Woman Struck and Pinned Under SUV in East End

Posted By: David Woodard · 2/25/2013 9:46:00 PM

Toronto Traffic Services are on scene of a collision involving and SUV and a pedestrian.

A woman was struck and pinned by the vehicle near Midland and Eglinton.

Paramedics said the woman had to be extricated from under the vehicle, and was rushed to hospital with what are being described as serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

No word on what caused the incident, or whether charges will be laid.

VIDEO: Mayor Ford off the hook once again

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/25/2013 6:36:00 PM

The mayor is off the hook once again.

The city's compliance audit committee has decided not to call in a special prosecutor to look into the mayor's 2010 campaign expenses.

An auditor's report shows that Rob Ford overspent by 3 per cent, or about $40,000. The report also argues that rules were broken when the mayor's campaign took a loan from his family's holding company and wasn't charged interest.

The committee "received" the auditor's report, but the majority of members decided not to launch legal proceedings.

"Obviously, I'm very pleased with the compliance audit's decision," mayor Ford said after the meeting, "and happy the process is finally over."

Ford says his team ran a "clean, professional, above-board" campaign.

"We made every effort to comply with all the rules," he says.

The mayor's lawyer, Tom Barlow, argued that Ford has already answered for his conduct through an intense audit process. He ...

Snowmobiler Killed on Holland River

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/25/2013 3:33:00 PM

Police say they're investigating a fatal snowmobile collision on the Holland River in Bradford, about 80 kilometres north of Toronto.

South Simcoe police say they were called Monday afternoon by a passerby who discovered the body of a snowmobiler on the river.

Investigators say it appears the snowmobile was southbound on the Holland River and struck a pressure crack in the ice.

Police say the driver was thrown a short distance and was killed.

Constable Carl Jarvis says the victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Study says Women Get Bad Rap in Office Conflicts

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 2/25/2013 5:23:00 PM

A new study out of UBC suggests cat fights in the workplace are viewed more negatively than a conflict between two men or a man and a woman.

The research from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business found that participants found female-female conflicts were viewed more negatively with less of a chance to repair the relationship and more likely to negatively impact job satisfaction.

Those taking part were given one of three identical workplace scenarios involving two people. One scenario had the names of two men attached, another a man and a woman, and the third two women.

Both men and women viewed the female-female conflict more negatively.

"Conflict is normal, it can be constructive," says Leah Sheppard the PhD candidate who conducted the study. "It's not that we should necessarily try to eliminate all conflict, it's just a matter of women getting this bad rap when ...

*UPDATE* No Legal Proceedings In Ford's Campaign Finances Case

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/25/2013 4:52:00 PM

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has dodged another bullet as an audit committee decided not to prosecute him for an alleged breach
of the Municipal Elections Act.

The three-member audit committee met Monday afternoon to address a forensic audit that indicated Ford overspent by $40,168 during his 2010 mayoral campaign.

The audit was based on allegations Ford's campaign exceeded the $1.3 million limit and that he broke the law by borrowing about $77,000 in campaign expenses from his family's company.

Ford's lawyer told the committee that legal proceedings were not in the public interest due to the low chance of success in

The same audit committee voted to prosecute Ford's former ally Councilor Giorgio Mammoliti earlier this month for overspending during his 2010 campaign by a little more than $12,000.

Ford avoided being thrown out of office last month after successfully appealing a ruling that had found him guilty of...

Ford's Conflict of Interest Case: Public Interest

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/25/2013 2:26:00 PM

Saying it would be an embarrassment to the administration of justice if a government official were awarded costs against an ordinary taxpayer, Clayton Ruby filed his response to the request for costs in the Mayor Ford conflict of interest case.

Ford wants $116 thousand from Paul Magder, but Ruby says both sides should be responsible for their own costs.

In the response filed in court on Monday, Ruby says a six figure cost award against Paul Magder would be 'devastating'.

And further to that, Ruby suggests that Ford's costs would be covered by the city's insurance and indemnification policies.

But to get the city to cover costs, Mayor Ford would have to apply and then get it all approved by council.

The main argument that Ruby is making, is that Magder's application under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act was brought in public interest.

Historically, that means that, if it's ...

Teachers and Province Hearing About School Board Switch

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/25/2013 1:59:00 PM

Both public high school teachers and the education minister are hearing that grade eight students are making the shift from the public system to the Catholic system for secondary school in the province.

While Education Minister Liz Sandals says they don't have firm numbers, she underlines parents are looking for a complete educational experience for their children - which includes extra curricular activities.

Last week, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association predicted there would be a student exodus from public boards because of the issue.

On Friday, the Ontario Secondary School Boards Federation (OSSTF) announced it would urge its teachers to get back to extra curriculars, but Monday revealed it believes 20 per cent of its members would never volunteer again.

OSSTF President Ken Coran says they don't have any concrete numbers either but they have noticed the shift to the Catholic boards. He says it's concerning.

GTA Bracing for Messy Winter Storm

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 2/25/2013 1:10:00 PM

Top up the windshield washer fluid...a winter storm is headed our way.

A messy system is tracking towards the GTA and a large area of southern and eastern Ontario. It's set to drop anywhere from 7-25 cm of snow across the Toronto region.

Areas near the the lakeshore could see 5-10 cm Tuesday night with a few centimetres more on Wednesday. The northern suburbs around the 407 could get 15-20 cm Tuesday night with another 5 cm on Wednesday.

The storm is expected to hit Toronto between 5-6 p.m. Tuesday.

The temperature will play a major role in determining exactly how much snow falls and right now the estimates are just a "best guess" according to the Weather Network.

Any slight changes in temperature "could make it more a sloppy mess, a lot could melt as it makes contact with the ground. Or if it's a little bit colder we ...

No 'Horsing Around' At Canadian Ikea

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/25/2013 12:34:00 PM

IKEA Canada says meatballs sold here are unaffected by the discovery of horsemeat in the product in the Czech Republic.

The discovery has forced IKEA to pull meatballs from the shelves in stores at more than a dozen European countries including France, Britain, Italy, and Ireland. Ikea says the meatballs come from a single supplier. The company claims it tested the

IKEA says the meatballs in question were made by a single Swedish supplier and tests two weeks early found no traces of horsemeat in a selection of batches.

In an email A company spokesperson  meatballs sold in Canadian Ikea locations are produced in the US.

"Our customers' confidence in our products is of the utmost importance to IKEA," says Madeleine Löwenborg-Frick. "The situation in Europe is isolated to one supplier in Sweden and does not affect meatballs sold at IKEA Canada."

Police Search For Serial Gas and Dasher

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/25/2013 12:32:00 PM

Police are looking for a serial 'gas and dasher'.

Toronto cops say on nine different occasions, the man allegedly filled his tank and then took off without paying.

What makes it more difficult for officers, is that the car has stolen licence plates, which makes it impossible to track.

The alleged incidents happened between March of 2012 and February of this year and all the gas stations in Scarborough.

The car is described as a silver, gold or beige, 2000-2005 Pontiac Grand Am with stolen Ontario licence plate BFSB 544.

The suspect is described as white, 40-50 years old, 6' and 220 lbs.

Police Looking For HIV Positive Man Who Failed to Warn Partner

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/25/2013 11:57:00 AM

Toronto police are looking for a man who failed to notify his partner that he is HIV positive.

Police say on Sunday at approximately 4 a.m., a 23-year-old man met another man at an establishment in the Church Street and Wellesley Street East area.

Police say after the two they had a sexual encounter, the other man disclosed he was HIV positive.

The unidentified man is described as having a tanned complexion, 35-40, 5'8", with a slim build and shaved head. He may have a small tattoo on his shoulder.

Police believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Police Offering $50,000 Reward in Rowe Disappearance

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/25/2013 11:48:00 AM

York Region Police have now upped their reward for information into the disappearance of Cheryl Rowe.

Rowe, from Richmond Hill, was last seen in December of 2011, and officers have suggested foul play may have been a factor.

Police are now offering 50 thousand dollars for information, which is an increase from the 20 thousand dollars originally offered.

That reward will be in effect until January 31st, 2014.

Rowe was 45 years old when she was last seen by family members, at her home on Browndale Crescent in the Bayview and Elgin Mills area.

That was on December 22nd, 2011.

She's described as white, 5 feet tall, 125 pounds with a thin build, short dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Man Charged With Stunt Driving After Caught Going 188 Km/Hr on the Gardiner

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/25/2013 11:25:00 AM

A 37-year-old Toronto man may have to hitch a ride or use public transit after he was caught speeding on the Gardiner Expressway early Monday morning.

Toronto police say at around 2:05 a.m., police spotted a 2003 Audi 4 going at 188 km/hr in the westbound lanes at Islington.

Constable Clint Stibbe with Traffic Services says to make things worse, the driver was not fully licensed.

"This individual was a novice driver, inexperienced, operating a motor vehicle well above the posted limits, basically putting himself and other users in jeopardy," says Stibbe.

The driver is facing a pair of charges. He has been charged with:
1) Stunt Driving - Drive at rate of speed 50 km/h or more over the speed limit
2) Speeding - 188 km/h in a 100 km/h zone

His licence has been suspended for seven days for the stunt driving, and his vehicle has been impounded ...

UPDATE: *VIDEO* Some High School Teachers To Resume Extracurricular Activities

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/25/2013 4:08:00 PM

Your kids may be seeing their after school art class back on or maybe that volleyball tournament.

But not every teen in the province will.

Despite the province's public high school teachers union urging members to take part in extra curriculars again, Ken Coran says the decision comes down to individual teachers.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) president underlines around 60 per cent of his members need to see tangible changes to the way the province deals with teachers before their full trust can be regained.

However, he does admit the tone has changed in talks with the province's new premier and education minister.

Coran says there's still anger amongst teachers regarding they way they have been treated over the past year by the province.

He reveals bargaining at local levels will resume soon but maintains he will not negotiate in public.

OSSTF announced its decision to return ...

British Cardinal Resigns After Allegations of Misconduct

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/25/2013 7:03:00 AM

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader, says he is resigning as archbishop in the wake of misconduct allegations and will be skipping the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

The cardinal said in a statement Monday that he will not attend because he doesn't want media attention focused on him during the important session in Rome.

Experts said the decision not to attend the papal conclave is unprecedented; never before has a cardinal stayed away from a conclave because of personal scandal, according to Vatican historian Ambrogio Piazzoni, the vice prefect of the Vatican library.

The Vatican confirmed that O'Brien had resigned as archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. It was accepted under the code of canon law due to O'Brien's age; he turns 75, the normal retirement age for bishops, on March 17.

He said in a statement that he is in "indifferent health'' and ...

High school teachers union prez to discuss extra-curriculars

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/25/2013 5:41:00 AM

Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation President Ken Coran will comment on the decision by local leaders to suspend political action regarding voluntary activities.

Coran will speak to reporters at 9:30am at the Sheraton Centre on Queen Street West.

Last week's move paved the way for Ontario's public high school teachers appear to resume extracurricular activities.

The union issued a release saying members are encouraged to consider resuming clubs and sports teams.

Teachers across the province have been protesting the Liberal government's decision to impose two-year contracts on them and
forcibly end months of bitter labour negotiations.

(with files from The Canadian Press)

Ontario moves to privatize lottery sales

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/25/2013 4:37:00 AM

The day when you can pick up a Lotto-Max ticket with your double-double or choose your winning numbers with your tablet or smartphone might not be that far off.

Ontario plans to turn lotto ticket sales over the the private sector and the bidding process is already underway.

The provincial government is broke and facing a massive deficit.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming brought in $1-billion in profit last year and the hope is that there are greater returns available to fill government coffers.

Officials say the goal is to make tickets more accessible, especially for women and people 18 to 44 years old.

That could mean selling them on the internet and in a wider variety of retail outlets.

OLG will still oversee lottery operations.

Reports: TTC to scrap controversial news stand deal

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/25/2013 2:48:00 AM

Reports in the Toronto Sun say a controversial $50-million deal to run news stands in Toronto's subway stations is going to be scrapped.

The Toronto Sun says TTC chair Karen Stintz will ask the Commission to stop negotiations at a meeting Monday afternoon.

A third-party review of the deal recommends the contract be put up for competitive bids, instead of signing an extension with incumbent Gateway Newsstands.

Mayor Ford and TTC Karen Stintz have been at loggerheads over the issue since transit commissioners approved the contract last month.

Ford believes the city could have found a richer deal if the contract went to an open market but Stintz has been adamant that the contract is a win for City Hall and adds $3 million to the 2013 budget.

If the newsstand deal is put up for bids, number crunchers will have to find a way to make up for that ...

'Argo' wins Best Picture, Toronto-based composer gets Oscar for Best Score

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/25/2013 12:08:00 AM

The movie ``Argo'' wins this year's Oscar for best picture.

First lady Michelle Obama, from the White House, joined Jack Nicholson to help present the prize to Ben Affleck's Iran rescue
thriller that won three trophies in all.

``Life of Pi'' won four Oscars last night, including best director, for Ang Lee.  The film based on the novel by Saskatoon's Yann Martel also earned Toronto composer Mychael Danna an Oscar for best original score.

Vancouver's Guillaume Rocheron, who also worked on ``Life of PI,'' shared the Oscar with three others for best visual effects.

Best-acting awards went to Daniel Day-Lewis for ``Lincoln'' and Jennifer Lawrence for ``Silver Linings Playbook,'' and Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz for supporting roles.

While accepting 'Argo''s award for Best Picture, Affleck thanked Canada in his acceptance speech.

He was critisized for understating the country's role in the mostly-true story his film tells.

Set in the ...

Rob Ford's campaign spending back under the microscope

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/25/2013 12:30:00 AM

Rob Ford could be back in legal hot water on Monday, this time for spending on his 2010 mayoral campaign.

Toronto's 3-person Compliance Audit Committee will decide whether to drop the matter or to pursue legal action against the mayor.

The panel is made up of a former elections officer for Ontario, former chair of the Ontario Municipal Board & an ex-President of the Ontario Bar Association.

If they opt to push the issue forward, they'll call in a special prosecutor who will determine what quasi-criminal charges Rob Ford should face. That process could take as long as a year.

A forensic audit of Ford's expenses released February 1st, lists dozens of "apparent contraventions" of the Municipal Elections Act.  Among them, overspending by more than $40, 000, accepting corporate donations & taking a loan from brother Doug Ford's company.

Municipal law expert John Mascarin says apparent contraventions are rampant in municipal politics.  ...

Big dose of snow or rain on the way

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/25/2013 1:01:00 AM

Environment Canada warns the GTA could get a big dose of snow or rain starting Tuesday night.

The agency says a low pressure system making its way north from Texas will likely bring "significant" precipitation.  They aren't able to predict yet if it'll be snow or rain or which areas will be worst hit.

If the mercury dips low enough for snow, The Weather Network says northern suburbs of Toronto could get up to 20cm worth, more like 10cm for spots closer to Lake Ontario.  The Weather Network is forecasting another 5-10cm of wet snow on Wednesday.

TTC Collector Still On The Mend 1yr After Being Shot

Posted By: Amber Gero · 2/25/2013 5:00:00 AM

Tuesday marks one year since a TTC collector was shot during an attempted robbery at the Dupont Street subway station, and police are still trying to track down a witness, and a suspect. 

A year later, Staff Inspector Mike Earl who heads up the Hold Up Squad, says investigators have received numerous tips, but none has lead them to the information they need to put the person responsible for this brazen attack behind bars.

It was around 7:10p.m., on what started out as a typical Sunday night, when the then 52-year-old collector was approached by an armed suspect dressed all in black and wearing a balaclava.  The suspect demanded money, but the collector said he didn't have any. 

"The victim advised the suspect that he had no cash.  The suspect walked away from the victim towards the exit doors.  At that point in time the victim picked up the phone ...

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