Idle No More blockade puts train travel on hold

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/5/2013 6:17:00 PM

If you're expecting someone on the train from Montreal or Ottawa, they could be awhile.

VIA Rail is holding trains on routes between those hubs & Toronto because of an Idle No More blockade of the tracks near in Marysville, Kingston.

There's no timeline for when everything might be back to normal.

First Nations demonstrations also created travel troubles on Ontario highways & border bridges Saturday afternoon.

Body found in Innisfil house fire

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/5/2013 5:09:00 PM

South Simcoe Police are investigating after a body was found inside a home in Innisfil early Saturday.

A 911 call about a house being fully engulfed in flames came in just after 2am.

When firefighters pulled up, they found a 53-year-old man who had tried to get into the house, which belongs to his 82-year-old father.

The son was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.  The name of the deceased hasn't been made public.

It isn't clear what caused the fire but the home is destroyed.

(with files from the Canadian Press)

UPDATE: CUPE leaders endorse new deal for school support workers

Posted By: James Moore · 1/5/2013 3:24:00 PM

Roughly 55,000 custodians, office secretaries, teacher assistants and other Ontario school support staff are one step closer to having a new collective agreement with the Ontario government.

On Saturday, about 400 representatives from a total of 114 CUPE Ontario locals voted in favour of endorsing a tentative, 2-year agreement reached earlier this week.

Ballot results were announced by CUPE at a news conference at a hotel near Pearson Airport.

Union leaders are recommending that their members ratify the contract in votes to be held around the province between now and January 14th.

Terri Preston, chair of the CUPE Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee, says the framework of the deal was developed through negotiations by individual school boards in the days leading up to the Holiday break.

Preston says the contract addresses issues surrounding job security, sick leave, and protection of pension contributions.

CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn voiced his ...

Charges laid in hit & run that killed 7-year-old boy

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/5/2013 2:05:00 PM

Charges have been laid in the death of Jacoub Favila, the 7-year-old killed in a hit & run on the 401 in Mississauga New Year's Day.

30-year-old Jose Renteria is charged with dangerous driving & criminal negligence causing death, plus failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

OPP Sergeant Dave Woodford says police caught up with Renteria on the 401 in Cobourg Friday night.

On the afternoon of New Year's Day, the Favila family's minivan was rear-ended by a Hummer on westbound Hwy 401 near Dixie Rd.  The Hummer took off & was later found abandoned on Dixie.

There were 8 people in the van--Jacoub, his mom & dad & 5 kids, one of them his twin brother. 

Jacoub was sitting in the back passenger side of the van. He was rushed from the crash scene to hospital, but he couldn't be saved.  No one else in the ...

Separated 'same-sex' Toronto Zoo penguins become dads

Posted By: James Moore · 1/5/2013 1:13:00 PM

Two of the world's most famous penguins are now dads.

Toronto Zoo residents Buddy and Pedro are endangered African penguins who made headlines when animal experts started to examine the possibility that the birds were a same-sex couple.

Since then, Buddy and Pedro have been separated and matched with female partners.

Their chicks were among 5 African penguin hatchlings that were born at the Zoo over the holidays.

Zoo officials say there is another penguin couple with 2 eggs due to hatch any day now.

Toronto Zoo visitors will be able to see the penguin chicks at their indoor enclosure starting next month.

PHOTOS: Bieber smokes up?

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/5/2013 1:19:00 PM

Photos have emerged of Justin Bieber holding pot.

TMZ has posted what look to be cell phone pictures of the 18-year-old holding a marijuana cigarette.  TMZ says the photos were snapped at a party inside a Newport Beach hotel January 2nd.

January 1st, a paparazzo was killed trying to photograh Bieber's Ferrari in LA.  The pop star wasn't in the car when it was pulled over by police for speeding.  An officer ordered photographer Chris Guerra to back off because the situation was unsafe. That's when Guerra was hit by a passing SUV.

Guerra claimed he'd seen Bieber puffing pot from a pipe while behind the wheel of his Ferrari earlier that day.

Bieber posted a cryptic tweet late Friday night after the party photos surfaced saying "everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up."

Tobogganer cut by broken glass on east-end hill

Posted By: James Moore · 1/5/2013 12:25:00 PM

A popular tobogganing hill in Toronto's east end is shut down after a trail of broken glass was found under the snow.

Earlier this week, City crews were called to Greenwood Park, on Dundas Street East near Jones Avenue, on reports that a father had been injured while taking a ride down the hill with his child.

A jagged shard of glass said to measure 25 centimetres cut a gash in the man's leg.  

The glass was cleared away and now Toronto Police are investigating, trying to determine if the glass was put there intentionally.

Officials expect the park will re-open on Monday.

4 dead in Aurora, CO shooting

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/5/2013 12:08:00 PM

Violence & bloodshed again in Aurora, Colorado.

3 people were killed by a gunman, barricaded inside a townhome.  Neighbours have IDed the shooter as Sonny Archuleta.

The gunman is thought to have killed his victims before police responded to reports from neighbours of gunshots coming from inside the house. A woman managed to escape from the house unharmed before police pulled up.

Police Sergeant Cassidee Carlson describes what evolved into a 6-hour stand-off with police. "He was all over the house. He moved furniture. He was throwing things. He was
agitated. He was irrational.''

Eventually police lobbed tear gas at the home.  The suspect shot at police from a 2nd-storey window.  He was killed by police as a SWAT team stormed the home.

Police haven't said who the victims are or what motive the gunman might've had for killing them.

The shooting took place 4 miles from the Aurora Mall ...

AUDIO: Winning Lotto Max ticket sold in Toronto

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/5/2013 10:26:00 AM

Toronto has a new multi-million dollar lotto winner.

The OLG says that the winning ticket for last night's $20-million Lotto Max was sold in the city.

This comes just over a week after Susan Flam, a grandmother from Thornhill, won $50 million.

On December 12th, a family in Vaughan won $21 million.

That makes for $91 in jackpot prizes awarded in the GTA over the last 3 weeks alone.

OLG is still searching for a Lotto Max player who bought a winning ticket sold in Cambridge on November 30th.

Those winning numbers are worth $50 million.

In 2012, Ontario residents had winning tickets for six $50 million Lotto Max jackpots.

(with files from James Moore)

School board leaders vote on tentative contract with support workers

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/5/2013 8:54:00 AM

School board sector leaders vote today on a tentative contract
between the province and the union representing school support
The tentative deal was reached last weekend with CUPE, hours
before the January 1st deadline allowing the Liberal government to
impose contracts on teachers' and school staff.
If the leaders approve the deal, it will then head to union
members for final say in the coming weeks.
CUPE represents about 55,000 workers, including educational
assistants, early childhood educators, instructors, custodians,
librarians and secretaries.

CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn is expected to announce the
results of the vote at about 3 p.m. Saturday.

(The Canadian Press)

Liberals being criticized over maintenance contract

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/5/2013 7:21:00 AM

A TDSB official is questioning the education minister's decision to renew a contract with a maintenance workers' union. This is the same union that billed the school board $143 to install a pencil sharpener.

Chris Bolton, chair of the TDSB, is accusing minister Laurel Broten of playing politics.

The Toronto Star reports that the Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council has been a big donor to the Liberal Party, campaigning for the party and donating more than $600,000 since 2005.

Broten, meanwhile, says that she renewed the contract because the union and the TDSB failed to reach a collective agreement by December 31st, the same deadline that teachers had.

The TDSB has been struggling with keeping its maintenance costs down. The board has wanted to make changes to its contract with the trades union. The province sent in consultants last fall to help with that process and now Bolton is asking ...

Russia beats Canada to win bronze at world juniors

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/5/2013 7:19:00 AM

Russia beat Canada 6-5 in overtime to win the
bronze medal at the world junior hockey championship Saturday.
Valerie Nichushkin scored the overtime winner at 1:35.
It's the first time since 1998 Canada hasn't won a medal at the
world junior tournament.
Nail Yakupov scored twice for the host team, which also got goals
from Alexander Khokhlachyov, Kirill Dyakov and Yevgeni Mozer.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jonathan Huberdeau, Mark Scheifele, Ryan
Murphy and Brett Ritchie replied for Canada.
Russian goaltender Andrei Makarov, who plays for the Western
Hockey League's Saskaton Blades, made 40 saves for the win.
Canada's Malcolm Subban made 18 saves on 20 shots in relief of
Jordan Binnington, who gave up three goals on five shots to start
the game.
The U.S. and Sweden were to meet in the later gold-medal game.

(The Canadian Press)

UPDATE: Shooting near Woodbine racetrack

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/5/2013 5:54:00 AM

A man has been taken to hospital this morning after a shooting near Woodbine racetrack.

Police say the 27-year-old was walking near Rexdale Blvd and Queens Plate Dr when an unknown man approached him and shot him.

The victim's injuries are not considered life threatening.

Police do not have a suspect description at this time.

They're asking anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-2300.

Powerful quake sparks tsunami warning for B.C., Alaska

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/5/2013 5:13:00 AM

A tsunami warning that had been issued for the
central and B.C. coast following a powerful earthquake off the coast
of Alaska early Saturday has been cancelled.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck about 102
kilometres west of Craig, Alaska at about midnight local time and
had a preliminary reading of 7.7, but that has since been downgraded
to magnitude 7.5.
The Alaskan tsunami centre initially issued a tsunami warning
that ran from southwest Alaska to the northern tip of Vancouver
island and an advisory that continued south to the Washington State
B.C.'s emergency notification centre said no coastal aeas of the
province were at risk after first cautioning that a tsunami had been
generated that could have impacted low-lying coastal areas.
The warning area included coastal areas from Cape Fairweather,
Alaska, to the north tip of Vancouver Island _ an area that ...

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