Nightmare voyage comes to an end

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/14/2013 11:28:00 PM

Passengers pulling into an Alabama port after days aboard a disabled cruise ship are shouting ``Hello, Mobile'' and ``Roll Tide'' to hundreds of people gathered at the terminal.

Despite their obvious excitement, passengers who have described miserable conditions aboard still have hours to wait Thursday and into Friday before they can walk on solid ground.

Carnival Cruise Lines has said once the ship is stationary, it will take up to five hours for all of the 3,000 or so passengers to disembark.

Anxious passengers are lining the decks waving, cheering loudly and whistling to those on shore.

Passengers have the option of a seven-hour bus ride to the Texas cities of Galveston or Houston or a two-hour trip to New Orleans.

Buses are standing by to take them to their next stop.

The Carnival CEO has apologized to the cruise passengers for the poor conditions aboard the disabled ship.

Company ...

Toronto firefighters hurt while battling blaze

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/14/2013 11:21:00 PM

Toronto EMS confirms 2 Toronto firefighters were taken to hospital with minor injuries on Thursday night after being hurt on the job. 

Reports say they fell 2 storeys while fighting a blaze on Silverthorn Avenue, near Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue. 

Calls for help came just after 8:00pm.

More to come...

Fugitive ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner confirmed dead

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/14/2013 8:13:00 PM

Authorities in California confirmed on Thursday that former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner died in a mountain cabin.

His burned remains were identified through dental records.

Dorner triggered one of the biggest manhunts in recent memory after being linked to the killings of four people.

The manhunt ended this week when he was cornered in cabin that caught fire after tear gas was lobbed in.

The San Bernadino County medical examiner has yet to rule on how Dorner died, whether it was from the flames or from a single gunshot that was heard from the cabin as his violent shootout with police drew to a close.

(The Canadian Press with files from NEWSTALK 1010)

Highway 407 drives big profits

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/14/2013 8:11:00 PM

Toll highway operator 407 International is reporting a 128 per cent increase in profit for the fourth quarter as it recorded higher average revenue per trip compared with the same period last year.

The company says net income was $39.3 million for the quarter compared with $17.2 million in the year earlier period. Revenues were $187.2 million, up from $172.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The company, which owns the private 407 Highway connecting several cities in the Greater Toronto Area, saw a slight decline of
the total number of trips taken during this period from 29,211 from 29,317 in the fourth-quarter of 2011.

However, average revenue per trip was $6.40 during the quarter, up from $5.89 year over year.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $32.5 million, down from $34.6 million year over year. Interest and other expenses were also down, coming in at $84.7 million for ...

Skateboard could hold key to rail car arson case

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/14/2013 7:00:00 PM

The Canadian Pacific Police think a beat-up skateboard could be the key to answers in a year-old arson case.

A rail car with 10 Honda CRVs inside was set ablaze near Ethel Ave & West Toronto St on the night of February 10th 2012,

The fire caused over $400, 000 damage.

Police say the fire may have been started with spray paint.  There was graffiti on the burned rail car & others nearby, but police couldn't pinpoint how fresh the tags were.

CP Police want to talk to the owner of a skateboard found next to the burned out car.  It's a white bottom deck emblazoned with the word "sanction" in red, though some of the letters are worn off.

The board comes from Sanction, a Toronto snow & skate board shop with 3 locations in the city, including one not far away on Dundas St W at Pacific Ave.


Extra Curricular Talks Continue

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/14/2013 5:04:00 PM

The province has wrapped up its meeting with the province's high school teachers for the day with no change on the extra curricular front.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) says it was a productive discussion that lasted several hours. The OSSTF maintains they are moving forward.

Just 24 hours earlier, premier Kathleen Wynne's transition team met with school board representatives and the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

The discussions are in an effort to bring extra curricular activities back in schools.

OSSTF says they are in the process of scheduling another meeting with the province next week.

Horwath and Wynne Meet

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/14/2013 4:14:00 PM

It lasted 30 minutes. After  Andrea Horwath emerged from the premier's office, there didn't seem to be any smiles.

However, the NDP leader's stern face was the only thing which revealed her frustration. She wouldn't admit to it, repeating it was a straight-forward conversation.

Horwath revealed she laid out her expectations Kathleen Wynne,  including priorities of
affordability, curbing youth unemployment, improvements in homecare and closing corporate tax loopholes.

She underlines she hasn't made any decisions on whether to support Wynne's throne speech next week - or even the budget later this spring - without seeing them first.

If the minority Liberals don't get any opposition support, the province would be thrust into an election campaign.

Wynne also sent a letter to both opposition leaders, thanking them for their input. She called meetings she had with Horwath and PC leader Tim Hudak "extremely helpful."

"I trust you will see many of ...

Video Released Connected to Murder of Toronto Couple in Florida

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/14/2013 3:14:00 PM

Police in Hallandale Beach Florida, have released a video connected to the murder of a Toronto couple in the town back on January 10th.

Cops say the video shows the woman walking to the rear of the home on the day before David Pichosky and Rochelle Wise were found dead. She was spotted carrying something, but when she emerged from the back of the building, her hands were empty.

Officers have shown the video to people in the community, and they have no idea who the woman is. The family of the victims, also aren't sure who it could be.

Pichosky and Wise were found dead after they didn't show up for a lunch date they had planned with a neighbour.

The causes of death still haven't been released.

Mayors Want Reformed Arbitration System

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/14/2013 2:37:00 PM

Every wonder why your taxes are so high? Mayors from around Ontario say part of the problem is arbitrated contracts for police officers and firefighters.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) maintains these settlements are costing taxpayers money because they cause city budgets to skyrocket.

AMO President Russ Powers says arbitrators need to take into account what a community can afford. He suggests instead of awarding settlements to police officers that are comparable to other forces in Ontario, arbitrators should looks at what other increases unions in a given community have received.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion says it's only fair to these other unions.

AMO is pushing all three provincial parties to change the arbitration system.

McCallion notes while property taxes would go up without inflated arbitrated settlements, this contributes to how high they might be.

She adds she appreciates what police officers and firefighters do but stresses there ...

Lockdown At Brampton High School.

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/14/2013 2:37:00 PM

Peel Police locked down Central Peel Secondary School in Brampton on Thursday after a robbery happened just off of school property.

The lockdown went into effect around 12:30, and police say three people were arrested inside the school a short time later.

Constable Thomas Ruttan with Peel Police says the robbery was a 'street level' robbery and did not happen on school property.

It's not yet known if the suspects arrested were students at the school. 

Ruttan also couldn't say whether or not there was a gun found.

No word on how long the lockdown will last.

No Need For Special Driving Permits

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/14/2013 4:53:00 PM

You can breathe a sigh of relief.

If you're heading to Florida, you don't need one of those International Driving Permits.

News broke on Thursday morning, that any driver who wanted to motor around the Sunshine State would need the special permits, sold in Canada only at CAA.

Lineups at outlets in Toronto stretched as long as two hours just to file the papers.

Early Thursday afternoon the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles sent an email:

During the 2012 legislative session, the Florida Legislature amended section 322.04, Florida Statutes, to require visitors from outside the United States to have an International Driving Permit in order to drive lawfully in Florida. This change took effect Jan. 1, 2013.

It has come to the Department's attention that this requirement may violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (1949), an international treaty to which the United States is a signatory. Treaties to which ...

Update: Kachkar Blames Sister After Takedown

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 2/14/2013 8:01:00 PM

Pulled out of a snow plow by two members of the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force (ETF), Richard Kachkar was heard saying "this is my sister's fault," according to testimony from Sgt. Scott Payne.

Payne told court that once Kachkar's stolen plow hit a garbage truck at Keele and Humberside, two ETF vehicles pinned in the now 46 year-old man, firing three Tasers and two gunshots at him before pulling him out of the vehicle.

Kachkar was stopped just after 7 a.m. on January 12th, 2011 after striking and killing Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell near Avenue and Davenport about an hour earlier.

The jury was told that before Kachkar was stopped he drove in opposite lanes, through red lights and into other vehicles around Toronto.

Three police officers told court that while following Kachkar he appeared to be yelling at them, although none of them actually heard what was ...

Wynne Should Take Lie Detector Test: Klees

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/14/2013 1:31:00 PM

The premier should take a lie detector test.

That's from Tory MPP Frank Klees, who underlines she doesn't believe Kathleen Wynne wasn't part of the decision-making process to cancel the Mississauga Gas Plant days before the 2011 provincial election.

Wynne has denied any involvement despite being Liberal campaign co-chair. She has also said she is willing to testify during committee hearings looking into both the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations that cost taxpayers $230 million. Wynne was cabinet minister at the time of both of those decisions.

Klees says it would establish her credibility.

When asked if he thinks deputy premier and health minister Deb Matthews should take a lie detector to answer questions about the Ornge air ambulance spending scandal, Klees laughed. However, he went on to say he thinks Matthews needs to reveal why she's not taking direct responsibility for what happened at Ornge.

City Ombudsman Releases Annual Report

Posted By: Amber Gero · 2/14/2013 10:15:00 AM

The City’s watchdog is out with her annual report on the complaints her office receives from Torontonians about the services the City of Toronto provides.

Fiona Crean says with the independent Ombudsman’s office being relatively new in Toronto, there is still some confusion over her role.  Crean notes that there has also been some resistance from city staff, but her office generally receives “good cooperation from the public service”. 

Crean says while her office has only been in existence for just under four years, it can point to a number of successes. “More than half of the 160 recommendations made since my office opened advocated systemic change and cross-city fixes. All of them have been accepted.”

In 2012, the Office of the Ombudsman addressed 1430 complaints, six of which became systemic reviews of city programs and services. Similar to what was reported in 2011, the most common complaints made by ...

UPDATE: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius charged with girlfriend's murder

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/14/2013 8:21:00 AM

Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs.

Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said.

Hours later after undergoing police questioning, Pistorius left a police station accompanied by officers. He looked down as
photographers snapped pictures, the hood on his grey workout jacket pulled up, covering most of his face.

Police said a 26-year-old male would appear in court later on Thursday on the charge of murder but that has been delayed until Friday. They also say there had "previously been incidents at the home of Mr. ...

SIU investigating police chase after a cyclist is injured

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/14/2013 2:19:00 AM

A cyclist had her leg pinned by a car, after a police chase came to an end on Queen West Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses say two cars mounted each side of the road near Augusta Avenue and Queen St. around 4:30 p.m.
One of those cars was being pursued by police.

The female cyclist's leg became pinned between the car and a newspaper box. She suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries.

The SIU is now investigating.

Employee fights off robbery suspects

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/14/2013 2:12:00 AM

The attempted robbery of a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on Tuesday night, saw an employee wrestle a suspect to the ground.

This was in the Eglinton and Brimley Road area and in broad daylight around 4:30.
Police say two youths came in and one pointed a gun at one of the two clerks. One of them, a man, grabbed the gun and got a hold of the 17 year old boy.
One round went off, but no one was hurt.

The boy then managed to get hold of the gun and threw it at the employee, before the two suspects fled. They were caught by police a few minutes later.

The store clerk was treated for his injuries in hospital and will be okay.

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