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Toronto District School Board has passed the 2012-2013 budget, approving $58 million in cuts to balance the books.
Trustee Cathy Dandy tells the Toronto Star the process is "a bloodbath," and the cuts are the worst since Mike Harris was in power.
There will be job cuts in administration and support work and will close some cafeterias.
Earlier this year trustees voted to make $51 million in staff cuts.
Trustees found $1 million to avoid cuts to special education, student services, and the budgets of individual schools.
Despite accusations that the province isn't providing enough funding, Education Minister Laurel Broten says there has been a 34 percent increase in Toronto over the past 8 years.
Another case of glass falling from a downtown highrise.
Toronto Police say no one was injured when a pane of glass fell from the 25th floor of a condo at 126 Simcoe Street on Wednesday.
A couple vehicles were damaged, and the city was called to clean up the mess.
The pane of glass appeared to come from under the railing of a balcony.
As a result, Simcoe Street was closed down for a number of hours.
The man accused of opening fire in the packed Eaton's Centre food court appeared in court Wednesday afternoon at Old City Hall.
23-year old Christopher Husbands was led into a small courtroom that was packed with reporters. His family and friends were nowhere in sight.
His only support was his lawyer, who Husbands whispered to on occasion. The accused looked pensive and tense during the hearing.
Wearing a blue hoodie and gray jacket, Husbands tried his best to hide his face from the media in the room.
He stood with his back to reporters and propped himself up against the corner of the prisoners box, looking directly at the Justice of the Peace as she read out the new charges against him and detailed the publication ban on details of the case.
Husbands is facing two counts of First Degree Murder, five counts of Attempted Murder and one charge of Criminal Negligence Cause Bodily Harm.
DNA tests have confirmed human remains found in Vancouver (a hand and a foot) belong to Jun Lin.
He was the Chinese student living in Montreal who was allegedly murdered and dismembered by Luka Magnotta.
A court in Berlin has ruled meantime there's enough evidence to keep Luka Magnotta locked up until they finally move him to Canada.
Now, prosecutors in Germany must formally request the Justice and Foreign ministries there sign off on the extradition.
Authorities note it could be up to 2 weeks before Magnotta is on a plane headed back to Canada to face charges.
(w/files from D.McKee)
Ontario's Chief Forensic Pathologist and Chief Coroner are reaching out to those who lost a family member before June of 2010 resulting in a coroner's investigation and autopsy.
They may be unaware that part of their loved one was kept on ice for testing.
Retaining organs as part of an autopsy has been standard practice to help determine the cause of death.
Some families though may not have been notified.
A year from now any remaining organs will be respectfully disposed of.
(w/files from D.McKee)
The Ontario government has taken measures they say will stabilize rent increases in the Province.
The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act was passed at Queen's Park Wednesday, which will cap the maximum amount landlords can raise a sitting tenant's rent by for a single year at 2.5%.
If a building is undergoing a renovation, the Landlord can apply for an exception to the 2.5% maximum.
Kathleen Wynne, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing says the amendment will help keep rental housing costs affordable and stable for over one million tenants in Ontario.
Premier Dalton McGuinty says Ontario needs a law to make sure tips left in restaurants and bars go to staff, not managers or owners.
New Democrat Michael Prue introduced a private members' bill to outlaw the practice called tip outs, where management takes a percentage of tips meant for servers and kitchen staff.
The government was initially cool to the idea, but McGuinty says no customers who leave a tip expect the owners to take a percentage.
He says that's the implicit understanding we have as consumers, and the law should reflect that.
McGuinty says not only do full-time servers rely on tips as part of their income, but so do tens of thousands of young people working part-time in restaurants and bars while going to school.
The premier told Labour Minister Linda Jeffrey to take a close look at the NDP bill, after she suggested the law didn't need ...
(CAUTION: The contents of this report may be disturbing to some)
A teacher has been suspended by a Montreal school for showing Grade 10 students the infamous video that shows a killing allegedly committed by Luka Rocco Magnotta.
The teacher showed the students the grotesque scenes on June 4 and was immediately suspended that afternoon - with pay.
The video is so disturbing that, according to Montreal police, even seasoned detectives who have watched it were troubled by the contents.
Staff at Cavelier-De LaSalle High School in Montreal's west end say they quickly informed the students that a team of psychologists was available to deal with any problems that might have resulted from watching the video.
Students are apparently defending the popular young teacher -whom one described as being about 25 years old.
Another student told reporters that it was the kids who asked him to play the video. She ...
Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae is telling his caucus he won't run for the permanent leadership of the party.
Sources say Rae will stay on as interim leader until a replacement is chosen.
Rae, a former Ontario premier, has led the party since the aftermath of the 2011 election, in which Michael Ignatieff lost his seat and then quit as leader.
Rae's announcement that he won't run comes on the same day party brass were set to announce whether he would be allowed to seek the leadership.
He took the interim leadership on the understanding that he wouldn't run for the permanent job, but the party was expected to allow him to seek the position.
His decision leaves the leadership up for grabs, with a number of potential candidates considering their chances, including MPs Marc Garneau, David McGuinty, Joyce Murray ...
Canadian diving veteran Alexandre Despatie has suffered a large cut to his head in a diving mishap in Spain, making his status for the London Olympics uncertain.
Mitch Geller of Diving Canada says the 27-year-old from Laval, Quebec, was hurt while performing an inward three and a-half and struck the board with full force.
Geller says Despatie lost his balance and his head hit the end of the springboard, suffering a 10-centimetre cut just below the hairline.
Despatie was pulled from the water by lifeguards and his coach, Arturo Miranda, but Geller says if the diver lost consciousness, it was just for a few moments.
Despatie required surgery to close the wound, which will take about two weeks to heal.
"Thanks so much for the support everyone!! The surgery went well and I will give you guys an update soon!!" ...
Councillor Adam Vaughan is proposing new zoning bylaws that would prohibit the storage, sale and use of ammunition in Toronto.
The move comes in the wake of the Eaton Center shooting where two people were killed.
Vaughan's bylaw would include bullets for all guns, not just handguns.
Normally, in Canada, gun control laws are set by the Provincial or Federal Governments.
Currently, to buy bullets in Toronto, the person would have to be over 18 years old and would also have to have a valid permit for the gun.
M-P's will enter the House of Commons this morning likely prepared to stay awhile.
Later today, they are set to begin a marathon of votes on more than 800 amendments to the Conservatives' controversial omnibus budget bill.
N-D-P House Leader Nathan Cullen says the list of changes being brought into force by the bill is extraordinary -- and calls them extraordinarily bad.
Among the 70 laws the bill amends are those relating to environmental assessments, old age security and employment insurance.
While the opposition argues that such a broad-ranging bill demands more study, the Conservatives say enough time has already been spent.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the bill has received a record amount of debate and the government wants it passed to create jobs and spur the economy.
(The Canadian Press)
A 39-year old Toronto man faces a number of charges after police allege a 15 year-old girl was recruited to become a prostitute.
Police arrested Cheng Ping Liu Tuesday night after receiving a call about a sexual assault near Broadview and Danforth last night.
He faces a number of charges including procuring a person to become a prostitute, trafficking in persons, living off the avails of prostitution, forcible confinement, assault, and sexual assault.
He's scheduled to be in court this morning.
The stage is set for history.
Crews have strung the 550 metre tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls that Nik Wallenda hopes he'll be able to successfully walk across Friday, making him the first person to ever accomplish the feat.
Work began Tuesday night to put the 6 tonne cable in place for Wallenda's high wire walk.
Wallenda will become the first person to even attempt a tightrope walk over the falls. Others have crossed the Niagara River further downstream but been more than 100 years since then.
Wallenda estimates that his stunt will cost $1.3 million. He'll recoup some of the cost through a deal with ABC (which will televise the event), but he's not sure about other costs.
He's attempting to raise money, but stands short of his goal.
Newstalk 1010 will have full coverage from the historic high wire walk on Friday night.
A 20 year-old and a 1 year-old are recovering after the mother and child were treated for smoke inhalation after a high rise fire near Weston and Lawrence.
The blaze broke out after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning on the balcony of the 14th floor and was quickly put out.
There are reports that 3 police officers were also treated for smoke inhalation.
There were no other injuries reported.
An 82 year-old woman rushed to hospital with life threatening injuries after being hit by a bus in the city's west end has been upgraded to stable but critical condition.
She was struck around 8 o'clock Tuesday evening in the area around Davenport and Ossington.
Reports indicate she was originally pinned under the TTC vehicle, before being freed.
There is no word on charges.
Top brass in the Liberal party will decide Wednesday if they'll let Bob Rae try to turn his interim leadership into a permanent job.
Rae has held the temporary post ever since the Liberals were reduced to third-party status in the last federal election.
The party's national board of directors has a conference call scheduled for tonight to sort out the rules and timelines for a leadership race.
They're widely expected to give Rae the go-ahead to run for the top job.
If that happens, Rae says he'll make a decision on whether to join the race before the parliamentary session wraps up on June 22nd.
While Rae would be considered a front-runner, support is also growing for Montreal Liberal M-P Justin Trudeau.
The eldest son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau has said he won't be trying for the job this time around because he wants to focus on ...
Honda Canada is voluntarily recalling approximately 12,587 of its popular 2012 Civics in Canada.
The carmaker wants to inspect and, if necessary, replace the left driveshaft which may not have been properly pressed into the CV joint during assembly.
If the driveshaft separates from the joint, the engine will no longer propel the vehicle.
The company says no accidents or injuries have been reported related to the issue.
Honda says affected owners will be notified by mail beginning later this month and encouraged drivers to take their cars to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification.
Owners may also be able to determine if their cars require repair by going to the Honda website or contacting the company.
(The Canadian Press)