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Local Fatal Gas and Dash Suspect Emerges in Edmonton

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/4/2013 10:27:00 PM

A man who is facing deadly hit and run charges in Mississauga has popped up in Edmonton.

Abdullahi Mohamoud was charged back in May of 2011 for allegedly running over and killing a gas station attendant at the Petro Canada at Southdown Rd., and Truscott Dr.

He was charged and then taken to Edmonton where he was wanted on sex assault charges.

Mohamoud was released on bail again in Edmonton and subsequently disappeared

That is until New Years Day - when police say he threatened to shoot a transit officer at gun point in Edmonton.

He is still on the loose.

Sources Suggest Lance Armstrong May Publicly Admit to Doping

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/4/2013 10:20:00 PM

It appears Lance Armstrong may be considering going public admitting that he used performance enhancing drugs.

The New York Times broke the story Friday, quoting unnamed Armstrong associates and anti-doping officials.

Armstrong has, time and time again, denied doping or using blood transfusion in order to help his performance.

He won 7 Tour-De-France races, all of which have been stripped after Armstrong stopped fighting allegations of doping.

McGuinty to public teachers: bring back extracurriculars

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/4/2013 4:51:00 PM

We don't know yet how public teachers will show their anger over having contracts forced on them.

But the Premier is asking union leaders to let teachers pick up the extracurricular activities abandoned in protest of Bill 115.

Dalton McGuinty says he's received no assurances that basketball & glee clubs would be restored, but he wanted to reach out personally to see if there's any way to move ahead.

The Putting Students First Act prompted 1-day strikes by public elementary teachers.  Their high school counterparts cut out extracurriculars.

The government has promised to repeal the law by the end of the month.

(with files from the Canadian Press)

Toronto flu cases spike

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/4/2013 3:35:00 PM

If you think you've been seeing more people coughing & sneezing lately, you aren't imagining it.

According to Toronto Public Health, the number of flu cases is up, way up.

So far this season, 449 cases of the flu have been reported to public health.  The average for this point in the flu season is 188 cases.

But one of Toronto's Associate Medical Officers of Health says it might not necessarily mean the entire season will be worse than in years past.  Dr Michael Finkelstein says this year's flu season is peaking at a time when it's usually just starting to ramp up.  He couldn't explain why the city has seen an influx of flu cases earlier than usual.

The week of December 23-29 has been the worst of the season so far with 199 cases called in as people swapped gifts & germs with families & friends.

Dr Finkelstein says ...

Man charged in snow clearing scam

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/4/2013 2:32:00 PM

Toronto Police have charged a man for a snow plow scam.

Police say "Eric" posted flyers in North York, offering snow removal services through his company "Unique Seasonal Services".  He'd take cash & cheques from homeowners to clear their snow for the season.

But when the white stuff did come down, Eric never showed up.  When victims called him, his number was out of service.

Seniors are among the victims.  Some of them became housebound because of the buildup of snow outside.

Police believe there could be more victims & want to hear from anyone who may have hired "Eric".

They aren't releasing his real name or his photo, but the man has been charged with fraud & possession of property obtained by crime.

Former Toronto drug cops sentenced in corruption case

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/4/2013 2:11:00 PM

5 former drug cops with Toronto Police have been sentenced for their part in a corruption case.

The men have be sentenced to 45 days of house arrest for trying to cover up the illegal search of a drug dealer's apartment in 1998.  The Crown wanted 3 years in lockup.

The group was found guilty by a jury in June, 3 of the ex-cops were also found guilty of perjury.  But they were all acquitted of more serious charges like conspiracy, extortion, theft & assault.

While the Superior Court judge says the men committed a extremely serious breach of trust, she acknowledged the impact of the legal saga on the officers & their families has been catastrophic.

The fight spanned a decade, many appeals, with more than $12-million in legal fees piling up.

The "Team 3" members sentenced Friday are Steven Correia, Nebojsa Maodus, Joseph Miched, Raymond Pollard & John ...

GM Canada recalls cars that could roll away

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/4/2013 1:31:00 PM

Have a new GM car?  Check your driveway or parking spot again.

General Motors is recalling nearly 69 000 pickup trucks, SUVs & vans worldwide
because they can roll away unexpectedly.

The recall affects certain 2013 models of the Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche & Express. Also included are the GMC Sierra, Savana & Yukon as well as the Cadillac Escalade.

The cars can be shifted out of park even if the ignition key is in the off position or removed. GM says the cars may have been built with faulty park lock cables or malformed steering column lock gears.

GM says about 1 in 1000 of the vehicles has the problem & most haven't been sold yet.

Dealers will replace the steering column free of charge if necessary.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Toronto home sales sluggish to start 2013

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/4/2013 12:52:00 PM

If you're planning to sell your home this year, you may be better off waiting until late spring or summer.

The Toronto Real Estate Board is out with a wrap of home sales for 2012 & a look ahead to 2013.

Home sales in the city were down 4% in 2012 when compared to 2011.

Jason Mercer, senior manager of market analysis with the real estate board says sales were actually strong in the early part of the year, but fell off in the back half.  Why?  Stricter mortgage lending guidelines that kicked in in July.

Those guidelines include bringing the maximum amortization period on a mortgage down to 25 years from 30.

Mercer says the changes have prompted many would-be home buyers to put their plans on hold in order to save more for a down payment or give themselves a chance to earn more.

He expects home sales ...

Murder charges laid in death of Noelle Paquette

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/4/2013 12:04:00 PM

OPP have charged 2 people with 1st degree murder in the death of a kindergarten teacher in Sarnia.

The Noelle Paquette disappeared after leaving a New Year's Eve party.  The 27-year-old's body was found by police Wednesday in a woodlot in St. Clair township.

31-year-old Tanya Bogdanovich & 19-year-old Michael MacGregor were arrested Thursday in London. In court Friday, MacGregor reportedly had what look like casts on both wrists.

An autopsy on Paquette's body started Thursday & will continue Friday.

Olivia Chow diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/4/2013 11:26:00 AM

Toronto NDP MP Olivia Chow says she's been diagnosed with a condition that could temporarily prevent her from making certain facial expressions.

Jack Layton's widow says she saw her doctor over the holidays after waking up with some discomfort on the left side of her face.

Chow says she was told she has Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which occurs when the shingles virus affects the facial nerve near the ear.

As a result, Chow says she is having trouble smiling, laughing and putting in her contact lens on that side.

But she stresses the condition in no way affects her work as a member of Parliament, adding people will ``just have to imagine that I am smiling.''

Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus, which remains dormant in the body and can become active again. In addition to a painful rash, it can lead to long-term nerve pain.

In the case ...

VIDEO: PM to meet with First Nations leaders next week

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/4/2013 11:09:00 AM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan say they will meet a delegation of First Nations leaders next Friday.

The meeting, to be co-ordinated by the Assembly of First Nations, will focus on treaty relationships and aboriginal rights and
economic development, the prime minister's office said in a statement.

The statement was released moments before a news conference by aboriginal leaders and opposition critics to discuss the fading health of Theresa Spence, the hunger-striking chief of the poverty-racked Attawapiskat First Nation.

Spence; who has been vowing to continue her protest until Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston sit down with First Nations leaders; said Thursday such a meeting would have to take place within 72 hours.

Alvin Fiddler, deputy grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a regional advocacy network, said there is a lot of work to do to repair the government's relationship with First Nations.

...

Ottawa to renew $250-million auto industry fund

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/4/2013 10:33:00 AM

In Oakville Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will reportedly announce Ottawa is setting aside $250 million for car companies & their suppliers.

The Globe &  Mail says Harper will renew the 5-year Automotive Innovation Fund.

The fund, set up in 2008, required companies to invest their own money to access government cash.

Government sources have said the fund helped generate $1.6-billion of research-&-development & innovation projects.

The federal & Ontario governments chipped in $10.6-billion to bailout General Motors during the 2009 recession, when the company restructured under court protection.

The 5-year renewal comes amid a controversy over government assistance to the auto industry, after GM of Canada said in late December it is shifting production of the Chevrolet Camaro from
Oshawa to Michigan in 2015.

Government sources say Ottawa is renewing the fund to help the auto-manufacturing sector remain competitive & protect close to 500,000 direct & spinoff jobs.

Unemployment Rate Down as Economy Gains More Jobs Than Expected

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/4/2013 8:45:00 AM

Statistics Canada says the Canadian economy created more jobs than economists expected in December.
    
The agency says 40,000 new jobs were created last month. Economists had expected an increase of just 5,000.
    
The unemployment rate slipped by one-tenth of a percentage points to 7.1 per cent. That compared with expectations of an increase to 7.3 per cent.
    
The better than expected results follows a strong November when the economy created 59,300 jobs.
    
December's gains were entirely from new full-time work.
    
Statistics Canada says 41,200 new full-time jobs were added. Part-time employment saw a decline of 1,400 jobs.
    
Provincially, Nova Scotia was the only province to show a drop in the number of jobs, while the rest either posted gains or were little changed for the month.

(The Canadian Press)

Woman Wanted in Connection with Strangling Dog Surrenders to Police

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/4/2013 8:37:00 AM

A woman who was wanted by police in connection with strangling a dog to death has turned herself in.

Toronto Police were looking for 50-year-old Rita Mueller of Bolton. She runs Scooby's Dog House & Rescue, a dog rescue company.

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

Police say Mueller had the rights to the dog and 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. Police were concerned that she may have been in possession of other animals who were in danger.

Mueller turned herself into police at 31 division on Friday morning.

She is charged with: killing or injuring an animal other than cattle, causing or permitting unnecessary pain or injury/suffering to an ...

TDSB Trades Council renewed with imposed teachers' contract

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/4/2013 5:57:00 AM

A major education issue seems to have been lost in the controversy over Education Minister Laurel Broten imposing a contract on public school teachers.

The Toronto Star reports that the Ontario Liberals pulled the trigger on Bill 115, the Toronto District School Board also renewed its agreement with the Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council, the union who connected to stories of outrageous spending on simple repairs.

$3,000 work orders for electrical outlet replacements and $143 dollar pencil sharpener installations were 2 of the high-profile examples.

The Trades Council's contract had expired in August of 2012.

TDSB Chair Chris Bolton says the move doesn't make sense.

Council could get pay hike when 2013 budget is approved

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/4/2013 5:39:00 AM

As part of a policy approved in 2006 under mayor David Miller, this year's automatic raise for city councillors and the mayor comes in at an estimated 2 percent.

That would see councillors' $102,000 salary boosted by another $2,000 and the mayor's pay would jump almost $3,500 from the $172,000 he makes now.

The hike will be based on the average of the 2012 monthly consumer price index, which means that the increases could come in lower.

Council got a 3 percent pay hike in 2012 after turning down a raise in 2011.

Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday tells the Toronto Sun he doesn't know if he'd support raises and isn't sure where council stands on the matter.

CIBC: Condo sales help make Toronto Canada's fastest-growing economy

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/4/2013 3:26:00 AM

Toronto ranked as the fastest growing economy in the country last year, but a new study from CIBC suggests Canada's biggest city will be hard pressed to maintain that growth trajectory.

The report on the economic strength of major Canadian cities, released Thursday, found Toronto ranked tops amongst its peers in the first nine months of 2012, helped by a recovery in the manufacturing sector and a surge in condo sales.

But those two factors could also be significant pressures on future growth in 2013.

``The coming year... will pose a major challenge to the city's ability to maintain its current economic momentum,'' said Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at the bank.

Tal said several factors could pressure Toronto's growth, including a softening housing market, the end of many infrastructure stimulus projects by both federal and provincial governments and a slower pace of growth in the manufacturing sector.

Toronto has ...

Idle No More protest planned for PM's Oakville visit

Posted By: James Moore · 1/4/2013 2:52:00 AM

The Prime Minister can expect to be met by protesters in Oakville on Thursday morning.

Supporters of the Idle No More movement say they'll be at the Ford Assembly Plant for Stephen Harper's visit.

He will scheduled to make an announcement at 11:45am with Labour Minister Lisa Raitt

Demonstrators want to convince Harper to have a one-on-one discussion with Chief Theresa Spence, the First Nations leader who is on a hunger strike to pressure the PM into a meeting to discuss aboriginal rights issues.

TTC Driver Accused of Being Rude to Passenger

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/4/2013 4:24:00 AM

A TTC bus driver is being accused of being incredibly rude to a customer.

A woman claims she was boarding the 199 Finch Express at 6:30, Thursday morning with her 1-year-old son in tow.

He was in a stroller and the woman says she asked for the driver to lower the ramp to help her board the bus.

That's when the driver allegedly said "I don't want to have to deal with this kind of BS at 6:30 in the morning," and "where's his dad? He should be helping you.  If he even has a dad."

The TTC says they are investigating the allegations.

Leash Tightened on Debt Settlement Companies

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/4/2013 5:31:00 AM

You've seen the advertisements on television: companies claiming they can get creditors to stop calling you and reduce your debt by 80 per cent or more. And with the average consumer debt in Ontario at over $25,000, the thought can be appealing.

Up until now, these debt settlement companies have been able to roam free but Newstalk 1010 has learned the province is putting its foot down, introducing new regulations for the industry on Friday. They will be banned from charging upfront fees, the amount of fees customers are charged will be limited and they will be required to have clear contracts.

There will also be 10-day cooling off period in place and stricter advertising rules.

The Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services recieves over 100 complaints a month on the issue and hopes to bring that number down.

Executive Director Henrietta Ross says often creditors aren't willing to make a ...

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