(Toronto, Ontario) Thursday August 25, 2016 bomb threat rocks Harbour Front! At approx. 2:30pm 6 plus fire engines and police cars and ambulences blocked off York St. and Queens Quay W to Lower Simcoe. As of 4:30 pm. it’s being pouring rain and all the emergency vehicles are still in place and traffic is being diverted east and north at York St. A hose from one of the Fire trucks near Lower Simcoe can be seen going into the condo building at 218 Queens Quay W. We will keep you appraised of any new developments. The latest news is that the 3 people killed with cross bow in Scarborough at 1:30pm this afternoon is now being linked to the suspicious package being investigated at 218 Queens Quay W. Slowly some of the Fire trucks are leaving the Quay as of 5:33pm. We will continue to keep you posted. (Pictures and story by R. Birkland)
On Monday August 1, 2016, two juvenile Capybaras were observed roaming around within their enclosed area at the High Park Zoo (Toronto, Ontario) much to the delight of onlookers. At the time of this observation, the lone adult Capybara held there was nowhere to be seen, probably resting within the sizable wooden structure occupied by all three Capybaras. Both juvenile Capybaras observed here had recently become famous for escaping captivity, managing to stay on the lam and eluding Toronto Police officers, Municipal employees, and civilian volunteers for entire weeks before being recaptured in June 2016. This Writer, acting as a civilian volunteer, embarked on eight personal missions through often remote areas of High Park while in search of either or both prehistoric survivors. Fortunately, this true story had a happy conclusion after all. (Freelance Writer B. E. Shibley)
On Tuesday May 24, 2016, two Capybaras escaped captivity from the High Park Zoo located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Classified as both mammal and rodent, Capybaras are also prehistoric survivors indigenous to areas of Panama and northwestern South America. Fully grown, the Capybara can weigh as much as 140 pounds and possesses twenty teeth within it’s mouth. High Park is very large, much of it’s land area covered by dense vegetation which even large animals such as adult Capybaras can hide in. There is also a sizeable lake ( Grenadier Pond ), as well as two smaller bodies of water which capybaras can enter and swim through. Toronto Police officers and civilian volunteers have searched for both elusive animals, but as of this writing it is not known whether either or both have yet been located or captured. Capybaras are herbivorous and are not known to be aggressive or dangerous. We love Capybaras and pray for their safe rescue. (Article by Freelance writer B.E. Shibley) (photo credit google and Cascade News)
From late September and well into November 2015, Russian military aircraft were flown during combat sorties (air strikes) against anti-government insurgent positions in Syria, causing “powerful explosions” on the ground there. As of this writing, this military intervention may very well have killed thousands of people. On October 7, 2015, Russian warships launched 26 SS-N-27 Sizzler cruise missiles from within the waters of the Caspian Sea toward enemy ground targets in Syria. Units of the Syrian Army, Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah then launched a major ground offensive against anti-government insurgent forces (ISIS, al-Nusra Front, Free Syrian Army). Truck-mounted multiple rocket launchers were employed in significant numbers during this offensive. By this time, Russian military forces had already deployed limited numbers of BM-30 Smerch multiple launch rocket systems and T-90 main battle tanks to war torn Syria. On Friday November 13, 2015, a terrorist assault on Paris, the capital city of France, killed 129 people and wounded more than 350 others. ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack soon afterwards. In retaliation, French air strikes against ISIS positions in Syria intensified while an aircraft carrier of the French Navy was ordered to be deployed to within the waters of the (eastern) Mediterranean Sea, near the Syrian coast. As of November 17, 2015, TU-160 Blackjack and TU-95 intercontinental bombers were being flown during combat sorties, from at least one military base in Russia, to effectively destroy high value ground targets in Syria. Additional cruise missiles were launched by Russian naval forces from within the waters of both the (eastern) Mediterranean Sea and Caspian Sea. This was in retaliation for the recent terrorist bombing of a Russian passenger jumbo jet over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, this historic atrocity having killed more than 220 people aboard this targeted civilian aircraft. As of November 24, 2015, a Russian military aircraft had reportedly been intercepted and shot down within Turkish air space. Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Soviet KGB Officer during the Cold War, then threatened “serious consequences” for this armed incident. The ongoing Syrian Civil War ( 2011-2015-? ) may have killed as many as 300,000 people along with an undetermined number of animals, while under President Bashar Assad regime. We hope and pray for a Peaceful resolution and a final end to the Civil war in Syria not only for the Syrian people but for ALL of Humanity.