What's that smell?

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/9/2012 5:37:00 PM

Something in the GTA stinks.

Newstalk 1010 callers say the smell of manure is filling their nostrils in places like Toronto, Hamilton, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Oshawa, Mississauga, Thornhill, Vaughan, Aurora & Brampton.

The smell seems to have moved in late Friday afternoon.

Newstalk 1010 has been unable to sniff out the cause of the stink.

The Weather Network says no major weather systems are to blame & the City of Toronto isn't aware of any sewer issues.

Don't blame the Holland Marsh for the stench either.  Ron VanHart, owner of VanHart Greenhouses in Kettleby, ON says they haven't used manure in the marsh in some 40 years.

Teeing It Up This Weekend

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/9/2012 5:47:00 PM

This weekend, you can tee it up at least one more time.

A number of golf courses around the region are still open and with weather expected to be in the high teens on Sunday, tee times are going fast.

Three of the five municipal courses are open until the 18th of this month, with only Dentonia Park and Scarlett Woods closed down for the season.

Some privately run courses are open as well, with Glen Eagle in Caledon booked solid for Sunday, but expected to stay open through Monday as well.

Bathurst Glen in Markham is also open and taking people on a first come first serve basis.

All the courses we talked to were offering fall specials.

But with temperatures expected to drop next week, this might be your final chance to take those swings.

Police Chief: Budget freeze not possible without layoffs

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/9/2012 4:17:00 PM

Not do-able.

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says he can't hit the city's target of a flatlined police budget for 2013 without slashing the number of people on payroll.

The force's budget ask will go the Police Services Board Wednesday.  Blair will be asking for $949.1-million for 2013.  That's $21.3-million more than the $927.8 City Hall wants to give up.

Blair says if they stick to that, he'd have to freeze hiring for for another year.  The Chief wants to take on 176 uniformed recruits & another 90 civilian staff in 2013.

He says without them, uniformed cops might be shuffled into jobs like court security, which or communications which they might not be trained for.  Blair says that would also reduce the number of officers doing actively policing & could ultimately put the public at risk.

Chief Blair says if the city holds to its budget line, he'd also ...

Video: Pedestrian Tunnel Boring Machines Unveiled

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/9/2012 5:34:00 PM

It wasn't the planes, but boring machines that were the stars of the show today at the Billy Bishop Island Airport.

The Toronto Port Authority was showing off the machines that are going to be used to build the pedestrian tunnel at the foot of Bathurst Street.

An excavator has already cleared 70 feet of earth and in two to three weeks, after digging down a further 10 feet, two massive boring machines will go to work connecting the mainland and the island.

They'll dig 7 small tunnels that will be filled with concrete, to act as a guard above the pedestrian tunnel, which will be dug out by an excavator over two to three months.

It's expected the pedestrian tunnel will be dug by May 2013, but it'll take time to put the finishing touches on the project, expected to be complete in the spring of 2014.

The tunnel ...

Another Poppy Box Theft in Toronto

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/9/2012 3:39:00 PM

Remembrance Day is on Sunday, and despite that there's been another Poppy box theft in Toronto.

This one was allegedly nabbed from a Tim Horton's on Yonge and Shuter.

Toronto Police believe they know who they are looking for, but say the suspect is a white man, about 5 foot 8 with short blond hair.

He was wearing a 3/4 length grey coat at the time.

Yesterday, Police announced an arrest in three different cases of Poppy Boxes being swiped across the city.

A 31 year old man was in court today.

Video: City Staff to Look at Off-Leash Hours in Parks

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/9/2012 4:57:00 PM

City hall is going to be looking into whether or not it makes sense for some city parks to allow dogs to run off-leash in the morning and evening.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong asked for a report from city staff on the feasibility of allowing off-leash hours in parks between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m, and got the Parks and Environment Committee to agree to the request.

Currently dogs can only run free at 54 designated areas in Toronto, and the councillor, who has a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Strider, says there aren't enough off-leash parks and the ones that exist are small.

The staff report is expected back in June.

Minnan-Wong says New York City has similar rules and it leads to better behaviour from man's best friend.

"If you look at statistics where this has been implemented in NYC, the number of dogs bites have gone down, the city ...

SIU Will Not Charge York Region Officer in Richmond Hill Mans Death

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/9/2012 1:07:00 PM

No officer will be charged in the death of a 30 year old man last week in Richmond Hill.

You'll probably remember this story: The man was struck early in the morning on November first. He was then struck by another vehicle, whose driver called police.

Then, a York Regional Police cruiser arrived on scene and also struck the man.

On Friday, The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge the officer with any criminal offence.

The subject officer declined to be interviewed by the SIU and did not provide a copy of his duty notes, as is his legal right. 

However, the forensics aspect of this investigation and a civilian witness interview provided sufficient information to decide whether the subject officer probably committed a criminal offence.

Scott said in a release, "Whether the man was alive immediately before ...

Malvern Collegiate remembers veterans past & present

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/9/2012 12:58:00 PM

Students across Canada paused for early Remembrance Day ceremonies Friday morning.

At Malvern Collegiate in the Beaches, students piled into the high school's auditorium to reflect on lives lost at war, including those of Canadians not much older than them.

Outside the school stands a cenotaph, bearing the names of the Malvern Boys---25 Malvern students who died serving in WWI.

Grade 11 student Rachel Eng says it must've been terrifying to go off to war.  Eng is behind Malvern's newly formed Support Our Soldiers Club.

Eng says she was researching a project on WWI, when she stumbled on a story of bravery that compelled her to do something.

The club has made holiday cards which it will send to Canadians serving overseas & to veterans here.  They're raising money for the Canadian Legion by selling parachord bracelets.  The tradition of carrying rescue line or parachute chord fashioned into jewelry started in the ...

Toronto Hydro Plans Outage Near Yonge And Eglinton

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/9/2012 8:33:00 AM

Toronto Hydro will be planning a power outage in the Yonge and Eglinton area on Friday morning.

The outage is expected to begin at around 9 a.m. in the area bounded by Broadway to Soudan and Duplex to Bayview.

About 30-40 buildings will be affected with most of them being residential buildings.

The outage will allow crews to repair damages in an underground cable chamber after a fire broke out around midnight.

Traffic lights in the area will not be affected and the outage is expected to last for several hours.

*UPDATE* Sousa and Hoskins Resign From Cabinet

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/9/2012 2:52:00 PM

Two more Ontario cabinet ministers have quit as the race for the Liberal leadership heats up and the slate of potential
candidates grows.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, who represents the Toronto riding of St. Paul's, resigned late Thursday as minister of children and youth
services _ a prerequisite for making a leadership bid.

Charles Sousa also quit as minister of citizenship and immigration and the minister responsible for the 2015 Pan and
Parapan American Games on Friday.

Neither confirmed that they were running to succeed Premier Dalton McGuinty, but both hinted at it, saying they want to be a
part of the party's renewal.

Sousa is expected to throw his hat in the ring Saturday when he makes a yet-unspecified announcement in Mississauga.

Hoskins, 51, said he'll be releasing more details on his decision at a news conference early next week.

``Together, I am confident that we can move our party ...

Too Much Sitting Linked to Fat Build-Up Around Your Heart

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/9/2012 6:04:00 AM

An eye opening story from Los Angeles about the risk of sitting too much whether it's at work, at home or anywhere. Sitting for 8-hours a day appears to increase the amount of fat around your heart and exercise will not get rid of it, even if you run every day.

Doctor Britta Larsen and her team at the University of California presented their findings to the annual convention of the American Heart Association.  

CT scans of more than 500 older Americans showed that excess time spent sitting is significantly related to pericardial fat around your heart.

According to Larsen, that means that "even if you run every day but then you sit for eight hours a day, the sitting is still doing something bad for your health." She also noted that studies have found sitting to be detrimental to health even after scientists factored out excess weight gain....

UPDATE: One Killed in Rollover on Highway 427

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/9/2012 6:30:00 AM

It was around 1:45 a.m. that it happened in the southbound lanes of the 427 north of Morning Star Drive.

OPP say the male driver was ejected and struck by at least one other vehicle, but they are still investigating whether there were more involved.

The 25 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person in the car and Sgt. Dave Woodford confirms he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time. They will be exploring whether any other factors like speed and/or alcohol, played a factor.

Police are searching for anyone who may have witnessed the collision.

Further to this, a short time later, Sgt. Woodford says a motorist drove right through a barricade set up for this fatal collision investigation.

The individual claimed he or she was late for a flight at the time. Charges were laid.

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