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UPDATE: Jays Close to Major Trade with Marlins

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/13/2012 7:18:00 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays may be on the verge of making a huge trade with the Miami Marlins.

According to reports, the Jays have acquired starting pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, as well as shortstop Jose Reyes, catcher John Buck and infielder/outifelder Emilio Bonfacio.

In exchange, the Marlins are reportedly receiving pitcher Henderson Alvarez and shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, pitching prospects Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani and outfield prospect Nick Marisnick.

Neither teams, nor Major League Baseball have confirmed the deal.

Police seize drugs in search of Mississauga home

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/13/2012 5:57:00 PM

Peel police have made arrests after searching a Mississauga home in relation to a drug warrant.

Police are not releasing any details on charges and what drugs were found at this time.

Officers searched a home on Floradale Dr, near Hurontario St and Queensway, at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Man Who Accused Elmo Puppeteer Recants

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/13/2012 5:38:00 PM

The man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teen now says it isn't so.

The man is now saying his sexual relationship with Clash was adult and consensual.

In response to the statement Tuesday afternoon, Clash issued a statement of his own, saying he is ``relieved that this painful
allegation has been put to rest.''

The man, who has not identified himself, released his statement through the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm of Andreozzi & Associates.

On Monday, Sesame Workshop said Clash had taken a leave of absence from ``Sesame Street'' after allegations came to light that he had had a relationship with a 16-year-old. Clash denied the charges from the man, who is now in his early 20s.

Mayor Ford Goes to Court

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/13/2012 6:21:00 PM

Day one of Rob Ford's six million dollar defamation lawsuit came and went without hearing from the Mayor himself, but Ford is expected to take the stand sometime this week with lawyers pegging Friday for closing arguments.

Both sides laid out their cases during opening statements in a fifth floor courtroom at 330 University Avenue and both took very different positions on the issue.

Ford is being sued for comments he made to the Toronto Sun during the 2010 mayoral campaign in which a statement attributed to him suggested that a sole-sourced deal with the owner of the Boardwalk Cafe was corrupt. Ford was paraphrased and denies that he made that comment. A recording of the conversation was erased.

Ford was also quoted suggesting the deal "stinks to high heaven," he also made similar comments on Newstalk 1010 and suggested that someone was getting money under the table.

Brian Shiller, ...

VIDEO: Removal of Jarvis bike lanes delayed again

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/13/2012 4:49:00 PM

The removal of the Jarvis bike lanes has been suspended once again, this time because of a mechanical problem.

When crews started the removal on Monday, a group of protestors blocked the road and the workers decided to suspend their work for the day.

On Tuesday morning, the crews were delayed once again. A protestor put down his bike and sat in front of the truck. Witnesses say he sat there for about an hour while police explained they would have to arrest him. The cyclist decided to stay put and go quietly with police. He has been charged with obstructing property.

Other protestors say the man arrested is a doctor at St Mike's hospital.

At about 2 o'clock, crews had to call it a day when their truck broke down.

Cyclists celebrated and shook hands as the truck pulled away.

"We'll take anything we can get," says Wayne.

Marineland Passes CAZA Inspection

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/13/2012 2:56:00 PM

Turns out, everyone DOES love Marineland.

At least everyone at the Canadian Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.

CAZA conducted an unannounced inspection on October 26th, and found that everything was well in order.

In a release, officials claimed that 'other than the lack of an updated water management protocol, there were no concerns identified during the inspection.'

As far as water quality was concerned, all tests came back within or very close to 'acceptable ranges' when compared to industry standards.

Staffing levels were also addressed with six staff on duty on the day of the inspection. It was found that the staff was enough to keep up with scheduled feedings, and being able to maintain the cleanliness in the areas visited.

All of the animals appeared to be in good health with no sign of eye or skin problems.

The also took at a look at the Orca, Kiska, who'd been ...

Federal Deficit to Grow by 5 Billion This Year

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/13/2012 12:36:00 PM

Canada will miss its deficit targets in each of the next four years, because global economic weakness has carved into commodity prices and tax revenues, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said today.

His fall economic update showed a bottom line worse than many expected, with the deficit at $26 billion, up $5 billion from the
March budget forecast.

Flaherty also said it will take a year longer than predicted to balance the budget.

``Canada has clearly been affected by volatile and falling world commodity prices since the budget in late March,'' he said in notes for a speech to a Fredericton business audience.


``And the forecast of private sector economists is consistent with the view that world commodity prices will remain below the
level anticipated at the time of the budget.''

Because of the weakness, the government expects revenues to be on average $7.2 billion below what it had counted on ...

Cyclist Hit By Toronto Garbage Truck

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/13/2012 12:15:00 PM

A woman is fighting for her life in hospital after her pelvis was crushed by a garbage truck on Yonge near Gerrard.

The woman was on a bicycle when the incident happened, but details surrounding how the collision happened are still light.

We do know, it happened just before 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning, and police have indicated the driver of the truck originally left the scene, but later returned.

Police say the woman is 38 years old but her name hasn't been released.

No charges have been laid, but Officers are asking for witnesses to come forward.




VIDEO: Hoskins Makes it Official

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/13/2012 2:37:00 PM

And then there were 6.

Dr. Eric Hoskins made it official on Tuesday, announcing he'd be joining the race to be the next Premier of Ontario and leader of the provincial Liberals.

 He resigned as minister of children and youth services last week, a prerequisite set by McGuinty for making a leadership bid.

Hoskins joins Gerard Kennedy, Sandra Pupatello, Charles Sousa, Glen Murray and Kathleen Wynne in the leadership race that's to be decided in late January.

Potential Liberal leaders have until November 23rd to launch their bids and sign up new members who will vote for delegates to be sent to the Toronto convention.

Kennedy joined the race on Monday and took aim at McGuinty's move to prorogue the Ontario legislature, promising to recall members ``as soon as possible'' if he becomes leader.

Kennedy lost to McGuinty in the 1996 leadership race and lost  he federal Liberal leadership to ...

Arrest Made in Gravesite Thefts

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/13/2012 11:31:00 AM

York Regional Police have arrested a 27 year old man they believe is responsible for stealing from cars at two different graveyards in Richmond Hill.

The alleged incidents happened between October 6th and October 16th of this year and police say he nabbed electronics, two purses and a cell phone.

Cops say the man would allegedly steal the items, while people were visiting the graves of their loved ones.

27 year old Peter Rusk of no fixed address, is now charged with 3 counts of theft under $5000, 3 counts of fraud, possession of property obtained by crime, uttering forged documents and breach of probation.

He's expected to be in court on Thursday.

UPDATE: OMA reaches tentative deal with Province

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/13/2012 4:01:00 PM

After a back and forth battle, the province has reached a tentative deal with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA).

It's now up to the province's doctors to vote on it next month.

Despite a hardline stance taken by the province when it comes to doctor's OHIP fee schedules after it tweaked them this May, it looks like health officials budged.

Health Minister Deb Matthews defends the decision to reverse the fees, underlining the province listened to the doctor's concerns. The tentative deal would also give doctors $100 million more in total compensation.

Matthews says that will be offset by savings in the health sector which she points out doctors have control of.

Opposition at Queen's Park is more than skeptical of how much this tentative deal with the OMA is costing taxpayers.

PC leader Tim Hudak says it sounds like the Liberal government has added $100 million to the provincial ...

Google Celebrates Anniversary of Canadarm Launch

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/13/2012 5:20:00 AM

The anniversary of the first launch of the Canadarm 31 years ago is being celebrated on Google.ca with a doodle.

The image on Google Canada's home page depicts an astronaut floating in space and manipulating the Canadarm to spell out the L and E in Google.

Google's chief doodler Ryan Germick says the suggestion for the image came from the company's Canadian offices a few months back. He says his team chooses from ``hundreds and hundreds'' of doodle ideas to work with and is on track to have completed about 300 by the end of 2012. Germick says the Canadarm doodle took ``several tens of hours'' to complete.

The Canadarm had its first mission on Nov. 13, 1981 on the U.S. space shuttle Columbia.

``For doodles we really try to sort of celebrate things that are exciting to Google as a culture and we think will be exciting for our ...

Some School Boards May Lock Teachers Out

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/13/2012 6:16:00 AM

Some school boards in Ontario are worried that the decision by high school teachers in 20 jurisdictions not to supervise students outside classroom and refusing to fill in for teachers who are absent, may pose a risk to students.

The Greater Essex County District School Board in the Windsor area has hired extra security staff to monitor hallways and cafeterias.

The Trillium Lakelands board which covers most of cottage country and the Upper Canada board (which is basically east of Kingston to Cornwall) both have given senior administrators authority to lock out high school teachers and close down schools if they feel student safety is at risk.

The director of labour relations for the Ontario Public School Boards' Association Geoff Williams, told the Globe, "Boards will go to great lengths to keep schools open because they don't want to interfere with student instruction. But if safety is clearly compromised, then ...

Mother Wants Oak Trees Removed at School Because of Allergy Threat

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/13/2012 6:02:00 AM

The mother of two kids going to St. Stephen Catholic elementary school in Vaughan has an unusual request of the city, but she swears it's all in an effort to provide a safe environment for children.

Donna Giustizia wants all the oak trees removed near the school because she believes the acorns from those trees pose a deadly threat to her two children. They have severe tree-nut allergies and while the school is nut-free, she thinks the acorns from the oak trees also pose a threat.

She told Vaughan's committee of the whole, "Many of the students unfortunately mistake the acorns for hazelnuts as they look similar. I implore council to consider the mental well-being of these children and the cruel and unusual environment we would be subjecting these students to if we do not relocate these trees, not to mention the fear that could arise should these acorns eventually ...

Mayor Ford in Court for Libel Lawsuit

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/13/2012 6:35:00 AM

It all started in 2010 during the civic election.

That's when, then candidate, Rob Ford said some things that really bothered the owner of the Boardwalk Pub, in the Beaches.

On Tuesday, the Mayor will be in court for the start of the $6-million dollar defamation lawsuit filed by George Foulidis. He says that Ford made libellous allegations that his deal with the city was signed under corrupt circumstances.

On August 29 of 2010, Ford was a guest on NewsTalk 1010 with Jerry Agar where he said, "“I truly believe they are, and that’s my personal opinion, and when I see all these donations, going through campaigns, it stinks to high heaven. We tried to re-open it [the deal at council], and they wouldn't re-open it,”

Some councillors, NewsTalk 1010 hosts Jerry Agar & John Tory, and former Toronto mayor David Miller could all take the witness stand.

This trial ...

Loblaws Recalls Chocolate Covered Raisins

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/13/2012 5:26:00 AM

Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling its 908 gram pack size of PC Chocolate Covered Raisins because they may also contain some chocolate covered almonds.

The affected product has a best before date of July 15, 2013.

Loblaws says other pack sizes of the product are not affected by the recall.

PC Chocolate Covered Raisins are sold across the country at a variety of stores.

Consumers are advised to visit the Loblaws website for a complete list of store information.

Loblaw says customers can return the products to any Loblaw banner stores for a full refund.

(The Canadian Press)

VIDEO: Hockey greats honour new Hall inductees

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/13/2012 12:02:00 AM

Some of the NHL's biggest names gathered in Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame Monday night to honour its newest members.

Four former players were inducted - Mats Sundin, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic, and Pavel Bure.

Teen Girl Sexually Assaulted

Posted By: Evelyn Macko · 11/13/2012 11:30:00 AM

There has been another sex assault on Toronto streets.

The Sex Crimes unit confirms a teenage girl was sexually assaulted by a man in the Broadview and Browning Avenue area. It's just north of Danforth Avenue.

It was after 9 p.m. 

a 16-year-old girl was walking in the Broadview Avenue/Mortimer Avenue area when a man, looking at the ground, asked her for a light

- as the girl approached the man, he pulled her into a nearby laneway, threatened her with a knife, and sexually assaulted her

- he was last seen, on foot, southbound on Broadview Avenue

The suspect is described as white, approximately 40, 6'-6'1" and had facial stubble. He was wearing dark, baggy sweatpants, a button-up type shirt and a dark jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to ...

*VIDEO* UPDATE Cops Look For Sex Assault Suspect in Mid-Town

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/13/2012 3:56:00 PM

Police have released new video and photos in an attempt to catch a man wanted for sexually assaulting two women Monday morning.

Toronto police say the suspect walked up to a home in the Lawrence and Avenue area knocked on the door of the 25 and 30-year-old victims claiming he was a newspaper salesman.

He then apparently forced his way into the house and sexually assaulted the victims at knife point.

During the incident the suspect apparently suffered a stab wound to his stomach and fled.

He's described as a white man, 5'10 to 6'0 tall medium build with short dark hair. Police are asking anyone with surveillance photos of the area to give them a call.

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