Environmental assessment okays island airport "lakefill" project

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/28/2013 6:28:00 PM

The Toronto Port Authority has been given a thumbs up to go ahead with a controversial project.

An environmental assessment just released says there would be "no adverse significant effects on the environment" if the material being dug up to build a pedestrian tunnel is placed into the lake next to the island airport's main runway.

The lakefill project can now get started as soon as April.

The TPA says the lakefill will be a physical safety deterrent, preventing boats from getting too close to the runway. The authority has also said the project will reduce the volume of trucks hauling away excavated material from the pedestrian tunnel.

But critics have questioned the port authority's intentions.

"The port authority's plans for the waterfront are for the interest of the port authority not in the interest of the city," says councillor Adam Vaughan

He says those interests involve industrializing the waterfront.


*UPDATE* VISA Customers Experience Outage

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/28/2013 4:24:00 PM

Royal Bank of Canada and TD Canada Trust say their customers are among those affected by a nationwide Visa outage.

The two banks confirmed the news through their official Twitter accounts.

Calls to Visa Canada were not immediately returned, but several credit card users across the country took to the social media
website to complain that their cards were being declined when they tried to use them.

It was just before 5 o'clock that, Visa reported the outage to be fixed, and cards were working once again.

UPDATE: VIDEO: Bailao Pleads Guilty

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/28/2013 8:17:00 PM

Toronto City Councillor Ana Bailao has pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges, reversing her earlier choice to fight the case in court.

Bailao says she pleaded guilty to over 80, and had the impared driving charges dropped.

At no time though, did the city councillor contemplate resigning her seat at city hall.

Bailao says she has accepted a punishment of a 12 month ban on driving, and a $1000 fine.

She called it "a bad choice" and regrets getting in her car that night.

Bailao told reporters, she thought she was in control, but obviously she was wrong.

She admitted her blood alcohol was .130 when she was pulled over.

It was back on October 16th, that the City Councillor was stopped in the Bathurst and Harbord area, when Police noticed she was driving without headlights on.

Shortly after news broke, she held a press conference, where she called the ...

CRTC Invites Canadians to Have Their Say.

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/28/2013 3:34:00 PM

The CRTC has come up with a draft national code that will apply to wireless services for cellphones and devices such
as tablets.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says consumers are looking for plain language when it comes to their wireless contracts.

The draft code says Canadians want the ability to unlock cellphones on reasonable terms and cap their monthly bills once a
specific amount has been reached.

The telecom regulator says Canadians can join in the online discussion starting today and have until Feb. 15 to comment on the
draft code.

Last fall, the CRTC asked Canadians for help in creating a national code for wireless services.

Since then, more than 3,500 written comments have been submitted and nearly 600 comments were posted on the CRTC online discussion forum.

You can join the online discussion, by clicking HERE

Sands wants to bring a casino resort downtown

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/28/2013 2:35:00 PM

Another resort company has presented its proposal for a casino in Toronto, although not in detail.

Sands Corporation wants to build an ``integrated resort`` right downtown, expanding the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street.

While they`re holding back their initial design for now, CEO Michael Leven told the Economic Club of Canada today that their resort would include an ``iconic`` hotel tower with up to 2,000 rooms, a casino, convention and banquet space, as well as retail space.

Leven says his company is focusing more on making Toronto more competitive in the convention space market, rather than bringing a casino to the city.

``Most people believe that we`re just a casino company. We`re not,`` Leven says.

As for jobs, he says their resort would add 9,000 to 10,000 direct jobs and 15,000 indirect jobs.  

Leven says they`re not interested in the Port Lands and Exhibition Place as a ...

VIDEO: Wynne and McGuinty Meet

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/28/2013 2:31:00 PM

They met for around 49 minutes - give or take a few seconds - and while they wouldn't say if incoming Premier Kathleen Wynne was measuring Dalton McGuinty's office just yet, the transition at Queen's Park has begun.

McGuinty and Wynne embraced in front of his second floor office, kissed on the cheek and made their way inside. While the door still says "Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario" on it, when they emerged, the outgoing premier joked that Wynne said she will be keeping the paint colours.

Right before Christmas, McGuinty joked he just doesn't want his replacement to screw things up but on Monday underlined he has confidence in the party's new leader. McGuinty said he was very proud of her.

Wynne was all smiles despite a busy day, which includes preparing to chair her first caucus meeting on Tuesday, as well as speaking to opposition, mayors around ...

Moody's Downgrades Ratings For 6 Canadian Banks

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/28/2013 2:07:00 PM

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the long-term ratings of six Canadian banks. 

The banks affected include: Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, TD Bank, Caisse centrale Desjardins, and National Bank of Canada.

The long-term senior debt ratings of the six banks were all downgraded by one notch.

Moody's says the downgrade reflects ongoing concerns about the banks' exposure to the ``increasingly indebted Canadian consumer,'' while elevated housing prices have left the banks ``more vulnerable to unpredictable downside risks facing the Canadian economy than in the past.''

*VIDEO* Fire on St Clair West

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/28/2013 11:45:00 AM

People gathered on the sidewalks around St Clair West and Oriole Parkway on Monday, around 11 o'clock, after flames started shooting out of the sidewalk.

Toronto Fire suggested it was a fire in a hydro vault that was caused by water pouring in from the sidewalk.

The original call came in around 11:05, and fire crews reported seeing flames shooting as high as 20 feet into the air.

Toronto Hydro said there didn't appear to be a widespread outage in the area.

Toronto Fire responded with 5 trucks and 20 firefighters.

VIDEO: Opposition Parties Make Demands of Incoming Premier Wynne

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/28/2013 11:09:00 AM

Ontario's new premier-to-be hasn't even been sworn in yet, but she's already facing demands from the opposition parties to avoid an election.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she wants Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne to call a public inquiry into the politically motivated cancellation of two gas plants.
The move would likely be disastrous for the governing Liberals, but Horwath says she isn't trying to burn any bridges that Wynne is trying to build with her party.

She says she's simply giving Wynne an opportunity to remove the controversial issue that had dominated the legislature and stopped other important work from being done.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he wants Wynne to immediately announce spending cuts to help slay its $12-billion deficit.

He says he's willing to work with Wynne, but his party has already launched attack ads calling her "another Liberal Ontario can't afford.''
Hudak ...

School Closures & Cancellations

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/28/2013 7:23:00 AM

Dufferin-Peel French Catholic School - all buses are cancelled

Halton District & Halton Catholic - all buses cancelled & schools are open

Durham District & Durham Catholic - All buses are cancelled north of Highway 7 but schools remain open.

York Catholic and York Region District school boards - transportation cancelled.

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board - buses are cancelled for the entire day

Holland Marsh District Christian School - classes are cancelled

Country Day School in King City is closed

John Knox Christian School in Brampton & Oakville - no buses and school closed

Roundtree Montessori in Brampton  - buses cancelled - schools are open

Toronto Waldorf School in Thornhill is closed

Kleinberg Christian Academy - school is closed

Halton Hills Christian school buses cancelled - school closed

Kings Christian Collegiate in Oakville is closed

Glenn Harbor Academy in Burlington - closed

Pickering ...

Freezing Rain Warning Ended

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/28/2013 12:53:00 PM

The Monday morning commute was a tricky one thanks to a wintery mix of snow, ice pellets & freezing rain.

It started with snow, falling in the Greater Toronto Area which made the roads slick. There was also a warm front pushing up from the American mid-west and ahead of that front was a band of freezing rain.

Environment Canada cancelled a freezing rain warning for the GTA around 12:30, Monday afternoon.

As a result of the weather, there were reports of delays at GTA airports. Pearson is showing dozens of cancellations and departures. Meanwhile, Air Canada, Porter Airlines and West Jet have issued travel advisories warning passengers to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.

To check your flight status out of Pearson click here.

On the roads, CAA was reporting upwards of 500 collisions, ranging from spin-outs to minor fender benders. All were blamed ...

Man Identified

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/28/2013 5:40:00 AM

Toronto Police have identified a man that was found freezing in the east end.

The man was found lying on the ground in "obvious distress", not dressed for the weather on Saturday near Queen St E & Logan Ave.

Police issued a release early Monday, thanking the media and the public for assisting them in identifying the man.

Police won't say who he is or what led him to where he was found.

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