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Ice believed to have fallen from airplane crashes through roof of Mississauga home

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A Mississauga man says he and his family are lucky to be safe after a large boulder of ice, believed to have fallen from an airplane, crashed through the roof of his home, landing steps away from his bed.

Tony Caccavo told Global News that his wife heard a loud bang at around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday and saw the damage inside the closet of their bedroom. He said she called him and he returned to their home, located near Winston Churchill Boulevard and The Collegeway about 20 kilometres south of Toronto Pearson International Airport, to see what happened.

“At first I thought that I had a leak in the roof and then it built up the ice, and then it fell off,” Caccavo said.


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“But when I came home after my wife called, I saw the hole and I said, ‘No way, that must have come from the air.’”

He said the force of the impact threw a few of the ice chunks under the bed several feet away.

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“I was going nuts. I said, ‘What the hell?’ We’re not safe here, even being at home sleeping. One minute can change everything. We are very lucky in a way,” Caccavo said.

“Two metres a little bit [one] way, it would have got my wife. Four metres [to another] side, it would have got my son. And half an hour before, it would have got me because I left at 6 o’clock to go to work.”

He said they are waiting for answers from officials about what happened. Caccavo said his insurance company has agreed to cover most of the damage.

According to archived flight data on the airport’s website, a Boeing 767-300 flying to Toronto from Las Vegas flew over Caccavo’s neighbourhood at 6:29 a.m.

Archived flight data shows a Boeing 767-300 flying over Caccavo’s neighbourhood Wednesday morning.

Screenshot / Toronto Pearson International Airport

Air Canada Flight 1854 from Las Vegas was estimated to have arrived at Pearson airport at 6:56 a.m. An Air Canada spokesperson told Global News they weren’t aware of any of the company’s airplanes being involved in “this type of situation.”

WestJet Flight 1119 from Las Vegas was estimated to have arrived at Pearson airport at 6:53 a.m. A spokesperson for the airline was unavailable for comment Wednesday evening.

Global News contacted Transport Canada, the federal department with responsibility for aviation, Wednesday evening to ask about the incident, but officials weren’t available to comment.


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A spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the agency responsible for investigating major incidents involving all major modes of transportation, told Global News that as of Wednesday evening, officials weren’t investigating.

When asked about the damage, aviation expert Jock Williams said it’s highly likely the ice came from an airplane.

“It takes a mile of falling to get the kind of velocity that you’d need to penetrate a roof,” he told Global News.

“A five-pound object dropping from 10,000 feet – or 20,000, or whatever — will go through any house or roof you want to put up.”

Williams said ice buildup on planes doesn’t form in boulders like the ones shown by Caccavo, but rather in thin sheets. He speculated on a couple of causes for the ice falling.

“Maybe when they cycled the gear down to land, then a hunk of the ice was knocked free,” he said, adding there may have been a leak point in the landing gear well.

The other theory was that uncontaminated liquid pumped into the lavatory system by personnel on the ground may have built up just inside the compartment door and came free during the flight.


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“All you need is a little bit of turbulence,” Williams said.

“It throws a hunk of ice that weighs a couple of pounds against a very thin, aluminum door. It opens the door, the ice falls out, the door falls back into place and is pushed in by the air pressure.”

He said this type of incident isn’t unheard of, adding there could be many more incidents in unoccupied areas.

“There are probably a lot more of these things then we know about because the ice lands in somebody’s backyard or it lands in some place nobody ever finds it,” Williams said.

— With files from Kamil Karamali

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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‘Business as usual’ for Dorel Industries after terminating go-private deal

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MONTREAL — Dorel Industries Inc. says it will continue to pursue its business strategy going forward after terminating an agreement to go private after discussions with shareholders.

« Moving ahead. Business as usual, » a spokesman for the company said in an email on Monday.

A group led by Cerberus Capital Management had previously agreed to buy outstanding shares of Dorel for $16 apiece, except for shares owned by the family that controls the company’s multiple-voting shares.

But Dorel chief executive Martin Schwartz said the Montreal-based maker of car seats, strollers, bicycles and home furniture pulled the plug on a deal on the eve of Tuesday’s special meeting after reviewing votes from shareholders.

“Independent shareholders have clearly expressed their confidence in Dorel’s future and the greater potential for Dorel as a public entity, » he said in a news release.

Dorel’s board of directors, with Martin Schwartz, Alan Schwartz, Jeffrey Schwartz and Jeff Segel recused, unanimously approved the deal’s termination upon the recommendation of a special committee.

The transaction required approval by two-thirds of the votes cast, and more than 50 per cent of the votes cast by non-family shareholders.

Schwartz said enhancing shareholder value remains a top priority while it stays focused on growing its brands, which include Schwinn and Mongoose bikes, Safety 1st-brand car seats and DHP Furniture.

Dorel said the move to end the go-private deal was mutual, despite the funds’ increased purchase price offer earlier this year.

It said there is no break fee applicable in this case.

Montreal-based investment firm Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc. and San Diego’s Brandes Investment Partners LP, which together control more than 19 per cent of Dorel’s outstanding class B subordinate shares voiced their opposition to the amended offer, which was increased from the initial Nov. 2 offer of $14.50 per share.

« We believe that several minority shareholders shared our opinion, » said Letko vice-president Stephane Lebrun, during a phone interview.

« We are confident of the long-term potential of the company and we have confidence in the managers in place.”

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Pandemic funds helping Montreal businesses build for a better tomorrow

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Many entrepreneurs have had to tap into government loans during the pandemic, at first just to survive, but now some are using the money to better prepare their businesses for the post-COVID future.

One of those businesses is Del Friscos, a popular family restaurant in Dollard-des-Ormeaux that, like many Montreal-area restaurants, has had to adapt from a sit-down establishment to one that takes orders online for takeout or delivery.

“It was hard going from totally in-house seating,” said Del Friscos co-owner Terry Konstas. “We didn’t have an in-house delivery system, which we quickly added. There were so many of our employees that were laid off that wanted to work so we adapted to a delivery system and added platforms like Uber and DoorDash.”

Helping them through the transition were emergency grants and low-interest loans from the federal and provincial governments, some of which are directly administered by PME MTL, a non-profit business-development organization established to assist the island’s small and medium-sized businesses.

Konstas said he had never even heard of PME MTL until a customer told him about them and when he got in touch, he discovered there were many government programs available to help his business get through the downturn and build for the future. “They’ve been very helpful right from day one,” said Konstas.

“We used some of the funds to catch up on our suppliers and our rents, the part that wasn’t covered from the federal side, and we used some of it for our new virtual concepts,” he said, referring to a virtual kitchen model which the restaurant has since adopted.

The virtual kitchen lets them create completely different menu items from the casual American Italian dishes that Del Friscos is known for and market them under different restaurant brand names. Under the Prasinó Soup & Salad banner, they sell healthy Greek options and their Stallone’s Sub Shop brand offers hearty sandwiches, yet the food from both is created in the same Del Friscos kitchen.

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Downtown Montreal office, retail vacancies continue to rise

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Some of downtown Montreal’s key economic indicators are heading in the wrong direction.

Office and retail vacancies in the city’s central core continued to climb in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a quarterly report released Thursday by the Urban Development Institute of Quebec and the Montréal Centre-Ville merchants association. The report, whose first edition was published in October, aims to paint a socio-economic picture of the downtown area.

The survey also found office space available for sublet had increased during the fourth quarter, which may foreshadow even more vacancies when leases expire. On the residential front, condo sales fell as new listings soared — a sign that the downtown area may be losing some of its appeal to homeowners.

“It’s impossible not to be preoccupied by the rapid increase in office vacancies,” Jean-Marc Fournier, the former Quebec politician who now heads the UDI, said Thursday in an interview.

Still, with COVID-19 vaccinations set to accelerate in the coming months, “the economic picture is bound to improve,” he said. “People will start returning downtown. It’s much too early to say the office market is going to disappear.”

Public health measures implemented since the start of the pandemic almost a year ago — such as caps on office capacity — have deprived downtown Montreal of more than 500,000 workers and students. A mere 4,163 university and CEGEP students attended in-person classes in the second quarter, the most recent period for which figures are available. Border closures and travel restrictions have also brought tourism to a standstill, hurting hotels and thousands of local businesses.

Seventy per cent of downtown workers carried out their professional activities at home more than three days a week during the fourth quarter, the report said, citing an online survey of 1,000 Montreal-area residents conducted last month.

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