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UPDATED: Audit finds Rob Ford broke campaign spending rules

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/1/2013 4:50:00 PM

Rob Ford broke spending rules during his run for mayor in 2010.

That's the finding of a forensic audit of Ford's campaign expenses released on Friday.

The probe lists dozens of "apparent contraventions" of the Municipal Elections Act.

Among them, the audit finds Ford overspent on his campaign by $40, 000. The auditor explains that the overage comes from un-recorded contributions & re-classifying costs for events that had been treated as fundraisers.  Costs for fundraisers don't count towards campaign expenses.

At City Hall after the report's release, Doug Ford told reporters while he thinks t the auditor was fair, they disagree on the interpretation of rules.  Rob Ford wasn't available for comment.

PROMO EVENT vs FUNDRAISER

The auditor used date, how funds were collected & location to determine whether an event was promotional or a fundraiser.

The auditor believes that events in Etobicoke where Rob Ford had been a long-time councillor were ...

Wynne Vows Change of Tone in Education

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/1/2013 4:41:00 PM


The premier-designate is vowing change in the province's education system, both in tone and in process.

In her first public speech since being given the nod by her party, Kathleen Wynne spoke to a room filled with around 150 trustees from the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) on Friday.

She received two standing ovations, one as she entered the room and another after her speech. Wynne told the crowd those in the education sector are respected .and she wants them to have a voice.

The former Education Minister mentioned change over and over again in her speech and those at the Sheraton Centre seemed to believe it.

Toronto District School Board trustee Howard Goodman took over for Wynne in the Eglinton-Lawrence area. He brushed aside the fact that she's part of the same party that heavily controlled the education system over the past year, imposing contracts on teachers and ...

More Body Parts Found in Kitchener Murder Case

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/1/2013 3:29:00 PM

Police in Waterloo have revealed that they've found more body parts in connection with the death of Kelsey Louise Felker.

The torso of the 24 year old was found in a Kitchener dumpster on the weekend.

Cops say additional human remains were found, but they didn't say where.

They've been sent to Hamilton for further analysis.

37 year old Stephen Johnson has been charged with first degree murder and indignity to a dead body in connection with the case.

Police have said the suspect and victim knew each other.

Fire in Brampton Destroys 3 Homes

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/1/2013 2:05:00 PM

One person was injured when three homes caught fire in Brampton on Friday.

Brampton Fire says the first call came in around noon and the fire spread from one home to another, and then to another.

The one person injured suffered from smoke inhalation.

It only took crews about 2 hours for the flames to be brought under control.

There's no word on how it started or a possible damage estimate.

Video: Darwin the Monkey Stays Put

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/1/2013 5:35:00 PM

An Ontario judge has ruled Darwin the Ikea monkey will stay at a primate sanctuary while a court battle is fought to
decide his ownership.

Yasmin Nakhuda is trying to get the monkey back after he escaped from her car and was found wandering in an Ikea parking lot dressed in a shearling coat.

Darwin was sent to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, after he was picked up by Toronto Animal Services.

Nakhuda had argued she was tricked into signing over Darwin to animal services and that a long separation during a trial over his
custody will damage her bond with the little primate.

The primate sanctuary said Nakhuda is unfit to care for him, raising unproven allegations that she ``strangled'' the monkey, and
didn't change his diapers for several days.

Its lawyer also argued that a wild animal is no longer the property of a human ...

Missing Senior Found Dead

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/1/2013 7:10:00 AM

A missing senior has been found dead a day and a half after she was last seen.

87-year-old Kathleen Pollack was last seen at her home in the Don Mills Road and Lawrence Ave area on Wednesday at approximately 4 p.m.

Police began their search for her early Friday morning after they were notified by family who were concerned for her safety.

Police found her outside the house she used to live in on Pine Ridge Drive in the Kingston and Bellamy Roads area several hours after they began their search. She was found curled up by the garden door of the vacant house, and police believe she may have fallen asleep, but don't know how long she was outside.

Pollack is said to be suffering from a number of health problems and was showing early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

She was located outside without any vital signs and was ...

Should non-Canadians be allowed to vote in 2014?

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/1/2013 6:21:00 AM

Toronto City Hall is investigating whether to allow permanent residents who are not Canadian citizens to vote in municipal elections.

In order to cast a ballot, Toronto residents must have full citizenship.

On Thursday, councillors on Toronto's community development and recreation committee asked city staffers to investigate.

City councillors like Jaye Robinson and Ana Bailao are in favor of giving the vote to non-Canadians.  Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong says he's against such a move, adding he believes people must prove Canada is their home before they are allowed to vote.

A staff report is due in May.

If Toronto chooses to allow non-citizens to vote, the Ontario government must sign off on the move.

Allegations of price fixing by Toronto concrete contractors

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/1/2013 5:53:00 AM

There are allegations of a price fixing conspiracy in the Greater Toronto Area building industry that may have inflated the cost of your home.

The Toronto Star has legal documents showing the federal Competition Bureau is investigating the Residential Low Rise Forming Contractors Association, which represents most large concrete contractors in the GTA and at least 3 concrete forming companies.  Two of them are in Woodbridge and another is in Vaughan.

Nothing has been proven in court but allgations have been made that the organization and these companies colluded to fix the price of building the concrete foundations of homes for the past 15 years.

The documents also accuse the association of forming an agreement amongst its members that contractors would not compete for work.

(with files from Dave Agar)

Campaign finances could put Mayor Ford back in legal trenches

Posted By: James Moore · 2/1/2013 3:28:00 AM

Mayor Rob Ford could find himself back in the legal trenches as early as today.

If a forensic audit of Ford's 2010 mayoral campaign comes back showing that it broke rules in Toronto's Municipal Elections Act, the mayor could face a number of possible penalties, including losing his job.

Findings of that audit could be released as soon as Friday, or early next week.

However, even if there is evidence to show that Ford violated the Act, proving beyond a reasonable doubt in court that an offense has been committed is difficult.

While Ford's ouster is not out of the question, no Ontario politician has even been seriously reprimanded for violating those regulations.

Some familiar names are behind these charges.

The complaint was filed by 2 men who who helped bring a conflict of interest against the mayor; lawyer Max Reed and political activist Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler.

Happy Friday: GO fares go up today

Posted By: James Moore · 2/1/2013 2:42:00 AM

Your commute gets a little more expensive on Friday morning.

Single-ride fares for GO trains and buses are going up across the board.

The cost of paper tickets for adults, children, seniors, groups, and students is affected.

For example, as of February 1st, adults pay anywhere from 35 to 55 cents more per fare, depending on the distance travelled:

A 35 cent increase on current fares between $4.50 and $5.80

A 45 cent increase on current fares between $5.81 and $7.35

A 55 cent increase on current fares greater than $7.35.

Riders can ease the pain by switching to the swipe-and-go PRESTO card to pay fares.

Loyalty discounts, available only on the PRESTO system, are going up to help offset the fare increase and encourage more customers to use it.

GO says it will invest the additional revenue back into the transit system to improve parking facilities and service schedules.

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Judge to decide where Ikea Monkey waits out custody battle

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/1/2013 2:38:00 AM

A judge in Oshawa will rule Friday on where Darwin the well-dressed monkey will live until a court determines who gets permanent custody.

The young monkey was found roaming around an Ikea parking lot in North York, wearing a small shearling coat.

The woman who refers to herself as Darwin's mom wants him to live with her.

The monkey is currently at a primate sanctuary, which alleges that Darwin had been mistreated.

(The Canadian Press)

25 dead, 101 injured in explosion at Mexican state oil company HQ

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/1/2013 1:15:00 AM

Mexico's interior minister says 25 people have died in an office building explosion at the state oil company headquarters.

Miguel Angel Osorio Chong says the dead are 17 women and eight men, and another 101 were injured.

Osorio Chong spoke late Thursday to the media after the afternoon explosion, which hit the basement and first two floors of a building next to the iconic 51-story tower of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

He did not provide a cause for the blast.

(The Associated Press)

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