Clayton Ruby: Rob Ford must go

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/24/2012 5:35:00 PM

The lawyer who brought the conflict of interest case against Rob Ford says the decision to boot the mayor from office is justice served.
Clayton Ruby spelled out his argument in a document he filed with the courts on Christmas Eve, in preparation for Ford's appeal hearing on January 7th.

In the document -- called a factum -- Ruby argues the only way to punish a public official who breaks Toronto's rules on conflicts of interest is for that person to lose his or her job.

Ruby also says Ford's legal team has not demonstrated that the mayor's actions fit into one of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act's exceptions.

He goes on to attack the case that Ford’s lawyer will present at the appeal hearing, one that argues Justice Charles Hackland made 4 errors of law when he ruled on the decision that ordered his client out of ...

Team Canada forward Jenner suspended 3 games

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/24/2012 4:13:00 PM

Boone Jenner has paid a heavy price for his late hit.

The International Ice Hockey Federation suspended the Canadian forward three games on Monday for his check on Swedish defenceman Jesper Pettersson in the team's final exhibition contest prior to the start of the world junior hockey championship.

Pettersson suffered a broken wrist and a dislocated shoulder on the play and had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher. Jenner was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for charging.

``The video material indicated that the hit was late and delivered with no intention to play the puck and with Pettersson
being in a vulnerable position,'' the IIHF said in a statement Monday. ``It was Jenner's intention to deliver the forceful check in spite of having the opportunity to at least make an attempt to avoid contact on Pettersson.

``The hit was delivered far too late. This ...

Dud grenade found in Etobicoke Goodwill donation

Posted By: James Moore · 12/24/2012 2:45:00 PM

Christmas shoppers at a Goodwill in Etobicoke got a scare on Monday afternoon.

A staffer at the shop found a knife and what looked like a grenade in a donation bag.

Police evacuated the building, located on Dundas St. West, near Burnhamthorpe, and took the bag away.

Toronto Police say the interruption lasted less than an hour and people were allowed back into the store shortly after.

Authorities say the grenade is indeed real but was inactive.

It will be destroyed by disposal experts.

Officials at Goodwill say strange finds happen frequently because people often don't check their items thoroughly before they make a donation.

UPDATE: Thornhill woman claims $50 million LottoMax jackpot

Posted By: James Moore · 12/24/2012 5:31:00 PM

A woman from Thornhill says winning a $50-million OLG jackpot isn't going to change her Christmas plans.

Susan Flam says she'll take a bit of time to decide what to do with the money she claimed Monday after winning the December 21st Lotto Max draw.

Flam told reporters at the OLG's prize centre in Toronto that she initially misread the scanner when checking her ticket and thought her prize was a relatively paltry $50,000.

But she says her husband quickly pointed out she was a few decimal points off.

Flam, who is in her 60s, says she intends to pitch in some money to the organizations she has helped fundraise for in the past.

She says she hasn't yet told her five grandchildren about the windfall.

(The Canadian Press)

UPDATE: 2 Western NY firefighters killed in shooting ambush

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/24/2012 12:10:00 PM

A gunman ambushed four volunteer firefighters responding to an intense pre-dawn house fire Monday morning outside Rochester, N.Y., shooting four and killing two before ending up dead himself, authorities said.

The gunman fired at the firefighters when they arrived shortly after 5:30 a.m. at the blaze near the Lake Ontario shore in Webster, town Police Chief Gerald Pickering said. The first Webster police officer who arrived exchanged gunfire with the suspect, authorities said.

One of the two dead firefighters is also a town police lieutenant; it wasn't clear whether he returned fire. An off-duty police officer who was driving by has injuries from shrapnel, Pickering said.

Two wounded firefighters were in critical condition at a Rochester hospital, authorities said.

The fire started in one home and spread to two others and a car, officials said. The gunfire initially kept firefighters from battling the blazes. Police say four homes were destroyed ...

Christmas presents stolen in Vaughan home invasion

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/24/2012 9:12:00 AM

York region police have released more information about a Vaughan home invasion this past weekend.

Two suspects broke into a home on Jeanne Dr near Willis Rd and Pine Valley Dr early Saturday morning.

The elderly home owners were bound.

Police now say that the suspects ransacked the house and they stole Christmas presents from under the tree before taking off.

The victims were able to untie themselves and called police from a neighbour's home.

GTA could get significant snowfall on Boxing Day

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/24/2012 5:27:00 AM

We don't have a white Christmas... but could we get a White New Years?

Environment Canada has put out a special weather statement for the GTA and much of southern Ontario warning of a coming storm.

The agency says that a system developing over Texas tomorrow will pass south of the Great Lakes region late in the day Boxing Day into Thursday.

That would put southern Ontario on the cold side of the storm .. with the potential for significant snowfall accumulation.

The agency says it's too soon though to predict snowfall amounts.

Woman dies in Parkdale fire

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/24/2012 4:59:00 AM

Christmas this year won't be a celebration for the family of one woman in Toronto.

A 52-year-old woman was killed in a fire late Sunday night in Parkdale.

Crews were called out to a duplex on Sorauren Avenue at about 10:30 p.m.

Fire officials say the blaze seemed to have been contained to a unit on the second floor. That's where they found the woman's boday.

No word yet on the cause.


Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/24/2012 4:01:00 AM

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a difficult task on Christmas Eve - tracking Santa around the world.

NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets.

You can track Santa yourselves using NORAD's tracking map below:

Watch Santa take off from the North Pole:

Ways To Calm Holiday Party Stress

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/24/2012 3:59:00 AM

Don't panic.

That can be said as frequently as "Happy Holidays" this time of year, since we have so much to do.

On top of shopping and wrapping gifts, juggling your social schedule may be stressful, be it friends or family. It could mean you have a big family or are just uncomfortable with social situations.

Centre For Addiction And Mental Health (CAMH) Clinical Psychologist Dr. Katy Kamkar suggests if you do land up going to packed parties, to make time for yourself at the gatherings. She says that way you won't feel overwhelmed when catching up with friends or jumping from conversation to conversation.

Kamkar however warns of not pulling back too much, isolating yourself at a get-together.

She says above all, people need to prioritize which events they decide to go to.

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