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Magnotta preliminary hearing set to go March 11

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/9/2013 6:06:00 PM

A shackled Luka Rocco Magnotta remained impassive as
he made his first court appearance since last June on a first-degree
murder charge in the gruesome slaying of a Montreal university
student.
   
Magnotta kept his eyes on the ground when not looking at the
Crown or the judge as lawyers set the stage Wednesday for a
preliminary hearing that will begin March 11.
   
The hearing, which will determine whether the 30-year-old Ontario
native is sent to trial, is scheduled to last at least two weeks and
possibly resume in June.
   
Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying and
dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin last May.
   
Most of the contents of Wednesday's 35-minute hearing cannot be
revealed because of a publication ban. It served mainly to deal with
issues like evidence, the number of witnesses to be heard and a
rough schedule of the ...

1 man killed in industrial accident

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/9/2013 4:11:00 PM

One man is dead after an industal accident at a Toronto recycling warehouse.

The man was crushed when a forklift tipped over onto him Wednesday afternoon.  The machines can weigh up to 3000 lbs.

Police haven't identified the man, but say he was at Canadian Triple Star Inc on Rexdale Blvd near Kipling Ave for business.

The coroner, the Ministry of Labour & Toronto Police are on the scene.

NHL owners vote in favour of tentative deal, players next

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/9/2013 3:52:00 PM

NHL owners have voted in favour of ratifying the new
collective bargaining agreement with their players.
   
A majority of owners were in support of the new deal, which the
league and NHL Players' Association reached early Sunday morning
after a 16-hour bargaining session.
   
The players aren't expected to start their own ratification vote
until Friday. It will be conducted electronically over two days and
needs majority support from the roughly 740 union members to pass.
   
If all goes to plan, the process would be completed by Saturday
and training camps would open around the league on Sunday.
   
The NHL is targeting a 48-game season beginning Jan. 19, which
leaves no time for teams to squeeze in any exhibition games. The
schedule is expected to be released in the coming days.
   
A 48-game season was played following the 1994-95 NHL lockout and
that allowed for a ...

AUDIO: Burke fired as Leafs' GM

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/9/2013 12:59:00 PM

Saying they wanted a change in leadership, the Toronto
Maple Leafs have fired president and general manager Brian Burke.
   
The NHL club has appointed Dave Nonis the team's new general
manager.
   
Nonis was Burke's second-in-command in Toronto. The two have a
long history after working together in Vancouver before coming to
the Leafs.
   
The news comes just days before the lockout-shortened season is
about to begin.
   
Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment president Tom Anselmi made
the announcement today. He says Burke will remain with the Leafs as
a senior adviser.
   
Burke held the Leafs job for just over four years. The team
missed the playoffs in every season under his watch.
   
The Maple Leafs are coming off a disappointing 13th-place finish
in the Eastern Conference.
   
They made a head coaching change late last season, hiring Randy
Carlyle to replace Ron Wilson.
   
Before ...

Chief Spence won't attend meeting without GG

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/9/2013 12:09:00 PM

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says she won't attend
Friday's meetings between First Nations leaders and the federal
government because Gov. Gen. David Johnston has said he won't be
there.
   
Spence has been engaged in a protest since Dec. 11, subsisting
solely on fish broth and tea in an effort to secure a meeting with
Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
   
Spence is insisting on having the Governor General attend the
meeting because he's the Queen's representative in Canada.
   
A spokesperson for Johnston has said he would not attend the
sessions on Friday because they are working meetings with government
on policy issues.
   
Spence says she wants the Crown represented at the meetings
because the talks are supposed to focus on the treaty rights that
were established by the Royal Proclamation of 1793.
   
She says she has written to Buckingham Palace to ask that
Johnston be ...

Toronto Firefighters Say Budget Cuts will Endanger Lives

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/9/2013 11:46:00 AM

Toronto's firefighters are speaking out against proposed budget cuts by the city that would see fewer fire trucks on the road and leave more than one hundred frontline positions permanently vacant.

The President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA) says the planned cuts in resources will endanger lives.

"Put simply, these cuts will impact our ability to protect the people of Toronto," said Ed Kennedy, at a news conference on Wednesday morning to alert the public to the proposals included in the 2013 Operating Budget.

Kennedy says the city already has a failing grade in meeting the National Fire Protection standards and a reduction in resources would only make the situation worse.

The City's draft budget calls for the closing of Fire Station 424 in the Runnymede area, for taking five frontline trucks out of service in Scarborough, High Park, Etobicoke and Riverdale (combined, the trucks responded to ...

Province Reaches Tentative Deal With OPSEU

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/9/2013 9:43:00 AM

A union representing 38,000 Ontario public servants has reached a tentative two-year collective agreement with the governing
Liberals.

The government says the deal with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union includes a commitment to implement a two-year wage freeze to help battle the province's $14.4 billion deficit.

Details won't be released until the agreement is ratified.

The Liberals previously reached a deal with a labour group representing 12,000 managers, supervisors and other professionals in
the public service, which was ratified in October.

But they also sparked outrage last week by imposing new contracts on teachers and education workers in public schools across Ontario.

Two unions representing those teachers haven't yet said what specific actions they may take in response, but have noted that their members have approved a day of protest.

(The Canadian Press)

TDSB Director of Education Admits to Plagiarism

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/9/2013 12:12:00 PM

Plagiarism is a subject that students are familiar with in schools and it is frowned up on to use anyone else's words and ideas and pretend that they are your own.

On Wednesday morning, Chris Spence, the Director of Education for the Toronto Public School Board, has publicly admitted to plagiarism after being caught by a Toronto Star reader in an op-ed piece that he wrote about the importance of extra-curricular activities.

In a letter, Spence says that in no less than 5 different instances he did not give proper credit for the work of others and says any explanation he might give would be just an excuse.  In his words "there is no excuse for what I did ... I am ashamed and embarrassed ... words of apology are not enough."

Doctor Spence goes on to say he will enroll himself in the Ethics and Law course in the ...

NHL owners to vote on tentative deal

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/9/2013 5:30:00 AM

A crucial step in the ratification process of the N-H-L's new collective agreement happen in New York City on Wednesday.

N-H-L owners will meet to vote on the tentative labour agreement reached with the players' association last weekend. If a majority approves, as expected, the N-H-L will move closer toward the official end of the lockout.

A memorandum of understanding of the deal hasn't been completed yet, so the union has yet to schedule a vote for its more than 700 members. A majority of players also must approve the deal for hockey to return to the ice.

If there are no snags, ratification could be finished by Saturday and training camps can open Sunday. A 48-game regular season would then be expected to begin on January 19th.

(The Canadian Press)

Extracurricular activities will not resume according to union

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/9/2013 6:00:00 AM

We're heading into day three of the 2013 school year, and apparently some teachers have been suggesting to students that the teacher boycott of extra-curriculars would soon be coming to an end.

High school students are going to be disappointed though because the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation has taken the unusual step of telling teachers that they must enforce the boycott which, until now, has been voluntary.

In bold letters, on the union's website, it states their position, as outlined in the Strategic Action Plan, has always been that taking part in extracurriculars was voluntary, however, "phase two of OSSTF/FEESO’s Strategic Action Plan shared with members on December 3, made it clear that if the Minister through Bill 115 orders that the contractual or Education Act requirements be fulfilled (i.e, legal strike is ended), voluntary or extracurricular activities WILL NOT resume."

Recently, Premier Dalton McGuinty had requested that teachers ...

CUPE Members to Protest at Final Liberal Leadership Debate

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/9/2013 5:35:00 AM

The seven hopefuls vying to take over the reigns of the Ontario government are about to square off for their final face-to-face showdown.

The contenders will take part in a final leadership debate tonight in Toronto's west end and a crowd is expected to gather, but not to cheer them on. Members of CUPE and other community groups will rally to protest Bill 1-15. They say their democratic right to collectively bargain and created an unnecessary crisis in education.

Previous debates have seen the candidates tackle a variety of issues, including education, health care and green energy policy. Candidates have engaged in four other showdowns since the campaign to become premier officially kicked off at the beginning of December.

The most recent contest in the Toronto suburb of Ajax drew crowds of angry teachers protesting the McGuinty government's decision to impose two-year contracts and forcibly end months of bitter negotiations....

Community Discussions About Casino to Begin

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/9/2013 5:32:00 AM

The city really wants to know what you think about having a casino in Toronto.

Wednesday evening marks the first of five community consultations where residents are invited to share their opinions. City staff will be in attendance to inform you about the process of building a casino and take part in discussions.

Here's the complete list of meetings:

Wednesday January 9
Toronto City Hall Rotunda
100 Queen Street West
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday January 12
North York Memorial Hall
5110 Yonge Street, lower level
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monday January 14
Etobicoke Olympium Gymnasium
590 Rathburn Road
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday January 17
Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda
150 Borough Drive
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday January 19
Bluma Appel Salon at Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

AUDIO: Police chief wants to bring back photo radar

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/9/2013 6:10:00 AM

Chief Bill Blair wants to bring back photo radar and expand the red-light camera program to help keep police costs down.

He told Newstalk 1010's John Tory Tuesday afternoon that technology is the most efficient way to enforce the speed laws.

"Why are we tying up expensive, well-trained police resources doing this kind of static traffic enforcement where you have tie up the officer to do the ticketing and then pay him to go to court," Blair says. "If you use technology to do it, then you save an enormous amount of that cost."

By using technology, Blair says police can free up money to keep communities safer.

"I don't want to waste valuable police resources," he says.

The police budget still has a $8.7-million hole this year. The board has frozen hiring in 2013 to keep costs down.

"We're going to have fewer [resources] with the new budget constraints ...

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