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Public Schools Branch applauded for recommendations for Charlottetown schools

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There were cheers from the crowd several times at the Public School's Branch board meeting Thursday night.

The board was outlining its final recommendations that came out of a study of six Charlottetown schools with overcrowding concerns. That included the two high schools, intermediates Queen Charlotte and Birchwood, as well as Spring Park and West Kent elementary schools.

In the elementary schools all the the options were either deferred or rejected.  Options 1 and 2, which would have seen some English students at Spring Park rezoned to West Royalty was deferred until the end of 2018.

Board member Dale Sabean says they really tried to listen to the public consultations. (Natalia Goodwin/CBC )

"We believe we need a little bit more information: more current information on the number of students in each grade, the programs that they're in, the needs of the children in each [of the] classes, whether there are any special needs or unique circumstances that we to consider," said board member Dale Sabean  

"We want to make sure we have the best fit when we do the eventual move, because we know we have to move some. We know that Spring Park is over capacity."

The third option for the elementary schools, which would have seen some English students at West Kent rezoned to St. Jean Elementary, was rejected with the board stating that enrolment projections don't indicate that West Kent will be overcapacity until 2021. The board will continue to monitor enrolment and work with the community on a solution when the numbers warrant one. 

Overall, the board said, the message from elementary parents was clear.

"One of the big things, was the notion of rezoning, some of the students who may have been rezoned just a year ago and some of the issues about having to move them again and that certainly can be disruptive and we can understand that." Sabean said 

New school/schools for Stratford 

In the intermediate and high school areas, there was big news for the town of Stratford.

The board recommended that additional infrastructure, either one school or two, be built in Stratford to accommodate students in the Stratford and Donagh school zones. 

It's been a long time coming/– parent Jodi Zavr

The recommendation left it to government to determine if there should be one school that would house Grades 7-12 or two separate schools, one intermediate and one high school. The total number of students that would need to be housed is about 1,400. The board is also asking that funds be allocated in the 2019-20 capital budget for the work. 

With this recommendation, the board rejected the option of building extensions onto some of the Charlottetown intermediates and high schools and rezoning students around those extensions.

The news of school building in Stratford was welcomed by both parents and politicians. It is something the community has been asking for for years, most recently pitching a multi-use campus for schools and recreation.

"I think it's great news, absolutely nothing to complain about, it's been a long time coming and we've worked hard for it." said Stratford Elementary parent Jodi Zavr.

Stratford parent Jodi Zavr was very happy with the results (Natalia Goodwin/CBC )

She added that she is happy that future students may have the chance to stay in their community for their entire schooling. 

"It's a great news story for Stratford. We lobbied hard," echoed Mayor David Dunphy.

Stratford Mayor David Dunphy hopes the province can see that the cost of a new school is worth the investment. (Natalia Goodwin/CBC )

"We feel that the population is increasing in the greater Charlottetown area, including Stratford obviously, and so the province has to budget more money for school infrastructure as part of that growing population. We have to service the population."

The recommendations will now be passed on to government for a decision.

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With man's fatal shooting, 2018 ties for Toronto's deadliest year on record

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With the shooting death of a man in Toronto‘s west end Wednesday morning, the total number of homicides in the city this year has tied with a record high number of deaths set almost three decades ago.

Emergency crews were called to Ann Arbour Road, a residential side street east of Weston and Albion roads, shortly after midnight.

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“We received several 911 calls for the sound of gunshots,” Toronto Police Duty Inspector Jim Gotell told reporters early Wednesday morning.

“Police attended the scene and we located a vehicle with a male victim inside who had been shot.”


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A police spokesperson said officers tried to perform life-saving measures, but the victim didn’t have any vital signs.

A Toronto Paramedics spokesperson said the victim, who is believed to be in his 20s, was shot in the head numerous times.

Paramedics rushed the man to a trauma centre.


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Gotell said officers were canvassing the neighbourhood looking for evidence and surveillance. Members of the canine and forensic identification units were called in to assist with the investigation.

Police hadn’t released details about suspects as of early Wednesday morning.


Wednesday’s shooting came as Toronto has been plagued with many high-profile gun incidents in 2018.

The man’s death is the city’s 89th homicide. Toronto police said the record for the highest number of homicides in a single year, 89, was set in 1991.

Meanwhile, anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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Shooting in Humberlea leaves 1 male dead: police

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One male has died in hospital following a shooting in Humberlea overnight.

Police were called to the area of Ann Arbour Road, located near Albion and Weston roads, at around midnight after residents in the area reported hearing the sound of gunshots.

Officers from 31 Division quickly responded to the scene and found a male in the driver’s seat of a Chrysler 200.

"We located a vehicle here and inside the vehicle we located a male who had been shot," Duty Insp. Jim Gotell told CP24 at the scene on Wednesday morning.

The sergeant who first responded to the shooting performed CPR on the victim, who was without vital signs after sustaining a gunshot wound to the neck.

"The male was taken by ambulance to Sunnybrook Hospital but unfortunately he was pronounced dead," Gotell said.

Police have not yet released the name or age of the victim but say he did not reside in the area where he was found.

"At this point in time, the investigation is now being turned over to the homicide squad," Gotell said.

Homicide Det. Mike Carbone is leading the investigation.

"We have our police dogs. We have out forensics people. We are currently investigating what happened," Gotell added.

Bullet holes were visible in one of the doors of the Chrysler.

Investigators have not provided any information on possible suspects but witnesses reported seeing a person running through backyards in the area.

The fatal shooting is Toronto’s 89th homicide of 2018.

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Man shot to death in north end is Toronto's 89th homicide this year — tying grim record set in 1991

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A male was shot to death overnight Wednesday in north Toronto, marking the city's 89th homicide of this year — tying a grim statistical record that has stood for nearly three decades. 

Police were called to the area of Albion and Weston roads around midnight after some 10 gunshots were reported. 

Officers found one male victim badly injured and "without vital signs." He was taken to a trauma centre, where he later died of his wounds. 

Police did not have information about possible suspects.

Homicide detectives were at the scene early Wednesday. 

The victim's death brings to the total of slayings in Toronto this year to 89, a figure that has stood as the most homicides in a single year in the city. It was set in 1991. 

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