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A rescue and recovery has wrapped up in Niagara Falls after a police officer and a man fell into the Niagara Gorge late Tuesday
The Niagara Regional Police officer was pulled out of the gorge with leg injuries, while the suspect he was chasing, has died.
Police say the chase began shortly after 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and while the pursuit was taking place on foot, the two fell in.
The officer was loaded in to an ambulance and driven away from the scene, then airlifted to hospital in Hamilton.
The province's Special Investigations Unit has been called in and confirmed that the police officer broke the femur bone in his leg, but is expected to live.
Police say fire, parks police and Niagara regional police were all involved in the rescue, with firefighters using rappelling equipment to reach the men in the gorge.
There's no official word on ...
Mum was the word in Scarborough as the Mayor and Prime Minister met to talk about getting tough on crime.
The meeting lasted roughly 30 minutes and they made a quick exit after the get-together, not immediately revealing what happened during the talk.
Later in the afternoon at an announcement in Oshawa, Stephen Harper revealed they discussed about recent gun violence in the city and about a shared determination to get a handle on it. He also encouraged the city and the province to work together.
Harper wasn't specific but noted they spoke about a range of enforcement measures, underlining both he and the mayor will look at additional things that can be done to curb crime in the city.
Mayor Ford only issued a statement on the matter later in the day, calling the conversation "very productive" and says they agreed to continue working together to protect the community.
The province's Special Investigations Unit has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to charge a Toronto Police officer following the shooting death of 38-year-old Peter Lumanglas.
It was late night, April 15. The SIU says Constable Jeff Blair located a man in the Allen and Lawrence area who he believed had been speeding.
While searching him, and after finding what he believed to be drugs, the SIU says the man grabbed a pocket knife and stabbed the officer three times, including once in the neck.
Constable Blair drew his gun and ordered Lumanglas "don't move," but Lumanglas approached the injured officer with the knife raised above his head.
That's when Blair fired three shots into the man's chest, then two more when Lumanglass tried to get back up.
The SIU says all 5 shots were justified.
(With files from David McKee)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says GM Canada is investing almost $1 billion in Canadian research and development at
its complex in Oshawa, Ont., to meet the conditions of the 2009 bailout.
Harpers say the money represents ``exciting future implications'' with ripple effects that will be felt ``far and wide.''
The federal and Ontario governments invested a total of $10.5 billion in GM Canada in 2009 as the automaker struggled to survive the economic downturn.
Today's announcement is aimed at meeting R&D spending commitments GM made under the bailout.
Harper, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty are among the politicians attending the event.
The Oshawa plant builds many GM models - from the Impala and Camaro to the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Regal - and employs more than 4,500 people.
Last August, the company announced a $117 million investment at the assembly plant to prepare it to ...
This year's Toronto International Film Festival will open with the Bruce Willis time-travelling thriller ``Looper,'' and showcase projects starring A-listers Ben Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hanks, Rachel McAdams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Redford.
Organizers revealed the gala and special selections at a press conference this morning and also touted the world premiere of Deepa Mehta's sweeping Salman Rushdie adaptation, ``Midnight's Children.''
The fest's artistic director Cameron Bailey calls the mix ``one of the most international and diverse'' they've ever had.
The big films include world premieres of Affleck's political thriller ``Argo,'' Hanks' centuries-spanning epic ``Cloud Atlas,''
Gosling's drama ``The Place Beyond the Pines'' and Paltrow's dramedy ``Thanks for Sharing.''
The futuristic, time-travel flick ``Looper'' is about hitmen hired to kill victims from the future. Willis plays a man who is sent back in time to be killed by his younger self, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The Toronto International Film Festival ...
The mayor has arrived for another meeting aimed at getting a handle on gun violence. This one is with the Prime Minister.
Mr. Harper was scheduled to be in Toronto already on Tuesday, and mayor Ford requested the chat. The two will be meeting at 12:40 p.m. at 43 Division, in Scarborough.
It's expected that Ford will follow suit with Monday's meeting at Queen's Park, and ask Harper for federal money to fight guns and gangs.
Tuesday's meeting between Ford, Chief Bill Blair and Premier Dalton McGuinty proved to be somewhat effective. The Premier announced the province will provide $12.5-million a year in permanent funding for anti-violence strategies. That includes $5-million for the TAVIS force which deals with city gangs and guns.
Fewer crimes were reported to police in Canada in 2011 than at any other time in the last 40 years, Statistics Canada said Tuesday; a revelation that comes as political leaders wrestle with how to curb gun violence on the streets of Toronto.
Police services reported nearly 2 million incidents last year, about 110,000 fewer than in 2010, the agency reported. And the severity of crime index; a tool used to measure the extent of serious crime in Canada; also declined by six per cent.
"Overall, this marked the eighth consecutive decrease in Canada's crime rate,'' the study said. ``Since peaking in 1991, the crime rate has generally been decreasing, and is now at its lowest point since 1972.''
There was, however, a reported increase last year in homicide, sexual offences against children, impaired driving and most drug offences. In particular, there were 44 ...
A girl in her mid-teens has been seriously injured after being struck by a car at Finch Ave. W. and Milady Rd. near Islington Ave. on Tuesday.
Toronto Police say emergency crews were called to the intersection at approximately 7:48 a.m., after the girl was hit while crossing the road.
Police say she was unconscious but breathing and has been taken to Sick Kids Hospital.
Finch is closed between Islington and Milady for the investigation.
There's been a lot of talk lately about the vast number of condo buildings being built in the Greater Toronto Area and there's concern that the supply may be outstripping demand, which could create a bubble that could send prices plunging.
The Royal Bank of Canada is releasing a report Tuesday morning insisting there is no bubble in the Toronto condo market.
Robert Hogue, a senior economist at RBC says there are fewer single family homes being built in and the GTA and the condo build-up simply takes up the slack.
Hogue says "Based on market activity to date, the total number of new housing units completed by builders has not exceeded the GTA's demographic requirements and is unlikely to do so by any significant magnitude in the next few years."
Hogue does add that they expect demand for condos to cool within the next few years, but there's no ...
You may have heard this term before, "nanny state", but what does it mean? In the dictionary, it's defined as a government perceived as authoritarian, interfering, or overprotective, and Mississauga is being accused of it.
The list of what city council there has either passed, or been asked to consider banning includes, shark fin products, tanning salons for minors, excessive bird feeders on residential property, and the sale of art supplies to minors that could be used for graffiti. A ban was also passed on selling privately bred dogs and cats.
With the bird feeder proposal, council wants it limited to 3 per home.
One resident who used to head two homeowners associations says it makes Canada's sixth largest city look 'small town', and questions if it's even council's job to consider banning bird feeders, among other things. Some are also wondering if council has figured out how the city ...
Some dignitaries will be on hand for an announcement at the GM Plant in Oshawa.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be joined by finance minister Jim Flaherty, and premier McGuinty for the event.
It's expected that GM will announce it's spending several million dollars on new projects and expanding others. Some of those are said to include lighter cars, electric vehicles and intelligent transportation systems, according to the Globe and Mail.
It was in 2009 that the province and the feds invested $10.5 billion dollars in the company to help it stay afloat.