Toronto Police: If you don't have to drive Friday, don't

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/7/2013 8:45:00 PM

If you don't have to drive Friday, leave your car in park.

That message from Constable Clint Stibbe with Toronto Police Traffic Service.

Stibbe tells Newstalk 1010's John Tory on the Live Drive the weather is going to "exceed many drivers' abilities as well as many vehicles' abilities".  He says driving on a day where the city could get as much as 25cm of snow is only putting you at greater risk to be in a collision.

Stibbe says fewer cars on the road makes it easier to clear the snow & for police to get to people who need help.

If you do have to drive, you can't just jump in your car, hit the windshield wipers & go.  Stibbe says you have to take the time to properly clear away the snow, or face the consequences. 

Drivers must have a clear view out of the sides of their ...

Girl sexually assaulted on GO train

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/7/2013 7:27:00 PM

Toronto Police are issuing a heads up about the sex assault of a 15-year-old girl on the GO train.

It happened Wednesday afternoon, as the girl travelled on the Lakeshore East line.

Police say a man sitting close to the girl, looked to be taking pictures of her with his cellphone.

As the train pulled into the Rouge Hill station, the man sexually assaulted the girl.

The girl left the train with the man following her.  Eventually he took off.

He's described as white, in his late 30s with short brown hair & an unshaven face. He was wearing a black, loose-fitting winter jacket, beige baseball hat, turned backwards, beige pants, construction boots & black sunglasses.

If you have any information about this man, call Toronto Police at 416-808-7474 or contact Crime Stoppers.

Snow storm to ''spread misery'' on Toronto Friday

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/7/2013 5:21:00 PM

A storm system from the American deep south is headed for Toronto, ready to "spread its misery" on Friday.

But the region will get a preview of things to come Thursday night.

Environment Canada's Senior Climatologist David Phillips tells John Tory on the Live Drive, Toronto will get 5-10cm of snow.  Blowing snow will also be an issue with wind gusts up to 50km/h.

The snowfall will intensify overnight.  By Friday's morning rush, Phillips says the storm will be closeby, bringing heavy snow with high winds blowing it around.  He predicts Toronto will get another 15cm of snow through the day Friday.  The snowfall will taper off in the evening.

Toronto is under a snowfall warning from Environment Canada. The city has issued an Extreme Weather Alert, urging Toronto's homeless to find shelter.

Phillips doesn't expect to see any major variation in snowfall amounts between the 416 & 905 areas.

Clint ...

15-year-old girl missing

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/7/2013 3:56:00 PM

Toronto Police are asking for help to find a missing 15-year-old girl.

Yasmin Rodie was last seen Sunday near Lawrence Ave E & Beachgrove Dr.

She's black with a light complexion, 5'2, 160 lbs, long, straight black hair & brown eyes  Yasmin was last seen wearing a black bomber jacket with a brown fur collar.

If you know where Yasmin Rodie is, call Toronto Police 416-808-4300, or contact Crime Stoppers.

DNA could bring new life to Cabbagetown murder investigation

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/7/2013 3:18:00 PM

Who killed Nighisti Semret?

More than 3 months after the Eritrean refugee was stabbed to death in a Cabbagetown alleyway, Toronto Police are still short on answers about her final moments.

The wife & mother of 4 was murdered a rainy October morning as she walked home from her shift as an overnight cleaner at the Delta Chelsea Hotel.

There's hope that forensic testing could give investigators a solid lead.

DNA has been found under Semret's fingernails.  Her nail clippings are being tested by the Center for Forensic Sciences.

It may be too soon to call this a breakthrough through.  Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux says often murder victims have their own DNA under their nails because of blood at the scene.

Giroux says if testing shows there's foreign DNA embedded beneath Semret's nails, especially a male profile, he'll consider releasing that information.

The results could take months to come back, but Giroux has ...

Ontario's top doctor calls for action on health risks

Posted By: James Moore · 2/7/2013 2:23:00 PM

Ontario's yearly health check-up from the province's top doctor calls for better tracking of so-called 'key health indicators.'

The report from Ontario's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Arlene King, lays out 12 priorities for health authorities and governments at all levels to focus on:

- Smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy
- Low birth weight
- Healthy child development at school entry
- Immunization coverage of school pupils
- Smoking prevalence
- Overweight and obesity    
- Preventable mortality
- Compliance with low risk drinking guidelines
- Self-reported positive mental health
- The burden of infectious diseases
- Hospitalizations for falls in seniors
- Life expectancy at birth

Dr. King says that if more data is collected on who falls into these categories and why, healthcare programs can be directed at tackling these issues.

"At an individual level, we know if we monitor things like our weight, we know that it ...

Testimony Continues on Day 4 of Kachkar Trial

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/7/2013 1:56:00 PM

A paramedic testifying at the trial of a man accused of killing a Toronto police officer with a snowplow says she thought the man was disturbed.

Richard Kachkar, 46, is on trial in the death of Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35, and he has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and dangerous driving.

EMS worker Shannon Willis says she got a call at 6:09 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2011 that a police officer had been hit by a plow and shots had been fired.

Court has heard that Kachkar drove straight at Russell as the officer fired in vain at the plow and Russell was hit and died from head injuries.

Willis says as she approached the scene in an ambulance she saw Kachkar in the plow and he yelled at her about shots being fired and something about the Taliban.

She says her impression was that he was emotionally disturbed, ...

Stuckless Facing More Charges

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/7/2013 1:09:00 PM

The name 'Gordon Stuckless' is in the news again.

Toronto Police say the 63 year old man has been charged with 6 counts of indecent assault, along with two other charges.

If you remember the name, he does have a history in Toronto.

It was back in 1997 that Stuckless was convicted of 22 counts of indecent assault involving boys.

Stuckless was an equipment manager with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and would lure boys in with free tickets or memorabilia from players.

Those assaults happened between 1969 and 1988 he was first sentenecd to 2 years less a day but that was later bumped up to 5 years and he was paroled 2/3rds of the way through that sentence.

Police claim these latest assaults allegedly happened in the 70's while he was a teacher and volunteered at community centres and sports clubs.

And cops fear there could be more victims.

*UPDATE* Senator Brazeau Kicked Out Of Conservative Caucus

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/7/2013 2:20:00 PM

Controversial and outspoken Sen. Patrick Brazeau has been kicked out of the Conservative caucus amid media reports that
he was arrested Thursday following a domestic disturbance at his home.

The entire Senate caucus was notified of the decision shortly after noon, said Lorraine Rochon, a staff member in his office.

``The Conservative Senate caucus has been advised by Sen. LeBreton's office that Sen. Brazeau has been removed from caucus effective immediately,'' Rochon said.

Conservative Senate Majority Leader Marjory LeBreton would not delve into the details.

``In light of the serious nature of the events reported today, Senator Brazeau has been removed from the Conservative Caucus,'' she said in a statement.

``As this is a legal matter, I cannot comment further.''

Gatineau police confirmed they arrested a man Thursday morning at a home in Gatineau on a matter related to domestic violence, but they did not release a name. They said ...

Two Arrested in Regent Park Shooting

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/7/2013 12:11:00 PM

Toronto police have arrested two people in connection with a shooting at an apartment building in Regent Park on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to 220 Oak Street at approximately 7 a.m. after a 45-year-old man was shot in his unit.

The victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being shot twice in the chest.

Police were able to arrest two people after executing a search warrant at a home in the Adelaide Street and Parliament Street area on Thursday morning with the help of the ETF.

Melissa Rowe, 21, and Bento Sebastian, 23, both of Toronto, are facing a string of charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm to endanger a life.

Both are scheduled to make a court appearance on Thursday afternoon.

A third person, Samuel Elvira, 19, of Toronto, was arrested for unrelated matters.

Police say Toronto Community Housing staff played a ...

UPDATE: City of Toronto “Ready” for Snowmageddon

Posted By: Amber Gero · 2/7/2013 11:45:00 AM

Officials with the City of Toronto Transportation department say the city’s snowplows and salters are gassed up and ready to go as soon as the snow starts hitting the ground on Thursday. 

“We have all of our 200 salters ready to be deployed for our expressways and arterials, as well as our collectors and local streets the minute we start getting some of the snow.  The city is ready and prepared with 600 plows to be deployed the minute we have anywhere between 2 to 3 centimetres of snow on the expressways.  Once we reach 5 centimetres of snow on the arterial roads or collectors we will be deploying our fleet of plows.  And once we reach 8 centimetres or towards the end of the storm 8 to 10 centimetres, we will be deploying our plows on the local streets.”said Hector Moreno, Manager of Road Operations. 

Forecasters were predicting anywhere ...

Wynne Asks AG to Widen Gas Plants Probe

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/7/2013 11:27:00 AM

Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne has formally asked Ontario's auditor general to broaden his examination of the Liberals' decision to cancel a gas plant in Mississauga just days before the 2011 election.
Wynne has written auditor general Jim McCarter asking that he add the cancelled gas plant in Oakville to his current probe of the Mississauga project, which was halted in mid-construction.
Wynne says she hopes the auditor's report can be completed "in a timely manner.''
However, the Progressive Conservatives say the move is a stalling tactic to delay the report into the politically-motivated decision to cancel the Mississauga gas plant until after the spring budget.
An opposition-dominated committee asked the auditor to investigate the Mississauga cancellation before Premier Dalton McGuinty prorogued the legislature last October, effectively killing hearings set to begin the next day.
Wynne said during her leadership campaign that ...

Toronto under a snowfall warning

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/7/2013 5:55:00 AM

A winter wallop is on the way.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning that extends from London, Ontario, over to Kingston. That includes the city of Toronto.

This is all thanks to an Alberta clipper and a Texas low that are meeting and could leave us buried under 25 centimetres of snow by Friday afternoon. The most of it will begin falling Thursday evening and through the overnight hours, then right through the Friday morning commute.

It is likely Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton will get the worst of it, at least 25 centimetres and maybe more. In the other areas including the city of Toronto, Environment Canada is forecasting 15 to 25 centimetres. The Weather Network expects along the lines of 25 to 30 centimetres in the city.

It's expected that driving conditions will be hazardous at those times because of blowing snow as well.  

(Some files ...

UPDATE: SIU investigating Mississauga rollover

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/7/2013 3:10:00 AM

The major collision bureau in Peel region and the SIU are investigating a serious rollover Thursday morning in Mississauga.

Just before 1 o'clock, a car travelling southbound on Mississauga Road, went over a guardrail and came to a stop in an embankment on south of Dundas near Seven Oaks Drive.

There were two people inside the car. A man had to be extricated and was rushed to hospital in serious condtion but his injuries are said to be non-life threatening. The female passenger suffered only minor injuries.

The SIU is called in when civilians are injured during a police investigation, however Peel police have not commented on whether there may have been a chase before the collision occurred.

That area is closed off to traffic for the investigation.

Shots fired during attempted robbery

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/7/2013 2:58:00 AM

Police are looking for two people who tried to rob a teenager Wednesday night and one of them was armed.

It was just after 11:30 when the call came in to Birchmount road, south of Ellesmere.

A boy just got off a TTC bus when he was approached by the two. They demanded his cellphone and one fired a few gunshots.

The victim took off and wasn't hurt.

Police are still looking for the suspects.

TDSB waives fees for parent groups

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/7/2013 12:12:00 AM

The Toronto District School Board is giving parents, trying to fill the extra curricular void left by protesting teachers a break.

Wednesday trustees voted unanimously to waive fees for parent groups running sports teams, clubs or performances on TDSB property. The gesture only extends to programs that have traditionally been run by school staff.

Public students have been without extra-curriculars all school year.  Teachers have refused to coach, moderate or chaperone as a show of protest against the provincial government & Bill 115.

Trustee Howard Goodman was behind the motion to forgive fees.  He calls it "a small monetary and a significant symbolic" sign to parents that "we welcome you to help out at this time."

The TDSB issues some 430, 000 permits for use of their space every year.

But Goodman underlines that the board isn't losing any revenue by waiving fees for parent groups.  It's because they're just subbing in ...

UPDATE: Fraud Costs City $500,000 - Auditor Report

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/7/2013 6:05:00 AM

Fraud cost the city a half-million dollars in 2012.

That according to Toronto Auditor General Jeff Griffiths who issued his report on fraud Wednesday

Several employees were fired for a number of incidents of fraud last year. Some of the incidents included false benefit claims and abusing sick leave.

In one case a worker was caught looking at porn on a city owned computer. He has been fired.

Another employee defrauded a city-sponsored charitable organization and other groups of almost $50-thousand over six years. That is under investigation by police and the employee was fired.

In another case, an employee collected about $1,300 in overtime pay without getting approval or having the documentation. That person is no longer employed by the city and the money has been recovered.

The city says they've recovered over half of the money they say is owed.

(some files by D. Woodard)

UPDATE: Dwight Duncan Resigns

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/7/2013 11:03:00 AM

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says he is leaving politics to give Ontario's premier-designate a "free hand'' to renew the Liberal government.

Duncan confirmed the news on his Twitter account in the early morning hours of Thursday.

"Today, I'm submitting my resignation as MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh, effective Feb 14. It's been a privilege to serve in public office. #onpoli"

In a following tweet he wrote, "It's been the honour of a lifetime to have served my constituents in Windsor-Tecumseh and the people of Ontario"

He initially told reporters back in October that he wasn't stepping down; but he would not be seeking re-election.

Some reports suggest he is on the verge of taking a job in Toronto's private sector, but Duncan says that's not the case.

Duncan told reporters that he was a key figure in Premier Dalton McGuinty's cabinet, and it's very important that incoming premier Kathleen Wynne has the ...

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