Vaughan Couple Claim $21M Lotto 649

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/17/2012 8:40:00 PM

A $21.2-million lottery jackpot is helping a Vaughan, couple get through what had been a rough year, up to now.

Les and Beverley Cassidy won the big prize in the Dec. 12 Lotto 649 draw.

The couple - who are originally from Kirkland Lake but now reside in the city north of Toronto - claimed their millions on Monday, with some close family members at their side.

Les, who recently left his lifelong career as an electrical supervisor, says he and his wife had suffered some health problems over the past year, so the money comes at the perfect time.

The two have been married for 13 years and have seven grandchildren between them.

He says they plan to live just as before, but admits his wife is looking forward to buying some new bed linens and towels - and an Alaskan cruise could also be in the cards.

(Canadian ...

Peel Officer Won't Be Charged After Hitting 8-Year-Old Boy

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/17/2012 8:38:00 PM

The province's police watchdog says no charges will be laid against an officer who hit an eight-year-old boy with his cruiser.

The Special Investigations Unit says the boy was injured in Brampton on Nov. 26th when he stepped from between parked cars into the path of a marked police cruiser.

The SIU says the boy, who was on his way to a school bus stop, briefly talked to a person in one of the parked cars and walked onto the road when he saw that the school bus had arrived.

The impact threw the child to the ground and he was taken to hospital where he was treated for a broken leg.

SIU director Ian Scott says the Peel officer can't be faulted for his manner of driving, and didn't have an opportunity to avoid the collision when the child stepped into the road.

(The Canadian Press)

New Driver Licenses To Clearly Display Whether Holder is of Legal Age

Posted By: David Woodard · 12/17/2012 8:34:00 PM

Ontario driver's licences and photo cards issued in the new year will be clearly marked to show the holder can legally buy alcohol or cigarettes.

The province is introducing the new ``identifier'' starting January 1st to make it easier to determine if someone is of legal age.

The identifier will read ``age 19'' followed by the exact date the card-holder turned 19, all in bold letters.

It will be located near the bottom of the card, beside the date of birth.

(Canadian Press)

E-Coli Illnesses Prompt Beef Burger Recall

Posted By: David Woodard · 12/17/2012 7:51:00 PM

Government inspectors have linked Canada's latest E. coli outbreak to a recalled batch of Butcher's Choice brand beef burgers sold across the country.

The strain of E. coli bacteria found in Butcher's Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers was the same one that made five people sick in Ontario and Alberta, officials told a news conference Monday.

The product was recalled from the marketplace between Dec. 12 and Dec. 15.

The frozen burgers are sold at Loblaws stores across Canada.

Two other beef products - Cardinal Select brand Prime Rib Beef Burgers and Butcher's Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers - have also been recalled, but they have not been linked to any cases of illness.

All of the beef in question was produced by Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd., based in Brampton.

(Canadian Press)

Jays Complete Trade for Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey

Posted By: David Woodard · 12/17/2012 6:55:00 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have officially acquired Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, adding the 38-year-old knuckleballer to an improved starting rotation.

The Blue Jays acquired Dickey from the Mets for a package featuring prized young catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

The club then signed the pitcher to a two-year contract extension for US$29 million, with a $12-million option for the 2016 season.

Dickey was already signed for US$5.25 million next year.

The Blue Jays also acquired catcher Josh Thole and minor-league catcher Mike Mickeas, while the Mets received catcher John Buck, minor-league right-hander Noah Syndergaard and minor-league outfielder Wuilmer Beccera.

Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA last season, capping his rapid rise from the majors' scrap heap to an ace pitcher. He did it by perfecting a way to throw his floater faster than previous knuckleballers, and tossing it with exceptional control.

(The Canadian Press)

What Your Annual Check-Ups WIll Really Look Like

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/17/2012 4:00:00 PM

A week ago, Ontario's doctors ratified a new contract with the province.

Although we're hearing a lot about how much they'll be paid for specific procedures, your annual check ups may not be annual any more or if they are, will be a heck of a lot short than you're used to.

If you're in your 30s and healthy, your exam made just be made up of height and weight checks and a blood pressure. Women, would also get a pap test if they are due for one. He says the entire check-up could last around 15 minutes.

Toronto Doctor and head of the Coalition of Family Physicians and Specialists of Ontario Dr. Douglas Mark says he wouldn't be able to do a sugar test to check for diabetes or a cholesterol test.

Mark says if want to be proactive it may not help if you're healthy because you might ...

Two Funerals Held in Newtown

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/17/2012 3:12:00 PM

Services were held in two funeral homes in Newtown, Connecticut for little boys shot dead in their school Friday.

Six-year-old Jack Pinto was a big New York Giants fan while six-year-old Noah Pozner liked to figure out how things worked

Two teddy bears and flowers have been placed in front of the funeral home where relatives were mourning Noah, while hymns can be heard coming from the service for Jack Pinto.

There was an overflow crowd in both funeral homes, with many people wanting to pay their respects.

Police made an emotional appeal earlier today for reporters to let the families mourn in private.

*UPDATE* Fire at Chemical Warehouse in Brampton

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/17/2012 2:16:00 PM

At one point, smoke could be seen from across the city as a fire burned at an industrial building in Brampton.

Fire crews were called just before 1:30 on Monday, to reports of flames at the building on Walker Drive, in the Airport Road and 407 area.

Brampton Fire says the company that houses the building is Empack who produce 30 million cans of aerosol annually.

Chemicals like ethanol and heptane are stored in the building and crews are dousing tanks with water to keep them cool and avoid a possible explosion.

Peel Police have the area cordoned off, but the closures are not affecting any major routes.

If anything, the blaze is a visual distraction for those on the 407.

One person was injured and taken from the scene with what's believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

At it's peak, 15 trucks, and 50 firefighters were on scene battling ...

OPP Identifies Two Men Killed in Wrong Way Crash on the 404

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/17/2012 11:31:00 AM

The Ontario Provincial Police have identified two men killed in a deadly wrong way crash on the 404 in Aurora over the weekend.

Police say at around 5:50 a.m. on Saturday, officers were called to the scene of a head-on collision, after the driver of a Dodge Neon was travelling southbound in the northbound lanes of the 404 approaching Aurora Rd. and collided with a Honda Accord.  

The male driver of the Dodge Neon has been identified as 25-year-old Brandon Warne from Markham, and the male driver of the Honda Accord has been identified as 57-year-old Chok Lam from Unionville.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say there were no other occupants in the vehicles.

Police described the scene as devastating and initially couldn't tell what types of vehicle were involved due to the damage.

They're asking anyone with information to contact them.

*VIDEO* Police reunited abducted children with their mother

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/17/2012 10:39:00 AM

A mother cried happy tears when thanking Toronto police Monday for helping her get her two children back.

"Honestly, I never thought this was going to be possible," says Biatra Muzabazi. "I never thought I would ever see my children again with the way things were going."

Police held a press conference Monday morning to provide an update on an alleged abduction. Police say Muzagazi sent her 4-year-old son Shane and 7-year-old daughter Rene to spend the summer in the African country. They left for Zimbabwe in April and were supposed to return in August.

But police say her ex-husband's family never sent them back, instead enrolled them in boarding school there.

Muzagazi is divorced and has sole custody of her children.

Toronto police say she called them in early September to notify them of the abduction. Police began working together with Interpol, police in Zimbabwe, as well as the two governments, to get the children ...

UPDATE: Police Provide More Details on the Newtown Massacre

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/17/2012 10:06:00 AM

The U.S. town shattered by last week's school shooting prepared Monday for the first two funerals, including the one for the youngest victim, while officials weren't sure whether the school itself would ever reopen.
The first funerals were planned for 6-year-old Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, who had his birthday two weeks ago. They would be buried a day after the small community of Newtown, already stripping itself of many Christmas decorations, came together for a vigil where President Barack Obama said he will use "whatever power'' he has to prevent similar massacres.
"What choice do we have?'' he said. "Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?''

Investigators ...

Elementary teachers prepare to strike in GTA

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/17/2012 8:46:00 AM

If your child attends an elementary school within the TDSB, you don't have much more time to find a sitter.

Over 320-thousand students will be out of school on Tuesday as teachers stage a one-day walk out. It will also include schools in Peel and Durham.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says teachers in the Bluewater, Algoma, Halton school boards will be off the job Wednesday.

Walkouts will take place Monday in the Hamilton area and three school boards in northern Ontario.
On Thursday, elementary teachers with the Thames Valley school board will stage a one-day walkout. The board covers Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford counties and includes London, Woodstock and St. Thomas. Elementary school teachers under the Upper Canada, Superior Greenstone and Limestone school boards will also walk of the job on Thursday.

The walkouts are in protest of a controversial law that allows the government to ...

Study: Kids should limit their milk intake

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/17/2012 6:04:00 AM

A new study suggests preschoolers should be drinking about half-a-litre of milk a day.

The lead author says he did the study because parents are constantly asking pediatricians how much milk their kids should drink.

Dr. Jonathon Maguire of Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital says previous studies have shown that when little kids drink a lot of milk, they get enough of the vitamin D they need, but they sometimes lack iron in their diet, and iron deficiency can take a lasting toll on a child's cognitive development.

Maguire's study suggests half-a-litre of milk a day is the sweet spot for most kids between the ages of 2 and 5. An expert who wasn't involved in the study says it's important to figure out why little kids are drinking more than half a litre a day before cutting back on their milk intake.

Dr. Sheila Innis is the director of the ...

A green Christmas is in the forecast

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/17/2012 5:51:00 AM

Waking up to a winter wonderland on Christmas Day will be more of a dream than reality for many parts of the country, cautions Canada's top weather man.

Environment Canada's senior climatologist David Phillips says he hates to be the grinch, but the chances of having snow on the ground on Dec. 25 are looking bleak for many Canadians.

``It's one of the things where we're seen united as Canadians, in wanting it to be a white Christmas,'' said Phillips. ``We want it on that day to put us in the mood. It's almost like (having) turkey and toys. It's just part of the feeling at Christmas time.''

The reality is that only about a quarter of the population will have that wish come true, especially if you live in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba. ``There are some areas in Canada that are clearly a done deal,'' he said. ``Out west, ...

Over 30% of seniors struggle with mental illness

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/17/2012 5:00:00 AM

The death of East York couple Armando & Leonilde Cabral in mid-November jarred their neighbours & devastated their children, but their story may not be all that uncommon.

74-year-old Armando had recently been diagnosed with a form of mental illness.  He's believed to killed his 70-year-old wife, then killed himself.

Dr Robert Madan is head of psychiatry at Toronto's Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.

While we don't know what illness Armando Cabral was being treated for, Dr. Madan says 3% of Canadian men over 65 are clinically depressed, 4% of women.

But many more seniors, 30%, suffer from sub-threshold depression, a less severe form of the illness.  Dr. Madan says it can lead to poor quality of life & can worsen other health conditions.

Rates of mental illness are expected to boom in the years ahead as the country's senior population does the same.  Statistics Canada says in 25 years, ...

UPDATE: VIDEO Obama to Newtown, "You are not alone"

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/17/2012 6:15:00 AM

President Barack Obama, speaking alone on a spare stage for a nation in sorrow, declared Sunday that he will use ``whatever power'' he has to prevent shootings like the Connecticut school massacre.

``What choice do we have?'' Obama said at an evening vigil in the shattered community of Newtown, Connecticut. ``Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?''

For Obama, that was an unmistakable sign that he would at least attempt to take on the explosive issue of gun control. He made clear that the deaths compelled the United States to act, and that he was the leader of a nation that was failing to keep its children safe. He spoke of a ...

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