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It won't be the Toronto Maple Leafs, but The New York Rangers who have a new star forward.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have one less headache and three more quality players.
The Blue Jackets finally met captain Rick Nash's mid-season request and dealt him on Monday along with a third-round pick and a minor-league defenceman to the Rangers for centres Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenceman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick next year.
The deal gives the Rangers a big, sturdy right wing to add to their core of solid young players and also helps them counter moves made by other Eastern Conference powers this off-season.
Nash will join a New York offence that includes captain Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik.
The Rangers were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season and just missed out on the Presidents' Trophy for most regular-season points. New ...
Over the past couple of decades, statistics have shown that the number of violent crimes increases in hot months of the year, even in hot hours of the day.
Even though many researchers acknowledge that there are other factors involved, some experts believe that being uncomfortably hot has something to do with aggression.
Richard Larrick with Duke University has completed a study that shows an increase in a specific form of aggression when the mercury rises - retaliation.
His team went through five decades of data from baseball and found that the hotter the temperature, the more likely a pitcher has been to intentionally hit a batter when one of his own teammates was hit earlier in the game.
"As it gets hotter, we become... more negatively aroused," Larrick says research shows. "We essentially just feel irritated."
Other researchers in the U.K. say that they believe violent crime is linked ...
The suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings has made his first court appearance -- though at times, he didn't seem to be there at all.
James Holmes was unshaven and appeared dazed.
He sat virtually motionless during today's hearing in Centennial, Colo., his eyes drooping as the judge advised him of the severity of the case.
At one point, he simply closed his eyes.
His hair was dyed a comic-book shade of orange-red.
He didn't say a word during the hearing, letting his lawyers do all the talking when the judge asked if he understood his rights.
Prosecutors said later they didn't know if he was on medication.
Authorities have said he is being held in isolation.
The hearing was the first confirmation that Holmes' hair was coloured.
On Friday, there were reports of his hair being red, and that ...
Toronto's mayor says Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has agreed to continue funding for a Toronto police anti-violence initiative.
Rob Ford says funding for the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy will continue after initially being set to run out next
Ford says the funding is a ``huge victory'' for Toronto taxpayers.
TAVIS combines anti-violence and anti-gang measures with community engagement in an effort to reduce crime.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, Ontario's Attorney General John Gerretsen, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Madeleine Meilleur and Minister of Children and Youth Services Eric Hoskins also attended the meeting.
The summit was called following last week's mass shooting at a community barbecue in east Toronto that left two dead and 23 wounded.
(The Canadian Press)
Part of Mayor Rob Ford's post-meeting remarks:
Part of Chief Bill Blair's post-meeting remarks:
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Two teen athletes are once again able to act as ambassadors for the Ontario Summer Games.
The competitive rifle shooters got a letter from the city last week stating that they were being removed from the role because of the recent gun violence in Toronto.
Today, the city reversed its decision.
Tony Bernardo with the Canadian Shooting Sports Association there can only be one reason the city reinvited the athletes - poiltical pressure.
"It's terrible," Bernardo says. "Just all the wrong reasons to do this."
He says he was sickened and appalled when 18-year-old Chris Baldwin and 17-year-old Sabrina Sergeant were removed from the ambassador role last week.
He says that should never have happened.
"The politicians are artificially creating a link [between the sport and crime] to cover up their inability to do anything about gang crime in the City of Toronto," Bernardo says.
He says the two athletes ...
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet Tuesday with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to discuss federal anti-crime initiatives.
A spokesman for the prime minister says Harper had already planned to be in Toronto, so he added a meeting with Ford to his schedule after the mayor requested one.
The request followed a shooting at a community barbecue in east-end Toronto last week that left two dead and 23 wounded.
Andrew MacDougall says the prime minister is always happy to meet with elected officials to discuss crime and what government could do to tackle it.
But he says Ford's suggestion last week that a law to kick criminals out of Toronto is the mayor's proposal.
He says the federal government has its own anti-crime initiatives and Harper is looking forward to discussing those with Ford.
(The Canadian Press)
Questions are popping up again about eHealth.
The Health Minister is getting grilled Monday at Queen's Park sitting in front of the province's Estimates Committee to talk about ministry finances and programs
And while that covers everything from fluoride in water to hospital beds in use, one of the sticky subjects over the past few years has been focused on.
Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls calls eHealth both a "disaster" and a "complete and utter joke", underlining it's taking much longer to implement than anticipated even though the province has spent around $2.5 billion.
And while the full program was expected to be in place next year, Health Minister Deb Matthews says she would rather have it completed late but be properly implemented.
She points to emergency neuro-imaging and filmless hospitals as ways eHealth is currently helping the system.
Nicholls also claims that two consultants involved in the eHealth spending ...
It has been one week since the shooting on Danzig Street where two innocent people lost their lives in the crossfire and over 20 others were injured.
One of the victims was laid to rest on Monday.
Friends, family and members of the community gathered to say goodbye to Joshua Yasay, 23, of Ajax. The funeral was held at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Ajax at 11 a.m.
Yasay was a mentor and youth worker for at-risk kids, as well as part-owner of a new barbershop. A trust fund in his name has been established: Scotiabank Trust Account No. 647820592781; Transit No. 64782; Branch No.002.
The other victim of the shooting was Shyanne Charles, 14.
Visitation for Shyanne will take place on Friday, July 27 at Highland Funeral Home in Scarborough from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Her funeral will be on Saturday, July 28 at the chapel there, ...
The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the
loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years'
probation. The NCAA also said that any current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school.
NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the "death penalty," shutting down the Nittany Lions' program completely, the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.
Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive co-ordinator, was found guilty in June ...
If you enjoy sweltering heat, Monday will be the perfect day for you.
Environment Canada has issued a humidex advisory for the GTA. We're expected to reach a high of 35, but factoring in the humidity, it will feel more like 43 degrees. Applying sunscreen is advised since the UV index will be at 7, or high.
Along with dressing for the heat, you'll want to pack an umbrella because some rough thunderstorms are expected in the early to late afternoon. Winds are expected to gust between 50 and 70 kilometres per hour.
Monday could be a record-breaking day. The all-time heat record for July 23 was set in 1999 at a temperature of 34.7 C at Pearson International.
A man has suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a van on Sherbourne Street Monday morning.
It happened shortly after 2a.m. and when police were called to the scene near Gerrard Street, they aren't sure if the man had been lying in the street before he was run over.
Police say a vehicle managed to avoid the man in his 40's, but the second wasn't.
The collision reconstruction team is investigating and Sherbourne between Carlton Street and Gerrard Street will be closed for most of the morning rush.
It's been decided for months, that the three aging elephants at the Toronto Zoo were going to be moved to California, but the timeline has been pushed back.
The move was supposed to take place in August, but that's been delayed for a month.
Zoocheck Canada says it's too hot to send the animals in steel cages to the Paws Sanctuary, so they won't go until September.
A spokesperson for the organization says getting them to a climate-controlled aircraft in the heat, could be a risk to their health, so they'd rather wait and play it safe.