Calgary Firefighters Toy Association hosts Christmas party, gives toys to 4,300 kids – Calgary

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Thousands of children received gifts at the 51st annual Calgary Firefighters Toy Association Christmas party at the Stampede Corral on Sunday.

The volunteer-led organization collected toy donations for 4,300 kids in need. The Salvation Army and Calgary school boards suggested a list of 1,928 families for the association to invite to the event.


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“We host this event every year because we know there are many children and families in our city who don’t have the resources to have a truly happy holiday,” said Mark Hagel, president of the Calgary Firefighters Toy Association.

The party was organized by members of the Calgary Fire Department and featured a holiday lunch, live entertainment by the Prairie Dogs and a visit from Santa, who arrived in an antique fire truck.

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Dollarama again recalls a toy containing high levels of restricted chemical

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Discount retailer Dollarama has for the second time this year recalled a Chinese-made toy containing excessive levels of a chemical used in plastic that is a risk to human health.

Health Canada says the Montreal-based company has recalled more than 52,000 Montoy doll and toy furniture sets sold between Oct. 16, 2017 and Oct. 8.

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There have been no reports of injury, but Health Canada says the plastic toy contains levels of phthalates that exceed the allowable limit and may pose a chemical hazard.

The chemicals formerly known as PVCs were restricted in 2010 after studies suggested that children who suck or chew on toys containing them for extended periods may suffer reproductive and developmental abnormalities.

Consumers are advised to dispose of the toy or return it to the store for a refund, and no receipt is required.

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Dollarama recalled more than 500,000 “Skip Ball” toys in August that are made of a plastic cord and multi-coloured ball attached to a pink plastic ankle loop that contain higher than allowed levels of phthalates.

That recall applies to toys sold between January 2012 and last July.

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Corus Radio London kicks off campaign for drive-thru toy drive – London

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Corus Radio London hopes to get residents in the giving spirit, as Monday marks the official kick-off to the Sixth annual Drive-Thru Toy Drive.

FM96, 1031 Fresh Radio, and Country 104 are looking to collect unwrapped toys, books, and cash donations in support of the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Program.


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Donations can be dropped off at the stations’ headquarters at 380 Wellington St. between now and Dec. 14, when the Delta Armouries will be hosting the drive-thru toy drive from 5:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Residents can make their donations that morning without ever leaving their vehicle.

FM96 is collecting toys for all ages, 1031 Fresh Radio is looking for toys for tweens aged 11 to 13, and Country 104 is collecting new books, including colouring books and crayons.

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Corus Radio London program director Brad Gibb tells 980 CFPL they also have some unique ways they plan on collecting donations.

“Keep listening because we’ll be doing different things in the community where we’ll be out collecting toys,” he said. “We’ll be collecting toys at the London Knights games at Budweiser Gardens. We have a few tricks up our sleeves. Every year, we try and find different concerts that we have tickets for and we’ll do ‘toys for tickets,’ so we’ll get on one of the radio stations and say, ‘Okay, we’re on the corner of blank and blank for the next hour, if you have a toy, drop it off and you can enter a draw to win a pair of tickets to see whoever.’”

Last year, the drive-thru toy drive collected hundreds of toys and raised $19,000 for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Program.

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Dog owners warned after coyote snatches toy poodle in Point Grey – BC

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A Vancouver man is warning other pet owners after his small dog was snatched by a coyote on Saturday in his Point Grey neighbourhood.

David Gens said he was walking his five-and-a-half-year-old teacup poodle, Ellie, near Belmont Street and West 2nd Avenue around 1:30 p.m. when the incident happened.

“[It was] broad daylight. I was with a friend walking my dog. My dog was a little ways in front of us. She was in the middle of the street… and a coyote just came out and grabbed her and ran off,” he said.


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“[She] made a little yelp. I think she probably died right away. Me and my friend ran after it screaming and searched…. but we couldn’t find anything.”

The Stanley Park Ecology Society’s coyote sighting map lists several recent coyote sightings in the Jericho Beach area.

Several social media users have also reported aggressive coyote behaviour in the Jericho/UBC area in recent weeks.

Global News has requested comment from the City of Vancouver about whether it is aware of a spike in aggressive coyote incidents and whether animal control is doing anything differently in response.

Gens said the whole thing happened so quickly, he barely had time to react. Ellie was off-leash at the time.

He said it was a painful lesson and that he hopes other dog owners take it to heart.


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“You can’t live in total paranoia that your dog is going to be taken by a coyote any time anywhere, but it can happen,” he said.

“I certainly know that I will never let a small dog off the leash again after that experience.”

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