Have your say in Toronto's casino debate

Posted By: James Moore · 1/3/2013 10:26:00 PM

City Hall wants you to weigh in on Toronto's casino debate.

Feedback forms are set up on the City of Toronto website and will be available for residents until January 25th.

Links to facts and figures related to the casino proposal have been set up, too.

Residents can take a survey to provide input on where they think a casino should be built and what other facilities should be included in such a project.

In addition to online feedback, public are invited to voice their opinions at consultation meetings that are scheduled to take place around the city.

City staffers will publish a report from all of the information they collect and it will be reviewed by the mayor's executive committee on March 20th.  The final decision on the casino question is made by city council.

Public consultation meetings:

Wednesday January 9
Toronto City Hall Rotunda
100 Queen Street West...

UPDATE: Shooting at west-end apartment complex puts man in hospital

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/3/2013 9:52:00 PM

A shooting in Toronto's west end has put a 20-year old man in hospital.

Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly opened fire on the victim in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 75 Emmett Drive, near Jane Street and Weston Road.

The shots rang out around 9:30pm Thursday.

Witnesses saw a man flee the scene on foot.

The Toronto Police Canine Unit was called in but was not able to find a suspect.

The victim took several bullets to the chest and hip.

He is recovering in hospital and is expected to pull through.

Police have not yet released a description of the suspect.

(with files from David Woodard & James Moore)

Toronto Police Investigate Violent Home Invasion in Scarborough

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/3/2013 8:15:00 PM

Toronto police are investigating after a violent home invasion in Toronto's east end.

Investigators at 43 division say the incident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday at a residence on Markham Road near Eglinton.

Police say 6 black men entered the residence with two handguns and a knife and made off with a quantity of cash and jewellry.

One person has suffered non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed in the leg.

Police are still looking for the suspects.

Chinatown Grocer to Receive Jubilee Medal

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/3/2013 7:49:00 PM

Remember the name David Chen?

He's the grocer that chased down a thief from the Lucky Moose Food mart in Toronto's Chinattown and then was charged with assault after he tied up the robber with twine and threw him in the back of a van.

Well - he's going to be awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Chen is the inspiration behind the Conservative's  citizen arrest law that empowers citizens to arrest a suspect if caught red-handed if the option of using police has been ruled out.

Chen was acquitted of assault and forcible confinement charges last year.

He'll receive the medal on January 12th.

Demonstration outside Indian consulate

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/3/2013 2:09:00 PM

Dozens protestors rallied outside the Indian consulate at Bay & Bloor Thursday, demanding better treatment of women in the country.

The demonstration comes on the heels of the death of a woman gang raped on a bus in New Delhi.

The violent attack on the 23-year-old symbolically named "Damini", has sparked daily protests in India & a heated discussion about treatment of women.

In Toronto, demonstrators hoisted posters, calling for men in India to better respect women & criticizing what they say is a legal system that ignores violence against women.

Indian activists marked a "black day" Thursday as 5 men formally charged in the case.  The counts against them include murder & rape. If found guilty, the men could be sentenced to death.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Demolition underway on Elliot Lake mall

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/3/2013 5:55:00 PM

It was the scene of tragedy this summer.

Now, wrecking balls have started to take down Elliot Lake's mall lake for good.

Part of the Algo Centre Mall collapsed in June, killing Lucie Aylwin & Doloris Perizzolo & hurting another 20 people.

The collapse sparked a $30-million lawsuit, an OPP investigation & a public inquiry, which is scheduled to start next month.

A new mall is in the works for Elliot Lake.

OPP confirm they've found body of missing Sarnia woman

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/3/2013 5:50:00 PM

Police confirm a body found in St. Clair township Wednesday does belong to a missing Sarnia woman.

Noelle Paquette disappeared after leaving a New Year's Eve party.

The 27-year-old's body was found by OPP in a woodlot.

Paquette's death is being treated as suspicious.  An autopsy will be performed on her body in the next few days.

Toronto Police hunting for alleged dog killer

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/3/2013 2:08:00 PM

Toronto Police are trying to track down an alleged dog killer.

They're looking for 50-year-old Rita Mueller of Bolton.  She runs Scooby's Dog House & Rescue.

Mueller is accused of hanging a sharpei named Henry with a leash at Toronto Animal Services back in August.

Toronto Police constable Tony Vella says Mueller had the rights to the dog & was in the TAS office to hand it over to its new owners.

GTA animal lovers have been raising questions about the quality of Mueller's care on online message boards for years. Vella says police are looking into that too.

Mueller is known to spend time in Caledon & Barrie.  She owns other animals & police worry they might be in danger.

If you have any information, call police 416-808-3100 or contact Crime Stoppers.

Man busted for stunting on the QEW in Mississauga

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/3/2013 1:26:00 PM

A Toronto man has had his car impounded, after he was busted going 175 km/h on the QEW in Mississauga.

Toronto Police caught up with the driver in the eastbound lanes near Dixie Rd just after 2am Thursday.

The 20-year-old has been charged with stunting & his licence & his car have taken away for a week.

Wednesday morning, another man was clocked at 187 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the Gardiner, near Islington.

VIDEO: Province forces contracts on teachers

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/3/2013 1:10:00 PM

It's official, the province is imposing contracts on Ontario's public elementary and high school teachers.

The education minister made the announcement on Thursday in what may be the next step towards an all-out war between the two sides.

Laurel Broten underlines that because contracts are now in place, if unions choose to move forward with any type of strike action before August 2014 when the contracts expire, it will be considered illegal. She had urged unions to reach local agreements with school boards before the December 31st deadline.

Broten also surprised union heads and critics when she revealed once all contracts are in place by the end of the month, she will move to repeal Bill 115.

She says it's not about the Liberal government winning back teacher support but rather that Bill 115 accomplished what it set out to do - put what she calls fair contracts in place....

Ont public sector managers get bonuses

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/3/2013 1:08:00 PM

So much for that public sector wage freeze.

4700 Ontario bureaucrats got bonuses from the provincial government for the holidays with an average payout of $4500.  The total bill to the province is $21.5-million.

Because of a retroactive freeze on public sector salaries announced in September, without a lump sum top up, workers would've taken home less cash this year than last.  The freeze was based on 2010-11 T4s which included performance bonuses.

Speaking with Newstalk 1010's Jerry Agar, Progressive Conservative Finance Critic Peter Shurman calls the move "a bad joke".  Shurman adds "It's what the third day of the new year?  I want to shoot myself already".

Shurman points out with that with the province staring down a deficit, the government used over $21-millionthey don't have.

Part of Cabbagetown townhouse ceiling collapses

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/3/2013 1:04:00 PM

This could be the kick in the pants you to fix that stubborn leak at home.

A 4ft x 4ft section of ceiling collapsed on a 56-year old man inside a Cabbagetown townhouse.

The man was hit by drywall &insulation.  The man's daughter called for help.  The man was checked over by EMS & doesn't look to be badly hurt.

Toronto Fire Captain Mike Strapko says the roof of the place on Prospect St near Wellesley St & E & Parliament St had been leaking for awhile.  He says the fluctuating temperatures the city has seen lately could've had something to do with it.

Toronto paramedics claim elderly patient died during 3-hour ambulance wait

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/3/2013 5:42:00 AM

The union that represents Toronto's paramedics claims an elderly man died while waiting more than three hours for an ambulance.

The alleged incident happened on December 30th at nursing home near Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard.

The Toronto Sun reports an ambulance was called because the man was suffering with abdominal pain.

EMS classified the call for help as a low priority and the ambulance didn't come until hours later, after the nursing home called back when the patient's condition got worse.

Sandy Hook students go back to class

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/3/2013 3:20:00 AM

Classes resume on Thursday morning for students and teachers who survived last month's massacre at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Sandy Hook Elementary School has been closed since December 14th, when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults before committing suicide.

The survivors have been moved 12-kilometres to Chalk Hill, anunused school in the town of Monroe.

Parents of Sandy Hook students attending an open house at the new school on Wednesday.

They brought their child's backpack and other personal belongings to the school to make them feel more at home when they walk into their new classrooms.

Chalk Hill school has been renamed Sandy Hook, and it has beefed-up security.

Monroe police call it ``the safest school in America.''

(The Canadian Press)

Little progress in NHL contract talks, negotiations resume Thursday

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/3/2013 2:07:00 AM

The NHL labour battle will go on another day.

A self-imposed deadline for the NHL Players' Association to declare a ``disclaimer of interest'' passed Wednesday with the league and union agreeing to return to the bargaining table.

They were joined by a United States federal mediator for the talks, and both sides were tight-lipped about what was discussed.

The NHLPA's executive board had until just before midnight to declare that it was dissolving _ a move that could have opened the door for players to file antitrust lawsuits against the league.

Executive director Donald Fehr declined to be specific about what the union's next move would be.

``All I can tell you about that is the players retain all the legal options they have always had and we don't talk about legal matters,'' said Fehr.

Commissioner Gary Bettman meanwhile would only say talks would continue Thursday at 10 a.m.

``I'm ...

Education Minister set to announce next steps in labour dispute

Posted By: James Moore · 1/3/2013 1:26:00 AM

The Ontario Liberals are ready to announce their plan to solve the labour dispute with teachers' unions.

While there has been no official announcement from Queen's Park, The Toronto Star reports that Education Minister Laurel Broten will use Bill 115 to force a new contract on school boards that still do not have an agreement with the province.

An imposed deal would almost certainly include a wage freeze for most teachers and stricter rules on sick days.

Bill 115 was passed in the summer and gives the province special power to implement agreements.

Teachers' unions argue the 'Putting Students First Act' violates their constitutional right to collective bargaining.

Broten will comment on the government's next steps at a news conference on Thursday morning.

The president of the Ontario Elementary Teachers Federation will respond to the Minister's plan at the union's headquarters shortly after.

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