New York marathoners could run in Hamilton

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/3/2012 2:29:00 PM

Would-be New York City marathoners could be lacing up this weekend after all, but it won't be in the Big Apple.

Hamilton has opened up 250 spots in their marathon Sunday especially for displaced New York runners.

The spots are first come first serve & as of 3pm Saturday, 200 of those spots had been snatched up.  Marathoners have to sign up in person at the Expo at Hamilton's Confederation Park.  Registration closes at 5pm.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg cancelled the marathon Friday as the city tries to get back on its feet after Hurricane Sandy.

DENIED: Skier Lindsey Vonn won't race with men

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/3/2012 2:11:00 PM

Decorated American skier Lindsey Vonn won't be part of the men's downhill race at the World Cup at Lake Louise this month.

The International Ski Federation rejected Vonn's bid to compete, saying "one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other" & that "exceptions will not be made".

The Federation says Vonn can ask to ski the course before the men's race, testing it for safety & visibility.  Doing that would make Vonn ineligible to ski in the women's downhill race on the same course.

NHL & players to meet privately

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/3/2012 1:27:00 PM

The NHL & their players are talking again, but this time away from camera flashes & rows of microphones.

Deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly & NHLPA lawyer Steve Fehr are meeting up at a secret time & place Saturday.  They've been talking over the phone this week & found enough common ground to sit down face-to-face.

It's the first time both sides have been together since October 18th.

The NHL has cancelled all games through November 30th plus the Winter Classic set for New Year's Day.

The league says even with a new contract, they don't have enough time to pull the outdoor game off.

Glen Murray to join Liberal leadership race

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/3/2012 11:33:00 AM

Another provincial cabinet minister is ready to take a run at leadership of the Liberal Party.

Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray tweeted Saturday morning that he had submitted his resignation as Minister of Training, Colleges & Universities to the Premier.

Dalton McGuinty has said any members of his cabinet who want to take a stab at his job have to give up their portfolios.

Murray has scheduled a "special announcement" at Maple Leaf Gardens Mattamy Athletic Centre Sunday morning.

Government House leader & Minister of Community & Social Services John Milloy will add Training Colleges & Universities to his job dscription.

Friday, the Premier confirmed Kathleen Wynne would go for the leadership, giving up her post as Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing & Aboriginal Affairs.  Wynne will formally launch her campaign Monday.

Liberals have until November 23rd to enter the leadship race.  The new party leader will be picked ...

Early snow is a beautiful sight for Blue Mountain Resort

Posted By: James Moore · 11/3/2012 10:37:00 AM

Ontario's ski resorts hope the flurries keep coming.

Blue Mountain Resort spokesperson Collin Matanowitsch says its exciting to see the runs at Blue Mountain covered in white and adds that the entire ski industry across Ontario is looking forward to winter's return, after last year's mild season resulted in a slow year for tourism, especially in the Collingwood area.

"There are many businesses out there that rely on ski business and snowboarding so I think this is really positive," he says.

Matonowitsch is also encouraged by long-term forecasts from Environment Canada that predict a cold and snowy winter for Ontario but he says Blue Mountain will be ready regardless.

The resort's snow-making equipment has been upgraded for this winter, just in case mother nature decides so short-change the region on snow.  

Blue Mountain will decide on their opening day in the weeks to come.  
Matonowitsch says the resort ...

Two winning tickets for Lotto Max jackpot... in Western Canada

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/3/2012 6:21:00 AM

There are two winning tickets for last night's $50
million Lotto Max draw.
One was sold in British Columbia.
The other was also sold in western Canada, however, the province
has yet to be specified.
Each ticket is worth $25 million.
In addition, 23 of the $1 million Maxmillions prizes were also
won last night _ the 30 winning tickets sold in Quebec, Ontario,
B.C., and the other western provinces.
The jackpot for next Friday's Lotto Max draw will be
approximately $37 million.
(The Canadian Press)

Toronto police officer with minor injuries after crash

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/3/2012 6:14:00 AM

A Toronto police officer has minor injuries after a crash in the intersection of Old Weston and St Clair.

Police say that another car crashed into a pole in that intersection at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and flying debris hit the police car behind it.

There were two officers inside and one was injured.

The driver of the smashed vehicle is in hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

Heavy flurries today in Barrie, Collingwood, Owen Sound

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/3/2012 5:16:00 AM

Driving could get a little tricky in parts of central Ontario this morning.
Environment Canada is warning motorists that visibility will reduced by a narrow band of heavy flurries off of Georgian Bay.
Barrie, Orangeville, Owen Sound, and Collingwood could all see snow.
Accumulations may reach 5 centimetres in the Blue Mountains and Dundalk highlands.

(The Canadian Press)

Change your clocks tonight

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/3/2012 5:05:00 AM

Many sleep-deprived Canadians will get to enjoy an
extra hour of precious shut-eye this weekend.
It's that time again when most of the country switches from
daylight saving time to standard time.
Before going to bed tonight, turn your time pieces back one hour.
The time change does not apply to most of Saskatchewan, the
Dawson Creek area of northeastern B-C,  the northwestern Ontario
communities of Pickle Lake, New Osnaburgh, and Atikokan, the eastern
tip of Quebec, and Southampton Island in Nunavut.
For the rest of the country, daylight saving time returns next
March 10th.

(The Canadian Press)

Toronto could be set to welcome back 'The Gravy Train'

Posted By: James Moore · 11/3/2012 5:00:00 AM

If a pair of entrepreneurs get their way, The Gravy Train will make a comeback in Toronto.

James Applegath and business partner Craig Brissenden believe poking fun at Toronto's political establishment will turn their restaurant pipe dream into a big success.

They've got a sample menu and mission statement posted online and are looking for the funds to get their project off the ground.

Their website is getting hundreds of hits a day and the pair believe there may be on the verge of something special.

Tired of the rhetoric, bickering and generally 'dippy' behavior coming out of City Hall, they've designed a restaurant concept that blends satire and healthy comfort food.

The menu, Applegath says, is based on dips.

"We'll have gravies, sauces and spreads ... chicken wings, probably sweet potato fries and we are considering sandwiches," he says.

"We're not really taking sides, we're just taking a humourous ...

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