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The mayor's executive committee voted Monday night to kill the 5-cent bag fee bylaw as of July 1st. The issue will now go to council for approval.
Mayor Rob Ford told the committee that retailers are making millions charging the fee.
He says he refuses to go to Loblaws because of the fee.
Ford says the city shouldn't be forcing retailers to charge the 5 cents.
Police are looking for a man who tried to disarm an officer while he was being arrested.
Jermaine Douglas-Jackson is facing several charges including assault, escaping lawful custody and disarming a peace officer.
The incident happened on Monday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 53 Division at 416-808-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222 TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com.
The latest poll from Ipsos Reid done for Newstalk1010 shows that the Conservatives and the NDP continue chugging along federally, while the Liberals continue to be squeezed out.
If a federal election were held tomorrow the Conservatives would receive 37% of the vote, the NDP 35% and the Liberals would receive just 19%.
50% of those polled said they approve of the way the Conservatives are handling the economy which is up from 40% during the election.
Ipsos Reid says it will be interesting where the Liberals go from here, as it appears they are being squeezed out by the Conservatives and the NDP. Ipsos Reid CEO Darrell Bricker says the longer the Liberals go without a platform that distinguishes them as different, the worse off they'll be.
The Liberals have lost 2 points in the latest poll which is on par with their performance in the election one year ...
Four years after he beheaded a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus, Vince Li may soon be given temporary passes away from his Manitoba mental hospital.
A psychiatrist treating Li is asking a federal review panel to let Li take escorted trips into Selkirk, a community north of Winnipeg, every week.
Dr. Steven Kremer says Li is responding well to medication and has had no behavioural problems.
The Crown attorney in the case is not opposing the idea, and the review board has reserved its decision.
Li was found not criminally responsible for killing Tim McLean onboard a bus near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, in 2008. He was sentenced to a mental hospital and initially kept inside a locked ward.
But Li has slowly been awarded more freedom following annual reviews of his conditions, including escorted walks on the grounds of the hospital.
The mother of the man Li killed ...
A Toronto man is facing impaired driving charges after a police officer was seriously injured while attending a traffic stop.
Police say the highway patrol officer was stopped on the Gardiner Expressway early Monday assisting another officer who had stopped a vehicle.
It's alleged that another motorist drove into the rear of the stopped police vehicle while the officer was sitting inside.
The officer was taken to hospital while the other driver suffered no injuries.
Peter Sissakis, 42, is charged with driving over 80 milligrams causing bodily harm and impaired driving causing bodily harm.
(The Canadian Press)
Bell Mobility and its parent company, BCE Inc. have been served with notice of a $100-million class action lawsuit alleging that expiry dates on its pre-paid wireless
services are illegal.
The suit is being handed by the Toronto law firm of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP on behalf of Celia Sankar of Elliot Lake, Ont.
Sankar, founder of the DiversityCanada Foundation, a not for profit organization that promotes social justice, is a Bell Mobility pre-paid wireless customer who has had her credit balance seized on two occasions.
The allegations, which have not be proven, accuse Bell of engaging in ``unfair practices'' and of systemically breaching contracts with pre-paid wireless customers by seizing credit balances contrary to Ontario's Consumer Protection Act.
In particular, the lawsuit alleges that pre-paid wireless services payments are ``gift cards'' as defined by the act, and cannot have an expiry date.
If the case is certified as a ...
The Progressive Conservatives want to privatize parts of Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One, which the Liberals and NDP say is a terrible idea.
Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says he'll release a white paper with more details, but he does want new investments in OPG and Hydro One from public sector pension funds.
Hudak won't say his plan will lower electricity rates, but he hopes to get them under control and get businesses to invest in Ontario.
Energy Minister Chris Bentley says the last time the Tories tried to privatize Ontario's electricity system 10 years ago it sent hydro rates skyrocketing and had to be scrapped after seven months.
Bentley says the Conservatives ``virtually gave away Highway 407'' when they privatized the toll road just before the 1999 election, and says selling off parts of public hydro assets doesn't make sense.
(The Canadian Press)
In an effort to balance the school budget, the Toronto District School Board is making a number of recommendations.
Among them - closing school cafeterias, reducing staff levels at the head offices and reducing continuing education courses.
Since the province put in place it’s School Food and Beverage Policy last Fall, cafeterias across the province, including those in the TDSB, have taken a financial hit because students are bringing their lunches to school or buying them elsewhere.
Starting this fall, commuters in the Greater Toronto Area will be able to get their money back if their GO Transit train is more than 15 minutes late.
A source says the service guarantee will affect all GO train commuters, with the possible exception of the Niagara summer service.
The government says refunds will not be offered when delays are caused by extreme weather, police investigations, accidents or
Premier Dalton McGuinty floated the idea of a GO train guarantee last June before the fall election campaign.
At the time, he said the proposed refund system would likely cost between $6 million and $7 million.
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak dismissed the GO train
guarantee as a gimmick.
He says it's more important to make sure the trains pull into the stations on time.
The province says GO Transit, which moves about 62 million passengers annually, has maintained a ...
Peel police say a 29-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a former student.
David Lang, a former teacher at Cheyne Middle School in Brampton is facing charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
Lang has taught at three different schools - Cheyne Middle school, Fairwind Public School and Williams Parkway Senior Public School.
Those schools are all within Peel Region.
Police think there could be more victims out there. Anyone with information that could lead to additional charges, are asked to call Peel police at 905-453-2121 ext. 3460.
What if you called 9-1-1 for an ambulance and no one showed?
Sunday afternoon in the Birchmount and McNicholl area, a man in his late 30's had no vital signs. Toronto EMS made its' highest priority call and according to the Toronto Sun, dispatch had no available ambulances to send.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Would he have lived if there had been an ambulance? No one is saying either way.
Mike Merriman is a shop steward for CUPE Local 416 representing paramedics and he says the dispatchers had to start calling various hospital Emergency Rooms to find out if any paramedics waiting with patients were able to go the scene. A couple of individual paramedics went on there own.
Merriman wonders aloud "if this isn't a system in crisis, what is?
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti is the chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee that oversees ...
On Monday, Mayor Rob Ford will push city council's executive committee to scrap Toronto's five cent bag fee.
Ford believes the fee has served an environmental purpose because it has changed consumer habits.
The Mayor thinks the city should allow retailers to choose if they wish to charge bag fees.
"This bag tax has been around too long," said Rob Ford on Newstalk 1010's 'The City' on Sunday. "Let's move on. Let's get rid of it. It doesn't mean you want have to pay it. If a store wants to charge they'll be able to charge it, but they won't have to charge it."
If Ford is able to get council to back removing the fee, it would disappear by June 1st.
On Monday the executive committed is also to consider a staff report that recommends Toronto ask retailers to donate the fee voluntarily to add to the Toronto's tree ...
Canada's banking industry is ready to plunge into making it easier for people to buy things: by embedding credit card numbers and debit card numbers on smartphones.
The Globe and Mail quotes a source close to the situation as saying the biggest banks reached agreement on Friday to set out rules for how they will operate in this area. The new guidelines are expected to be made public as early as today.
Essentially financial institutions would be able to partnerup with telecoms such as Bell, Rogers and Telus so these card numbers and other details can be embedded on the "SIM" card in your smartphone. The telecoms own the SIM cards so they'll effective be able to charge you "rent" to use the space on the cards to store your credit information.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is concerned because small business owners are convinced that any change in ...
This is Road Safety Week, nationwide.
For motorists, it means one thing: more police watching for bad drivers.
The national safe driving blitz begins Monday morning.
Canada Road Safety Week runs until after the long weekend and Toronto police are joining in. Also taking part in the blitz, besides police services all over Canada, are the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Transport Canada.
Officers are looking for distracted driving, impaired drivers, properly installed carseats for kids, and aggressive drivers.
Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support said, "As a strategy partner in this national road safety campaign, the OPP has a major role in reaching our goal of making Ontario's roads the safest in Canada in support of the Road Safety Strategy 2015 plan. This is why the OPP will be out in full force during the campaign, enforcing all road safety laws ...
A Toronto police officer was injured after being involved in a car collision early Monday morning.
It was around 12:30 when a car struck the officer's cruiser on the westbound Gardiner Expressway near Colborne Lodge.
EMS say the officer suffered minor injuries and there's no word on the condition of the person in the other car, although no one was said to be seriously injured.
There are reports that one person was arrested for impaired driving.