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Impressive game from Scrivens goes to waste against Montreal

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 2/27/2013 11:35:00 PM

Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta scored third-period goals to lift the Montreal Canadiens over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, 5-2.

Gallagher scored his sixth of the season 9:08 into the third to break a 2-2 tie. Pacioretty cemented the win with his sixth goal -- and second of the game -- at 14:26.

Gionta added an empty-net tally with 2:26 left.

Pacioretty also scored in the second period, and defenceman Alexei Emelin got Montreal on the board in the first period.

Carey Price made 21 saves for his 11th win.

Frazer McLaren and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto (12-9), which had won three straight at the ACC.

This victory was payback for the Canadiens (13-4-3), who were routed by the Maple Leafs 6-0 in Montreal on Feb. 9. Since then, the Canadiens have gone 7-0-2.

Montreal outshot Toronto 40-23.

Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens made his eighth ...

Study points out high sodium levels on restaurant menus

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/27/2013 6:49:00 PM

A new study shows that if you eat out, you're taking in too much salt.

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that the average dish at sit-down restaurants contains 1,455 mg of sodium per serving. The recommended intake is 1,500 mg per day.

Once you ingest 2,300 mg of sodium, it poses a risk to your health.

Some of the saltiest orders are poutine or fries with toppings, pasta, stir fry, sandwiches and wraps, tacos and burritos.

The researchers say that given the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and how often people eat out, more attention needs to be placed on sodium levels at restaurants.

Study author Mary L'Abbe says to reduce the amount of sodium you're taking in, ask for smaller portions or for the gravy and salad dressing on the side. She also suggests asking for oil and vinegar to replace salad dressing, and lemon and pepper ...

Friend says 'something wasn't right' about Kachar before Russell's death

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 2/27/2013 5:08:00 PM

Just days before the death of Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell, a man who called Richard Kachkar a "very close friend" said "something wasn't right" about the man he had known for over 10 years.

Harry Pessoa, known as Peter to some that knew him, testified on the 13th day of the Kachkar's murder trial that he was "worried" about his friend.

Pessoa told court that came to see Kachkar on Friday January 7th, 2011, the day he came to Toronto from St. Catharines. Kachkar was staying in Regent Park with his friend Steven Brown.

Court heard that Brown called Pessoa to come talk to Kachkar because something seemed off.

Kachkar had arrived at Brown's without much advance notice, only calling Pessoa earlier suggesting he'd be in Toronto on the weekend.

Pessoa told court that Kachkar lingered when the two embraced and that he had a bushy beard, something that ...

Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting 5 Year Old Girl

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/27/2013 4:16:00 PM

A 24 year old Toronto man is facing three seperate charges in a sexual assault investigation.

Officers claim that the alleged incident involved a 5 year old girl, at a home daycare at 92 Green Bush Road in the Steels and Yonge Street area.

Police allege the girl was sexually assaulted on several occasions.

Charged is Cyril Gayola with forcible confinement, sexual assault and sexual interference.

Police fear there could be more victims out there.

Province Wants to Crack Down on Drivers

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/27/2013 4:02:00 PM

Ontario hopes to get law-breaking motorists to fork over the cash they owe to the province and municipalities.

Transportation Minister Glen Murray says he'll be introducing legislation within the next month which would allow officials up to seven years to track down drivers in the province who haven't paid tickets for offences like speeding, careless driving and driving without insurance.

Any Ontario motorist that dodges these tickets may be refused a license plate for their cars.

Murray muses the plan would be able to bring in the $350 million owed by Ontario drivers over the last seven years.

Up until now, these drivers have been getting a free ride, with provincial and municipal officials handcuffed, unable to go after the offenders.

The legislation would allow cities to issue red light camera tickets to out-of-province drivers, as well as those passing school buses.

83 Year Old Peel Mans Death Considered Homicide

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/27/2013 3:51:00 PM

Peel Police are now investigating their 4th homicide of the year.

It was back on Valentine's Day, that police reported an altercation between 83 year old Beres Grayson and 32 year old Nathanial Hunter at their home on Earth Star Trail in Brampton.

Officers say Grayson suffered critical injuries during the altercation and was sent to Sunnybrook, where he died of the injuries on Wednesday.

Hunter was originally charged with aggravated assault, but will have that charge upgraded when he's next before a judge on Friday.

Peel police are asking any witnesses to come forward with any information they may have.

Prince Philip To Visit Toronto

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 2/27/2013 3:09:00 PM

Prince Philip is planning a lightning trip to Toronto this spring.

The Duke of Edinburgh will travel to the city on April 27 to present a new regimental colour to the Third Battalion of the Royal
Canadian Regiment.

It's his only engagement during what Ottawa describes as a ``private working visit.''

The prince has served as the regiment's colonel-in-chief, an honorary title often bestowed on members of the Royal Family, since 1953.

Regimental colours are a kind of ceremonial flag considered the most prized possession of every regiment.

TDSB Budget Woes: Province Points to Low Enrolment

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/27/2013 2:20:00 PM

The province is joining the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in blaming declining enrolment as one of the main reasons hundreds of teachers and staff may be laid off to deal with its deficit.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says low enrolment is one of the reasons you see half empty schools in Toronto and across the province. Education Minister Liz Sandals says the ones built back in the 1950s and 1960s, needed to be bigger because birth rates were higher.

She says she doesn't think the province will see an average of four, five or six kids again.  

Both underline there will be a lot up for discussion when the TDSB reviews its budget and Wynne says she has always believed in school boards.

The TDSB is facing a $55 million deficit this year. 

Gas Plant Fireworks Continue

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/27/2013 1:42:00 PM

It doesn't seem as though the Premier is going to cast her predecessor aside any time soon when it comes to the cancelled gas plants.

While Kathleen Wynne underlined she was part of the Dalton McGuinty government which made the decisions in Oakville and Mississauga, she regrets they didn't make a better decision on the locations from the start.

Wynne repeated she wants the Liberal government to be transparent about the cancellation process and wants to provide all the information needed during committee hearings into the matter.

The premier has said she would testify at the hearings if asked.

Wynne was Liberal campaign co-chair during the 2011 provincial election, when the party promised to shut down construction of the Mississauga plant was made. She maintains she had nothing to do with the decision.

This comes as tempers flared during question period, when Tory MPP Steve Clark, referred to government house ...

VIDEO: Extra Curriculars Still Top of Mind at Queen's Park

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 2/27/2013 1:40:00 PM

As the heads of the province's elementary teachers' union meet over the next couple of days to decide what they'll do about extra curricular activities, the Tories are on the attack.

The Progressive Conservatives maintain with Kathleen Wynne in change, the unions have the keys to the Premier's office.

Leader Tim Hudak says a Tory government would be heavy fisted with teachers and other public sector employees.

Wynne, however, maintains the education system in the province has no better friend than the provincial government.

The Premier and Education Minister Liz Sandals met with student leaders at Queen's Park Wednesday, to discuss how after-school programs were being rolled out in their high schools.

The Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation (OSSTF) announce last week they would urge their union members to go back to volunteering for extra curriculars.

It was one of the things both the OSSTF and Elementary Teachers Federation of ...

UPDATE: Arrests made in connection to G20 violence

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 2/27/2013 1:09:00 PM

Two and a half years after the G20, arrests are still being made in connection to offences committed that weekend.

Four people have been arrested in the U.S., one of whom didn't fight extradition to Canada to face the courts.

Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash says 25-year-old Quinn McCormic, of Boston, was arrested by U.S. marshals and charged with four offences. Police allege he threw an object at the window of a Winners store at College and Yonge Sts, a CIBC bank at College and Bay Sts, and the Toronto Police Museum on College St.

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The estimate of the total amount of damage is more than $125,000.

Police are not releasing details about where he was located.

He appeared in court in Toronto on Monday.

Pugash says three other people have been arrested south of the border, but they are fighting extradition. Dane Rossman, a Tucson resident, ...

City crews working to clear slush, ponding

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 2/27/2013 12:36:00 PM

City snow plows have been buzzing around Toronto all morning scraping up the slush.

Main routes are bare but very wet.

Director of Transportation Peter Noehammer says all of Toronto's roads, including side streest should be clear by Wednesday night.

The city has learned lessons from the dump of some 30cm of snow Toronto got in early February.

This time, Noehammer says plows are clearing away the snow & slush right to the curb. He says that's opening up catch basins to allow water that has been pooling on roadways to flow into the sewer system.  The city has dispatched extra machines like Bobcats to open up catch basins to relieve ponding near major intersections. Noehammer says patrollers are also out looking for flooding at underpasses and dips in the road.

The city will lay down a layer of salt on Toronto roads & sidewalks tonight to keep any leftover ...

VIDEO: City's Latest Murder Victim Was Executed: Police

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/27/2013 2:41:00 PM

Toronto Police are releasing more information about the murder of a 25-year-old man in NorthYork early Sunday.

Police say Thuan (Tony) Nguyen was the victim of a targeted execution.

Nguyen was found lying face down in the snow in a parking lot outside Vy Vy Restaurant and Lounge on Signet Drive (near Weston Rd. and Steeles Ave. W.) around 5 a.m.

Police say he was shot five times by two separate gunmen. One of those suspects is described as Asian, about 5'6" wearing a dark jacket.

Police say Nguyen had an extensive criminal record including drug trafficking and possession charges, and was currently under house arrest in relation to some of those charges that were before the courts. They won't say if there's a connection to Nguyen's criminal background and his murder.

They're also looking to identify two white males who were photographed with Nguyen shortly before he was murdered....

Thousands bid farewell to Pope Benedict

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/27/2013 7:20:00 AM

Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of ``joy and light'' during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire.

Tens of thousands of people toting banners saying ``Grazie!''  (``Thank you'') jammed the piazza in Rome to bid Benedict farewell and join the appointment he has kept each week for eight years to teach the world about the Catholic faith.

Benedict clearly enjoyed the crowds, taking a long victory lap around the square in an open-sided car and stopping to kiss and bless half a dozen children handed to him by his secretary. In keeping with the historic moment, Benedict changed course and didn't produce his typical professorial Wednesday catechism lesson. Rather, he made his final public appearance in St. Peter's a personal one, explaining once ...

VIDEO: Winter storm leaves a slushy mess on city streets

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 2/27/2013 8:24:00 AM

It is a sloppy morning commute on Wednesday, and a real nightmare for pedestrians. Rain boots might come in handy to walk through the mess that has accumulated on the ground since Tuesday evening. That's also thanks to the fact that the temperature never dropped below zero during the early morning hours.

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Environment Canada has cancelled the snowfall warning for Toronto, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Mississauga and Brampton but the warning is still in effect for northern York and northern Durham regions which could get a total of 15 centimetres of wet snow by the end of the day.

Whether you are a motorist or a pedestrian you are going to find it tough getting around.

For motorists the drive is worst from the 401 north through northern Halton, Peel and Durham regions as well as most of York Region and that's where the ...

School Closures and Cancellations

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 2/27/2013 7:44:00 AM

MAJOR SCHOOL BOARDS

All schools are open however transportation is cancelled on and North of Dundas Street in the Region of Halton for the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic DSB and the French school board (CSDCCS and CSV).

School bus transportation is cancelled for the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board north of Highway 7 (Winchester Rd).  Schools remain open.

Please be advised that all school buses, vans and taxi's servicing the York Region District School Board and York Catholic District School are cancelled for today

All transportation services provided by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and The Peel District School Board, including buses, vans and taxis have been cancelled for the entire day.

OTHER SCHOOLS

All classes are cancelled today at Pickering College in Newmarket, however the school is open.

John Knox Christian School Brampton is closed today and there are ...

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