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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry shoots as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams falls to the floor and Kevin Garnett defends in an NBA basketball game, on Jan. 27, 2014, in New York. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Kathy Willens

Raptors host Brooklyn Nets for Game 1 of playoff series Saturday

| Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

Experience is the early theme of the Raptors' opening-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets.

File photo of evening rush-hour traffic on Highway 401 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mario Beauregard

Local News

OPP patrols highways for Easter weekend safety blitz

| Toronto Staff

Officers are targeting people who don’t wear seatbelts and impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. Video

The Ontario Electronic Stewardship program collects old TVs, cellphones and the like and diverts the waste from landfills. HANDOUT/OES

Local News

Rob Ford hosts community environment day

| Toronto Staff

The mayor and Coun. Frank Di Giorgio will be at the event at Amesbury Arena on Saturday.

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Baird meets with detained journalist’s family

| The Canadian Press

Mohamed Fahmy was working for satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera English when he was arrested on Dec. 29.

An OPP cruiser is shown in an undated file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Dave Chidley

Local News

WB lanes of Hwy. 401 reopened at Harmony Rd. in Oshawa

| Toronto Staff

The closure lasted several hours.

The tail fin of an Air Canada plane at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. The Canadian Press Images/Darryl Dyck

Local News Travel

Air Canada passengers watch as carry-on luggage goes flying at Pearson

| Toronto Staff

"Dozens and dozens of bags" were casually tossed 20 feet. (7)

Protestors gather in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13, 2013, to rally against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Ann Heisenfelt

International

U.S. says it needs more time to make Keystone XL pipeline decision

| Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

The American administration shrugged off a demand from the Canadian government for an immediate decision on the controversial pipeline.

Television host Jeanne Beker (left) and Laureen Harper, wife of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pose at the Just for Cats festival in Toronto on April 17, 2014. JUST FOR CATS

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Laureen Harper heckled at Internet cat video festival

| The Canadian Press

The prime minister's wife introduced the Just for Cats festival in Toronto on Thursday. (9)

Fire broke out on the 11th floor of this 14-storey apartment at 121 Humber Blvd. on April 18, 2014. GOOGLE MAPS

Local News

2 in hospital after fire at west-end TCHC building

| Toronto Staff

The victims suffered burns and smoke inhalation.

File photo of a road closure sign. CITYNEWS.CA/Shawne McKeown

Local News

Toronto road closures on Easter weekend

| Toronto Staff

Here's a list of road closures and transit service disruptions in Toronto.

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Maclean’s on the Hill – Episode 14

| Andy Pinsent

Each week, the Maclean’s politics team and Cormac MacSweeney sit down to hash out the week’s news in Ottawa. Expect incisive analysis and commentary, as well as interviews with the biggest newsmakers of the last seven days.

Children prepare to jump into a Toronto pool in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS

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Public pools could soon have to post inspection notices

| Toronto Staff

The city's medical health officer says a bylaw would encourage pools to fix their infractions.

The Easter bunny makes an appearance at the annual Beaches Easter parade on April 24, 2011. Courtesy of Maniy Bala Maniymaran

Local News

5 things to do this weekend: Easter parade, egg hunt & Ontario Place bike race

| Showwei Chu

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests. (10)

An OPP cruiser is shown in an undated file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Dave Chidley

Local News

Pedestrian killed by transport truck in Hamilton

| Toronto Staff

It happened on Highway 6, south of the airport near Chippewa Road.

Students from Lena Shaw Elementary School launch paper airplanes during a visit with astronaut Chris Hadfield on April 17, 2014. B.C. INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

National

Astronaut Chris Hadfield flies paper airplanes with Grade 5 kids

| The Canadian Press

His visit was part of the B.C. Institute of Technology's day of transportation. Video

A fire truck is used for Rob Ford's mayoral campaign kickoff in the Toronto Congress Centre on Dixon Road in Toronto on April 17, 2014. CITYNEWS

Local News

Fire Fighters Association furious over Ford’s use of fire truck as political prop

| Michael Talbot

The truck is emblazoned with the slogan 'Saving the taxpayers from getting burned'. (14)

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Calgary police probing mental health, messages sent by mass murder suspect

| Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

The Calgary Herald has reported that de Grood sent disjointed and confusing text messages to his family before showing up at a house party that ended in bloodshed.

Coun. Vaughan on Scarborough subway

Local News

Adam Vaughan to run for Liberals in Trinity-Spadina byelection

| Toronto staff

Trinity-Spadina was vacated by Olivia Chow when she resigned in order to run for Toronto mayor. (6)

Amanda Todd, 15, of Port Coquitlam, B.C., killed herself on Oct. 10, 2012 after relentless bullying. HANDOUT

National

Arrest made in Amanda Todd case: Dutch media outlet

| The Canadian Press

The media report says the suspect faces harassment and extortion allegations.

Cars make their way along a congested highway in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Local News

Water taxis, construction fines could relieve Toronto’s gridlock: mayoral candidates

| Marcia Chen

John Tory and Olivia Chow have drawn up blueprints for how to tackle the problem of traffic congestion. Video (4)

GO Transit cars await service in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kenneth Armstrong

Local News

Ontario planning to implement GO train service every 15 minutes

| Irene Preklet

The service would use electric trains, phased in gradually over the next 10 years, with Metrolinx prioritizing the rollout.