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Attentive cops help save newborn

Posted By: James Moore · 2/17/2013 5:32:00 PM

A pair of Toronto police officers are being credited for helping save a newborn.

They were keeping watch over a baby that had been pronounced dead at a Toronto-area hospital on Sunday.

The infant was covered up with a sheet and Police were asked to watch over the body until coroners arrived.

Eventually, one of the officers noticed the baby stirring under the sheet.

Medical staff were called in and the child is now in stable condition but remains in the hospital.

Details on the circumstances surrounding this incident are still slim.

The two officers involved were not immediately available to speak to NEWSTALK 1010.

Reports say a woman gave birth to the baby on a sidewalk in the Jane-and-Finch area in Sunday morning's minus-double digit temperatures.

The newborn, the child's mother, and grandmother were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Its not clear what condition the baby was in when ...

Martha Hall Findlay apologizes to Justin Trudeau

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/17/2013 5:16:00 PM

Liberal leadership hopeful Martha Hall Findlay is apologizing to Justin Trudeau.

The olive branch comes after Findlay suggested Trudeau is a wealthy elitist out of touch with the middle class during a leadership debate in Mississauga Saturday.

Findlay took questioned whether the perceived front-runner has any real understanding of the problems facing middle-class Canadians.

Trudeau responded that his privileged background isn't an issue, what matters is his commitment to public service.

Hall Findlay was booed by some in the debate audience & was widely criticized on social media for the aggressive questioning.

She said she was trying to question Trudeau about whether his experience qualifies him to be leader.

After the debate, Hall Findlay said her comments were not personal & on Sunday she went further by posting an apology on her website.

"There are some who believe that I overstepped a line in the leadership debate," the statement said. ...

Snow causes backlog at Pearson

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/17/2013 4:57:00 PM

Flight cancellations & delays have been plaguing Pearson on Sunday after snowfall Saturday.

Over 100 Sunday flights between Toronto, Quebec & the eastern US impacted after a similar number of cancellations Saturday.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority blames Saturday's snow & a storm hitting northeastern states for the scrapped or delayed flights.

The airport hopes to have the backlog cleared by Sunday night.

If you're flying out of Pearson or expecting someone flying in, check the status of your flight before heading out to the airport.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Danica Patrick scores pole for Daytona 500

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/17/2013 4:30:00 PM

Danica Patrick has won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the 1st woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race.

It's the biggest achievement of her 4-year NASCAR career.

Patrick went out 8th in the qualifying session Sunday & covered the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.

She waited about 2 hours as 37 fellow drivers tried to take her spot. Only 4-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon even came close to knocking her off.

Gordon was the only other driver who topped 196 mph. He locked up the other guaranteed spot in next week's season-opening Daytona 500.

The rest of the field will be set in duel qualifying races Thursday.

However the field unfolds, all drivers will line up behind Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet SS for "The Great American Race."

(The Associated Press)

Teens kidnap 2 seniors at gunpoint

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/17/2013 3:15:00 PM

In Quebec, 2 boys have been arrested for the gunpoint kidnapping of 2 seniors.

A 70-year-old woman & 65-year-old man were taken Friday from their home near
Maniwaki & driven to a barn about 150 km away.

Eventually the kidnappers took off.

The victims escaped Saturday morning & flagged down a passing car.

A 16-year-old Ottawa boy was arrested in nearby Pembroke while a 17-year-old boy turned himself in to Quebec police.

Investigators are trying to figure out if a 3rd person was involved & whether the gun used was real or fake.

The motive for the kidnapping isn't clear.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

Thousands rally in Washington against Keystone XL pipeline

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/17/2013 2:17:00 PM

Thousands of people have gathered on the Washington Mall, urging the President to  make good on recent promises to fight climate change.

Organizers are billing the protest, as the biggest climate protest in American history.

TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline is the rally's most popular whipping boy. Protesters formed a human pipeline & many waved signs and chanted slogans against Keystone XL.

Canadian tribal leaders & movie stars are in the crowd.  So are Americans with ties to Canada & even a group of nuns.

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he'll make a decision on the project in the near term.

The pipeline would move crude from the Alberta oilsands to refineries along the US gulf coast.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Canadians bored with Economic Action Plan ads

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/17/2013 2:15:00 PM

Canadians may be getting bored with all those Economic Action Plan ads the Harper government has been running since 2009.

The ads with the upward arrows & blue background have cost millions of tax dollars, & a new round of them kicks off Monday.

But a series of polls commissioned by the Finance Department suggests the ads are losing their lustre.

The surveys over 4 years show fewer Canadians than ever are taking any action as a result of the ads, & fewer people remember them.

A Finance Department official says the government has a responsibility to communicate with citizens about its programs & policies.

But New Democrat finance critic Peggy Nash says many of the programs have long expired, & she calls the ads a waste of money in a time of restraint.

(The Canadian Press)

New details in death of Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/17/2013 12:38:00 PM

South Africans woke up Sunday to find new details about the death of Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend splashed all over the country's newspapers.

The tidbits reported by City Press are said to come from anonymous police sources.

The paper says a bloody cricket bat found at Pistorius' home could become a key piece of evidence in the case.  Steenkamp's skull is said to have been found "crushed".  Police are considering that Steenkamp may have been beaten with the bat, but also that she may have used it to defend herself from her attacker.

City Press also reports that Steenkamp was first shot in the bedroom of the Olympian's home & may have been running to hide in the bathroom when she was hit 3 more times.

Police haven't commented on these new details.

Steenkamp will be cremated & remembered at a private funeral in her hometown of Port Elizabeth South Africa on Tuesday.

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AUDIO: Room for improvement in GTA elementary school grades

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/17/2013 11:45:00 AM

Updated elementary school rankings put together by the Fraser Institute show that 28 per cent of students are scoring below the provincial standard.

The annual report card is based on province-wide testing of reading, writing and math.

Some of the good news from the report is that several schools in Toronto got a perfect 10 score, including Seneca Hill, St Henry Catholic, Prince of Peace Catholic, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau Public.  

The GTA average score of 6.6 is slightly higher than last year's 6.5.

TDSB schools scored 6.4, a slight decrease from 2012.

Some critics say the scores are a poor return on the government's investment of billions of dollars a year.

Annie Kidder with People for Education says reducing education to math, reading and writing scores is meaningless.

She says all across the world, grades on standardised tests do exactly they're doing in the GTA.

"Eventually, (the marks) get to a ...

Teen shot near Jane and St Clair

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/17/2013 7:22:00 AM

Police are investigating a shooting near Jane St and St Clair Ave W this morning.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the stomach just after midnight on Woolner Ave.

His injuries are not life-threatening.

Police are looking for a man who was wearing a black leather jacket.

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