning, more than a dozen white bullet casing markers littered the ground around the suspect vehicle, which was lying across the sidewalk of the opposite lane with the trunk and driver side door open. The green compact sustained extensive damage, with both headlights smashed in, a broken window, and bullet holes across the driver’s-side door. The police cruiser closest to the suspect vehicle had its driver’s side window shot out.