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Canadians warned about travel to Haiti

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/29/2012 1:28:00 PM

The federal government is renewing its travel warning for Canadians headed to Haiti.

Foreign Affairs says Canadians should exercise a "high degree of caution" in Haiti, especially in Port-au-Prince.  They add that anyone attending National Carnival
celebrations in February in Cap-Haitien should also be particularly vigilant about safety.

The US State Department has been harsher on Haiti saying Friday that "no one is safe" from kidnapping & violent crime in Port-au-Prince.

It says in recent months travellers arriving in the capital on flights from the United States have been attacked & robbed after leaving the airport, while at least 2 American citizens were killed in robbery & kidnapping incidents.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

Teen dies after skiing accident in Uxbridge

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/29/2012 9:18:00 AM

A 16-year-old boy has died at Sunnybrook hospital this morning after a skiing accident in Uxbridge.

Durham Police say the hit his head while skiing yesterday at the Lakeridge Resort. He suffered critical head injuries. 

Police say he was wearing a helmet.

Fatal plane crash in Russia

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/29/2012 9:14:00 AM

A passenger airliner careered off the runway at Russia's
third-busiest airport while landing on Saturday, broke into pieces
and caught fire, killing at least four people.
   
Officials said there were eight people aboard the Tu-204
belonging to Russian airline Red Wings that was flying back from the
Czech Republic without passengers to its home at Vnukovo Airport.
   
Emergency officials said in a televised news conference that four
people were killed and another four severely injured when the plane
rolled off the runway into a snowy field and disintegrated.
   
Russia's state television showed photos of the plane's wreckage,
with the cockpit sheared off from the fuselage and a large chunk
gashed out near the tail.
   
The crash occurred amid light snow, but other details were not
immediately known.
   
Vnukovo airport spokeswoman Yelena Krylova said it had enough
personnel and equipment to keep the runway fully functional. ...

More snow today for parts of the GTA

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/29/2012 6:52:00 AM

Environment Canada has put out a special weather statement for parts of southern Ontario warning of more snow today.

Most areas are expected to get up to 5 cm of snow, including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, and southern Durham Region.

But up to 10cm could fall in Niagara and near Eastern Lake Erie.

The snow in  Toronto will taper off by early to mid afternoon, by late afternoon over Niagara and the Belleville area, and by early evening near Kingston.

Serious crash on the DVP

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/29/2012 5:02:00 AM

A young woman is in critical condition this morning after a crash on the DVP.

The accident happened late Friday night in the SB lanes near Eglinton.

Police say the woman's car hit one guardrail, spun across the highway into the other guardrail and was then hit by a second vehicle.

A third car then hit the guardrail trying to avoid the crash.

The driver of the first car was the only one taken to hospital.

NHL and players' union to hold conference call

Posted By: Justine Lewkowicz · 12/29/2012 5:00:00 AM

The two sides in the NHL lockout plan to review a new
proposal from the league in a conference call today.
   
And there are tentative plans for a face-to-face meeting tomorrow
in New York.
   
Owners made the new proposal in an effort to end the lockout and
save the season.
   
The sides haven't met in person since a second round of talks
with a federal mediator broke down December 13th.
   
Time is running short as the N-H-L says it doesn't want a season
of less than 48 games.
   
A source tells The Canadian Press the deal is contingent on the
NHLPA signing off by January 11th.
   
Training camps would then open the next day and the season would
start January 19th.
   
(The Canadian Press)

CAW expects 2013 to be another tough year for unions

Posted By: Newstalk 1010 · 12/29/2012 4:58:00 AM

The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union expects 2013 to be
another tough year for the labour movement across the country.
   
The last year saw big labour take a beating amid a sluggish
economy as manufacturing companies closed and the CAW union was
forced to accept lower starting wages for workers in auto plants.
   
CAW president Ken Lewenza says he hasn't seen companies so
confident about pushing for dramatic concessions from unions in
nearly 40 years.
   
He points out that, in the manufacturing sector, corporations
have made so many demands from unions it's almost unconscionable.
   
Lewenza says that, in addition to cutting wages and benefits,
companies are routinely seeking changes to pension plans and
two-tier wages for new hires.
   
The big labour boss hopes next year's formation of Canada's
largest private sector union through the merger of the CAW and the
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