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5 cars of freight train derail in Toronto, no one injured

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Five cars of a freight train derailed in an industrial area in Toronto early Sunday, but no one was injured and no hazardous goods were leaked, according to CN.

Emergency crews were called to the scene of the derailment on Kennedy Road, south of Eglinton Avenue East, in Scarborough, Toronto’s easternmost district, at about 2:43 a.m. ET.

Firefighters found the cars off the tracks and they tried to determine whether any harmful material had spilled, according to Capt. Adrian Ratushniak, spokesperson for Toronto Fire Services. They found none had, he added.

Firefighters then created a « safe perimeter » of about 300 metres surrounding the derailment to contain the scene before handing it over to CN staff, Ratushniak told CBC Toronto.

« There is no threat. There is no danger. And there were no injuries at the scene. At this time, our fire crews have cleared. »

About 25 firefighters and six trucks responded to the call, he said.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been notified about the derailment that occurred overnight. (John Hanley/CBC)

Two ambulances went to the scene, but no one was transported to hospital or treated at the scene, according to James Burgin, deputy commander for Toronto Paramedic Services.

CN ‘regrets’ impact on local residents

Jonathan Abecassis, spokesperson for CN, said in a statement that CN is investigating the derailment.

« Current reports indicate that five cars have derailed in various positions, that there are no injuries or release of any dangerous goods and that the train is blocking a crossing on Kennedy Road, » he said.

« We regret any impact this incident may have on local residents. »

That train has since been removed and the roadway has been reopened, according to Toronto police.

The cause of the derailment hasn’t been determined.

A derailed freight train car lies in the grass beside CN tracks in Scarborough. (John Hanley/CBC)

Const. David Hopkinson, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said they were told there was « hazardous material » on the train and police were ready to evacuate the area, but nothing leaked from the derailed cars and an evacuation was not necessary.

Hopkinson declined to say what kind of hazardous material was reportedly on the train. 

« There was no leak, » he said. « Traffic has resumed in the area. »

Derailment occurred near mosque

The Toronto Transit Commission suspended passenger pickup service at nearby Kennedy Station and closed access to its south parking lot, but service and access have resumed.

Julie Leroux, spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said the board has been notified about the derailment.

« We are aware and we are gathering information, » she said.

The derailment occurred close to the Salaheddin Islamic Centre, a mosque in Scarborough.

The Salaheddin Islamic Centre, a mosque in Scarborough, is located near the derailment. (John Hanley/CBC)



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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