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VIDEO: Board turns down chief's request for budget increase

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/14/2012 9:05:00 PM

The police board has asked the chief to try again. Board members are not accepting his request for a 2.3 per cent budget increase for 2013.

Instead, the board has asked chief Bill Blair to come back next month with a new budget, one that reaches their target of no increase next year.

At a meeting Wednesday, the board asked the chief to consider measures including a recruitment freeze next year, outsourcing some operations like crossing guards and court security, and reducing the number of hours some police stations are open.

Councillors Frances Nunziata and Michael Thompson, who sit on the board, both say they do not want to layoff frontline officers. They say the savings can be found in other ways.

"It can't be done," Chief Blair says.

He stands by his earlier comments that the only way for him to meet the board's budget target is through layoffs.

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Ford to Skip Court Proceedings Thursday, Expected to Testify Friday

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/14/2012 6:57:00 PM

As he did on day 2 of the libel lawsuit filed against him, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will miss proceedings on the afternoon of day 3 at 330 University Ave. for an unspecified conflict.

Lawyers from both sides and the judge have agreed to work around Ford’s schedule with the Mayor likely to testify on Friday.

 No official reason has been given for Ford’s absence, despite questions about it by Justice John MacDonald Wednesday and the mayor’s staff has not answered questions about his conflict.

 The high school football team that Ford coaches, the Don Bosco Eagles, have a Metro Bowl quarterfinal playoff game scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m

*BREAKING* Glass Falls From Trump Tower

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/14/2012 4:24:00 PM

Glass is covering a section of Adelade street after a window in the Trump Tower was blown out.

Witnesses tell Newstalk1010 that it appears that something fell from the top of the building and smashed the glass.

Callers into the newsroom said fire officials are on scene and are spraying the ground with water but no fire was seen. It could be to clean up the glass on the ground.

Police have confirmed that there were no injuries and one car was damaged when the glass showered the roadway.

Adelade was closed at the intersection of Bay.

(Photos courtesy John Garner)

Man facing 11 charges in mid-town home invasion, sex assaults

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/14/2012 3:32:00 PM

Charges have been laid now in a home invasion & dual sexual assault in mid-town Toronto.

20-year old Alaa Hejazi turned himself in to police early Wednesday.

Hejazi is charged with forcible confinement, break & enter, threatening bodily harm, sexual assault with a weapon, robbery, threatening death & possession of property obtained by crime.

Toronto Police Detective Sergeant LeeAnn Papizewski says they aren't looking at Hejazi in connection with any other crimes & he has no past criminal record.

Papizewski says the seemingly random daytime attack is rare & very concerning.

Around 10am Monday, a man rang the doorbell of a home on Woburn Ave, near Avenue Rd & Lawrence.  1 of 2 women in the house answered & the man offered her a free newspaper.  When she refused, the man forced his way inside the house, pulled out a knife & sexually assaulted the women.  At some point, the man was stabbed in the stomach & he took ...

Day 2: Ford Case Back in Court

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/14/2012 7:40:00 PM

Restaurant owner George Foulidis got to tell his side of the story on Day 2 of proceedings in his $6 million dollar libel suit against Rob Ford, and delivered what was, at times, emotional testimony.

Wearing a black suit, blue shirt, and patterned tie, Foulidis told the court in tears, about how his 10 year-old daughter asked if he'd done anything wrong following an article in the Toronto Sun carrying comments from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

In the story, published in 2010 during the mayoral election campaign, a paraphrased statement attributed to Ford suggested he believed a sole-sourced deal involving the city and the restaurant owner's company for exclusive rights to sell food and drink in the eastern beaches appeared corrupt.

Ford denies making that statement. A recording of the conversation with the Sun editorial board was discovered during the course of the case.

Foulidis told the court he felt ...

Martha Hall Findlay Joins Federal Leadership Race

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/14/2012 2:30:00 PM

The federal Liberal leadership race has another high-profile candidate.

Former MP Martha Hall Findlay, who also sought the party's top job in 2006, has come forward on the first official day of the
leadership campaign.

Hall Findlay chose to make her announcement in Calgary.    

She joins Justin Trudeau, who announced his candidacy six weeks ago, and four others.

They include Toronto lawyer Deborah Coyne, Vancouver Crown prosecutor Alex Burton, Ottawa lawyer David Bertschi and David
Merner, former president of the party's British Columbia wing.    

The Liberals are to choose a new leader in April.

*VIDEO* Bodies Found in East York

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/14/2012 5:09:00 PM

Toronto Police are on scene investigating the discovery of two bodies at a home on Ladykirk Drive in the city's east end.

The initial call came in at 12:31 on Wednesday afternoon, with reports of two people without vital signs.

EMS have confirmed the two people are indeed a man and a woman, and both were described as 'elderly'.

Toronto Police couldn't comment on injuries, or any motives just yet.

Newstalk1010's Katie Franzios is at the scene.

Race for Federal Liberal Leadership Officially Begins

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/14/2012 6:30:00 AM

The siren sounds Wednesday for the official start of the five-month race for the federal Liberal leadership.

Already, some of the six declared candidates have been crossing the country trying to drum up support. That includes M-P Justin Trudeau, the perceived front-runner who
announced his candidacy six weeks ago.

Former Toronto M-P Martha Hall Findlay will announce her candidacy Wednesday in Calgary. Hall Findlay has just finished paying off the debt she piled up from her last run at the leadership in 2006.

Karen McCrimmon, a retired lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian military, is also expected to announce her candidacy, possibly as soon as today.

Vancouver M-P Joyce Murray, Toronto lawyer George Takach and Montreal M-P Marc Garneau are also expected to join the race shortly.

Other names already in the race include Toronto lawyer and public policy consultant Deborah Coyne, Vancouver Crown prosecutor Alex Burton, Ottawa lawyer David Bertschi, Ontario ...

OLG Says Casino Outside of Toronto Would Be More Profitable

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/14/2012 6:18:00 AM

Some clarity from the head of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Toronto is not necessarily the coveted spot for a new casino.

Rod Phillips told the Canadian Club that the OLG is looking at a facility within the Greater Toronto Area. He said other communities within the GTA including Mississauga, Markham and Vaughan actually offer cheaper capital costs and easier access from highways, adding that the Ontario Government could actually make greater profits in those other communities.

The OLG thinks they would need half as many construction jobs filled and about 9,500 full time positions for a casino in the GTA, and because there are extra costs associated with building it in downtown Toronto, it would be more profitable.

"The point we are making is one we have made all along, there are choices that OLG and the province have. We want to make sure that (Toronto) and the ...

BREAKING: Man Turns Himself In For Double Sex Assault

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/14/2012 8:26:00 AM

Police confirm to NewsTalk 1010 that a man has turned himself into police at 12 Division in connection to the double sexual assault that took place in the Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue area.

Police say the 20-year-old man turned himself in at around 2:15 a.m., Wednesday, in the company of his mother.

Police haven't identified the man only saying he is being investigated in relation to that case, and that he has not been charged.

It was on Monday around 10 a.m. that a man knocked on the door of a home on Woburn Avenue, posing as a newspaper salesman and forced his way inside.

The 25 and 30 year old victims were sexually assaulted at knife point. During the incident the suspect apparently suffered a stab wound to his stomach and fled.

On Tuesday, police released images of the suspect they were searching for.

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