Whitby man's death 'suspicious,' no longer considered homicide

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/24/2013 10:00:00 PM

Durham Regional Police say more tests are needed after an autopsy failed to determine how a 30-year-old man died after a fight at a Whitby home.

Police say they have new information about what happened and are now calling the man's death suspicious rather than a homicide.

The man was found in the basement of the home Saturday morning and died after being taken to hospital.

Police have not made any arrests and say they are not looking for suspects.

The man's name has not been released.

Police want to hear from anyone with information about he case.

(The Canadian Press)

Police ID Toronto's latest murder victim

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/24/2013 6:03:00 PM

Toronto Police are now identifying the city's latest murder victim.

25-year-old Thuan (Tony) Nguyen was hit by several bullets early Sunday morning in the parking lot of a North York strip mall.

Nguyen was pronounced dead in the lot on Signet Dr, near Steeles Ave W & Weston Rd.

Police believe he'd been at VY VY Restaurant & Lounge in the plaza before the shooting.

Police want to talk to anyone who may have been at the club Saturday night or anyone else with information.

You can call police at 416-808-7400 or contact Crime Stoppers.

Ottawa plans to put warning labels on tanning beds

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/24/2013 5:16:00 PM

They aren't yet going the route of graphic warning labels seen on cigarette packs, but Ottawa wants to get the message across that tanning beds can be hazardous to your health.

Health Canada will soon require all tanning beds carry warnings about skin cancer & other potential dangers.

The proposed changes come after several provinces moved to prevent the use of tanning beds by young people.

Nova Scotia has banned people under 19 from using tanning beds. Manitoba requires written parental consent before anyone under 18 can use them. Earlier this month, legislation kicked in in Quebec blocking the under 18 set from tanning. Ontario & British Columbia have announced plans for similar laws.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

Jimmie Johnson wins Daytona 500

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/24/2013 4:54:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson has won his 2nd Daytona 500, racing past defending NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski on the final restart.

Johnson wasn't challenged over the final 6 laps Sunday, adding another 500 title to go with his 2006 victory.  This time crew chief Chad Knaus can enjoy it-he was suspended by NASCAR for the 1st victory.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a late move to finish 2nd, but didn't challenge his Hendrick Motorsports teammate for the victory. Mark Martin was 3rd.

Patrick was 3rd on the final lap, but faded in the flurry of late action. But Patrick still made history as the highest-finishing driver in Daytona 500 history & the first woman to lead a lap, she did that 3 times. Patrick was also the 1st woman to score a pole position in the Great American Race.

(The Associated Press)

Cardinal Collins jets off to Vatican City for papal conclave

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/24/2013 3:34:00 PM

Toronto's Cardinal Thomas Collins is heading to Vatican City with an open mind & open ears.

He talked to reporters Sunday before hopping a flight to Rome to be part conclave to choose the next pope, something he calls an "awesome process".

Pope Benedict will official step down Thursday night.

Collins says he has no idea yet what traits the next pope should have.  He says he will have to get to know the other 116 cardinals who will make up the papal conclave & hear about their hopes & concerns for the Catholic Church.

Collins did flag persecution & "rampant individualism" as some of the challenges facing Benedict's successor.

Quebec's Marc Cardinal Ouellet is considered a possible front-runner for leader of the church.

When the papal conclave will actually get to work hasn't been confirmed yet, though there are reports it could be March 10th.

PCs promise judicial inquiry on gas plants if they form government

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/24/2013 2:33:00 PM

The Progressive Conservatives say they'll call a judicial inquiry into the cancellation of 2 gas plants if they form the next government.

A senior Conservative source says they want a judge to find out what happened with the gas plants & whether there was any criminal wrongdoing.

The Liberals admitted last week that they'd found a 3rd batch of documents on the gas plants, after insisting that all relevant data was made public months ago.

The opposition don't believe that all the documents have been released, because there are still no files from the premier's office or the minister of energy.

They believe the cancelled plants have cost taxpayers a lot more than the $230-million the Liberals claim.

The opposition parties have accused the Liberals of cancelling the Oakville gas plant in 2010 & the Mississauga plant in the dying days of the 2011 election campaign to save Liberal seats.


Street renamed for Jack Layton

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/24/2013 1:26:00 PM

The late Jack Layton now has his own street.

At a ceremony Sunday afternoon, the Don Jail Roadway near Gerrard St E & Broadview Ave was re-dubbed Jack Layton Way.

The MP & former city councillor died after a battle with cancer in August 2011.

Many current city councillors took part in the sign unveiling, including the former NDP leader's son, councillor Michael Layton.  Widow & MP Olivia Chow was there too.

Photo from MP Peggy Nash via twitter

Daytona 500 will run as scheduled

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/24/2013 10:35:00 AM

Daytona International Speedway has been repaired in time for NASCAR's biggest race, and officials are willing to relocate fans concerned about safety following a horrific crash that injured more than 30 people.  

Track President Joie Chitwood says workers repaired a section of fence about 200 feet from the start-finish line, the area shredded Saturday when Kyle Larson's car went airborne on the final lap of a second-tier race and crashed through the barrier that separates the cars from the track. Large pieces of debris, including a tire, sprayed into the upper and lower section of the stands.  

Chitwood says if any fans are uncomfortable with their up-close seating for Sunday's Daytona 500, officials will work to move them.

The race starts at 1 p.m.

(The Associated Press)


NASCAR fans injured in Daytona Speedway crash


Stars to walk the Oscar red carpet tonight

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/24/2013 8:45:00 AM

``Lincoln'' leads the way heading into tonight's Academy Awards.    

The American Civil War saga has 12 nominations, including best picture, director, actor, supporting actor, and supporting actress.    

``Life of Pi'' is second with 11 nominations, including best picture.    

Among the notable Canadian contenders, Montreal writer-director Kim Nguyen (noo-YEN') is nominated for best foreign language film for ``War Witch.''

On Saturday, stars rehearsed for tonight's big show and they all seemed excited about being a part of it.    

They paraded through the Dolby Theatre in 15-minute increments: Meryl Streep. Ben Affleck. Reese Witherspoon. Richard Gere. Jennifer Aniston. John Travolta. Nicole Kidman. Jack Nicholson. And dozens more.    

Each practiced their lines in front of an audience of show workers and awarded prop Oscars to rehearsal actors. They also scanned the theatre from the stage, searching for their show-night seats.    

``Oh, wow. That's a very dramatic picture of ...

Twilight wins several "Razzies"

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/24/2013 3:42:00 AM

The ``Twilight'' team finally has earned some love - or loathing - from Team Razzies.    

``The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'' was picked as last year's worst picture Saturday by the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that hands out prizes for Hollywood's lousiest movies on the eve of the Oscars.    

The finale to the blockbuster supernatural romance dominated the Razzies with seven awards, including worst actress for Kristen Stewart, supporting actor for Taylor Lautner, director for Bill Condon and worst screen couple for Lautner and child co-star Mackenzie Foy.    

Adam Sandler was named worst actor for the raunchy comedy ``That's My Boy,'' his second-straight win after 2011's ``Jack and Jill,'' which swept all 10 Razzie categories a year ago. Pop singer Rihanna won worst supporting actress for the action dud ``Battleship.''    

``Twilight'' movies had been well represented in Razzie nominations over the years but had not won ...

Oscar Pistorius' brother faces culpable homicide charge

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/24/2013 6:51:00 AM

The family lawyer of Oscar Pistorius says the brother of the Olympic paraplegic athlete is facing culpable homicide charge in a 2010 road death.    

Laywer Kenny Oldwage would not confirm details of the case Carl Pistorius is facing, but Sunday's development is compounding the problems for the family after Oscar was charged with premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.    

Local media reported that Carl Pistorius was allegedly involved in a crash with a woman motorcyclist and that he was to face trial last Thursday, as his brother Oscar was facing a bail hearing. Oscar Pistorius was released on bail Friday and his brother Carl was seen driving into the affluent villa of their uncle Arnold early Sunday, where Oscar is staying while on bail.    

(The Associated Press)

Pope Benedict gives last Sunday blessing

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/24/2013 6:14:00 AM

Pope Benedict XVI has given his pontificate's final Sunday blessing from his studio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square.    

Benedict says even though he's retiring on Thursday from the papacy, the first pope in 600 years to do so, he's ``not abandoning the church.'' Instead he says he'll serve the church with the same dedication he has till now, but will do so in a way ``more suitable to my age and my strength.'' Benedict, 85, will spend his last years in prayer, meditation and seclusion in a monastery on Vatican City's grounds.    

He has one more public appearance, at his weekly audience on Wednesday in the square.    

Meanwhile, Toronto's Thomas Cardinal Collins will be making his way to Rome today after leading noon mass at St Michael's Cathedral.

Collins and other cardinals will have their last audience with ...

Police investigating fatal shooting near Weston & Steeles

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/24/2013 5:49:00 AM

Toronto police are investigating a fatal shooting in the northwest end.

EMS officials tell Newstalk 1010 that a man in his mid-20s has been pronounced dead after he was shot near Weston Rd and Steeles Ave.

He was found face down in a parking lot. Police have been searching for a black vehicle.

Earlier Sunday morning, a man in his 20s was shot near Keele St and Finch Ave. Paramedics say his gunshot wound is minor.

There is no other information at this time.

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