NHLPA Moves Closer to Disolving Union

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/14/2012 2:06:00 PM

NHL players have moved one step closer to dissolving their union a decision that would allow them to file a class-action anti-trust lawsuit against the league.

The executive board of the NHL Players' Association has asked union membership for a vote that would give it the power to file a
``disclaimer of interest,'' according to sources.

The vote will be held in the coming days. 

Should the 30-member executive board be given the right to disclaim interest it doesn't guarantee that it would do so.

NBA players filed a ``disclaimer of interest'' while they were locked out last season.

However, they ended up agreeing to a new CBA with the league 12 days later and the union was reformed.

The NHL and NHLPA spent two days with a U.S. federal mediator this week but have been able to make progress in collective
bargaining talks.

Tories Call For Right-to-Work Legislation

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/14/2012 2:00:00 PM

Ontario as a "righ-to-work" province? It could happen if the Tories were in power.

Deputy Leader Christine Elliott says unions are forced on too many people and want workers to have a choice.  

Elliott says if the province is more flexible, it will attract more businesses to the province and create jobs.

Meantime, NDP leader Andrea Horwath says that would only mean people would get paid less, pumping less money into the economy.

Michigan became the 24th U.S. state to pass a right-to-work law this week.

Toronto Teachers Reveal Strike Plans

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/14/2012 1:56:00 PM

The Toronto local of elementary teachers union has revealed its plans for the one-day strike at the TDSB on Tuesday.

There will be picket lines at a handful schools but Martin Long says it was never their intention to block out daycare workers.

The president of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto says  teachers will also be stationed in front of the the offices of the education minister, liberal leadership candidates and the TDSB.

Long says he expects all teachers to head out on the picket lines.

He says he understands that parents are upset and underlines union members are also frustrated with how this situation is playing out. Long reveals he had hoped it wouldn't come to this but there has been unacceptable interference in the bargaining process by the province, referring to Bill 115.

UPDATE: Timeline Still Fuzzy on TDSB Advisors

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/14/2012 5:43:00 PM

The province is pleased the Toronto District School Board has accepted its offer for budget advisors, but can't provide too many details regarding a timeline as to how things will move ahead.

On Friday, the province announced the team will be lead by Bill Hogarth and supported by Ralph Benson, both of whom the province says have "a comprehensive set of experiences related to the operational and capital work of school boards".

The province is expected to meet with the board and team in early January to discuss the next steps.

Education Minister Laurel Broten says the team will work extensively with the board to get their fiscal house in order and will be in place soon.

Broten had said if the board couldn't solve its budget woes, the province would continue to freeze funding for any new capital projects.

This comes after it was revealed the board was paying ...

Province Responds To Planned GTA Teacher Strikes

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/14/2012 11:21:00 AM

It's not just the biggest school board in the province, but in Canada. With the TDSB's more than 173,000 elementary students locked out by a one-day strike on Tuesday, along with Peel and Durham region, the education minister is trying to ease some concerns.

While Laurel Broten says she knows a one-day strike at the school boards is more than inconvenience for parents, she knows residents understand the province is trying to strike the right balance.

Broten says she hopes the GTA community comes together like others that have experienced the strikes, with local organizations and programs opening up temporary spots for kids whose parents can't stay home from work.

As for if a hail-Mary deal can get in place before Tuesday to avoid this one-day strike, Broten underlines local bargaining hasn't started up again.

Yonge Street Arsonist Sentenced

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/14/2012 11:20:00 AM

Stewart Poirier, the 53-year-old man who admitted  to burning down a Yonge Street heritage building on January 11, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Poirier, who suffers from mental problems pleaded guilty back in October to setting fire to the former site of the Empress Hotel near Dundas St., along with a string of other local arsons.

The charges include attempted murder, breach of probation, mischief endangering life, threatening death and four counts of arson.

The serial arsonist had told police that he got "a kick" out of lighting fires  and wanted “to hurt a couple people” in one of the fires that he had set.

The Crown was seeking a 10-12 year sentence.

*VIDEO* 27 dead in Connecticut school shooting

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/14/2012 5:17:00 PM

27 people have been killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Police have confirmed that 20 of the victims are children. 18 kids as young as kindergarten aged, were killed at the school, while another 2 died in hospital.

One person was also injured.

Reports have the gunman as a man in his 20's, who was armed with as many as 4 weapons and was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Originally, he was identified as Ryan Lanza, but that was later changed to Adam.

There have been reports that Adam Lanza was carrying his older brother's ID.

Ryan Lanza is reportedly in custody, and is being questionned, but police maintain that there was only one shooter.

Lanza's mother Nancy reportedly worked at the school and was one of the victims.

A second person has been taken into custody, a 20 year old man who was dressed all in black.

Police have ...

Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Vaughan

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/14/2012 9:31:00 AM

A man in his 70's is dead after he was struck in Vaughan on Friday morning.

York Regional Police say the man was hit by a car at around 8:45 a.m., at Forest Run Blvd. and Dufferin Hill Dr. near Rutherford Rd and Dufferin St.

Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver remained on scene.

Police are trying to figure out what happened.

The collision happened just a block away from where a woman was killed last week.

Man Arrested After Driving the Wrong Way on the Gardiner

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/14/2012 6:39:00 AM

A 23-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught driving the wrong way on the Gardiner Expressway early Friday morning.

Police say they received a call around 3:30 a.m., after someone spotted the man driving eastbound in the westbound lanes.

Police say the man was driving at a speed of 60 km/hr and was stopped by an officer near Parkside.

Police aren't sure where the man got on the highway but he was seen near Islington, which is approximately 7 km from where he was stopped.

Fortunately there were no collisions or injuries as a result of the incident.

Tudor Alexandru Stefanescu of Toronto has been charged with:

1) Impaired driving

2) Over 80 mgs.

3) Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Councillor Vaughan wants to explore sale of Gardiner

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/14/2012 6:00:00 AM

What to do with the Gardiner Expressway? That question is being asked frequently now.

Are torontonians willing to pay in order to keep it? It's not a new idea, but Councillor Adam Vaughan will introduce a motion next week to ask staff to examine the selling off of the highway and the DVP.

Vaughan thinks a sale could bring in $8-billion after some conversations he had with the road pricing industry. Allies of Mayor Rob Ford aren't shooting down the idea right away either. Vaughan thinks all options should be explored before any decisions are made including tearing it down. Vaughan thinks conditional tolls would be the way to go. On Thursday he said, "cars registered in Toronto could get a discount, taxis could go for free, trucks could go for free,” he said adding that weekends could possibly be free.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong says selling the highway isn't a ...

TDSB, Peel & Durham elementary teachers to walk out Tuesday

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/14/2012 8:50:00 AM

Rotating 1-day strikes by Ontario's public elementary teachers are set to hit Canada's biggest school board next week.

Teachers at the Toronto District School Board have been told by their union, they'll walk off the job on Tuesday.

TDSB spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz says on the day of job action, all their 474 elementary & junior high schools will be closed.  The work stoppage will leave the parents of over 173, 000 kids to find childcare for the day.  Non-teaching staff will still be expected to show up for work.

Before & after school programs will be cancelled.  Nothing changes for people or groups with permits to use school facilities after 6pm.

There is no standard way daycares on TDSB property will handle the walkout.  Schwartz-Maltz says parents should check on contingency plans with their childcare providers.

Public elementary teachers in Peel and Durham Regions will reportedly also hit the bricks on Tuesday. ...

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