Prime Minister Harper Presents Justin Bieber with Diamond Jubilee Medal

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/23/2012 8:12:00 PM

Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber now has a Diamond Jubilee Medal to add to his accolades.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented the medal to Bieber at Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa prior to Bieber's concert on Friday night.

A spokeswoman for the prime minister says the singer's family was with him as Bieber - who was dressed in overalls for the occasion - received the honour from Harper.

Erica Meekes says Harper's son Ben was attending Bieber's concert with friends.

Harper announced the presentation of the award to Bieber on his Twitter feed saying ``Was happy to present (at)justinbieber with a Diamond Jubilee Medal today.''

The medal is awarded to people who have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.

(Canadian Press)

Should Grey Cup players score before the big game?

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/23/2012 6:29:00 PM

It's an age-old question being asked again ahead of Sunday's Grey Cup--does sex before a big game hurt or help the players?

Newstalk 1010 medical correspondent Dr Mitch Shulman says any blanket ban on getting action between the sheets, is more about myth & player control than helping them to perform better.

Shulman says it just isn't true that lovemaking leaves men wiped out.  He says the average sex sessions only burns 25-50 calories & actually boosts testosterone levels.

He admits a quarterback or tight end who stays up late, is very vigorous in bed & exhausts himself could harm his potential performance on the field.

On the other hand, Shulman says sex could act as a stress reliever leading to a better night's sleep & that could help an athlete's game.

UPDATE: Grade 2 teacher, coach killed in hit & run

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/23/2012 4:58:00 PM

A west-end school community is mourning the loss of a teacher.

35-year-old Tom Samson was killed Friday morning while riding his bike near Landsdowne & Davenport.

Samson was hit by 2 minivans as he crossed the street, the driver of the 1st didn't stop.

The grade 2 teacher had been at Swansea Public School, near High Park for 8 years.  Samson coached chess & boys' basketball there.

Grief councillors were at Swansea Friday to help any students or staff members who wanted to talk.  They will be back again on Monday.

A trust fund has been set up for Samson’s wife at the Bank of Montreal near Windermere & Bloor.  It isn't clear if the couple had any children.

The group Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists are planning a memorial ride for Samson next Friday.

Police are still looking for a red or burgundy Chrysler van with front end damage ...

UPDATE: Sights and Sounds of Grey Cup Friday

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/23/2012 6:15:00 PM

There have been lots of events leading up to the big 100th Grey Cup game on Sunday at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Nathan Philips Square has been made up to look like a football field with 'pick-up' games happening through the week.

Street parties and festivals are also planned up until the opening kickoff on Sunday between the Toronto Argos and the Calgary Stampeders.

Here's an example of a group of kids getting their kicks tossing around the pigskin.


Elections Ontario Changes Its Ways After Privacy Breach

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/23/2012 3:26:00 PM

Elections Ontario is changing the way it does things after a privacy breach was revealed this summer.

A report released by the province's chief electoral officer says he is listening to privacy experts who recommend staff training programs be expanded and a chief privacy officer be hired to oversee security matters.

These experts say while staff was told to have different passwords for their software, many didn't.

This comes after an investigation into two missing USB drives with personal information of up to four million voters on it in April. Voters in 49 electoral districts were affected but a report into the matter says there doesn't seem to be any information was taken.

The OPP is still investigating.

Other recommendations the chief electoral officer has put into place or is in the process of completing: develop a Frequently Asked Questions webpage on privacy matters, require all electronic devices used by ...

HIV Positive Man, Sent To Jail For 6 Years

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/23/2012 3:16:00 PM

6 years in jail for a man who had unprotected sex with two Toronto women, and failed to tell them that he was HIV positive.

50 year old Ian Williams could be deported to Trinidad when he gets out of prison.

He was first convicted in 2006, and served a year in jail after two other women reported that he didn't inform them he was carrying the disease.

His wife died from AIDS in 2005 and his stepdaughter claimed that her Mom was infected by Williams, but he was never charged by police in connection with that case.

In his ruling the Justice says while Williams is remorseful, "he cannot put his sexual desires above the safety of people."

NHL Cancels Games Through December 14th, All-Star game

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/23/2012 2:19:00 PM

The NHL lockout has claimed 96 more regular-season games and the 2013 all-star game in Columbus.

The latest round of cancellations from the league was widely expected after collective bargaining talks earlier in the week failed to produce a new agreement.

All games through December 14th have now been taken off the schedule.    

The NHL and NHL Players' Association remain apart in negotiations on the allocation of revenue and rules governing player contracts, and currently have no bargaining sessions scheduled.

The league has cancelled 422 regular-season games in total, plus the Winter Classic and all-star game, which amounts to over 34 per cent of the season.

Nationwide Arena in Columbus had been scheduled to host the all-star game for the first time on January 27.

UPDATE: VIDEO: Liberal Leadership Candidate List Set

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/23/2012 5:25:00 PM

They had until 5pm Friday to throw their hats into the ring. And now the final list is set for the race to replace Dalton McGuinty. Seven current and former MPPs are vying for not only the Liberal's but the province's top job.

Mississauga-Erindale MPP Harinder Takhar, Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray, MIssissauga-South MPP Charles Sousa, St. Paul's MPP Dr. Eric Hoskins, former Economic Development Minister Sandra Pupatello and former provincial Education Minister and MP Gerard Kennedy have either already official launched their campaigns or are about to do so.

Now that the list has shaped up, opposition parties are coming out swinging.

Showing all liberal leadership candidates morphing into Dalton McGuinty, the latest Tory attack ad stresses how closely tied the contenders are to the premier. PC MPP Rod Jackson says birds of a feather flock together.

NDP House leader Gilles Bisson stresses ...

Province Tweaks Sunshine List Structure

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/23/2012 12:20:00 PM

The province has closed a loophole that will see a lot more people added to the Sunshine List. Up until now, those included on the annual public sector salary disclosure made over $100,000 in salary alone.

Moving forward, the list will now include people making over $100,000 a year in total, taking into account salary, per diems and retainers.

It's expected to significantly up the number of those on the annual publication with these changes coming into affect as of January 1st.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan issued a statement underlining this will enhance Ontario's reputation as what he calls a leader in the transparent disclosure of salaries.

Both opposition parties at Queen's Park say it is about time the Liberals acted on this.

Peel Police Investigating a Homicide.

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/23/2012 12:11:00 PM

Peel Police are investigating a murder, after a woman was found dead in a home in Brampton last Friday.

Cops say it was around 2 in the afternoon on November 16th, that 22 year old Marcieline Newland was found with obvious signs of trauma.

Officers say they aren't revealing the cause of death.

But Constable Thomas Ruttan with Peel Police says "There is no further threat of public safety as this investigation continues."

That being said, Ruttan wasn't releasing a suspect description, only saying they don't believe this was a random attack.

"I believe that that is safe to say."

Homicide detectives are working on the case and Ruttan says it's important to the investigation to keep some information back.

Third Person Charged in Danzig Street Shooting

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/23/2012 10:25:00 AM

For the second day in a row, Toronto Police have laid more murder charges in the Danzig St shooting.

Late Thursday night police arrested and charged a 17 year old boy with two counts of Second Degree Murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of recklessly discharging a firearm and 22 counts of aggravated assault.

Because of his age, he can't legally be named.

It was Thursday afternoon that police announced charges for 19-year-old Nahom Tsegazab is charged with 2 counts of 2nd degree murder, 1 count of attempted murder & 22 counts of aggravated assaulted.

2 weeks ago, police charged 18-year-old Shaquan "Bam Bam" Mesquito, with 2 counts of 1st degree murder, attempted murder & 23 counts of aggravated assault.

Back in July, 2 people were killed and 23 injured when bullets tore through a community BBQ in the yard of a building on Danzig Street.

Police Look for Van Involved In Hit and Run

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/23/2012 10:16:00 AM

A cyclist hit by a van in a hit and run at Landsdowne and Davenport has died.

The collision happened before 7 o'clock Friday morning when the vehicle heading westbound on Davenport struck a 35 year old man crossing the street.

The man was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police are now looking for a Chrysler van believed to be from the model years 1996-2000 with significant damage to the front end.

Anyone who sees this vehicle is asked to call 911.

VIDEO: Black Friday Sales Target Shoppers in U.S. and Canada

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/23/2012 6:00:00 AM

Black Friday got off to its earliest start ever as American shoppers put down their turkey and headed straight to the malls.

Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving that's named Black Friday because it's traditionally when they turn a profit for the year. In fact, generations of shoppers have made Black Friday rituals of going to bed early after munching on turkey and pumpkin pie so that they can head out to stores early the next day.

But Black Friday openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years as stores have experimented with ways to compete with online rivals like that can offer holiday shopping deals at any time and on any day. And this year, crowds gathered across the country as stores such as Target and Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving evening, while retailers from ...

Deadline to Replace McGuinty

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/23/2012 5:01:00 AM

The clock is ticking on the last day for anyone wanting to be the next premier of the province.

Prospective candidates have until the end of the day on Friday to announce they want to run to replace Premier Dalton McGuinty.

So far, seven leadership candidates have come forward: Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray, Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa, Mississauga-Erindale MPP Harinder Takhar, St. Paul's MPP Dr. Eric Hoskins, former Economic Development Minister Sandra Pupatello and former provincial Education Minister and MP Gerard Kennedy.

They will be competing for the party's - and province's - top job which will be decided at Maple Leaf Gardens on the last weekend of January. The convention will be a delegated one with a series of votes on Saturday, January 26. It's likely the new leader and premier will be announced early Sunday morning.

Until then, candidates will be ...

*VIDEO* UPDATE Stampeders Fans Bring Horse Into The Royal York

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/23/2012 6:33:00 AM

Shortly after a Calgary Stampeders fans were denied the chance to parade a horse through the Royal York on Thursday, Newstalk1010 got an exclusive interview, and came out with a prediction on who is going to win the Grey Cup on Sunday.

Not surprisingly, the horse named Marty suggested Calgary was going to take the game, beating the hometown Toronto Argos.

It was back in 1948, after the Stampeders won their very first Grey Cup, fans walked the teams mascot through the Royal York in celebration.

They've done the same in hotels in every host city that the team has played a Grey Cup in.

This time, when supporters tried to recreate the moment, the horse was met with locked doors and was denied entry.

But the Stampeders fans didn't give up on Thursday. They marched Marty around downtown before being allowed into the First Canadian Place on King near ...

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