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Maple Leaf Forward Lombardi Traded to Phoenix

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/16/2013 8:57:00 PM

David Nonis made his first personnel move as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday.

He traded forward Matthew Lombardi to the Phoenix Coyotes for a 3rd or 4th round pick in the 2014 entry draft.

Lombardi played 62 games for the Buds last season scoring 18 points including 8 goals.

The Leafs originally acquired Lombardi along with Cody Franson for a couple of minor league players in the summer of 2011.

Weapon Stolen From RCMP Officer in Brampton

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/16/2013 7:48:00 PM

Police investigators have been called out to a hotel in Brampton after an RCMP officer's handgun was stolen.

Wednesday afternoon - the Mountie was at the Howard Johnson on Queens St - on duty at the time.

While at the hotel the officers knapsack was stolen.

Inside the bag - was his issued 9mm  handgun, ammunition, pepperspray, expandable baton and handcuffs.

RCMP are only saying that the officer was on duty at the time of the theft. 

Toronto Tutor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Students

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/16/2013 6:56:00 PM

A Toronto tutor in the Tamil community has been arrested on accusations he sexually assaulted two of his students.

Police say Lakshmikanthan Kumarasamy is accused of sexually assaulting two children while he tutored them in math between 1999 and 2003.

The 47-year-old man has been charged on 2 counts of sexual assault, 2 counts of sexual interference and 2 counts of invitation to sexual touching.

Police believe there could be more victims.

 

Death of Notre Dame Linebacker Girlfriend a Hoax

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/16/2013 6:47:00 PM

The story about Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying of leukemia, which the Notre Dame All-American credited with inspiring him as he led the Fighting Irish to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker, the
school said Wednesday.

The university issued a news release Wednesday after Deadspin.com reported it could find no record that Lennay Kekua ever existed.

The university said that Notre Dame coaches were informed by Te'o and his parents on Dec. 26 that Te'o had been the victim of what appeared to be a hoax. Someone using a fictitious name ``apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia,'' the school said.

The university said ``the proper authorities'' are investigating a ``very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.'' Notre Dame would not say who, specifically, was investigating the case.

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Idle No More takes to Toronto streets

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/16/2013 5:39:00 PM

Today was a national day of action for the Idle No More More movement.

In Toronto, there was a protest outside the British Consulate at Bay & College, which at its peak included about 300 demonstrators.  By the time the group marched to Yonge & Dundas, their ranks had shrunk to about 100.

A drum circle & round dance blocked the intersection to traffic for about 5 minutes before the demonstration moved into the public square.

The movement has been gaining steam in recent weeks, but does the average Torontonian understand what Idle No More is all about?

Newstalk 1010 reporter Siobhan Morris found most of those on the sidelines at Yonge & Dundas had never heard of the Idle No More more movement.  Those who had, had only a passing understanding of what Idle No More stands for & is trying to accomplish.

Even those who have been tracking the growth of Idle ...

Loaded Handgun Found in Scarborough School

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/16/2013 4:44:00 PM

4 youths have been arrested after Toronto Police found a loaded handgun in a student's backpack.

Police were tipped off by a CrimeStoppers call and went to Blessed Mother Theresa Secondary School in Scarborough around quarter to 2 on Wednesday.

The school was placed under a lockdown, but that was quickly lifted and all students were allowed to go home at a regular time.

All are students at the school.

The investigation continues into how the gun ended up in the school in the first place.

 

 

Bygones are bygones?

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/16/2013 3:29:00 PM

Who says they can't play nice.

Two dire enemies on City Council sat down, and broke bread Wednesday.

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Adam Vaughan gathered with a number of other city councillors at the Monarch Tavern in the Clinton and College area.

They even shared a smile as Councillor Paul Ainslie snapped this picture.

The Councillors were celebrating a short time after the 2013 operating and capital budgets were passed at city hall.

VIA Rail Traffic Disrupted Between Toronto And Montreal

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/16/2013 3:16:00 PM

A rail blockade is underway east of Belleville this afternoon.

Provincial police say several people blocked the rail line where CN and CP lines cross, in a remote area about half a kilometre west of Shannonville Road at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Via Rail says the blockade is affecting the movement of trains between Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa in both directions.

Officers are monitoring the situation and rail traffic has been halted.

Police say they will take all necessary steps to ensure the public's safety and preserve the peace.

The protestors haven't yet been identified but the blockade comes as many groups are participating in a day of action in support of First Nations across Canada.

Mark Trestman Signs With Chicago of the NFL

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/16/2013 2:26:00 PM

Montreal Alouettes head coach Mark Trestman is heading back to the NFL.

He's signed on as the newest head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Trestman has been with the Alouettes since 2008, leading the team to 3 different Grey Cup appearances, and twice winning the championship.

He's had previous stints in the NFL, including a job with the San Francisco 49ers, when he was the offensive co-ordinator, working with quarterback Steve Young.

Trestman will replace Lovie Smith, who was fired after nine seasons. His teams failed to make the playoffs in five of the last 6 seasons.

Video: Update: City Council Passes 2013 Budget

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 1/16/2013 5:00:00 PM

Toronto city council has passed the $9.4 billion dollar 2013 budget, with councillors approving the addition of about $12 million in extra spending.

The extra cash, among other things, puts cuts to Toronto fire on hold and boosting spending on student nutrition.

An amended motion from Councillor Paul Ainslie was approved by the majority of council to give Toronto Fire just over $3 million 63 firefighter positions while keeping fire trucks on the road and Runnymede station open. It essentially puts cuts on hold until the results of an efficiency study are known later this year.

Councillor Joe Mihevc led the ultimately successful charge to spend just over $1 million on student nutrition.

"That's going to provide one million breakfasts to hungry children in our city. That can't but be something joyous for parents and all of us really," he says.

Councillors also approved spending half a billion dollars on ...

Facebook Photo Leads To Arrest of 17 Year Old.

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/16/2013 1:25:00 PM

A Burlington teen has just learned the power of social media.

The 17 year old was arrested after allegedly posting a picture of himself on Facebook, holding a high powered rifle.

Halton Regional Police also claim there was a threat to another person, as a caption under the photo.

During the arrest, police seized two shotguns, shotgun ammunition and the high powered rifle shown in the photo.

The boy's name won't be released, but he's been charged with Utter Death Threat, Use Firearm in Commission of an Offence, and Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm.

Detective Sgt Jeff Hill from Halton Regional Police says this doesn't appear to be gang related, adding the guns belonged to a person the boy knew.

Hill said they didn't belong to the boy's parents.

UPDATE: Fifth suspect arrested after dramatic police chase

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/16/2013 4:30:00 PM

Police have now arrested a fifth suspect after a home invasion and dramatic takedown.

At about 11 a.m., police received a call about a home invasion on Solway Ave near Keele St and Major MacKenzie Dr.

Police say five suspects took a man captive into a car and when officers arrived the suspects took off.

A police chase finally came to an end outside Sheridan Mall at Jane St and Wilson Ave.

When police stopped the suspect vehicle on Wilson Ave, two of the five suspects took off on foot. One of the men was quickly arrested, along with two others in the car. But one of the suspects ran into Sheridan Mall and disappeared.

The emergency task force was called in to search for the last suspect. During the search in the area of the mall, several schools were under hold and secure.

Police finally caught up with the suspect in an apartment building garbage dumpster ...

Obama Announces Gun Control Measures

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/16/2013 12:10:00 PM

U.S. President Barack Obama is announcing a $500-million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a shooting in Connecticut killed 20 school children.
    
The package includes a call on Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines, and it would close loopholes in the background check system for gun sales.
    
Obama also is signing 23 executive actions, which require no congressional approval, including several aimed at improving access to data for background checks. A presidential memorandum will instruct the Centers for Disease Control to research causes and prevention of gun violence.
    
In addition, Obama will nominate Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Jones currently is the acting director of the agency.

(The Associated Press)

Vaughan Mills to Get $87M Makeover

Posted By: Amber Gero · 1/16/2013 11:43:00 AM

Get ready for more shops, and more space at the Vaughan Mills mall.  Ivanhoe Cambridge announced that the shopping centre will be undergoing an $87-million redevelopment and expansion project. 

The project will add approximately 150, 000 square feet in gross floor area to accommodate 50 new retail stores and 3 new major tenants including a LegoLand Discovery Centre.   Construction on the project is set to begin in the spring.

Once complete, Vaughan Mills will also have a newly-designed Entertainment court, 450 new parking stalls, and an upgraded food court and entrance. 

Once completed, Vaughan Mills will feature a total of 19 major tenants and 250 stores.

According to Ivanhoe Cambridge, over 13.5-million shoppers visit Vaughan Mills every year.

CEO Byford Rallies Troops in Letter to TTC

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/16/2013 11:17:00 AM

The CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission says he's equally angry and frustrated with the news of five Transit Enforcement Officers being charged and three others being fired.

Andy Byford sent a letter to all TTC employees saying he's angry at the way these people have totally let the company, their colleagues and the people of Toronto down, and frustrated because this comes at a time when, through all of their hard efforts, they're starting to rebuild their reputation.

Byford goes on to call the Transit Enforcement Officers are decent, hard-working and honest people who do a difficult job with a high degree of professionalism.

He says despite the news on Tuesday, the TTC is still on the right track.

And Byford asked all employees to go out and show the city that they are 'better than incidents like this and we will not be deterred from our vision of ...

High School Teachers to Hold After School Protests

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/16/2013 8:14:00 AM

Public high school teachers plan demonstrations across southern Ontario today to protest Bill 115, the controversial legislation that allowed the governing Liberals to impose new contracts on them.
    
Plans by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation for a day of political protest were scuttled last week when the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled a similar action by elementary teachers would be an illegal strike.
    
The high school teachers plan after-school demonstrations in at least 14 school districts across southern Ontario, including Chatham, Mississauga, Barrie and Kingston.

In Toronto, the secondary school teachers joined the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) for a rally outside the Ministry of Education building at Bay and Wellesley on Tuesday evening.

About 2,000 teachers were present for the protest.
    
The province has vowed to repeal Bill 115 now that it has served its purpose, but the teachers say the legislation ...

Idle No More plans blockades, rallies and protests for day of action

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/16/2013 5:51:00 AM

There's no telling how much of an impact will be made by protest, rallies and blockades planned by Idle No More.

First Nations groups from across the country are planning what some Chief's call a 'national day of action.'

It's under the guise of the Idle No More protests which organizers intend to be peaceful.   However, there are reports that some Chief's are piggy-backing on for their own agenda and are trying to get blockades going.

The day of action itself, will extend from Vancouver Island to Miramachi, New Brunswick and it includes the Greater Toronto Area.

In Toronto, there will be a rally outside the British Consulate at 777 Bay Street. Those attending are being asked to bring their "voices, drums, flags and creative signs related to the treaty relationship between the crown and First Nations people", according to the facebook event page.

Organizers of a rally planned for ...

Woman killed in crash on highway 400

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/16/2013 8:15:00 AM

A woman in her 40's was killed in a single-car rollover on Highway 400 in Barrie, Wednesday morning.

A car rolled over in the northbound lanes near Dunlop street, then burst into flames at approximately 1:25 a.m.

Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Dave Woodford says they are trying to figure out what caused the fatal crash.

"We don't know why at this time, but the vehicle was traveling northbound and struck the bridge support at Dunlop Street then rolled numerous times into the centre lane of the highway, and immediately caught on fire and was fully engulfed in flames," say Woodford.

Woodford says the woman who was lone occupant of the vehicle was partially ejected and was assisted by several motorists who were passing by at the time of the crash. She was taken to hospital where she died from her injuries a short time later.

The highway was closed for ...

VIDEO: Helicopter crashes in Central London

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/16/2013 10:17:00 AM

Police say two people were killed when a helicopter crashed during rush hour in central London after apparently hitting a construction crane on top of a building.

The helicopter crashed just south of the River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, and the British spy agency MI6.

Video showed wreckage burning in a street, and a large plume of black smoke rose in the area. The video from the crash scene showed a line of flaming fuel and debris.

London Fire Brigade said it was called at 8 a.m. to a report of a crash on Wandsworth Road on the south bank of the Thames.

``There was a flash and the helicopter plunged to the ground. It exploded and you can imagine the smoke coming out of it,'' Paul Ferguson, an office worker near the scene, told BBC News. Erin Rogers, who was waiting a bus ...

Two-alarm fire sends elderly woman to hospital

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/16/2013 2:47:00 AM

A 2-alarm fire at an apartment building in the Jane and Sheppard area, has sent one person to hospital.

The call came in to crews around 1:30 Wednesday morning.

Police say the fire was at 2415 Jane Street and it was contained to one unit on the fourth floor of the building. The elderly woman who lived there, was taken to hospital and is being treated for smoke inhalation.

Officials don't know what caused the blaze yet.

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