Fire marshal to probe Oshawa asphalt plant blaze

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/20/2013 5:17:00 PM

The Ontario fire marshal's office is looking into what caused a massive fire at an Oshawa asphalt plant.

Firefighters are standing by at the McAsphalt Industries Ltd. facility to keep an eye on hot spots until the investigation starts Monday.

The blaze broke out around 5:30 am Saturday & burned for more than 12 hours in a building housing rubber & plastic products.

By midday, officials had shut down area businesses & told residents to stay inside with the windows shut as heavy smoke filled the air.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of the Environment says air quality readings suggest there's no cause for concern.

2 booms have also been placed in the harbour to prevent possible water contamination.

(The Canadian Press)

Plane loses a wheel at Pearson

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/20/2013 4:31:00 PM

No one was hurt when a landing gear wheel fell off an Air Canada Jazz plane after landing at Pearson Airport Sunday.

Jazz spokesperson Manon Stuart says the right wheel on the nose gear loosened while the small propeller plane was taxing to the terminal to finish its flight from North Bay.

Stuart says pilots kept complete control of the plane during the incident, which saw emergency vehicles race out to the plane as a precautionary measure.

72 passengers were aboard.

The airline is looking into why the wheel come loose.

(The Canadian Press)

Toronto Police search for stolen World Junior Hockey medal

Posted By: James Moore · 1/20/2013 4:25:00 PM

Toronto Police are trying to track down a stolen medal that was awarded to a member of Canada's silver-winning squad at the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax.

Authorities say it was taken during a break-in at a home in the Bloor Street and South Kingsway area in mid-December.

Jewellery and other valuables were stolen but the owner did not realise the medal was missing until a few weeks later.

Police are keeping the owner's identity a secret.

While it is not clear whether that person is a player on that team, a family member, or perhaps a member of the coaching staff, it is worthy to note that Team Canada's 2003 squad has many connections to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Forwards Joffrey Lupul and Jay McClement are current Leafs.

Other players who played in Toronto after representing Canada in 2003 include Kyle Wellwood, Ian White, Brendan Bell, Carlo ...

Police back at Tyson Bailey murder scene

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/20/2013 4:19:00 PM

Toronto homicide detectives are back at the Regent Park apartment building where  Tyson Bailey was found shot on Friday.

The 15-year-old was found bleeding in the stairwell of a Toronto Community Housing building on Whiteside Place, in the Dundas & River area.  He had been shot 4 times. Bailey was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Cops returned to the building Sunday to search a unit on the 13th floor.  Bailey didn't live in the building though his home was nearby.

Investigators have called him a "fine, young man" without a criminal record & say nothing points to any gang involvement.

Grief counsellors will be on hand at Central Technical School Monday, where Bailey was in the 10th grade.

Bailey's football coach Norm Davis & Central Tech principal Sheryl Freeman will also speak to the media about him.

Police are looking for 2 persons of interest in ...

30+ car chain reaction crash north of Barrie

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/20/2013 2:44:00 PM

High winds, blowing snow & drivers just going too fast are being blamed for a massive chain-reaction crash north of Barrie.

OPP say more than 30 cars were involved in the smashup in northbound lanes of Hwy 11.  It forced police to close northbound lanes of the highway between County Rd 93 & Line 2 of Oro-Medonte for much of Sunday.  The lanes were re-opened just before 4pm.

OPP Constable George Silvestri says there were temporary white out conditions & roads were slippery when the series of crashes started.

Amanda Cupido, Producer of The Jerry Agar Show on Newstalk 1010 passed the mess as she headed southbound.  Cupido describes cars stopping to help others that had veered into ditches, which created fresh obstacles for drivers.

Silvestri says the chain reaction crash could have been avoided had drivers slowed down & given themselves more room to stop.

Man charged in Etobicoke murder

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/20/2013 1:35:00 PM

Police have laid a charge of 1st degree murder in the death of a woman in Etobicoke.

The 27-year-old who neighbours have identified as "Bridget" was found dead, lying on the side of the road on Richgrove Dr, near Martin Grove & Eglinton Ave W at 7:30am Saturday.

Toronto Police wound up on Richgrove Dr after they were initially called to a spot near Weston Rd & Eglinton Ave W at 7am for some kind of trouble.

With the help of Peel Police, Toronto cops arrested a man at a Mississauga gas station Saturday morning.

30-year-old Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah is charged with 1st degree murder.  It isn't clear what ties he may have had to the victim. On Saturday, police wouldn't confirm reports the victim's boyfriend was involved in her death.

The victim's body is going through a post mortem exam to determine how she died. We do know there were ...

Leafs sign Lupul to 5-year contract extension

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/20/2013 1:21:00 PM

Joffrey Lupul will keep wearing the blue & white for a few years yet.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed the forward to a 5-year contract extension.  Lupul is now committed to the Buds through the 2017-18 season. The deal comes a day after Lupul was named one of the Leafs' alternate captains.

Though the Leafs haven't disclosed financial terms of the deal, it is reprotedly worth over $26-million.

The 29-year-old played 66 games last season & ranked 2nd on the team in goals (25), assists (42), points (67) & power-play goals (8).

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Sunnybrook calls in outside help for Veterans Centre

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/20/2013 12:25:00 PM

Sunnybrook is calling an outside expert to look at complaints about care at their Veterans Centre.

The review is on top of an official audit by the federal government already underway.

The new probe will focus on beds funded by the province.  The Ministry of help puts up about $29.2-million/year for the beds,  but has disavowed any responsibility for oversight of the centre.

Karima Velji, a senior executive at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care is in charge of the review.  She is also an assistant nursing professor at the University of Toronto.

Velji will also focus on the process used to resolve complaints.

In recent months, family members of Sunnybrook vets have complained about delayed feedings, rough handling, unsanitary conditions, unexplained injuries & about their loved ones being left alone in hallways or in bed for long stretches of time.

Relatives have also said Sunnybrook was dismissive of, or ...

AUDIO: Winter gear is a lifeline on the street

Posted By: James Moore · 1/20/2013 12:11:00 PM

Its a busy time for groups that help Toronto's homeless.  With wind chill set to bring temperatures in the GTA as low as -21 over the next few days, shelters are expected to fill up quickly.

That means a warm sleeping bag and winter clothing like gloves and toques can literally mean the difference between life and death for people who live on the streets.

Even for those that do get into a shelter, there is often a long, cold wait at the door.

Jody Steinhauer heads up Project Winter Survival, a group that brings volunteers and business leaders together to help homeless people through the cold months.

They collect donations of winter gear, hygiene products, and healthy food to assemble kits that are distributed by organisations like the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.

Project Winter Survival has collected $500,000 in donated gear this season, enough to keep 3,000 ...

Teen in stable condition after Brampton stabbing

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/20/2013 8:21:00 AM

A 17-year-old boy is in hospital this morning after being stabbed repeatedly in Brampton.

Peel police say the stabbing happened at 31 Fair Oaks Place, near Queen St and McMurchy Ave.

The teen has life-threatening injuries, but police say he is in stable condition this morning.

There is no information on suspects at this time.

Original Batmobile sells for $4.2-million

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/20/2013 8:14:00 AM

The original Batmobile from the 1960s television
series 'Batman' has sold at auction for $4.2-million.
A spokeswoman for Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. says the winning
bidder has not been disclosed following Saturday's auction.
The 19-foot (5.79-meter) -long black, bubble-topped car was used
in the ``Batman'' TV show that starred Adam West as the Caped
The car's owner - famed auto customizer George Barris, of Los
Angeles - transformed a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept
car into the sleek crime-fighting machine. On the show, it boasted
lasers and a ``Batphone'' and could lay down smoke screens and oil
Barris' publicist says his client is pleased with the auction
(The Associated Press)

Firefighters battle blaze in east end

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/20/2013 5:59:00 AM

Firefighters have put out a stubborn blaze in the east end this morning.

The two-alarm fire started in an apartment in a plaza at Danforth Road and Eglinton Ave. It took about three hours to put it out.

It looks like the second floor of the plaza has been gutted above at least three shops.

Police say no injuries have been reported.

Police investigating suspicious death in west end

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/20/2013 5:46:00 AM

Homicide detectives are investigating a suspicious death in the area of Ossington and Dupont.

Firefighters were called to a home on Melville Ave Saturday around 10 p.m.

The body of a man was found inside. Police say there are obvious signs of trauma.

The cause of death is still being investigated.

Windy weather across the GTA, cold on its way

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/20/2013 6:12:00 AM

A couple of thousand people in Toronto are without power thanks to high winds.

The GTA was under a wind warning for most of Sunday morning, with west winds gusting to 90 km/h.

There have been several reports of wires and trees down across the region overnight, causing power outages.

Overnight, there was thunder and lightning mixed in with the wet snow.

Police say that a home in Vaughan was hit by lightning. A fire started on the roof and spread to the attic. This happened near Islington and Major Mackenzie. No injuries were reported.

In Brampton, there were reports of heavy snow and large hail.

Another kind of extreme is coming our way the next few days - cold temperatures.

Environment Canada warns that between Monday and Wednesday, temperatures are expected to be 5 to 10 degrees below seasonal in the GTA, up to 15 degrees below normal in the eastern ...

Federal Liberal candidates to hold first debate

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/20/2013 4:54:00 AM

Federal Liberals get their first chance today to
directly compare and contrast the nine candidates promising to lead
their once-mighty party out of the political wilderness.
The four women and five men will square off this afternoon in
Vancouver in the first of five leadership debates to be held across
the country.
There's a lot potentially at stake for each of the candidates but
the unwieldy number of contenders limits the ability of any to
Each will have only about 10 minutes, in total, during the
two-hour event in which to make their mark.
To the extent that any punches are thrown, they'll likely be
aimed almost exclusively at prohibitive favourite Justin Trudeau as
rivals attempt to narrow his presumed, enormous lead.
The Montreal MP will be under pressure to demonstrate that he
deserves the mantle of front-runner, deflecting any jabs with
aplomb, avoiding ...

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