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One Killed in Collision on Highway 403

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/7/2012 11:02:00 PM

A woman lost her life in a collision on highway 403 in Mississauga, just west of Mavis.

OPP say a car lost control around 9:30 Wednesday night, left the westbound lanes and hit a construction pick-up truck on the right shoulder of the highway.

Two workers were injured and taken to hospital, but it's expected that they'll pull through. The woman driving the car, was killed.

That stretch of the 403 re-opened before 2 a.m. on Thursday.

Earthquake Rocks B.C. Again

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/7/2012 10:51:00 PM

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake has struck the British Columbia coast.

The U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says no tsunami is expected after the quake hit around 6 p.m. local time, about 136 kilometres southwest of the northern Vancouver Island community of Port Alice.

The agency says the quake was recorded at a depth of about 43.5 kilometres.

No injuries have been reported.

The West Coast continues to experience aftershocks following a magnitude-7.7 quake that struck Haida Gwaii on Oct. 27. Nobody was injured in that incident but the shaking managed to turn off the taps of some natural hot springs.

On Sunday, a magnitude-5.2 quake was recorded 90 kilometres southeast of Sandspit, on Haida Gwaii.

(The Canadian Press)

Legion members ''disgusted'' by poppy box theft

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/7/2012 9:13:00 PM

A disturbing trend in the lead-up to Remembrance Day has reared it's head again in Toronto.

A supervisor at a Tim Hortons on Eglinton Ave W, near Dufferin St tells Newstalk 1010, one of their poppy boxes was stolen around 3pm Tuesday.

Members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66 near Yonge & Sheppard were disgusted at the news.

Bar steward Norm says poppy box theft is just "the lowest, it's like stealing from a kid".

He goes on to say people just don't respect things anymore and don't know what veterans have been through at war.

Norm says the Legion's attempt to inform people on veteran issues but it's a difficult thing to sell.

Six poppy boxes have been swiped in Chilliwack, BC this November, along with 4 in Leamington and one in Delhi, near Simcoe, Ontario.   Last year one was taken from a pizza parlour in Etobicoke, 2 from Tim Hortons shops ...

Raise a flag for a veteran this Remembrance Day

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/7/2012 6:17:00 PM

When people living at Sunnybrook's Veterans' Centre look out their windows this Sunday morning, they'll see a field of Canadian flags fluttering in the breeze.

That's the goal of Operation Raise a Flag.

It's a campaign where you can dedicate a flag with a message of thanks to be planted on the Veterans' Centre's front lawn early on the morning of Remembrance Day.  The flags will be seen by the 500 men & women who call the centre home.

The flags come in 2 sizes, costing $20 & $50 each.

Proceeds go to programs to help buy equipment, computers & musical instruments for veterans & to make wishes like time with family or a day trip come true.

For more on Operation Raise a Flag click here.

Teachers Continue Talks With Province

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/7/2012 5:44:00 PM

Talks between the province's public secondary teachers and Ministry of education staff continue.

They have been at the discussion table at a boardroom in Queen's Park, trying to figure out when and how things between the two sides will progress.

The Ontario Secondary Sschool Teachers Federation (OSSTF) have been speaking with the province since the early afternoon. This comes after the union decided to push back job action from Wednesday to Sunday in hopes of carrying on conversations with the province.

Earlier in the day in Niagara, Premier Dalton McGuinty underlined what's outlined in Bill 115 are non-negotiables, pointing specifically to wage freezes. However, he noted there is room to move outside of that.

McGuinty says he's happy OSSTF decided to push back the job action planned for eight school boards. He says right now, the two sides have a good dialogue.

Vimy Memorial honoured on new $20-bill

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/7/2012 5:19:00 PM

You'll start to see them pop out of ATMs starting today---new plastic $20 bills.

Like the newer $50 & $100 bills, they're made of polymer to make them more durable & they're loaded with security features to scare off counterfeiters.

Manuel Perreira with the Bank of Canada says they're the first bills of their kind in the world.

The $20 features 2 portraits of Queen Elizabeth, 1 is a hologram inside a see-through window.  There's also a metallic 3D image of the Peace Tower & a hidden 20 inside a maple leaf that can only be seen when the bill is held up to a light.

Perreira says these tougher new bills should last 2.5 times as long as the old paper bills.

The $20 in particular marries innovation & history.  The new bank note pays tribute to the Battle of Vimy Ridge with an image of its twin-spired memorial on the back along ...

Video: Workers at Closing Factory Call for Government Help

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/7/2012 5:11:00 PM

Labour leaders and workers at the former Christie's Plant in Etobicoke are calling on city council and the provincial government to save the factory from closure next year.

Mondelez Canada announced last week it would be closing the plant, leaving 550 people out of work, with plans to build condos on the site.

"It's not making any sense to us why they need more condos," says Bruce Adams who works at the plant with his wife. He's logged more than 30 years of service, following in the footsteps of his father, who also worked at the facility. "They're going to lose 550 jobs to put up condos that nobody is going to live in. Who can afford to live in them? Certainly not us."

Many workers at the plant are in their 40s and say they don't know what comes next, calling on all levels of government to protect manufacturing ...

New Paid Duty Rules Saving Taxpayers Money

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/7/2012 5:00:00 PM

1.8 million dollars

That's how much we're saving when it comes to paid duty police officers, working city related contracts.

A report containing that information will be presented to Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

City Council had previously loosened the rules for Paid Duty Officers, which has equaled a savings.

Police say the officers are currently deployed on a request basis.

Red tape preventing officials from fully integrating social media

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/7/2012 7:06:00 PM

In this digital age, when disaster hits, there's a race to get information out via social media as soon as possible.

Twitter reports there were 20 million tweets mentioning "Sandy" or "hurricane" between Saturday and Thursday of last week.

Citizens had the luxury of being able to say what they wanted, when they wanted, and were able to tweet information within seconds. Emergency officials and governments, meanwhile, found it more difficult to keep up with dispersing their own information.

Jennie Phillips, who studies disaster relief and and the online engagement of civil society at the University of Toronto, says governments have come across a stumbling block as they try to integrate social media into their response - red tape. There are several approval steps required before they can release any information at all.

"It's not working when you have to go through the hierarchy."

Phillips says her research is looking ...

UPDATE: Cyclist dies after crash with taxi

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/7/2012 7:08:00 PM

A man in his 50s has died in hospital after an accident near University Ave and Richmond St.

The man was riding a bicycle when he was hit by a taxi at about 2:30 p.m.

Traffic Services have been called in to investigate.

Police say no charges have been laid at this time.

Police Charge Victims Son in Oshawa Murder

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/7/2012 3:39:00 PM

An Oshawa man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father.

Police say 56-year-old Claudio Cara was found dead from stab wounds in a home, on Waverly Street North in the city last
February.

His daughter made a public appeal three weeks ago for anyone with information on the case to come forward.

Investigators arrested and charged Francesco ``Frank'' Cara, 28, yesterday.

Durham Police said the victim and his son shared that home in Oshawa.

There's no word on a motive.

Mobile Dental Clinic Rolling Through Toronto

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/7/2012 3:28:00 PM

There's a new mobile dental clinic rolling through the streets of Toronto, offering free dental service to kids under 17 with no access to dental coverage.


The clinic launched Tuesday and staff say it's been busy on the first two days.

Children are looked at in a 40-foot coach that has two dental stations and are treated by a dentist, dental hygienist and dental assistant.

Those under 17 that meet the requirements are given check ups, x-rays, and more.

"I can't emphasize enough the impact dental health has on overall health including nutrition, speech, learning, employment and self-esteem," said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. "By bringing the clinic directly to the client we are hoping to reach our most vulnerable residents, reduce health inequities and improve the health of our whole population."

The program is funded by the provincial government as part of it's Healthy Smiles Ontario ...

Paying to Pay? No Thanks!

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/7/2012 3:08:00 PM

Making people ``pay to pay'' is unfair and needs to be stopped, the federal Opposition said Wednesday, urging the Harper
government to ban companies from charging fees for sending monthly bills by mail.

A number of telephone, Internet and other firms have recently begun charging customers fees if they want paper bills delivered.

``Making folks pay to pay,'' is a cash cow that needs to be put down, said New Democrat MP Andrew Cash.

``It isn't as though these companies are offering a new service for this,'' Cash told a news conference.

``This is a new fee for an old service. It isn't fair.'' 

Bell, as an example, says it charges $2 to offset the costs of producing and mailing a printed bill. There is no charge for getting a bill over the Internet.

``You can save paper and save yourself the $2 charge each month by signing up for ...

*UPDATE* Man With Gunshot Wounds Shows up to Hospital

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/7/2012 3:57:00 PM

Toronto Police are still trying to piece together a shooting in the Jane and Finch area Wednesday.

Cops say a man showed up to the Humber River Regional Hospital with gunshot wounds, and collapsed just before noon.

He was later taken to Sunnybrook in Toronto.

Police haven't officially connected these two incidents, but say officers were called to 605 Finch for the sound of gun shots.

When they arrived, they didn't find a suspect or a victim.

They only found out later, that a man had turned up at hospital.

Toronto Police Mourn Death of Horse

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/7/2012 1:52:00 PM

Royal Sun, the horse in the Toronto Police's Mounted Unit, has died,

The horse was on patrol in the Entertainment District early Sunday morning around 2 o'clock when he tore a ligament in his hind, causing his weight to displace and severely fracturing his leg.

Royal, as he was called, was put down shortly after at an equine hospital.

The horse was in part of the Police Service for the last 12 years

Royal Sun was 16 years old.

The horse was named after the Royal Winter Fair and the media sponsor, the Toronto Sun who donated the horse in 2000.

VIDEO: Operation Kidsafe Brings Fingerprint Station to the GTA

Posted By: Amber Gero · 11/7/2012 11:19:00 AM

Operation Kidsafe has launched it's second permanent fingerprint station in Canada. Wednesday the new station was unveiled at Don Valley North Toyota in Markham where parents and kids lined up for the photo and fingerprint session.

The station captures hot child's picture and fingerprints using a digital capture device and digital ink-less fingerprint capture device. A printout is then handed over to parents and the information is deleted from the database to protect the child's privacy.

Parents can then hand over that printout, which includes the photograph, to law enforcement officials if their child ever goes missing.

Every day 2,000 children are reported missing in North America.

York Regional Police and Operation Kidsafe say the program is also useful for those with family members who have special needs, including those with Alzheimer's.

The program is free and available during regular business hours at Don Valley North Toyota at Steeles and ...

Obama Re-Election Tweet Becomes Most Popular Tweet of All Time

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/7/2012 6:39:00 AM

Twitter has posted  new figures from the election, and it seems that Obama's re-election tweet is now the most popular tweet of all time.

At the time they were published, Obama's tweet was up to 455,000 retweets, and the total number of Election Day tweets has risen to 31 million. Twitter's blog post also provides a roundup of tweets from notable US politicians and congratulations to Obama from international leaders.

The tweet, which simply states "Four more years" alongside a photo of Obama embracing his wife Michelle, has been retweeted thousands of times over and counting.
The previous record was set by  singer Justin Bieber.

Twitter's Government feed has also confirmed that this year's Election Day was the "most tweeted about event in US political history," with over 20 million tweets.

The service saw a rate of 327,000 tweets per minute following news of Obama's re-election.

Americans Vote on Gay Marriage & Marijuana Use

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/7/2012 5:45:00 AM

Voters a continent apart made history Tuesday on two divisive social issues, with Maine and Maryland becoming the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana.

The outcome in Maine and Maryland broke a 32-state streak, dating back to 1998, in which gay marriage had been rebuffed by every state that voted on it. They will become the seventh and eighth states to allow same-sex couples to marry.

``For the first time, voters in Maine and Maryland voted to allow loving couples to make lifelong commitments through marriage - forever taking away the right-wing talking point that marriage equality couldn't win on the ballot,'' said Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group.

Washington state also was voting on measures to legalize same-sex marriage, while Minnesota voters were considering a conservative-backed amendment that would place a ...

VIDEO: Obama Delivers Victory Speech

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/7/2012 3:55:00 AM

Obama told a rally of cheering supporters that the election ``reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back.''

For the United States, ``the best is yet to come,'' he told thousands of cheering supporters in his hometown of Chicago.

Romney said he had called Obama to concede, and in an appearance before supporters in Boston he congratulated the president saying, ``I pray that he will be successful in guiding our nation.''

Both Romney and Obama spoke of the need for unity and healing the nation's partisan divide. But the election did nothing to end America's divided government. The Democrats retained their narrow majority in the Senate, while the Republicans kept firm control of the House of Representatives.
   
Obama's narrow lead in the popular vote will make it difficult for him ...

Mitt Romney's Concession Speech

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/7/2012 1:23:00 AM

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations.

His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters.

(APPLAUSE)

This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign.

(APPLAUSE)

And for our country. Besides my wife, Ann, Paul is the best choice I’ve ever made.

(APPLAUSE)

And I trust that his intellect and his hard work and his commitment to principle will continue to contribute to the good of our nation.

(APPLAUSE)

I ...

UPDATE: President Barack Obama Wins Re-Election

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/7/2012 1:00:00 AM

Barack Obama captured a second White Housel term, blunting a mighty challenge by Republican Mitt Romney as Americans
voted for a leader they knew over over a wealthy businessman they did not.

Obama, America's first black president, easily captured the 270 electoral votes needed for victory and further cemented his place in American history Tuesday with a victory, despite having led the country through its most difficult economic times since the Great Depression in the 1930s, a time of stubbornly high unemployment and anxiety about the future.

The win for the Democrat also reflected Americans' suspicions about Romney, who had a history of shifting positions to keep pace with the increasingly hard right political stands of his Republican party.

``This happened because of you. Thank you'' Obama tweeted to supporters as he celebrated four more years in the White House.

After the costliest campaign in history (and one of the ...

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