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Argo Chad Owens Sets Professional Football Record

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/1/2012 10:45:00 PM

Chad Owens has set pro football's record for all-purpose yards in a season.

The Toronto Argonaut speedster came into Thursday's game needing 73 combined yards to break Michael (Pinball) Clemons' 1997 mark of 3,840.

The Flyin' Hawaiian did it with a 29-yard kickoff return against Hamilton midway through the second quarter of the Argos' final game of the regular season.

It appeared Owens had caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Harris with his next touch.

The game was stopped and Owens was presented with a ceremonial plaque at centre field, with his wife and three kids, commissioner Mark Cohon, Toronto GM Jim Barker and Clemons on hand to mark the moment.

The festivities done, the on-field officials ruled that Owens in fact had been stopped at the two-yard-line. Gerald Riggs subsequently ran in for the touchdown in a somewhat confusing turn of events.

Owens also started the day leading ...

Toronto pedestrians still tempting fate

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/1/2012 9:22:00 PM

On a day where at 8 people have been hit by cars in the GTA & 2 were killed pedestrians are still flirting with danger.

With police investigating a crash in which a mom & her 2 kids were hit while crossing the street on St. Clair Avenue W, east of Bathurst St, a man stepped into the crosswalk with the light still red.

Sergeant Mark Niezen couldn't believe it.  He stepped into the road too, yelling at the man "Get back, look at the sign, do you not read the news!?"

Niezen says it's a sign of "a serious problem" in Toronto.  He says people walking don't seem to think the rules of the road apply to them & that's is a dangerous position to take.  Niezen points out stepping out in front of a  3 ton car, doesn't leave you a good chance for survival.

He seems frustrated that message ...

Markham Arena’s Financial Framework Questioned

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/1/2012 5:20:00 PM

It doesn’t look like Markham’s deputy mayor is on board with the proposed arena’s financial framework.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Jack Heath called it “extremely controversial” and expressed worries about levies on new home and condo construction to help pay for the arena may lead to legal battles. 

The 20,000-seat arena is expected to draw NHL interest to the Markham-area but is expected to see the town take out a $325 million loan.

However, Markham mayor Frank Scarpitti says this is a multi-step process, noting the city and private partners are working on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). He says if the city doesn’t accept it, then they will take it from there.

He underlines he wants to do what’s best for residents.

Council Passes Master Plan for LRT's in Toronto

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/1/2012 7:15:00 PM

A deal that all but kills the idea of a subway extension through Scarborough has been signed by Toronto city council.

Councillors voted 30-11 on Thursday to follow through with a light rail transit deal between the Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx.

Toronto will clear the land where the LRT lines will be built and then hand over ownership of the land and lines to Metrolinx.

The TTC will operate the LRT lines, though they will be maintained by the provincial agency.

The master agreement is in its final revisions and will be in effect for the next 10 years regardless of who leads the provincial or municipal governments.

A process to resolve disputes will also be implemented in case of future disagreements between the TTC and Metrolinx.

The 24 kilometres of LRT will roll out in 2020 on Sheppard East, Eglinton, and Finch West, while the Scarborough rapid transit ...

Markham Mayor Considering Liberal Leadership Run

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/1/2012 4:43:00 PM

 A big name in GTA politics is eyeing the Ontario Liberal leadership.

A source close to Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti tells Newstalk 1010 many senior Liberals have contacted him about running. The list includes party campaign chair and former Vaughan MPP Greg Sorbara.

Reached on Thursday by Newstalk 1010, Scarpitti confirmed he has received a number of phone calls and emails about throwing his hat into the ring.

He says it is "one more thing to think about". However, he reveals he has been watching the race from the sidelines.

Scarpitti is a known Liberal, running in the Markham riding in the 1990 election. He lost to the Progressive Conservatives. He has been mayor of Markham since 2006 but has been involved in politics on and off since 1985, when he he was elected to Markham regional council.

The source says the only thing that is making Scarpitti hesitate is ...

Two Separate Stabbings in The City Send Two to Hospital.

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/1/2012 4:33:00 PM

Police were busy dealing with a couple violent altercations on Thursday, both ending with someone being stabbed.

The first happened in the Markham Road and East Park area, and started as a fight, but ended with a teen stabbed in the chest. Toronto EMS say the boy is about 17 years old and suffered a punctured lung, and was taken to hospital.

He is expected to live.

Across the city on Royal York and Bloor, a man was trying to prevent being robbed, when he got stabbed three times in the leg.

He was taken to hospital, but police say his injuries are minor.

In both cases, police have not arrested any suspects.

 

Former Nabisco Plant to Close

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/1/2012 4:21:00 PM

You've known it as the Nabisco Factory located along the waterfront in Etobicoke.

Now, the plant that makes the Gardiner smell so good, is closing its doors.

Mondelez Canada is closing the plant down putting 550 people out of work.

The company says they'll close in the third quarter of 2013, which is about a year from now.

Mondelez was split off from Kraft and took care of their snack lines like Cadbury, Oreo Cookies and Nabisco.

Spokesperson Stephanie Cass says the encroaching residential units, along with aging infrastructure and underutilized manufacturing all led to the decision to close.

Some of the jobs could be moved to the other plant in East York, but Cass couldn't say how many.

The plant is located at Parklawn and Lakeshore.

In reaction to news of the closing, Toronto City Councillor Peter Milczyn said he was "shocked and saddened by the absolutely devastating announcement." ...

'Winter' Electricity Rates Now in Effect

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/1/2012 3:03:00 PM

If you have a smart meter, you'll want to know this.

Today is the day that the meters automatically turn to 'winter hours', which means peak pricing hours change.

Until April 30th, peak hours will run from 7 in the morning until 11 and then again in the afternoon from 5 till 7.

That means during those hours, you'll be paying 11.8 cents per kilowatt hour.

Between 11 and 5 each weekday is 9.9 cents per kilowatt hour.

Anytime between 7pm and 7am, you're paying 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour.

In the summer hours, the peak and mid peak flip meaning peak hours last between 11 and 5.

With the winter hours now in effect, if you do your laundry in the morning before work, you're going to be paying more.

NDP Wants Help For Wawa

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/1/2012 12:23:00 PM

The local MPP for flood-devastated Wawa wants the province to deliver emergency funds to help rebuilding the community.

The NDP's Michael Mantha has written a letter to Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Kathleen Wynne, underlining he wants his community to be safe.

Just over 130mm of rain fell on October 25.

Holding up pictures of crumbled roads and demolished homes, Mantha says the community has been severely damaged. He says individual dreams have been washed away into Lake Superior.

Mantha says it will cost tens of millions of dollars to repair the community. He underlines as Ontario offers to help the U.S. recover from the affects of hurricane Sandy, he hopes the province can strike a balance with people affected by natural disasters here at home too.

The federal government is also being asked for help.

(Photos courtesy of the municipailty of Wawa)

UPDATE: Tories Eye Matthews For Documents

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/1/2012 1:26:00 PM

Ontario's Tories now have another Liberal minister in their cross-hairs: Health Minister Deb Matthews.

This comes after contempt allegations by the party against Energy Minister Chris Bentley surrounding the release of documents about the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations.

It's a similar situation to the gas plant documents, with the Progressive Conservatives requesting Matthews release eHealth files, something she was asked to do at a provincial committee meeting in July.

PC MPP Michael Harris says a provincial committee wanted documents pertaining to eHealth released in July but says Matthews responded in the fall, stating the documents couldn't be produced right away. He says one month later the house was prorogued.

When asked if this will lead to a contempt motion, Harris would only say they will continue to push for the documents when the legislature resumes.

In an afternoon statement, the health minister says both the ministery and eHealth ...

Broten Not Running For Liberal Leader

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/1/2012 9:15:00 AM

The Education Minister has announced she will not be running for Ontario Liberal Party leader.

She is just another name added to the list of prominent Liberals not going for the job.

In a letter to constituents sent out Thursday morning, Laurel Broten thanked them for their support but noted the time isn't right for her.

She says she will continue on as both Education Minister and Minister responsible for women's issues. She has been an MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore since 1999.

Broten wrote that she feels optimistic in this time of renewal for the Liberal party and maintains she will be engaged in the leadership race.

Other Liberals who have recently announced they wouldn't be running for leader: Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, Energy Minister Chris Bentley, -Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid, Former Health Minister George Smitherman and Former Attorney General Michael Bryant.

Health Minister Deb Matthews, Municipal Affairs and Housing ...

Police Investigate Pedestrian Collisions

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/1/2012 8:16:00 AM

Police are investigating a number of collisions involving pedestrians across the Greater Toronto Area on Thursday morning.

No fewer than 6 pedestrians have been struck with two of them being fatalities.

Two of the six collisions were hit and runs.

The most recent was just before 7a.m., on Eglinton near Bathurst where a man was struck. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and the man was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with serious injuries.

Around the same time on Lawrence Ave. W. east of Dufferin St. a woman was struck and killed.  Police say she was hit by at least two vehicles and are trying to figure out the chain of events.

Around 8 a.m., an elderly woman was hit by a vehicle on Staines Road in the area of Morningside and Old Finch. Police say the woman got up after being struck and walked around a bit but ...

NYC Slowly Bouncing Back From Sandy & Toronto Offers Help

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/1/2012 6:17:00 AM

The northeastern U.S. is slowly getting back on its feet but things are nowhere near normal in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

At Pearson International there are still a fair number of cancellations especially to LaGuardia Airport in New York. There's only limited service at JFK and Newark.

The death toll in the U.S. from this storm has now reached 75. There are more than 700,000 Con-Ed customers in Manhattan still without power.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a transportation emergency Wednesday night. That means free bus, commuter rail and subway rides through until at least Friday night. Subway service on 14 out of 23 subway lines are expected to resume on a very limited basis Thursday morning.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has imposed restrictions on cars coming into Manhattan. You will be denied entry unless you have a minimum of 3 people in the vehicle.

Toronto city council ...

York Regional Police Investigating Fatal Hit and Run

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/1/2012 11:38:00 AM

York Regional police have a section of Yonge Street in Richmond Hill blocked off Thursday morning, for a fatal hit and run investigation.

Police were called to the area between Stouffville Road and King Road after a man's body was found in the roadway around 3:30 a.m.

Police say they are now looking for a silver Mercedes SUV in connection with the collision, but believe other vehicles may have been involved.

In another twist, the province's Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate because the police vehicle that responded to the call may have made contact with the man's body.

The SIU is called in when police officers are involved in incidents where someone has been seriously injured, dies or alleges sexual assault.

Councillor Wants Off-Leash Hours in All Parks

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/1/2012 5:55:00 AM

If you're a dog owner, maybe you would like were more options for Fido to run free? One city councillor is hoping to make life a little easier for you.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong would like all parks in the city to have off-leash hours. He suggests following the law that's in place in New York City.

“Off-leash hours allow dog owners to walk their dogs off leash in select city parks from the time the park opens until 9 a.m. and then from 9 p.m. until the park closes.”

That same rule would then apply to Toronto's 1400 parks.

He thinks it's just not convenient enough right now for Torontonians, with 54 designated off-leash parks and it's a hassle for pet owners to have to transport their canines to permitted areas.

Minnan-Wong told The Star, "If kids are in the park after 9 p.m., they probably shouldn’t be there anyways."...

Shot Fired During Attempted Home Invasion

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/1/2012 3:08:00 AM

A Mississauga homeowner was left shaken-up, after a group of men tried to break into her home.

It was after 9 o'clock Wednesday evening, when she answered a knock at the door. That's when the four men tried to force their way in and during the struggle, a gunshot was fired at the door.

Luckily, no one was seriously hurt, but the woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police are searching for the suspect.

The home is located Turney Drive near Britannia road and Erin Mills Parkway.

Threat of teachers' job action weighs on minds of Toronto students

Posted By: James Moore · 11/1/2012 5:00:00 AM

Its been about 6 weeks since several of Ontario's public school teachers unions started job action that shut down sports teams, clubs and other extra-curricular activities at many schools in the province.

On November 7th, a ramp-up in that labour battle will see the job action increased at about 10 school boards and others will do the same over the weeks that follow. 
Unions are asking their members to withhold a long list of services, including attending staff meetings, refusal to issue standardized tests and take part in school open houses.

Students at Northern Secondary School (on Mount Pleasant Road, near Eglinton Avenue) realise how lucky they are.

Their football team still takes the field for practise after class and the drama club continues to meet for rehearsals.

Their friends at other schools have had after-school activities cancelled thanks to the ongoing labour battle between Ontario's teachers and the provincial ...

VIDEO: Hurricane Sandy - The Aftermath

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/1/2012 6:28:00 AM

The remnants of hurricane Sandy are blamed for a second death in Canada.

It happened in southwestern Ontario, where a hydro worker was electrocuted while tending to a downed power line in Sarnia.

The victim's name has not been released.

The other fatality was a Toronto woman who was hit by a store sign that was blown down as the storm hit on Monday night.

Meanwhile, utility crews in the eastern United States have restored power to about two-million homes and businesses left in the dark Monday by the remnants of hurricane Sandy.

Some of the six-million customers still waiting to be re-connected have been told they may not get their power back until early next week.

U-S President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie boarded a helicopter to survey the damage caused by the remnants of hurricane Sandy.

Over southern New Jersey, they saw flattened houses, flooded ...

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