Chinatown grocer honoured by Prime Minister

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/12/2013 5:48:00 PM

The Chinatown grocery store owner who chased down & held a shoplifter has been honoured by the Prime Minister.

David Chen & 16 other people were given the Diamond Jubilee medal Saturday by Stephen Harper.

Chen was charged in 2009 but later acquitted in the case, which spurred Criminal Code changes introduced by the Tories to expand citizen's arrest & self-defence provisions.

The medal was launched by the Harper government last year to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne.  Recipients are nominated by community groups & organizations.

Game on! NHL players OK new contract

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/12/2013 4:54:00 PM

 It's the news hockey fans have been waiting to hear.

NHL players have voted in favour of ratifying the collective bargaining agreement that was reached last weekend.

A union statement made it clear that a written memorandum of understanding consistent with what the players voted on must be completed before the CBA becomes final.

The NHLPA and the NHL continue their work to finalize the memorandum.

When completed, it will clear the way for training camps to open Sunday and a 48-game regular season to begin next Saturday.

The 36-hour electronic voting process for the 700-plus players ended this morning.

A tentative agreement was reached last Sunday on the 113th day of the lockout.

The two sides finally got a deal completed after a 16-hour negotiating session in New York and assistance from federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh.

NHL team owners ratified the deal Wednesday.

The new deal is for ...

Stolen chemical-filled trailer found

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/12/2013 2:45:00 PM

A stolen transport trailer loaded with dangerous chemicals has been recovered.

The trailer with Nova Scotia plates was carrying sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide & potassium hydroxide when it was taken from a Mississauga trucking compound Friday.

Peel Police Constable Thomas Ruttan says a member of the public spotted the
& trucked & called them.  Police tracked it down Saturday morning.

Ruttan says the corrosive chemicals were still in the trailer.

There's no word on any suspects.

Obama says no to building "Death Star" weapon

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/12/2013 9:46:00 AM

A ``Death Star'' won't be a part of the U.S.
military's arsenal any time soon.
More than 34,000 people have signed an online petition calling on
the Obama administration to build the ``Star Wars'' inspired
super-weapon to spur job growth and bolster national defence.
But in a posting Friday on the White House website, Paul
Shawcross, an administration adviser on science and space, says a
Death Star would cost too much to build _ an estimated $850
quadrillion _ at a time the White House is working to reduce the
federal budget.
Besides, Shawcross says, the Obama administration ``does not
support blowing up planets.''
The U.S., Shawcross points out, is already involved in several
out-of-this-world projects, including the International Space
Station, which is currently orbiting Earth with a half-dozen
(The Associated Press)

Crash involving tanker truck near Finch and Keele

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/12/2013 8:45:00 AM

A woman is being rushed to hospital this morning after her car crashed with a gas tanker truck.

The accident happened at about 8 a.m. near Finch Ave and Keele St.

Police say she has unknown head injuries. It's not clear how serious the injuries are.

There is no leakage of gas from the truck.

OPP partner with LCBO in Amber Alert program

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/12/2013 6:57:00 AM

OPP say a new Amber Alert program partnership with the Liquor
Control Board of Ontario will help police find abducted children.
LCBO terminals will alert customers that an Amber Alert is in
With more than 600 LCBO stores in Ontario, police say Amber
Alert notifications will reach a lot more people.
The OPP say the more police can broaden their audience, the
better their chances of finding abducted kids. 

(The Canadian Press)

Brian Burke: ''We didn't win enough''

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/12/2013 1:20:00 PM

"Like a 2 x 4 upside the head".

That's how Brian Burke describes being fired as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs this week.

Saturday, he faced the media for the 1s time since losing his job & was as candid & fiery as ever.

Burke admits he was let go because "We didn't win enough".  He apologized to fans for not being able to deliver more in terms of the on ice product.

But Burke admits he was "stunned" to be left looking for work.  He says Leafs owners did explain the timing of their decision but he wouldn't share it with reporters at the ACC:

"I would view that as something that's between me and ownership.  They gave me the reasons why they felt it was time, and the reasons why the timing fit.  You can ask them, if they want to divulge them, fine.  I believe ...

Black Forest salami recalled due to undeclared mustard

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/12/2013 4:48:00 AM

People with allergies to mustard are being warned not to
consume Noah Martin's Black Forest salami.
The product contains mustard which is not declared on the label.
The salami was sold at several deli locations in Ontario up until
It poses a serious health risk to people allergic to mustard,
however, there have been no reports of illnesses linked to the
Heidelberg Foods in St. Jacobs, Ont is recalling the affected
product, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is monitoring the
(The Canadian Press)

NHL players have until 8 a.m. to vote on tentative deal

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/12/2013 5:47:00 AM

NHL players have until 8 am ET to vote on the tentative deal
to end the lockout.
Results of the electronic voting are due to be announced by
The agreement was ratified by the team owners three days ago.
Players are expected to accept the deal, but the league won't
be officially open for business until a memorandum of
understanding is also signed. Sports pundits seem to expect
that to happen sometime today.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

Spence to continue hunger strike

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/12/2013 5:34:00 AM

A spokesman for Theresa Spence, whose hunger protest has
been fanning the flames of the Idle No More protest movement, says
the Attawapiskat chief will continue to forgo solid food.
Spence, who has been on a diet of fish broth and medicinal tea
for the past four weeks, attended a ceremonial meeting tonight with
Gov. Gen. David Johnston.
Her presence fuelled speculation she might finally end her
protest, which was aimed at securing a meeting for First Nations
leaders with both Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Both meetings happened today, but in separate venues and at
different times.
Spence spokesman Danny Metatawabin says the chiefs didn't feel
like their meeting at Rideau Hall was aimed at accomplishing
anything beyond a photo opportunity.
Metatawabin says Spence's health is poor, and that she's tired,
weak and suffering from stomach cramps.
(The Canadian Press)

Toronto sets heat record

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/12/2013 1:42:00 PM

It's practically patio weather in Toronto.

The city set a new heat record at Pearson Saturday afternoon.  The thermometer at the airport reached 14.6 Celsius at 3pm.

The old record for this day was set in 2006 when the mercury hit 9.5 degrees at Pearson.

The normal high for this time of year is about -2.

We'll get back to closer to seasonal temperatures Sunday night.

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