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No Charges Against Officer After Shooting a Teen in Pickering

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/26/2012 8:34:00 PM

Ontario's police watchdog says there are no grounds to charge a Durham regional police officer who  shot and injured a teenager holding an imitation firearm.

The Special Investigations Unit says the incident occurred when an officer was responding to an armed-robbery call at a veterinary clinic in Pickering on July 16.

The agency says the officer was confronting a 17-year-old suspect outside the clinic when the teen pulled out an imitation gun.

The SIU says the officer gave several warnings and yelled at the teen to drop his weapon but when the teen began to point it at him, the officer fired eight times.

Two bullets hit the teen in the upper body and he was taken to hospital for emergency treatment for his injuries.

The watchdog agency says the officer was justified in firing because the fake gun didn't have a fluorescent tip as required by law, and there ...

VIDEO: Premier Responds to Ford Ruling

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/26/2012 5:09:00 PM

The Premier was cautious in responding to the Rob Ford court decision.

While Dalton McGuinty would admit he was surprised when he heard the news, he dodged a list of questions regarding the matter. McGuinty even quoted former Tory Premier Bill Davis in saying "the province need not have an opinion on everything."

He underlined it's time for everyone to respect the process and continue to give support to Toronto and city council. McGuinty didn't seem worried that this will affect the province's relationship with city hall, underlining the two levels of government will continue to work together.

As for how the people of Toronto will move forward, he says they have always handled challenges in stride.

Former Sally Ann executive charged in connection to thefts

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/26/2012 4:12:00 PM

Toronto police have charged former Salvation Army executive director David Rennie in connection to the theft of about $2-million worth of toys and other donations.

He turned himself in to police today, and he now faces 40 charges including theft, possession of stolen property and breach of trust.

Over the weekend, police executed search warrants in two wholesale warehouses in Brampton and near Weston and Steeles where they found a "significant" portion of the stolen goods.

Police allege that the thefts took place under Rennie's control. They allege Rennie would sometimes redirect donations to the wholesale warehouses and the toys were then to be sold for profit.

Detectives say the wholesale company Northern Sales was involved, and they are looking for a second suspect.

US Federal Mediators to Oversee NHL Talks

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/26/2012 3:33:00 PM

The NHL and NHL Players' Association are turning to mediation in an effort to solve their labour dispute.

With negotiations stalled on a new collective bargaining agreement, the sides have agreed to allow U.S. federal mediators
into the process.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service says the negotiations ``will now be conducted under our auspices.''

Deputy director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, director of mediation services John Sweeney and commissioner Guy Serota have been assigned to the case.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email that he hopes they'll be able to sit in on a session as soon as this week.

The NHL and NHLPA haven't met since last week, when the union tabled a proposal that commissioner Gary Bettman said still left the sides ``far apart.''

VIDEO: Queen's Park Reacts To Ford Ruling

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/26/2012 1:41:00 PM

Queen's Park is abuzz with news of the court decision on Mayor Rob Ford's fate.

While Tory Finance Critic Thornhill MPP Peter Shurman says he isn't shocked about the judge's decision to remove Ford from office, he calls it tragic when a political figure in a situation like this.

Shurman says Ford did a reasonably good job getting costs in check at the city. He admits Ford did have some troubles as well. He doesn't seem worried that this would affect the province's relationship with the city.

NDP GTA Critic Davenport MPP Jonah Schein calls it a difficult day for the city but it proves politicians aren't above the law. He calls it a shocking development.

Meantime, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Bob Chiarelli's office released a statement noting the province respects the judge’s decision, underlining it's up to council to decide how to fill the vacancy if it comes ...

Crash Closes Gardiner

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/26/2012 1:12:00 PM

The air ambulance was called after a crash involving a tractor trailer on the Gardiner.

The crash happened in the westbound lanes of the Gardiner in the express, at Islington.

The tractor trailer tipped over and crushed a car with the trailer.

Believe it or not, Ornge was waived off, with police saying the 21 year old man suffered only minor injuiries.

There's no word on how long the road will be closed for.

(photo courtesy Mike Bradley)

SIU Probing Child Hit By Police Cruiser

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/26/2012 1:03:00 PM

Ontario's police watchdog has been called in to investigate after an eight-year-old boy was struck by a police
cruiser in Brampton, west of Toronto.

The Special Investigations Unit says the boy was taken to Brampton Civic Hospital for treatment of a broken leg Monday morning
after being hit by a Peel Regional Police cruiser.

Police say two cruisers were responding to a call (on Moregate Crescent, near Dixie Road and Bovaird Drive East) at about 8:45 a.m. when one of the cruisers struck the child.

The watchdog agency has assigned five investigators, two forensic investigators and a collision reconstructionist to probe the
circumstances of the incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact the investigators.

The SIU is an arm's-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been a death, serious injury or
allegations of sexual assault.

Smitherman on Ford Decision: 'Touchdown for Accountability'

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/26/2012 12:13:00 PM

They fought it out in the municipal election campaign and now Rob Ford's opponent - George Smitherman - is speaking out about the decision that sees the man who stole victory away from him removed from office.

Referencing mayor Rob Ford's love for football, Smitherman didn't hide his feeling about the court's decision calling it a "touchdown fro accountability".

When asked if that means Smitherman is planning another run for the city's top job, he underlines the only thing he's considering is a organizing a second parade - after the one to celebrate the Argos' Grey Cup victory - to celebrate the city's liberation.

He says only time will tell what's next for Toronto but maintains the residents who felt what he calls "a great discomfort" over the style of leadership in the city and its "reckless disregard for the law" will be happy justice has prevailed.

Rob Ford OUT as Mayor

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/26/2012 2:53:00 PM

Rob Ford is no longer the mayor of Toronto.

Ford was booted from office after being found guilty in a conflict of interest case against him.

It all started when Ford was a city councillor and had solicited donations for his Football Foundation using City of Toronto letterhead.

Since that's against the rules, in August of 2010, council and city integrity commissioner Janet Leiper suggested the mayor  pay back the 31 hundred dollars raised, out of his own pocket.

But when the mayor took part in a council vote on February 7th, 2012, that rescinded that suggestion, a complaint was lodged by Toronto resident Paul Magder.

During the trial Ford argued that he didn't understand the conflict of interest rules, and had he known he was in the wrong, he wouldn't have voted.

He even admitted to never reading the Conflict of Interest Act.

Justice Charles T. Hackland said because ...

Expect Colder Winter With More Snow

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/26/2012 5:54:00 AM

The Weather Network's top forecaster says Canadians should expect a typical winter season, which means colder and snowier than last year.

Chris Scott says the lack of a strong El Nino or La Nina system in the tropical Pacific Ocean combined with Arctic air moving south should make for a snow-packed winter, with more storms than last year.

Scott expects much of Atlantic Canada will see higher temperatures and more snow than the 30-year average, while the northern Prairies, Northwest Territories and parts of Nunavut will be cooler than usual.

He says the Great Lakes region and Gulf of St. Lawrence should also get a load of snow.
But he says the forecast for the rest of the country calls for temperatures and precipitation largely within historic norms. Scott says there will likely be some fluctuations where warm air moves in, but then quickly moves out again.

(The Canadian Press)

VIDEO: Argos Win The Grey Cup

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/26/2012 2:01:00 AM

Chad Owens, Pacino Horne and Dontrelle Inman had touchdowns in the first half as the Toronto Argonauts won the 100th
Grey Cup game, 35-22 over Calgary.

Andre Durie added a touchdown in the second half as the Argonauts beat the Stampeders before a loud home crowd of 53,208 at Rogers Centre on Sunday night.

Swayze Waters added two field goals for the Argos, who claimed their 16th Grey Cup and their first since 2004. Calgary was limited to four Rene Paredes field goals and a safety touch. Toronto built a 24-6 first half lead and never trailed in the game.   

Toronto Argonauts running back Chad Kackert has been named the outstanding player of the 100th Grey Cup. Kackert's 20 carries for 133 yards helped lift the Argos to a 35-22 win over the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday. He also recorded eight catches for 62 yards.

Owens opened the scoring as ...

Torontonians weigh in: Rob Ford guilty or not of conflict of interest?

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 11/26/2012 12:05:00 AM

It's decision day for Rob Ford.

The judge in the mayor's conflict of interest case will make his ruling at 10am Monday.

But if it were up to the people of Toronto, what would the verdict be?

The answer depends on where in the city you go.  Newstalk 1010's Siobhan Morris found most people she talked to at Yonge & Carlton had followed the case closely & thought Rob Ford was guilty.

Outside an Etobicoke grocery store, most people didn't seem especially aware of the case.  Some even admitted to tuning out any scandal involving the mayor.  One man who did follow the case closely insists the mayor did nothing wrong.

If Charles Hackland decides Rob Ford did break the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, Ford could ultimately be kicked out office.

So who would Torontonians like to replace Ford as mayor if that happens?

Every person stopped at Yonge & Carlton dropped ...

Three Federal By-elections Monday

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/26/2012 5:15:00 AM

At the end of the night, there will be some new MPs in Ottawa representing Calgary and Victoria.

But when it comes to the three federal by-elections Monday night, all eyes are on the Durham riding here in Ontario. That's the seat of former Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda, who resigned amid an expense scandal which saw her bill taxpayers for not only a $16 glass of orange juice but a $250 penalty for smoking in a hotel room.

Of the candidates, Conservative Erin O'Toole is a voter favourite if you listen to the polls. O'Toole was even endorsed by hockey great Wayne Gretzky. O'Toole has tried to distance himself from the Oda controversy.

Liberal Grant Humes and Larry O'Connor of the NDP are representatives from the other major parties battling it out. This is Humes second time running, placing third in 2011 to Oda and then-NDP candidate Tammy ...

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