Board of Health says Toronto casino is a bad gamble

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/11/2013 10:53:00 PM

By a unanimous vote, Toronto's Board of Health solidified its opposition to a new casino.

On Monday, it adopted a report from Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Chief Medical Officer of Health, that argues the potential costs outweigh the projected benefits.

McKeown's study points to poor air quality caused by increased traffic congestion, and 'negative family impacts' associated with problem gambling, like spousal abuse and divorce.

The Canadian Gaming Association calls the report flawed because it does not consider that gambling has been offered at Woobine for well over a decade.

Ontario's Lottery & Gaming Corporation wants to build a casino in the GTA and Toronto is their top choice for a building site.

City council makes the final decision on the casino question in April.

No Chance for Officer Once Struck by Plow Court Hears

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 2/11/2013 5:18:00 PM

Despite efforts to save 35 year-old Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell, court heard Monday that based on the injuries he suffered, his death was "inevitable."

Ontario's top forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Pollanen (who also testified at the Michael Rafferty murder trial) detailed the extent of his injuries after being struck by a stolen snowplow driven by Richard Kachkar near Avenue and Davenport January 12th, 2011.

Russell's family and friends, including his widow Christine, watched on in courtroom 9 on the 4th floor at 361 University Avenue and maintained composed as Pollanen described the officer's head injuries as "massive."

46 year-old Richard Kachkar, who has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and dangerous driving in his death, sat emotionless in a dark blazer, white striped shirt, and khaki pants, with his eyes looking towards the ground.

Court heard that Russell's official cause of death was "blunt impact head trauma" and ...

Apparent Gas Leak Sends Dozens To Hospital.

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/11/2013 4:10:00 PM

More than two dozen people were taken to hospital after an apparent gas leak at a Senior Public School in Mississauga.

Officials from Peel District School Board say it was nothing serious, and as a matter of fact school resumed around 11:30 Monday morning.

What happened was someone turned on, or left on, a bunsen burner tap at Allan A Martin Sr Public School, which ended up being the source of the leak.

School officials actually shut it down before fire crews arrived.

It all happened around 10:45 this morning, and the school was evacuated and aired out until about 11:30 until the fire crews deemed the air safe..

Of the 25 people taken to hospital, 24 of those were students, and all were taken just as a precaution.

Wynne Sworn In As New Premier. Full Cabinet List Here

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/11/2013 3:30:00 PM

Kathleen Wynne has been sworn in as premier of Ontario, becoming the province's first female leader and Canada's first
openly gay premier.

Wynne is replacing Dalton McGuinty, who led the province for nine years.

The ceremony at the Ontario legislature will also see a number of Wynne's leadership rivals and Liberal backbenchers take key cabinet positions.

But the minority Liberals have a tough road ahead and an $12-billion deficit to tackle.

They've been under fire for the politically-motivated cancellations of two gas plants, that will cost taxpayers at least
$230 million.

Public school teachers are furious that the Liberals imposed two-year contracts that cut benefits and froze
most of their wages.

There are ten newcomers in Premier Kathleen Wynne's 27-member cabinet, including Guelph's Liz Sandals who takes on the
politically sensitive education portfolio. Other new ministers include:

- Peterborough's Jeff Leal in the new Ministry of Rural Affairs
- Sudbury's ...

Man Wanted in Death of 78 Year old Toronto Woman

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/11/2013 1:36:00 PM

A warrant for first degree murder has been issued in the November death of a 78 year old woman in the Wynford Drive and Eglinton Avenue East area.

Police are now looking for 46 year old Fernando De Castro from the Philippines.

Police claim De Castro and his wife Melpa arrived in Canada in 2007 and began working as house cleaners.

He allegedly also worked as a health care provider for elderly clients.

Cops say the victim hired the couple and became well known to them.

78 year old Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi was found in an apartment on November 17th, with obvious signs of trauma.

Officers now say that De Castro and his wife fled Canada on November 20th and are believed to be in the Philippines.

Anyone with information is asked to call Toronto Police.

Coyote Spotted in Downtown Toronto

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/11/2013 12:27:00 PM

There's an animal roaming around the Sackville Street and Carleton Street area.

That warning from Toronto Police.

The 'large coyote' was seen around 9 o'clock Sunday evening, and when cops arrived, it darted off into a ravine near Wellesley Park.

Police are reminding residents to not leave small pets or children unattended.

They also suggest not feeding your domestic pets outside.

BREAKING: Pope Benedict XVI to resign due to his advanced age

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/11/2013 6:15:00 AM

The head of the Roman Catholic church is stepping aside.

According to the Italian news agency ANSA, Pope Benedict XVI has decided to resign from his post. Benedict, the 265th Pope, began his papacy on April 19, 2005.

He will resign on February 28, a spokesperson for the Vatican said on Monday.

His full statement is as follows:


Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no ...

Freezing rain and possible flooding make for a tricky drive

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/11/2013 5:45:00 AM

The big concern during the morning rush hour on Monday will be water, and lots of it.

The almost 30 cm of snow we received on Friday will begin melting as the high climbs above zero and the danger with that, is flooding and pooling.

As of 5 a.m. on Monday, there were reports of large puddles of water on the southbound Don Valley Parkway near the Bayview/Bloor ramp. Same thing reported on sections of the Gardiner Expressway near Humber.

That's not the only concern, northern York Region and northern Durham Region were both put under freezing rain warnings, but they were called off after 6:40 a.m. Some texted into the NewsTalk 1010 studios saying that areas of Richmond Hill were extremely icy.

After 4 a.m. there were reports of a car spinning out of control on the southbound Highway 404 near Bloomington Road in Aurora.

However, Environment Canada's statement ...

Winners at the 55th Grammy Awards

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/11/2013 12:18:00 AM

Winners in selected major categories at the 55th annual Grammy Awards announced Sunday during ceremonies at the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center:
    _ Record of the year: ``Somebody That I Used to Know,'' Gotye
featuring Kimbra.
    _ Album of the year: ``Babel,'' Mumford & Sons.
    _ Song of the year: ``We Are Young,'' fun.
    _ New artist: fun.
    _ Pop solo performance: ``Set Fire to the Rain (Live),'' Adele.
    _ Pop vocal album: ``Stronger,'' Kelly Clarkson.
    _ Pop/duo group performance: ``Somebody That I Used to Know,''
Gotye featuring Kimbra.
    _ Traditional pop vocal album: ``Kisses on the Bottom,'' Paul
    _ Rap performance: ``N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s
in Paris,'' Jay-Z, Kanye West.
    _ Rap song: ``N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in
Paris,'' Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West.
    _ Rap/sung collaboration: ``No Church in the Wild,'' Jay-Z, Kanye
West featuring Frank Ocean, The-Dream.

SIU investigate shooting at a Scarborough apartment

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/11/2013 12:16:00 AM

The Province's Special Investigations Unit is very busy looking into two separate incidents involving Toronto police on Sunday.

Around 7 p.m. police responded to a call at 1 Lee Centre Drive. The apartment building is located near McCowan and the 401.

The SIU says there was an altercation between police and a man on the 8th floor and officers did use gunfire.

The 31 year old was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital after being shot in the chest. A woman was also taken to hospital in serious condition from the same address. She had been stabbed in the neck.

Meantime, one person is in custody after a shooting on the Exhibition grounds around 2:30 Sunday morning. Three young men were shot near Muzik nightclub.

The SIU say police fired gunshots at a car that was speeding away from the area.

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