OSSTF Postponing Teacher Strike Action

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/6/2012 10:45:00 PM

Some Ontario high school teachers will no longer be ramping up their job action on Wednesday.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation had instructed its members who are in a legal strike position to skip staff meetings and forgo standardized tests starting on Wednesday.

In a release issued late Tuesday night, OSSTF President Ken Coran said the union has been communicating with government representatives in ``interest of going forward and seeking resolutions to the challenges facing the education sector.''

The teachers group says it plans to meet with government officials on Wednesday to ``fast track to potential resolutions.''

As a result, the OSSTF now says it is delaying planned labour sanctions until just before midnight on Sunday.

OSSTF, which represents about 60,000 members, is among three unions which have been fuming over the new anti-strike law brought in by the cash-strapped Liberal government, which also cuts benefits and freezes the ...

Canada Post to Charge Builders For 'Superboxes'

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/6/2012 5:00:00 PM

Imagine moving into your beautiful new home, only to find another 200 dollars on the bill.

Sure it's only 200 dollars, but did you know what it's for?

You have to pay for that 'superbox' of mail boxes at the end of your street.

Canada Post is going to start charging builders of new sub-division homes, an extra 200 dollars per address for the 'superboxes' for mail.

The builders are then going to pass that along to the buyer.

The new rules won't affect condo's or apartments, but will affect single family homes in new developments.

Ron Olson, President of the Canadian Home Builders association says homeowners are subsidizing a decreased level of service. And what happens if you don't even want a mailbox?

He says some people use epost or use online billing, and don't need a mailbox.

Olson says the likely hood of those people being able to ...

VIDEO: Police and TTC Explain Decisions After Ford Team Picked up by Bus

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/6/2012 6:22:00 PM

Toronto police say Rob Ford was not a factor in an officer's decision to call a public transit bus to pick up the mayor's high school football team after an on-turf dispute last week ended a game early.

Supt. Ron Taverner said Tuesday that a sergeant at the match was worried of a possible physical confrontation between the players while Ford's side waited for their school bus to arrive.

``At no time was the mayor involved in any of the decision-making with regards to a bus being called. It was our officer, our sergeant who made that decision out of community safety concerns,'' he said.

He said the sergeant, there with four constables, was earlier informed by officials from both schools that the rival squads were in the midst of a beef dating back to a game two weeks before.

Taverner said that concern was amplified after the referee suspended ...

No Bail for Alleged Annex Assaulter

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/6/2012 3:12:00 PM

The boy facing charges in a string of sexual assaults in the Annex, is going to stay behind bars for a while longer.

The 15 year old was in Youth Court again on Tuesday, but was not granted bail.

No family members were present when the boy stood in court.

He's now facing a total of 16 sexual assault charges and two counts of criminal harassment in connection with the string of assaults in the Bloor and Christie area through the summer.

The most recent allegedly took place on August 18th and August 23rd.

The boy was denied bail on his first appearance and will now be back before a judge on December 12th.

Until then, he'll stay in custody.

Faulty Voting Machines in the US?

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/6/2012 1:52:00 PM

Already there's controversy in the US when it comes to the Presidential Election.

A video that was first posted to Reddit this morning, has taken off and become viral.

It shows the inside of a voting station, and the screen where voters make their choices. When the voter tries to select Obama, the check mark appears beside Romney's name.

centralpavote was the Reddit user who posted the video and also added this:

“My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.

“I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I ...

Opposition Knock Down Kiosk Decision

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/6/2012 1:03:00 PM

Opposition at Queen's Park aren't impressed the province is closing down its 72 Service Ontario Kiosks because of security concerns.

NDP Consumer Services Critic MPP Jagmeet Singh underlines if the government can't run the kiosks without any security issues, it won't be able to ensure safety online.

PC Accountability Critic MPP Rod Jackson the province is just running away from a problem it could have predicted.

Jackson says he's concerned there will be a lot of inconvenienced people out there who rely on the kiosks to renew licence plate stickers and change their address. He says some people don't go online and have a hard time accessing Service Ontario centres.

*UPDATE* Arrest Made in Double Stabbing

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/6/2012 9:57:00 AM

Toronto Police have made an arrest in a double stabbing in the Bathrust Street and Glencairn Avenue area.

Police were called to an apartment building at 2900 Bathurst St. shortly after 8 a.m.

When they arrived, they found a 46-year-old woman suffering from a stab wound in the neck and a 45-year-old man with minor stab wounds. Police say the woman's injuries are serious.

The suspect is said to have left the scene in Honda Civic.

An arrest was made around 9 o'clock in the Wilson and Jane area with a 46 year old man picked up.

Police are trying to figure out what the motive is but say the suspect knew the woman.

Americans Vote For A President

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/6/2012 6:21:00 AM

It is decision day in America.

Voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots for the person they wish to have as President of the United States for the next four years.

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have closed out their hard-fought and deeply negative battle for the White House, yielding centre stage to voters who face a stark choice on Election Day between fundamentally different visions for the country's future.

After months of campaigning and billions of dollars spent in the battle for leadership of the world's most powerful country, Obama and Romney were in a virtual nationwide tie ahead of Tuesday's election, an overt symptom of the vast partisan divide separating Americans in the early years of the 21st century.

Obama appeared to have a slight edge, however, in some of the key swing states such as Ohio that do not vote reliably ...

Executive Committee Wants Elephants Moved ASAP

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/6/2012 6:10:00 AM

The three elephants that have been the source of bickering back and forth between city hall, the Toronto zoo and the PAWS sanctuary, were a hot topic at Executive Committee.

The decision from the committee was to move Thika, Toka and Iringa to a facility that Toronto zoo staff decide is best and they want that to happen as soon as possible.

Whether or not that means they will go to the PAWS facility in California, remains to be seen.

The committee also requested that the CEO of the Zoo report to city council on the results of a review conducted by the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) facility.  

Animal rights activist and former game show host Bob Barker offered to pick up the tab of transporting the elephants, claiming that four had died at the Toronto Zoo between 2006 and 2009.

Then in September, the CEO of the ...

UPDATE: Service Ontario Kiosks Being Removed

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/6/2012 12:40:00 PM

The province is pulling the plug on all 72 Service Ontario Kiosks around the province after they had been shut them down since June because of security concerns. It initially said they were only going to be out of service temporarily.

The kiosks are used to renew licence plate stickers and change your address.

Service Ontario says it's not concerned their centres will be packed with people given there hasn't been any significant increase in traffic since the machines were turned off this summer.

Spokesperson Alan Cairns says many people are using their online services, underlining there won't be any security issues there as long as your home computer is secure.

As for cost to remove all the kiosks, the province says it will be shelling out $252,000, compared to the millions it would have to invest into security for them. Cairns says even then, they would still be vulnerable ...

Plastic 20-Dollar Bills Start Circulating

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/6/2012 5:31:00 AM

The new, plastic 20-dollar bills are coming.

The Bank of Canada will begin circulating the new polymer 20's on Wednesday.

The new bill (which is being released just before Remembrance Day) pays tribute to the contributions and sacrifices of Canadian men and women in all military conflicts.
It features a view of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on its back.

The 20 is the country's mostly widely used bank note.

The Bank of Canada began issuing polymer money a year ago with a new 100-dollar bill, followed by a 50-dollar note in March.

The new plastic $5 and $10 dollar notes are scheduled to be issued by the end of next year.

(The Canadian Press)

VIDEO: Five in Hospital After House Fire in Scarborough

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/6/2012 5:50:00 AM

A house fire in Scarborough is to blame for five people being rushed to hospital, early Tuesday morning.

It was after 1 o'clock that the home at 117 Canlish Road, near Lawrence and Birchmount went up in flames.

Toronto fire had 12 trucks and 40 firefighters on the scene, and everything was under control by 1:30 a.m, but flames also spread to a neighbouring home and a cube van.

Out of the five people sent to hospital, three of them were in critical condition and one person wasn't breathing initially, but was resuscitated by paramedics.

A woman suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and her 22-month old son was also taken to East General Hospital. The mother has since been taken to Sunnybrook Hospital for treatment and the infant is now at Sick Kids Hospital.

No word on what caused the blaze. The Ontario Fire Marshall's office is investigating.

Stakes raised in Toronto casino debate

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/6/2012 5:00:00 AM

A marathon meeting of the mayor's executive committee debated the question of a casino for downtown Toronto on Monday.

Dozens of people waited patiently in the committee room to have their say on the issue.

47 deputants were scheduled to speak at the meeting, a process which went from mid-morning to well into the evening.

Both sides of the debate were heard but most voices in the room spoke out against the casino proposal.

Officials from OLG and representatives from the outdoor advertising wing of the Pattison Group were among those who voiced their support.

Others, mostly those connected with Ontario's horse racing industry, said a casino in Toronto only makes sense if it is built at Woodbine Race Track.

They contend that the track cannot survive if a casino is built in another GTA location.

In the end, the committee decided to move the casino issue to public consultations, ...

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