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Couple tied up during armed home invasion

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/13/2012 11:55:00 PM

A quiet, residential street in Ajax is the last place you would think an armed home invasion would take place on.

It was around 7:30 Thursday night at 31 Morden Crescent, that two men and one woman barged into the home armed with guns and knives. A husband and wife inside, were tied up and put in the basement. The man eventually got free and alerted neighbours, who called 9-1-1.

Police say the three were wearing construction-type vests and they are searching for a van that looks like an unmarked U-haul, and a white cube van.

No word on whether anything was stolen and whether this was a random attack.

Flu season has hit Toronto

Posted By: David Woodard · 12/13/2012 10:29:00 PM

Toronto Public Health says that Flu Season has arrived.

Public health reports overall influenza activity last week was much higher than the previous week with 34 new lab-confirmed cases.

That's the highest activity in a single week so far this season.

Public Health officials say it's nothing to worry about - it just means that flu season has arrived.

Dr. Irene Armstrong says that to ensure you don't get, make sure you received your flu shot this year, and if you are sick to stay home.

 

Ontario Liberal leadership candidate says we should capitalize on music industry

Posted By: David Woodard · 12/13/2012 9:52:00 PM

One of Ontario's Liberal Leadership candidates says this province should be more in tune with the music industry.

Sandra Pupatello says the music industry has changed places like Austin, Texas, Nashville and New Orleans, so why couldn't it happen here. 

She spoke to the Economic Club of Canada Thursday - saying the music industry is already a $20 Million dollar boon here.

When asked how to draw musicians here, she didn't say, but that tax credits work for the movie industry, and could work here. 

Prison Guards Being Paid Bonuses to Not Call in Sick

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/13/2012 8:55:00 PM

More government wasteful spending was unearthed in Wednesday's Auditor General report.

The Auditor General says over the past 3 years the government has handed out $1.5 million in bonuses to those prison guards who take less than 20 sick days a year.

The government says it was something negotiated in the last deal with OPSEU - the union that represents the prison guards.

At the time prison guards were, on average, taking 21 days off a year in sick days.  Since the bonus was implemented guards are only taking an average of 14 sick days per year.

The government claims it has saved you $4.5 million by not having to call in fill-in workers, but critics say there is no evidence of that.

New Ornge Executive to Make $240,000/yr.

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/13/2012 8:10:00 PM

Ontario's air ambulance service revealed the $240,000 salary of its newest executive Thursday after opposition critics slammed Ornge for refusing to disclose it for days.

It appeared that taxpayers would have had to wait more than year to know how much Ornge's new chief operating officer was earning, until Ornge posted his salary on their website.

The webpage also includes salary ranges for other top executives, with the chief executive officer's capped at $418,000. A chief financial officer could make between $200,000 to $225,000. But that doesn't include bonuses.

The disclosure came three days after former Air Canada executive Rob Giguere took over the position at the publicly funded air ambulance service.

The former Air Canada and Skyservice executive, who ended up near the top end of the COO pay scale, could receive a bonus of up to 25 per cent of his salary if he meets his targets.

Ornge ...

Two People Arrested in York Region Murder

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/13/2012 12:22:00 PM

One person is facing murder charges and another accessory after the fact, in a death in York Region.

It was back in August of 2011, that Police went to check on 67 year old Peter Gavin in East Gwillimbury.

He couldn't be found and was reported missing.

But 3 days later, someone walking in the area of Warden and St. John's Side Road, found what looked to be human remains.

It turned out to be the body of Gavin.

York Regional Police later determined that Gavin had been missing for about 2 months before it was reported to police.

On Wednesday, cops charged 25 year old Cristian Chis from East Gwillimbury with first degree murder and 20 year old Katie Shalin from Newmarket with accessory after the fact of murder.

Police wouldn't say what the relationship was between the suspects, nor would they say the motive for the murder.

Chis ...

Cops Search for Man Who Terrorizes Children At Eaton Centre

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/13/2012 11:15:00 AM

Police are looking for a guy who has allegedly been targeting boys shopping at the Eaton Centre.

The most recent incident happened on Wednesday, when cops say a man, reportedly armed with a knife, approached an 11 year old boy and physically led the boy around the mall.

The boy then handed over some cash before running off.

The suspect is described as black, 19 years old, between 5'9"-6', approximately 160 lbs., with his hair in short twists.

Turns out this could have happened before.

Toronto Police say back on November 19th, two 14 year old boys were approached by a guy with a similar description.

They managed to escape without giving up any cash.

That case wasn't reported to police until recently.

Supreme Court Says CRTC Can't Implement Fees For Carriage System

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/13/2012 10:44:00 AM

The Supreme Court of Canada says the CRTC does not have the power to ask cable providers to pay broadcasters for carrying their signals.
    
In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that setting up such a system is not within the scope of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, overturning an earlier Federal Court of Appeal decision.
    
The ruling is a major victory for cable and satellite companies.
    
The CRTC had asked the appeal court whether it could set up what's known as a value-for-signal system when it decided to launch the plan in 2010.
    
The system would allow television broadcasters to charge cable and satellite providers for picking up their signals, which those companies now do for free.
    
Broadcasters argued the revenue was needed to support local programming, while the cable and satellite firms said it was beyond the ...

2000 Honda Civic SiR is the Top Stolen Vehicle in Canada

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/13/2012 10:33:00 AM

It's the most stolen car according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The IBC says the two door 2000 Honda Civic SiR is the hot target for thieves because of its popularity amongst young people. Civics are always high on the list because many of them are chopped for parts.

The Civic replaces the 2009 Toyota Venza 4-door, which was last year’s number one most frequently stolen vehicle nationally but is the second most stolen vehicle in Quebec.  But more than the change of the top target, investigators are seeing new trends and have more warnings for unsuspecting victims.

Seven of the top 10 are 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles, including four Ford F350 trucks.

“We are never surprised to see a lot of all-terrain vehicles on the list,” says Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC. “Many of these higher-end vehicles are targeted by organized crime for shipment ...

Google Maps is back for iPhone users

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/13/2012 5:32:00 AM

Google Maps have found their way back to the iPhone.

The world's most popular online mapping system returned late Wednesday with the release of the Google Maps' iPhone app.

The release comes nearly three months after Apple Inc. replaced Google Maps as the device's built-in navigation system and inserted its own maps into the latest version of its mobile operating system.

Apple's maps proved to be far inferior to Google's. The product's shoddiness prompted Apple CEO Tim Cook to issue a rare public apology and recommend that iPhone owners consider using Google maps through a mobile Web browser or seek other alternatives until his company could fix the problems.

Google Inc. says its new map app is better than the one that used to be on the iPhone.

(AP)

VIDEO: Elementary Teachers Strike in York Region

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/13/2012 9:58:00 AM

Labour unrest in Ontario schools hits the GTA on Thursday, more specifically in York Region.

No class for students in Stouffville, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, and more as teachers walk off the job for the day.

The York Region School Board is not closing schools, but strongly advises parents to make other arrangements.

Transportation to schools is cancelled along with before and after school supervision.

Teachers won't be picketing outside the schools. Instead they will set up pickets outside the York Region District School Board offices in Aurora and all seven York Region MPP offices.

Teachers at the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (Muskoka, Haliburton) and Renfrew District School Board (Pembroke, Petawawa) are also walking out on Thursday.

Schools under the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Upper Grand District School Board and Simcoe County District School Board will walk out on Friday.

So far, there hasn't been any word from ...

UPDATE: Suspect in Yonge-Eglinton pedestrian collision in custody

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/13/2012 9:20:00 AM

Toronto police confirm that 47-year-old Steven Paul Brunswick has been arrested and is in custody.

He was apprehended after 3 a.m. Thursday morning, in the Bathurst and Sheppard area, after police spotted him walking. Police say Brunswick took off on foot, but was arrested a short time later. The man was wanted in connection to an incident near Yonge Street and Eglinton last Friday.

However, it was on Wednesday that police say a man was spotted in a black Volkswagon Golf at a gas station near Bathurst St. and Lawrence Ave. Two unmarked police cruisers were intentionally struck by the male driver before he fled the scene.

In last Friday's initial incident, police say a suspect  jumped into a stolen vehicle and fled when a police officer pursued him. It's alleged a suspect tried to hit the officer before driving up onto the sidewalk and striking three people, sending one ...

*VIDEO* Students Protest at Queens Park

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/13/2012 1:44:00 PM

As of 1:30 on Thursday afternoon, only about 150 of the 5 thousand Toronto high school students were gathered on the front lawn of Queen's Park.

The protest had been planned on social media.

Kourosh Houshmand, a student trustee with the Toronto District School Board says teens from all over the city will walk out of class & head to the legislature in protest of the ongoing war between the provincial government & their teachers.

Public high school teachers are refusing to take part in any extracurricular activities as their own show of protest against the Putting Students First Act.

Houshmand says the fight is between the Ministry of Education & unions so "Why do students have to be involved?".

The 17-year-old says some students who show up at Queen's Park will be on the teachers' side, others on the government's.  Houshmand says the common thread is all students want the ...

TDSB welcomes provincial team

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/13/2012 12:50:00 AM

The Toronto District School Board will take the Education Minister up on her offer to send a special team in to help with their finances.

Trustees voted 13-7 in favour of Laurel Broten's proposal.

With the board swimming in red ink, Chair Chris Bolton asks "why wouldn't we ask for help...if they're paying for it, why not?"

Director of Education Chris Spence says having another set of eyes look at what the board is doing & where they're headed would be helpful.

The team will give the board advice on how to implement recommendations of a Pricewaterhouse Coopers report on righting the TDSB's financial ship.  That report includes closing up to 15 schools & the layoff of some 700 board staff.

Trustee Howard Goodman blasted the report as deeply flawed.  He says the Minister's solution won't give the board the help it needs.

Though members of the team haven't been announced, Goodman says ...

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