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Passengers on Dozens of Planes Stuck on Tarmac at Pearson

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/8/2013 10:41:00 PM

It appears dozens of planes, full of passengers are stuck on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport.

One passenger, Lou called into Friendly Fire on Friday evening to say that he had been stuck on board his landed plane for four hours.

Several others called the show to say they too, were in the same predicament.  Some estimated that there were at least 30 planes on the ground with passengers on board.

An unnamed GTAA source says the airport has also issued a Ground Stop.  That means that planes were not permitted to land at Pearson.  Many of those planes were not being diverted elsewhere.

One person who identified himself as a worker at Pearson suggested that there were mountains of snow piled up at some of the gates exacerbating the problem.

Officials at Pearson or Air Canada were unavailable for comment at this time.

Winter Storm Pictures

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 2/8/2013 3:41:00 PM

Click here for your pictures of this winter storm that has hammered the GTA.

Ontario's Energy Minister Calls it Quits

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/8/2013 12:07:00 PM

Another Liberal cabinet minister has announced he's quitting politics, meaning premier-designate Kathleen Wynne now has to call two byelections within the next six months.

Energy Minister Chris Bentley, who also had served as Attorney General, says he will resign his London West seat effective next Thursday.

In a letter to constituents, Bentley says it was a hard decision, but it is time to ``start writing the next chapter'' in his life, with more room for his wife and two daughters.

Bentley was the target of opposition furor over the Liberal government's decisions to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga, even though he wasn't named energy minister until after the Oct. 2011 election.

The intense personal attacks against Bentley in the legislature, and a rare contempt of Parliament motion against him, were reasons cited by Dalton McGuinty for proroguing the legislature when the premier announced his resignation last October.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced Thursday that he would be leaving provincial politics Feb. ...

City of Vaughan Suspends Twitter Account After Obscene Tweet Posted

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/8/2013 11:10:00 AM

The City of Vaughan has apologized after an inappropriate tweet came from their corporate Twitter account Friday morning.

The posted tweet said "Everyone on my street has double gararges (sic) ... who are these f*@#nuts who don't put their car in the garage when we get two feet of snow #dumb."
 
The city has temporarily suspended the account and is investigating the cause of the tweet.

The city is looking into the possibility that the account may have been hacked by an unauthorized user.

They plan to release more information once it becomes available.

Canadian Economy Sheds 21,900 Jobs

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/8/2013 10:36:00 AM

Canada's labour market got off to a rocky start to the year last month by shedding a surprisingly high 21,900 jobs - almost all full-time and mostly in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.

The result was weaker than economists had expected, even taking into account that the unemployment rate edged down one-tenth of a point to 7.0 per cent, the lowest it's been since December 2008.

Markets are likely to overlook the official unemployment rate, however, given it was due not to strength in the labour market, but on a technicality.
    
Almost 58,000 Canada left the work force in January or ceased looking for employment, the largest exodus from the labour market since 1995.

Regionally, Ontario and British Columbia were responsible for almost all the employment reversal last month with losses of 31,200 and 15,900 respectively. Alberta and Saskatchewan had a good month with gains of ...

Weather Hampers Air Travel

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/8/2013 9:04:00 AM

As of 9 o'clock Friday morning, 466 flights into and out of Pearson International Airport have been cancelled because of weather.

The storm that is pounding Toronto, is actually affecting flights from Chicago to Quebec City.

But there's another storm that is hampering air traffic up the US east coast.

New York and Boston are now under a blizzard warning with as much as 14 inches of snow expected for New York.

On the Toronto island, Porter was reporting 'a couple of dozen' flights cancelled on Friday morning, but they expect that list to get a little longer as the day rolls along.

There are travel advisories posted for New York, Washington, Boston and Montreal.

If you're travelling, it's safe to say, call or check ahead.

Update: SCHOOL CLOSURES & CANCELLATIONS

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/8/2013 12:30:00 PM

EVENING CANCELLATIONS

- Peel District School Board evening classes and permits are cancelled
- Durham Region School Board community permits cancelled after 6 p.m. 
- George Brown evening and continuing education classes will also be cancelled. Child care centres will close at 3p.m., however children will continue be cared for until parents are able to pick them up. All classes are scheduled to resume as usual Saturday morning. 
- U of T's St. George campus is closed at 3PM but Robarts Library is open until 11PM for students

 

PROGRAMS:


- Community Living Toronto programs are closed for the day
- North York Family Health Team 
- Circle of Care - koshur meals on wheels transportation will be provided to high risk clients only - transportation for essential  drive only - adult day program cancelled for today
- All locations of ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development will be closed for the ...

UPDATE: One pedestrian dies, another critically injured in Whitby

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/8/2013 3:11:00 AM

Whitby police are investigating a fatal pedestrian incident that happened Thursday night.

The call came in at 10:45 p.m when two younger men were struck on Dundas Street East near Garden Street.

Both of them were rushed to hospital in critical condition, but one of the men has since died of his injuries.

Police say they were not using a desginated crosswalk at the time and they don't anticipate any charges being laid.

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