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Chalk up another point for the e-reader.
But in this game, the big loser is the bookstore.
Now, The World's Biggest Bookstore is the latest in the long line of victims of the new technology.
The Toronto Star is reporting the store near Yonge and Dundas is slated to close by December of 2013, after the owners cited a lack of business and lower profits.
The store has been there for 25 years, and at one time featured 20 kilometers of bookshelves.
It will close when the lease expires.
You don't have to be told it was hot on Wednesday.
But, now you can tell your friends, you endured the hottest June 20th on record.
We hit 34.6 degrees at Pearson Airport, which eclipses the old mark of 34.4 set back in 1949.
The heat is expected to stick with us for most of the day on Thursday, before northern winds bring some relief for the weekend.
Toronto cops have made an arrest in connection with the assault of a teenaged boy back in the late 70's.
Police say the suspect has a well-known history and reputation within the RC model airplane community in the GTA.
74-year old Jack Hugh Humphreys of Maple has been charged with Indecent Assault on a male.
Police are afraid there may be other victims out there.
You can all breathe a sigh of relief: there will be no provincial this summer.
This comes after Queen's Park passed the budget bill by a vote of 52-35.
The NDP abstained from the vote, after noting even this new-look budget wasn't what they were hoping for. However during debate, NDP Finance Critic Michael Prue said he's glad they were able to tweak it.
There was two hours of debate and another hour of question period before the vote.
Premier Dalton McGuinty and PC leader Tim Hudak got into a fiery exchange over the financial plan, with Hudak maintaining the Tories couldn't support the plan, maintaining it had failed. He asked McGuinty to review some of the PCs "bold" ideas over the summer.
"The ideas aren't bold, they're just old." countered the Premier.
The budget bill received royal assent immediately, ending the main budget process.
The fees for on street-parking could go up an average of 11% if city council approves a parking authority proposal at councils July meeting.
The Toronto Parking Authority is hoping to increase charges to about 10-thousand parking spaces across the city, raising fares anywhere from .25 cents to .50 cents per hour.
The authority claims inflation in Toronto has risen 10% since 2007, the year the rates last changed.
The rate increase would generate and extra $4 Million a year. The city received $42 Million from the authority last year.
Council will debate the report at the July 10th and 11th meeting.
A Halton school bus driver is facing multiple charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old student.
Police say 68-year-old Denis Reilly of Milton has been arrested after a 12-year-old student came forward with claims relating to incidents that occured during May and June of this year while being driven home on the bus.
Reilly is facing charges of sexual assault, sexual interference, and invitation to sexual touching.
Police are concerned there may be more victims out there as the accused had routes with several Oakville schools including Abbey Park Secondary School, Holy Family Catholic Elementary School, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary and Oakwood Public School.
First Student Canada, Reilly's employer, has been contacted. However the company has not responded to our calls.
If you have information regarding this case, or others, you are being asked to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Bureau of halton Police at 905-465-8970.
Toronto police have arrested a man in connection with a sexual assault incident on June 8th, and have since connected him to 3 similar cases.
Cops began investigating after a 14-year-old girl came forward claiming the accused approached her near the Steeles Avenue and Hilda Road area, asked for directions, and sexually assaulted her.
Tuesday 26-year-old Amir Sepehri was arrested in the case.
Police have since charged the accused in three other incidents. In all three cases, investigators say Sepehri asked a girl for directions, before allegedly sexually assaulting them.
The suspect is facing 2 charges of sexual assault, 2 charges of sexual intereference, and one charge each of assault, and criminal harrassment.
Durham Regional Police are warning students and their parents about a scammer who is claiming to be from the National Student Loan Centre. Police say the person calls from a private number and asks for the resident who is applying for a loan. Because thousands of students are going through this very process, police say some have fallen victim to the scam.
The caller asks for personal information like the Social Insurance Number, passport information, and if that doesn’t work, they’re asking the victim to fax their birth certificate or driver’s license.
Durham police are warning people to never give such personal information over the phone, or send it via e-mail or fax.
Police say you should ask for the caller’s name, number and information and call the student loan centre directly. Investigators say making a demand for the fraudster’s information usually ends the phone call.
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BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. has begun cutting jobs in a bid to save $1 billion.
Shares of RIM were trading lower Wednesday following news of the cuts.
The company says it's looking for at least $1 billion in savings by the end of its 2013 financial year.
RIM says it has reduced some positions as part of this and may cut more as it continues a review of the business.
The company employs 16,500 people across its global operations, which include several outposts in Canada, including its headquarters in Waterloo.
Last July, RIM laid off about 11 per cent of its workforce, or 2,000 employees, marking the biggest employee reduction in its history.
Shares in the company were down 39 cents at $10.57 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
(The Canadian Press)
An elderly woman has been rushed to hospital after a house fire in the Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue West area.
Toronto Fire say they were called to 164 Yorkview Drive at approximately 9:23 a.m., Wednesday, after someone spotted heavy black smoke coming from the back of the house.
Crews were able to quickly knock the fire down, but found the 91-year-old woman with mobility issues suffering from serious smoke inhalation inside.
She was rushed to a nearby hospital but her condition is unknown.
The Ontario Fire Marshal's office has been called in to investigate.
Wednesday's hot and humid weather has prompted the city's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown to upgrade the Heat Alert to an Extreme Heat Alert.
During an Extreme Heat Alert, people are advised to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are okay. Other groups at risk include people with chronic and pre-existing illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are marginally housed or homeless.
In addition to using air conditioned public places such as shopping malls, local libraries and neighbourhood community centres as places to cool off, City Cooling Centres are open during Extreme Heat Alerts for those in need.
List of City's Cooling Centres:
Centennial Recreation Centre
1967 Ellesmere Road
(Ellesmere west of Markham)
Open: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Driftwood Community ...
For students at Malvern Collegiate, a ticket to the prom this year only goes so far.
Not only will students have to show up to the King Edward Hotel this Friday with a ticket, they'll also have to come to the event sober in order to get in the front door.
Students at the Malvern prom will be subject to a breathalyzer test in order to get in and they'll be booted out if they've had one too many.
Students had to take the test to get into last year's prom and off-site dances for several years.
It's not the only school either, Birchmount Park C.I. and Humberside are also testing students.
A 26 year-old man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault from earlier this month.
The incident happened on Friday June 8th around 3:30 p.m. A 14 year-old girl was approached by a man in the Steeles and Hilda Avenue area. He asked her for directions and then sexually assaulted the girl.
Amir Sepeheri faces a number of charges including sexual assault, assault, and sexual interference.
He's scheduled to be in court on Wednesday.
The proposed sale of the Toronto Maple Leafs to Rogers and Bell has been approved by the NHL's board of governors.
The deal was announced late last year and rubber-stamped at the league's meeting in Las Vegas.
The $1.32 billion deal will see Rogers and Bell control 37.5 percent of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which also includes the Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, the AHL's Toronto Marlies, and the Air Canada Centre.
Maple Leafs Chairman Larry Tannenbaum will see his stake in MLSE increased to 25 percent.
Summer arrives just after 7 p.m. Wednesday night right in the middle of a three day heat wave in Toronto.
After a scorching Tuesday, Wednesday will be even hotter with the forecast high predicting the mercury will climb to 34 degrees. With the humidity it's expected to feel like 42 degrees.
On Thursday there's an expected high of 32 degrees (feeling like 39), with temperatures cooling down on Friday.
The normal high for June 20th is 24. The hottest June 20th on record came back in 1949 when the temperature in Toronto hit 34.4 degrees.
Needing cash, the Toronto District School Board is looking at the possibility of selling off sections of some school yards.
School board trustees will consider a plan Wednesday that if approved, would see every school in the city examined in a report to be completed by November.
The report would consider if some sections of some schoolyards could be severed and sold as a way of raising cash.
A report in the Toronto Star cites unnamed trustees suggesting the plan is to try and raise $100 million through the sale of land, although Chair Chris Bolton tells the paper it's too early to talk about overall numbers.
There are no requirements on the size of a schoolyard.
Because of provincial rules, any money raised couldn't be used for programs or repairs. The money could go towards renovations or upgrades to buildings.
Border snooping is on hold -- at least for now.
The Harper government has hit the pause button on its plan to eavesdrop at border points after confirmation that some travellers at the Halifax airport were secretly recorded.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has told the Canada Border Services Agency to place audio monitoring on hold until a study of the privacy implications is complete.
Travellers have expressed concern about the budding plan by the federal agency to record conversations at airports and border crossings.
Toews says he wants to see a privacy impact assessment before going any further.
The privacy commissioner's office says it has yet to receive a full outline of the border agency's plans for enhanced surveillance.
(The Canadian Press)
Two people have been taken to hospital after an overnight shooting in Mississauga.
It happened around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night on Colonial Drive in the area of the 403 and Dundas.
The victims are two males one 18, the other 19.
One is expected to live, the other has serious and possibly life-threatening injuries.
Police are collecting information from witnesses to try and get a description of a suspect or suspects.