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Police Investigate West End Shooting

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/29/2013 9:55:00 PM

Toronto police are investigating after a man was shot in the city's west end.

Police say it appears a man in his 20's was sitting in a vehicle on Islington Ave. near Rexdale Blvd when at least on person approached the vehicle and fired inside.

The victim suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Sunnybrook hospital for treatment.

Police say no suspect has been arrested at this time and no description of one was immediately available.

Incoming Premier Speaks With Teacher Union Heads

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/29/2013 8:55:00 PM

The incoming Premier met with the heads of teachers unions Monday evening.

No word exactly who she spoke to, but OSSTF president Ken Coran issued a statement saying the meeting with Kathleen Wynne was "productive and will lead to OSSTF engaging in future discussions."

Coran says the meeting lasted roughly 80 minutes. 

Earlier in the day, Wynne told reporters that when she got the opportunity to speak with the union heads they wouldn't talk about specifics, but get the conversation with the teachers back up and running again.

Toronto Party Goers Dress Up as 'Cowboys and Indians'

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/29/2013 8:36:00 PM

Less than a week after Attawapiskat First Nations chief Theresa Spence ended her hunger strike, the same month that the Idle No More gained national attention, adults went out to a Toronto bar dressed up like 'cowboys and indians.'

It happened Saturday when 20 people walked into the Rhino Bar in Parkdale dressed up in costume.

One of the people who was in attendance called into the Live Drive with John Tory on Tuesday and says he didn't see the big deal at first. 

However, when he heard the complaints, he understood how it could be seen as insensitive.

He says they didn't dress up to be racist, he claims they just wanted to have a theme.

Police identify torso found in Kitchener

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 1/29/2013 4:36:00 PM

Waterloo police have identified the woman whose torso was found in Kitchener over the weekend.

The remains were found on Saturday morning in a garbage bin behind an apartment building.

Police have identified the victim as 24-year-old Kelsey Louise Felker, of Kitchener.

Police say they were able to identify her thanks to information they received from the public. The victim was wearing a distinct black t-shirt.

The cause of death is still being investigated.

Incoming Premier to Speak with Teacher Union Heads

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/29/2013 4:36:00 PM

Incoming Premier Kathleen Wynne says she will meet with the province's public elementary and secondary teachers' unions in the next two days.

Speaking on the the Live Drive with John Tory, Wynne says she reached out to the presidents of both the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO). She says they won't be speaking about specifics yet but rather will focus on starting up the conversation between the province and teachers again.

Wynne says she will underline there isn't any more money but extra curricular activities need to get back in the province's schools. Teachers have been holding them back as a form of protest against legislated contracts.

She adds she also wants to find a better contract process in the future.

VIDEO: Wynne to Meet with Toronto Mayor

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/29/2013 3:03:00 PM

The province's incoming premier says she would like to meet with the Mayor of Toronto soon.

Kathleen Wynne says she and Rob Ford spoke at a business event on Monday night and they were trying to figure out the logistics of to meet either at Queen's Park or city hall.

Ford has not interacted much with Toronto's gay community for much of his time as mayor, but the openly gay Wynne underlined she didn't think her conversation with him was awkward.

She says transit will figure prominently in their discussion, calling it a huge priority for not only the GTA, but the entire province. She says it will help economic growth in the area.

Wynne underlines there need to be some other funding for transit, pointing out Metrolinx will be revealing different options to move forward.  

She says it's not about whether or not the province will find a ...

UPDATED: Warm Greeting For Wynne at Caucus

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/29/2013 2:25:00 PM

The incoming premier entered her first Liberal caucus meeting as leader today and was greeted by applause so loud, it could be heard in the hallways of Queen's Park.

Kathleen Wynne says the reason why she wanted to have a caucus meeting so early is to make sure any potential rifts within the party weren't widened due to time. However, she strikes down the notion that there is an "us-against-them" mentality within the party between MPPs who supported her and those who supported second-place leadership contender Sandra Pupatello.

Wynne underlines everyone in caucus was united with her on stage on Saturday night because they all want to focus on renewal moving forward. She reveals she has spoken with the two leadership candidates who don't have a seat at Queen's Park - Pupatello and Gerard Kennedy - and hopes they will both be part of the party's renewal.

She says she ...

Video: Buffalo Bills To Play More Games in Toronto

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/29/2013 5:12:00 PM

The Buffalo Bills and Rogers Media announced a new agreement Tuesday that will keep Rogers Centre as the team's second home after five years of games in the city.

Buffalo will play one regular-season game in downtown Toronto for the next five years and the new contract also includes one preseason game in 2015.

Buffalo, which finished 6-10 and underwent a coaching change this month, is just 1-4 in regular-season games in Toronto, and some players have spoken out about the deal, worried that taking away a home game from the Buffalo region is somewhat counterproductive.

`Yeah, I did call it a joke,'' Bills centre Wood said at the time. ``It stunk that we were up there. And I was heated when I said it was a joke. And I'm not going to sit here and retract all my statements because that's what I meant and what I felt.

``Those ...

Report Recommends Distance-Based Fare System to Pay for Transit Expansion

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/29/2013 12:01:00 PM

If you use the TTC to get around, how would you feel about paying more based on how far you're travelling?

That's one idea being tossed around in a 116-page report from the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, on how to expand public transit in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area.

The report titled "Financing Roads and Public Transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area",  says new sources of revenue are needed to operate and maintain planned projects that Metrolinx has set aside an estimated $50 billion worth of capital for.

The report written by Harry Kitchen, Professor in the Department of Economics at Trent University and Robin Lindsey, Professor in the Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia, says there could be economic impacts if traffic congestion isn't dealt with.

"The GTHA is Canada's economic powerhouse but this position will slip if traffic congestion ...

Markham City Council to Debate Proposed Arena Funding

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/29/2013 5:12:00 PM

The proposal to build a 20-thousand seat arena in Markham goes before Markham council on Tuesday night.  

An attempt will be made to scuttle the plan.  

Councillor Colin Campbell has "reached the conclusion that, with all the figures presented, this will be a white elephant without an NHL" franchise.   

He thinks the arena should be put on the back burner, and that talks with the NHL should be held first to see where they're going.

Graeme Roustan who has been leading the battle to build the arena has always insisted that an NHL team would not be needed to make the facility viable, and that an OHL franchise would be good enough along with wrestling, concernts, boxing, tennis and the like.

The debate begins at 7 p.m. Newstalk 1010's Justine Lewkowicz will be there.

(w files from D. Agar)

Wynne to meet with Liberal caucus

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/29/2013 6:29:00 AM

Premier-to-be Kathleen Wynne will be meeting with the Liberal caucus today as she gets down to work as the party's new leader.

Outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty, who plans to stay on as an MPP until the next election, is expected to sit out the meeting.

It may be an awkward get-together, since only 10 caucus members endorsed Wynne during the three-month leadership campaign. Most threw their support behind runner-up Sandra Pupatello, who was leading the race until three other leadership candidates went to Wynne's camp.

Wynne says she plans to talk to the opposition party leaders in an effort to make the minority government work and avoid an election.

She's also promised to bring back the legislature on Feb. 19, which was prorogued in mid-October when McGuinty announced that he would step down.

(The Canadian Press)

Violent home invasion in Etobicoke

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/29/2013 5:40:00 AM

Police are searching for suspects after a home invasion early Tuesday morning, in Etobicoke.

Police say at least two people were tied up and assaulted when suspects burst into 444 Silverstone drive. The apartment building is near Albion Road and Martin Grove.

The victims were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Police are searching for three men who also stole property from the residence.

Stabbing victim found inside Mississauga hotel

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/29/2013 5:28:00 AM

A man was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital after being stabbed early Tuesday morning.

Peel police were called to the ALT Hotel on Viscount Road, near Airport Road where they found the victim. That was around 3:00.

Police believe that he was stabbed elsewhere, but that they are still investigating that.

There is no information on suspects at this point.

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