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More cases of West Nile virus have surfaced in the GTA.
Peel Region has reported mosquitoes infected with West Nile have been discovered in Mississauga and Brampton.
That's to go along with the several batches of mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus in Toronto last week.
So far there have been no human cases of West Nile reported.
The three-year countdown to the 2015 Pan American Games has officially started in Toronto.
Mayor Rob Ford and federal and provincial government representatives were on hand Tuesday afternoon to raise an official Toronto 2015 flag.
Manitoulin Aboriginal drummers signalled the beginning of the afternoon city hall ceremony that featured sports demonstrations and
performances from Canadian artists such as Kardinal Offishall.
``Today is a special day,'' Ford said. ``We are only three years away from the beginning of the 2015 Games. Toronto is proud - very,
very proud - to host these games, and today's event, that is just the beginning of what we have to display to the rest of the world.''
The countdown celebrations also included the unveiling of two month-long city-wide cultural projects.
More than 40 pianos painted by participating Pan Am countries have been placed throughout the downtown core for public use, and a
photo exhibit at ...
One of the world's biggest porn stars says he was enlisted to help catch Luka Rocco Magnotta.
Ron Jeremy said he was asked to lure Magnotta to Los Angeles with a fake offer to appear in an x-rated flick.
This offer was allegedly been made long before Magnotta became a murder suspect.
Jeremy says he was asked about the 'sting operation' when Magnotta was suspected to be the man behind internet videos showing a person killing and torturing kittens.
The idea was hatched by human rights group Rescue Ink, who reached out to Jeremy through former Playboy playmates 'The Barbi Twins.'
Jeremy initially wanted to play along, but according to the Barbi Twins, he backed out.
Magnotta is sitting in a Quebec jail on charges he killed and dismembered Chinese national student Jun Lin.
A fifth victim has come forward in a string of sex assaults at York University, this as the suspect was making a court appearance on Tuesday morning.
20-year-old Oshane Leach was arrested by Toronto police on Monday evening, just four days after the assaults occured.
Police say three women reported being sexually assaulted near Vari Hall on the university's Keele campus last Thursday.
In each incident, a man approached a woman, struck up a conversation, then groped her as she walked away.
Police say a fourth victim in the Thursday string of sex assaults came forward before Leach's court appearance Tuesday.
The fifth victim claims she was sexually assaulted near Vari Hall on Friday, and came forward to police on Monday.
Leach was remanded into custody and will be back in court on Wednesday morning.
Energy Minister Chris Bentley says a proposed gas plant cancelled just days before last year's election will be relocated to southwestern Ontario.
He says the relocation of the Greenfield South Power natural gas plant to Ontario Power Generation's Lambton Generating Station site will cost $180 million.
The figure includes a settlement agreement with the financiers of the plant, who are suing the Liberals for $300 million.
The Liberal government cancelled the planned 280-megawatt gas power plant in Mississauga last year, after scrapping another one in nearby Oakville the year before.
The opposition parties have accused the government of cancelling the plants to save Liberal seats, including Citizenship Minister Charles Sousa's and MPP Kevin Flynn's.
Work on the Mississauga plant continued for weeks after the Oct. 6 election, even though the government made it clear the project would have to be located elsewhere.
Bentley said the construction of the plant is ...
The host of CTV's Olympic coverage wonders whether the Pan-Am Games in Toronto will be ready on time.
During the Moore in the Morning show Tuesday, Brian Williams suggested the Pan-Am games lack the lustre they once had when they served as qualifiers for the Olympics.
He also suggested to Moore that he thinks they are behind schedule and have a lot of work to do.
The city hosted celebrations Tuesday, commemorating three years until the opening of the 2015 Pan-Am Games.
Williams noted that because the 2015 games are being held in Toronto, they will seem bigger than they usually do, but admitted they have 'problems.'
He didn't expand on what kind of problems he was referring to, and neither the Mayor, or Pan-Am Games Organizer's have responded to the accusations.
The OECD is urging governments to take swift action to address stubbornly high unemployment, warning the slow recovery is creating conditions that could scar youth and some workers the rest of their lives.
The Paris-based think-tank says the social costs of high levels of youth unemployment in some advanced nations are already large, but the situation threatens to transform from a cyclical to a structural problem.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says governments must do all they can to avoid a lost generation of youth who become disconnected from labour markets.
Not all countries have been affected, but some, like Greece and Spain, have seen youth unemployment rise to above 50 per cent.
The latest Statistics Canada report shows unemployment among the 15-24 year group rose half a point to 14.8 per cent in June, more than twice the national average of 7.2 per cent.
Last week, the ...
Some Research In Motion shareholders are giving company leaders the benefit of the doubt at the Blackberry maker's annual meeting.
They're willing to wait and see if the Blackberry 10 operating system delivers when it comes out next year.
Others questioned the chairwoman about the leadership of the company.
Barbara Stymiest replied RIM's board of directors is ``very supportive'' of the management team and believes it's well positioned to lead the company forward to face its current challenges.
The Supreme Court of Canada has wrapped up a first-of-its kind hearing into an overturned election, with the judges reserving their decision.
Defeated Liberal candidate Borys Wrzesnewskyj, who brought the original suit in the lower courts, says the case is vital to maintain confidence in the integrity of the voting system.
The lawyer for Conservative MP Ted Opitz argues that the voting rights of people in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke Centre were trampled by simple record-keeping errors.
His lawyer, Ken Thomson, says the lower-court decision to overturn Opitz's win in last year's federal election disenfranchised all the voters whose ballots were thrown out.
Thomson told the Supreme Court judges it's hard to imagine that such an important constitutional right could ``hang by so fine a thread.''
Opitz won the riding by just 26 votes over Wrzesnewskyj in last year's federal election, but Wrzesnewskyj went to court, claiming procedural irregularities.
It could be a chilly reception for Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Waterloo, Ontario.
It's expected that there will be many questions about poor Blackberry sales, technical delays and financial losses. Shareholders will get to grill RIM about its stock price which is now below $8 per share, when it used to be $25 just a year ago.
Research in Motion announced last month that it's lost more than $500-million and is delaying the release of it's latest Blackberry model, as well as cutting 5-thousand jobs.
Analysts predict a backlash from shareholders and plenty of criticism.
It was late last week when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sent a letter to city manager Joe Pennachetti instructing him to plan for a property tax increase next year of 1.75 percent and a property tax freeze in 2014 and 2015.
It seems the mayor is going to run into some resistance at city council and not just from his adversaries. Several allies are worried about a freeze even if it might be politically popular leading up to the next municipal election.
Councillor Peter Milczyn is on the executive committee and believes a tax freeze "might be a viable thing to do." Just as long as Ford doesn't rely on the use of reserve funds to balance the 2013 budget.
That's also the case with Councillor Paul Ainslie who wants the city's costs to be covered first and foremost. As long as the mayor can do that, and provide the ...