$1B Woodbine Project Dead: Report

Posted By: David Woodard · 2/5/2013 8:53:00 PM

It appears a $1 Billion Woodbine project slated for Rexdale is dead even before it started.

A source with Woodbine Entertainment says there was a difference of opinion between themselves and The Cordish Companies and because of that the two sides parted ways.

It leaves Woodbine without a construction company to build the entertainment complex.

A spokesperson for Woodbine Entertainment says they have parted ways, but they're committed to the property and the company is looking for a new partner.

Developer Wants to Make Captain John's Restaurant Into Floating Casino; and Move it to Hamilton

Posted By: David Woodard · 2/5/2013 8:17:00 PM

She has been sitting idle on Lake Ontario at Yonge St. and Queens Quay for years; accumulating layers of rust.

But if one Hamilton developer has his way Captain John's floating restaurant won't be there much longer.

Dan Maga says he'd like to move the floating restauarant to Hamilton and build a casino on board.  Maga tells the Hamilton Spectator he intends to put a bid with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming corporation to run a casino on board the old ship.

Maga says that even if that falls through, he would still like to open a restaurant and banquet centre.

It's not clear however whether Maga is willing to meet Letnik's price on the vessel, or whether the $568,000 in back taxes Letnik owes is a part of the deal.

City Hall sizes up battle against human trafficking

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/5/2013 5:47:00 PM

City Hall is investigating ways to clamp down on human trafficking. 

Mayor Rob Ford's executive committee accepted a report on Tuesday that recommends Toronto start working with groups that aim to get people who have been forced into the sex trade, mostly young women and girls, out of situations that result in their exploitation. 

"This is an ongoing, serious matter that affects people everywhere in Canada and I think its of paramount important to the City of Toronto," says Councillor Pail Ainslie. 

A report from city staffers says that Toronto is the largest hub in the country for human trafficking. 

Staff suggest using education as a weapon, urging the city to work with Toronto Police and other levels of government to educate councillors and city staff on issues surrounding human trafficking and the steps that can be taken to combat it. 

The report also recommends the city consider where it ...

3 People Charged in Drug Bust

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/5/2013 5:48:00 PM

Two men and a woman are facing a slew of charges in a drug bust in Toronto.

55 year old Betty Talbot, 52 year old Alan Hartikainen and 21 year old Malamin Marong are all from Toronto and face a tolal of 41 charges.

Police seized 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and 362 grams of marijuana.

The bust was made after police searched a home in the King Street West and Dufferin Street areas.

Toronto Police Identify City's Latest Murder Victim

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/5/2013 1:14:00 PM

Toronto Police have released the name of the woman killed on the weekend in the area around Finch and Don Mills.

23 year old Nyumwai Caroline Mkurazhizha, was found dead in a condo on Clancy Drive, Saturday afternoon.

Police revealed the cause of death on Monday, as manual strangulation.

18 year old Mohamed Adam Bharwani from Toronto has been charged with first degree murder.

Mkurazhizha was orginally from Zimbabwe.

AUDIO: New budget chief wants to freeze taxes, cut land transfer

Posted By: James Moore · 2/5/2013 5:00:00 PM

City Hall's new budget chief has barely been on the job a few hours but his work is already cut out for him.

Councillor Frank Di Giorgio says he aims to freeze property taxes and flat-line department budgets in the city's 2014 budget and will try to cut the land transfer tax by up to 10 percent.

"Everything is realistic, in the sense that we can look at whether there is flexibility to do that kind of thing," says Di Giorgio.

Mayor Rob Ford says he is on-board with his new budget chief's goals.

However, at least one city councillor disagrees.

“Effectively, he’s telling Torontonians that he is going to impose an as-yet undisclosed cut of about $60 million to the services that make the city worth living in," says Councillor Gord Perks.

He adds that believes Di Giorgio was picked as Mayor Ford's new budget chair because he is ...

Police Pursuit Ends in Brampton Crash

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/5/2013 9:05:00 AM

Two people have been arrested after a police pursuit on Highway 410 in Brampton ended in a crash.

The chase started around 7:30 a.m., Tuesday on the 410 near Williams Parkway when a vehicle failed to pull over for a traffic stop.

The vehicle was apparently clocked going at a speed of 140 km/hr.

The vehicle ended up colliding with another in the Dixie Road and Clarke Boulevard area, and was boxed in by OPP cruisers.

One of the suspects suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The intersection is closed for the investigation.

No word on charges. The province's Special Investigation Unit will likely be called in to investigate.

Court rules in favour of employee who claims she was discriminated against for being a mother

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/5/2013 6:04:00 AM

An important court ruling for parents who work outside the home and need child care.

The Federal Court has upheld a Human Rights tribunal decision, which essentially says employers must try to accommodate employees with family obligations.

Robyn Benson, head of the Public Service Alliance of Canada calls it "a huge win for Canadian workers with family obligations."  She tells the Star "it is clear now that employers must carefully consider each and every family status accommodation request and accommodate them short of undue hardship."

The case in question began 9 years ago at Pearson International Airport where Fiona Johnstone was working full time for the Canada Border Services Agency.  At the time full-time work meant rotating shifts and irregular hours but with a new child she was finding it impossible to make child-care arrangements. Border Services told her the only fixed shifts were part-time. She took it for 3 ...

VIDEO: Blackberry Z10 Available in Stores

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/5/2013 9:47:00 AM

Canadians who have clung to their aging BlackBerrys finally have an upgrade. The company behind the once-dominant smartphone debuts its new touchscreen device: the BlackBerry Z10 in stores across the country on Tuesday.

The move comes after several delays left some longtime BlackBerry fans sticking with their older phones or switching to a competitor's phone.

Despite the long wait, there were no lineups for the new device as usually seen with Apple's iPhone releases, but the company says that they've received a lot of online orders ahead of the launch.

Some analysts have been concerned that BlackBerry's launch came too late to recover the lustre of its name. But anecdotes from the UK, where the phone launched last week, suggest the new BlackBerry is selling at a steady pace.

Fans of the phone's physical keyboard will have to wait awhile longer though, the new keypad version of the device won't ...

AUDIO: A competing vision for Ontario Place

Posted By: James Moore · 2/5/2013 1:46:00 AM

A group of urban planners, architects and OPSEU union officials think they can top a plan for Ontario Place spearheaded by NEWSTALK 1010's John Tory.

This challenge to his committee's vision is called 'Re-Thinking Ontario Place.'

It calls for 3 distinct areas to be created; one for business, research and exhibitions, one for sports and culture, and one for a waterfront park.  Like the Tory plan, it also calls for a revival of the Forum.

While the group believes Ontario Place should remain a public space, their list of recommendations don't shut the private sector out of a the process  Businesses and modest development are very much a part of their vision.

Kevin Stolarick is one of the project leaders and is on the faculty at U of T's Rotman School of Management.

He wonders why Queens Park is in such a rush to unload Ontario Place.  Stolarick thinks ...

*UPDATE* City Audit Committee Looks at Mammoliti's Books

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/5/2013 5:30:00 AM

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti may have contravened the Municipal Elections Act.

The audit was released last month, and shows the City Councillor for Ward 7, topped the allowed spending limit in the last municipal election, by more than 12 thousand dollars.

That works out to about 40%.

The limit is just over 27 thousand dollars.

The three person audit committee heard both sides of the case Monday afternoon at city hall and decided to move the case on to a special prosecutor. 

It's now up to the special prosecutor to decide whether or not they will proceed with non-criminal charges.

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