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Pedestrian struck and killed in Scarborough

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/18/2012 10:37:00 PM

A man in his 60's has was struck and killed by a vehicle, Tuesday evening.

It was around 10:15 when he was hit on Kingston Road, near Morningside in Scarborough.

EMS say he suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No word on whether any charges will be laid.

Toronto toy and food drives need more donations

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/18/2012 5:31:00 PM

As you do your last minute Christmas shopping, you're being reminded that toy and food drives around the city need your donations to help children in need.

Julia Silvestri with the Yonge St Mission says they were scrambling yesterday when families came in to pick up donations.

What they need most are gifts for teenagers 12 and up. She says that could include gift certificates, DVDs and CDs.

She says their food bank is also in need of more donations, especially turkeys and canned vegetables.

And the charity needs donations as soon as possible. They are handing out the last toys to families on Thursday, while the deadline for food is Friday.

Meanwhile, Rick Berenz, president of the Toronto Firefighters Toy Drive, says they are having their best year yet.

But he says that is thanks to corporate sponsors not citizens.

Berenz says citizen donations have just picked up the ...

Instagram says Sorry

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/18/2012 5:18:00 PM

When Instagram announced a new Terms of Service,  there was a revolt. In the new terms they outlined that user photos could possibly be sold and used in advertising, without any compensation to the original owner. Here’s what it said:

Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

But Instagram was hit hard with backlash, with celebrities like Pink and Lacey Schwimmer announcing they’d be deleting their accounts and erasing all of their pictures. And now, they’re trying to say sorry.

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Yesterday we introduced a new version of our Privacy Policy and Terms of ...

NRA Prepared to Offer Meaningful Contributions

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/18/2012 4:56:00 PM

It looks like the National Rifle Association in the US is ready for change.

They will hold a press conference in Washington on Friday, where they will announce what sort of changes the gun group is willing to make in the wake of a shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

The shooting killed 27 people, including 20 children.

In a release, the group said: "the NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

They wouldn't give any details into what might happen at that press conference.

The NRA has been a very vocal pro-gun group in the past with movie stars like Charlton Heston standing up and proclaiming that to have his gun, you'd have to pry it 'from my cold dead hands'. That speech was made shortly after the Columbine school shooting.

 

 

Broten Standing By Bill 115

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/18/2012 4:10:00 PM

The education minister is standing by the teachers contract legislation

This comes after elementary union heads in Toronto asked her to repeal it.

Laurel Broten says Bill 115 was needed to make sure they could "meet their fiscal challenges" and keep moving forward with things like Full-Day Kindergarten.

While the Bill set out a specific financial framework the unions and boards need to work with, it also gives Broten the power to impose local contracts. She wouldn't say if that was a likelihood but underlines teachers have until the end of the year to bargain locally.

Broten says the one-day walkouts continue to be disappointing given they don't bring teachers close to locally bargained deals.

*VIDEO* 'Torch Gang' Strikes Again

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/18/2012 1:36:00 PM

It's been going on for more than a year, and Police say the 'Torch Gang' have lined their pockets with more than 700 thousand dollars in Ontario alone.

Add in what they've allegedly stolen in Quebec and that number gets significantly higher.

Why they're called the 'Torch Gang', is because Police say two guys walk into malls, arenas, movie theatres and Bingo Halls among other places, and quickly cut ATMs open with a blow torch, stealing the money inside.

They've been successful at more than 50 spots across this province.

Detective Bob Lester with Halton Regional Police says they are offering a 25 thousand dollar reward for the capture and conviction of the two men.

He says the 'Gang' has been active as recent as this past weekend in the Ottawa area, and prior to that in Montreal.

The first suspect is described as: male, white, with a stocky build, ...

Air Canada Launches 'Rouge'

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/18/2012 11:33:00 AM

Air Canada says its new Rouge low-cost carrier will begin flying on July 1.   

The new airline will fly to Venice in Italy and Edinburgh in Scotland, two destinations that currently aren't served by Air
Canada.

Rouge will also serve Athens and other destinations in Europe and the Caribbean from Montreal and Toronto.

Air Canada executives are on hand as the company also hosts a vacation giveaway in Toronto's downtown Yonge-Dundas Square.

The discount carrier will begin operations with two Boeing 767-300ER and two Airbus A319 aircraft that will be released from
Air Canada's mainline fleet.

Additional planes will be added as Air Canada starts to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2014, ramping up to 50 planes.

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline and the 15th largest airline in the world, serving more than 33 million passengers last year.

Competitor WestJet is launching ...

*UPDATE* 'Linda' Identified

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/18/2012 11:14:00 AM

It was back on September 5th, that the woman walked into a downtown Toronto shelter looking for help.

One problem, she didn't have identification, or any knowledge about herself.

The only thing we knew: her name was Linda.

But today, Toronto Police released more information about the woman.

Her full name is Linda Hegg from Newark, Delaware. She's 56 years old and had been reported missing.

When officers told her they knew who she was, she smiled for the first time.

She reportedly came to Canada aboard a bus, and was carrying an expired passport. Police didn't know how she was able to cross the border without the proper papers.

When she was found in Toronto, Linda no longer had any ID on her, and was only carrying a 20 dollar Canadian bill.

Police claim she'd be diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1996.

Cops were able to make arrangements to take ...

Pedestrians Struck by Tow Truck

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/18/2012 8:35:00 AM

A 47-year-old woman is fighting for her life after she was struck by a tow truck at Carlton St. and Parliament St. on Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the intersection shortly after 7 a.m., after the woman and a 59-year-old man were struck.

The woman was taken to hospital on an emergency run with life-threatening injuries while the man was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police say it doesn't appear that the pedestrians knew each other.

The intersection was closed for several hours as police conduct their investigation.

Budget committee recommends fixing Gardiner and wants to look into selling it

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/18/2012 5:20:00 AM

The city's budget committee is recommending $505-million in funding over the next 10 years to fix up the Gardiner Expressway.

Budget Chief Mike Del Grande is sternly telling councillors, they need to vote the same way, when the opportunity arises.

City staff say the repairs are badly needed and admitted last week, that part of the road could be unusable if it isn't fixed within the next 6 years.

The budget will be debated by city councillors in January.

Committee members also approved a motion to look into selling or leasing the Gardiner and the DVP, as well as examine tolls for non-residents and a tunnel underneath the roadway.

The staff report on that is due in May.

VIDEOS: Super Tuesday: thousands of teachers on strike

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/18/2012 8:37:00 AM

Thousands of elementary students in eight Ontario school boards (including the province's largest) will have no classes today as their teachers stage one-day strikes.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says 35,000 teachers, including nearly 14,000 in Toronto, will be hitting the picket lines today. Other school boards to be hit by strikes today are Peel, Durham, Waterloo, Greater Essex, Grand Erie and Lambton Kent in southern Ontario and the Near North board in central Ontario.

The ETFO says the one-day strikes are to protest controversial legislation that gives the provincial government the power to end strikes and impose a collective agreement on the teachers. Federation president Sam Hammond says Education Minister Laurel Broten can end the rotating strikes by repealing Bill 115 and letting local bargaining proceed without interference.

Starting at 8:30 Tuesday morning, crowds will be demonstrating at the TDSB offices at Yonge St. and Sheppard, as well ...

Woman injured during home invasion

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/18/2012 4:33:00 AM

A woman in her 60's was taken to hospital following a home invasion on Eglinton Avenue in Scarborough Tuesday morning.

The call came in shortly after midnight to the home on 2784 Eglinton Ave.

Police say three to four suspects made their way in, but nothing was taken as far as they know. Earlier reports suggested they may have been armed, but police say they didn't have guns on them.

The woman meanwhile, suffered minor injuries.

How to talk to your parents about mental illness

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/18/2012 5:00:00 AM

The idea that it's normal to feel depressed as you get on in years is just a myth.

That's according to the head of psychiatry at Toronto's Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.

Dr. Robert Madan says while most Canadian seniors lead vibrant lives, over 30% struggle with some form of depression.

Dr. Madan says people aged over 65 have many stressors that could lead to deep feelings of sadness, many of them tied to loss.  It could be the death of a spouse or friend, loss of a longtime family home, the loss of financial freedom or a close relationship with a child.

While he doesn't recommend you examine your mom or dad when you visit them over the holidays, Dr Madan says signs of depression & other mental illness are easy to spot if you're looking.

He says most people will notice a depressed loved just isn't the same.  ...

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