Clayton Ruby: ''Paul Magder deserves an award''

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/23/2013 5:07:00 PM

"Gosh, that's a lot of money for a guy who got off on a technicality."

That’s Clayton Ruby’s take on the mayor’s ask that Ruby’s client Paul Magder be forced to pay over $116,000 to cover Rob Ford’s legal fees.

Ford racked up the bills defending himself in a conflict of interest suit brought to court by Magder.

At issue was just $3150 in donations solicited by Ford from lobbyists for his football foundation in 2010. When city council voted on whether or not Ford should have to repay the money, he took part.  Magder & his legal team argued that represented a conflict of interest.

In November a judge agreed Ford had broken the rules & ordered him removed as mayor of Toronto.  But Rob Ford ultimately won the case & his job back when an appeal panel threw out the original ruling in January.

The 3-judge panel said ...

VIDEO: NASCAR fans hurt in Daytona Speedway crash

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/23/2013 5:13:00 PM

At least 33 NASCAR fans are recovering from injuries they received when a car flew into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, hurling a tire and large pieces of debris into the stands.    

It happened yesterday on the last lap of the second-tier Nationwide Series race on the eve of today's Daytona 500, which officials say will go on as scheduled.    

The crash began as the field approached the checkered flag and leader Regan Smith attempted to block Brad Keselowski to preserve the win. That triggered a chain reaction, and rookie Kyle Larson hit the cars in front of him and went airborne into the fence.    

The entire front end was sheared off Larson's car, and his burning engine wedged through a gaping hole in the fence.    

Chunks of debris from the car were thrown into the stands. Two of the injured arrived at hospital in ...

Jays win Grapefruit League opener

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/23/2013 4:36:00 PM

The Blue Jays walloped the Tigers 10-3 in their Grapefruit League opener.

Lance Zawadzki hit a grand slam in the 6th.  Fellow pinch hitter Ryan Goins added a 3-run shot an inning later.

Things got interesting in the bottom of the 7th as Detroit's Jeff Kobernus' drive to
almost turned into an inside-the-park grand slam.  Toronto's Ryan Langerhans & Mike McCoy collided as they both charged the ball. Langerhans managed to hold onto it.

The Jays sent 8 pitchers to the mound in the warm up game: Brandon Morrow,  Brad Lincoln, Steve Delabar, Esmil Rogers, David Bush, Ramon Ortiz, Neil Wagner & Chad Beck.

The Blue Jays will start regular season play before a sold out crowd at the Rogers Centre April 2nd

Man murdered in Whitby

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/23/2013 4:11:00 PM

Durham Regional Police are investigating their 1st murder of 2013.

Saturday morning, police were called to a house on McCullough Dr, near the 401 & Brock St S Saturday morning.  In the basement apartment, they found a man suffering from obvious signs of trauma.

The 30-year-old died in hospital.

Police believe he was hurt during some sort of fight in the home.  Cops haven't released any suspect information but say this wasn't a random act.

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Police Homicide 1-888-579-1520 x 5400 or to contact Crime Stoppers.

City Hall considers switch to fair trade coffee

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/23/2013 10:47:00 AM

Ethical beans are on the agenda at City Hall next week.

A government management committee will review a recommendation from staffers next Monday that says only fair trade coffee, tea, and sugar should be dispensed at city operations.

Most of what the city already buys gets served up at Toronto's homeless shelters and long-term care homes.

Councillor Mike Layton proposed the idea.

He says it supports good jobs for workers and does not believe the potential move will cost ratepayers more money.

The current city budget sets aside $300,000 to buy coffee, tea, and sugar.

The Exhibition stands its Ground

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/23/2013 10:11:00 AM

The president of the Canadian National Exhibition promises the time-honoured tradition will not take a backseat to a casino.

Brian Ashton tells the Toronto Sun there is no way the Ex will go down without a fight if CNE is picked as the site of a proposed multi-million dollar casino.

Ashton believes faithful CNE fans would revolt if a casino snuffed out the fair and adds that most Toronto residents would not be in favour of a casino at the CNE if it put the summertime institution in jeopardy.

Officials with entertainment giant MGM are in the process of talks with Ashton, discussing the idea sharing the CNE property.  However, Ashton has come to the conclusion that the Ex could not survive if a casino was built on its territory.

City Council makes the final call on the casino question in April.

Report says its getting tougher to live & work in the GTA

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/23/2013 9:45:00 AM

A new report from The United Way and McMaster University paints a rather bleak picture of what is means to live and work in the GTA and Hamilton-areas.

The study finds a large increase in so-called 'precarious' employment.  In other words, people working temporary, contract, and casual jobs.

Researchers say there are 50% more workers are employed under such terms than there were 20 years ago.

The report says for many workers, not being able to rely on steady income means they are less likely to be in a long-term relationship, less likely to have kids, and volunteer their time in their community.

They are also more likely to say work anxiety interferes with their personal life.

Despite the fact that more than half of these workers have household incomes of $50,000 to $100,000 per year, they are also more likely to run out of money to buy food.

The ...

Accused pimp charged with human trafficking while out on bail

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/23/2013 7:38:00 AM

Police in the Niagara region say a man awaiting trial on pimping allegations has now been charged with human trafficking.

Police say a 30-year-old Brampton man was arrested near Niagara Falls on Friday following an investigation by the force's domestic violence unit.

They say he is charged with 14 offences, including human trafficking, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and breaching bail conditions.

Police say the accused was out on bail on charges of living off the avails of prostitution at the time of his arrest.

His name is not being released to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

(The Canadian Press)

Man grazed by bullet in east end

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/23/2013 5:33:00 AM

A 25-year old man has been left shaken after he was shot at on his way home from work.

Toronto Police say the victim was walking in the Dundas Street and Broadview Avenue area around 1:30am Saturday when he was jumped by at least 2 suspects.

A gun was drawn and the 25-year old was told to hand over his money.

A shot was fired and the bullet grazed the victim's back.

Police say he victim was taken to hospital but was not seriously hurt.

Authorities are looking for at least one suspect.

East-end stabbing leaves man with life-threatening injuries

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/23/2013 5:30:00 AM

A man in his 30's is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a stabbing in Scarborough.

It happened around 2:30am Saturday at an apartment at 390 Dawes Road, near St. Clair Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue.

Toronto Police say the victim was stabbed in the stomach.

The search is on for at least 2 suspects but no arrests have been made.

The investigation continues.

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