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UPDATE: Baby May Have Suffered Hypothermia, Making it Appear She was Dead

Posted By: David Woodard · 2/19/2013 9:36:00 PM

A newborn child who had been wrongly declared dead may have suffered from hypothermia.

The infant was born on a Toronto sidewalk on Sunday after her mother went into labour while on her way to hospital.

Paramedics rushed the woman and child to hospital, where the infant was declared dead.

1-and-a-half hours later, while Toronto police officers were watching the body waiting for the coroner to arrive, one of the officers noticed the infant move.

The baby girl was alive, and transferred to Toronto Sick Kids Hospital.  She is expected to recover fully.

Hypothermia can cause the body's metabolism to slow down so much that a person can appear to be dead.

Toronto Officer Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Masseuse

Posted By: David Woodard · 2/19/2013 9:25:00 PM

A Toronto police officer has been convicted of forcing a North York masseuse to perform oral sex on him while on duty.

37-year-old Mandeep Sandhu told the court he was checking licenses of businesses in June of 2010 when the woman attacked him.

The judge said he didn't believe the officers claims.

Sandhu will be sentenced on April 30th.

Police board delays strip search debate

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/19/2013 7:04:00 PM

The police board has once again delayed its decision on revising the force's strip search policy.

The debate has been ongoing for more than ten years, since the Supreme Court of Canada made a decision that stated strip searches are subject to limitations, according to law.

Former mayor John Sewell has been fighting to have the number of such searches reduced. He calls them unncessary, humiliating, and belittling.

The board chair, Alok Mukherjee, was to present a revised policy at a meeting on Tuesday. The revised policy states that a strip search can't be a matter of routine policy.

But Sewell argues the revision is not good enough. He says it doesn't say anything specific about reducing the number of strip searches.

Given Sewell's concerns, and some legal issues that the police chief has brought forward, the chair will take another look at the policy and report back to the ...

24 Year Old Arrested in 2009 Murder

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/19/2013 5:15:00 PM


Police have charged a 24 year old man with first degree murder in the shooting death of a man in January of 2009.

It was back on January 3rd of 2009, that police were called to an address on Milvan Drive in the Finch and Weston Road area.

That's where the body of 36 year old Johnny Gewarges Youkhana was found bleeding from gunshot wounds. He later died of his injuries.

Toronto cops charged Ali Raza with first degree murder, after arresting him without incident at Pearson International Airport.

He's been wanted since the shooting happened and officers believed he'd ran off to Pakistan.

Two others were arrested back in 2009, allegedly connected to the crime.

20 year old Anderson Nop from Toronto was arrested back on January 11th, 2009, and 22 year old Augusto Charlery from Toronto, was picked up on February 11th, 2009.

Both have also been charged ...

NDP To Prop Up Throne Speech

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/19/2013 5:02:00 PM

The Province's NDP say they will support Premier Kathleen Wynne's first throne speech, despite it being "vague to the extreme" .

NDP leader Andrea Horwath made the comments shortly after the Throne Speech was delivered by Lt-Gov. David Onley.

Horwath adds, however, that she will not support the Liberal budget unless it delivers on some of the promises made. She underlines a lot of the items are achievable.

Meantime, PC leader Tim Hudak says he will not vote in favour of the speech. He says Wynne chose former Premier Dalton McGuinty's agenda which he says lead to the province's jobs and debt crisis.

Hudak underlines the only way for the province to grow, is to change the team that leads it.

Video: Mayor Ford Doesn't Know 'What More We Can Do' About Youth Gun Violence

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 2/19/2013 4:40:00 PM

In the wake of recent gun violence in the GTA that's left four boys under 16 dead, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says there are no easy answers.

"It's frustrating," said Ford outside his second floor office at city hall Tuesday. "I don't know what more we can do."

Ford, himself a father of two young children, passed along his condolences to the families that have lost loved ones to recent violence.

"It must be absolutely terrible to lose your son or daughter at 15," said Ford.

"It really bothers me when I hear about this," said the Mayor. "We're trying our best...we're putting in more money for the arts, for rec programs...If I had an answer for it, I'd implement it."

Ford doesn't think more debate at council is doing to do much and says more cash isn't the answer either.

"We've invested money in the programs. Throwing money at ...

Throne Speech Read At Queen's Park

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/19/2013 3:01:00 PM

The premier has unveiled her roadmap for the province.

The Throne Speech was read in front of the legislature by Lt Gov David Onley Tuesday afternoon,  stressing the need of the opposition to work with the minority Liberals.

"There are so many opportunities for progress, for all parties to join together," it reads.

It reaches out to the NDP by ways of tackling youth unemployment and to the Tories by promising to establish better government accountability practises. Throughout the speech, there are references to how the government can work with the opposition, pointing out the premier doesn't believe there is a great divide between the parties.

The province also promises to treat the labour force "fairly and with respect", underlining the importance of collective bargaining.

Touching on the gas plant cancellations in Mississauga and Oakville, the throne speech repeats the government will work with all parties in the legislature when ...

Helene Campbell Visits With Ellen

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/19/2013 2:27:00 PM

You'll probably recognize the name: Helene Campbell.

She's the 21 year old Ottawa woman, who received a double lung transplant and now crusader for organ and tissue donation, who made headlines when she first appeared on Ellen in the US.

Her first appearance was via Skype and she was shown still breathing oxygen through tubes in her nose.

During that conversation, Ellen invited the Canadian on the show 'as soon as she was able to travel.'

Tuesday was her day.

Campbell danced her way onto the stage, before sitting down and having a chat with Ellen. Watch the video here.



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Harper Unveils Office of Religious Freedom

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/19/2013 2:13:00 PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced his government's long-awaited Office of Religious Freedom.

Andrew Bennett, a public servant and academic who has worked for the Privy Council Office, has been named ambassador to the office.

Speaking at a mosque and community centre in Maple today, Harper said violations of religious freedom are widespread and increasing around the world.

He said in the face of these injustices and atrocities, Canada will not be silent.

The announcement comes 22 months after the Conservatives first promised to create a religious freedom branch within the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Human rights groups and opposition politicians have complained the office is a misguided attempt to inject religion into foreign policy.

They also question what the new office can accomplish with a $5-million budget.

The Conservatives promised the office in their campaign platform during the last federal election, but apparently had been unable to find a ...

Juno Nominees Announced

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/19/2013 1:45:00 PM

2013 JUNO Award Nominees

JUNO Fan Choice Award

-Carly Rae Jepsen
-Céline Dion
-Drake
-Hedley
-Justin Bieber
-Leonard Cohen
-Marianas Trench
-Metric
-Michael Bublé
-Nickelback

Single of the Year

-Billy Talent - Viking Death March
-Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
-Hedley - Kiss You Inside Out
-Serena Ryder - Stompa
-The Sheepdogs - The Way It Is

International Album of the Year

-Maroon 5 - Overexposed
-Mumford & Sons - Babel
-One Direction - Up All Night
-Rod Stewart - Merry Christmas, Baby
-Taylor Swift - Red

Album of the Year

-Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss
-Céline Dion - Sans Attendre
-Hedley - Storms
-Justin Bieber - Believe
-Marianas Trench - Ever After

Artist of the Year

-Carly Rae Jepsen  
-Deadmau5
-Johnny Reid
-Justin Bieber
-Leonard Cohen

Group of the Year

-Billy Talent
-Marianas Trench
-Metric
-Rush
-The Sheepdogs

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

-Cold Specks
-Elisapie ...

UPDATE: Gas Plant Contempt Motion Going Forward

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/19/2013 2:02:00 PM

The gas plant cancellation issue is rearing its head again at Queen's Park, with the Tories pushing forward with the contempt motion they introduced last year before the legislature was prorogued in October.

PC MPP Rob Leone says they have to get to the bottom of what he calls a cover-up in the Oakville and Mississauga gas plant cancellations that cost taxpayers at least $230 million.
 
Last fall, former Energy Minister Chris Bentley was the target of the motion but now the Tories want answers from the Wynne government.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has said she would strike a committee to look into both gas plant cancellations, but the Progressive Conservatives (PC) claim it wouldn't be allowed to address any contempt motion. PC House leader Jim Wilson says that's why they want yet another committee to address it.

The Tories say they find it hard to believe the the premier ...

Police Urging Witnesses To Come Forward

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/19/2013 12:44:00 PM

Toronto police say they need witnesses to come forward in order to solve what they believe was the targeted killing of a
15-year-old boy in the city's west end last weekend.

Detective Gary Giroux says investigators need help from the community to bring Jarvis Montaque's killer to justice.

He made the appeal at a news conference this morning, two days after police say the boy was shot at close range while socializing with friends in front of his home.

Montaque was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after, the fourth youth to die in gunfire in the Toronto area this year.

Police have described him as a ``good kid'' living with his family while going to school.

They say the male suspect was dressed all in black but they have no motive for the shooting.

More Charges Laid Against Figure Skating Coach in Historic Sex Assault Case

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/19/2013 11:53:00 AM

Toronto police have laid more charges against a former national-level figure skater and coach accused of sexually assaulting an ex-student in the 1980s.
    
Police say a second former student has come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Kevin Michael Hicks, 53.
    
They say the male student was 12 or 13 years old at the time of the alleged incidents.
    
Hicks has been charged with three counts of indecent assault on a male.
    
He was previously charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of buggery after another male ex-student reported being sexually assaulted between 1983 and 1990.
    
Investigators say the coach taught figure skating at a number of schools throughout Ontario during the 1980s, including the Woodbine Winter Skating Club, Weston Skating Club, Windsor Skating Club and Burlington Skating Club.

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TDSB seeks to hire more men and minorities

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/19/2013 5:30:00 AM

The Toronto District School Board is looking to hire more men and members of racial minorities.

The Globe and Mail got their hands on a memo sent to staff that says gender and race could land a candidate an interview.

The memo states that, in addition to being 'an outstanding teacher,' interviews will be granted to candidates that meet one or more of the following criteria:  "Male, racial minority, French, Music, Aboriginal."

A board spokesman says there is a need for more male teachers and aboriginal teachers in many parts of Ontario, and Toronto is only one of them.

He adds more than half of teachers in the TDSB are women.

The TDSB competency is always the first requirement and that people who represent other groups will not be denied an interview.

Officials say the Toronto District School Board is trying hire more teachers that reflect the diversity of its ...

Teen faces attempted murder charges

Posted By: James Moore · 2/19/2013 3:10:00 AM

The suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of a 17-year old boy has turned himself in to police.

18-year old Jevaun Beharie of Toronto walked into Toronto Police 12 Division headquarters around 9:00pm Monday.

Beharie faces charges of attempted murder while using a firearm, and 7 other weapons offenses.

UPDATE: Pistorius Says He Shot His Girlfriend Thinking She Was a Burglar

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/19/2013 7:29:00 AM

Oscar Pistorius told a packed courtroom Tuesday that he shot his girlfriend to death by mistake, thinking she was a robber. The prosecutor called it premeditated murder.
    
The double amputee said in an affidavit read by his lawyer at his bail hearing that he felt vulnerable because he did not have on his prosthetic legs when he pumped bullets into the locked bathroom door. Then, Pistorius said in the sworn statement, he realized that model Reeva Steenkamp was not in his bed.

"It filled me with horror and fear,'' he said.
    
He put on his prosthetic legs, tried to kick down the door, then bashed it in with a cricket bat to find Steenkamp, 29, shot inside. He said he ran downstairs with her, but `"She died in my arms.''
    
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Tuesday charged the 26-year-old athlete and Olympian with premeditated murder, ...

Messy weather could complicate your commute

Posted By: James Moore · 2/19/2013 1:20:00 AM

Messy weather could make Tuesday's morning and evening commute a real headache.

The temperature is expected to rise through the morning, but freezing rain will likely stick around just long enough to create a hazard for drivers heading to work.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for Toronto and regions including Peel, Durham, Halton, and York.  It extends to a most of Southern Ontario.

The forecast calls for the afternoon to be cloudy and mild, with a daytime high well above 0.  Rain is expected to continue.

However, a mass of cold air will move in for the evening, possibly creating snow and freezing rain in areas north of Toronto.

That cold front will put Wednesday in the deep freeze, with temperatures feeling like -12 with the wind chill.

UPDATE: Authorities refute reports on Newtown shooter's motive

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/19/2013 2:00:00 AM

Authorities in Connecticut are refuting reports that link the accused Sandy Hook Elementary school shooter to mass murderer Anders Breivik.

CBS quoted several law enforcement sources close to the investigation that said 20-year old Adam Lanza was inspired by Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway 2 summers ago.

The sources claimed that evidence shows that Lanza wanted to cause more death and destruction than Breivik did.

However, Connecticut State Police call that conclusion nothing but speculation and say it is 'in no way accurate.'

In July 2011,  Breivik killed 8 people by bombing government buildings in downtown Oslo. He shot another 69 on an island housing a summer camp for teens.

Sources tell CBS News Adam Lanza zeroed in on Sandy Hook because it was the "easiest target" with the "largest cluster of people."

The CBS reports said that there evidence that Lanza was likely acting out a kind ...

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