2 York Region cops hurt in East Gwillimbury crash

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/27/2012 6:37:00 PM

2 members of York Regional Police who usually fill in details of serious crashes found themselves tangled up in one Thursday.

An unmarked cruiser carrying Sergeant Kelly Bachoo & Constable Andy Pattenden collided with a pickup in East Gwillimbury Thursday afternoon.

The crash on Mt Albert Rd near Kennedy Rd was the 2nd serious crash on the stretch of roadway that day.

The cops were airlifted to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.  The truck driver wasn't badly hurt.

The SIU is reportedly investigating.

Meanwhile, York Regional Police are still trying to figure out what caused another smash up on Mt Albert Rd a few hours earlier.  At least 1 person is clinging to life after the crash near Hwy 48 around 1pm.

Man dies after shovelling driveway

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/27/2012 6:22:00 PM

Toronto's big snowfall has claimed at least 1 life.

A man thought to be in his 70s collapsed while shovelling his Etobicoke driveway.

He died in hospital.

More than 10cm of snow fell on Toronto Wednesday night & Thursday morning, the biggest dose of snow the city has seen in almost two years.

Libel case against Rob Ford dismissed

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/27/2012 6:41:00 PM

It's a legal victory for Rob Ford.

The $6-million defamation lawsuit against the mayor of Toronto has been thrown out of court.

Ontario Superior Court Justice John Macdonald has ruled that the suit filed by Boardwalk Pub owner George Foulidis, didn't meet the "essential aspects" of a libel claim.

In his 15-page decision, Macdonald says Foulidis didn't prove that Ford's comments to the Toronto Sun editorial board in 2010 were directed at him or that they were defamatory.

Foulidis sued Ford, alleging that the then mayoral candidate had suggested a sole-sourced, untendered, 20-year lease deal between Foulidis's company, Tuggs Inc. & the city was corrupt &"stinks to high heaven".

Speaking with Joe Warmington as he guest-hosted Newstalk 1010's Friendly Fire, Foulidis' lawyer says he's still digesting the decision.  Brian Shiller says Foulidis' team presented their case in a very straightforward manner& the judge felt the facts didn't support their point of ...

Ornge launches new whistleblower policy

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/27/2012 3:19:00 PM

Ornge is out with a new whistleblower policy it says will "promote integrity" at the troubled air ambulance service.

Interim President Ron McKerlie wants employees to feel free to report any concerns, without fear of reprisal.

Accounting & business advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP has been appointed as the Independent Ethics Officer to oversee the policy.

Employees can confidentially make reports to the firm, which will investigate & determine if further steps are warranted.

(Files from the Canadian Press)

Baby seat recalled after 5 deaths, dozens of injuries

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/27/2012 2:43:00 PM

Parents, check the label on that new baby seat you got for Christmas.

Moms & dads are being told not to strap their kids into a kind of recliner.

4 retailers in the US & Canada have agreed to stop selling the chairs after the deaths of at least 5 infants stateside & the injury of dozens more.

The recall covers Nap Nanny Generations 1 & 2 & the Chill model infant recliners. 150 000 of them were sold between 2009 & 2012.

The Nap Nanny was designed to mimic the curves of a baby car seat, elevating an infant to help reduce reflux, gas, stuffiness & other problems., Buy Buy Baby, & Toys R Us/Babies R Us have pulled the product from their stock rooms.  The manufacturer went out of business earlier this month.

The first 2 versions of the foam recliner were recalled in July 2010 ...

Toronto families go sliding

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/27/2012 1:32:00 PM

Delighted screams are echoing across Toronto parks.

Kids & parents are taking advantage of the city's first big snowfall since 2011 to break out their toboggans, flying saucers & GTs & head downhill.

At High Park, Michael, dad to Isabella & Max plans to stay out as long as his little ones can stand the cold.  He says it's a chance to create memories he hopes will last until his kids are grown.

A little further west, Newstalk 1010 reporter James Moore tested out the slopes at Swansea Public School.  He got some tips from Cole & borrowed his Krazy Karpet.

Moore says the hill he tackled, some 50 ft tall, was icy & fast.  He was a little banged up after a crash landing & managed to get snow into places Moore says he'd rather not mention.

With files from James Moore

Man surrenders in sex worker attack

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/27/2012 12:17:00 PM

A man has turned himself for allegedly attacking a Toronto sex-trade worker.

The victim was forcibly confined, sexually assaulted & threatened with death on Saturday near Yonge & Charles Sts.

Ankur Sindhu is charged.

CAA to the rescue, but you'll have to wait

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/27/2012 11:03:00 AM

Whether your car has spun into a ditch or you haven't managed to get it out of the driveway yet---if you're looking for help from CAA, you could be twiddling your thumbs for awhile.

Wait times for service in the GTA late Thursday morning ranged from 45 minutes to an hour, over an hour in downtown Toronto.

By noon CAA had received 2500 calls for help in South-Central Ontario.

On the average snow storm day, CAA fields 5000 calls, 2500 for a typical winter's day.

Spokesperson Silvana Aceto says the timing of this snowfall in the middle of the Christmas holidays is part of why they're getting fewer calls.  But she says the requests for help are coming later as people sleep in.

CAA is asking all their customers to be patient as they respond to high priority calls first.  Aceto says that means anyone who might be exposed to the elements, ...

Christine Sinclair named female athlete of the year

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/27/2012 5:30:00 AM

Christine Sinclair is the runaway winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as the 2012 Canadian Press female athlete of the year.

The Canadian women's soccer star from Burnaby, B-C guided the national team to a bronze medal at the London Olympics.

Sinclair had a hat trick in a heart-breaking 4-3 extra-time semifinal loss to the United States and helped Canada to a 1-0 win over France in the third-place game. Sinclair scored an Olympic-record six goals to win the Golden Boot and set a national record by scoring 23 goals in 2012.

Sinclair was also Canada's flag-bearer at the closing ceremonies in London.

Trampolinist Rosie MacLennan was a distant second in balloting among sports editors and broadcasters from across the country. MacLennan won Canada's only gold medal at the Games.

Long-track speedskater Christine Nesbitt was third in the voting.
(Canadian Press)

Poor road conditions and flights cancelled due to winter storm

Posted By: Michelle Rosa · 12/27/2012 5:34:00 AM

A winter storm that blew into southwestern Ontario early Wednesday from the United States was expected to cause a variety of travel headaches Thursday.

Environment Canada posted winter storm warnings late Wednesday for Ontario`s Niagara region, eastern Ontario, southern Quebec and much of northern New Brunswick.

Toronto has already received 10 centimetres of snow, but the good news is  the GTA will be dealing with only flurries by mid-morning on Thursday.  By 4 o'clock this morning, over 600 plows have been out on area highways and city streets. It'll be a great opportunity for the kids to go tobogganing. Here are some of the best hills to check out.

Some of the hardest hit areas in Ontario, are the Niagara and Hamilton areas. Residents there could be clearing their driveways of 15 to 20 centimetres of the white stuff.  Environment Canada says the Montreal region could receive up to 30 ...

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