West-end community pushes to save fire hall

Posted By: James Moore · 12/9/2012 6:19:00 PM

About 2 dozen residents in the neighbourhood that borders the west side of High Park gathered in a meeting room at Swansea Town Hall on Sunday afternoon to put the heat on top officials from Toronto Fire.

Parkdale-High Park city councillor Sarah Doucette called the two-hour emergency public meeting after learning late this week that Toronto Fire Station 424, at 426 Runnymede Road, stands to be a victim of City Hall's decree that all departments must adhere to a budget freeze for 2013.

In addition to closing Station 424, Toronto Fire plans for a total of 4 fire trucks to be decommissioned at 4 fire halls across the city, also in the name of cutting costs.

Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales was at Sunday's meeting to address concerns from the community.

He says choosing to close the station, built in 1929, was not an easy one to make and says ...

Man killed in Mississauga crash

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/9/2012 4:44:00 PM

A 63-year-old man is dead after crashing his SUV in Mississauga Sunday.

OPP say the man exited the eastbound 401 at Winston Churchill Blvd around 3:40pm, but didn't negotiate the curve & hit an embankment.

No one else was in the car.

Police aren't releasing the man's name until his next of kin have been notified.

The ramp is expected to stay closed for several hours as police investigate.

Ontario doctors OK deal with province

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/9/2012 1:29:00 PM

Ontario doctors have endorsed a new deal with the province.

The Ontario Medical Association says the agreement was accepted by 81% of the nearly 21,000 doctors who voted.

The OMA says the deal, worth $11.1-billion/year, will trim spending by $400-million through a half a % payment cut for all doctors while "modernizing"how services are delivered.

But Health Minister Deb Matthews has said total payments to physicians will rise by $100-million as new doctors are brought on, an increase that will be offset by cost savings.

The changes to services include shortening the length of time of annual physicals & the number of tests done on healthy adult patients.

The OMA says the agreement, effective from last Oct. 1 until March 31, 2014, will pump new money into house calls to seniors and high-need patients.

It also says the deal announced Sunday will let patients speak to doctors more easily through ...

British police contact Australian authorities over royal hoax

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/9/2012 7:44:00 AM

British police say they have contacted Australian
authorities about a possible investigation into an Australian radio
station's hoax call to a U.K. hospital.
The callers impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles
and received confidential details about the former Kate Middleton's
medical information. The call was recorded and broadcast.
The prank took an ugly twist Friday with the death of nurse
Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, three days after she
took the hoax call.
Police have not yet determined Saldanha's cause of death, but
people from London to Sydney have been making the assumption that
she died because of stress from the call.
The disk jockeys involved have been suspended indefinitely.
Australian police Sunday confirmed they had been contacted by
London police and said they would co-operate.
(The Associated Press)

Busy week ahead for Canada Post workers

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/9/2012 7:26:00 AM

If you were thinking this is the week to finally mail
out your Christmas cards or make a gift purchase online then you're
not alone.
Canada Post expects Thursday will be its busiest day of the year.
And FedEx is targeting Monday globally as its highest-volume day
of 2012.
Canada Post estimates the holiday rush will see it deliver about
one billion cards, letters and packages.
About nine million kilograms of mail will be delivered via Canada
Post from outside the country.
Northwest of downtown Toronto is Canada Post's largest parcel
processing plant, where workers are lining conveyor belts around the
clock to handle the non-stop flood of holiday packages.
(The Canadian Press)

Public meeting today on closure of Runnymede fire hall

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/9/2012 6:16:00 AM

Community members in the Bloor West area will gather Sunday for a public meeting, after hearing news that the Runnymede fire hall is slated to close in January.

The closure is part of council's cost-cutting measures to reduce the fire budget. Four other fire halls are to be reduced from two trucks to one.

The head of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association tells the Toronto Sun that parking fire trucks is a gamble, or Russian roulette.

Councillor Sarah Doucette called today's meeting which will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Swansea Town Hall.

Stabbing at house party in Vaughan

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/9/2012 5:44:00 AM

A house party went out of control in Vaughan late Saturday night. It ended with a young man being stabbed.

Police say they were called to Sonoma Blvd near Rutherford and Islington after complaints of kids fighting in the street.

The victim was apparently trying to break up the fight.

He was taken to hospital with injuries that are not life threatening.

UPDATE: GTA under a freezing rain warning

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/9/2012 9:30:00 AM

A big chunk of southern Ontario is set for a quick blast of winter weather. 

Environment Canada has issued a Freezing Rain Warning for an area stretching from Niagara north to the GTA, Georgian Bay and as far east at Ottawa. 

The weather system, which originated in the US mid-west, will bring a mix of light snow and ice pellets to the GTA starting early in the afternoon. 

Areas east of southern Lake Huron to the GTA will likely see at least a centimetre or two of snow late in the day before it turns to freezing rain this evening and then into rain.

"Probably the time when driving will be the most difficult will be about 6:00pm to 9:00pm this evening," says Environment Canada forecaster Mark Schuster

The weather system could create problems for air travel on Sunday.  Porter Airlines has issued a travel advisory for flights in & ...

Liberal leadership debate in Thunder Bay today

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/9/2012 6:13:00 AM

Ontario's Liberal leadership candidates are
facing off today in Thunder Bay.
It's the second official debate in the race to replace Premier
Dalton McGuinty, with the winner chosen at the end of January.
The seven contenders may face tough questions, such as the
government's decision to freeze plans to convert a coal-fired
generating station in the city to natural gas.
The Opposition Conservatives say the governing Liberals have
actually cancelled the project _ a claim the Liberals say simply
isn't true.
They say the Ontario Power Authority believes the energy needs of
the region can be met without conversion, and scrapping the project
would save $400 million.
Energy Minister Chris Bentley says he wants to see a detailed
plan from the electricity planning agency before making a final
The government has also been under fire in northern Ontario for
planning to sell the ...

UPDATE: Dates for Elementary school one-day strikes

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/9/2012 9:10:00 AM

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has been giving notice on which school boards will be affected by one-day teachers strikes this week. Schools in the affected boards will be closed for the day.

Here is an updated list:


Avon Maitland school board 
Ontario North East school board


District School Board of Niagara
Keewatin-Patricia District School Board in northwestern Ontario


Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
Lakehead district school board
The Liberal government has said it will not move to stop the one-day strikes as long as the teachers give parents three-day's notice.

Re-think Christmas to avoid over-extending yourself

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/9/2012 5:00:00 AM

Is it time to re-think Christmas?

Therapist, relationship expert and author of '', Sara Dimmerman thinks we need to take a step back from the commercialism of the season, and get back to basics. She believes we are only over-extending ourselves financially and emotionally.

She says, in recent years, families have put far too much emphasis on the gift giving portion of the season. Dimmerman's advice is to start getting more creative with your gifts, "Wouldn't it be amazing to create coupons that you could give to your kids that they could redeem for an hour of your time?" she says.

"Things like that, creative things, and get away from wish lists. Wish lists are a breeding ground for disappointment. Parents are always really upset at their kids for not showing gratitude and kids are always disappointed because they don't always get everything on their wish list."

Another tip: you ...

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