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Secondary School Teachers in York and Niagara Reject Local Deals

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/27/2012 10:09:00 PM

High school teachers with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation in York and Niagara Region have rejected tentative agreements reached with their school boards.

The tentative deal in Niagara was announced on Nov. 19 and had been approved by Education Minister Laurel Broten ahead of the vote.

The York Region deal had been reached two days earlier and also had been approved by Broten.

It's unknown by what margin the deals were rejected.

By rejecting the offer, teachers are expected to continue with job actions which include no staff and department meetings, no parent-teacher conferences outside of school hours and not submitting student attendance records.

Four unions are taking the government to court, arguing Bill 115, which passed with support from the Progressive Conservatives, is unconstitutional.

(Canadian Press)

Council Upholds Decision to Send Elephants to California Sanctuary

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 11/27/2012 9:08:00 PM

The elephants at the Toronto Zoo can keep their plane tickets to California.

Tuesday night, city council upheld a previous decision in October 2011 to send the elephants to the PAWS facility, rejecting a motion that would have given Toronto Zoo staff the power to send the aging pachyderms to another location.

Zoo staff have concerns about PAWS and tuberculosis at the sanctuary, which councillors that supported the earlier decision dismissed.

Zoo CEO John Tracogna says it's now up to PAWS to come up with a transportation plan to move the elephants to California and get the proper permits.

He was unsure when the animals would be actually moved.

Councillor Michelle Berardinetti, who spearheaded the move to PAWS says it's hoped the elephants can be moved by the end of the year or as earlier as possible in the new year.

Game show host Bob Barker has promised to pay ...

UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed in East End

Posted By: David Woodard · 11/27/2012 9:47:00 PM

Toronto police are searching for the driver of a vehicle after a 42-year-old man was struck and killed near Midland and Finch Tuesday evening.

It happened just before 5:30 p.m when the man walked into an unmarked intersection at Kilcullen Castle Gate near McNicoll Ave and was hit first by a vehicle in the Northbound lanes.

The man was thrown into the Southbound lanes where he was hit by a second car. 

The first driver did stay at the scene, but the second driver left the scene.

There is no description of the suspect vehicle at this time and Traffic Services Constable Clint Stibbe says its too early to tell if charges will be laid in this case.

Massive Fire North of Barrie

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/27/2012 4:58:00 PM

If you drive north to cottage country during the summer, you may notice one landmark missing next year.

The Hitch House, an RV dealership between Barrie and Orillia on Highway 11, caught fire on Tuesday.

Reports indicate the fire started in the showroom and there were no injuries.

It appears as though the building is a complete loss.

No word on what sparked the blaze.

On its website, The Hitch House boasts about their 14 acre sales lot and a 35 thousand square foot retail showroom.

(Photos courtesy of Frank Ferragine, chaytodaynews)

*VIDEOS* Mayor Ford at the Argos Victory party

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/27/2012 4:45:00 PM

While he sounded drained at the council meeting in the morning, it seems Mayor Rob Ford was saving his energy for the Argos victory party.

Mayor Ford joined the Argos on stage after the victory parade to read a proclamation. Ford announced that November 27th is now Toronto Argonauts Day in Toronto.

After the celebration, mayor Ford made his way back inside city hall where he was greeted by a sea of reporters. After making a quick comment, the mayor ran for the door and was chased by the media.

Check out videos of the proclamation and the mayor being chased by media:

VIDEO: Ford Says 'Sorry'

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/27/2012 6:28:00 PM


The following is a statement read by Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall on Tuesday.

Good afternoon everyone.

I was elected two years ago by the people of Toronto to do a job.  We have accomplished a lot in the past two years.  But, that job isn't finished yet.

I respect the Court's decision that was released yesterday.  My decision to appeal is not a criticism of the Court.  But, I feel it is important to work through the appeal system so I can continue to do the work I was elected to do.

This entire matter began because I love to help kids play football.  When this came to Council for the vote in question, I felt it was important to answer the accusations

that had been made against me.  I was focused on raising money to help underprivileged youth. 

I never believed there was a conflict of interest ...

Man Facing 'Witchcraft' Charges

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 11/27/2012 3:29:00 PM

Toronto Police have charged a 40 year old man from Mississauga on claims he allegedly practiced 'witchcraft'.

Cops say Gustavo Valencia Gomez, advertised on radio and in print, offering up services as a 'healer'.

A 56 year old woman came forward, looking for help.

That's when police say the man allegedly convinced the woman that she and her family were cursed and he could remove the curse for a sum of money.

The woman handed over 14 thousand dollars, according to officers.

Gomez has been charged with Fraud over $5000, Pretending to practice witchcraft, False pretenses over $5000, and possession of proceeds of crime.

He'll be in court at the end of December.

Police think there could be more victims out there.

How is Ford's Appeal Going to Work?

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/27/2012 3:12:00 PM

So when it comes to the legal side of Mayor Ford's case, what comes next?

Could it be possible that the case is dragged out through the courts for years?

In a word, no.

John Mascarin is a partner with Aird and Berlis in Toronto and he says when Ford files an appeal, the divisional court is the final place the case can be heard.

He says what they say, goes.

"Unlike other court cases,"  Mascarin says, "there is a statute that says you can appeal to the divisional court and that decision is final."

Ford has indicated he's going to file an appeal on Wednesday, December 5th and his lawyer has confirmed to Newstalk1010, that the appeal should be heard starting on January 7th.

*VIDEO* Family and Friends Mourn Killed Cyclist

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/27/2012 1:34:00 PM

Family and friends of a cyclist killed while going to work are mourning today at a memorial service in the St. Clair and Christie area.

Teacher Sam Samson's body was brought in just before noon and very soon after family, friends and colleagues streamed in. Many were too grief-stricken to speak.

Being shocked was an understatement according to a family friend speaking about when she heard.

Samson's photos were shown during the memorial. As were stories from when he was in high school and colleagues from Swansea Public School describing how positive he was each day.

Midway through the memorial, Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" was played, the song Samson danced with his wife to at their wedding.

Samson was killed when he bicycle was struck by two vans in the Lansdowne and Davenport area.

*VIDEOS* Fans Cheer On The Grey Cup Champs!

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 11/27/2012 3:36:00 PM

While the Toronto Argos Grey Cup win was lost on Monday, in a sea of news about Rob Ford's conflict of interest case, the team took centre stage on Tuesday.

Thousands of football fans filled downtown streets to cheer on the CFL champion Argonauts as they made their way from Wellington and Yonge, west to Bay and then up Bay Street to Nathan Phillips Square.

That's where Mayor Rob Ford  read a proclamation making today, Toronto Argonauts Day.

Have a look at some of the images taken during the parade.

 

What's Next for Mayor Ford & Council?

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 11/27/2012 6:26:00 AM

There's some debate on what comes next if the judge's decision to toss Mayor Rob Ford from office is upheld.

It doesn't seem like many councillors have made up their minds about whether to appoint a mayor or call a by-election if Ford's planned appeal fails.

There's also another wrinkle. There seems to be no consenus on whether Rob Ford could even run in a by-election. Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday had no idea, and Clayton Ruby (who represented the man who launched the case) says, "I don't have the faintest idea. That's a municipal law question and there are guys who spend their life on that."

The judge ruled Ford cannot seek public office for the remainder of the term...which seems to suggest to some that he would be able to run in 2014, but the Mayor himself has said he'll run in a byelection, if one is called.

Currently, ...

Argos Victory Parade on Tuesday

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/27/2012 5:41:00 AM

Toronto sports fans are getting ready to enjoy a rare treat, a championship party in their own backyard.

The Toronto's Argonauts will parade the Grey Cup through the streets of Canada's largest city today to celebrate their 35-22 win over the Calgary Stampeders in the 100th edition of the CFL championship game. It starts at 11:30am.

The parade will start near Union Station and will proceed up Bay Street to Toronto City Hall, where city officials will declare Tuesday as ``Toronto Argonauts Day.''

A fleet of 28 pickup trucks and one convertible will carry quarterback Ricky Ray, running back and Grey Cup MVP Chad Kackert, wide receiver Chad Owens and others along the parade route. It's the first championship parade in Toronto since the Argonauts won the Grey Cup in 2004 and will be a shot in the arm for the city's long-suffering sports fans.

Canada's largest sports market has ...

UPDATE: Durham Remains Conservative Blue After Byelection

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 11/27/2012 5:50:00 AM

The Conservatives have held onto the riding of Durham east of Toronto in a federal byelection.

Former air force pilot turned corporate lawyer Erin O'Toole easily won the seat for the Tories on Monday by taking half the vote.

The riding was vacated by Bev Oda, who resigned the federal Conservative cabinet in July in the wake of a series of spending and expense controversies.

O'Toole told roughly three dozen supporters at a Royal Canadian Legion hall in Bowmanville, Ont., that his No. 1 priority in Ottawa will be creating new jobs in the region. His father John represents Durham for the Progressive Conservatives at Queen's Park and was among the first to greet the newly minted MP as he entered the legion hall. O'Toole said the scandals swirling around Oda prior to her departure weren't a major concern of citizens he met while campaigning.

It wasn't an easy ride ...

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