Leafs beat Capitals 3-2 for first home win of 2013

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/31/2013 11:41:00 PM

Down 2-1 after 40 minutes and his team's power play sputtering against the Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle saw light at the end of the tunnel.

``Our message was there was a whole bunch of positives in the hockey game for us after two periods,'' Carlyle said. ``So we couldn't dwell on what had happened. The only thing was we had to stay strong and persevere. Push ahead. Continue strong on the forecheck. Don't let up.''

The strategy worked as Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin scored third-period goals to give the Leafs their first home win of the
season in a 3-2 comeback victory over the Capitals in NHL play Thursday night.

Kulemin tied it at 2-2 at 7:40 of the third period, poking in a puck that squeezed through Michal Neuvirth's legs from a Michael Kostka shot from the point. As the Caps goalie tried in ...

Olivia Chow talks transit, run for mayor at York U

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/31/2013 10:58:00 PM

Will she or won't she?

Trinity Spadina MP Olivia Chow remains coy about whether or not she'll run for mayor of Toronto.

The New Democrat was at York University Thursday night to talk transportation.  Chow was an invited guest of the school's Canadian Studies Program.

There was speculation Chow might use the occasion to make a statement about her vision for the city. But the MP's focus was on the big picture, her push for a national transit strategy ahead of the spring federal budget.

Chow says Canada needs to take a long term approach to transit planning, rather than 2-year stimulus projects.  She would also like to see more predictability for municipalities on the funding they get for roads & transit from Ottawa.

Asked whether or not she was closer to making a decision on a mayoral run Chow said she's "seriously listening" to people encouraging her & to Torontonians ...

VIDEO: Man Assaulted on TTC Streetcar

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/31/2013 10:16:00 PM

A man who was badly beaten by several kids armed with feet, fists and skateboards won't be getting any retribution from the legal system.

Wednesday night a man got on to the eastbound King Streetcar after being pelted outside the vehicle by some kind of refuse from kids on the car.

The man addressed the kids and shortly after he was swarmed by them, and pushed off the streetcar and beaten up.

Several witnesses called police, but the kids were able to get away without being caught. 

The man, didn't want medical attention and got back on board the vehicle.

Police didn't ask the TTC for a copy of the closed circuit camera footage allegedly because no victim came forward.

But in cases where a physical altercation has occured on TTC vehicles, the operator is supposed to let Transit Control know, otherwise the camera footage could be taped over. 

In this ...

Snow Squall Warning in Effect for Toronto

Posted By: David Woodard · 1/31/2013 6:50:00 PM

An arctic cold front through southern Ontario is bringing with it snow squalls that could reach Toronto.

There are multiple snow squall bands across much of the area including one that is coming off Lake Huron between Goderich and Kincardine and will reach inland over Orangeville to the east end of Toronto.

Snow fall amounts will vary, but where squalls remain stationary, we could see up to 15-20 centimetres of snow tonight.

It goes without saying that during a snow squall driving can prove incredibly dangerous during poor visibility so be aware if you are headed out on the roads.

Darwin Monkey Mom Has To Wait One More Day

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/31/2013 5:17:00 PM

An Ontario judge is to rule tomorrow where the so-called Ikea monkey will live while the trial to determine his
permanent custody is held.

The woman who refers to herself as the Ikea monkey's mom wants Darwin to live with her while the case is before the courts.

Yasmin Nakhuda argues that if Darwin is away from her for a long time it could be ``devastating'' to her bond with the little

Darwin was sent to a primate sanctuary last year after he was found hopping around an Ikea parking lot in Toronto in a little
shearling coat.

The Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary says Darwin should stay there and alleges Nakhuda ``strangled'' the monkey, hit him and didn't change his diapers for several days.

Nakhuda vehemently denies the allegations, which have not been proven in court.

Ex-Toronto teacher accused of sex assault on former student

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/31/2013 4:14:00 PM

A retired Toronto teacher has been charged, accused of sexually assaulting a former student.

A man approached Toronto Police in December, claiming to have been been victimized between 1982 & 1983 at Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate where he was student.  He was 15 at the time & the alleged sex assault is alleged to have happened at the Scarborough school.

Daniel Campbell of Burlington is charged with 2 counts of sexual assault.

Police think there could be more victims.  They're urging one who may have been victimized by Campbell to call them at 416-808-4205.

Beyonce Admits To Using Pre-Recorded Track

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/31/2013 4:13:00 PM

Beyonce says she did sing along with a pre-recorded track when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day.

The singer held a press conference in New Orleans ahead of her half-time performance at the Super Bowl.

She said she's a "perfectionist" and wanted her performance for President Obama to be a memorable one.

She says the weather, the delay and the lack of a proper sound check, were all factors in why she decided to sing along with a pre-recorded track.

When it comes to the Super Bowl and the halftime show, she told the audience of reporters, she's going to sing her heart out.

Toronto Named One of Seven Intelligent Cities

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/31/2013 3:40:00 PM

Toronto is so smart!

The City has been recognized as one of the one of the world's top seven intelligent communities of the year.

The designation was made by the Intelligent Community Forum.

In a release, Mayor Rob Ford called it 'great' that Toronto has the largest information technology sector in Canada and the third largest in North America.

Ford went on to say, "Over 160,000 people are employed in the local Information technology sector and that figure is expected to grow by 35,000 over the next five years."

How do you become a top seven intelligent community?

The ICF says it's for 'creating local prosperity and inclusion using broadband and information technology to attract leading-edge businesses, build skills, generate economic growth, and improve the delivery of government services.'

Other communities in the top seven: Stratford Ontario, Columbus Ohio, Taichung City, Taiwan, Taoyuan County, Taiwan, Oulu, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. ...

Kids' cough & cold meds recalled

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/31/2013 3:12:00 PM

The maker of some popular cough & cold medications for kids is recalling 17 products.

Novartis Consumer Health Canada Inc. is asking retailers to yank the products over a fault with the child-proof cap.

The company says it could make it easier for kids to open the bottles & swallow the medication.

The recall covers brands like Buckley's, Triaminic & Neo Citran.  You can find a full list of recalled products HERE.

Best Buy Canada closes 15 stores, hundreds out of work

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 1/31/2013 2:01:00 PM

800 people have been thrown out of work, as Best Buy Canada closes 15 stores.

The company has shut down 8 Future Shop locations & 7 Best Buy Big Box stores across the country.

No Toronto locations are affected, but Barrie South, Erin Mills & Ancaster Future Shop stores have gone dark.

Workers got no advance warning of the shut downs.  They showed up to work to find the doors to their stores locked & security guards out front.

Best Buy says the employees affected by closures will get severance packages, access to assistance programs & career transition support.  They will also be given hiring priority if they apply to work at other Best Buy or Future Shop stores.

Best Buy Canada says the change was made to reduce costs, eliminate redundant operating systems and optimize its real estate.

In coming years, Best Buy says it will open Future Shop ...

UPDATE: Report Warns of Ontario's Debt Issue

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/31/2013 3:01:00 PM

There are warnings that Ontario isn't doing enough to address its debt.

In a report released by the Fraser Institute today (Thursday), the organization states the province's isn't changing the way it's doing things when it comes to spending but rather just slowing down the debt's rate of growth.

The 66-page report compares Ontario to troubled economies such as Greece and California, but notes while the province's total debt was $236.6 billion as of 2010-11, it's almost two-thirds that of California. The report notes the state has a larger economy that that of Ontario.

"You can't compared Ontario to California. While they're facing mass layoffs, we're freezing wages so we can save Ontario jobs," Aly Vitunski of Finance Minister Dwight Duncan told Newstalk 1010. "We're also undertaking fundamental pension reform to ensure sustainable pensions for Ontarians. California has been crippled under the weight of the cost of public sector pensions."...

Gas Plant Inquiry Too Costly: Wynne

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 1/31/2013 1:17:00 PM

The premier-designate has shot down the idea of holding a public inquiry into the gas plant cancellation scandal.

Kathleen Wynne says she she wants all the information out there but doesn't want to spend millions of dollars in taxpayer money on the issue.

This comes days after NDP leader Andrea Horwath demanded an inquiry be called into the 2010 Oakville gas plant cancellation and the 2011 Mississuaga one.

Wynne says she's had a conversation with Horwath and hopes the government will come to understand all the information the opposition is looking for.

This comes at the Tories maintain the contempt motion against Energy Minister Chris Bentley will likely go forward. Progressive Conservative MPP Rod Jackson says if a committee to look into the issue of the gas plant cancellations and release of documents surrounding it isn't stricken after the thrown speech, opposition will continue to press to get answers.

Man Arrested In Freeland Murder

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 1/31/2013 1:00:00 PM

An arrest has been made in the 2011 murder of Kara Freeland.

Police in Calgary have charged 35 year old Christopher Andronakos with second degree murder.

It was back in January of 2011 that Freeland disappeared from her Toronto home.

Her body was found a short time later in a ditch on Heart Lake Road in Caledon.

The death was never called a homicide, with officers only referring to it as suspicious.

Calgary Police say Andronakos was a former roommate of Freeland.

Freeland was originally from Calgary.

Charges Laid in Death of Kitchener Woman Whose Torso Was Found in a Garbage Bin

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/31/2013 11:33:00 AM

A Kitchener man is facing a murder charge in the death of a 24-year-old woman whose torso was found in a garbage bin in the southwestern Ontario city.
Police say a 37-year-old man is to be charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to a dead human body when he appears in court on Thursday.
Waterloo regional police say the man was arrested in Kitchener just before 4 a.m. this morning without incident.
A torso later identified as the remains of Kelsey Louise Felker was found in a trash bin last Saturday in Kitchener.
Police say no other arrests are anticipated but the investigation continues.
(The Canadian Press)

Cadillac Fairview and MGM Team Up to Bid for Casino in Toronto

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 1/31/2013 10:31:00 AM

Cadillac Fairview Corp. and MGM Resorts International are teaming up in efforts to build a multimillion-dollar casino in Toronto.

The Toronto based owner of commercial real estate Cadillac Fairview and the Las Vegas casino giant MGM announced on Thursday, that they have entered into an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture with the purpose of bidding for, developing and operating a destination-style, integrated resort complex within the Greater Toronto Area.

The project will include entertainment, gaming, hotel, retail and conference facilities.
Highlights include a permanent Toronto Cirque Du Soleil venue as well as a partnership with noted Toronto restaurateur Mark McEwan to develop new dining concepts for the integrated resort.

"Cadillac Fairview recognizes the enormous benefits that can accrue to the city of Toronto from an integrated resort and we're proud to partner with MGM Resorts to develop this exciting project," said John Sullivan, President and CEO of ...

VIDEO: Wynne to Be Sworn In on February 11th

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 1/31/2013 1:30:00 PM

 Kathleen Wynne will be sworn in as Ontario's 25th premier on Feb. 11.   

The date was announced after Wynne officially became the province's premier-designate.

Wynne and Dalton McGuinty met with Lt.-Gov. David Onley on Thursday morning to formally transfer power after she won the Liberal leadership on Saturday.

Her new cabinet will also be sworn in on Feb. 11.

Wynne has remained tight-lipped about who will be added or dropped from the Liberal front benches as the minority government
prepares to face the opposition in the legislature for the first time in four months.

It will resume Feb. 19 after being prorogued by McGuinty when he announced his resignation on Oct. 15.

(The Canadian Press)

High Winds and Wintery Conditions Make Morning Commute Tricky

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/31/2013 7:50:00 AM

It was nice while it lasted.

The mild highs that we experienced on Wednesday are long gone. As of 10 p.m. Wednesday evening the temperature was at 9 degrees, but by 6 a.m. it had dropped to minus 1.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning that the quick plunge in temperature will be accompanied by strong and gusty westerly winds. Some of those gusts will be up to 85 km/h. A wind warning is in effect for areas near the east end of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario where 100 km/h gusts are expected.

The warning continues to say that winds could be strong enough to cause some tree damage and minor damage to structures, as well as make driving conditions difficult. A high wind warning is in effect for the Burlington Skyway and the Garden City Skyway.

The high winds and blowing snow caused numerous problems ...

Jim Flaherty diagnosed with rare skin disorder

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/31/2013 6:01:00 AM

An admission from Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty that he has a rare skin disorder and he's taking a powerful steroid which has caused him to gain a considerable amount of weight lately. It also has caused his face to appear swollen.

Flaherty spoke to the Globe and Mail after a number of people started asking things such as 'do you have cancer?' and 'are you going to die?'

The 63-year old MP for Whitby-Oshawa says that just before Christmas he informed Prime Minister Stephen Harper that he has Bullous pemphigoid and it's being treated with the corticosteroid prednisone.

Flaherty got the rare autoimmune disease a year ago but it wasn't diagnosed until September.  He insists that the prednisone is working and he's getting better and that this, in no way, inhibits his ability to do his job.

The Mayo Clinic says Bullous pemphigoid occurs when your immune system attacks ...

Darwin the monkey's owner back in court

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/31/2013 5:46:00 AM

She calls herself "Monkey Mom" and Thursday, Yasmin Nakhuda will resume her fight to get Darwin the monkey back in her possession.

In December, a judge ruled that the monkey would stay at a primate sanctuary for the time being. An Oshawa judge will hear arguments Thursday about where Darwin should live until the case is finished.

Darwin became famous after he was spotted running around in an Ikea parking lot, wearing a shearing coat.

Nakhuda has taken her fight to social media as well, posting videos and photos of Darwin on YouTube and Facebook. They show him playing at her office, drinking from a baby bottle and splashing around in a bathtub.

Funeral for murdered teen on Thursday

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 1/31/2013 5:41:00 AM

The fifteen year old boy who was killed in Regent Park almost two weeks ago, will be laid to rest Thursday.

Tyson Bailey was gunned down in the stairwell of a highrise at 605 Whiteside Place, and the person (s) responsible for the shooting remains at large.

Homicide detectives are going thorugh surveillance video, but urge anyone who may have information on the murder, to come forward.

Bailey's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Toronto Central Seventh Day Adventist Church, in the Caledonia Rd. and Lawrence area.

AUDIO: TTC to review late news stand bid, Stintz defends original deal

Posted By: James Moore · 1/31/2013 5:55:00 AM

There is a chance that a controversial city contract to run 65 news stands at TTC subway stations will be opened up to competition, after all.

In a letter to TTC Commissioners, TTC Chair Karen Stintz spoke up about the so-called 'sole source' contract given to Tobmar International, otherwise known as Gateway.

Stintz has asked that a new offer received late Tuesday night from International News be to subject to a third-party review.

Mayor Rob Ford responded on Wednesday, saying that he was glad Stintz and the Commission had 'seen the light.'

"I'm glad that they've realised they've made a mistake and they're going to revisit it," Ford says.

However, Karen Stintz disagrees with Ford's assertion that she and the Commission made an error.

"We're not re-visiting anything, I've simply asked for a third-party review to be done," Stintz says.

She adds that if the review shows that the International ...

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