Diesel vs Electric train fight goes to court

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/18/2012 6:10:00 PM

A group opposed to diesel trains on the planned link between Pearson Airport-Union rail link will be in court on Monday.

The Clean Train Coalition will present arguments in support of its application for a judicial review of a decision by Metrolinx to use diesel trains rather than electric ones.

An NDP private member's bill to make the switch was up for 2nd reading when the Ontario legislature was prorogued.

The Air-Rail Link is supposed to be done in time for the Pan Am Games in 2015.

**With files from the Canadian Press & Katie Franzios

More allegations of mistreatment at Sunnybrook Vets Centre

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/18/2012 6:00:00 PM

More people are coming forward with stories of neglect out of Sunnybrook's Veterans Centre.

John Marriott's family was appalled this spring when they found his ailing 96-year-old father-in-law with a bloody mouth & discovered his front tooth had been knocked out.

Sunnybrook's explanation, he said, was that the virtually immobile man had wriggled his way out of bed & fallen.

The new complaints come mostly from part of the 500-bed vets centre that houses the most infirm vets.

Some, fearing reprisals, agreed to speak only on condition of strict anonymity, making it difficult to verify their accounts.

Others were less reticent.

Oma Anirood said she was dismayed to discover her 92-year-old husband, Charles Taylor, was left strapped in a wheelchair in a 2nd-floor "K-Wing" hallway in his own waste for hours.

At one point, she said, she pointed out that her husband's roommate, a man without immediate family to visit ...

108th Santa Claus Parade thrills downtown crowds

Posted By: James Moore · 11/18/2012 5:14:00 PM

Despite being well over a century old, this year's edition of the Santa Claus Parade was by no means stuck in the past.

People who made their way downtown to see Saint Nick took advantage of high-tech offerings made available by parade organizers.

You could zero in on Santa's exact location through a GPS tracking system linked to a smartphone app.  Thousands could be seen snapping photos and then Tweeting them for other parade goers to admire through the event's Twitter hashtag, #TOSanta.

The parade itself was a mix of the old and new.  Marching bands from high schools, colleges and universities from all over southern Ontario entertained the crowds with Christmas tunes that had been adapted to snappy marches.

Classic storybook characters like Mother Goose were featured on parade floats, along with new videogame heroes, like Playstation 3's SackBoy.

The kids were treated to hundreds of clowns, 25 animated ...

Small plane crashes in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/18/2012 4:35:00 PM

Transport Canada is set to investigate after a 2-seater plane crashed in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The manager at Niagara District Airport says the plane encountered some kind of problem & came down on the grass leading up to a runway Sunday afternoon.

2 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

9-year-old boy's throat slashed

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/18/2012 2:32:00 PM

In St. Thomas, a 9-year-old boy is in hospital after his throat was slashed.

Police found the boy bleeding from a large cut across his neck in a house Saturday night.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder.

Police say the victim & accused know each other but haven't explained how.

The boy has gone through surgery & is now in stable condition in hospital.

York Region public elementary teachers take strike action Monday

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/18/2012 2:23:00 PM

5000 public elementary teachers in York Region will start strike action Monday.

Classes are still on, but teachers won't arrive until 30 minutes before they start & won't stay longer than half an hour after the final bell.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario told their members last month to only write the bare minimum on report cards.

The job action is part of public teachers' ongoing fight with the provincial government over contracts.

Meanwhile high school teachers in York Region signed a tentative deal with the local public school board over the weekend.

Details will go the Education Minister Monday.

Argos headed to Grey Cup

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/18/2012 4:11:00 PM

The Toronto Argonauts will play for the Grey Cup in front of a hometown crowd.

The Argos booked their ticket to the CFL championship, beating the Alouettes in Montreal in the East Division Final 27-20.

It'll be the team's first trip to the Grey Cup since winning it in 2004.

The Argos will face either the Calgary Stampeders or BC Lions.

The 100th Grey Cup game will be played next Sunday at the Rogers Centre.

Kennedy wants cap on campaign contributions

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/18/2012 5:17:00 AM

Gerard Kennedy wants a cap on contributions in the provincial Liberal leadership campaign.

He is one of six people vying for the position to replace premier Dalton McGuinty.

Kennedy tells the Toronto Sun he is worried big money could have too much of an influence over the campaign and that he himself doesn't have any splashy backers.

He has not said yet what he thinks the contribution limit should be. At the moment, the candidates can raise as much money as they want but can only spend $500,000 and 25 per cent of their fundraising goes to the party.

New polymer $20-bills not accepted by all machines

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/18/2012 5:15:00 AM

Commuters in Toronto have been complaining that the new polymer $20 bills do not work in some ticket machines.

GO Transit says that 25 of its automatic ticket machines are not accepting the new 20s. The machines were just installed in May and now it may be until February before the updates required are finished.

A TTC spokesman says they have already performed those updates but they are still receiving complaints from passengers.

Taxpayers coalition hands out report cards at city hall

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/18/2012 8:10:00 AM

The report cards come out at city hall today, at least those from the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition.

The group started the list last year, giving out grades based on how each councillor is helping cut costs and how the coalition thinks they are representing their wards.

This is a coalition that has been pro-subway and against LRTs, as well as against the bag ban.

The coalition has given councillors Cesar Palacio, Denzil Minnan-Wong and Doug Holyday an A+, while many of the left-leaning councillors were given an F.

The mayor got a B. The coalition says mayor Ford continues to move in the right direction with a lower-tax agenda, but he sometimes finds himself in controversies that distract from the important issues at hand.

Here is the coalition's full report card list:

Name Ward Ward Name 2011 2012
City Council as a Whole     C+ C-
Rob Ford Mayor Toronto B

Santa Claus Parade takes place today

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/18/2012 4:33:00 AM

The forecast calls for a mild, sunny afternoon for Toronto's 108th annual Santa Claus Parade.

Bloor Street, University Avenue and Front Street will be lined with people craning their necks to get a look as 30 floats, 20 bands and hundreds of dancers, clowns and other performers make their way through the downtown core.

Toronto Police expect roughly 500,000 people will be out to take in the event.

The parade starts at 12:30pm at Christie Pits and will end near the St. Lawrence Market.

Road closures for the parade:

- 8 a.m., Bloor Street West, from Ossington Avenue to Christie Street
- 10 a.m., Bloor Street West, from Christie Street to Bathurst Street
- 11 a.m., Bloor Street West, from Bathurst Street to Bay Street
- 11 a.m., Avenue Road/Queen’s Park, from Davenport Road to College Street
- 11:30 a.m., University Avenue, from College Street to Dundas Street
- noon, ...

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