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Man Rushed to Hospital After Kitchen Fire in Scarborough

Posted By: David Woodard · 2/20/2013 10:13:00 PM

A Toronto man has been taken to hospital with serious burns after a fire inside a highrise at 570 Birchmount near St.Clair Ave.

Toronto fire officials say the fire happened on the 6th floor inside the kitchen of the apartment and was out when they arrived on scene.

It appears the man walked to a neighbours before meeting with paramedics in the stairwell of his building.

Paramedics took the man to Sunnybrook Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.  No other injuries were reported.

Sony Unveils PlayStation 4

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/20/2013 9:30:00 PM

Sony unveiled its next-generation gaming system, PlayStation 4, at an event in New York, saying the console will be part of a new ecosystem focused on hardware, software and ``the fastest, most powerful gaming network.''

The new console is the Japanese electronics giant's first major game machine since the PlayStation 3 went on sale in 2006.

Wednesday's unveiling is Sony Corp.'s attempt to steal the spotlight, at least until Microsoft Corp. unveils its next Xbox in June, as expected, at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles.

Among the PS4's revisions is an updated controller that adds a touchpad, motion control and a ``share'' button. The controller also features a light bar, which means a new PlayStation camera can more easily track the device.

When the PlayStation 3 went on sale in the U.S. on Nov. 17, 2006, the 20 gigabyte model had a $500 price tag and the ...

ETF Officers Thought Kachkar Takedown Would Turn Deadly

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 2/20/2013 8:36:00 PM

Before Richard Kachkar was subdued by the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force (ETF) January 12th 2011 near Keele and Humberside, some members of the elite unit thought someone on their team might die.

What they didn’t know at the time was the snowplow had already left a deadly trail.

About an hour after the plow, driven by Kachkar, struck and killed Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell, it finally stopped in a collision with a garbage truck. 

ETF officers testified in court Wednesday during the ninth day of the trial, telling the jury about their role in the takedown of Kachkar.

Court heard that the officers surrounded the plow, firing Tasers inside the vehicle but the situation appeared like it may turn deadly when the weapons were turned off.

When the Tasers stopped, Cst. Errol Watson told the jury he heard the vehicle “start to rev.”

The plow lurched forward ...

Vaughan fails in bid to get spot on mayor's executive

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/20/2013 8:30:00 PM

Left-leaning councillors have failed to get one of their own onto the mayor's executive committee.

Councillor Adam Vaughan attempted to become the newest member, arguing that not a single ward from Toronto and East York is currently represented.

Instead, council voted to have Vince Crisanti, a Ford supporter, fill a hole that recently opened up on the committee.

Mayor Rob Ford told council he does not want "one of the tax and spend lefties" on his committee that will "disrupt" things.

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti said that adding Vaughan would be like "bringing a bully to a bake sale."

Kristyn Wong-Tam, meanwhile, questioned what the harm would be in having a different voice on the executive. She says one voice would not derail the Ford agenda.

Another councillor, Mike Del Grande, told left-leaning councillors to "suck it up, be a man" for not making it onto the mayor's committees. He says ...

Note Written by Richard Kachkar Entered into Evidence

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 2/20/2013 11:45:00 PM

On the 9th day of proceedings in the trial of 46 year-old Richard Kachkar, the crown entered a note written by Kachkar into evidence.

The note was written while Kachkar was in hospital at St. Michael's after hitting and killing Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell with a stolen snowplow January 12th, 2011. Kachkar was hit with multiple Tasers and two bullets fired by police shortly after the plow came to a stop for good near Keele and Humberside about an hour after striking Sgt. Russell near Avenue and Davenport.

While in his hospital room, out of the blue, Kachkar made a gesture requesting something to write with and write on.

The note is not completely legible but appears to read: "Somethin was forcing me in my actions. I have never wanted hurt..." and then there are more words the cannot be made out. After what appears to be two attempts, ...

Extra Curricular Discussions Continue

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/20/2013 4:41:00 PM

You won't be seeing extra curricular activities in your kids' schools on Thursday.

Despite a meeting with the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) on Wednesday, Education Minister Liz Sandals says the subject wasn't top of mind.

She says the meeting was to focus on relationship building moving forward.

The OTF is an umbrella organization that represents all of the province's teachers unions.

Sandals wouldn't reveal how the province plans on compromising with the public teachers' unions when it comes to extra curriculars, however she says she' remaining positive.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has said a decision on the issue will be made by March 1st.

Sandals says meetings with both ETFO and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) will take place in the coming days.

Fire At TTC Station Under Construction in Vaughan

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/20/2013 3:08:00 PM

It was a rubber conveyor belt that caught fire at the TTC station under construction on Jane near the 407 on Wednesday afternoon.

The call came in to Vaughan Fire around 1:30, on reports heavy black smoke was pouring out of the tunnels.

TTC Spokesperson Brad Ross says they don't know how the conveyor belt caught fire, but it was quickly put out.

He says there were no injuries reported.

The subway extension has been plagued with delays because of incidents while building the stations. A man was killed on the construction site at York University, which pushed the completion back a number of months.

Ross says, as it stands the completion date remains at mid 2016, but he couldn't say what this firs would do to their schedule.

He admitted it could be negligible, and that it could have been lots of smoke, making it look bad.

He won't ...

VIDEO: New Session Sparks Case of Deja Vu

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/20/2013 1:14:00 PM

The new session at Queen's Park is off and running and is much of the same thing that we saw in the fall.

Debate on the gas plant cancellations started the morning off, with Kathleen Wynne seeing a heated Question Period - her first as premier.

It kicked off with Wynne receiving well wishes from Tory leader Tim Hudak and the NDP leader Andrea Horwath. But the hug in didn't last long with questions on job creation and closing corporate tax loopholes.

Wynne says public budget consultations start now.

While fending off opposition criticism Wynne remarked she continues to hold out hope she can work with both opposition parties. This comes despite the Tories revealing they will not support the throne speech.

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Gas Plant Contempt Issue Back For Debate

Gas Plant Contempt Issue Back For Debate

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/20/2013 1:07:00 PM

Ontario's legislature will continue to debate a contempt motion surrounding the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations in committee hearings.

The same motion which was debated in the fall before the legislature was prorogued was brought back to Queen's Park by the Tories on the first day of debate in the new session.

The issue is whether or not the Liberals knowingly held back thousands of documents related to the cancellations.

Government house leader John Milloy maintains he and then energy minister Chris Bentley had believed all the documents were released last September despite thousands more made public weeks later.

The gas plant cancellations are believed to have cost taxpayers $230 million.

Speaker Dave Levac ruled the issue can be sent back to committee, with a report on its findings due within 90 days.

AUDIO: Two More People Charged in Raposo Murder

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/20/2013 1:27:00 PM

Police have reportedly charged a 36 year old man in connection with the shooting death of Johnny Raposo in the middle of June.

You might remember the case, where Raposo was gunned down in broad daylight, while sitting on the patio of an ice cream shop on College near Ossington.

In a press conference, we learned that 36 year old Nicola 'Nick' Nero, is now facing first degree murder charges in the death of Johnny Raposo.

Police also arrested 39 year old Martino Caputo in Germany, on the weekend. He's now waiting to be sent back to Canada. He's been held on a warrant on drug-related charges by Niagara Regional Police.

Toronto Police say they are still hunting for 25 year old Rabih Alkhalil who they say is wanted for drug-related offences by both Niagara Regional Police and the Surite Du Quebec.

Nero is already in jail, in connection with ...

4 Sent To Hospital Following Crash

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/20/2013 11:39:00 AM

4 people have been taken to hospital after a 4 vehicle crash at Jane and St Clair.

Toronto Police say one person was thrown from a pickup truck, but Officers say the extent of their injuries isn't know.

Jane was closed down for a number of hours between Outlook and Alliance, while Traffic Services investigated.

There's no word on what triggered the crash.

VIDEOS: OCAP protestors disrupt council meeting

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/20/2013 2:26:00 PM

Protestors disrupted a meeting at city hall today after councillors decided to delay a debate on the status of homeless shelters in Toronto.

Councillor Adam Vaughan's motion that asked for an emergency debate this week failed to receive the necessary two-thirds approval.

Activitists with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty have been calling for immediate action to make more shelter space available. 

OCAP's John Clarke says the group will take its own action and attempt to set up a shelter inside Metro Hall on March 7th.

Last week, mayor Rob Ford said there are more than enough shelter beds in the city. Clarke calls the comment "appalling."

"His arrogance is matched only by his ignorance," Clarke says of the mayor.

At today's council meeting, councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong pointed out stats that show 167 shelter beds were empty last night.

"It is not necessarily the crisis that it is purported to be," ...

VIDEO: Golf Students Sink Nine in One

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/20/2013 9:52:00 AM

Imagine sinking a hole in one on the golf course. Well how about nine in one?

That's what happened when a group of nine students in the senior class at Campbell University in North Carolina recently teamed up for an amazing trick shot.

The trick was part of a monthly competition held within Campbell's PGA Golf Management program.

The seniors won the competition in January by having nine people line up and sink their putts all at the same time and in the same hole.

The competition was inspired by a similar video shot last fall by students at Golf Academy of America in Apopka, Florida, who sank six shots in a row.

Mark Valenti from Stouffville was one of the nine golfers.

Police to announce more charges in Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe murder

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/20/2013 6:14:00 AM

Police will update the public on a murder investigation that dates back to June of 2012.

35 year old John Raposo was watching a World Cup soccer match at the Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe in Little Italy back on June 18. Shots were fired at the cafe located on College Street near Montrose Avenue, killing Raposo.

26 year old Dean Wiwchar was charged with first degree murder.

On Wednesday, police will announce that they have laid more charges.
The names of two additional men who have been charged, along with one more man whom they're searching for, will be released to the public by homicide detectives.

That is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m.

Report: Public-sector workers are consistently at a premium

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/20/2013 6:04:00 AM

If you're going to get a good job, make sure it's a government job. At least that's the bottom line of a report by the Fraser Institute.

The think tank finds, public sector workers  in Ontario, are much better off than the rest of you. Especially in terms of pensions, early retirement, and job security.

The study finds people working for taxpayers earn on average 13.9 percent more than those who don't.

Furthermore, 77 percent of them were covered by a registered pension plan in 2011 as opposed to only 26 percent of private-sector workers. Almost half of those people had contribution plans.

The Fraser report goes on to say that the differences between public and private sector wages have been examined over the past 30 years, and results consistently show a premium for those who work in the public-sector. Adding to that, those who have a government job retire ...

Testosterone and needles found in Pistorius' bedroom, court hears

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/20/2013 5:42:00 AM

Police say they found two boxes of testosterone and needles in the bedroom of Oscar Pistorius, the Olympian who has been charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Detective Hilton Botha made the revelation today in testimony at the bail hearing for the athlete.

The discovery raises the possibility that the double-amputee Olympian and Paralympian might have been using performance-enhancing substances.

Pistorius became the first Paralympian runner to compete at the Olympic Games in London last year.

Pistorius, 26, has insisted he shot the 29-year-old Steenkamp by mistake, fearing there was an intruder in his gated and guarded luxury complex in the capital, Pretoria.

(The Associated Press)

VIDEO: Chief Blair calls recent shootings "tragic" and "concerning"

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/20/2013 5:20:00 AM

Police chief Bill Blair says the recent shooting deaths of three 15-year-old boys are "tragic," and he is "very concerned" about the violence.

Blair reacted to the shootings after a board meeting Tuesday.

"Any time a young person, any young person, in any of our communities, loses their life to violence, it's an individual tragedy but also a tragedy for those communities," Blair says.

He says the shootings remind the city of the urgency of the work done in communities to provide youth with better opportunities.

Blair says there is no single answer to stopping youth violence. But he repeated one message he has for people who witness crimes or activity that could lead to violence.

"If we have, any of us have information about an individual that is at risk or is putting others at risk, then we have to have the courage to step forward," he says.

Blair ...

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