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Hospitality workers honour Nighisti Semret

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/2/2012 10:45:00 PM

Hospitality workers from all over the city went to the Delta Chelsea Friday night to celebrate the life of Nighisti Semret.

The hotel & Andorra Building Naintenance hosted what was billed as a benefit concert at the Delta Chelsea's Monarchs pub.  Donations were taken at the door as 6 bands played a mix of blues, jazz & classic rock.

Nighisti was stabbed to death in a Cabbagetown alley last week on her way home from her shift as an overnight cleaner.

Andorra President Anthony Vella felt the humane thing to do, was to help return Nighisti to her family in Africa to get a decent burial.  Money collected at Friday's event is being put into a trust fund to help with those costs.

Vella says the murder of the woman her co-workers called "Nicki" has touched him more than he could've imagined.

Frida, who worked with Nicki says the crew she ...

Yorkdale Mall Evacuated After Fire in Restaurant

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/2/2012 9:18:00 PM

Yorkdale Mall shoppers we're asked to leave the shopping centre a little before closing time after a fire broke out in a restaurant inside.

Fire crews responded to calls of a blaze inside the Milestones Restaurant just before 8:00 Friday night.

Crews were able to get the fire under control quickly.  It started in the kitchen area.

No injuries were reported, and all of the shoppers were evacuated from the mall as a precaution.

Husband charged in 2011 murder, 2nd man wanted

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/2/2012 7:00:00 PM

Police have charged a Toronto man in the murder of his husband & are looking for a 2nd man in the case.

Allan Lanteigne was found dead in the foyer of his Ossington Ave home in March 2011 with obvious signs of trauma to his body.

Demitry Papasitiriou is charged with 1st degree murder.  He was picked up in downtown Toronto Friday.

Police are working with Interpol to track another man in the case.  Mladen (Michael) Ivezic is also wanted on a charge of 1st degree murder.  Police think he's somewhere in Europe.

Homicide detective Tam Bui would only say Papasitiriou or Ivezic had some business together.

Allan's brother-in-law Don Sterritt was in Toronto as police announced the arrest.  Sterritt says to think that it's possible that somebody who was supposed to care for Allan & hyphenated his last name might be involved in his murder is "quite disgusting".

The couple was reportedly estranged at ...

NY Cancels Sundays Marathon

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/2/2012 5:39:00 PM

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City Marathon has been cancelled.

His statement Friday came after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race.

With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than 40, many New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect a marathon on Sunday.

 

Shoppers Drug Mart to Stop Playing Christmas Music

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/2/2012 5:16:00 PM

Ho Ho hold on one minute.

Shoppers Drug Mart has put an end to early Christmas Carols in their stores.

The Drug Store chain announced they'd temporarily stop playing Christmas music in its stores, because of customer complaints.

Shopper's started playing the music the day after Halloween in many if its stores.

The halt goes into effect on Friday at midnight, and there's no word on when it will be lifted.

Santa's Workshop gears up for 108th annual parade

Posted By: James Moore · 11/2/2012 4:18:00 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Claus are in town for Toronto's 108th annual Santa Claus Parade.

They're meeting with supervisors on the floor of their workshop at 401 & Weston Road, keeping a watchful eye as elves put the finishing touches on 23 giant, animated floats and hundreds of colourful costumes.

The shop is bustling with activity, with the parade set to go on the afternoon of Sunday, November 18th.

Thousands of staffers and volunteers have been busy since last winter building giant paper mache gingerbread men and storybook creatures.

Parade creative director Alfred Iannarelli says you can expect Christmas classics like reindeer sleigh captain Rudolph and floats that represent the 12 days of Christmas.

But he says characters from new movies and video games are also in the mix.

"We want to stay current with all of the things that are going on today for kids," says Iannarelli.

Special for this ...

Historic Masonic Temple to close

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/2/2012 3:41:00 PM

The Masonic Temple, which was the rehearsal space of choice for the Rolling Stones in Toronto, is closing its doors.

The building was first opened in 1918, and had most recently been used as a television and radio studio for owners CTV and Bell Media.

But the building has some history.

Back in 1969, Led Zeppelin played their first Toronto concert in the venue that seats about 500 people at the corner of  Yonge and Davenport.

Scott Henderson from VP of Communications for Bell Media says they are moving production of MTV to their other location at 299 Queen Street.

27 production positions are being lost, that's 11 full time and 16 contract positions.

Bell Media bought the building in 1998 to house 'Open Mic with Mike Bullard'.

Henderson says they are considering all options when it comes to the building and that includes selling the facility.

The building is ...

Kennedy Eyes Ontario Liberal Leadership

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/2/2012 3:41:00 PM

Former MPP and MP Gerard Kennedy will be testing the Ontario Leadership waters this weekend.

He's be holding what's being called a draft meeting in the Bloor and Keele area on Saturday afternoon.

The event's description says Kennedy is "genuinely exploring the feasibility of a run for leader of the Ontario Liberal Party." It asks supporters to come if they are willing and able to show their support, help out on a campaign or brainstorm on how the party can be renewed.

Kennedy is no stranger to leadership races, losing out in round-robins to Premier Dalton McGuinty in the 1996 contest and Stephen Dion in the 2006 federal race.

He was an MPP at Queen's Park from 1996-1999 in the old riding of York South and from 1999-2006 in Parkdale-High Park. He was the first Education Minister in the McGuinty government.  In 2008, Kennedy looked to Ottawa and became a ...

NHL cancels Winter Classic

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/2/2012 3:11:00 PM

The NHL lockout has claimed one of the league's marquee events.

The Jan. 1 Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium was called off by the league on Friday.

It follows the cancellation of all regular-season games through Nov. 30.

The NHL says the teams will instead play outdoors in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 1, 2014.

The Winter Classic has grown into a popular event since first being held in 2008 and the Maple Leafs-Red Wings matchup had been
billed as the biggest yet.

By cancelling the game, the NHL forfeited a US$100,000 deposit already paid to the University of Michigan. It would have been on
the hook for other expenses to the school if it was called off later on.

(The Canadian Press)

Potential sex offender in Forest Hill

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/2/2012 2:22:00 PM

Police are giving a head's up about a potential sex offender in Forest Hill.

Last Saturday, a woman & her 3-year-old daughter were eating lunch at a restaurant near Spadina Rd & Lonsdale Rd.

A man started to talk to the girl.  Police say the conversation turned inappropriate & then the man took off.

He's described as white, in his late 50s, 5'9 or 5'10 with a stocky build & short dark brown hair with grey streaks.

He was last seen wearing a beige baseball cap with a leaf design, a navy-blue fleece top & dark-blue pants.

Memorial concert for Nighisti Semret tonight

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/2/2012 1:41:00 PM

Nighisti Semret's former employers will honour her life with a memorial concert & fundraiser Friday night.

The Eritrean refugee was stabbed to death in a Cabbagetown alley last month on her way home from her shift as an overnight cleaner at the Delta Chelsea Hotel.

Friday night's memorial concert is being co-hosted by the hotel & Andorra Building Maintenance Ltd at the Delta Chelsea's Monarchs Pub.  It starts at 8pm.

Money raised will help pay for travel costs for Semret's family & to take her body back to Africa.

If you want to help but can't make it to the event, you can give to "Nighisti Semret Memorial Fund" at any CIBC branch.

Toronto Police are still looking for Semret's suspected murderer.  They believe he lives in Cabbagetown & may walk with a limp.

Homicide detectives have been circulating video & video stills of the suspect online trying to get an ID.  Starting ...

BMO System Crashes For a Short Period

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/2/2012 1:10:00 PM

A rough start to a Friday for those of you who use the Bank of Montreal.

Service was knocked out at around 10:30, leaving people who wanted to use their credit cards, debit cards and ATM's, out of luck.

The company says they suffered 'technical difficuties' but had the service back up and running in a short time.

Queen's Park Reacts to Wynne's Plans

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/2/2012 1:06:00 PM

Queen's Park is buzzing with news that Kathleen Wynne will be entering the leadership race.

Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid, who announced he wouldn't be running earlier this week, noted Wynne is a high-end candidate. He underlines there are other quality candidates considering throwing their hats in the ring.

He says he's excited the race for find a new Liberal leader has begun.

As expected, opposition parties aren't celebrating.

PC MPP Monte McNaughton says Wynne is part of the same government that wants to cover up the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations. He says up until now, it's been rats trying to flee the ship, making reference to the fact that six prominent Liberals announced they will not seek the leadership.

NDP MPP Catherine Fife says it doesn't matter who will be the leader of the Liberals, she just wants to get back to work at Queen's Park.

VIDEO: Police Look For Vehicle of Interest in West End Murder

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/2/2012 12:22:00 PM

Toronto police are looking for a vehicle of interest in connection with Tuesday's murder of 26-year-old Leonard Charles Fullerton.

Fullerton was gunned down at around 4:20 p.m. near Weston Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W., after he got into an argument with another man.

Police say the suspect fled into a silver four door vehicle.

Police say a vehicle of interest, was captured on a police in-car camera, as it was seen driving southbound on Weston Road at Locust Street as it yielded for the police car with its emergency lights activated.

Police also say, a man called them with information regarding this car leaving the scene.

Police would like to speak with both the driver of the car and the man who called with the information.

The suspect is described as male, black with a light complexion,  6', with a slimbuild. He was wearing a dark hooded jacket at the ...

Suspect in Fatal Richmond Hill Hit and Run Arrested

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/2/2012 11:12:00 AM

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in Thursday morning's fatal hit and run in Richmond Hill.

Police were called to Yonge Street north of Stouffville Road at around 3:30 a.m., after a male pedestrian was struck by a black 2007 Honda Fit.

Officers at the scene determined the pedestrian had first been struck by a silver 2007 Mercedes R23 station wagon that fled the scene. The pedestrian was then struck by the Honda and the driver immediately contacted police.

The pedestrian, a 30-year-old man from Toronto died at the scene.

The driver of the Honda, a 21-year-old male from Richmond Hill and the passenger, a 23-year-old female also from Richmond Hill, were not injured.

Police say the driver of the Mercedes turned himself in at around 9 p.m., Thursday.

Police say Choo-Beng Quah, of Richmond Hill has been charged with: failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing ...

UPDATE: Premier Confirms Wynne to Enter Leadership Race

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/2/2012 2:02:00 PM

She's ready to make a go at the Ontario Liberals' top job.

Municipal Affairs and Housing and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne has resigned from cabinet, clearing the way for her to officially enter the leadership race.

While the Don Valley West MPP's statement was vague, saying only she handed in her resignation to the Premier on Friday morning and will be holding an event on Monday at 5:30pm, Dalton McGuinty confirmed speculation.

At an event in London, McGuinty says Wynne brings a lot to the table, listing her time as Minister of Education, Transportation and her recent posts.

Despite seeing a list of six prominent Liberals declaring they didn't want his job, the Premier didn't seem worried that Wynne was the first out of the gate two and a half weeks after he announced he'll be stepping down.

He points to the 1996 leadership campaign, where he said he ...

Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged at 7.4%

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/2/2012 8:59:00 AM

Statistics Canada says the country's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.4 per cent last month as the economy added a meagre 1,800 jobs.
    
The modest result was slightly worse than expected by economists and reversed two consecutive months of strong employment gains that saw over 86,000 jobs added.
    
The details were even weaker than the headline, given that private sector employers shed 20,300 workers last month.
    
That was offset by gains in the less attractive public sector.

There were also fewer Canadians reporting they were self employed in September.
    
Regionally, gains and losses were split among the provinces, with Quebec reporting the strongest increase at 20,100 jobs, and British Columbia the biggest setback with a loss of 10,900 jobs.
    
Meanwhile, the US economy created 171,000 jobs last month pushing their jobless rate to 7.9 per cent from 7.8 per cent. ...

LRT Agreement Passed at City Council

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/2/2012 6:20:00 AM

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's clamour for subways, subways, subways has failed again at city hall.

City council voted 30 to 11 in favour of the master agreement with the TTC and Metrolinx, to build light rail on Sheppard East, Eglinton and Finch West and the Scarborough RT. It should be complete by 2020.

The TTC will be operating the lines, but Metrolinx will still maintain ownership.

The project is getting $8.4-billion in provincial funding, which the treasury board is expected to approve this month.

During the meeting, Mayor Rob Ford couldn't resist fighting for subways one last time, telling council they were making a big mistake if they supported light rail.

Details of the deal will become public once everything is finalized.

Time Change to Cause Misery For Insomniacs

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/2/2012 6:03:00 AM

Returning to standard time may be welcome news to most Canadians, clocks fall back at 2:00 A.M. on Sunday except in most of Saskatchewan as well as parts of Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, but experts warn the extra hour of sunlight means some long nights ahead for the country's insomniacs.

Experts warn, however, that what feels like a gain to the majority of Canadians can usher in a time of prolonged pain for those who struggle to get enough shuteye.

Colleen Carney, director of the sleep and depression lab at Ryerson University, said insomnia sufferers may find their already problematic sleep patterns are crippled even further by having an extra hour in which to toss and turn.

``When you spend more time in bed, it's like telling your body, 'oh, you don't need more sleep, you need less sleep because you're less active,'' Carney said in a telephone interview. ...

Fighting Over Fuel & Power Slowly Restored in NYC

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/2/2012 5:53:00 AM

Four days in and everything points to many more days of frustration and fear for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which is second only to Katrina for damage caused in the U.S.

The death toll has now reached 98 with 40 of them in New York City and there will likely be more as rescue and recovery teams reach areas that have so far not been reachable.

Con Ed, the electric company for New York, says power to lower Manhattan and other parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn which have wiring underground should all be back up by Saturday.  As for the rest of the system, well 10-thousand of wires are down on the ground and it's going to take until the weekend of November 10th to get power restored.

Hydro One is sending 145 employees and vehicles to help out in Massachusetts.

The lack of power is what is causing ...

Rock Stars Join Benefit Concert for Victims of Sandy

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/2/2012 5:29:00 AM

NBC will hold a benefit concert Friday for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit.

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, both famously from New Jersey, and Billy Joel, whose own Long Island was hard hit, are scheduled to appear at the concert, hosted by ``Today'' show co-host Matt Lauer. Other performers include Christina Aguilera, Sting and Jimmy Fallon.

Bon Jovi was in London when the storm hit. He cancelled his plans to be with his family and was returning to New Jersey on Thursday, according to his representative. In a statement, he urged people to donate to the victims of the storm and asked those affected to have hope, comparing the weather disaster to 9-11.

 ``Once again, the eyes of the world are upon us as we wake to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Once again we will have hurdles to clear and ...

Man Shot and Killed in Malton

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/2/2012 12:07:00 AM

One person is dead after a shooting in Mississauga.

It happened around 10:45 Thursday night on Darcel Avenue. That's near Morningstar Drive and Goreway Drive.

Police say the victim is a 32-year-old man from Brampton but haven't identified him yet, because they are notifying his next of kin.

No word on suspects.

Will a Woman Leader Help the Ontario Liberals?

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/2/2012 5:01:00 AM

With three of the potential Ontario Liberal leadership candidates being women, there has been lots of talk amongst party members of how that would shift gears.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan calls it exciting.

Health Minister Deb Matthews, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Kathleen Wynne and former Economic Development Minister Sandra Pupatello are all said to be seriously considering a run at the Liberal's top job.

Matthews says she would like to see more women playing leadership roles in politics.

University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman says if an image change is what the party wants, that's what they might in fact get if they pick a woman as leader.

Pointing federally to Kim Campbell and the Progressive Conservatives, Wiseman says they saw a popularity surge before Campbell run a bad campaign.

However, he adds he's not sure if that would save the Liberals.

However, earlier this week,  Minister ...

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