Unions to Hold Protest at Pntario Liberal Leadership Convention

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/17/2013 10:17:00 PM

It won't be just Liberal backers at old Maple Leaf Gardens two weekends from now.

CUPE Ontario will be holding a march and protest January 26th at the site of the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention.

The union says they have over a dozen buses from 30 different communities set to bring members in for the protest.

The rally poster says the group will be protesting the convention to "demand a government that respects workers' democratic rights to free collective bargaining and impartial contract arbitration."

Elementary Teachers Federation President Sam Hammond has also tweeted that we can expect some of his members as well as Secondary School teachers to protest with CUPE.

Border Services Charge 7 People in 'Marriage of Convenience' Scheme

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/17/2013 9:42:00 PM

Canada Border Services Agency has charged seven people in the Toronto area in connection with an investigation into what it calls a ``marriage of convenience'' scheme.

The agency says the accused acted as go-betweens who arranged for Canadian citizens to marry and sponsor Chinese nationals.

It says a four-year investigation revealed the marriages were bogus and done to let the in-name-only spouses gain entry status in Canada - for a fee of $30,000 to $35,000 dollars each.

The seven people face several counts under federal immigration law of counselling or aiding and abetting persons to commit misrepresentation.

The Conservative government moved last October to stiffen rules on marriage fraud by requiring some immigrant spouses to live with their sponsor for two years or risk losing their permanent resident status.

(The Canadian Press)

UPDATE: Lance Armstrong Confesses to Doping

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/17/2013 9:32:00 PM

Lance Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, reversing more than a decade of denial.

``Yes,'' Armstrong said when Winfrey asked if he used a series of drugs to help his record run.

Said Armstrong: ``I made my decisions. They are my mistake.''

Sitting in a chair across from Winfrey, Armstrong said he could not have won the race seven times without the drugs and gave a small smile.

Armstrong was stripped of all his titles in the wake of a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report last October and banned for life from competing in triathlons and other sanctioned events. He also lost nearly all his sponsors and left the Livestrong cancer charity he founded in 1997.

The interview was taped Monday.

(The Associated Press)

Toronto Zoo Polar Bear is Prairie-Bound

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/17/2013 8:43:00 PM

A popular attraction at the Toronto Zoo is being shipped off to Winnipeg.

Hudson - the 15-month-old polar bear who nearly died shortly after he was born is being transferred to the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The now 400 lb bear wasn't given much of a chance to survive when he was born.

Back then he weighed just a pound-and-a-half and his mother rejected him.

Hudson will be the first resident in the Winnipeg Zoo's International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

He'll still be at the Toronto Zoo until January 27th.

Leafs Welcome Back Fans With Free Tickets

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 1/17/2013 5:06:00 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced a series of initiatives aimed at welcoming back fans in the wake of the NHL lockout and plan on handing out thousands of tickets to Monday's home opener at Air Canada Centre.

The organization will give the more than 15,000 ticket holders free tickets for the first game in Toronto in addition to 1,000 free tickets handed out to fans around the city spotted wearing Leaf gear.

Crews will also hand out more than 7,000 items of merchandise start Friday.

The Leafs will also hand out 100 free jerseys at the home opener and offer fans free fountain drinks.

“We’re excited to be back on the ice and believe our fans deserve a very special thank you for the time we were away,” said GM Dave Nonis. “Giving back a game to the fans is the right thing to do and we can’t wait ...

Worst of the flu season almost over

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/17/2013 4:12:00 PM

This has been one of the worst flu seasons in recent years, but the worst could just about be over.

Dr Irene Armstrong, Associate Medical Officer of Health with Toronto Public Health says the peak of the flu season usually lasts 6-8 weeks.  Because this year's flu hit early, Armstrong figures we are at week 7 of that high point.

But we aren't out of the woods.  Dr Armstrong says the flu will be floating around into the spring & we could still see a spike of a flu strain that has been dormant so far.

She says that's why it is still important to get a flu shot & it isn't too late.

Despite Public Health's months of public pleas, fewer people have been rolling up their sleeves for flu shots at free clinics this year.

Dr Armstrong says Public Health usually immunizes 30 000-32 000 people in a season.  But with ...

Toronto Man Charged in Alleged Fatal Hit-and-Run

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/17/2013 2:55:00 PM

Police have charged a 26-year-old Toronto man in an alleged hit-and-run north of the city that left a pedestrian dead.

Investigators with York Regional Police say a 72-year-old man was fatally struck by a light-coloured Volvo while crossing the street (on Kennedy Road near Denison Street) in Markham on Saturday night, prompting a police search for the car.

They say a suspect turned himself in last night at a police station in nearby Richmond Hill.

Daniel Porter faces charges of failing to stop, failing to stop causing bodily harm and failing to stop causing death.

The force's collision investigation squad continues to probe the incident.

(The Canadian Press)

Ticketfly fights for your concert cash

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/17/2013 1:34:00 PM

Cheaper concert tickets & a better fan experience.

That is the promise of Ticketfly, a ticket sales site, trying to close in on the mighty Ticketmaster's turf.

Ticketfly launched in the US in 2009 & is now expanding north.

In the states, Ticketfly's service fees come in 25 to 30% lower than those of their competitors.

The company's Canadian General Manager, Bruce Morrison tells Newstalk 1010 it's because they're using new, integrated technology & not dealing with a huge corporate entity either.  Morrison is an ex-director of operations for Ticketmaster Canada.

Morrison says Ticketfly has worked hard to link up with social media platforms like facebook & twitter.  He says more & more that's where people are looking for event information & to find out what their friends are up to.

It's possible you to buy tickets through Ticketfly from an events page on Facebook & then tell your friends you're going to the ...

Hold and Secure at St. Josaphat Catholic School Lifted

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/17/2013 12:51:00 PM

The doors of St. Josaphat Catholic School in Toronto near Lakeshore and Brown's Line were locked Thursday afternoon after a threat of a person with a gun possibly showing up.

After investigating, police say the school and the immediate area is safe and one person is in custody.

Toronto police say there was never a risk to public safety.

VIDEO: Hadfield Talks to Kids From Space

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/17/2013 11:26:00 AM

He wowed them from space.

While on board the International Space Station, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield answered questions from students at a public school named after him, on Thursday morning.

Over 800 kindergarten to grade 8 students at Chris Hadfield Public School in Milton gathered in the school's gymn to see and hear Hadfield.
At one point he even played his guitar for the students.

Hadfield and his team went into space December 19, blasting off from Kazakhstan.

The 53-year-old astronaut was born in Sarnia but raised in Milton.

CSA Astronaut Jeremy Hansen was also on hand for the video chat with the students.

IOC Strips Armstrong of Olympic Medal

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/17/2013 8:08:00 AM

Thirteen years after he stood on the podium in Sydney, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics because of doping.

The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night asking him to return the medal, just as it said it planned to do last month.

The decision was first reported Thursday by The Associated Press.

The IOC executive board discussed revoking the medal in December, but delayed a decision until cycling's governing body notified Armstrong he had been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and all results since 1998. He then had 21 days to appeal.

Now that the deadline has expired, the IOC decided to take the medal away. The letter to Armstrong was also sent to the U.S.
Olympic Committee, which would collect the medal.

"Having had confirmation from UCI that Armstrong has not appealed the decision to ...

Maple Leafs open practice to fans as apology

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/17/2013 11:57:00 AM

As an apology to fans, the Toronto Maple Leafs are giving you a chance to see them play for free.

Fans are invited to an open practice scheduled for 10 o'clock Thursday morning at the Air Canada Centre.

Open practices were also held on Monday and Tuesday, but due to limited seating, only 150 fans could watch. That was at the Mastercard Centre.

Fans who want to attend Thursday's practice should get there early since access is based on first come, first served. You have to enter the building through Gate 1 and seating is in the lower bowl section. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.

After that, the Leafs will have just one more full practice before the season-opener in Montreal on Saturday night. The home opener at the ACC is on Monday night when the Leafs take on the Buffalo Sabres.

Suspects wanted in Jamestown shooting

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/17/2013 5:38:00 AM

Police are looking for one suspect after a man was shot in the hand in Jamestown Wednesday night.

The victim was walking behind the building at 144 John Garland Boulevard when he was shot once in the hand. He fled and called police shortly afterwards.

Police are looking for a black man of Caribbean descent. He's 5'8" to 5'10", 150 lbs, with a thick, long goatee, and wearing a blue baseball cap, a black hooded sweater, and black pants.

The suspect was the rear passenger of a newer model Chrysler 300C, 4 door, silver in colour.

TDSB trustees choose acting director, if she accepts

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/17/2013 12:34:00 AM

Trustees at the TDSB have chosen an acting director of education.

Donna Quan is being asked to fill the role for an unknown length of time. She still has to accept and sign a contract.

As for when a search for a permanent director will begin, chair Chris Bolton says that is still a point of discussion.

Last week, Chris Spence resigned as director of education after admitting to plagiarism. Quan was the deputy director.

She has 30 years of education experience and has been with the TDSB since 1985.

Bolton says trustees decided that Quan is the right person for the job at this time.

"People felt that Donna Quan represented the characteristics and the attributes that are consistent with the TDSB," Bolton says.

It took nine hours over two days, behind closed doors, for trustees to come to the decision to choose an acting director and not start ...

AUDIO: Del Grande Steps Down as Budget Chief

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/17/2013 5:45:00 AM

Michael Del Grande has stepped down as budget chief.

Del Grande had warned that if the city went over the proposed budget, he would step down from his post. Late Wednesday night  he turned in his resignation to Mayor Rob Ford and City Manager Joe Pennachetti.

Del Grande was a guest on NewsTalk 1010's Late Shift with Don Landry and Bill Hayes shortly afterwards. He said, “I feel a lot of the pressure is off of me. I feel I won’t be vilified as much as I have been for the past three years trying to do a very difficult job, that some people, very flippant, to be very mean-spirited and nasty about the kind of work that’s required to fix things and I’ve tried to fix things and when I couldn’t fix tried to repair.”

When asked why he stepped down Del Grande says, "Motion 1B kinda just hit ...

YMCA of Greater Toronto Growing

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/17/2013 8:00:00 AM

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is set to grow.

The 'Y' is embarking on a major expansion plan which would see the building of 10 new Centre’s of Community in select neighbourhoods, by 2020.

But to do that, the charity needs to raise 250 million dollars.

Tim Penner is the Vice Chair of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and says they hope to raise most of the money through philanthropy.

The Centre’s of Community will feature not only health and recreation centre’s, but will also offer new commer welcome centre’s, child care facilities, job placement facilities even some english as a second language courses.

Penner says the world has changed since he was young, and he says parents are having a tough time finding safe places where there children can play.

He says the 'Y' is quite unique in offering that kind of outlet.

Phase one of the process has ...

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