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An even colder night tonight

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/22/2013 9:53:00 PM

If you thought last night was cold, it's getting worse tonight.

The coldest it got at Yonge and St Clair early Tuesday morning was -13. We have already hit -16 tonight and it's expected to get colder as we approach the overnight hours. The overnight windchill is expected to hit -27.

Global Toronto's meteorologist Anthony Farnell joined the Live Drive tonight on Newstalk 1010. He says the cold will last into the weekend. Next week we're expecting a couple of days of above freezing temperatures, but he says winter is not over yet and temperatures will drop again in February.

It's much worse in northern Ontario, though, where the windchill dropped to about -45 Monday night.

VIDEO: MGM Lays Out Casino Resort Plans

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/22/2013 4:07:00 PM

An exclusive deal with Cirque du Soleil and a restaurant developed by celebrity chef Mark McEwen.

Those are some of the things the chair and CEO of MGM promised to have at a casino resort in Toronto, if the city lets him build it.

While Jim Murren says his vision isn't site-specific, he has his eye on Exhibition Place, underlining MGM would help revitalize the troubled Ontario Place.

Murren says a resort that has a casino, entertainment venue, restaurants, convention space and more would likely bring one million people a year from outside the province to the city. He says that means $1 billion in non-gaming based revenue a year, pointing to spill off for local businesses.

Parking spaces, transit access and traffic flow to the area would have to improved for MGM to comfortably fit in. But Murren says Exhibition Place is ideal because of its proximity to the ...

Poll Suggests Toronto Supports Casino

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 1/22/2013 5:00:00 PM

A new poll from Ipsos Reid for Newstalk 1010 suggests the majority of Torontonians want a casino in the city.

In a recent survey of 906 people 52% of respondents say they'd back a casino in Toronto, 42% are against it, and 6% couldn't make up their minds.

Support for a casino is strongest in North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, and York, and opposed by those in the old City of Toronto and East York.

Men are more likely than women to support a casino and middle-aged and younger Torontonians are also more likely to be behind the construction of a casino.

Middle and low-income earners are more likely to support a casino in the city when compared with high-income earners.

It also appears that residents of Toronto know the issues and have put plenty of thought into their positions. 87% of respondents say they have heard about the possibility that ...

Video: Police Identify Latest Murder Victim

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/22/2013 2:34:00 PM

Toronto police are appealing to the public for help solving the city's fourth homicide of the year.

Police say Jose Ortiz, 65, was found dead in his west-end apartment Saturday after firefighters and police responded to reports of a suspected gas leak in the area (near Ossington Avenue and Dupont Street).

Det. Sgt. Pauline Gray says a post-mortem exam determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Gray says Ortiz was originally from Ecuador and had lived in the basement apartment for a number of years.

She described him as a ``fairly reclusive man'' who had struggled with addictions and was unemployed.

Police are asking that anyone who had contact with him or knows of his movements Friday or Saturday call investigators.

Update: Texas College Locked Down After Shooting

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/22/2013 5:21:00 PM

Authorities say the shooting at a Texas communitycollege was the result of an altercation between two people, and at least one was a student.

Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello says both people involved in the altercation were wounded and hospitalized. He says a college maintenance man was injured in the crossfire and also taken to a hospital.

Tello says a female who had a student ID also was hospitalized for a medical complication.

The shooting happened before 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lone Star College System campus about 20 miles north of downtown Houston.

(The Canadian Press)

Ontario Projected Deficit Down 3 Billion Dollars

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/22/2013 12:45:00 PM

Some good news from the Provincial Finance Minister on Tuesday.

Dwight Duncan says the projected deficit will be 3 Billion dollars less than what was originally laid out in the 2012 budget.

That deficit is now expected to come in around 11.9 Billion dollars, which is 14.8 Billion less than what was originally laid out.

If you look back to 2009, the Province had forecasted the deficit would be around 24.7 Billion dollars.

Duncan says corporate taxes were more than $1 billion above the budget forecast, while revenues were also up from the sales tax and the land transfer tax.

The government expects to spend $1.2 billion less than budgeted mainly because of lower interest on debt, and savings from reducing the ability of teachers to bank sick days and cash them out at retirement.

Duncan says the government will not need to use the $1-billion reserve in the budget, ...

Sun News Network asks to be included in basic cable package

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/22/2013 5:36:00 AM

Sun News Network is asking the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission to include its channel in basic cable packages.

The network says its losses have reached $17-million a year, and it needs to be broadcast in every home to recover.

"Mandatory carriage" would give the network 18 cents per month per subscriber, or about $18-million a year.

The CRTC is to hold a hearing to consider the request on April 23.

Police run Operation Keep It Moving today

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/22/2013 5:27:00 AM

Police will run Operation Keep It Moving Toronto today.

Officers will be at the corner of York and Adelaide Sts at 7 a.m., keeping an eye on no-stopping zones, looking for traffic offences that slow down traffic.

Police are reminding drivers not to stop in zones that don't allow for it, especially during rush hour.

The operation will run between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Echo Boomers flock to downtown core

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/22/2013 1:20:00 AM

The downtown core has been flooded by Echo Boomers, the children of all the Baby Boomers.

A new report by TD Bank shows that the population of Echo Boomers has gone up 16 per cent in five years. The generation, born between 1972 and 1992, now makes up almost half of the population that lives downtown.

And the report says the increase is attracting business into the city rather than the suburbs, because businesses are attracted to the high skill- and education-level of these Echo Boomers.

In the past four years, 4.7 million square feet of office sapce has been built in the City of Toronto, 3.9 million in the rest of the GTA.

Teachers' union calls Bill 115 repeal "meaningless"

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/22/2013 12:24:00 AM

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says repealing Bill 115 at this point is a "meaningless gesture and shallow response to the chaos it has created in schools."

The Liberals announced that the Bill that allowed them to impose contracts on teachers will be no more as of Wednesday.

ETFO says the government used the bill and is now "trying to make it disappear in the most crass of political acts."

In a statement released Monday night, ETFO president Sam Hammond says, "The premier and education minister are deluding themselves if they think the repeal of Bill 115 will promote goodwill and stability in the education sector and restore their popularity."

The head of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, meanwhile, says the move is a step in the right direction.

Ken Coran says he's looking towards the future, which includes setting up a meeting with whoever wins the Liberal leadership race.

(With files from Katie ...

UPDATE: Man dies in hospital after possibly suffering hypothermia

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/22/2013 12:09:00 AM

Police say that a 52-year-old man who was found near a bar at an east-end plaza has died in hospital.

Ambulance officials say the man had no vital signs when they arrived, and he may have suffered hypothermia.

The plaza is located on Markham Rd near McNicoll Ave.

Police say the man had a pre-existing medical condition.

TTC to consider stroller limits

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/22/2013 5:07:00 AM

The TTC is looking into a complaint about strollers taking up too much space on buses and streetcars.

A 61-year-old woman brought the complaint to TTC commissioners on Monday, saying there should be a limit on how many strollers are allowed onto the vehicles.

TTC head Andy Byford, who joined Friendly Fire on Newstalk 1010 last night, says it's worth considering the idea.

"We may need to limit the numbers of particularly the bigger strollers," Byford says.

"We're certainly going to reflect upon this. I think it's about getting a sensible balance between maintaining safety and access for other users, but equally being mindful that for particularly a single parent on their own, it's not easy when you've got a stroller and kids to contend with."

Byford, though, doesn't like the idea of charging $2 for each stroller entering a bus or streetcar, another suggestion made by the complainant.

Staff will report back ...

VIDEO: Candidate Profile: Harinder Takhar

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/22/2013 5:00:00 AM


Name: Harinder Takhar

Age: 61

Background: Takhar came to Canada from India in 1974 with a few dollars in his pocket, something he says help shape him. The Mississauga-Erindale MPP is an accountant by trade and has worked on boards of organizations such as the united way and the Credit Valley Hospital. He was elected as MPP in 2003 and has been Minister of Government Services, Transportation, and Small Business and Consumer Services.

Family: Wife Balwinder and two daughters.

Why he wants to be Premier: He wants to help the province's economic situation and thinks his business background will help him do that.

Teachers: Pointing to the fact that he has been through contract negotiations while sitting on the Peel District school board, Takhar says in the future, the two sides must take a balanced approach to negotiating that focuses on student needs.

Number one priority if chosen as Liberal ...

Takhar Denies Ethical Questions

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/22/2013 5:01:00 AM

With just days to go until the Ontario Liberal leadership convention, Mississauga-Erindale MPP Harinder Takhar is finding himself having to defend his campaign and how he's spending his money.

Takhar denies allegations that he used ministerial resources before his campaign was launched right before the November 23rd deadline set by Premier Dalton McGuinty. The Liberal leadership candidate says that is all talk, with no one bringing forward any proof.

Takhar underlines all staff from his office who are working on his campaign have taken a leave absence to do so.

He says he did everything the premier had asked of cabinet members, resign as Minister of Government services and declare his intentions by that November deadline.

Meantime, Takhar says he's focusing on becoming premier, brushing aside questions of who he would support if the time comes for him to drop out of the race. He wants to help the province's ...

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