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Expert panel to look into XL Foods E.coli outbreak

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/9/2013 2:23:00 PM

Agriculture Canada is setting up a panel of experts to look at ways to improve food safety.

This comes in the wake of the E. coli outbreak at an X-L Foods plant in Alberta last fall.

18 people fell ill & the outbreak triggered the largest beef recall in Canadian history.

The review will look at what contributed to the outbreak & why tainted meat was distributed to stores & eventually sold to shoppers.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Toronto pianist Glenn Gould to get lifetime achievement Grammy

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/9/2013 1:24:00 PM

Legendary Toronto pianist Glenn Gould will be honoured with a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy Saturday night.

Folksinger Carole King &sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, who died last year are among those who will also be presented with the award.

Gould died in 1982 from a stroke

The pianist's former lawyer & executor of his estate, Stephen Posen will accept the prize on Gould's behalf at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater.

It's the same venue where Gould played his final public performance in 1964.

Posen says Gould would have been "amused" by the honour but also deeply touched.

The Grammy Awards telecast is Sunday night.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Man killed in snowmobile crash northeast of Toronto

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/9/2013 9:23:00 AM

Police say a 46-year-old man has died in a snowmobile crash in Uxbridge, northeast of Toronto.
   
They say it happened around 10 p.m. Friday when a snowmobile collided with a truck equipped with a plow.
   
Police say the truck was clearing snow from a driveway at the time of the crash.
   
The snowmobiler was seriously injured and died in hospital.
   
His name has not been released, but police say he is from Udora.

(The Canadian Press)

School-related closures for Saturday

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/9/2013 7:15:00 AM

The storm has moved on, but there are still a few school-related closures today.

CLOSURES ON SATURDAY:

Peel District School Board - All International Language classes, and Adult ESL and LINC classes are cancelled for Saturday, Feb.9. All Saturday permits are also cancelled.

York Region District School Board - Due to the weather, all YRDSB permits and instructional classes are cancelled for Saturday, Feb. 9.

 The following LSAT centres will be closed Saturday, Feb. 9:

  • Hamilton—McMaster University, 0959
  • Toronto—York University/Osgoode Hall Law School, 0932

UPDATE: Storm hits the U.S. Northeast

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/9/2013 8:44:00 AM

A massive storm packing hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions is sweeping through the Northeast, dumping more than 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to 650,000 customers.

The worst hit state is Connecticut where one city has reported 38 inches of snow, or 96 cm, according to NBC. The attached photo comes was posted to Twitter by Connecticut journalist David McKay.
   
Areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched 2 feet or more.
   
The National Weather Service says up to 3 feet is expected in Boston, threatening the city's 2003 record of 27.6 inches.
   
Throughout the Northeast, hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses lost electricity. Airlines cancelled more than 5,300
flights through Saturday, and New York City's three major airports and Boston's Logan Airport closed.
   
The storm is being blamed on at least four deaths in New York and Canada.
   
(With files from The ...

Snowstorm headed for Atlantic Canada

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/9/2013 5:28:00 AM

Atlantic Canada is in the path of two fierce snowstorms
that are combining.
   
One storm hit southern Ontario and Quebec on Friday, leading to
at least three Ontario deaths - two on the roads and an 80-year-old
woman who was shovelling her driveway. The other is hammering the
northeastern United States.
   
Forecasters are predicting 30 to 40 centimetres of snow today for
parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and up to 30 centimetres for
Prince Edward Island.
   
It appears Newfoundland will get off relatively lightly with up
to 25 centimetres of snow by Sunday.
   
Forecasters say in some parts of Atlantic Canada, the snow will
be whipped by winds of up to 100 kilometres an hour, cutting
visibility to almost zero.
   
Dozens of today's flights have been cancelled at Halifax
Stanfield International Airport.
   
(The Canadian Press)

UPDATE: GTA feeling the storm hangover today

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/9/2013 10:24:00 AM

The snow may be done, but the GTA is feeling a bit of a storm hangover this morning.

Snow plows are still at work clearing all streets. Director of Transportation Services with the City of Toronto, Peter Noehammer, says the main roads have been plowed and the focus today will be a second round on the side streets. He says the snow clearing should be done by this evening.

Noehammer says the clearing will cost the city about $4-million out of its $82-million winter maintenance budget.

Environment Canada has provided snowfall amounts - 26 cm of snow fell at Pearson airport, 28 in downtown Toronto. Parts of St Catharines recorded 44 cm.

It has been a traveller's nightmare at Pearson Airport since the storm started. This morning, the arrivals and departures lists show a lot of yellow and red, for delays and cancellations.

150 arrivals today have been cancelled, and 75 departures.

Inside the airport, there have been ...

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