Vigil Held near Jane and Finch by Friends and Family of Slain Teens

Posted By: David Woodard · 8/28/2013 9:18:00 PM

The family and friends of O'She Doyles-Whyte and Kwame Duodu gathered near Jane and Finch for a vigil Wednesday night.

The two were shot and killed August 23rd, outside a townhouse complex. Suspects are still on the loose.

O'She's mother Stephanie, told reporters her son was a gentle giant, and that her two other sons idolized the 15 year old.

She also said she wanted the violence to stop.

Police are looking at surveillance footage from the complex on Grandravine Drive, and have recovered the bicycles they believe the suspects used as getaway vehicles.

Judge withdraws from Toronto police review

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 8/28/2013 5:22:00 PM

A retired judge appointed by Toronto's police chief to lead a review of police use of force policies has announced he will no longer be involved.    

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair appointed Dennis O'Connor, who has conducted high-profile public inquiries and was the associate chief justice of Ontario's Appeal court, earlier this month to conduct the review.    

The probe follows not just the case of Sammy Yatim, who died last month after being shot by police on an empty streetcar, but several other fatal police shootings in recent years.    

O'Connor said in a statement today that he is withdrawing from the review because he currently works for a law firm that also acts for the insurers of the Toronto Police in civil suits, some of which include allegations of excessive and lethal force.    

He says neither he nor Blair thought his association with Borden Ladner Gervais ...

Transportation Minister isn't hopeful for federal subway cash

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 8/28/2013 4:39:00 PM

Ontario's Transportation Minister isn't too hopeful the federal government will kick in money needed to go forward with the Scarborough subway extension.

Glen Murray says Ottawa tends to back away from funding transportation and infrastructure projects when they're located in Toronto, as opposed to other areas of the province.

Murray reviews he'll be meeting with his federal counterpart later this week to discuss the issue.

Moving forward, he hopes the city will be able to contribute to funding.

The initial cost the project was estimated to be $2.3 billion.

Murray reveals both Metrolinx and the TTC are looking at how to move forward with just the $1.4 billion the province has put up to replace the aging RT with a subway.

Toronto City Council voted to change it previous plan for an LRT but only if it had funding commitments from all levels of government.

Ombudsman apologizes to wrongly-named cop

Posted By: Canadian Press · 8/28/2013 4:38:00 PM

Ontario's ombudsman says he has apologized to a Durham region detective for wrongly naming him as the culprit behind a series of offensive tweets.

Andre Marin says he has reached out to Det.-Const. Scott Dennis and his lawyer to apologize for any distress his "role in this matter may have caused him and his family.''

The Durham Regional Police announced Monday they had discovered that another officer within their service had created the account and linked it to Dennis without his knowledge.

Marin says that today the Durham police gave him, for the first time, concrete information exonerating Dennis and in light of that he is apologizing.

Marin says he hopes Dennis also gets a "proper apology'' from both the colleague who impersonated him and his police service.

Durham police haven't named the officer who they believe is responsible, but say the detective, who is facing disciplinary charges, remains on ...

Mayor Ford Admits to Smoking Pot

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 8/28/2013 1:32:00 PM

"I'm not going to deny that."

"I've smoked a lot of it."

That was Mayor Rob Ford's reaction to a question whether or not he smoked marijuana.

The question came that the end of a talk he had with the Cambridge Club on Wednesday morning.

Reporters asked the question based on the fact the Premier Kathleen Wynne admitted to partaking in the odd marijuana cigarette 35 years ago.

Ford wouldn't say when he'd done most of his smoking.

Two More Food Booths Close at the EX

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 8/28/2013 1:21:00 PM

Two food booths have been closed at the CNE after Toronto Public Health found 'food safety infractions'.

Bourbon Street Grill and Bao 360 Shanghai Express will remain closed for the remainder of the Ex.

Both are operated by Innovated Restaurant Group, and the booths were also found to be in breach of CNE Contract Rules and Regulations.

This comes only days after dozens of people fell ill as a result of eating the Cronut Burger at the CNE.

Toronto Public Health later found the problem to be the maple bacon jam topping that was used on the burger.

WATCH: Premier admits to smoking pot

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 8/28/2013 12:58:00 PM

First federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau admitted to it and now Ontario's premier has.

Kathleen Wynne says she's smoked pot.

However, Wynne says it's been about 35 years since the last time she took a puff. She admits she did the math and hasn't had marijuana since before her first child was born.

The premier's oldest child is 33 years old.

Wynne offers she's only done it occasionally and was not a regular user.

On if marijuana should be legalized, Wynne admits it's a discussion that should happen at all levels of government.

But Wynne says she's not taking a stand on the issue yet.

Trudeau admitted to smoking pot at a party three years ago. He was already an MP at the time.

Provincially, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak have also adtmitted to doing the drug.

UPDATE: Parents charged with murder of infant son

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 8/28/2013 12:22:00 PM

The parents of a three-month-old Markham boy have been charged with murder in his death.

York Regional Police say they got a call last Thursday when the mother and father brought the boy to a local hospital without vital signs.

Police started digging into circumstances of the infant's death and have ruled it a homicide.

Constable Andy Pattenden says the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Kien Phat Tran and Thi My Phuong Bui both face a charge of second degree murder.

Police are asking anyone who knew the family or who had contact with them in the days leading up to the baby's death to give them a call at 1-866-876-5423 x7865 or to contact Crime Stoppers.

UPDATE: Child Dies in Possible Drowning

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 8/28/2013 11:57:00 AM

Toronto Police say a 10 month old has died in hospital after a possible drowning inside a Dufferin Street apartment building.

The call came into police at 10:48 for an 'unresponsive child' at 200 Dufferin Street.

CPR instructions were given over the phone and the child was rushed to hospital, but wasn't breathing.

So far, there have been no charges laid in connection with the case, but Police are investigating.

Accused pleads guilty in Pacific Mall murder

Posted By: James Moore · 8/28/2013 11:38:00 AM

24-year old Bryan Gardner will spend at least the next 13 years in prison for the murder of a store keeper at Markham's Pacific Mall.

The Toronto man pleaded guilty to the Second Degree Murder of 26-year old Daniel Cheong on Tuesday and was given a life sentence.

Gardner has no chance of parole until 2026.

He is also banned from owning firearms for 10 years after he is released from prison.

On the night of February 20, 2009, Gardner opened fire on Cheong at the XSITE Cell Phones store.

Cheong later died in hospital of a gunshot wound to the head.


UPDATE: WATCH: Standardized testing: Ontario students' math skills need work

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 8/28/2013 1:01:00 PM

Your elementary-aged kids are getting better at reading but math may not be their strong suit.

Results of provincial standardized testing have been released this morning for Grade 3 and 6.

A high school overview has also been released.

Over the past five years, an increasing number of elementary students haven't been meeting the provincial math standard, the number slipping three points to 67 per cent for grade three students and six points to 57 percent for grade six.

However, those in high school saw a seven point jump to 84 per cent for those enrolled in academic math courses. Only 44 per cent of grade nine students met the provincial standard in applied math but that number has risen by six per cent over the past five years.

Education Minister Liz Sandals says the province has identified math as a problem area for students and it's looking at the ...

UPDATE: $50,000 reward in Sonia Varaschin murder case

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 8/28/2013 8:54:00 AM

Ontario Provincial Police are hoping a cash reward will lead to an arrest in a three-year-old murder case.

On Wednesday  , police announced a $50, 000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the 2010 killing of 42-year old Sonia Varaschin.

The nurse from Orangeville was reported missing on August 30, 2010 when she didn't show up for work.  Her bloodied car was found ditched behind a local store. Blood was also found inside her apartment.

Varaschin's body was discovered a few days later in the Beech Grove Sideroad area of Caledon.

OPP hope a cash incentive will jog the memories of people with information on the case.

"Someone might just have a piece of information that they may think is trivial in nature. But actually it may be an important component to this investigation", said OPP constable Brenda Evans.

Evans says the force remains ...

WATCH: Beauty Pageant Fail

Posted By: Evelyn Macko · 8/28/2013 8:20:00 AM

Miss Phillipines Pageant in the States.

A contestant tries to answer which of the five senses is the most important...

Starts ok...and then train wrecks!

Oh Dear!

UPDATE: Cyclist has serious injuries after collision with car

Posted By: James Moore · 8/28/2013 9:00:00 AM

A 42-year old man is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Kennedy Road, just north of Eglinton Avenue.

The collision happened around 6:00am Wednesday.

Toronto Police say the cyclist was travelling across Kennedy Road when he was hit by a black Honda Civic that was heading south on Kennedy.

The man's name has not been released.

Police questioned the driver of the car at the scene.

Investigators from the Toronto Police Traffic Services unit are investigating.

There is no word yet on possible charges.

Toronto Eaton Centre extends business hours

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 8/28/2013 5:54:00 AM

If you like shopping, this will make you very happy.

The Toronto Eaton Centre downtown has decided to get on board with other malls such as Yorkdale, and expand its' hours.

Starting Saturday August 31, the Eaton Centre (at Yonge St. and Dundas St.) will be open 12 hours a day. It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In a news release, the senior marketing director for the mall says they will assess the situation again in the new year.

"Ultimately it is our responsibility to offer the utmost convenience for our guests, which includes providing competitive accessibility to our retailers," said Meredith Vlitas, Senior Marketing Director, Toronto Eaton Centre.

U.N. investigators return to area of alleged chemical attack

Posted By: Associated Press · 8/28/2013 5:42:00 AM

U.N. chemical weapons experts who are investigating an alleged poison gas attack near Damascus left their hotel Wednesday, and two anti-regime activists said the team was expected to visit an eastern suburb of the capital affected by the strike.
Momentum is building for Western military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime over the purported Aug. 21 chemical attack which the group Doctors Without Borders says killed 355 people.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Wednesday that armed intervention by the U.S. and its allies ``will lead to the long-term destabilization of the situation in the country and the region.'' Russia is a staunch ally of Assad's regime, along with Iran and China.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said there was ``undeniable'' evidence of a large-scale chemical attack likely launched by Assad's regime. His comments earlier this week laid out the clearest ...

WATCH: 50 years since Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech

Posted By: Associated Press · 8/28/2013 5:24:00 AM

The final refrain of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech will echo around the world as bells from churches, schools and historical monuments ``let freedom ring'' in celebration of a powerful moment in civil rights history.
Organizers said sites in nearly every state will ring their bells at 3 p.m. their time Wednesday or at 3 p.m. EDT, the hour when King delivered his ``I Have a Dream'' speech in Washington.
Commemorations are planned from the site of the speech in Washington to the far reaches of Alaska, where participants plan to ring cow bells along with church bells in Juneau.
On Aug. 28, 1963, as King was wrapping up his speech at the Lincoln Memorial, he quoted from the patriotic song, ``My Country 'tis of Thee.''
King implored his audience to ``let freedom ring'' from the hilltops and mountains of ...

New York Times website reportedly hacked by Syrian group

Posted By: Associated Press · 8/28/2013 1:25:00 AM

Readers who tried to click on the New York Times’ website got nothing but error messages Tuesday afternoon during the site’s second major disruption this month, and people also had trouble accessing Twitter. A hacker group calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army” claimed responsibility.

Within minutes of the attack, the New York Times quickly set up alternative websites, posting stories about chemical attacks in Syria. “Not Easy to Hide a Chemical Attack, Experts Say,” was the headline of one.

The cyberattacks come at a time when the Obama administration is trying to bolster its case for possible military action against Syria, where the administration says President Bashar Assad’s government is responsible for a deadly chemical attack on civilians. Assad denies the claim.

“Media is going down …” warned the Syrian Electronic Army in a Twitter message before the websites stopped working, adding that it also had taken over Twitter and ...

Woman dies after being struck by truck near Humber College

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 8/28/2013 12:13:00 AM

A 59 year old woman died Tuesday afternoon, after she was struck by a truck in front of Humber College.

She was using a crosswalk near Humber College Boulevard and Hwy 27 around 3:30 p.m., when the vehicle hit her.

Police say she didn't have any vital signs at the scene, and was pronounced dead in hospital.

The driver of the truck is a man in his teens.

No word on whether charges will be laid.

More flooding after deluge of rain in Toronto

Posted By: David Woodard · 8/28/2013 5:00:00 AM

It hasn't been the dryest of summers.

With last month's flooding that all but shut down the DVP and the Richmond Hill GO train, the city was prepared when the rains came down Tuesday night.

The rain didn't come down with the same ferocity as it did July 8th, but it did cause some flooding in low lying areas.

A couple of cab drivers became stuck on Lower Simcoe Street beneath the underpass just south of Front Street, as sewage backed up due to the rains.

One of those cabs became stuck after the driver was encouraged by his passengers to try to make it through the flooding. They all needed to be rescued by fire crews, after the vehicle stalled and flooded.

Crews had to wait until the waters receded to move the vehicles and reopen the roadway.

There were also reports of minor flooding at both the Museum and ...

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