Sights & sounds of Grey Cup Saturday

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/24/2012 5:52:00 PM

Toronto has full on Grey Cup fever.

CFL fans from all over the country have made the pilgrimage to Toronto to be part of the 100th Grey Cup bash.

The ArgoNotes got chilly toes tapping at Nathan Phillips Square.  That's also where Toronto Mayor Rob Ford & Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi swapped Argos & Stampeders jerseys & talked trash before the big game.


Ex-astronaut Marc Garneau to join federal Liberal leadership race

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/24/2012 4:46:00 PM

Canada's 1st man in space will blast into the federal Liberal leadership race this week.

Former astronaut Marc Garneau will tell a Montreal audience Wednesday that he's challenging for the party's top job.

He'll join a field including MPJustin Trudeau & Martha Hall Findlay.  Vancouver MP Joyce Murray who is expected to launch her leadership bid on Monday.

63-year-old Garneau flew 3 space shuttle missions before running the Canadian Space Agency. After being defeated in his 1st run for office in 2006, Garneau was elected in the  Montreal riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie in 2008 & again in 2011.

With files from the Canadian Press

Stolen Salvation Army donations found

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/24/2012 1:24:00 PM

A big block of toys & other donations stolen from the Salvation Army have turned up.

In a search on Friday, Toronto Police found 146 skids worth of toys, baby strollers & cribs, food & personal care products in a Brampton warehouse.  It took 3 tractor trailers to haul it all away.

Donations worth $2-million were stolen from the Salvation Army's North York warehouse over the last 2 years.  Police say those goods were being sold for a profit.

Toronto Police Constable Tony Vella couldn't say what lead investigators to Brampton, saying it could compromise the investigation.

No charges have been laid yet.  Vella says police are still trying to determine what happened & who is responsible.

The Salvation Army's executive director David Rennie was fired last week.  He was put on paid leave in August when a whistleblower at the Sally Ann came forward with allegations of theft.

The Salvation Army released ...

Mayors of Toronto & Calgary swap CFL jerseys

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/24/2012 12:34:00 PM

The bet is officially on.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford & Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi have swapped Argos & Stampeders jerseys.

The mayor of the losing team has to wear the winning team's jersey at their next city council meeting.

The losing mayor also has to donate his weight in food to the winning city's foodbank.

Nenshi encouraged fans to make food bank bets of their own.

On stage at Nathan Phillips Square Saturday morning, Ford told Stamps fans Toronto would "treat them good" until the Grey Cup kickoff.  After that, he predicted they'd be crying in their beers because "Toronto's gonna give you guys a whooping like you've never had before".

Nenshi thanked Ford for the personalized Argos jersey, saying he'll need something to wipe the slush off his car with when he gets back to Calgary.

Besides the jerseys, Nenshi gave Ford a white cowboy hat.  Ford gave Nenshi ...

13 Toronto skating rinks set to open today

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/24/2012 9:55:00 AM

You can start sharpening your skates, 13 city skating rinks are set to open for the season today.

The rest of the rinks open on December 1st.

Here is the list of skating rinks open on November 24th:

Kew Gardens

Mel Lastman Square

Regent Park(South Park)

Rennie Park

Scarborough Civic Centre/Albert Campbell

Sunnydale Acres Rink

West Mall Rink

Broadlands CC

Colonel Sam Smith Park

Dufferin Grove Park

Glen Long CC

Hodgson Public School Grounds

Irving W Chapley CC

For more information, go to the city's website.

No winner for Lotto Max jackpot

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/24/2012 8:23:00 AM

No one has the winning ticket for the $50-million jackpot
in last night's Lotto Max draw.
A claim is being made for one of the two MaxMillions prizes
available in the draw.
The winning ticket, worth a million dollars, was bought somewhere
in Ontario.
The jackpot for next Friday`s draw will remain at $50-million, but
there'll be 15 MaxMillions prizes available.

(The Canadian Press)

OPP launch festive RIDE campaign today

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/24/2012 8:21:00 AM

The OPP are launching their annual holiday campaign today to remind drivers to stay sober if getting behind the wheel.

The festive RIDE campaign will last until January 2nd.

Police charged more than 680 people last year for drinking and driving. Sixty-one people have been killed so far this year in alcohol-related accidents.

Dallas actor Larry Hagman has died at 81

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/24/2012 5:39:00 AM

Tributes are pouring in for actor Larry Hagman following his
death in a Dallas hospital.
He died yesterday at the age of 81 after battling cancer and
cirrhosis of the liver.
Hagman soared to international fame playing J-R Ewing, the evil
oil tycoon in the prime-time T-V soap opera ``Dallas.''
Linda Gray, who played his wife during the show's 14-year run,
says Hagman ``brought joy to everyone he knew.''
Gray says he was ``creative, funny, loving, and talented.''

UPDATE: Snow squall warnings north of Toronto

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/24/2012 8:26:00 AM

You wouldn't know it in Toronto, but regions north and west of the city are getting a bit of a winter wonderland this weekend.

Environment Canada has updated its special weather statement for Newmarket, northern York region, Barrie, Midland and Collingwood, west to Huron - Perth and London.

These areas are under a snow squall warning.

A squall warning for the Waterloo and Kitchener area, meanwhile, has been called off.

Some areas could see up to 15 or 20 centimetres of snow by late in the day. The highest amounts will be very localized.

The agency is warning of poor driving conditions because of slippery roads and occasional low visibility.

Listeners tell Newstalk 1010 about the weather they woke up to today:

Debbie Lee Keltz-Wolk says: "It was a blizzard in Vaughan and then just as suddenly as it came, it went! Thank goodness."

Mat Grahame says: "It didn't stop all night ...

Police investigate sexual assault at York U

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/24/2012 5:36:00 AM

Toronto police are warning of a sexual assault at York University.

Just before 5 p.m. Friday, police say a 20-year-old student was sexually assaulted by a man at Vari Hall, shortly after getting off a TTC bus.

The man took off and was last seen near the GO bus stop in the area.

He is described as having a dark black complexion, about 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, short black hair and bulging eyes. He was wearing a black bomber jacket with a red hoody, black jeans and Nike sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Grey Cup Saturday events / closures

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/24/2012 8:24:00 AM

While the 100th Grey Cup game is on Sunday night, the festival is in high gear all weekend long.

Here is a list of events on Saturday:

Calgary Pancake Breakfast
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Nathan Phillips Square

Join us at the mbna Adrenaline Zone for the Calgary Pancake Breakfast! This Grey Cup tradition will be a great way to energize yourself before hitting The Toronto Sun Zipline and trying your agility on the Gridiron. This warm breakfast is always a Grey Cup favourite and best of all it’s FREE!

Cheer Extravaganza
Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building Halls D&E

Don't miss the opportunity to see all 8 CFL cheer teams showcase their special 100th Grey Cup routines. Cheer teams will be selling calendars and signing autographs throughout the show. Fans can expect special guest appearances from the Argos Alumni Cheerleaders (1970-2011) and many more. You are not ...

Survey: Canadians Make Taking Vacations A Priority

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/24/2012 4:00:00 AM

If these statistics are correct, Canadians are making sure we take time for ourselves.

In this vacation deprivation survey by, 81 percent of Canadians say they take all of their allotted vacation time, but 10 years ago, only 67 percent did that.

As for those of us here in Ontario, Just 21 percent admit to not using up all their holidays.

The most relaxed Canadians live in British Columbia where only 13 percent say they have let some vacation days go to waste.

Some other comparisons include, 33 per cent of employed Alberta residents didn't take all of their allotted vacation days in 2003 compared with 15 per cent in 2012.

30 per cent of working Quebecers reported not taking all their vacation time 10 years ago, compared with 21 per cent today.

35 per cent of employed Atlantic Canadians stated they did not take all of their allotted ...

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