Long Time Toronto MP Robert Kaplan Dies

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/5/2012 8:37:00 PM

Robert Kaplan, a former veteran Liberal MP and cabinet minister, died Monday at age 75 after losing a long battle with cancer.

Kaplan is probably best known for his 1980-84 stint as Canada's solicitor general, when he presided over the demise of the RCMP's disgraced security service and the creation of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

He also ushered in the Young Offenders Act.

A funeral is to be held Tuesday at Benjamin's Memorial Chapel in Toronto.

Kaplan was first elected in 1968 as an MP for the Toronto riding of Don Valley.

He was defeated in 1972 and switched to York Centre in 1974, a riding he held for almost 20 years before retiring from politics in 1993.

He took on the solicitor general's post in 1980, a time when the RCMP was reeling from scandals which had implicated the force's security service in illegal activity. CSIS was created ...

VIDEO: Kathleen Wynne Makes Run For Ontario Liberal Leadership

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/5/2012 6:37:00 PM

Veteran Liberal cabinet minister Kathleen Wynne says she wants to be Ontario's next  premier.

Wynne, who resigned from cabinet on Friday, made the announcement during a news conference in her Toronto riding of Don Valley West.

She would make history if she won the leadership race, becoming Ontario's first female and openly gay premier.

The race was triggered three weeks ago when Premier Dalton McGuinty announced he would step down once a new leader was chosen, and prorogued the legislature.

Glen Murray, former minister of training, colleges and universities, is also in the race.

There's speculation that former cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello and ex-MP Gerard Kennedy, who lost to McGuinty by just 140 votes in 1996, are also seriously considering bids.

Police make 3 arrests in violent home invasions

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/5/2012 2:58:00 PM

Police are looking for two more suspects after a series of violent home invasions in the area of Weston Rd and Black Creek.

During a press conference on Monday, staff insp. Mike Earl called the attacks "bizarre" and an "act of terror". He says good citizens were randomly victimized.

Over two nights, police say the suspects forced their way into homes, forcefully confined some of the homeowners, sometimes forced them at gunpoint to knock on neighbours' doors, and even shot one resident.

It started just after 8 p.m. on October 16th. Police say three men attended a multi-dwelling home in the area of Weston Rd and Eglinton Avenue W.

The suspects forcefully confined the homeowners at gunpoint and stole money and electronics. They also went to another apartment within the home and the homeowner refused to open the door.

Police say the suspects fired a shot through the door, striking ...

Former Argos Coach Matthews Battling Cancer

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/5/2012 2:31:00 PM

Former Toronto Argonauts head coach Don Matthews is battling cancer.

Matthews made the admission in a statement on Monday.

He said "Many of my friends in the CFL have contacted me over the past few months to participate in events around the Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction and the 100th Grey Cup Festival.  Unfortunately, I will be unable to participate in any of these activities and I wanted to let Canadian Football League colleagues and fans know the reason why."

He admitted that it's still early and the cancer cells have been found in his lymph nodes, but doctors still aren't sure where they originate from.

"I've got this and I'm dealing with this.  But I want everyone to know I plan to fight like hell and I intend to be playing golf at this time next year." Matthews went on to say.

Matthews won 2 Grey Cups as ...

VIDEO: Province Eyes Feds With New Immigration Strategy

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/5/2012 1:09:00 PM

The province wants more of a say when it comes to what kind of newcomers settle in Ontario.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Charles Sousa unveiled an Immigration Strategy in Etobicoke Monday. It aims to attract a skilled workforce, help those new to the country and province, as well as increase the number of internationally trained professionals who are licensed.

Sousa says the province put this plan in place to have a voice at an upcoming meeting with Ottawa and the provinces. He reveals he wants to increase the number of skilled workers coming to Ontario from 52 to 70 per cent - the national average.

Sousa underline he doesn't want to take immigrants away from other provinces or affect their economic growth.

He maintains he hopes modifications to a new federal immigration plan will be fair to all provinces.

This strategy is based on 32 recommendations revealed in a ...

More Charges For Boy Already Accused in Bloor and Christie Assaults

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/5/2012 1:08:00 PM

Two more charges for the 15 year old already facing a slew of sex assault charged in the alleged attacks that happened in the Bloor and Christie area.

These new charges relate to alleged attacks that happened on August 18th and the 23rd.

The boy now faced a total of 16 sexual assault charged and two criminal harassment charges.

The sex assaults happened through the summer months and had many women in the area feeling unsafe, with some refusing to walk alone at night.

The boy was in court on Monday, and the matter was put over until Tuesday, when it's expected he'll apply for bail.

Two Men Charged in Scarborough Stabbings

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/5/2012 12:43:00 PM

Two people, including a 17 year old have been charged in a stabbing in Scarborough late last week.

It happened on Thursday outside of the Cedarbrae Library on Markham road, in what police have called a fight that escalated.

One man was stabbed in the chest and suffered a punctured lung, while another man was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Both are expected to live.

On Friday, Toronto Police charged 19 year old Hassan Baig with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of robbery.

Then, on Sunday, a 17 year old boy was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of assault with a weapon, and carry a concealed weapon.

The boy's name cannot be released because of his age.

Both are expected to be in court on Monday.

*VIDEO* UPDATE One Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on the 400

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/5/2012 5:48:00 PM

It was a crash that knotted up traffic on your Monday morning commute down the 400 for hours.  One woman was killed and a man was airlifted to hospital, but is expected to survive.

The crash happened at highway 88 and closed the southbound lanes of the 400 at 7 until  around 11 o'clock.

Now, OPP Sgt Dave Woodford says it looks like distracted driving mixed with speed could be to blame for the crash.

He says there were smaller collisions further down the road, and that created an accordion effect, and ultimately the fatal rear end collision.

Woodford says the name of the victim won't be released until Tuesday at the earliest.

Byford Wants Yearly TTC Customer Charter

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/5/2012 5:37:00 AM

He has a five year mission to modernize the TTC, and some of Andy Byford's ideas will start being implemented.

The CEO of the transit commission wants to have a customer charter every year. It basically would be a list of things that the TTC is promising to tackle.

Byford's thinking of ten or so items that will be delivered over the course of a year. An example could mean refurbishing washrooms, or rolling out a number of new buses.

Byford says this is one way of embedding accountability because you either meet the target, or you don't.

He wants to begin the charter, in January.

Police Launch Pedestrian Safety Blitz

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/5/2012 5:26:00 AM

November has traditionally been the month when pedestrians are involved in the most collisions.

That's one of the reasons why Toronto police are launching their latest safety blitz called "Step Up and Be Safe."

Officers will patrol intersections and crosswalks focusing on pedestrian safety, and especially on senior citizens. Police say this year, there have been 6 senior pedestrian fatalities alone.

Collision analysis has shown that pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 50% of yearly traffic fatalities within the City of Toronto year, 19 pedestrians have lost their lives. This represents over 50% of the total of all traffic fatalities in Toronto this year.

The blitz will end on Sunday.

VIDEO: Self defence courses offered in Bloor & Christie area

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/5/2012 12:06:00 AM

An arrest in connection with more than a dozen sexual assaults in the Bloor and Christie area eased some of the fear in the neighbourhood, but some women aren't letting their guard down just yet.

A couple of local businesses have been offering self defence courses for the public, and some women have been taking advantage of the opportunity.

In class at the Tula West yoga studio, women learn what to do when grabbed from behind, or when they're pushed to the ground.

Most importantly, they're being taught to show confidence and to scream loudly to attract attention or scare the perk away.

Watch video from part of the class:

Ford brothers back downtown casino ahead of committee debate

Posted By: James Moore · 11/5/2012 5:48:00 AM

Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug voiced their support for a casino in downtown Toronto on Sunday's edition of NEWSTALK 1010's The City.

They urged the public to show up at Monday morning's executive committee meeting where the issue will be discussed.  

The floor will be opened up for residents to make deputations and the committee will decide whether to send the casino concept to the public consultation process, essentially moving the plans another step forward.

Convinced by a recently-released report commissioned by the city, Rob Ford says a downtown casino would be a good deal for Toronto.

"You're looking at over $200 million and its going to create 10,000 permanent, good-paying union jobs," says Mayor Ford.

While he and councillor Doug Ford are sold on the idea, some councillors, like Adam Vaughan, have doubts that those 'jackpot' estimates are accurate.

Councillor Doug Ford argues that if Toronto ...

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