Kathleen Wynne, new cabinet to be sworn in Monday

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/10/2013 6:40:00 PM

Kathleen Wynne makes it official Monday.

The new Liberal party leader will be sworn is Premier in a ceremony at the Ontario legislature at 3pm.  Wynne will become the province's 1st female leader & Canada's first openly gay premier.

John Tory, host of The Live Drive on Newstalk 1010 & former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader, says the ceremony will go by quickly.  Wynne's oath of office will last only 10 seconds since she has already been sworn in as an M-P-P.

Tory says most people swear on a religious book from home, some sort of heirloom with members of their family watching on.  The secretary to the cabinet will read the declaration in front of the Lieutenant Governor who will ultimately swear Wynne in.

Despite a changing of the guard at Queen's Park, Tory says there isn't a lot pomp & circumstance surrounding the swearing-in.  He says that's reserved for the throne ...

Freezing rain Sunday night, big warm up Monday

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/10/2013 5:54:00 PM

By Monday night, signs that just a few days ago, Toronto got one of the biggest dumps of snow in years could be just about gone.

Rain forecast for late Sunday night & into Monday morning could wash away the 30cm of snow that fell on Toronto Friday. The mercury is expected to 5 degrees Celsius on Monday.  The normal temperature for this time of year is -1.

There is also a chance for freezing rain Sunday night, but it will be short-lived in Toronto.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for parts of the GTA including Northern Durham Region, Northern York Region & Barrie.

City crews will be watching for flooding overnight.

As of early Sunday night the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority had water levels for water courses listed as normal.

Mayor Ford hints phase-out of land transfer tax is at hand

Posted By: James Moore · 2/10/2013 5:39:00 PM

Rob Ford says the first steps in potentially dismantling Toronto's land transfer tax are coming sooner than later.

Just days after saying he wants to slash the tax by 10 percent in the 2014 budget, the mayor hinted that wheels are already in motion.

"We're going to try to get 10 percent of (the land transfer tax) coming up in the next few months, we're going to see if we can start knocking it off, bit by bit," Ford says.

Speaking on Sunday's edition of NEWSTALK 1010's The City, Ford admitted the tax brings 'a lot of revenue' into city coffers but is adamant that it's days are numbered.

"We're the only municipality that has this tax.  Its a double-tax and I don't think its fair, I campaigned to get rid of it."

Ford did not say how long he expects it might take to eventually do away with the ...

Man dies after clearing snow

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/10/2013 5:18:00 PM

Friday's snow storm has claimed another life.

An 80-year-old Niagara Falls man collapsed while shovelling snow Saturday morning.  He died in hospital.  Niagara Regional Police say the man died from "physical exertion".

Clearing her driveway proved deadly for an 80-year-old Hamilton woman Friday morning.

There were also 2 reported deaths on snowed-out roads Friday.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

Wind turbine study tweaked

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/10/2013 5:10:00 PM

Health Canada has tweaked its methods for a study on the possible link between wind farms & the adverse health effects reported by those living near them.

Ottawa announced last summer it would conduct the study, a decision that was lauded by opponents of the towering turbines.

The department says revisions to the plan were informed by more than 950 comments submitted by residents during a public consultation.

It says changes were made to the assessment of infrasound & a questionnaire to be administered by Statistics Canada.

Turbine opponents contend that exposure to low-frequency noise & vibrations from wind turbines can lead to sleep disorders, headaches, depression, anxiety & even blood pressure changes.

The $1.8-million study will initially focus on residents in 2,000 dwellings near 8-12 wind-turbine installations.

There are about 140 such land-based wind farms in Canada, most of them in Ontario & Quebec.

The study is being conducted ...

Canadians up for Grammy gold

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/10/2013 3:48:00 PM

Canadians have a shot at some Grammy gold in LA Sunday night.

Toronto rapper Drake's "Take Care" is up for Rap Album. He's also nominated for Rap Performance & Rap Song for collaborations with Lil' Wayne.

British Columbian' Carly Rae Jepsen & her earworm "Call Me Maybe" are up for Song of the Year & Pop Solo Performance.  The song will also be performed during the wards by survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Niagara Falls native Deadmau5 is up for Dance/Electronica Album.  Michael Bublé gets a nod for Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, fun., Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, & Kanye West are tied at the top of the Grammy heap with 6 nominations each.

Here is a list of other Canucks nominated for Grammys:

-Win Butler & Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Song Written for Visual Media (The Hunger Games)
-Melanie Fiona, Traditional R&B ...

Boy killed in freak hockey accident

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/10/2013 2:43:00 PM

In Quebec, a 9-year-old boy has been killed in what looks to be a freak hockey accident.

The boy was playing alone on an outdoor rink in Saint Severin Saturday morning when a hockey net fell on top of him.

2 municipal workers found him underneath the net.  The boy was pronounced dead in hospital.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Quebec bans teens under 18 from using tanning beds

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/10/2013 1:24:00 PM

Quebec is set to become the latest province to ban the use of tanning beds for people under the age of 18.

The legislation, designed to protect young people from skin cancer, takes effect Monday.

Research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer shows that using indoor tanning equipment before age 35 significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma skin cancer.

Ontario & British Columbia are planning similar legislation.  Manitoba requires written parental consent before people under 18 can use a tanning bed.  Nova Scotia already bans people under 19 from using tanning beds.

France, Germany & Australia have also banned young people from using tanning beds.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Pearson Park 'N Fly apologizes for hours-long backlog

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/10/2013 1:18:00 PM

The Park'N Fly service at Pearson Airport is apologizing after some travellers waited as long as 8 hours to get their cars back Sunday.

In a letter to customers, Park 'N Fly CEO Ron Bresler says their service fell short of the company's high standards.

Bresler writes that it a "combination of the snowstorm, flight delays and cancellations created an abnormally high flow of returning customers. This situation resulted in unacceptable wait times.".

26cm of snow fell at Pearson on Friday.

Park 'N Fly has promised refunds & a future free stay for anyone using their service between 10pm Saturday February 9th & 10am Sunday February 10th.

Gays, blacks nixed as images on Canada's new plastic bank notes: report

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/10/2013 10:26:00 AM

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages,
black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new
plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the
more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.
Internal documents show that focus groups and a Bank of Canada
team reviewed a series of currency images intended in part to
reflect the diversity of Canada's population, particularly the
country's varied ethnic character.
Images that were considered included a Chinese dragon parade, the
swearing in of a new citizen, Toronto's annual Caribbean festival,
children of different ethnic backgrounds playing hockey or building
a snowman, and a person in a wheelchair playing basketball.
The image catalogue was drawn up in 2008 by The Strategic
Counsel, a market research firm hired for $476,000 to help the Bank
decide how to illustrate its new series of polymer $5, ...

Potential for freezing rain tonight

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/10/2013 4:55:00 AM

It was snow a couple of days ago, now Environment Canada is warning of the potential for freezing rain tonight.

The agency has put out a special weather statement for southern Ontario. It says a warm front will bring a a mix of precipitation tonight.

Rain will start in the Windsor area early this evening, then spread across the rest of southwestern Ontario. The GTA could get freezing rain as the temperature hovers around zero degrees.

Further north and east, there will be some more snow tonight with 5 to 10 cm possible into the morning.

UPDATE: SIU investigating shooting on Exhibition grounds

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/10/2013 12:45:00 PM

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is investigating after Toronto Police opened fire on a car that was seen leaving the scene of a shooting on the Exhibition grounds.

The situation got out of control when a fight broke out near Muzik nightclub at around 3:00am Sunday.

Soon after, police officers heard gunshots.  2 males were hit, one left with serious injuries.

A black, 4-door Honda Accord was seen driving away.

When the car refused to stop, police opened fire.

Two of the three people inside were hit by "projectiles," the SIU says.

They remain at St. Mike's Hospital.

Another person in the car was not injured and has been taken into custody by Toronto Police.

In a statement, the president of Muzik nightclub says the shooting did not take place on their property.

The SIU investigates incidents involving police where someone has died, been seriously injured, or there are allegations of sexual ...

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