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Toronto Zoo confirms death of polar bear cubs

Posted By: David Woodard · 12/10/2012 10:10:00 PM

Three Polar Bears born at the Toronto zoo last week have died.

The cubs were born last Thursday.

The male cub died shortly after being born while the other two died sometime overnight Sunday.

The cubs were born to Aurora - she was the same polar bear who gave birth to three cubs last year - killing two of them.

It's not yet known what happened to the cubs that died in this recent litter.

Rent going down for almost 30 per cent of Toronto tenants

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/10/2012 4:59:00 PM

Almost 30 per cent of Toronto renters will get notices in the mail this week that their rent should be automatically reduced.
 
More than 136,000 households are eligible for a reduction under provincial legislation because the property taxes on their buildings have been lowered by more than 2.49 per cent.

if you get the notice, your landlord has to reduce the rent.

If you have any questions, call 311.

Toronto Police budget showdown, round 2

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/10/2012 4:52:00 PM

Round 2 in the showdown over the Toronto Police budget goes Monday night.

The Police Services Board is holding a special meeting to tackle the 2013 spending plan at 6pm.

Last month, they sent the Chief back to the drawing board when Bill Blair's budget didn't meet the city's target of 0% spending increase.

Blair's 2nd draft isn't dramatically different from his 1st.  This one shaves $2.3-million off the the bottom line, but is still $19.1-million above target.

The board has asked the Chief to consider freezing hiring for another year.  Blair has agreed to cancel a class of 80 new police recruits in April, but he wants to go ahead with classes in August & December of 2013, the number of recruits to be determined.

Blair says the number of boots on the ground is already below staffing levels agreed upon by the board & city council.  He has said ...

Man arrested after allegedly trying to cause home explosion while occupants slept

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/10/2012 3:48:00 PM

Toronto police have arrested a man and charged him with four counts of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to cause an explosion in their home.

Police were called for a break and entry at a home near Huron St and College St early Monday morning.

Police say a man broke into a home and dispensed propane gas while four occupants were sleeping.

Constable Wendy Drummond says the suspect then left and came back a short time later.

One of the occupants could smell the gas and called police when they found the suspect in the home.

53-year-old Chanh-Sang Lay is facing 15 charges including four counts of attempted murder, attempted arson, and intent to cause explosion.

UPDATE: NHL cancels season through Dec 30

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/10/2012 1:40:00 PM

The earliest a shortened NHL season will start is Dec. 31.
   
The league cancelled another 104 regular-season games on Monday
afternoon, bringing the total number wiped away by the lockout to
526. That represents nearly 43 per cent of the season.
   
The entire schedule through Dec. 30 - plus the Jan. 1 Winter
Classic at Michigan Stadium and Jan. 27 all-star game in Columbus -
is now off the books.
   
The NHL and NHL Players' Association appeared to be closing in on
a deal last week before negotiations fell apart.
   
After talks broke down, commissioner Gary Bettman said the league
needs to be able to fit in at least 48 games per team to save the
season, which means a new collective bargaining agreement likely has
to be signed within the next month.
   
``When it gets to the point where we can't play a season with...

Christine Sinclair wins Lou Marsh award

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/10/2012 12:23:00 PM

Women's soccer sensation Christine Sinclair is the
winner of the 2012 Lou Marsh Award.
   
The 29-year-old Sinclair led Canada to bronze at the London
Olympics in spectacular fashion, scoring an Olympic-record six goals
to win the Golden Boot. She recorded a hat trick in a 4-3 extra-time
semifinal loss to the U.S.
   
The Burnaby, B.C., native had 23 goals and six assists on the
year for Canada.
   
The honour - decided by a panel of national sports editors,
reporters and broadcasters - is given annually to Canada's
outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star.
   
Other finalists for the Marsh award were speedskater Christine
Nesbitt, trampolinist and Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan,
figure skater Patrick Chan, cyclist Ryder Hesjedal and Calgary
Stampeders running back Jon Cornish.
   
Chan won the honour last year.
   
The award is named after a former Toronto Star sports editor.
   
(The Canadian Press)

VIDEO: OMA Deal: What Will Change at Your GP

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/10/2012 12:20:00 PM

Annual check-ups will be tailored to each patient. That's just one of the changes you'll be feeling after the province negotiated a new deal with its doctors.

It was ratified over the weekend.

The two sides had been butting heads about how much money the province is pumping into what proceedures.

Health Minister Deb Matthews was all smiles when starting to speak about the deal, calling it a happy day. She underlined it took some creative bargaining to get a contract most doctors could approve of. But it also means you might not be getting a physical every year, or a different version than you're used to with fewer tests and a shorter examination.

Matthews says they had to alter some areas in order to pump money into other parts of the healthcare system.

The OMA deal is worth $11 billion each year. It adds $100 million to doctors' total ...

VIDEOS: Students Stage Walkout

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/10/2012 9:55:00 AM

Students at some Toronto area high schools are taking a stand in the teachers' dispute with the province.

With high school teachers set to begin their job action on Monday, a student trustee has organized walkouts to show their frustrations with the cancellation of their extra-curricular activities.

Earl Haig Secondary School student Kourosh Houshmand says the students aren't taking sides in the dispute and has called for the 2,300 students enrolled at the school to walkout of classes at 9:45 a.m.

Houshmand says activities like chess, music, knitting, sports groups and after-class tutoring will be included in the extra-curricular programs that will be cancelled.

Teachers at Earl Haig have delayed all first period tests so that students can participate in the protest.

UPDATE: Numerous Pedestrians Struck in Toronto

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/10/2012 8:53:00 AM

Toronto Police are warning drivers and pedestrians to be careful after seven pedestrians were struck on Monday morning.

In one incident a woman and her child had a close call after she was hit by a vehicle while pushing the child in a stroller at Don Mills Rd. and Havenbrook Blvd. near the 401.

The child was unharmed, while the mother suffered minor injuries.

Police say the driver has been charged with careless driving.

In another incident, an 83-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after he was struck at Kennedy and Merrian Rds.

Constable Clint Stibbe with Toronto Police Traffic Services says the common factor in all the collisions were pedestrians wearing dark colored clothing.

"A number of the calls this morning are making reference to the pedestrians wearing dark clothing whick makes them less obvious to drivers in particular as they are navigating the roadway. I'm not ...

VIDEO: Australian DJs Behind Royal Hoax Call Apologize

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/10/2012 5:09:00 AM

The Australian radio hosts behind a hoax phone call to the British hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was staying said through tears that they were shattered upon learning that the nurse who was duped by their prank had died.
    
2DayFM radio DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian have faced worldwide outrage over the hoax. They spoke publicly about the prank for the first time Monday in a televised interview with Australia's "A Current Affair.''
    
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha answered the phone last week when the pair called, impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

They received and broadcast confidential information about the duchess's medical condition.
    
Saldanha died three days later. The cause is not yet known, but critics of the DJs assume stress from the prank played a role.
    
(The Associated Press)

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UPDATE: Darwin the monkey being sent to Ontario primate sanctuary

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/10/2012 12:03:00 PM

The monkey found wandering outside an Ikea store on Sunday is stressed but comfortable, according to city officials.

The animal, whose name is Darwin, is being held at Toronto Animal Services' shelter in North York.

The Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary says the animal is being sent to them this afternoon. The sanctuary is located in Sunderland, Ontario, north of Port Perry and Uxbridge.

Officials say he is a baby and should be treated as such. They say he is an exotic animal with special needs like a proper diet. It is not appropriate to own Darwin as a pet because it's not safe for the animal, officials say.

Darwin was spotted in the parking lot of an Ikea store in North York Sunday afternoon, wearing a coat.

The owners, who have cooperated with the city, have been fined $240 for breaking the bylaw that doesn't allow monkeys to be ...

UPDATE: York Region elementary teachers to strike Thursday

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/10/2012 11:40:00 AM

It's the first day of one-day strikes from the province's public elementary teachers but the GTA will be seeing its affects for the first time on Thursday.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario officially announced that's when York Region teachers will be walking out.

York Region District School Board knows parents may be feeling slightly panicked when they hear about the one day strike, so it's laying out it's plans for Thursday. It says not only classes will be cancelled but also before and after school care programs and teacher supervision after school as well.

Spokesperson Licinio Miguelo says they had been anticipating the union would do this soon, so they have been prepared for some time. He says messages are being sent home to parents to warn them.

He says 171 schools are affected at the board, with 5,000 teachers are expected to walk out.

Two other boards will ...

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