AUDIO: Heading home for the holidays

Posted By: James Moore · 12/23/2012 2:17:00 PM

Holiday travellers started packing the bus platforms at the Toronto Coach Terminal on Bay Street near Dundas Street W. early on Sunday morning.

They filed on to buses destined for places like Kingston, Sudbury, Buffalo, New York and Rimouski, Quebec.

Some passengers arrived as many as 2 hours early in order to guarantee themselves a chance at a window seat for their trip.

Cars would pull up to the parking lot and drop off an anxious traveller or two.
There was time enough for a quick hug and a kiss goodbye before hurrying off to the ticket counter.

Many had bleary eyes, as they were up late the night before, packing their bags, and wrapping Christmas presents.

Buses arriving at the terminal would drop off exhausted commuters by the dozen.

They were greeted with big bear-hugs as they stepped off the coach and into the arms of their loved ...

Two Shopping Days Left

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/23/2012 9:10:00 AM

There are two shopping days left for the last-minute Christmas shoppers.

You can expect packed parking lots and long line-ups if you're heading to a mall yourself today and tomorrow.

On Saturday, police were going from car to car reminding shoppers to lock their doors and put any purchases in their trunks.

Here is a list of the extended hours at malls across the GTA:

Eaton Centre
SUNDAY 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
BOXING DAY 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Yorkdale Mall
SUNDAY 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE  8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
BOXING DAY 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Square One
SUNDAY 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE  8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
BOXING DAY 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Vaughan Mills
SUNDAY 10 a.m - 8 p.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE  9 a.m. - 6 ...

Montreal deacon facing child porn charges

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/23/2012 8:52:00 AM

A Montreal deacon has been accused of producing and
distributing child pornography.
Montreal police say 65-year-old William Kokesch was charged
Saturday via video link after they searched his west-end home a day
Const. Dany Richer says investigators seized over 2,000 images
from his home.
Richer says Kokesch will remain in jail until Monday when he's
scheduled to appear in court.
Kokesch was a deacon for a church in Beaconsfield, a suburb in
Montreal's West Island.
A deacon by the same name is listed as a communications director
for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
(The Canadian Press)

Police looking for van after serious crash in Vaughan

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/23/2012 8:24:00 AM

York police are looking for a grey SUV, possibly a BMW X5, after a serious crash in Vaughan.

A car crashed into a tree at Dufferin St and King Vaughan Rd around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police say the three occupants were all teenagers. They have been taken to hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

Police are still in the early stages of the investigation, but at the moment officers say they believe the SUV cut off the teens when trying to pass them.

VIDEO: Celebrities fight gun violence

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/23/2012 6:23:00 AM

 A group of celebrities has come together to campaign against gun violence in the U.S.

The video includes Beyonce, Jennfier Aniston, Will Ferrel and Gwyneth Paltrow.

They say it's time for leaders to act, to put together a plan to curb violence.

Watch the video:

Luka Magnotta voted Canada's Newsmaker of the Year

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/23/2012 5:43:00 AM

Accused killer Luka Rocco Magnotta, who made headlines around the
world this summer, has been voted Canada's 2012 Newsmaker of the
Magnotta was chosen in the annual poll of the country's newsrooms
by The Canadian Press.
He's charged with killing and dismembering Chinese student Jun
Lin in Montreal and mailing some of his body parts around the
The 30 year old former stripper, porn actor and model became the
subject of an international manhunt that ended with his arrest in
He's currently jailed in Montreal as he awaits trial.

(The Canadian Press)

Trudeau defies critics who questioned his appearance at an Islamic conference

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/23/2012 5:37:00 AM

Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau says
critics of his appearance a Toronto Islamic conference only work to
divide Canadians.
He told the crowd of thousands it is ``short-sighted'' to pit one
group of Canadians against another and railed against what he called
the politics of division
Trudeau says the challenges faced by middle-class Canadians from
all walks of life weld them together against the forces of
Trudeau was criticized earlier this month for appearing at the
Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference over allegations of a link
between one of its sponsors and the militant group Hamas.
IRFAN-Canada withdrew from the conference a few days after the
publicity created by the criticism over Trudeau's plans to speak.
The group's charitable status was revoked by the Canada Revenue
Agency, which alleges the group used deceptive fundraising to send
donations to organizations with ties to Hamas.

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