Firefighters Put Out Blaze in Markham

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/21/2013 8:14:00 PM

It didn't last long, but what is left after an intense fire in Markham Thursday evening is a charred mess.

Firefighters were called out to the scene of a residential fire at 19 Wincanton Road near 14th Ave., and Brimley Road just after 6 p.m.

There are reports the fire may have been caused by a massage chair in the home.  No one was injured.

Doug Ford Demands Apology From Integrity Commissioner

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/21/2013 5:54:00 PM

Councilor Doug Ford is demanding the City's Integrity Commissioner step down.

Ford made the demand after Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday first asked Janet Leiper to apologize for putting the Fords and the city through the whole conflict of interest debacle.

It was proven in court that Leiper gave council erroneous information, demanding that Ford pay back the money he raised for his football foundation.

Ford was first found in conflict of interest, but later won the case on an appeal.

Doug Ford says her ruling essentially dragged his brother's name through the mud, but it also hurt the city with months of uncertainty and instability because of what he called 'her lack of due diligence'.

VIDEO: OPA on Documents: 'We Messed-Up Some Search Terms'

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/21/2013 4:32:00 PM

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) believes all the documents surrounding the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations have been released.

At least the ones asked for in the latest request from a committee hearing.

After a total of 56,000 pages of documents were released last fall on two occasions, another 592 surfaced on Thursday.

OPA Chair Jim Hinds and CEO Colin Anderson apologized to the legislature. Anderson says while the search was coordinated by the Ministry of Energy, they didn't feel any political pressure about when to release documents.

They say this was the first time the OPA conducted a search of this magnitude.

It was revealed the OPA told the deputy energy minister in late October/early November that another search will have to be done, given the OPA "messed up" when it comes to search terms. They realized they excluded search terms such as project code names.

The newest ...

*VIDEO* 'People of Interest' Sought in Tyson Bailey Murder

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/21/2013 4:29:00 PM

Police are looking for two 'people of interest' in the Tyson Bailey murder case.

They've released two videos of people seen walking into and back out of a building at 605 Whiteside Place.

Bailey was gunned down in the stairwell on the 13th floor of the building in Regent Park back on January 18th.

He was only 15 years old.

Toronto Police announced on Thursday they'd be going door-to-door inside the Toronto Community Housing building, to try and find leads in the case.

In the videos released, one shows Bailey walking into the building, followed by two others. The first person has been identified, and the second has not.

Both are considered of interest to police, and officers are now asking for help in id'ing the second person.

Canadian Anti-Bullying Video Goes Viral

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/21/2013 3:08:00 PM

It's called 'To This Day' and as of Thursday afternoon, had almost 1.5 million views on YouTube. That was only two days after it was originally posted.

It's a story of bullying by Canadian poet Shane Koyczan.

You might remember him from his performance at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics.

But this is a moving animated video, not because of the pictures, but because of the words.

It describes Koyczan as a child who confused pork chops with karate chops. When he fell from a tree as an overweight child, school officials wanted to know where the bruises came from. He said when he was sad, his grandmother would give him karate chops.

That earned him the nickname 'pork chop'.

The entire moving video is over 7 minutes, but it's well worth the watch.

Brian Burke Says 'Bye' To Toronto

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/21/2013 1:58:00 PM

The Brian Burke era for the Toronto Maple Leafs is officially over.

Fired as a General Manager at the start of January, Burke had assumed a role as Senior Advisor to MLSE's President and Board of Directors.

But it was announced on Thursday that Burke had agreed to join his former employer, the Anaheim Ducks as a part-time pro scout.

That means his time with Toronto is done.

Burke spent 4 years with the Leafs, and during that time, the team failed to make the playoffs once.

Before that, he was the General Manager for Anaheim where he helped guide the franchise to their only Stanley Cup win.



UPDATE: 4 people shot in Whitby

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/21/2013 2:40:00 PM

A 19-year-old man is in critical condition after a shooting inside a Whitby apartment building.

4 men were hit by bullets inside 101 White Oaks Court around 12:30pm Thursday.

Durham Regional Police wouldn't say whether or not the victims knew each other, if they lived in the building or how old they are.  1 of the 3 men suffering non-life threatening injuries is reportedly 18-years-old.

White Oaks Court is no stranger to police cruisers.  The community is made up of 4 high rises, each counting about 20 floors.

A woman who lives at 201 White Oaks but didn't want to give her name, says cops are on the street about 3 times a week. She says buildings 100 & 101 are notorious for fighting.

The street has made headlines in recent years for a string of fires, a major drug sweep & when a body was found in a ravine behind it.

On Thursday, ...

Upgraded Charges in CNE Shooting

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/21/2013 12:09:00 PM

Upgraded charges of first degree murder for one of the people charged in a shootout on the CNE grounds.

It was back on February 10th, just before 3 in the morning, when police were called to a shooting in the parking lot of 15 Saskatchewan Road.

It started with a large group of men fighting in the parking lot, and ended with shots being fired.

19 year old Naveed Shahnawaz from Brampton, was killed by one of those bullets, with a 23 year old man shot, but survived.

18 year old Tony Hoang Dinh was arrested a short time later and charged with a list of offences.

Police added first degree murder to that list when he was before a judge on Thursday.

Harper Announces Plans For Defibrillators In All Arenas

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/21/2013 11:51:00 AM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is going ahead with a plan to put heart defibrillators in hockey arenas across the

Harper was at a rink in Saskatoon when he announced details of the four-year initiative that begins with assessing the needs of
3,000 arenas.

The actual machines are to start rolling out this spring.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation says up to 40,000 Canadians experience sudden cardiac arrest each year and, on average, only about five per cent survive.

It says defibrillators could potentially save the lives of thousands of adults and children.

Harper promised the $10-million plan in the April 2011 election campaign.

VIDEO: Police Looking for Suspects in Armed Robbery

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/21/2013 11:01:00 AM

Toronto Police is asking for the public's help in identifying two men wanted in a violent armed robbery last fall.

Police say on October 8th, at approximately 6:50 p.m., two men, wearing sunglasses and a mask or bandana, entered Snowy Convenience located at 314 Painted Post Drive in the Markham Rd and Brimorton Dr area.

Police say one of the men who was armed with what appeared to be a drywall hammer, threw gasoline in the store attendant's face and demanded cash.

The second man, who was armed with a knife, walked behind the counter and removed a quantity of cigarettes and put them into a duffel bag.

The men are described as:

1. white, 6' to 6'3", with a stocky build and dark brown hair. He was seen wearing a black ski mask, dark sunglasses, black hooded sweater with a grey shirt underneath, dark pants and black gloves.

2. ...

VIDEO: More Gas Plant Documents Found

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/21/2013 2:57:00 PM

After tens of thousands of documents related to the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations were released last year, more have surfaced.

Newly anointed energy minister Bob Chiarelli stood up before Question Period on Thursday to announce the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has found more documents in relation to the issue.

The Liberal government had said there were no more documents when they released thousands of files in September, only to find thousands more a month later.

Chiarelli says the documents will be available this afternoon and says he's asked the OPA Board Chair to explain how these additional records were uncovered and why they were overlooked.

The gas plant cancellations have cost taxpayers $230 million.

New Detective Appointed in Pistorius Murder Case

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/21/2013 10:34:00 AM

South Africa's police head has appointed its top detective as the new lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius murder case.
The decision came after it emerged the initial investigator, Hilton Botha, was facing attempted murder charges.
National Commissioner Riah Phiyega says Lt. Gen. Vinesh Moonoo will take over the investigation.
Phiyega says the Pistorius case "shall receive attention at the national level'' and Moonoo will "gather a team of highly skilled and experience detectives.''
She says Moonoo is the South Africa police's "top detective.''
Botha's future in charge of the investigation into world-famous athlete Pistorius came into doubt after charges of attempted murder were reinstated against him in relation to a 2011 shooting incident, when he and two other police officers allegedly fired shots at a minibus.

(The Associated Press)

Rona to Cut 200 Jobs

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/21/2013 7:32:00 AM

Home improvement retailer Rona Inc. plans to cut 200 full time administrative jobs across Canada, about 15 per cent of the total.
The downsizing is part of the company's plans to focus on its core businesses and reduce its other holdings.
Rona also says it's taking a hard look at its network of big-box retail stores outside Quebec and at its commercial and professional division.
The company is currently Canada's largest home-improvement retailer, with more locations across the country than Home Depot or Lowe's.
Investors have been unhappy with Rona's financial performance, especially since it turned down a takeover offer from U.S.-based rival Lowe's last year.

(The Canadian Press)

Tip line to report unsafe elderly drivers causes outrage

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/21/2013 5:55:00 AM

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons is fuming over the move by police in Sudbury to set up a tip line people can call anonymously to report elderly drivers whom they feel are no longer able to drive.

CARP Vice President, Susan Eng says the association has no problem with a tip line for bad drivers, but she says this one in Sudbury targets older drivers in particular. She calls it "a huge infringement on their rights."

Eng contends there has to be a legitimate way of testing everybody's skill to be able to drive on the road and not presume that everyone who looks a certain age, is, by definition unable to drive.

After a report, a plainclothes officer is sent to the home of the driver to discuss the incident in question. They will ask if the individual has a tough time with hearing or their vision. The ...

Police to canvass Regent Park building for information about Tyson Bailey murder

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/21/2013 5:59:00 AM

Toronto police are going door-to-door in the hopes that someone will assist them with a murder investigation in Regent Park.

15 year old Tyson Bailey was shot and killed at 605 Whiteside Place on January 18th, just after two o'clock in the afternoon. Police are still searching for his killer.

Officers will canvass the area around 1 p.m. on Thursday to get more information.

Days after the murder investigators executed search warrants in a unit on the 13th floor of the building. They were specifically searching for cellphones.

Tyson played football at Central Tech high school and wasn't known to police.

After he was murdered, three other young men were shot and killed in the Greater Toronto Area.

UPDATE:Lead detective in Pistorius case charged with attempted murder

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/21/2013 6:12:00 AM

There's been a new development in the Oscar Pistorius murder investigation, in South Africa.

The lead detective is actually facing charges himself over a 2011 shooting, police said Thursday in another potentially
damaging blow to the prosecution.

Prosecutors said they were unaware of the charges against veteran detective Hilton Botha when they put him on the stand in court to explain why Pistorius should not be given bail in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend.

Police Brig. Neville Malila told The Associated Press that Botha (who gave testimony in the Pistorius bail hearing on Wednesday) is scheduled to appear in court in May on seven counts of attempted murder related to an incident in October 2011 when Botha and two other police officers fired at a minibus they were trying to stop.

Malila said police had learned Wednesday, the same day that Botha appeared in court to oppose ...

Promises on curbing youth violence becoming action

Posted By: James Moore · 2/21/2013 5:30:00 AM

As Toronto grapples with the shooting deaths of 3 black boys over the past month, the former Scarborough-area MPP who headed up a comprehensive report on ways to address violence among young people is clear:  

There is more action being taken to tackle the issue than there appears.

"We have a lot to do because it is a huge, complex, issue but I think we are on a path to address those issues," says Dr. Alvin Curling, an ex-diplomat and former Speaker of the House.

After the mass shooting on Danzig Street left 2 young people dead last summer, the provincial government announced the Youth Action Plan, promising $20 million in annual funding to programs that fight poverty and a lack of engagement among young people in Ontario's poorest neighbourhoods.

The funding builds on recommendations from the Roots of Youth Violence report, co-chaired by Dr. Curling in the wake ...

Court rules police can search cellphones that aren't password protected

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/21/2013 6:10:00 AM

Ontario's highest court has signalled that the right of police officers to look through someone's phone depends on whether
there's a password.

The Court of Appeal for Ontario says it's all right for police to have a cursory look through the phone upon arrest if it's not
password protected, but if it is, investigators should get a search warrant.

The court's ruling comes in the case of a man who appealed his robbery conviction, arguing that police breached his charter rights by looking through his phone after his arrest.

Kevin Fearon was arrested in July 2009, after a jewelry stall at a flea market in Toronto was robbed, and police found pictures of a gun and cash as well as a text message about jewelry on his phone. The Appeal Court denied his appeal, saying that police were allowed to look through Fearon's phone ``in a cursory fashion'' to see ...

*UPDATE* Man Charged in Dundas West Station Stabbing

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/21/2013 4:50:00 AM

Toronto Police have arrested a man in connection to a stabbing that happened at Dundas St West subway station on Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called to the subway station at approximately 3:44 p.m. after a 25-year-old man was stabbed several times.

Police say an altercation between the victim and the suspect started on the escalator and continued on the bus platform. That's where police say the suspect pulled a knife out and repeatedly stabbed the victim in the left arm and torso area.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested a short time later.

The victim was transported to hospital where he was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

21-year-old Jarret Elton Spencer of Toronto has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, weapons dangerous and carrying a concealed weapon.

He is scheduled to make a court appearance on Thursday morning.

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