6 people in hospital after 5-car crash in Richmond Hill

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/16/2013 6:26:00 PM

3 kids are reportedly in hospital after a 5-car crash in Richmond Hill.

It happened on King Rd late Saturday afternoon.

York Regional Police have closed King between Dufferin St & Bathurst St for the investigation.

In all 6 people were rushed from the scene to hospital.

Slippery roads & poor visibility became a problem across the GTA late in the day.  It isn't clear if they contributed to this crash.

Trudeau challenged on wealth, experience in leadership debate

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/16/2013 4:40:00 PM

Justin Trudeau took a ribbing from his fellow Liberal leadership candidates at a debate in Mississauga Saturday.

One of the most aggressive exchanges came from former Ontario MP Martha Hall Findlay, who challenged Trudeau on his focus on the middle class.

She questioned what Trudeau knows about the middle class given his wealth, a challenge that drew some boos from the audience.

Trudeau said he's all about putting his privileged life into service for his country & giving back to Canadians.

Trudeau was also scrutinized by rival Marc Garneau.

The astronaut-turned-politician questioned Trudeau on his qualifications for the party's top job & accused him of using too many generalities when talking policy.

Trudeau stressed his ability to connect with people & said that's the key to leading the Liberals back to power.  He cited his success in winning his Montreal riding over the Bloc Québecois 2 elections ago.

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BMW recalls 570K of their most popular models

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/16/2013 1:31:00 PM

BMW is recalling almost 570, 000 of their most popular cars.  65, 000 of them were sold in Canada.

The issue is with a battery cable connector that can fail & cause the engine to stall.

The recall affects 3-Series sedans, wagons, convertibles & coupes from the 2007-11 model years. Also included are 1-Series coupes & convertibles from 2008-12, & the Z4 sports car from 2009-11.

BMW says it knows of 1 minor collision in Canada because of the connector problem, but no one was hurt.

Dealers will replace the battery cable connector & secure it for free. Owners will start to get notices in March.

(With files from the Associated Press)

City of Toronto issues extreme cold weather alert

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/16/2013 9:20:00 AM

The city of Toronto has issued an extreme cold weather alert. Officials make the call when they expect the temperature to drop down to -15 degrees overnight.

An alert is issued to make homeless people aware of the dangers of staying outside too long, and to make sure they have safe and warm places to go. Some restrictions at shelters are eased and extra spaces are opened up.

Just yesterday, about 60 anti-poverty protestors held a demonstration outside the mayor's office, arguing that there are not enough shelter beds in the city.

Councillor Adam Vaughan told the protestors he will ask council to hold an emergency debate on the issue.

Conclave to elect new Pope may be held earlier

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/16/2013 7:43:00 AM

The Vatican is raising the possibility that the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than March 15 - the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15-20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant.
Vatican spokesman The Rev. Federico Lombardi says top officials can study the Holy See's constitution to determine whether such a rule change is possible.
The 15-20 day rule is in place to allow time for the arrival in Rome of ``all those (cardinals) who are absent.''
But Lombardi notes the cardinals already know that this pontificate will end on Feb. 28 and can get to Rome in plenty of time.
He says the Vatican rules are open to interpretation and that ``this is a question that people are discussing.''
(The Associated Press)

UPDATE: Shooting investigation closes parts of the Gardiner

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/16/2013 4:15:00 PM

For the 3rd time today, police have closed part of the Gardiner to investigate an early-morning shooting.

Westbound lanes of the Gardiner were closed a before 6pm.  Eastbound lanes were closed between Parklawn & York from 4pm-5pm.

Bullets were shot from the highway around 4:30am Saturday into 2 condo units on Queen's Quay, near Bathurst St.  The bullets pierced windows of a 10th floor unit, another on the 12th.

No one inside the condos was hurt.

They found 3 shell casings on the Westbound Gardiner when it was first closed on Saturday morning.

There's no information yet on any suspects or cars they might be driving.

Mayor and premier agree to disagree on road tolls

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/16/2013 5:40:00 AM

The mayor says he and premier Kathleen Wynne have agreed to disagree on transit funding.

Rob Ford told reporters yesterday that he made it clear to the premier over the phone last week that he is opposed to new taxes or road tolls.

Easing gridlock is one of Wynne's priorities as premier, and she hasn't ruled out those kinds of revenue tools for transit.

Ford and Wynne haven't yet met in person since she became premier.

TTC staff recommend no changes to stroller policy

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/16/2013 5:35:00 AM

A report going to the TTC on February 25th recommends no changes to the stroller policy.

The issue came up after a complaint a few weeks ago - whether the number of strollers on a bus or streetcar should be limited, or whether there should be an extra fare.

Staff have looked into it and reject both suggestions.

The report says that strollers are occupied by children who have either paid or are exempt from a fare, and so the case for carrying strollers is stronger than for luggage or backpacks.

Federal Liberal candidates in Mississauga for third debate

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/16/2013 5:44:00 AM

The race is over in Ontario, but federal Liberals are still searching for their new leader and the candidates will be in Mississauga today.

The third debate will be held, starting at 1 p.m.

For the first time, the candidates will be paired up for one-on-one debates.

The topics will include the role of the federal government within the federation, the future of the middle class, transit and infrastructure, job creation, immigration, and international trade.

Toronto Offers Skiing and Snowboarding This Family Day

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/16/2013 4:52:00 AM

If you're looking to go skiing or snowboarding on Family Day, there's some good news.

Not only is there still lots of snow to enjoy, but both will be open all day on Monday.

Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre will be open from noon until 9:30 on Monday evening, with Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre is going to be open from 10 in the morning until 9:30 in the evening.

The two hills are offering "Adults Pay, Kids Play" packages fron 4pm until 9:30 pm. That's where adults pay $23.25 and up to two children under the age of 18 can ski or snowboard for free. The cost of rentals will be extra.

Ride the Red Rocket on Family Day

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/16/2013 4:04:00 AM

If you're sticking around the city for the long weekend, the TTC is operating on a family schedule on Family Day Monday.

All routes will be on a Sunday Service schedule, but will start a little earlier at around 6 in the morning.

you can also take advantage of the TTC Day Pass with provides unlimited one day travel for a group of up to six people, with the maximum two adults and no more than 4 kids, for just $10.75. The pass remains valid from the start of service, until 5:30 the next morning.

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