Police: Canadian shoots dead 2 people in Philippine court

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/21/2013 11:19:00 PM

Two people were killed and another injured as a Canadian man allegedly opened fire inside a Philippine courtroom.

Police say the suspect appeared in court to face malicious mischief charges when he pulled out a gun, shot and killed a lawyer and a doctor, and wounded a prosecutor.

The suspect was shot in the arm by officers, according to police.

Police say he then shot himself in the head after falling to the floor, killing himself.

Teachers May Be Pressured on Extra Curriculars

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/21/2013 6:04:00 PM

We tell our kids not to cave to peer pressure.

But that may just be happening right now to teachers who decide they actually want to start helping out with extra curricular activities again.

While Ontario's Secondary School Teachers' Federation President Ken Coran underlines since the union isn't legally in a strike position, it can't dictate what teachers do or fine them for breaking ranks, that doesn't mean they don't feel the pressure from within schools.

He says while there are some teachers out there who may want to get back into the swing of things, the majority of his union members continue to step back from extra curricular activities.

While the Toronto District School Board hasn't heard of any situations where teachers have been forced to stay away from extra curricular activities, other school boards have.

The Greater Essex County District School Board in and around the Windsor area ...

UPDATE: Bill 115 To Be Repealed on January 23rd

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/21/2013 5:08:00 PM

The education minister has announced Bill 115 will be no more as of Wednesday.

The controversial teachers' contract legislation has led to one-day walk-outs in the province's public elementary schools in the weeks before it imposed deals on unions without ones.

Laurel Broten tells Newstalk 1010 the Putting Students First Act accomplished its goal to get collective agreements in place while addressing Ontario's deficit and isn't needed anymore.

Despite the Bill being repealed, all contracts are still in place.

Broten urged union heads to "return to stability in schools," pointing to the reinstatement of extracurricular activities.  By repealing the act, she says the province is addressing a key concern of both public elementary and high school teachers.  

The education minister was able to repeal Bill 115 while the legislature was prorogued because the legislation gave her the power to do so.

Meantime, the head of the province's high school ...

TV Ad Makes Fun of Depression?

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/21/2013 3:50:00 PM

On a day that's called 'Blue Monday' comes an ad poking fun at depression.

The day is called 'Blue Monday' because scientists say it's the most depressing day of the year.

It's likely the fact that it's the middle of winter, your holiday bills are due, your New Year's resolution has been broken or a combination of all of those.

Either way, ING Direct might have some explaining to do, after releasing this ad.

The banking firm was the target of a hail storm of comments on it's website, which were later removed.

Most were from depression sufferers who felt offended by the ad, saying the bank was poking fun at a very serious disease.

Calls to ING Direct have yet to be returned.

UPDATE: Man Arrested for Murder, Was Already On Bail

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/21/2013 6:55:00 PM

The man charged in the death of a 27 year old woman in Etobicoke on the weekend, was already out on bail.

Toronto Police held a press conference on Monday, updating their investigation into the city's 3rd murder of 2013.

30 year old Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah was arrested in Mississauga on Saturday and charged with first degree murder.

Detective Sgt Brian Borg from Toronto Police says he was already on bail, facing 8 charges including assault with a weapon, and uttering death threats.

Borg went on to confirm that those charges related to the same victim as this murder.

Toronto police has identified the victim as 27-year-old Bridget Takyi.

Police say it was a very violent incident, with the woman first stabbed to death and then her body set on fire.

One of the conditions of Owusu-Ansah's bail was that he remained under house arrest, a condition he allegedly broke.

Police ...

VIDEO: Mayor Ford vows to cut 'red tape'

Posted By: James Moore · 1/21/2013 2:27:00 PM

The mayor was short on details on how he planned to do it, but Rob Ford promised to continue his fight to do away with the bureaucracy that he claims slows the wheels of commerce in Toronto.

Wearing his Maple Leafs jersey (ahead of Monday night's home opener against Buffalo), Ford opened his remarks at a news conference with a cheer of "Go Leafs Go!"

Ford vowed to make it easier for the city's business community to access services and building project approvals.

He went on to say that City Hall is making headway in the fight against red tape.

Ford pointed to city websites that help connect business owners with information about permits and licenses, as well as the forms needed to obtain them.

The mayor says he wants to continue streamlining building approval processes, especially for smaller projects like add-ons to existing structures.

Ford says he has delivered ...

VIDEO: Hudak Wants Mandatory Teacher Job Description

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/21/2013 1:28:00 PM

Helping kids after school, properly marking report cards and performing some extra curriculars.

These are all things Tim Hudak wants to be mandatory in a teacher's job description.

The declaration from the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader comes as a handful of the province's public teachers reportedly break ranks with their union in its fight against Queen's Park, performing extra curriculars.

Hudak says it's wrong for union heads to fine teachers who want to do all of these things now, which is why he essentially wants to take power away from unions with these proposals.

The Tory leader says because these things were taken out of the Education Act, they can be used as bargaining chips.

Prime Minsiter Harper Congratulates Obama

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/21/2013 1:09:00 PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper released a statement moments after Barak Obama was sworn in for a second term as President of the United States of America.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere congratulations to Barack Obama as he is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States of America.

"President Obama and I have worked very closely over the past four years, on promoting jobs, growth and prosperity and on international peace and security issues, and I look forward to strengthening our productive working relationship.

"The long-standing partnership between our two countries is defined by so many commonalities: we share the world's largest trading relationship, the world's longest undefended border, and a deep mutual commitment to promoting freedom, human rights and the rule of law around the world.

"The success of the Canada-U.S. relationship is unrivaled, and I wish President Obama ...

Maple Leaf Fever Starts to Hit Toronto

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/21/2013 1:01:00 PM

The lines were long, and it was a sea of blue and white at Nathan Phillips Square on Monday.

Fans were gathering in hopes of snagging one of a thousand free tickets being handed out for the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener against the Buffalo Sabres.

As an added bonus, those who wanted to go skating at the rink outside of city hall, but didn't have skates, had the rental charge paid for by the team.

The Leafs are trying to say 'sorry' to fans, in the wake of a lockout that cost the NHL most of the season.

Toronto kicked off the shortened season with a win in Montreal on Saturday.


Murdered Teen's Football Coach Remembers Him

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/21/2013 11:32:00 AM

The football coach and principal of a 15-year-old boy who was gunned down in an apartment building in Regent Park on Friday are remembering the teen.

Tyson Bailey's football coach Norm Davis and Central Tech principal Sheryl Freeman held a news conference at the school on Monday morning to talk about the teen who had a smile that lit up the room and the faces of everyone around him.

The grade 10 student was found bleeding in the stairwell of a Toronto Community Housing building on Whiteside Place, in the Dundas & River area on Friday afternoon.  He had been shot 4 times. Bailey was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Bailey's number 7 jersey will be signed by his teammates and given to his mother.

Grief counsellors are at the school to offer their support to the students.

Meanwhile, cops returned to the building Sunday to ...

More fallout from Ornge scandal

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/21/2013 5:52:00 AM

There is more fallout from the Ornge scandal at Queen's Park.

The Toronto Star is reporting that the physician-in-chief of Mount Sinai hospital, Dr Tom Stewart received a consulting contract of $75,000 a year at Ornge but the embattled agency says it hasn't been able to confirm the work performed.

The report also says the additional payments were not disclosed on the provincial sunshine list that tracks how public dollars are spent.

At Mount Sinai, Dr Stewart earns $607,000 a year. The Star says over seven years, he was paid $436,000 by Ornge.

Stewart says Ornge got fair value, citing how he helped out on clinician recruitment, research development, and better critical-care system integration.

(With files from Dave Agar.)

Public consultation meetings done on casino issue

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/21/2013 3:39:00 AM

There are five more days for you to give your opinion on a Toronto casino in time to have it included in a city manager's report.

The last public consultation meeting took place this past weekend, but you can still voice your opinion on the city's website. Friday is the last day you can do so.

The topic came up on the The City with Mayor Rob Ford on Newstalk 1010 Sunday afternoon.

"How can people say no to this," mayor Ford said on the show.

The mayor says he wants to see more detailed reports, but if he had to vote on the issue today, he says he would vote in favour of an expansion at Woodbine and a separate casino downtown.

The city manager's report will be presented to the executive committee on March 20. Council will vote on the matter in early April.

Peel Police investigating figure skating scuffle

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/21/2013 2:30:00 AM

Police were called to a scuffle at a
Toronto-area hotel in what Skate Canada calls an unruly celebration
involving figure skaters.
Peel police Sgt. Pete Brandwood says officers were called to the
Delta Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga around 5 a.m. Sunday when
eight Skate Canada members got into a fight on the second floor.
He says police sent those involved back to their rooms, adding
that one man had his cheek cut in the melee but that the injury was
minor and didn't require medical attention.
Skate Canada says there was a celebration at the hotel that ``got
out of hand,'' and that skaters didn't hush up when hotel staff
confronted them over a noise complaint.
Brandwood says the incident wasn't criminal in nature and that
police were there mainly to help the manager on duty quell the
Skaters from across the country have ...

Bundle up for the cold this week

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/21/2013 10:35:00 AM

Do not the leave the house Monday without putting on layers, several warm layers. 

After a long thaw, we're now being shocked by a cold snap that is to last a few days.

The high on Monday will be -7, but it will feel more like -14. It will be frigid on Monday night, when it will feel more like -28.

The windchill is set to make it feel as cold as -20 Tuesday.

It will be similarly cold on Wednesday.

The cold weather has prompted the city to issue an Extreme Cold Weather Alert to make vulnerable homeless people aware of the dangers of staying outside too long in cold and to ensure they have safe and warm places to go.

An Extreme Cold Weather Alert is called to trigger additional homelessness services.

During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert:

Shelters are directed to relax any existing service restrictions and ...

UPDATE: Two Canadians Among Algerian Hostage Takers

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/21/2013 10:05:00 AM

Algeria's prime minister says two Canadian nationals were among the band of al-Qaida-linked militants who stormed a natural gas complex and took hundreds of workers hostage.

Abdelmalek Sellal did not say whether the Canadians were among the 29 militants killed by Algerian forces that stormed the site, or the three who were captured alive.

Sellal said today 37 foreign hostages were killed in the attack that began Wednesday and ended Saturday with the raid on the remote complex 1,300 kilometres south of Algiers.

Ottawa said before the prime minister's statement that it was continuing to probe reports Canadians were among the hostage-takers in the bloody four-day siege that left at least 81 dead.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was "pursuing all appropriate channels to seek further information'' and remained in close contact with Algerian authorities.

Private television Ennahar earlier cited security sources as saying two Canadians were among ...

Electoral co-operation big topic at first federal Liberal debate

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/21/2013 1:29:00 AM

Co-operation was a big topic during the first federal Liberal leadership debate.

The nine candidates joined each other on stage in Vancouver Sunday.

The only real sparks flew during the topic of electoral co-operation, on whether the party could win an election on its own.

MP Joyce Murray says he would join forces with the NDP and the Greens to defeat the Tories. But the other candidates rejected the idea.

"I am completely closed to any co-operation with the NDP," said MP Justin Trudeau.

There were also a couple of jabs at Trudeau over his inexperience in politics.

There will be four more debates in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Halifax.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

Leafs bring hockey to Toronto tonight

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/21/2013 4:18:00 AM

The Leafs bring hockey home today.

The team plays its home opener Monday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Before the game, the team is bringing blue and white spirit to Nathan Phillips Square.

Skate rentals will be on them between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. The will be handing out free tickets to the game.

Team alumni will be on hand to greet fans at the Square, and at the ACC before the game.

VIDEO: Candidate Profile: Dr. Eric Hoskins

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/21/2013 5:00:00 AM

Name: Dr. Eric Hoskins

Age: 52

Background: Current MPP for St. Paul's riding since 2009, former Minister for Children and Youth Services; Citizenship and Immigration. In 2007, Hoskins was defeated by Diane Finley when he tried to become the MP in Haldimand-Norfolk.

Hoskins was a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa and an advisor to the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. He is co-founder of charity War-Child Canada with his wife and has worked in conflict zones such as Soudan, Ethiopia and Iraq providing humanitarian relief.  He's an officer of the Order of Canada and a Rhodes scholar.

Family: Wife Dr. Samantha Nutt and 7-year-old son.

Why he wants to be Premier: He's always wanted to serve the people and wants to not only help renew the party but also help the province grow.

Number one priority if chosen as Liberal ...

Hoskins Looking Forward to Liberal Renewal

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/21/2013 5:01:00 AM

His priority as premier would be strengthening the economy and creating jobs. But even though St. Paul's MPP Eric Hoskins doesn't have as much delegate support going into the convention as he had hoped, he plans on sticking it out in the name of renewing the party.

He was one of the last candidates to launch a leadership campaign in November and the former Children and Youth Services Minister says that may be the reason why he was last in delegate  support out of all candidates two weeks before the convention.

But Hoskins has dusted himself off looking forward to being part of the party's renewal process.

Before he entered politics, Hoskins confounded the charity War Child Canada with his wife. He's worked in conflict zones such as Sudan, Ethiopia and Iraq providing humanitarian relief.

That's just part of a long resume which includes being a doctor, a Rhodes Scholar ...

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