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War Memorial Vandalised

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/11/2012 10:35:00 PM

Hours after Remembrance Day ceremonies took place, Toronto police are investigating an act of vandalism to a war memorial.

The Victory Peace war memorial in Coronation Park was defaced with the words "Canada will burn praise Allah" written on it. The message was written in all capital letters and it appears that black marker was used.

The City works department was called to the park at Lake Shore Blvd. and Strachan Avenue to clean it up.

Someone walking through the park noticed it and reported the incident.

The monument itself is bronze and was constructed in the mid-1990's.

Police don't have any suspects at the moment.

Shut downs Monday for Remembrance Day

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/11/2012 7:46:00 PM

There are some closures to keep in mind on Monday in honour of Remembrance Day.

Banks, most post offices & federal courts will be closed & there won't be any mail delivery on November 12th.

 

Leon's buys The Brick

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

It's a mega-merger of Canadian furniture retailers.

Leon's is buying The Brick for some $700-million.

The companies will formally announce the sale at a media conference Monday.

Leon's & The Brick will keep operating as separate banners.  It isn't clear if any stores will be closed.

Leon's was founded back in 1909 & now has 76 stores across Canada.

The Brick has been around since 1971 with 230 stores under including, United Furniture Warehouse, The Brick Mattress Store & Urban Brick.

The companies expect the sale to close in the 1st quarter of 2013.

Argos book ticket to East final

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/11/2012 4:29:00 PM

The Toronto Argos are a win away from the Grey Cup game.

They beat out the Edmonton Easkimos 42-26 in the CFL East Division semifinal on Sunday at the Rogers Centre.

Ricky Ray threw 2 touchdown passes & ran for another in a record-setting 2nd quarter.

Chad Owens also had a 59-yard punt return TD to highlight a 31-point Toronto outburst, the most in any quarter by one team in CFL playoff history.

The Argos will meet the Alouettes in Montreal next weekend with a East's spot in the Grey Cup on the line.

Calgary & Saskatchewan are duking it out to play BC in the West final.

UPDATE: NHL, players' union have no plans to meet again

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/11/2012 3:19:00 PM

The 2 sides in the NHL lockout have no plans to meet again after hooking up for 90 minutes on Sunday.

There were 4 straight days of talks this week before things soured Friday night in a session on core economic differences.

The league & players union did keep in touch by phone Saturday, leading to a casual lunch meeting & Sunday's session at NHL offices in New York.

The labour dispute has forced the cancellation of all NHL games until at least November 30th.  The Winter Classic has also been wipe from the schedule.

Man hit in east end shooting

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/11/2012 3:13:00 PM

A 19-year-old man is expected to recover after being shot twice in Toronto's east end.

Police Sergeant Mitch Rouette says he was shot around 2:15pm Sunday on Dawes Rd at an apartment building near Victoria Park Ave.

Rouette says the teenager's injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.

Police are looking for 2 male suspects.  There is no description available for them yet.

Toronto breaks 74-year-old heat record

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/11/2012 1:28:00 PM

This November 11th is the warmest ever in Toronto.

The city broke a heat record Sunday as the mercury climbed to close to 18 degrees at Pearson.

The old record of 17.2 degrees measured by Environment Canada was set back in 1938.

The normal high for this time of year is about 8 degrees.

The warmer temperatures will stick around Monday, though Toronto will see rain.  It's back to more seasonal highs on Tuesday.

Protesters break silence at Remembrance Day service

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/11/2012 12:33:00 PM

A minute of silence for Canadian veterans was broken by about a dozen protestors near Toronto's Old City Hall on Sunday.

The group shouted from beyond barricades on Queen St.

Protestors against Canada's mission in Afghanistan were there, joined by Occupiers & people demanding better treatment of First Nations peoples.

Police tell Newstalk 1010 a group of people there for the Remembrance Day ceremony were so angered by the protest, they confronted demonstrators.

Protectors were lectured for disturbing the peace & escorted away from the area.

No one was arrested.

**With files from James Moore

Prime Minister marks Remembrance Day in Hong Kong

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/11/2012 7:47:00 AM

Canadians should live their lives worthy of the
freedom, democracy and justice they enjoy as a tribute to those who
made the ultimate sacrifice defending those values, Prime Minister
Stephen Harper said Sunday.
   
Harper marked Remembrance Day at the Sai Wan Bay military
cemetery where 283 Canadian soldiers are buried on a grassy,
tree-fringed slope overlooking the skyscrapers of bustling Hong
Kong.
   
``It lies within us to do this: We can walk worthy of the lives
that they laid down for us,'' Harper said to a group of about 300
officials and onlookers.
   
``They have given their lives to make possible the freedom that
we enjoy, the democracy by which we govern ourselves, and the
justice under which we live.''
   
Harper, his wife Laureen and a long list of parliamentarians and
local dignitaries placed wreaths at the base of the Sai Wan
memorial. A local children's ...

Hit and Run and Shooting near Bathurst and College

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/11/2012 6:52:00 AM

Toronto police are investigating a shooting and a hit and run - both happened near Bathurst and College overnight.

Just before 1 a.m, closer to Lippincott St, a man was shot. He is now in critical condition in  hospital.

There is no information on the suspects.

A few hours later at about 4 a.m., there was a hit and run involving a taxi that police are now looking for.

There is no update on the condition of the pedestrian.

A Third of Canadians Banking on the Lottery for Financial Security

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/11/2012 4:00:00 AM

It seems more and more Canadians don't have their financial houses in order and according to a new study, some have unrealistic plans when it comes to their retirement plans.

The study commissioned by Credit Canada Debt Solutions and Capital One Canada found that one in three Canadians is counting on winning the lottery or getting a large inheritance to secure their financial future.

The study also found that more than 66 per cent of us have felt anxious or lose sleep thinking about their financial situation.

Financial adviser and NewsTalk 1010 show host Gail Vaz-Oxlade, a guest on Moore in the Morning, says the likelihood of striking it rich overnight is impossible.

"You're more likely to be hit by lightning twice so if that's what you want then start banking on the lottery after the first time you've been hit by lightning."

Vaz-Oxlade says people need to start putting ...

Remembrance Day ceremonies

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/11/2012 5:01:00 AM

In the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, people across the country will pause to honour those who served.

There are many Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place today in the GTA.

Here is a list of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Toronto:

Sunday, November 11

10:45 a.m.

East York Civic Centre
Memorial Gardens
850 Coxwell Avenue
 

10:15 a.m.

Etobicoke Civic Centre
Cenotaph
399 The West Mall
 

10:45 a.m.

North York Civic Centre
George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
 

10:45 a.m.

Toronto Old City Hall
Cenotaph
60 Queen Street West
Bay & Queen Streets
 

10:45 a.m.

York Civic Centre
York Memorial Collegiate Auditorium
2690 Eglinton Avenue West
 

10:45 a.m.

Fort York National Historic Site/
Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery

(Garrison Common)
250 Fort York Boulevard
 

 

 

Other ceremonies across the city

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