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VIDEO: No interim director for TDSB just yet

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/14/2013 11:57:00 PM

After three and a half hours behind closed doors, trustees at the TDSB have not yet chosen an interim director of education.

Last week, Chris Spence resigned after publicly admitting to plagiarism.

For now, deputy director Donna Quan has taken the Spence's seat until an interim director is chosen and then a permanent replacement hired. Quan was expected by many to be named interim director, but the length of tonight's meeting suggests the process is not that simple.

One of the issues being debated is whether the acting director will be able to apply as the permanent replacement.

Trustees have been asked to consider all the options and come back on Wednesday to choose an interim director.

The board will also strike a Director Search Committee to find a replacement, with the help of a recruitment firm.

TDSB chair Chris Bolton says the firm has told the board the process ...

Your32 campaign shows human cost of congestion

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/14/2013 5:15:00 PM

A quarterly update from the Your32 campaign shows there is a human cost to congestion, not just economic and environmental.

The campaign, led by Newstalk 1010s' John Tory, has been asking people in the GTA and Hamilton area what they would do with an extra 32 minutes everyday. That is the amount of time Metrolinx's transit plan could take off your commute time, according to the campaign.

The transit plan, called The Big Move, is a 25-year plan that is to "deliver a seamless, integrated transportation grid across municipal boundaries from Hamilton to Newmarket to Oshawa and across the core of Toronto."

The plan will cost $50-billion, but only $16-billion has been committed so far.

Results were released today on how people say they would spend the extra 32 minutes.

More than 2,000 people responded to the campaign.

"Their concerns were very personal," Tory says, "and what's interesting is that ...

Toronto Couple Killed in Florida Remembered

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/14/2013 5:03:00 PM

A Toronto couple killed in their Florida vacation home last week was laid to rest Monday, as police continue to search for
answers.

66 year old Rochelle Wise, a popular former day camp director and educator and her husband, 71 year old David Pichosky, were found dead Thursday evening in their home in Hallandale Beach, Florida, where they spent winters.

Wise and Pichosky, married late in life and grandparents to 11 children, were remembered Monday at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel in Toronto.

Meanwhile, police in Hallandale Beach say they are investigating the case as a double homicide, but are still waiting for a medical
examiner's report to determine cause of death.    

No arrests have been made and police say the motive isn't yet known.

Wise was the director of Crestwood Valley Day Camp in Toronto from 1990 to 2005 and was a preschool vice-principal at Bialik
Hebrew Day School.

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Hoskins To Stay In Race

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/14/2013 4:07:00 PM

Now that the dust has settled from this weekend with how many Liberal delegates are supporting which candidate, a surprise to most is that St. Paul's MPP Eric Hoskins was last in support, with just a few dozen more nods than independent delegates.

And with Glen Murray dropping out due to lack of support last week, rumours are swirling.

In an exclusive interview with Newstalk 1010 Hoskins says he's staying in the race. He says he obviously wishes the numbers were a little stronger but underlines he wants to be part of the party's renewal process.

Hoskins spoke of how he wants to bring his delegates - no matter what number - to the convention floor. but he underlines he does have support from a list of former and current MPPs and MPs. They weren't counted in this weekend's delegate process.

As for if there is any lobbying or talk ...

MP Joe Oliver Recovering From Surgery

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/14/2013 4:03:00 PM

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is recovering from a heart bypass.

His office says the 72-year-old minister underwent surgery January 3 to treat a problem discovered during a routine annual checkup.

The MP for the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence was first elected in 2011 and appointed to the Natural Resources portfolio.

The Montreal-born Oliver was a businessman before entering politics.

He is former CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.

Chris McCluskey, Oliver's director of communications, says the minister is increasingly resuming his responsibilities as he recovers.

Jays Sign Colby Rasmus To 1 Year Deal

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/14/2013 3:53:00 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Colby Rasmus to a one year, US$4.675-million contract.

Rasmus set career highs last year with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs in his first full season in Toronto.

The Columbus, Georga, native ranked fifth in both RBIs and home runsamong American League centre-fielders.

Over his four-year career with St. Louis and Toronto, Rasmus has posted a .243 average with 76 home runs and 246 RBIs.

SIU Close Case of Tyrone Phillips... Again.

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/14/2013 1:04:00 PM

There won't be any charges for any Police Officers in the arrest of Tyrone Phillips.

The Province's Special Investigations Unit released that statement Monday afternoon.

Why is it so special?

This is the case that sparked a war of words between the SIU and the Toronto Police, after the SIU claimed the police wouldn't hand over the original statement by Phillips.

But since Phillips made that statement to the Office of the Independent Review Director, Toronto Cops said it wasn't theirs to hand over to the SIU.

Phillips then personally gave the original statement back to the SIU, who re-opened the investigation.

He'd claimed he was beaten so badly during his arrest in July of 2012, that he was knocked unconscious.

The SIU says they can't confirm who knocked Phillips to the ground during his arrest, suggesting it could have been a security guard, means the case is closed.

Toronto Police Investigate The Death of A 2 Year Old.

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/14/2013 12:47:00 PM

Toronto Police have called in the homicide squad, after a 2 year old was pronounced dead at a home on Ontario Street, between Parliament and Bloor.

Cops were called at around 9:30 on Monday morning, and they have confirmed the boy was found without vital signs.

A second, older child, was also taken to Sick Kids, with flu-like symptoms.

Toronto EMS say that child is not in serious or life threatening condition.

It's not unusual for the homicide team to be called in when dealing with the death of a child and Police have not yet suggested a cause of death.

Nor have they indicated whether or not foul play is a factor.

Liberal Convention Voting

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/14/2013 11:17:00 AM

Sandra Pupatello and Kathleen Wynne are the frontrunners for Liberal leader after a weekend of delegate voting.

If you're a little confused about what all the numbers coming out of this weekend mean, here's the breakdown:

Just over 1800 delegates were chosen by Liberal riding associations, youth wings and women's clubs and they're responsible for voting at the convention along with ex-officio delegates -  former and current MPPs and MPs, as well as Liberal party execs.
A candidate will need 50 per cent-plus-one to win, so Pupatello ( 27 per cent) and Kathleen Wynne (25 per cent) are off to the best start.

In between rounds of voting at the convention, those with little support will drop out and back other candidates, bumping numbers up until there is a new premier.

Related content:

Pupatello and Wynne lead the pack in race for Premier


Update: Nortel Execs Have Charges Dismissed

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/14/2013 3:09:00 PM
The former top brass at Nortel Networks felt ``vindicated'' Monday after being acquitted of fraud charges nearly a decade after they were accused of falsifiying financial records to trigger bonuses for themselves at the fallen technology giant.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco said he was ``not satisfied'' that ex-CEO Frank Dunn, ex-CFO Douglas  Beatty and ex-controller Michael Gollogly had ``deliberately misrepresented'' the finances at the now-defunct telecom company in 2002 and 2003.

``Therefore, I find each of them not guilty,'' he said.

Following the verdict, the three jumped to their feet to hug family members and their lawyers.

The 145-page ruling came a year after one of the largest and most complex corporate criminal trials in Canada began. Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly each faced two counts of fraud, one count of defrauding the public and one count of defrauding Nortel Networks Corp. It was alleged the men participated in ...

VIDEO: Human skull found in Vaughan

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/14/2013 3:30:00 PM

Police in Vaughan are spending the day searching through about five acres of land near a country club, looking for body parts.

On Sunday afternoon, a person out for a walk found a skull in a wooded area on the outskirts of the Uplands Golf and Ski Country Club, near Hwy 407 and Yonge St.

York Regional Police have confirmed the skull belongs to a human, but the forensic identification unit is still trying to determine whether the skull is male or female.

Det Sgt John Braybrook with the Homicide Unit says a search and rescue team is now trying to find the rest of the body. He says the search will likely take several days because the area has many bushes and hills.

Part of the wooded area that police are searching is adjacent to Callaway Ct, a short street of million-dollar homes.

One of the homeowners tells Newstalk 1010 ...

Mayor Calls on Residents to Support Budget

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/14/2013 7:31:00 AM

There's a showdown brewing on two fronts at Toronto City Hall this week over the proposed operating budget for the next fiscal year.

Council has set aside three days starting Tuesday to give the final approval to the operating and capital budgets.

On Sunday's edition of NewsTalk 1010's the City, Mayor Rob Ford urged Torontonians to come out and show their support for his proposed budget.

"This budget represents a turning point in our administration, a turning point in the history of this great city, " says Ford.

The mayor and his brother Councillor Doug Ford took several shots at left-leaning councillors that they expect will push for higher levels of spending.

"The left's going to be all over it trying to get more out and we’re going to fend them off, but the taxpayers, you’ve got to call your councillor, say hey, enough is enough. It’s a great budget, ...

Pupatello and Wynne lead the pack in race for Premier

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/14/2013 5:56:00 AM

Two women have emerged as the front-runners in the race to replace Dalton McGuinty as Ontario premier and Liberal leader after a weekend of delegate selection votes.

Former Windsor-West MPP Sandra Pupatello, who quit politics in 2011, captured 504 committed first-ballot delegates to the leadership convention, which is set for the weekend of January 25th.

Former education minister Kathleen Wynne, who represents Toronto Don Valley-West, was a close second with 463 delegates.

Former M-P Gerard Kennedy, who lost the 1996 leadership race to McGuinty and also lost a 2006 bid for the federal Liberal leadership, came third with 257 committed delegates. Former government services minister Harinder Takhar has 244 delegates, former labour minister Charles Sousa 198, and former children's services minister Eric Hoskins 104.

The delegate selection votes were the first real confirmation that Pupatello and Wynne are leading the pack late in the race.

Pupatello did not seek re-election ...

Funerals for slain Canadian couple to be held Monday

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/14/2013 5:51:00 AM

Funerals will be held today in Toronto for a popular former day camp director and her husband, who were killed in Florida last week.

An announcement from Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel says the services for Rochelle Wise and David Pichosky will be held this afternoon.

Wise, 66, and Pichosky, 71, were found dead Thursday evening inside their home in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Police said Friday they were killed in a double homicide. The cause of their deaths and motive are still under investigation and remain clouded in mystery.

Wise was the director of Crestwood Valley Day Camp in Toronto from 1990 to 2005 and was  a preschool vice-principal at Bialik Hebrew Day School.

(The Canadian Press)

Ashley Smith inquest begins Monday

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/14/2013 3:42:00 AM

A long-awaited coroner's inquest into the death of Ashley Smith begins Monday.

She is the 19-year-old who in 2007, strangled herself in her cell at the Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener as 7 guards looked on.

The inquest will delve into the direct cause of her death, but will also tackle much broader issues. 

Newstalk 1010 legal analyst Steve Skurka says the probe must also consider how our corrections system handles people with mental health issues while incarcerated, who is responsible for mistakes made in Smith's case & how to make sure those mistakes don't happen again.

The government tried to limit the scope of the inquest, but gave up in October.

Smith first landed in a youth jail at age 15 after throwing crab apples at mail carrier in Moncton, NB. Her lock up stretched from weeks into years as time was tacked on for many in-custody incidents.  In the 3 years she was in ...

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