NHL talks break down...again

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/6/2012 9:47:00 PM

The NHL labour talks have hit another roadblock and this one appears to be massive.

After two optimistic days that suggested a deal could be imminent, negotiations between the league and the NHL Players'
Association broke off dramatically Thursday.

 The NHLPA presented a new offer to the league Thursday afternoon, a proposal that union head Donald Fehr called ``a clear outline'' to end the dispute.

Fehr said he believed the two sides are ``clearly very close if not on top of one another in connection with most of the major issues.''

The league flatly rejected the offer, saying the two sides aren't close despite what Fehr says.

The NHL commissioner said any new offers the league made this week are now off the table.

During talks this week, the league said it was willing to increase the amount of deferred transition money paid to the players to US$300 million which sat ...

UPDATE: TDSB should close schools to save money

Posted By: James Moore · 12/6/2012 11:33:00 PM

A report by consultants PriceWaterHouseCoopers says there is evidence of 'maverick spending' at the Toronto District School Board and describes a culture of 'providing everything to everyone.'

The 72-page document has been described as 'tough medicine' by TDSB Education Director Chris Spence and makes 23 recommendations that they believe would reign in spending at the Board, saving between $50 and $92 million dollars over the next 2 years.

On Thursday night, trustees gathered for a 90-minute meeting where they were walked through the report by officials from PriceWaterHouseCoopers.

They were told that the TDSB should close 10 to 15 schools over the next 24 months and place tighter controls on unionised trade workers who they accuse of charging too much money for too little work.

The report calls for the TDSB to axe 175 caretaking jobs and 75 maintenance positions, and place higher scrutiny on absenteeism.

It also recommends outsourcing ...

Video: Leafs and Military Drop Off Toys at Sick Kids Hospital

Posted By: Russ Courtney · 12/6/2012 5:22:00 PM

Toronto Maple Leaf brass, former players, and the Canadian military teamed up Thursday to deliver presents and smiles to children spending the holidays at Sick Kids hospital as part of Operation Ho Ho Ho.

A Griffin military helicopter landed on top of the building Thursday morning and out popped military men and women that traded fatigues for green and red elf attire, ready to hand out toys for kids staying at the hospital.

Toronto Maple Leaf GM, MLSE President Tom Anselmi, and former Leaf captains Wendel Clark and Darryl Sittler signed autographs, posed for pictures, and handed out Leaf swag to kids and parents that they say can sometimes use the boost.

"To give them a moment to take their mind off of what they are going through, to brighten them up and see them smile or to make their mom and dad or brothers and sisters see a smile ...

ETFO Stands By Right To Strike

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/6/2012 3:29:00 PM

The elementary teachers union head is playing it cool after the Education Minister announced her intentions earlier in the day.

Sam Hammond is stressing teachers are within their rights to strike.

He underlines the union has been respectful since the beginning of strike talks, noting they didn't have to give at least 72-hours notice before they walk out.

Hammond says he wasn't surprised at anything the Education Minister said and notes he isn't concerned about the province ending the strikes.

He says the union will cross that bridge when they get to it.

Hammond says his focus right now is moving forward with talks with school boards and planned one-day strikes.

Alleged York Abduction Never Happened

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/6/2012 2:40:00 PM

Toronto Police have confirmed that a possible abduction at York University never happened.

Cops were called to the Keele Campus when someone thought they saw someone get stuffed into a van near the Fine Arts building.

Police never had anyone reported missing.

Men Wanted In Break and Enters

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/6/2012 11:06:00 AM

Toronto police are seeking two suspects they believe are connected to a string of robberies in the west and north ends of the city. 

Police say the pair target high-end vehicles in well off neighborhoods by entering the garages of the homes, disabling the alarms and ransacking the residences looking for the vehicle keys.  In some cases they left with I-Pads and jewellery when they couldn't find the keys. 

Investigators say the suspects got away with 23 vehicles in total including Porsches, Mazarattis and BMWs.  Only 3 vehicles have been recovered.

Officers say they fear that a possible confrontation between a homeowner and the suspect as some were robbed while they slept.  Other homeowners were on vacation when they were robbed.

"[I want] to ensure that the people I these neighborhoods are vigilant [and] looking for suspicious vehicles and suspicious people that are targeting these areas.  These individuals are no ...

VIDEO: Province Won't Block One Day Strikes

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/6/2012 10:34:00 AM

If your kids are in one of the province's public elementary schools, you will have to find alternate arrangements for one day after Monday.

That's because the province has announced it won't be stepping in to stop these one-day strike the Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced yesterday.

With fire in her eyes but an even tone, the education minister says if these rotating strikes last more than one day at any given school board, she already has the legal documents drawn up to stop the strikes.

Laurel Broten says if the strikes continue after those documents have been approved by the Liberal cabinet, then they would be considered illegal.

"I understand this will be an inconvenience for parents as they make special arrangements, and it is regrettable for students to miss any time learning, even a day," Premier Dalton McGuinty said in a statement. "However, a legal one-day ...

More Pricey Projects at the TDSB

Posted By: Amber Gero · 12/6/2012 8:54:00 AM

Do you remember the $143 pencil sharpener installation job paid for by the Toronto District School Board?  It was part of a Toronto Star investigation back in June that revealed the TDSB paying what appear to be exorbitant prices for relatively small jobs. 

Today, the Star has released more details of overpriced jobs being done by the Maintenance and Skilled Trades Council on behalf of the school board.

In one case, Emery Collegiate Institute in North York paid $266 dollars to have three pictures hanged back in March of 2011.  About a week later, the school called in another work crew to hang three more pictures.  This time the workers billed $857 for 24 hours of work to hang the three pictures.

In another case, the board spent $147.88 to cut a key for a board office. 

R.H. McGregor Elementary School called in four guys to move a bench to ...

UPDATE: Charges laid in fatal Vaughan hit & run

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/6/2012 3:50:00 PM

A 47-year-old man has been charged after a fatal hit and run collision in Vaughan on Thursday morning.

Gino De Luca of Vaughan faces 3 charges, including Failing To Stop Causing Death.

York Regional Police were initially looking for a dark colored import vehicle after a female pedestrian was struck at the intersection of Dufferin St. and Apple Blossom Dr. at approximately 6:36 a.m.

Dufferin was closed between Rutherford Rd and Autumn Hill Blvd. while police investigated.

The victim, a 52-year old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police aren't identifying her until next of kin has been notified.

Cst. Andy Pattenden says De Luca turned himself in at 4 District Headquarters just after 9:00am.

Pattenden would not comment on whether speed or alcohol may have been factors in the crash.

The investigation is now in the hands of police collision experts.

(with files from James Moore)

Woman Sexually Assaulted Near Humber College

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/6/2012 6:15:00 AM

Police are searching for a man allegedly sexually assaulted a woman near Humber College.

It was around 8 o'clock Wednesday night that the 21 year old woman says she was attacked by a man near Humber College Boulevard and John Garland Boulevard.

She tells police the man ran off afterwards.

He's described as being in his late teens, about 5 foot 6, had brown skin with a slim build, and was wearing black jeans and white runners.

VIDEO: Kate Middleton Leaves Hospital

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

The Duchess of Cambridge has left a London hospital where she was being treated for acute morning sickness related to her pregnancy.

The former Kate Middleton smiled as she left the King Edward VII Hospital Thursday alongside her husband, Prince William.

The couple's office said she would head to Kensington Palace in London for a period of rest.

Royal officials have said Kate is less than 12 weeks pregnant with her first child.


Teachers in Timmins & Stratford to Strike on Monday

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/6/2012 5:36:00 AM

Toronto students aren't affected yet, but as of Monday, elementary schools in the Timmins and Stratford areas will be closed, because teachers are on strike.

The Ontario North East District and the Avon Maitland school boards sent notices home with students about the walkout.

These will be the first of the rotating one-day strikes, that have been threatened by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario. 46,000 of 76,000 had their say on whether they wanted strike action in a three-day online vote. 92 percent voted in favour.

Still no word from the province if they will intervene to stop the walkouts. If that's the case, the ETFO warns there will be a political day of protest.

Broten does have a news conference scheduled for 9:30 Thursday morning, possibly responding to these developments.

Nominees for 55th Annual Grammy Awards Announced

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/6/2012 4:40:00 AM

The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for top nominee: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.

Auerbach received five nominations as a member of the Keys and also is up for producer of the year, earning a spot with the others at the top of the list as the Grammy's primetime television special came to his hometown Wednesday night.

The top nominations for Jay-Z and West, two of hip-hop's most important figures, is a familiar refrain; each has routinely been at or near the top of the nominations list for the last several years.

Indie pop band Fun, a featured performer during the show, aired live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on CBS, rode the success of its anthemic hit ``We Are Young,'' featuring Janelle Monae, to sweep of the major categories, earning nods for ...

NHL Talks: Making Significant Progress

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/6/2012 4:30:00 AM

A wave of optimism gave way to tension as the NHL and NHL Players' Association spent a second straight day trying to hammer out a collective bargaining agreement.

The sides exchanged proposals, according to sources, during a series of meetings Wednesday that stretched past midnight in a bid to close the final gap in negotiations that have spanned more than five months.

The meetings broke off just before 1 a.m., with both sides scheduled to resume negotiations Thursday.

Even though the specific details of the new offers weren't known, one aspect revealed another hurdle the sides have to cross,  the length of the deal. The league's proposal called for a 10-year term while the NHLPA continued to favour a shorter contract, according to sources.
According to sources, the owners discussed a possible season that would span 50-plus games. There had been talk of a 60-game schedule in the ...

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