Few policy differences emerged at the first all-candidates meeting for the seven men and women running to replace Dalton McGuinty as Ontario Liberal leader and premier, but
Kathleen Wynne surprised the audience by promising to appoint
herself as agriculture minister.
"This is such an important issue for us as a province, not just as a party, not just as a government, that I think the premier needs to take this on,'' Wynne told party faithful gathered in the gym of a youth centre in Ingersoll, about 30 kilometres east of London,
"So as premier I would appoint myself as minister of agricultural and rural affairs for at least a year.''
The candidates faced a series of vague questions selected and posed by Liberal insiders and focusing mainly on rural issues, jobs and health care, with everyone promising to do more to win back rural support, especially among people angry ...
A woman from Collingwood has died while volunteering to help kids in Tanzania.
Family friend Reverend Brian Goodings of Trinity United Church says 41-year-old Susan
Wells died Wednesday.
Wells left for Tanzania last weekend on a month-long trip, carrying suitcases stuffed full of educational materials for children.
Goodings says Foreign Affairs has told Wells' family that an autopsy has been performed in Tanzania & her death wasn't due to misadventure.
He calls Wells an experienced traveller who had gone on many trips to help out charities, including 5 previous treks to Tanzania.
(Files from the Canadian Press)
Young girls have been looking forward to it for months. Their moms & dads have been dreading it.
Justin Bieber plays a sold out show at the Rogers Centre tonight & it's going to get loud, REALLY loud.
Between the booming music & the shrieking girls, the sound inside the Rogers Centre could hit 110 decibels.
Newstalk 1010 medical correspondent Dr Mitch Shulman says that's louder than a motorcycle revving up right next to you.
It's also the level at which you can expect to damage your hearing, even temporarily.
Dr Mitch says jamming your ears with cotton won't do you any good & it's dangerous too since bits of it could get stuck in your ear canal.
Foam plugs work OK but only really muffle the sound. Dr Mitch says to protect your fragile ears, you really need fitted ear pieces like musicians wear on stage.
He says you can ...
Toronto Police have busted a man after finding 25kg of cocaine inside a vehicle. The haul is worth $2.5-million.
It was stopped Thursday as part of a drug investigation near Kennedy Rd & Bonis Av.
Donald Lee is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Shark fin soup could soon be back on the menu at your local Chinese restaurant.
An Ontario Superior Court judge has thrown out Toronto's ban on the sale of shark fins.
Justice James Spence found the ban isn't within the city's power.
City council voted 38-4 last fall to ban the sale of shark fin products at Toronto restaurants & shops. Councillors cited environmental issues & inhumane treatment of sharks as reasons for supporting the move.
Members of the Chinese business community pushed to get the ban tossed out, saying they were being unfairly targeted.
The NFL has been rocked by what the Kansas City Chiefs are calling an "unthinkable tragedy".
Linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead
Stadium. Belcher thanked his coach & GM in the parking lot, then killed himself in front of them.
Police say Belcher & girlfriend Kasandra M. Perkins, had been fighting recently. They have a 3-month old child.
25-year-old Belcher signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent, made the team & moved into the starting lineup.
The team chairman released a statement:
"The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today's events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy."
The Chiefs are expected to host the Panthers on Sunday as scheduled.
Belcher joins a list of NFL players to die by a self-inflicted gunshot wounds in recent years.
Police have identified a mother and son who were killed in a six-vehicle crash near Caledonia on Friday afternoon.
28-year-old Amanda Fleming and her 3 year-old son Denver Sherk died after their SUV jumped the median on the Highway 6 bypass and slammed into a transport truck.
Fleming was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, while her son died later in hospital.
Their SUV collected 4 other vehicles in the chain-reaction crash.
Nobody else was seriously hurt.
(The Canadian Press)
Health Minister and London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews has thrown her support behind Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne in her campaign to become the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.
Matthews has signed on to be the co-chair of Wynne's campaign.
Wynne and Matthews made the announcement in Ingersoll ahead of the first Ontario Liberal Leadership all-candidates debate.
In a news release, Matthews heaped praise on her pick for Premier.
"Kathleen listens and takes a collaborative approach to tackling tough challenges. She is ready to be Premier on day one."
Early Saturday morning, Wynne's campaign team posted a YouTube video with a personal endorsement from the Health Minister.
Ford is recalling almost 90,000 Escape SUV's and Fusion sedans in Canada and the US because the engines can overheat and cause fires.
The recall covers 2013 models equipped with 1.6-litre turbocharged engines.
There are reports of fires in 12 Escapes and one Fusion, but no one has been injured.
Ford is trying to find out what's causing the overheating problem.
In the meantime, owners can call their dealers who will loan them another car until the problem is solved.
Fusions and escape models with different engines are not affected by the recall.
This is the fourth recall on Ford Escape vehicles inside of 4 months.
Earlier recalls were due to potential coolant leaks, cracked fuel lines and carpet padding.
(The Canadian Press)
What better way to start the holiday season?
After going unclaimed for several weeks, a single winning ticket for Friday night's $50-million Lotto Max jackpot was purchased somewhere in Ontario.
There were also 15 MaxMillions prizes of a million dollars each up for grabs, and four of them were claimed by ticket holders in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and St. John's, Newfoundland.
(The Canadian Press)
The Ontario Liberal leadership race kicks into gear Saturday with the first debate between the seven men and women running to become the next premier.
The candidates will square off in Ingersoll in southwestern Ontario this afternoon in the first of five scheduled debates before the leadership convention in Toronto Jan. 25-26.
It'll be the first chance for most people to hear what the would-be premiers have to say and for the candidates to highlight the differences from their competitors, all of whom served in Dalton McGuinty's cabinet at one time or another.
Kathleen Wynne, one of the perceived front-runners, says the candidates will have to attempt to stake out their own ground without treading too heavily on each other or the government's record.
She says party members don't want to see the candidates ``ripping each other apart.''
The would-be premiers will be trying to win over potential delegates who ...
UPDATE: Officials with Peel Police say that 82-year old Maura Floyd has been located and is safe.
Peel Regional Police want your help to find a senior with early-stage Alzheimer's who has gone missing.
82-year old Maura Floyd left the South Common Mall Community Centre in Mississauga around 3:30pm on Friday after meeting up with some friends.
There has been no sign of her since and relatives say its completely out-of-character.
Floyd about 5'2 and 110 lbs with short, curly black hair, blue eyes, and glasses.
She is believed to be driving a 2007 Ford Focus, 4 door grey vehicle, with Ontario licence plate number BKWB-385.
You'll recognize her by her ¾ length brown/beige coat, tweed suit, a brown scarf with multi colours and brown flat shoes.
Floyd also speaks with a thick Irish accent.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Maura Floyd is asked to call ...
Ladies, your good-morning kiss will be a lot less bristly today.
Its the first day of December and that means Movember, the world-wide campaign to raise awareness and money for men's health, has officially come to an end.
Guys will be saying goodbye to their facial hair today before breaking out their razors.
Last year, Canadians raised $42 million for research into prostate cancer and mental health, more than any other country.
A guide to saying goodbye to your Movember moustache:
It's that time of year again; it's getting colder outside, Christmas music is taking over the radio, and the office Holiday party is just around the corner.
We have all heard stories of someone having one too many drinks and ended up acting completely inappropriate.
Proper office party etiquette should be common sense but according to a survey conducted by TorontoJobs.ca, most of us need a refresher.
The survey of office holiday party goers found that:
77% of party attendees have witnessed extreme cases of intoxication by co-workers
64% observed co-workers inappropriately dressed for the occasion
52% of party goers observed unsuitable behavior (co-workers flirting, verbal fights, etc.)
In order to avoid being the talk of the office water cooler, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind if you plan on attending your office holiday party:
Eat, drink and be merry, but do so in moderation. ...