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UPDATE: Suspects Identified in Abduction Case

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/23/2013 11:47:00 PM

An update to an incident News Talk 1010 first told you about on Tuesday evening.

Four men walked into a business on Westmore drive, abducted the owner at gunpoint, and took off. He was dropped off at a nearby location.

Police are still searching for the suspects involved, but they have identified two of them.

Wanted are: Colin Joseph Slievert, 26, and Jayson Roy Slievert, 25, both of Toronto.

The other two men wanted in this investigation have not yet been identified. They are both described as black, wearing dark clothing.

A 2008 four-door white Mercedes C250, with Ontario licence plate BLHT 700, has been recovered.

The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. If located, do not approach. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

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UPDATE: Police search for armed suspects

Police board puts off issuing street check receipts, again

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/23/2013 8:34:00 PM

The Toronto Police Services Board is putting off a decision on having cops hand out receipts when they question people on the street.

In the coming months, a board sub-committee will dive into the issue & get advice from the board's lawyer.  Marie Moliner, Andrew Pringle & Michael Thompson make up that group.

At the same time, Toronto Police led by Deputy Chief Mark Saunders will be looking at how they run street checks & what they do with the information they collect.

Opponents of the practice say Torontonians, especially people of ethnic minorities, are being forced at random to answer police questions.

But Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair insists the stops aren't random.  A draft version of the receipt gives reasons like call for service, general investigation & the vague explanation of "community engagement".

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says the board & police need to remember that "fishing expeditions" ...

UPDATE: Woman Charged in the Death of Jose Ignacio Ortiz

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/23/2013 6:58:00 PM

a Toronto woman is facing second degree murder charges in the death of Jose Ignacio Ortiz.

Ortiz was found dead in a Melville Avenue residence Saturday - after a gas leak in the building.

Police say the death of Ortiz was caused by blunt force trauma.

50-year-old Leahann Hohmann was arrested and is due in court Thursday.

Video: Toronto Shelters Battle Frigid Weather

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 1/23/2013 8:34:00 PM

When the temperatures plummet, Toronto's most vulnerable head indoors and those working in shelters spring into action.

At the Good Shepherd on Queen near Parliament the beds fill up a little quicker at night, with staff seeing more people coming earlier for meals and staying later after they finish eating, lingering for as long as possible in the heat.

Those that work at the shelter say they are used to operating at close to capacity most days of the year, so they can handle the rush, but they do make changes when it's frigid outside.

"The difference when it's extreme heat or extreme cold is the demand for our services increases," says Adrienne Urquhart, Director, of Fundraising and Public Relations. "What we try to do in a situation like this is we try to go that extra mile so we can help more people."

They try and go the extra mile ...

UPDATE: *VIDEO* McGuinty Says Goodbye

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/23/2013 3:55:00 PM


Standing in front of Canadian and Ontario flags at the Toyota plant in Cambridge, Dalton McGuinty made his final announcement as premier Wednesday.

The province and federal government are pumping in a combined total of almost $34 million to build hybrid vehicless there.

While McGuinty smiled and laughed, there was an air of sadness about him when speaking about what he calls a privilege to hold that job in "the greatest province, in the best country in the world."

McGuinty isn't fazed that he's ending his tenure as premier with teacher unrest and demonstrations, pointing to the fact that he's happy he lives in a democracy that allows free speech. He then ran through gains in education while he has been premier, pointing as well to a strong healthcare system and a rebounding economy.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper wished McGuinty well in the future, thanking him for his years in ...

*EXCLUSIVE* Brampton Nets CHL Franchise

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/23/2013 1:33:00 PM

Brampton is about to be home to the first Canadian Central Hockey League franchise.

City Council gave the team the thumbs up to play out of the Powerade Centre starting in the fall of 2013.

There's still no name for the franchise, who will join teams like the Wichita Thunder, The Rapid City Rush and Denver Cutthroats.

The team will play in the same building the OHL's Brampton Battalion are currently using.

But it was back in November, that the OHL gave the green light for that franchise to move to North Bay.

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell told Newstalk1010 that they scored a 'big goal' in getting the franchise.

She says the teams owners chose Brampton because of the facility, the location and the fact that the GTA is a hockey hotbed.

The Central Hockey League has been around for 21 years, and this will be the first time a ...

SIU Probing Crash in Vaughan

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/23/2013 12:03:00 PM

The Province's Special Investigations Unit is looking into a crash that happened on Wednesday morning in Vaughan.

Investigators say around 7:30, a York Regional Police officer was headed southbound on Bathurst Street.

The officer allegedly tried to stop a vehicle that was moving northbound, so they did a U-turn, and tried to catch up to the vehicle.

It wasn't long after that happened, the driver of the suspect vehicle somehow lost control, driving off the road and down an embankment.

The woman behind the wheel was taken to hospital with a broken leg and a broken arm.

Three investigators, two forensic investigators and a collision reconstructionist are looking into the circumstances of the incident.

The SIU is called in when a person is killed, severely injured or there are allegations of sexual assault and police could have been involved.

Ontario and Ottawa Investing in Hybrid Technology

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/23/2013 10:43:00 AM

Toyota's Canadian manufacturing arm will receive nearly $34 million in seed money from Ottawa and Ontario as it builds a new assembly line at its plant in Cambridge, Ontario.

Ottawa will kick in $16.9 million from the Automotive Innovation Fund, while Ontario will match that with an investment from its
Strategic Jobs and Investment Fund.

Toyota will put $125 million toward the new assembly line to increase production of Lexus luxury cars, including a new model with
a hybrid gasoline-electric engine.

The project will lead to the first Lexus hybrid produced outside of Japan.

The initiative, called Project Lexus, is expected to generate about 400 jobs at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Cambridge, in
southwestern Ontario.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ontario's outgoing premier, Dalton McGuinty, were among the politicians on hand to make the
announcement.

Bank of Canada Keep Interest Rate Unchanged

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/23/2013 10:11:00 AM


The Bank of Canada says it will likely have to keep interest rates low for longer than it expected in the face of a surprisingly weak economy.
    
The central bank says in its latest analysis that the economy continues to depend on monetary stimulus, so has decided to keep the trendsetting policy rate at one per cent.
    
That was widely expected, but in a mild surprise, the bank went further in issuing a new advisory to Canadians and financial markets that the anticipated need to raise rates in the future is now less imminent.
    
The change in the guidance from last month likely means the central bank won't move to tighten borrowing costs until 2014 or until it has more compelling evidence the Canadian economy is ready to re-engage.
    
In a bit of mea culpa, the bank's policy setting team says it ...

Province to Help Ontarians Butt Out

Posted By: Amber Gero · 1/23/2013 10:00:00 AM

The province has announced two new initiatives aimed at helping Ontarians butt out.  

Health Minister Deb Mathews made the announcement Wednesday at the Regent Park Community Health Centre in recognition of National Non-Smoking week.

The province already has 41 Community Health Centres that will now be providing over-the-counter nicotine cessation aids and counselling at no cost.

The province will be spending $810-thousand to partner with select workplaces through 11 public health units to reduce smoking among workers in the industrial and service sectors.  

The province will also be spending $2-million to help patients at hospitals quit smoking as well.  

The announcement came on "Weedless Wednesday".

The cold spell continues

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/23/2013 5:49:00 AM

The cold snap continues on Wednesday.
We hit a windchill of minus 27 at 3 a.m. and later on in the day, it will warm up slightly to a high 10 with a windchill of minus 22.

The frigid temperatures continue into the overnight hours where it will feel like minus 28. On Thursday it continues, sunny with a few clouds and a high of minus 11, with a windchill of minus 20. It won't be until Friday that the windchills disappear.

Our neighbours to the south are also suffering from this cold spell. The Upper Midwest remains locked in the deep freeze, with bitter temperatures stretching into a fourth day across several states.

The cold snap arrived Saturday night as waves of Arctic air swept south from Canada, pushing temperatures to dangerous lows and leaving a section of the country well-versed in winter's pains reeling. Authorities suspect exposure has ...

UPDATE: Police search for armed suspects

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/23/2013 5:22:00 AM

A victim has been located, but police continue their search for four men wanted in connection to an abduction that happened late Tuesday evening.

It was around 10 o'clock that the owner of a business was abducted by gunpoint from a business on Westmore Drive, near Finch Ave. and Highway 27.

Police say that the victim was located around 1:30 Wednesday morning and treated in hospital for injuries that aren't serious. He was dropped off at a nearby location by the suspects.

Police are still looking for 4 men, considered to be armed and dangerous. Their descriptions are as follows:

1) male, white, heavyset, several tattoos (including a neck tattoo), early 20's, 5'9",260 lbs.
2) male, white, 6', mid 20's, 200 lbs.
3) male, black, dark clothing
4) male, black, dark clothing

They were last seen in a white 4-door mercedes with the license plate BLHT- 700.

Grenoble Public School to Reopen Wednesday

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/23/2013 6:48:00 AM

Classes at Grenoble Public School near Don Mills and Eglinton will resume on Wednesday following a water main break near the school.

The Toronto District School Board had initially cancelled after school programs on Tuesday night and classes Wednesday, however repairs were completed sooner than expected.

The TDSB says because of the short notice students who don't make it to school won't be marked absent.

Sousa Stands By Power Plant Cancellation

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/23/2013 5:01:00 AM

The cancellation of the Mississauga power plant is something that Charles Sousa stands by.

Elected in 2007,  the Mississauga-South MPP effectively had his seat saved in the last election with Premier Dalton McGuinty's promise to get rid of it.

Sousa notes he has always opposed the gas plant.

Looking ahead however, Sousa says he would change legislation to make sure that  if a project like this happens again, it would require more local input and alternative solutions.

Sousa is confident he has a shot to become premier and make changes like that happen, underlining it's anyone's game heading into this weekend's Liberal leadership convention.

He exudes confidence despite landing up in the lower spectrum of delegate support.

Sousa says he's speaking with other leadership candidates and delegates in hopes he would be their second choice in the first round of voting.

A banker by trade, Sousa is past president of ...

VIDEO: Candidate Profile: Charles Sousa

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/23/2013 5:00:00 AM


Name: Charles Sousa

Age:  54

Background: Born in Toronto's Kensington Market but having grown up in Mississauga, the Mississauga South MPP is a banker by trade. Sousa is past president of the Federation of Portuguese-Canadian Business & Professionals and an ambassador for the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.

After two failed attempts at gaining federal Liberal nominations in Mississauga, Sousa was the co-chair of Newstalk 1010's own John Tory's Toronto mayoral campaign in 2006. A year later, he was elected MPP. He has since been Minister of Labour, Citizenship and Immigration, and the 2015 PanAm Games.

Family:  Wife Zenaida and three children.

Why he wants to be Premier: Sousa says the recovery of the economy needs strong leadership that he believes he can provide.

Teachers: Sousa says he recognizes things could have been handled better from the start of negotiations. He says when the current teacher contracts are up in 2014, ...

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