As we’re sure you have heard by now a couple of weeks ago the DJ, Artist and producer Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, passed away at the age of 28 while on holiday staying in the Sultan of Oman's farmhouse.
He died in this farmhouse with an electric gate to allow him to choose who was allowed to enter. The cause of his death was apparently due to suicide.
Before he died though Avicii showed that he was simply an amazing human being, despite hiding himself away from the world in the last years of his life. Avicii was one of the highest payed DJ’s of all-time.
But instead of just keeping all of his wealth to himself he donated millions of dollars to charities. In 2012 Avicii donated his ENTIRE earnings for a tour to a hunger relief charity called Feeding America.
The total of that donation works out to $1.28 million Canadian.
That wasn’t the only time that he did this, in 2013 he handed over million more euros to the Swedish aid organisation Radiohjälpen.
In an interview from that year Avicii said, "I discovered when I started making money that I didn't really need it." He went on to say that, "when you have such an excess of money you don't need, the most sensible, most human and completely obvious thing is to give to people in need."
In a statement released last week hisfamily said, "Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.”
He obviously had a big heart and was able to make a wide reaching impact in his 28 years on this earth.
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Officers from Toronto Police's 53rd Division put their lives on the line to rescue a person in crisis clinging to a window on the eighth floor of a building.
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Chief of Police James Ramer tweeted a video of the incident, which took place on Thursday, May 13, saying that the two officers broke windows and held the man for 12 minutes until they were able to pull him to safety.
Today @TPS53Div attended to a Person in Crisis, a man hanging out an 8th floor window, being held by onsite Securit… https://t.co/C8gNrqsReP
Chief Ramer added that the man was taken to the hospital to receive the care he needs and that the two officers were also treated for minor injuries.
"All Toronto Police officers are trained for dynamic emergency calls & to save lives," tweeted Chief Ramer. "I'm extremely proud of their bravery. We couldn't have done this without the help of onsite Security, thank you for your assistance."
According to a tweet from the City of Toronto, the incident took place at the Roehampton Hotel, about a block east of Yonge and Eglinton Ave. E. The hotel-turned-temporary shelter opened last July as part of Toronto's "response to COVID-19 and to expand shelter spaces to ensure increased physical distancing in its shelter system," the City states.
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"It's not about what an individual should be able to do with one or two doses, it's more about what we're seeing in the population as a whole especially with the vaccine coverage," he said, adding that Canada will look at things like reproduction, positivity and hospitalization rates and vaccine coverage to see if restrictions can be scaled back.
"For something like the face masks, I would say that would be probably one of the last things to go," Njoo explained. "I think it's just a good practice to keep on right until the fall until, hopefully, everyone will have received hopefully two doses by September."
Recently, Justin Trudeau revealed that this year's summer could be normal if restrictions stay in place until cases go down and at least 75% of people get at least one vaccine dose. Canada is expected to have received enough doses for that to happen by then and enough by September "for every Canadian to be fully vaccinated."
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It looks like Toronto isn't ready to restore its pre-pandemic summer plans. On Friday, the City of Toronto announced that they're extending the cancellation of all city-run, in-person events up until the end of Labour Day weekend on September 6.
This includes events like the Caribbean Carnival and the CNE, which announced in February that it hoped to reopen for Torontonians this summer.
Mayor John Tory tweeted that he's working with the CNE to help them come up with a "bigger and better in-person event in 2022."
The City said that the aim of this announcement is to make it easier for organizers to predict what will happen with their events this summer. Their statement includes a list of all 24 major events that are cancelled, many of which will take place virtually for the second year in a row.