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Malvern Barber Killer Sentenced

Posted By: David Woodard · 12/21/2012 8:15:00 PM

The man who pleaded guilty to killing a popular Malvern area barber was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 20 years.

28-year-old Kevin Perez pleaded guilty to second degree murder charges in the shooting death of Christopher Thompson.

The court heard that Perez shot Thompson because the victim refused to pay for a broken, stolen laptop.

The popular barber was shot last January while he was cutting customer's hair.

NHLPA Moves Closer to Disolving Union

Posted By: Dave Bradley · 12/21/2012 4:25:00 PM

NHL players have moved a step closer to dissolving their union.

A vote of the NHL Players' Association membership this week has given their union's executive board the power to file a ``disclaimer of interest'' until January 2nd.

A source confirmed the vote produced more than the two-thirds of membership support needed.

A union spokesman declined to comment on the ``internal PA matter.''

If the NHLPA's executive board elects to go ahead and file the disclaimer, the union will be dissolved and transformed into a trade association.

That would allow players to file anti-trust lawsuits against the NHL.

The legality of the lockout is already set to be tried in a federal U.S. court after the NHL filed a class-action lawsuit last week against the NHLPA, which claimed the union was only using the threat of a ``disclaimer of interest'' as a bargaining tactic.

The NHL also submitted an unfair ...

3 Men Wanted in Woodbridge Home Invasion

Posted By: Amber Gero · 12/21/2012 2:30:00 PM

York Regional Police are on the hunt for three male suspects after they burst into a home on Raymond Road in Woodbridge early Friday morning. 

“Three male suspect, one armed with a shotgun, one with an expandable baton and one with a baseball bat entered a main floor apartment and assaulted two of four victims that were inside.  The suspects searched the residence and fled the area with a quantity of cash and electronics.”said York Region Constable Blair Mcquillan. 

Police say the victims who were assaulted were treated at the scene.

The suspects are described as male black, between 5’6 and 5’10.  They’re approximately 20-21 years old.  1st suspect was wearing a red bandana and a black hooded sweatshirt with black pants and black gloves.  He was also carrying a shotgun.

2nd suspect was wearing a blue bandana and a hooded sweatshirt.  He was wearing gloves and carrying ...

NRA Blames the Media for Sandy Hook Massacre

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/21/2012 12:17:00 PM

The most powerful gun-rights lobby in the U.S. said Friday it wants to address gun violence by having an armed police officer in every school in the country.
    
The comments by the National Rifle Association came exactly a week after a gunman killed 26 people at a Connecticut school, including 20 children ages 6 and 7. The comments were the group's first substantial ones since the shooting, while pressure has mounted in Washington and elsewhere for more measures against gun violence.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,'' said the NRA's executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre.
    
At least two protesters broke up his announcement, despite tight security. One man held up a large red banner that said "NRA killing our kids.'' The protesters were taken away by security, shouting that guns in schools are not the ...

Police Look For Suspects in Bleecker Street Murder

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/21/2012 9:05:00 AM

Toronto Police are looking for three men wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a man in a Bleecker Street apartment building.

Police were called to Sherbourne and Earle Sts. for a stabbing on Thursday at approximately 2:41 p.m.

When they arrived, they found two men suffering from stab wounds.

After a brief initial investigation, they were led to 275 Bleecker Street.

Police believe a confrontation took place in an apartment unit and that the two men in the unit were stabbed, left the building via the east stairwell, ran south on Sherbourne Street, where they collapsed.

Both were taken to hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The other is recovering from his injuries.

Police believe three suspects left the building via the west stairwell and think one or two of them may have been bleeding.

The suspects are described as:

1) Brown or black male, early 20s, hair ...

Police Investigate Attempted Abduction

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/21/2012 7:13:00 AM

Toronto Police are on alert after three 10-year-old girls say a man tried to abduct them.

Police say on Thursday at approximately 3:30 p.m., the three girls were walking in the Senlac Road and Sheppard Avenue West area, when they noticed a man following them.

Two of the girls became uncomfortable and ran ahead, while the third one continued to walk at a normal pace. It's alleged that the man grabbed the girl by the waist and tried to pull her back but lost his grip.

The man is said to have grabbed the girl's backpack but she was able to run away from him.

Police say the man caught up with the girls and tried to grab another one, but the girls were able to get away from him before turning onto a side street.

The man was last seen walking southbound on Senlac Road towards Sheppard Avenue West....

Winter Storm Affects Busy Travel Day

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/21/2012 6:27:00 AM

Friday marks the busiest travel day of the year in the Greater Toronto Area with over 100-thousand people expected to move through Pearson International Airport to see family and friends for the holidays, but with a winter storm hitting parts of Ontario and the U.S. midwest, travellers will be in for cancellations and delays.

Environment Canada says the system from Colorado is tracking across southern Ontario and snow will become heavy at times in some areas, particularly in eastern Ontario.

Some flights heading to Ottawa, Quebec and Chicago have been grounded as a result.
    
Forecasters say the snow will taper off from west to east Saturday as the storm moves away across Quebec.
    
The weather agency says significant snow amounts are expected with this storm and some areas of northeastern Ontario can expect to see as much as 25 centimetres on Friday morning.

The storm will ...

Passport Fees to Increase

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/21/2012 6:00:00 AM

The cost of getting a Canadian passport is going up significantly in the new year.
    
Without the fee increases, Passport Canada says it would not be able to maintain current operations, let alone offer security-enhanced travel documents.
    
New regulations posted this week confirm the cost of a five-year passport will increase to $120 from $87.
    
And starting in July 2013, a 10-year passport will also be offered at a cost of $160.
    
By March 2014, Passport Canada will also charge an additional $45 to replace a passport that's lost or stolen, something that's currently free. Approximately 55,000 Canadian passports are reported lost or stolen annually, the agency said.
    
As well, anyone ordering or wanting to receive their passport outside of Canada will see fees nearly double.
    
The agency said it's currently losing nearly $5 every time it issues ...

ETFO Says They'll Stop Strikes if Bill 115 is Not Imposed

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 12/21/2012 10:02:00 AM

Public elementary teachers will end strikes and not step up their protests against Bill 115 if the Ontario government agrees not to impose contracts on them and school boards.

But Sam Hammond, president of the teachers' union, says protests will increase if the government does impose contracts.

Education Minister Laurel Broten has not said if she would move to impose deals on Jan. 1, just that she has the option to do it.

The teachers staged a series of one-day rotating strikes across the province over the last two weeks.

Hammond calls the legislation dangerous and says it infringes on their right to collective bargaining.

He says Premier Dalton McGuinty is wrong to say the fight is all about pay, adding the union is willing to accept a two-year wage freeze.

Hammond's news conference opened with a moment of silence for the 26 people killed last Friday at Sandy Hook ...

Spiritualists mark the end of the Mayan calendar

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/21/2012 6:01:00 AM

In the darkness before dawn Friday, spiritualists prepared white clothes, drums, conch shells and incense ahead of the sunrise they believe will herald the birth of a new and better age as a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar comes to an end.

No one was quite sure at what time the Mayas' 13th Baktun would officially end on this Dec. 21. Some think it already ended at midnight Thursday. Others looked to Friday's dawn here in the Maya heartland. Some had later times in mind.

 ``Wait until the dawn on the 22nd; that is when we Maya will speak,'' Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu said earlier in Guatemala, another Maya area.

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History even suggested that historical calculations to synchronize the Mayan and Western calendars might be off a few days. It said the Mayan Long Count calendar cycle might not really ...

Darwin the Ikea Monkey to Remain at Sanctuary for the Holidays

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/21/2012 10:25:00 AM

An Oshawa judge has ruled that Darwin the monkey will spend Christmas at the primate sanctuary where he's been staying
since he was found wandering an Ikea parking lot in a shearling coat.

Darwin's owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, has gone to court seeking to get him back and had asked for his return on an interim basis while the case is decided.

But the judge presiding over the matter says the monkey is staying put until court hears full arguments on both sides.

However, Nakhuda will be allowed to visit the tiny primate in the meantime.

The Japanese macaque was dubbed the Ikea monkey after he was spotted wearing a shearling coat outside a Toronto outlet of the furniture retailer.

It's illegal to own a monkey in Toronto, but Nakhuda and her family say they'll move with Darwin to Kawartha Lakes, where it isn't specifically prohibited yet.

(The Canadian Press)

Teen hit by vehicle in Scarborough

Posted By: James Moore · 12/21/2012 12:33:00 AM

A 15-year-old boy is in hospital with serious injuries after he was hit by a vehicle.

He was taken to Sunnybrook after being struck just after 8:00pm on Thursday, near Kennedy Road and Eglinton Avenue.

EMS officials say the boy was unconscious when he was loaded into the ambulance.

There has been no update on his condition.

Police questioned the driver of the vehicle, who stayed on the scene after the collision.

Its not clear what went wrong or what type of vehicle was involved.

Authorities have not commented on possible charges.

Toronto Police foil alleged school shooting plot in US

Posted By: James Moore · 12/21/2012 4:09:00 AM

Authorities in the US credit Toronto Police for providing them with information that may have stopped an alleged mass shooting.

Sheriffs in Maricopa County, Arizona arrested a 16-year old girl on Thursday and charged her with computer tampering, intimidation, and making threats.

Allegations are the girl plotted to take a gun to her high school and kill her classmates before killing herself.

Toronto Police got involved when they were tipped off about a YouTube video that had been posted in a Toronto-based trans-gender community channel.

In the video, the 16-year old allegedly talks about "hurting," "killing" and "murdering" people at her school.

Toronto detectives tracked the girl down and gave all the details to authorities in the States.

Its not clear whether the suspect intended to carry out the attack but officers did find 3 guns in her home.

Authorities say the teen planned the attack before the deadly school ...

Christmas Windows A Place Of Solace

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/21/2012 12:01:00 PM

Christmas is just days away and the crowds will be packing the malls.

Which means you may have to find a place of solace as parents battle it out for the latest "IT" toy.

Cue a holiday tradition for most: downtown Christmas windows.

The festive scenes and cut characters may be just what the doctor ordered if you're trying to beat out the holiday shopping stress.

Centre For Addiction And Mental Health (CAMH) Clinical Psychologist Dr. Katy Kamkar says going outside for a timeout can help, or finding a quiet place at the mall like a bathroom.

She also recommends breathing exercises if you become very overwhelmed.

But even though the clock is ticking, she says spread your shopping out over a couple of days might be less stressful. She also recommends keeping your goal in sight so you don't forget what you've come out for.

VIDEO: Hudak Coy On Possible 2013 Election

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/21/2012 3:25:00 AM

"Who the hell knows?"

That was a laughing Tim Hudak's answer on if there will be an election next year. The Progressive Conservative leader sat down with Newstalk 1010 to talk about what was and what could be in 2013.

When asked multiple times, Hudak wouldn't say if he was ready to trigger an election in this minority government despite putting himself in campaign mode recently. He and his party have been releasing a list of ideas he would implement if he were premier such as looking into selling off the LCBO, eliminating the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and giving workers a choice to be part of a union.

Hudak underlines he won't make any prediction about a 2013 election, given he's not even sure when the Liberals will bring back the legislature after they've chose a new leader.

When it comes to something the province is experiencing right ...

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