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The Flu is Hitting Us Hard This Year

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/20/2012 4:37:00 PM

How many people are sick at your work? 

It wouldn't be a stretch to say the flu has arrived in Ontario, and it's already hitting harder than last year.

Between September 1st and December 10th the province has seen more than 700 lab-confirmed cases.

If you compare to last year, there were 15.

When it comes to outbreaks in institutions, last year there were none and this year already there have been 50.

Dr Arlene King, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is urging people to get their flu shots and to do it soon.

She says the season generally peaks by late December and early January, but then a second wave usually hits by March.

She says this year’s flu shot is a perfect match to the H3N2 strain that is hitting this year.

And she says the sooner you get the flu shot the better, since in some ...

NHL Cancels More Games

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/20/2012 4:28:00 PM

The NHL is believed to be one step away from calling off another season.

The league has cancelled games through Jan. 14, bringing the total number wiped away by the lockout to 625.

That takes the NHL to the point where it must have a new collective bargaining agreement in place to salvage a 48-game
schedule and playoffs that conclude by the end of June, something commissioner Gary Bettman has been adamant about.

The league and NHL Players' Association haven't met since last week.

On Wednesday night, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said the union was willing to meet at any point but is waiting for the owners to resume talks.

In 2004-05, the NHL became the first professional sports league in North America to cancel an entire season because of a labour
dispute.

 

*UPDATE* Stabbing Sends Two to Hospital

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/20/2012 3:50:00 PM

One dead in double stabbing in downtown Toronto.

Orginially, two people were sent to hospital with 'very serious' injuries after a double stabbing in the Sherbourne and Wellesley area on Thursday afternoon.

The call came into Toronto EMS around 2:45 about a man in his early 20's who'd been stabbed.

When they arrived they found two patients, both with stab wounds.

They could only say that one person was a man, and couldn't confirm the identity of the second victim.

So far, police haven't released any suspect details.

Judge to Make Decision on Darwin the Monkey

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/20/2012 12:28:00 PM

An Ontario judge has heard arguments on Thursday, that a monkey found wandering an Ikea parking lot should be returned to his owner at least for the holidays.
    
Yasmin Nakhuda alleges the Japanese macaque named Darwin was illegally taken from her by Toronto animals control officials.
    
He was moved to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, and the sanctuary is arguing it's in Darwin's best interest to stay there with other primates.
    
Nakhuda appeared in court in Oshawa, to try to get Darwin back, but the sanctuary is asking the judge to adjourn the case so they have more time to prepare since Nakhuda filed her materials just last Friday.
    
Nakhuda's lawyer, Ted Charney, is arguing today that his client should get to take Darwin home on an interim basis until the case is fully argued.
    
Since it's ...

Province Launches 'Locked Door' School Policy

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/20/2012 12:18:00 PM

Trying to make schools in Ontario safer.

That was the topic of a press conference the Premier held Thursday, announcing a 'locked door policy' for all of the province's elementary schools.

Dalton McGuinty says he wants the policy at all elementary schools in Ontario starting next September.

McGuinty says he wants to reassure parents Ontario is doing all it can to ensure kids are safe in their classrooms after last week's shooting rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Only about 850 of the 4,000 elementary schools in the province took advantage of a provincial program to install video cameras outside school doors, but that was meant for buildings where the entrance was not in clear view of the office.

McGuinty says it should cost about $10 million to equip all elementary schools by the start of classes next fall with video cameras to make entrances more secure.

However, ...

Environment Canada Names Top 10 Weather Stories

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/20/2012 10:30:00 AM

Canada coped with a slew of natural disasters from freak storms to floods this calendar year, but the country's meteorological watchdog says Canadians will remember 2012 as the year when the weather was too hot to handle.
    
Environment Canada says unusually high temperatures from coast to coast ranked as the top climate-related story of the year.
    
Senior climatologist David Phillips says Canadians experienced warmer than average conditions right through the year, making the stretch from January to November the fourth-warmest on record since 1948.
    
Phillips says the three-month stretch from July to September was the warmest such period on record over the past 65 years.
    
He says a highly active hurricane season culminating in superstorm Sandy was the second most notable weather event of the year, since it cost Canadians more than $100 million in property damage.
    
Extreme flooding throughout ...

Supreme Court Rules That Niqab Can Be Worn in Court in Some Cases

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/20/2012 10:14:00 AM

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a witness can; in certain circumstances; wear a religious veil known as a niqab while testifying in court.
    
In a split decision, the court affirmed both an accused person's right to a fair trial and the right to religious freedom.
    
The controversial issue, which has divided the Muslim community, has reared its head in recent years, leading to a new law in Quebec for public sector workers and new federal immigration rules that ban face coverings while taking the oath of citizenship.
    
In this latest case, a Muslim woman sought to wear a niqab while testifying against two men she claims sexually assaulted her when she was a child.
    
Due to a publication ban, the woman can only be identified as N.S.
    
The two accused claim the Charter of Rights and Freedoms ...

Messy Weather on the Way

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/20/2012 6:57:00 AM

Winter arrives at 6:12 a.m., Friday and Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement about a messy storm that could bring a mix of rain and snow to southern Ontario to usher it in.

The weather agency says precipitation is expected to begin during the day on Thursday. Mostly rain is expected in the Greater Toronto Area, although it may start briefly as a bit of freezing rain or snow before likely changing back or becoming mixed with snow on Friday, however significant snowfall accumulations are not expected. Areas to the southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, could see heavier snow and possibly snow squalls on Friday night.
    
Areas north and east of the Muskoka to Brockville boundary is expected to see mainly snow, although it could be mixed with rain or brief freezing rain near the boundary. Total snowfall amounts are uncertain at this time, ...

One person critically injured in fire

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/20/2012 4:33:00 AM

One man was rushed to hospital in critical condition after a fire in a west-end neighbourhood.

It was shortly after 2:15 Thursday morning when crews were called to an apartment building on 1490 Dufferin Street, just north of Davenport.

The fire was contained to one unit and only the one person was taken to hospital.

No word on what started the blaze.

Teachers to face disciplinary action for incomplete report cards

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/20/2012 4:28:00 AM

Could Toronto's public elementary teachers be facing disciplinary action for not submitting complete report cards?

The Globe and Mail reports that over 7-hundred teachers have been targeted by their principals and are being accused of insubordination for incomplete report cards, even though they were following their union's orders.

Principals asked teachers that only wrote one line on report cards, to elaborate further. Those that didn't, could receive a permanent letter of discipline which will make it tougher for them to move between schools, or into a higher ranking position.

A local union head Martin Long, told the Globe, this could add to the animosity and keep this labour dispute ongoing for months.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario told members in October to only fill out the bare minimum on report cards as a form of protest against Bill 115.

VIDEO: Horwath on Possible Election: Voters Not Happy With Liberals

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/20/2012 5:19:00 AM

It's the time of year to sit back, reflect and think of things to come.

That means a new premier for those down at the legislature.

Newstalk 1010 sat down with NDP leader Andrea Horwath and asked how she's planning to work with someone new in the big chair.

Laughing about how her budget deal with the Liberals sparked metaphors of a happy marriage - and slightly bitter divorce - Horwath looks ahead to the new budget process.

The NDP leader reveals she learned a lot through her first minority number crunching. On if she thinks an election will be triggered this time around, Horwath would only say that it depends on the new leader's tone but underlines voters aren't happy with the Liberals.

As for the teacher job action and Bill 115, Horwath says she wasn't that surprised the Liberals were able to pass the teacher contract framework legislation ...

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