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York U Investigating Knife Point Robberies on Campus

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/21/2012 9:36:00 PM

The search is on for suspects after a couple of knife-point robberies this week on York Campus.

School sources say the first happened on Monday at 10:30 a.m., the second happened on Tuesday evening around 8 p.m.

The suspect in the first case is decribed as a black male 19-21 years old 5'7"-5'8" approximately 180 pounds.

He approached a student in the lobby of the HNES building on campus and demanded the victim's watch at knife point.

In the second case two suspects approached a student walking between Vari Hall and the Ross Building and demanded his wallet at knife point.

Both suspects in that case are described as 5'10 black men.

2 Hamilton police officers charged

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/21/2012 9:07:00 PM

2 Hamilton Police officers have found themselves on the other side of the law.

The force says they got a whiff of possible misconduct during a criminal investigation in June. It's alleged an officer falsified at least part of a search warrant.

During that investigation, it's alleged that another officer spilled confidential information to an unauthorized person.

Detective Constable Robert Hansen is charged with fabricating evidence & perjury.  Hansen has been with Hamilton police for 12 years.

Detective Constable Craig Ruthowsky, a 14-year member of the force,
is charged with breach of trust & obstructing justice.

Hansen & Ruthowsky have been suspended with pay since June.  They'll be in court next month.

Brampton teens sent home for trash tweeting teachers

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/21/2012 8:04:00 PM

A group of high school seniors in Brampton probably won't be getting the keys to mom & dad's car for awhile.

9 students at St. Marguerite D'Youville were told to stay home Wednesday after getting caught trash tweeting 3 of their teachers.

The victims are 2 women & 1 man.

Board spokesman Bruce Campbell says the content of the tweets was "inappropriate, some of it was sexual in nature" & he characterizes at least 1 tweet as aggressive toward 1 teacher in particular.

Peel Police were called in too.  No charges were laid but Campbell says the students involved were "cautioned" by officers with their parents in the room.

The teen boys & girls involved say they're sorry.  Their punishments will be determined by the school, likely on Thursday.

The twitter smear comes in the middle of Ontario Bullying Prevention & Awareness Week (Nov 18-24).  The timing isn't lost on Campbell.

He hopes students learn ...

Man wanted for sexually assaulting, trying to abduct 15-year-old

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/21/2012 5:37:00 PM

Toronto police are looking for help to track down a man who tried to abduct a 15-year-old girl.

On Monday around 12:40pm, the girl was walking near Bloor St W & Gladstone when a man grabbed her arm & tried to pull her into a parked car.  The girl managed to break free & run away.

Police say she'd been sexually assaulted by the same man in September near Bloor & Dufferin.

Police are looking for man with brown skin in his late 30s, standing 5'6 with a medium build.  He has short black hair, balding on top, yellow-stained teeth & he may have been wearing glasses. At the time of the attack the man was wearing a 3/4-length brown plaid coat & brown pants.  Around his neck he wore a photo ID card in a plastic folder with the letters UN on it.

If you have any information, call ...

Salvation Army disheartened by theft of 100, 000 toys

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/21/2012 5:18:00 PM

The Salvation Army says no kids will wake up to an empty spot under their Christmas trees as a result of a huge internal theft at the charity.

100-thousand toys worth two-million dollars were stolen from the Salvation Army's North York warehouse over the last two years.  Clothes, money and food were also taken, but there is no tally on those items yet.

Spokesman Major John Murray says it was a staffer who blew the whistle back in August.

That triggered an extra internal audit.  The Salvation Army's executive director was sent on paid leave.

The police were called in and David Rennie was let go on Monday.

According to David Rennie's LinkedIn profile he started as Executive Director in February of 2010 and would have been at the facility for about two and a half years when the allegations were reported.

He shows up twice on the Sunshine List ...

More Charges Coming in Danzig Street Shooting

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/21/2012 4:45:00 PM

Newstalk1010's sources at Toronto Police say there's a press conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 2 at Toronto Police Headquarters, will deal with additional charges, when it comes to the Danzig Street shootings.

Two people are already in custody and our source suggests the name that will be revealed tomorrow won't be entirely new.

Shaquan Mesquito, who is known as 'Bam Bam' is facing a slew of charges while Nahom Tsegazab remains in custody after being charged with uttering threats.

Toronto Police laid murder charges in connection with the shooting only ten days ago, and it was then they released two composite images of 'people of interest'.

We still don't know the names of those two people of interest.

Back in July 23 people were injured and 2 more killed when bullets tore through a backyard community BBQ on Danzig Street in Scarborough.

 

Residents Fighting Diesel Trains on Air Rail Link Lose Court Battle

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/21/2012 4:33:00 PM

A group of residents pushing for the electrification of the Pearson Airport to Union Station air-rail link has lost the battle in court.

A three judge panel his dismissed the action of the Clean Train Coalition calling for a judicial review of a decision from Metrolinx to use diesel trains on the line.

The coalition is opposed to diesel trains running on the line, saying it will negatively impact the health of some 300,000 people that live within 500 metres of the track.

Metrolinx says the vehicles being used on the project could be converted to electric in the future while the quickest and cheapest way to get the line built now is to use diesel vehicles.

The transit agency says the diesel vehicles will be the cleanest possible and the link, when completed, will take 1.2 million cars off the road.

Queens Park has approved a $15 million dollar ...

TTC Fare Hike Approved

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/21/2012 3:42:00 PM

It's called 'the better way', but it sure won't be the cheaper way...

If you use the TTC, you're going to be paying 5 cents more starting on New Year’s Day.

The Toronto Transit Commission passed their 2013 budget, which included the fare hike, on Wednesday.

The increase applies to single adult tokens along with other fares, and would bump up the adult metro pass an extra $2.50 to $128.20.

Previously, CEO Andy Byford indicated that a fare increase would be a better option than cancelling services.

But those who spoke in front of the Commission on Tuesday said they were paying more for less, indicating service levels haven't really changed, but prices keep going up.

When this increase goes into effect, it will have been one full year since the last increase, when tokens and passes went up 10 cents.

The TTC is wrestling with a 30 million dollar ...

Place Your Bets!

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/21/2012 3:26:00 PM

Now that the mayors of Toronto and Calgary have finalized their friendly bet for the Grey Cup, now it's the Premiers of Ontario and Alberta.

Premiers Dalton McGuinty and Alison Redford announced the challenge on twitter, underlining the Premier of the losing team's province will have to wear a toque of the winning team's province.

McGuinty also tweeted "When win, 's donation of 100 warm clothing items will benefit " refering to the Red Door Family Shelter in Toronto.

Earlier in the week, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi challenged Toronto Mayor Rob Ford via Twitter for the mayor of the losing team's city to wear the winning team's jersey at the next council meeting. He also suggested they donate their weight in food to a food bank. Ford accepted, joking that he out-weighs Nenshi.

 

Go Argos... Could the Leafs and Jays be next?

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/21/2012 3:16:00 PM

With the Argos doing so well, could the Leafs and Jays be next?

Some people believe that when one team does well, the others in the city follow.

Sport psychologist Peter Papadogiannis says the theory has to do with motivation - with the Leafs and Jays probably watching closely right now, they want in on the excitement. And he says he wouldn't dismiss the theory.

The motivation could lead to a change in effort, outlook and belief, all things that help build an athlete on a winning team.

Meanwhile, all the Argos excitement this week, as well as the big Blue Jays trade, is a much-needed boost for Toronto sports fans.

Papadogiannis says research shows there are fans who really invest themselves in a sport. The way their team performs affects their psyche on a day-to-day basis.

He says fans should enjoy the Grey Cup fever while it lasts, but understand that the ...

Mayor of London Charged

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/21/2012 2:27:00 PM

The mayor of London, has been charged with fraud and other charges related to the alleged inappropriate use of funds when he was a federal cabinet minister and Liberal member of Parliament.

The RCMP says Joe Fontana is charged with fraud under $5000, breach of trust by a public official and uttering forged documents.    

The former cabinet minister was facing allegations he used more than $20,000 in federal government money to help pay for his son's wedding reception in 2005.

Fontana has previously denied the allegations.

In a letter posted on his website on Tuesday, he did not directly address the allegations but said he would not let them interfere with his job as mayor.

``Make no mistake, I treat the allegations that have been levied as serious, but I have not and will not allow them to be a distraction from my duties and obligations of my office,'' ...

Education Minister Urges CUPE To Keep Bargaining

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/21/2012 2:16:00 PM

The Education Minister is encouraging Ontario's school support workers to keep bargaining.

This comes a day after CUPE Ontario announced the 55,000 workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

"We encourage CUPE to keep negotiating at the local level to reach agreements rather than resort to strike action," Laurel Broten said in a written statement.

"We need all of our partners in education to work with us to find solutions that put the success and safety of our students first."

This is all a reaction to Bill 115, which saw contracts imposed on teachers and support workers.

The workers include janitors, secretaries, education assistants and lunchroom supervisors.

(with files from Justine Lewkowicz)

*VIDEO* Province Expands After-School Programs

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/21/2012 5:11:00 PM


The province is announcing the expansion of its after-school programs hoping to get kids off the streets.

Newstalk 1010 has learned they will be expanded in Toronto's 13 priority neighbourhoods and to York, Peel, Durham and Halton regions.

The program is ecxpected to help out 21,000 kids, with a focus on what the province is calling safe and fun activities that centre on sports, healthy eating and generally pumping up their self esteem.

This is all part of the Youth Action Plan, which is centered on  getting both guns and gangs off the streets, ensuring safer communities and neighbourhoods.

The plan was unveiled a month after the Danzig St. shooting which saw two people killed and 23 others injured.

Ceasefire Reached Between Israel and Hamas

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/21/2012 1:04:00 PM

President Barack Obama is hailing a ceasefire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

The White House says Obama talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday and commended him for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, which Obama had recommended that Netanyahu accept.

The fighting has killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis.

The White House says the United States will use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address
its security needs, especially the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.

Obama also said he would seek more money for the Iron Dome defence system that has protected Israel from rocket attacks.

VIDEO: A Green Button to Save You Money on Electricity

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/21/2012 12:03:00 PM

Reducing energy consumption.

That's the goal with a new province-wide initiative called Ontario Green Button. The energy minister says it's digital technology that would let you track how much energy you're using at any time of day, wherever you are.

Not only will you be able to check your usage through your smartphone or computer but Chris Bentley says you'll be able to do a few things that sound a little futuristic like turn off your air conditioning or adjust your home's temperature while you're at work.

President and CEO of Toronto Hydro Anthony Haines says they've been using tech-tools to track consumption so their team will help out in development.

There's still no timeline as to when this will be released or how much it will affect consumption/conservation.

As for cost, Bentley says there's no pricetag yet but reveals developers may charge for the apps.

Plans for Mega Quarry Scrapped

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/21/2012 11:45:00 AM

The mega quarry that was planned to be built north of Orangeville, is dead.

The quarry had been at the centre of opposition since it was announced, sparking protests  by farmers, environmentalists and even high profile chefs.

Had it gone ahead, the limestone quarry would have spanned more than 765 hectares of land or about 2 thousand acres.

By virtue of buying up land to build this quarry, the parent company,  The Highland Companies has become one of the biggest potato producers in the province, and they say they will continue their farming operations.

With the announcement that the quarry plans were being scrapped, the company President, John Lowndes announced he'd be resigning.

VIDEO: Mayor Rob Ford Tumbles at Grey Cup Event

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 11/21/2012 4:00:00 PM

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had another fumble only this time it was on the field.

The mayor was at a media event to promote Sunday's Grey Cup match between the Argos and the Calgary Stampeders, when he tumbled in front of the cameras.

Ford was taking a snap on the artificial turf set up outside City Hall when he lost footing and fell.

Fortunately, Ford was not injured and laughed it off with everyone at the event.

This isn't the first time that he has lost his footing at a media event. Earlier this year at one of his Cut The Waist Challenge weigh-ins, he stumbled off the scale set up outside his office (see below).

This latest video has gone viral on websites around the world.

(Video by City News)

Court Battle Over Dog's Life After Child is Mauled

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/21/2012 6:02:00 AM

A court case starts here in Toronto on Thursday that will attract the attention of parents and dog lovers.

It's about a dog attacking a 7-year old girl in August. It happened in the backyard of a friend's house in Roncesvalles.

The family was dog-sitting a German Shepherd-Collie mix.
The canine was in the backyard with the kids and their mothers. When the mothers went inside to check on dinner, the dog attacked a 7-year old visitor. Her face was punctured in both cheeks and it took 40 stitches to close the wounds.

The dog named "Panny" is a rescue from Panama and was in the possession of veterinarians from the same neighbourhood. The neighbour who's home this happened in, Vanessa Vandenberghe told the Star she would never have allowed the dog to stay with them if she knew he would be aggressive with kids.

The little girl's mother wants ...

VIDEO: Pep Rally gets Argos fans ready for Sunday

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/21/2012 12:39:00 AM

Hundreds of sports fans filled Yonge-Dundas Square Tuesday night to cheer on the team that is the most popular one in Toronto this week - the Argos.

The team held a pep rally to get fans excited before Sunday's Grey Cup game.

This is the third time the Argos and the Calgary Stampeders will be fighting each other for the ultimate prize.

At Tuesday's rally, the team's cheerleaders kicked things off and the Argonotes pep band kept the crowd entertained.

Fans also got a chance to meet the players like Chad Owens and Ricky Ray.

Salvation Army Robbed of $2-Million in Toys

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/21/2012 5:00:00 AM

We're going to find out more about this from police on Wednesday, but the Salvation Army has been robbed of more than $2-million dollars worth of toys from it's Toronto warehouse, and it's believed to be an inside job.

The thefts allegedly happened over the course of two years.

The Executive director of the warehouse facility on Railside road was fired on Monday. An internal audit was done back in the summer, and the executive director had been put on paid leave at that point. CTV reporting that is David Rennie, who earned $111,215 according to the 2011 Sunshine List.

Food and other donations have also allegedly gone missing. It was thanks to an anonymous whistleblower that 'irregularities' were reported at that facility, which is near Lawrence and Victoria Park.

Toronto police will have more to share at a news conference at 1:30 on Wednesday.

Meantime, in the nation's capital, ...

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