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NHL Lockout Hurting Those Close to ACC

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/4/2012 5:12:00 PM

The NHL lockout is hurting some merchants near hockey arenas across the country while some fans spend their money at alternative eating and drinking holes, says a report issued Tuesday.

The report by credit and debit card processor Moneris found that overall spending at venues near arenas in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary has decreased more than 11 per cent from a year ago on a game day.

Drinking establishments are being hit the hardest with business falling nearly 35 per cent.

Restaurants are taking a nearly 11 per cent hit, followed by fast-food outlets which are down almost seven per cent compared to a game day in 2011.

Edmonton fast food outlets are facing the largest impact with business falling 27 percent. Spending near Montreal's Bell Centre is down more than 21 per cent, followed by a 17 per cent drop in business near Toronto's Air Canada Centre....

Canadian Pacific to Cut 4500 Jobs

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/4/2012 5:12:00 PM

Canadian Pacific says it will eliminate some 4,500 jobs by 2016 and expects more than a third of those to come by
year-end as the struggling railroad works to bring down its operating costs.

The Calgary-based company says the reductions will be achieved through job cuts, attrition and fewer contractors as part of its
restructuring plan.

The company says it expects 1,700 positions to be eliminated by the end of the year.

CP will move its current corporate headquarters in downtown Calgary to new office space at its Ogden Yard by 2014.

It says it will also explore options including the potential to sell surplus real estate, the Delaware and Hudson line in the U.S.
Northeast.

The railroad company also announced it's seeking potential buyers for a U.S. line that stretches about 1,000 kilometres across several states in the U.S. Midwest.

VIDEO: Home and Community Care Funding Broken Down

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/4/2012 4:14:00 PM

After announcing the funding in this year's budget, the province now has a breakdown of where the $128 million in community and home care funding is going.

The GTA is getting a chunk of it, with $14.9 million heading to Toronto-proper and $8 million to Mississauga Halton.

The Niagara Hamilton region will be seeing $14.7 million this year.

The Health Minister underlines while a good portion of this funding will be going to home care, money will also be pumped into community programs such as support for family and seniors affected by dementia. It will also help those with addiction and find alternative care beds.

Deb Matthews was at WoodGreen Community Services at Danforth and Broadview to make the announcement.

AUDIO: Flu season off to an early start

Posted By: James Moore · 12/4/2012 3:20:00 PM

Flu season is off to the earliest start in a decade in some parts of the US.

Doctors on both sides of the border are reporting an up-tick in cases, with most cases in Canada originating in Ontario, Quebec and BC.

The increase in infections is thanks to a particularly aggressive form the flu bug known as H3N2.

While the virus has proven to be particularly aggressive, NEWSTALK 1010 medical expert Dr. Mitch Shulman says the good news is that the flu vaccine is one step ahead and protects from H3N2. 

Dr. Shulman adds that anti-viral treatments for H3N2 (for those who have not had the vaccine) also seem to be very effective, indicating that the virus is not very resistant.

Dr. Shulman says that while all flu is potentially dangerous, this year's strain is no more hazardous than others and says that prevention is relatively simple. 

He insists the ...

Teen Charged In Danzig Street Shooting

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/4/2012 3:09:00 PM

Another person has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting on Danzig Street back in July.

Toronto Police say a 16 year old was arrested and charged with four counts, including possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, unauthorized possession of a restricted weapon, use firearm to commit indictable offence and threatening death.

Because of his age, the suspects name won't be released.

He becomes the 4th person charged in connection with the fatal shooting that happened at a community BBQ back in July.

Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay were both killed and 23 others were injured when bullets ripped through the crowd.

Police have blamed it on two rival gangs settling a score.

One person is already in custody, facing first degree murder charges, while two others are facing second degree murder

Disney Deal to Buy LucasFilm Clears

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/4/2012 1:51:00 PM

Federal antitrust regulators have cleared Disney's $4 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm, the filmmaking empire behind the
``Star Wars'' franchise.

Notice of the clearance was issued Tuesday.

Representatives for The Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm Ltd. did not immediately respond to requests for comment. When the deal was announced in October, no formal closing date was announced.

The purchase stoked ``Star Wars'' fans because along with the surprise announcement, Disney said it would make sequels to the
six-part series with plans to release the first in the next trilogy, Episode 7, in 2015.

Lucasfilm founder George Lucas is to receive about half of the $4.05 billion purchase price in cash and half in newly issued Disney
shares. He has said he'd donate much of it to charity.

VIDEO: Hudak Outlines Plans For the LCBO

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/4/2012 11:59:00 AM

Booze at corner and grocery stores? It could happen if Tim Hudak was elected premier.

The Tory leader outlined his plans for alcohol in the province in front of the LCBO in Liberty Village.

Hudak says he wants what will keep raking in the dough for the province, all while not having to worry about paying public servants to do all the work.

As LCBO outlets across the province received their daily deliveries, Hudak revealed all options are on the table when it comes to a full or partial sale of the LCBO.

It's an idea shoppers can get behind, with some underlining since grocery and corner stores have different hours than the LCBO, it would be a convenient way to stock up for a last minute get togethers.

Hudak underlined he is not considering making any changes to alcohol taxes.

He says the province needs to treat people like ...

Temperature Records Fall

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/4/2012 11:19:00 AM

We set a new temperature record for December 4th.

The old mark was 15.9 degrees at Pearson airport, set back in 1998 and that was eclipsed when the thermometer went as high as 16 degrees.

The Weather Network says at their office in Oakville, the temperature got as high as 16.9 degrees before retreating a little.

Things are expected to cool off overnight, with a low down to zero.

But for the most part temperatures are going to remain above normal through the weekend.

Interest Rates Left Unchanged

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/4/2012 9:53:00 AM

The Bank of Canada is keeping its trendsetting interest rate anchored at one per cent for the remainder of the year and sending a message that it still believes the cost of borrowing in Canada will go up at some point in the future.
    
The decision by the central bank's policy setting panel was in line with the expectations of markets and economists, who had given only low odds to governor Mark Carney removing a mild bias towards raising rates sometime.
    
Canada's dollar gained strength after the announcement. It was up 0.19 of a cent to 100.7 cents US, slightly higher than just prior to the central bank's announcement.
    
The bank's statement Tuesday suggests it is looking through the disappointing third quarter result as a temporary aberration.
    
Last week, Statistics Canada reported the country's gross domestic product output had slowed to 0.6 ...

Homicide Rate up Across the Country

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/4/2012 9:47:00 AM

Police reported 598 homicides in Canada in 2011, 44 more than the year before and the first increase in homicide in three years, Statistics Canada said Tuesday.
    
The agency said the homicide rate was 1.73 per 100,000 population in 2011, seven per cent higher than in 2010, although the rate of firearms homicides fell to the lowest level in almost 50 years.
    
The rate of homicides involving handguns has also generally been declining since reaching a peak in 1991, although they account for about two-thirds of all firearm homicides.
    
Despite annual fluctuations, the overall homicide rate has remained relatively stable over the past decade, after a steady decline from the mid-1970s.
    
Most of the 2011 increase was accounted for by Alberta, which had 32 additional homicides, and Quebec, which had 21 more.
    
The homicide rate in Ontario, in contrast, hit ...

ETFO Bulletin to Elementary Teachers

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/4/2012 4:02:00 PM

ELEMENTARY TEACHERS FEDERATION OF ONTARIO
ELEMENTARY TEACHERS OF TORONTO LOCAL
PROVINCIAL TAKEOVER BULLETIN # 9.2

November 27, 2012

STRIKE PROTOCOL . WORK TO RULE

Effective Monday, December 10, 2012,

ETT members will begin strike action by withdrawing administrative services.
Effective December 10, 2012, ETT members will:

NOT participate in any school-based or system level meetings including staff meetings, division/leadership/team meetings, committee meetings, Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings, and School Improvement Plan (SIP) meetings;

NOT attend any board-sponsored professional development
workshops/activities/events;

NOT conduct any reading, writing, or mathematics diagnostic assessments other than those that the teacher deems necessary;

NOT fulfill any administrative duties such as filing, sorting of documents for OSRs, completing or verifying attendance registers, data entry, computer site administrator, collecting of monies (note: collecting monies is permitted for activities initiated by the teacher);

NOT act as Teacher in Charge where the role is voluntary;

NOT participate in regional/provincial Ministry ...

Public Sector's Sick Days Costing Canada Billions

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/4/2012 1:16:00 PM

A new report suggests public sector employees in Canada take nearly five more sick, disability and personal days per year than Canadians working in the private sector.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says those extra days cost up to $3.5 billion per year, noting some public sector workers can bank unused sick days, then take a lump-sum payment or use the days to retire early. The CFIB says federal government employees take the most time off, averaging 15.2 sick, disability and personal days per year compared to 12.9 days in the overall public sector and 8.2 days in the private sector.

The federation says there are variances within the private sector, depending on the size of the employer. Employees in businesses with fewer than 20 employees averaged 6.7 days off, while those in firms with more than 500 employees took 9.1 days, which is still lower than the public ...

Team Owners & NHL Players to Meet

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/4/2012 6:11:00 AM

The N-H-L Players Association hasn't unveiled its roster yet, but star Sidney Crosby may be among six players taking part in the latest talks aimed at ending the 11-week-old lockout.

The Pittsburgh Penguins' captain has travelled to New York ahead of this afternoon's meeting between six owners and six players.

Among the owners due at the table will be Crosby's boss, Penguins' owner Ron Burkle, along with owners from N-H-L teams in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Tampa and Boston.

It promises to be a unique setting, particularly with commissioner Gary Bettman and N-H-L-P-A executive director Donald Fehr (feer) on the sidelines.
  
Players have now missed four paycheques because of the lockout and the union's executive board voted last weekend to distribute a 10-thousand dollar stipend to each member.

(The Canadian Press)

Elementary Teachers Threatened with Fines While High School Teachers Ramp Up Job Action

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/4/2012 6:19:00 AM

Should those one-day strikes take place in the province's elementary schools, all teachers are expected to take part, or else.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario outlines that any members who refuse to participate, will face fines of up to $500 per day as well as be "named and shamed." That's reportedly written in the 'provincial takeover bulletin' sent to teachers.

In the Sun, there's an excerpt of the bulletin stating, “Members found to be in violation … shall be subject to a range of sanctions that may include but is not limited to, publication of name in a federation publication, suspension of the right to hold office in the federation and suspension of federation services except those required by law.”

The union has said it would give parents 72-hour notices before teachers walk off the job. Already, teachers are not taking part in parent interviews or extracurricular activities.

Meantime, ...

Byford Wants To Know Why New Rockets Are Malfunctioning

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/4/2012 2:31:00 AM

They're brand-spanking new. The fleet of 70 rocket subways that have more space, air conditioning and a sleek design.

So far, Toronto has 27 of them in service, but there's one problem, they are consistently running late.

TTC Boss Andy Byford wants to get to the bottom of this, so he has arranged for an emergency meeting with Pierre Beaudoin on Friday. He's the CEO of Bombadier, which manufactures the trains.

Byford's recent report read, that the current performance of the rockets, is unacceptable.

Reportedly, the doors on the new rockets are malfunctioning which is leading to the delays. 

They cost the city between $500-$600-million.

The train sets will all be in service by 2014.

UPDATE: Will and Kate Expecting

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/4/2012 1:00:00 AM

The most widely anticipated pregnancy since Princess Diana's in 1981 is official: Prince William's wife, Kate, is pregnant.

St. James's Palace announced the pregnancy Monday, saying that the Duchess of Cambridge _ formerly known as Kate Middleton _ has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital.

News of the pregnancy drew congratulations from across the world, with the hashtag ``royalbaby'' trending globally on Twitter.

The couple's first child will be third in line to take the throne, leapfrogging the gregarious Prince Harry and possibly setting up the first scenario in which a U.K. female heir could benefit from new gender rules about succession.

The palace would not say how far along the 30-year-old duchess is, only that she has not yet reached the 12-week mark. Palace officials said the duchess was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, a potentially dangerous type of morning sickness where vomiting ...

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