Sloppy Sunday ahead

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/8/2012 5:27:00 PM

Environment Canada warns things could get messy in the GTA in the next day & a bit.

They've issues a special weather statement covering a big chunk of the province, including Toronto, York, Peel, Durham & Halton Regions.  Barrie, Muskoka & Hamilton are also included.

Snow will start to fall on southwestern Ontario Sunday afternoon, eventually mixing with ice pellets, then changing to freezing rain.  Spots along Lake Erie & Western Lake Ontario will see mostly rain.

Areas from northern Georgian Bay east to the Quebec border, could see 10cm worth of snow & ice pellets.

Gas prices to fall by a penny overnight

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/8/2012 5:08:00 PM

Gas prices in the GTA are about to hit their lowest point since before Halloween.

Dan McTeague with says the cost for a litre of regular will drop by 1.2 cents at midnight Saturday.

That will put prices around 117.9cents at Toronto-area stations.

Blue Mountain ski hills still muddy brown

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/8/2012 4:27:00 PM

Skiers & snowboarders will have to wait a little longer to ride the powder at Blue Mountain.

The resort has put off its opening until later in December.  Blame the up & down weather we've been having.

Newstalk 1010's Evelyn Macko snapped pictures of what should snow-blanketed ski hills.  There is some snow, but you can still brown & green blades of grass poking through the white.

Blue Mountain says for now, they're making & stockpiling snow.

Toronto-headquartered child porn network busted

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/8/2012 4:07:00 PM

28 people have been arrested Spain as part of a child pornography network take down.  The network's HQ is in Toronto.

Videos of the abuse of children were filmed in Germany, Romania & Ukraine.  Those videos were sold through 3 websites to 94 countries, pulling in $1.6-million/year.

10 other Spaniards have been charged.

Hanukkah starts at sundown

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/8/2012 2:42:00 PM

Jewish families in the GTA are busy cooking & cleaning, in a race with the sun.

Hanukkah begins at sundown Saturday & Jews will light the 1st candles of  ceremonial menorahs.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish uprising in 2nd century BC against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to impose its culture on Jews & adorn the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem with statues of Greek gods.

The holiday lasts 8 days because according to tradition, when the Jews rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem, a single vial of oil, enough for 1 day, burned miraculously for 8.  For many Jewish people, the holiday symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.

Observant Jews light a candle each night to mark the holiday.  Oily foods are eaten to commemorate the oil miracle---doughnuts & latkes.  Children play with 4-sided spinning tops, or dreidels, decorated with the letters that ...

NHLPA boss: end to lockout was ''very close''

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/8/2012 2:27:00 PM

Donald Fehr we were close to an end to the NHL lockout before talks broke off Thursday night.

The NHLPA's executive director was in Toronto Saturday speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Auto Workers union.

Fehr told reporters afterwards that he thought the owners & players were "very close" to shaking on a new collective bargaining agreement before talks broke down in New York.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said at the time he didn't think the owners & players were close at all.

Fehr says he hasn't spoken directly with NHL reps & no further talks are scheduled.  But he adds negotiations are further ahead than they were a week ago, even after negotiations collapsed.

(The Canadian Press)

Man found dead in Vaughan

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/8/2012 2:17:00 PM

York Regional Police are investigating after a man's body was found near train tracks in Vaughan.

Cruisers have moved in on an bush & tree-filled spot near Dufferin & Steeles.

The man is thought to be in his 50s.  His cause of death hasn't been established but at this point the man's death doesn't look to be suspicious.

Cell users to CRTC: Kill the 3-year contract

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/8/2012 11:56:00 AM

If Canadians get their way, the 3-year cellphone contract could soon be a thing of the past.

Hundreds of people submitted their opinions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission about a proposed code of conduct for the country's wireless industry.

The overwhelming majority who wrote to the CRTC, passionately voiced concerns about being "held hostage" by 36-month contracts.

The 1st round of consultations, which closed this week, also heard several complaints about a lack of industry competition.

The commission is expected to issue a draft code by the end of January.  Then there will be a 2nd round of online consultation.

Canada has 27.4 million wireless subscribers.

Mandela admitted to hospital for tests

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/8/2012 10:42:00 AM

South African President Jacob Zuma
says that former President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to
hospital in Pretoria to undergo tests.
Zuma issued a statement Saturday saying that Mandela is ``doing
well and there is no cause for alarm.''
Mandela, 94, has frail health and has not made public appearances
for a few years.
(The Associated Press)

Hospital that fell victim to royal hoax protests to Australian radio station

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/8/2012 9:50:00 AM

A British hospital that fell victim to a hoax call from
two Australian DJs seeking information about the pregnant Duchess of
Cambridge has protested to the head of the radio station's parent
The protest letter came after a nurse who took the hoax call was
found dead early Friday, three days after the incident made
international headlines.
Lord Glenarthur, the chairman of King Edward VII's Hospital,
wrote Max Moore-Wilton, chairman of Southern Cross Austereo, to urge
him to ensure the incident will not be repeated.
He condemned the prank for ``humiliating two dedicated and caring
nurses,'' saying the consequences were ``tragic beyond words.''
Jacintha Saldanha's death is being treated as unexplained. She
transferred the prank call to a fellow nurse caring for the former
Kate Middleton.
(The Associated Press)

Police release more info on nurse who took royal hoax call

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/8/2012 8:45:00 AM

British police say that a nurse who was found dead days
after she took a hoax call about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge
was originally from India.
Scotland Yard said Saturday that 46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha,
who was found dead on Friday, had lived in Bristol in southwestern
England for nine years.
Saldanha worked at the London hospital where Prince William's
wife, Kate, was being treated for acute morning sickness. The nurse
was duped by a prank call performed by two Australian DJs, who
pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to ask about
Kate's condition.
Police didn't release a cause of death, but said they didn't find
anything suspicious. A coroner will make a determination on the
cause next week, police said.
(The Associated Press)

Police release name of suspect in hit and run

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/8/2012 6:21:00 AM

 Police have released the name of a man wanted in connection to a hit and run accident yesterday near Yonge and Eglinton.

Police say that the accused stole a car from a residential area last Saturday. Yesterday, he was seen in the stolen car near Laird and Eglinton and again at Yonge and Broadway.

An on duty Police Officer tried to stop him and that's when police say the suspect tried to drive the car at the officer.

As the suspect was fleeing police, the accused mounted the sidewalk and hit three pedestrians.. He got away.

47 year old Steven Paul Brunswick is wanted for attempted murder, theft of a vehicle, dangerous driving, and failing to remain .

City underspends on Gardiner repairs

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/8/2012 5:34:00 AM

While chunks of concrete have been falling off the Gardiner, the city has been sitting on a lot of money budgeted for repairs but left unspent.

The Toronto Sun reports that %50-million meant to fix up the aging expressway was never spent and the chair of the city's public works committee wants to know why.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong says staff are unclear themselves why the money wasn't spent, and he says he wants to know whether the repair shortfalls are to blame for the crumbling concrete.

Right now, the 2013 budget calls for an increase in spending, with annual repairs of $50-million for the next decade.

Toronto police return stolen toys to Salvation Army

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/8/2012 5:31:00 AM

The Salvation Army has its stolen toys back, in time for the holidays.

Toronto police have finished going through all the stolen items they found and dropped them off at the Sally Ann's Railside Rd warehouse on Friday

The stolen items included almost 4,000 toys, strollers and food.

Two people have been arrested and charged, including former Salvation Army executive director David Rennie.

Education minister hints at possible takeover of TDSB

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/8/2012 5:21:00 AM

Education Minister Laurel Broten sent a letter to trustees on Friday saying if they don't acept her offer of special advisers to help get their finances in order, she will send in an investigator to see if its time for "other measures" like a provincial takeover.

An independent report released on Thursday found evidence of poor fiscal management and a lack of accountability. The report made recommendations like closing up to 15 schools and laying off over 700 workers.

The board will be voting on the province's offer of help on Wednesday.

CBC looking to snare more viewers, listeners and shoppers with loyalty program

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/8/2012 5:16:00 AM

The CBC is considering creating a customer
``loyalty'' program as it bleeds revenues from the NHL lockout and
struggles with deep federal budget cuts.
The Crown corporation has formally asked qualified private-sector
firms for information about how such a program might work to grab
more viewers and listeners _ and bring in more cash.
The notice suggests the CBC is considering adding game-like
challenges on its websites, offering reward points to keep people
engaged with the broadcaster's programming, an approach known in the
retail business as ``gamification.''
The sparsely worded notice suggests CBC reward points could be
cashed in for branded merchandise now offered through the
corporation's web-based, and through its three retail
outlets in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
The initial proposal is for the CBC's English services, with a
possible expansion to broadcaster's French-language arm.
The corporation is asking for responses to its ...

Bartenders Stressed Over the Holidays

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/8/2012 6:00:00 AM

With the holiday season in full swing, bars and lounges are packed more so than ever and most bartenders are feeling the pressure.

Not only do they have to deal with an increase in customers, but also watching out for drunk customers.

And some like Andrea, a guest on the Jerry Agar Show, says there's a balance that has to be made.

"We live off our tips so you have to kind of weigh, I need to make money off of this but at the same time I don't want these people to leave my establishment, get into an accident and I'm held liable."

Andrea, who's been in the business for four years, says tabs are used as a way of keeping track of how much someone's had to drink, as well as keeping an eye on certain things like how loud someone's being and if they're making eye contact ...

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