Pedestrian Struck by TTC bus in North York

Posted By: David Woodard · 12/19/2012 9:14:00 PM

Toronto police say a woman has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after an incident in North York.

Investigators say it happened at the corner of Yonge and Finch when the woman was struck by a TTC bus.

Police say she was trapped under the vehicle for a time, but was pulled from under the vehicle soon after the incident.

She is expected to recover.

The intersection of Yonge and Finch remains closed for an investigation.

*VIDEO* Protestors call for Darwin's return

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/19/2012 5:16:00 PM

Yasmin Nakhuda is confident her pet monkey Darwin will get to wear the little Santa suit she has bought for him on Christmas Day.

The owner of infamous Ikea monkey is headed to court Thursday to fight to bring him home.

The Japanese macaque was taken to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, after turning up in the parking lot of a North York Ikea earlier this month.

The woman who describes herself as Darwin's mother says he was cruelly & brutally snatched from her.

About 20 people, mostly members of Nakhuda's family & co-workers, rallied outside the offices of Toronto Animal Services Wednesday. They held signs with messages like "Free Darwin Now" & "Return Darwin to his loving family, we miss him."

Supporters can't understand why a pet which was being nurtured & treated like family member would be taken away.

Cory is "outraged" by what he says amounts to a child ...

More Charges For Alleged Witchcraft Man

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/19/2012 5:05:00 PM

Two more couples have come forward claiming to have been duped by a man who allegedly practiced witchcraft.

40 year old Gustavo Valencia Gomez was first arrested on November 27th and charged with a number of fraud offences along with pretending to practice witchcraft.

Following that arrest, a couple in Montreal is claiming to be victims after handing over 13 thousand dollars.

Then another couple in Hamilton came forward, claiming they too were victims between June 2012 and October of that year.

Police say the suspect allegedly used rituals, and convinced the couple they were cursed and that he could remove the curse for a sum of money. In turn they paid him 78 hundred dollars.

Gomez was arrested a second time in Mississauga on December 18th and is now facing more charges of fraud, pretending to practice witchcraft, possession of proceeds of crime and failing to comply with undertaking.


Radio stations dump songs post-Sandy Hook shooting

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/19/2012 1:42:00 PM

North American radio stations are tweaking their playlists in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"Die Young", a party anthem by Ke$ha has been dropped by stations across the US & Canada.

In Toronto, 99.9 Virgin Radio Music Director Cory Balash says they too opted not to play the song over the weekend.

Balash says while the song isn't actually about young death, Ke$ha repeats the line "die young" a lot & he felt it wouldn't be right to play, because of the ages of the victims in the Newton, CT shooting.

When deciding whether or not to yank a song because of a news event, Balash considers listener input, social media, what comparable radio stations are doing, the feeling of staff & media coverage.

Balash & a team of colleagues re-evaluated "Die Young" on Monday & put it back into the Virgin rotation.

It isn't a chart-topper anymore, but ...

EXCLUSIVE: Sexual assault complaints against homeless shelter employee not new

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/19/2012 12:42:00 PM

An employee of a homeless shelter in Oshawa has been charged with four counts of sexual assault, and Newstalk 1010 has learned that the centre has been receiving complaints "over the years."

Police say the suspect was a volunteer and staff member of Gate 3:16 from 1995 to 2012.

He had a number of roles, including teaching and counseling.

Recently, a number of women came forward to police, reporting allegations of sexual assault dating back to 15 years ago.

Former president of the shelter, Marten VanHarmelen, tells Newstalk 1010 the complaints are not new.

"Over the years, there have been a number of times that we got complaints," he says.

But he adds that their hands were tied because the complainants did not want to go to police.

"These homeless people and street people are very vulnerable and they get very nervous when it comes to making a statement to the police ...

GM to Move Production of Camaro to Michigan

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/19/2012 12:27:00 PM

General Motors says it will move production of the Camaro from its Oshawa operation in Ontario to a plant in Michigan.

The Camaro is currently made at GM's Oshawa flex plant, which employs some 2,000 people and also produces the Buick Regal and soon, the Cadillac XTS.

The Canadian Auto Workers' most recent contract with GM, which was ratified in September, guaranteed production of the Camaro in Oshawa only until the end of the current generation model.

In a statement, General Motors Canada says ``lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies were key factors''
in the move.    

GM also says it will continue to meet production targets agreed to with the federal and Ontario governments in 2009.

Ottawa and Ontario contributed $13.7 billion to help bail out North American automakers GM and Chrysler more than three years ago and combined own about nine per cent of GM's common shares.

Obama asks for proposals on curbing gun violence by January

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/19/2012 12:13:00 PM

Barack Obama wants a set of "concrete proposals" on gun control no later than January.

In the wake of a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Obama has pulled together a task force to look at what the US President calls an epidemic of gun violence.

Vice President Joe Biden is leading the committee made up of members of Obama's cabinet & outside groups.

The President has vowed to push their proposals through "without delay".

Obama admits gun control is a complex issues that stirs deeply held passions & political divides.  He says "It won't be easy, but that can't be an excuse not to try".

Ornge Gets New President and CEO

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/19/2012 11:44:00 AM

Ontario's embattled air ambulance service has scooped up the province's chief coroner to be its new president and CEO.

The board of directors of Ornge issued a statement Wednesday saying Dr. Andrew McCallum is a ``proven leader with extensive
knowledge of the province.''

McCallum was appointed chief coroner in 2008 and is also a specialist in emergency medicine who has trained as a flight surgeon
in the Canadian Forces.

Ron McKerlie has been interim president and CEO since early this year and McCallum will start his new position on January 21st.

According to Ornge's website, the salary of the chief executive officer is capped at $418,000.

The issue of executive salaries has been a sensitive one for Ornge, which is trying to rebuild the public's trust after a year of
scandals that included ex-CEO Chris Mazza's $1.4-million compensation package.

Supreme Court Says Unions Not Entitled to Pension Repayment

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/19/2012 11:02:00 AM

The Supreme Court of Canada says several major public unions are not entitled to a $28-billion pension surplus that the government hived off to help pay down the deficit.
The unanimous high court ruled 9-0 that the government does not have a 'fiduciary obligation'' to return funds to the public sector unions.
The ruling ends a long legal battle dating back to the 1990s in which unions representing public servants, the RCMP and the military wanted the surplus money returned.
The unions and professional associations were attempting to overturn an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that said they weren't entitled to the money.
The unions argued that the government improperly took their money, from the mandatory, defined benefit plans.
The plans are among some of the most handsome pensions in the country.

(The Canadian Press)

No Evidence BVO is Dangerous

Posted By: Amber Gero · 12/19/2012 10:38:00 AM

It’s found in some Gatorade drinks as well as Powerade, Fresca, Mountain Dew and Amp Energy Drink.  Brominated vegetable oil is an additive used to stop separation in some drinks and stop them from becoming cloudy, but one Mississippi teen wants to stop cola companies from using it. 

Sarah Kavanagh has started an online petition calling on PepsiCo to stop using the ingredient.  BVO is already banned in Japan and much of Europe but is perfectly legal here in Canada and in the U.S. 

Health Canada says there are no health risks associated with brominated vegetable oil and it is not reconsidering its approval. 

A study by the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany states that after consuming several drinks containing BVO daily, some subject reported symptoms of memory loss, fatigue, headache and even loss of muscle co-ordination.

However Newstalk 1010’s Medical Correspondent Dr. Mitch Shulman says there is no ...

Obama Named Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/19/2012 9:55:00 AM

President Barack Obama has been named Time's "Person of the Year'' for 2012.
The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC's "Today'' show.
The short list for the honour included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head for advocating for girls' education.
It also included Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Obama also received the honour in 2008, when he was President-elect.
Last year, "The Protester'' got the honour.
Time's "Person of the Year'' is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill. In 2010, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg received the honour.
Other previous winners have included Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Bono and President George W. Bush.

(Associated Press)

Obama to Announce New Gun Violence Policies

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/19/2012 9:45:00 AM

U.S. President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following the horrific massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.
Obama is tasking Vice-President Joe Biden, a longtime gun control advocate, with spearheading the effort. In remarks from the White House on Wednesday, Obama will outline a process for pursuing policy changes following the school shooting, though he is not expected to call for specific measures.
The president has vowed to use "whatever power this office holds'' to safeguard the nation's children after Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children and six adults were killed at the school by a gunman carrying an arsenal of ammunition and a high-powered, military-style rifle.
The White House sees some urgency in formulating a policy response to the shooting, even as Obama and ...

Messy Winter Storm Heading Our Way

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/19/2012 6:30:00 AM

We could be in for some sloppy weather heading into the weekend prompting Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement.

The weather agency says a messy winter storm is tracking towards the GTA and southern Ontario Thursday and could cause problems on Friday.
Precipitation is expected to begin over most of the province during the day Thursday and may start briefly as snow or some freezing rain, but will then change
over to rain. The rain should change back to snow on Friday or Friday night before ending Saturday.
Some areas near the Ottawa Valley may see a prolonged period of snow before it changes over to rain. Freezing rain is also a possibility.
Regions from Haliburton to Renfrew and north to Algonquin could see mainly snow with this event. Snowfall warnings may be issued for these areas.
Driving conditions are ...

Darwin's owner plans public support rally

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/19/2012 6:47:00 AM

A couple weeks ago, Darwin the monkey made headlines worldwide after he was found wandering the parking garage of an Ikea store in North York and very soon, his former owner will fight to get him back.

Yasmin Nakuda's lawsuit goes to court on Thursday.
She alleges that the Story Book Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland unlawfully detained her monkey.

She's also naming Toronto Animal Services in the lawsuit, claiming they had no right to take Darwin away from her that day. Nakuda alleges she was tricked into handing him over after being threatened with criminal charges by animal services.

On Wednesday, she will hold a public support rally in front of their North Region office on 1300 Sheppard Avenue West.

Canada's Chris Hadfield embarks on space mission

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/19/2012 7:20:00 AM

Chris Hadfield has successfully blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a mission that is to see him become the first Canadian to command the International Space Station.
Hadfield is travelling to the space station on board a Russian Soyuz capsule for a five-month visit to the giant orbiting space lab.
He is sharing the trip to the space station with NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko.
During his stay, the 53-year-old space veteran, an avid guitar player, plans to do some strumming to help him deal with homesickness.
He will also be involved with more than 130 experiments including Micro-flow, a Canadian blood-sampling experiment which he compared to a hospital in a box.
During the second half of his mission, Hadfield will become the first Canadian to command the space station.
This ...

Halton Region public school teachers on strike

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/19/2012 5:25:00 AM

Another day, and another one-day walkout by public elementary teachers.

Halton Region schools are shut down on Wednesday, with almost 39-hundred teachers on strike. Their plan is to picket at their local school board office as well as the offices of two local MPP's.

40-thousand students are at home on Wednesday.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario warns, this may not be the end of these walk outs. Union president Sam Hammond says another day of political protest could take place in the New Year, if the government tries to impose a contract on teachers. It could also take place on a school day.

By Friday, all teachers in the province's 31 public school boards will have walked off the job for a single day.

VIDEO: *UPDATE* Eagle Video a FAKE!

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/19/2012 1:10:00 PM

It's all a hoax.

The video taken in Montreal's Mont-Royal Park, shows a toddler playing on the ground with an adult nearby.

Out of the clear, blue sky an eagle begins to fly lower until it swoops down and picks up the child. It lost its grip a short time later, sending the child falling to the ground.

The video was posted on Youtube on Tuesday, but there was no indication of when it actually happened. By the middle of the day on Wednesday, it was seen by 1.2 million people.

But confirmation came on Wednesday afternoon, from the Centre NAD in Montreal.

On a blog, came this response:

The “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” video, uploaded to YouTube on the evening of December 18, was made by Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D ...

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