Federal agency loses personal data

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/28/2012 5:33:00 PM

A big whoops from Human Resources & Skills Development Canada.

The department has lost personal information belonging to some 5,000 Canadians.  The handle files including pensions & old age security.

The affected people are getting letters giving them the head's up, including steps to protect themselves.

HRSDC told the federal privacy commissioner's office about the loss earlier this month.

A spokeswoman for the privacy commissioner says it's too early to say if there will be a formal investigation, but they're working with the HRSDC to figure out what happened.

(The Canadian Press)

GTA gas prices up overnight

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/28/2012 4:54:00 PM

If your car's gas tank is running close to empty, you can save yourself a little cash by filling up before midnight.

Dan McTeague with says pump prices in the GTA rise by 0.8 cents overnight.

That'll put the cost for a litre of regular around $1.23 at most stations.

McTeague says right now, pump prices are closely tied to negotiations in Washington over the fiscal cliff.  He says if there's no deal, prices will start to move downwards over time.

He expects a deal close to January 1st would push gas prices closer to the $1.30/L range.

15-year-old hit by truck in Scarborough dies

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/28/2012 1:34:00 PM

A 15-year-old boy hit by as he crossed the street in Scarborough last week has died.

He was hit by a pickup December 20th on Kennedy Rd, north of Eglinton.  There are reports he was using his cellphone at the time.

The teen died in hospital Friday morning.

Tackling the 'Holiday Let Down'

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/28/2012 1:27:00 PM

Now that the family is gone and so are the leftovers, it's normal to feel a bit of a holiday let down.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Oren Amitay tells Newstalk 1010 some people don't talk about it because they just think the feeling is part of the winter blues.

But Amitay says it could be that all of the things you had been looking forward to around Christmas are done with and you just don't have anything to look forward to.

Amitay recommends scheduling something with friends on New Year's Eve or mid-January to have a smaller event to look forward to. He says it will help wean you off of the holiday high.

He says this will give you time to relax a few days after Christmas.

13-year-old Toronto girl missing

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/28/2012 1:19:00 PM

Toronto Police are asking for your help to track down a missing 13-year-old girl.

Sylvia Ricciardella was last seen on Thursday afternoon at the Eaton Centre.

Police say they are concerned for her safety.

Sylvia is described as white, 5'3 with a slim build, brown eyes & dark brown shoulder length hair with white streaks in her bangs.

She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black Canada Goose vest, jeans & black shoes.

This isn't the 1st time police have gone looking for Sylvia.  She was reported missing twice in October.

If you have any information about where Sylvia Ricciardella is, call police at 416-808-5100 or contact Crime Stoppers.

SIU wraps up probe of East Gwillimbury police cruiser crash

Posted By: Siobhan Morris · 12/28/2012 12:45:00 PM

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has wrapped up its probe of a crash in East Gwillimbury involving 2 York Region police officers.

The SIU is called in when someone is seriously hurt or killed while interacting with police.

An unmarked cruiser carrying Sergeant Kelly Bachoo & Constable Andy Pattenden collided with a pickup Thursday afternoon on Mt Albert Rd near Kennedy Rd.

The SIU found the pickup had crossed the road's centre line & hit the cruiser head on.

Bachoo, who was driving the police car, was taken to hospital with serious, but non life threatening injuries.

Pattenden & the driver over the truck weren't seriously hurt.

AUDIO: EXCLUSIVE: Ford Speaks After Defamation Suit Tossed

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 12/28/2012 11:15:00 AM

One case down, some more to go.

That's the mayor's attitude towards his legal problems, after the $6-million defamation lawsuit against him has been thrown out.

Rob Ford spoke exclusively to Newstalk 1010. The mayor has no kind words for restaurateur George Foulidis, who brought the libel suit to court claiming Ford tarnished his reputation during the mayoral campaign in an interview with the Toronto Sun about Foulidis's lease being extended without considering any other establishments for the location. Ford had maintained he was calling all closed door deals corrupt and while he pointed to the Beaches issue, never named Foulidis.

Ford maintained the suit was politically motivated.

He's now dusting his hands of this case, focusing on January 7th, the date of his appeal in his conflict of interest case that could see him thrown out of office.

Listen to the full interview with Jack Berkovits here:

NHL Makes New Offer to Players

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/28/2012 10:23:00 AM

The NHL has presented a new proposal to the NHL Players' Association.

A source says the league's offer calls for player contract limits of six years. The owners had previously been seeking five.

It also includes one compliance buyout per team that would count against the players' overall share in revenue but not against the salary cap.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly declined comment when asked about the proposal.

There are no plans for the two sides to meet.

It's been two weeks since representatives from the league and union last sat down together.

(The Canadian Press)

Team Canada Wins at World Junior Tournament

Posted By: David Woodard · 12/28/2012 9:28:00 AM

Ryan Strome scored two goals and Canada rallied to beat Slovakia 6-3 at the world junior ice hockey championships Friday.

Goals in the first period from Marko Dano and Tomas Mikus put Slovakia 2-0 ahead before Strome narrowed the gap at 22:16. Dano restored the two-goal margin on a power play midway through the second period.

But Morgan Rielly, Ty Rattia and Mark Schiefele put Canada 4-3 ahead after 40 minutes. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Strome then scored a goal each early in the third period to seal Canada's second victory after a 9-3 win over Germany in the Group B opener on Wednesday.

Also Friday, the Czech Republic scored its first victory at the event, beating Finland 2-1 on first-period goals by Marek Hrbas and Tomas Hyka.

(Canadian Press)

Canadians Personal Debt Level Tops Record

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/28/2012 8:08:00 AM

Personal debt levels climbed to record levels in 2012.

The growth came as both Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney repeatedly warned against borrowing too much.

According to Statistics Canada, the household debt to income ratio stood at 164.6 per cent, that's about the level reached in the United States before the financial crisis.

Experts say the record borrowing leaves Canadians vulnerable if unemployment rises or interest rates head higher.

TD Bank chief executive Craig Alexander says we've navigated through the risks so far, but the time has come to pay off your bills before that happens.

The Bank of Canada is expected to keep its key rate on hold for now, giving Canadians a window to start reducing their debts before costs start to rise.

(The Canadian Press)

Man Dies in Early Morning Blaze

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/28/2012 5:26:00 AM

One man is dead after a fire broke out at a residential complex on Richmond East early Friday morning.

Emergency services say the victim was a man in his 40's and was pronounced on scene.

It's suspected he died of severe burns to his body.  EMS say they are not treating anyone else at the scene.

It happened at 255 Richmond Ave. E. near Sherbourne.

No word yet from Toronto Fire on the cause of the blaze, or if the building is still on fire.

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