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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Toronto blackout plunges Over 12,000 into darkness in the west end

Large swaths of Toronto’s West End were plunged into darkness Tuesday night by the largest blackout to strike the city since the December ice storm.
While eastern sections of the city remained completely untouched by the blackout, neighbourhoods from the Annex to Roncesvalles to Wilson Heights had their power suddenly cut just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

As residents lit candles and drivers queued at intersections, sirens could be heard throughout the West End as firefighters were dispatched to rescue residents trapped in elevators.
Subway service was quickly suspended between Jane and St. George stations as passengers were evacuated from stopped trains.
By as early as 10 p.m., electricity had been restored to some mid-town areas including High Park and the Junction, although thousands remained in the dark in an area bordered by Mississauga, Lawrence Ave., Duport St. and Yonge St. By approximately 11:20 p.m., Toronto Hydro announced that power had been fully restored throughout the city.
“We’re currently experiencing an outage in the west end & are investigating the cause,” Details to follow as they become available,” reads a Tweet posted just before 10 p.m. by Toronto Hydro.
The utility later added that the outage was due to a Hydro One transmission issue.
“Hydro One is investigating the cause of a power outage supplying Toronto Hydro in the west end,” wrote a post by the transmission company just before 10 p.m.
Toronto Hydro’s online outage map was completely down at the blackout’s outset, replaced by a single line of text reading “Service Unavailable.”
By 10 p.m., however, it was back online and reporting thousands of customers without power from the Port Lands all the way to Downsview. Thousands of homes were also knocked out around York University and Willowdale.
Social media quickly lit up Tuesday night with photos of darkened urban areas illuminated only by emergency light and headlights.

The lights of the city’s downtown—including the CN Tower—largely continued to burn brightly throughout the outage, providing a stark contrast to affected areas just to the west.
Toronto Fire’s own Twitter account, meanwhile, pleaded with West Enders not to leave candles unattended and to turn off their stoves.
The blackout occurred at a particularly inopportune time for the city.
While Torontonians had enjoyed summertime temperatures over the weekend, they woke up Tuesday morning to a dusting of snow. Temperatures at the time of the outage hovered around -3 degrees Celsius.
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Early morning fire in Toronto sends man to hospital

TORONTO – A man is in hospital after a fire in Toronto’s west end but authorities say he is expected to survive.
Fire officials say the blaze began just before 7 a.m. at a home on Palmerston Avenue near College Street and Spadina Avenue.
There’s no word yet on what caused it but they do say the fire detectors in the home we're not working.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Five young people are dead in Calgary following a stabbing at a late-night party

The five victims and a suspect, who was arrested by police canine unit, were all in their late teens or early 20s.
Police were called to a house party around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, said spokeswoman Emma Poole.
Police were called to Butler Crescent N.W., a residential in the northwestern neighbourhood of Brentwood, Ms. Poole said.
The address is minutes from the campus of the University of Calgary. Citing neighbours, CBC reported the partygoers were celebrating the end of university classes.
Three victims were dead at the scene and two others who were taken to hospital in critical condition died later.
A male suspect who fled the scene was intercepted after about half an hour. He was treated for dog bite from the K-9 unit.
Police are not looking for other suspects, Ms. Poole said.
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