Four teens, between 13 and 14 years old, hurt after crashing Porsche into pole, Toronto police say

Four teens, between the ages of 13 and 14, were injured near Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood after a Porsche they were joyriding in struck a pole and split in half.

The crash happened in the Lansdowne Avenue and College Street area around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Toronto police said.

Two of them were injured and remained at the scene, police said. The other two fled on foot but were soon found. All were taken to the hospital.

“None of the injuries were considered life-threatening. They were considered life-altering,” Const. David Hopkinson told the Star.

The Porsche was travelling north on Lansdowne at “a high rate of speed” when it lost control trying to turn onto College, Const. Michelle Flannery.

The vehicle struck a pole in the intersection and was “cut into two pieces,” Flannery said.

Traffic Services Sgt. Jason Kraft told the Star that there were three boys and one girl

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WATCH: Who is Rodion Amirov? Breaking down the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first pick and the opening round of the NHL draft

The NHL’s 2020 draft got underway Wednesday night and aside from the new virtual format and a cameo from Alex Trebek, it went mostly as expected, with a few fireworks.

The New York Rangers chose Canadian Alexis Lafrenière as the first overall pick, Quinton Byfield went second to the Los Angeles Kings, and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as reported earlier, kept theirs at No. 15. However, their pick, speedy Russian forward Rodion Amirov, may have had the Leafs fan base asking, “Who?”

In the latest episode of “Indoor Recess,” Star hockey reporter Kevin McGran and digital producer Justin Smirlies discuss the newest addition to the Leafs, Kyle Dubas’ comments on Frederik Andersen and what options Toronto has for a right-handed defenceman.

Plus, we hear a little bit of Kevin’s experience from when he covered the 2013 world juniors in Ufa, Russia, the current home of Amirov in the KHL.


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Toronto home prices hit new record as sales soar 42.3% in September

Demand for detached properties helped fuel another month of double-digit sales growth and record-breaking prices in Canada’s largest housing market in September.

The total number of homes sold across the Greater Toronto Area surged 42.3 per cent year-over-year to a new record for September as 11,083 properties traded hands last month, according to data released Tuesday by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB).

Detached homes accounted for more than half of the activity as 5,559 sales were recorded in the month, representing a 55 per cent increase from last year. Meanwhile, condo activity lagged as sales rose 14.6 per cent year-over-year.

The average selling price for all homes rose 14 per cent year-over-year to $960,772 — marking a fourth consecutive month of record average prices in the GTA after the previous all-time high of $951,404 was registered in August.

“Improving economic conditions and extremely low borrowing costs sustained record-level

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Two Toronto nursing homes are the hardest hit LTC facilities by COVID-19 in Ontario, according to latest report

Two nursing homes in Toronto appear to be among the hardest hit long-term-care facilities by a COVID-19 outbreak, in the latest numbers released by the province Saturday morning.

The 108-bed Fairview Nursing Home, near Dufferin Street and Dundas Street West, reported 42 residents and 12 staff members testing positive, making it Ontario’s largest active outbreak at an LTC home. Less than five deaths have been reported, although it’s not clear why there isn’t a more exact figure.

The 130-bed Vermont Square nursing home on Bathurst Street, north of Bloor Street West, reported an active outbreak with 35 confirmed cases — 25 residents and 10 staff. No deaths have been reported there.

The province has a total of 45 LTC homes with active coronavirus outbreaks, according to its latest data Saturday morning.

An active COVID-19 outbreak indicates that the home has at least one lab confirmed case of COVID-19 (in resident

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