VIDEO: Ford Combative During Testimony

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/16/2012 3:51:00 PM

The brash, unapologetic style characteristic of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's tenure was on display in court Friday as he took the stand in a defamation lawsuit against him, repeating the assertions for which he is being sued.

Restaurant owner George Foulidis is alleging in a $6-million suit that Ford libelled him when the mayor suggested a leasing deal between Foulidis' company Tuggs Inc. and the city was corrupt.

Toronto city council extended a 20-year lease Foulidis had for his Boardwalk Cafe restaurant on public land in a sole-sourced, untendered contract for another 20 years in the summer of 2010, in the middle of Ford's ultimately successful campaign to become mayor.

In court, the mayor was on the offensive while defending himself, saying the police should be brought in to investigate the deal.

``The process to me and the sole-sourcing of this doesn't smell right,'' he said. ``Whoever's part of that ...

Deaths of Elderly Couple Classified as Murder Suicide

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/16/2012 3:13:00 PM

Toronto police now classify the deaths of an elderly couple as a murder suicide.

On Wednesday police found the body of a 70-year old woman at a home near Woodbine and Gerrard suffering from obvious trauma. Her husband had also suffered life-threatening injuries.

There was no history of domestic violence involving Leonilde Cabral and her husband Armando Cabral, but police say they've been informed by family that Armando was suffering from and being treated for mental illness.

TTC Driver that Chased Suspect Back on the Job After Suspension

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/16/2012 2:41:00 PM

A Toronto transit driver has been reinstated after he was suspended for leaving his streetcar to chase down a man who allegedly assaulted a female passenger earlier this week.

Bob Kinnear, the head of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, says the Toronto Transit Commission has decided to reverse its decision to suspend driver Dino Oroc without any pay for the incident Wednesday.

Oroc, who has been with the TTC since 1999, says he left his seat to investigate a violent confrontation between a man and a woman at the back of the streetcar.

The woman, who he says was in the process of calling 911, was screaming that the man had rubbed his genitals on her twice.

At that time, Oroc says the man left the streetcar and was being chased by the woman.

That's when the 43-year-old driver decided to leave his post, which is against protocol, and ...

Empress Hotel Blaze Sentencing to Come in December

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/16/2012 1:21:00 PM

Sentencing for the man accused of torching the Empress Hotel and setting dozens of other fires in Toronto has been put over until December 14th.

Stewart Poirier has plead guilty to 8 charges including arson and mischief endangering human life.

The historic Empress Hotel at Yonge and Gould crumbled after a massive six alarm blaze in January 2011.

In court Friday, the Crown & Poirier's defence made submissions & victim impact statement were read aloud. All sides agreed to a sentence between 10 & 12 years would be appropriate.

Crown lawyer Mike Callaghan says they favour the high end, believing Poirier to be a risk to the community.

Later this afternoon, Justice Rebecca Rutherford will rule on whether exhibits in the case including Poirier's psychiatric and medical records can be released.

Callaghan says some of the documents are "real page turners".

Extra Lane on Jarvis Ready for Traffic Saturday

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/16/2012 1:19:00 PM

Despite this week's protests, the city has announced that a fifth lane on Jarvis Street between Queen and Isabella will be ready for drivers starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

The reversible lane was added after crews removed the bike lane markings this week, prompting cycling activists to lay down in the street and block the truck doing the work.

The centre lane will take drivers southbound, except between 3:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday to accommodate those leaving downtown.

"Congestion costs Toronto's economy billions of dollars every year," says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. "Jarvis is a key arterial route. Returning it to full capacity will help us fight gridlock."
"The reopening of this lane for traffic on Jarvis Street will improve traffic flow and ease congestion in this corridor," says Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong.

Woman Charged After Brazilian Butt Lift

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/16/2012 1:04:00 PM

An Newmarket woman is facing charges after another woman became ill following several buttock enhancement injections.

Toronto police say that on Aug. 26, a 28-year-old woman paid for and received several alleged Botox injections.

Police say she immediately became ill and was taken to hospital where she underwent surgery to have the substance removed.

Investigators say the accused advertised buttock, lip and muscle augmentations and Botox injections on a website called and met clients either at their home or at a hotel.

Police say the accused was paid thousands of dollars in cash for allegedly administering the injections.

Marilyn Ely Reid, 46, of Newmarket, Ont., has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Police say they believe there may be more victims.

(The Canadian Press)

Astral Trading Halted After Report of New Takeover

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/16/2012 10:47:00 AM

Trading in shares of Astral Media Inc (parent company of Newstalk 1010) was halted Friday after a report that BCE Inc. was planning to make a new takeover offer for the broadcasting and advertising company.

The CRTC killed a $3.4-billion deal last month, saying it wasn't in the best interests of Canadians.

Telecom giant BCE and Astral Media Inc. stayed mum on a reworking of the friendly takeover deal on Friday.

''We will not comment,'' an Astral spokesman said. BCE also declined to comment.

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported that those familiar with the talks say the new deal seeks to overcome regulatory opposition with a plan to auction off a number of Astral's English broadcast assets.

Both Astral and BCE have said they want to try to find a way to make the deal work and win CRTC approval.

Astral CEO Ian Greenberg recently said he still wants ...

Update: Woman Accuses Sunnybrook of Putting on a Show for Federal Officials

Posted By: Amber Gero · 11/16/2012 5:34:00 PM

Amid allegations of abuse, neglect and poor staffing levels, new allegations arose Friday morning about the situation at the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital.

In a Newstalk 1010 exclusive Debra Stuart says she was at the facility visiting her 90-year-old father, when two senior officials with Veterans Affairs Canada arrived to go through the facility and meet with staff. 

“It was quite a spectacle to see what was happening on the floor. The staffing was five times what it is on a typical day.  There were doctors, administrators, nurses all kinds of staff were running around. That is not a true objective reflection of the day to day situation on that floor.”Debra Stuart told Newstalk 1010’s Amber Gero.

Stuarts says this audit must be transparent and objective, saying Sunnybrook officials have shown that they do not take the complaints of family members seriously, and in some cases, deny complaints were ...

VIDEO: Truck Fire Causes 401 Closure

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/16/2012 7:59:00 AM

Three westbound express lanes of the 401 remain closed after a truck fire near Keele Street on Friday morning.

Crews were called shortly after 7 a.m., after a tractor trailer slammed into the back of a pickup truck sparking the blaze.

Fire crews were able to make quick work of the fire.

The OPP says no one was injured in the crash and no hazardous materials were involved.

The collector lanes were also closed for approximately an hour.

Ford to Testify in Defamation Lawsuit Against Him

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/16/2012 5:52:00 AM

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is to take the stand on Friday to testify in the $6-million defamation lawsuit filed against him by the owner of the Boardwalk Pub at Woodbine Beach, George Foulidis.

He's alleging that two years ago when Ford was running for mayor, he defamed him by suggesting the lease deal with the city "smacked of civic corruption."

Toronto city council extended a lease Foulidis had for his Boardwalk Cafe restaurant on public land in a sole-sourced, untendered contract in the summer of 2010, when Ford was campaigning for mayor.

Ford's lawyer is arguing that the mayor was talking about Foulidis' business, Tuggs Inc., and that companies can't be defamed.

The mayor has suggested the lawsuit is politically motivated.

(some files by D. Agar)

TTC Suspends Operator Who Chased Suspect Off Streetcar

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/16/2012 5:41:00 AM

A TTC operator will meet with transit officials Friday, to defend himself.

The 10-year employee was relieved of duty (but not fired) after his actions on this past Wednesday afternoon.

A man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on board the 501 Queen car near John Street, ran off. Then, the driver tried to chase him down, leaving the streetcar abandoned.  

The driver claims he called transit control before going after the suspect, but the TTC claims they have no record of that happening, which led to the disciplinary action.

Speaking to NewsTalk 1010's Friendly Fire Friday evening, TTC spokesperson Brad Ross thinks it was not a wise decision on his part.

"That is not something we permit. That's the role of police of course, in these situations. Transit control needs to be notified and then police are notified and the streetcar is kept secure by the driver to ...

Ottawa Orders Audit of Sunnybrook Veterans Centre

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/16/2012 5:26:00 AM

The federal government has ordered a thorough audit of the country's largest veterans facility following complaints from family members about substandard care, The Canadian Press has learned.

A senior official, who requested anonymity, said Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney gave the order on Thursday after hearing the ``disturbing'' allegations of neglect of frail vets at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre.

The audit would focus both on how taxpayers' money is being spent and on the quality of the care provided, the official said. ``We're just trying to make sure that what veterans are getting there is of top-notch quality,'' he said from Ottawa. ``We want to make sure we're basing our action on credible evidence; the audit is the only tool to allow us to really determine what's going on the ground there.''
The official said the aim is to have the audit completed by early next year. It ...

Avoid Debt This Christmas Shopping Season

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/16/2012 5:10:00 AM

It may still be Novemeber but Tis the Season for Christmas shopping.

But when you spend, remember to be smart. In Ontario, typical debt went up from just over $24,500 a year ago to just under $26,000 now.

So it might not be too smart to use your credit cards to spread the joy.

Financial expert and Newstalk 1010 host Gail Vaz-Oxlade says people tend to their neighbours have worse spending problems than they do, which she says is impossible given recent statistics.

She has a few tips to make the holidays a little less painful on your pocketbook. She urges you to leave your credit cards at home when you head to the mall and be sure to make an overall budget, deducting the price of gifts as you go.

She says try not to cave to present peer pressure, underlining that you don't have to match what your ...

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