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A blitz by Canada Revenue Agency auditors on an unfortunate group of waiters and waitresses in St. Catherine's has exposed ``very surprising'' amounts of unreported tips and gratuities.
The pilot project targeted 145 servers working in just four restaurants.
Auditors reviewed two years' worth of income and found that every individual had hidden some portion of their tips from the taxman, with about half reporting no tips whatsoever.
In the end, the blitz flushed out $1.7 million in unreported tips and gratuities, almost $12,000 for each person.
``Industry insiders often tell servers that they only need to report 10 per cent of their ... wages as tip income,'' says an internal report on the project.
``Our results indicate that tips are more likely to be 100 per cent to 200 per cent of ... wages. In essence, they are only reporting five per cent to 10 per cent of earned ...
A Canadian aid worker who was kidnapped in Kenya says he's taking some time off to think about the future.
Steven Dennis a 37 year-old Toronto man was one of four workers who was kidnapped June 29 and rescued in Somalia just days later.
He told a news conference Sunday he's grateful for the rescue effort.
Dennis says kidnappings are one of the risks of aid work and he will re-evaluate whether he wants to continue taking that kind of risk. He's taking a few months off and not making any plans.
The four workers were rescued last Monday after three days in Somalia, when authorities swooped down on the group, killing one kidnapper.
Also kidnapped and rescued were, Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadazai, 38, of Gatineau, Que., Astrid Sehl, 33, of Norway, and Glenn Costes, 40, a Filipino, who was shot and injured during the initial kidnapping.
(The Canadian Press)
A mother and her newborn son are doing fine after she gave birth on the side of the 400 near the 407 around 4:30 in the morning on Sunday.
The baby was born prematurely and mom was with friends and heading to a Brampton hospital, but her son just couldn't wait.
Paramedics arrived on scene just in time to deliver the baby and the birth was witnessed by the boy's father and sister who rushed to the scene.
Since he came earlier than expected, the boy has yet to be named.
"A young man in his life already dictating how life is going to go," says OPP Cst. Linda Wolf. "This is something we do see from time to time, but it's not something we see everyday. We (emergency responders) try our best to make sure that everyone ends up being fine."
A Conservative MP desperate to hold on to his riding and a Liberal runner-up who went to court to get the razor-thin result overturned will make their cases to the Supreme Court of Canada this week.
The outcome of the case will determine whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper has to call a byelection in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke Centre.
Tory MP Ted Opitz won the riding by just 26 votes over Liberal Borys Wrzesnewskyj in last year's federal election. But Wrzesnewskyj went to court, claiming procedural irregularities.
Earlier this year, an Ontario Superior Court judge found that Elections Canada officials made clerical errors at the polls.
Justice Thomas Lederer threw out 79 votes and overturned the final result.
Opitz appealed the case to the Supreme Court, which will interrupt its summer break Tuesday to hear the case.
Only five other election results have been nullified by the courts since ...
Ryan Hunter-Reay took the checkered flag Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto for his third consecutive IndyCar victory.
Hunter-Reay, a Dallas native with a Canadian connection (his mother is from Hamilton) took the lead on Lap 49, lost it briefly on a pit stop, and regained it for good on Lap 57.
Defending champion Dario Franchitti started from the pole but lost time on a bad pit stop and finished the race in a collision with Ryan Briscoe. It's the third race in a row Hunter-Reay has won after Franchitti started in first place.
The victory is Hunter-Reay's first on a street course this season and moved the 31-year-old American 34 points clear of Will Power for the overall points lead.
Engine issues plagued James Hinchcliffe all weekend and they knocked him out of the race on Lap 28.
The fan favourite from Oakville, Ont., pulled over with concerns about ...
Between seven to nine thousand Canadian-owned computers could lose access to websites, email and social networking on Monday.
To see if your computer could lose internet access, visit http://www.dns-ok.ca/
At 12:01 a.m. Monday morning the F-B-I is going to shut down temporary servers it used to stop an online advertising scam.
The F-B-I took down hackers last fall and had clean servers installed to take over from the malicious servers so people wouldn't lose their Internet service right away.
But the replacements will be turned off Monday, and one expert from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario says about nine-thousand computers in Canada could be affected.
Associated Professor Thomas Dean says affected computers will start up, but when users try to access their mail or browsers, they'll get error messages.
The DNSChanger Trojan malware program at issue was created to redirect Internet traffic and hijack online searches.
Dean says about 300-thousand ...
Canada is topping up its aid to Afghanistan.
We'll give the country an extra $227-million in 2014-2017. The money is meant to empower women & girls in education, human rights & humanitarian aid.
That's on top of the $300-million Canada has promised Afghanistan from 2011-14.
Together international donors are pledging $16-billion to Afghanistan after 2014 as NATO forces leave the country. The US, the UK, Germany & Japan are the biggest contributors.
Mother nature is co-operating as people pile in along the Lakeshore to satisfy their need for speed at the Honda Indy.
Racing fans will enjoy mostly sunny skies & a high of 26---a break from this week's punishing heat.
Dario Franchitti has the pole as he goes for his 4th title in Toronto. Joining Franchitti in the front row is rival Will Power.
Quebecer Alex Tagliani starts in 16th spot. He finished in 6th in qualifying but was penalized 10 spots for changing an engine Friday.
Oakville's James Hinchcliffe was also pushed back 10-grid spots for an engine change. He'll go 19th.
Toronto police are looking into a shooting at a hotel near Pearson Airport.
It happened around 5:30am Sunday in the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel on Carlson Ct.
The victim was reportedly shot in the leg.
Guests at the hotel near the 401 & Dixon Rd tell Newstalk 1010 they didnt' hear any shots.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada is calling for a national strategy to help police deal with domestic disputes involving people with dementia.
The group says police have to be more sensitive, especially since these kinds of cases are likely to spike as the Canadian population ages.
CEO Naguib Gouda says a national dementia plan is critical, adding that we're
lagging behind other countries.
Deb Mulligan called 9-11 after her husband, who has dementia, threatened her life. The Ontario woman says it was a tough decision she doesn't regret, but it was terrible to her her husband treated like a criminal.