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The eastbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway were closed down for a number of hours on Wednesday night after an incident involving a woman.
Toronto Police believe they are looking for a vehicle that took off after hitting a person near Parkside Drive.
It happened just after 8 o'clock, but cops still haven't been able to say how the woman ended up on the Gardiner in the first place.
They did say the woman died at the scene.
Now, officers are asking for witnesses to come forward.
Is it another case of lazy City of Toronto workers, or is it some sort of prank.
A new photo has surfaced on the Toronto Sun website, showing a trio of city workers either really relaxed of having a nap inside their work van.
The Sun is reporting the alleged photo was taken on July 11th just after 9 in the morning in front of Trinity-St Paul's United Church on Major Street near Bloor Street West.
According to the article, a city spokesperson has been contacted and has seen the photo, but still can't determine whether or not the people inside the van are city workers.
The head of the union who would represent the workers also can't identify them.
It could just be that the workers were on their 15 minute breaks, which are allowed and are usually taken around 9 a.m. for those survey crews who start their ...
Thousands of people marched in downtown Montreal on Wednesday night to send a message to Premier Jean Charest: the
pots-and-pans-banging public is coming after his Quebec Liberals.
As the province was plunged into a summer election, student activists invited people to gather for a so-called casserole protest
on the first night of the campaign.
Protesters who converged from several parts of the city not only banged pots and pans as they carried a red flag down St-Denis Street, they chanted loudly and set off fireworks.
One had a large sign blinking the number 100 to mark the 100th nightly protest, although the gatherings have been much smaller in recent weeks.
A large number of police kept a watchful eye on the peaceful march.
One protester was injured when he was hit by a car but his injuries were not life-threatening.
The pots and pans were a common sight in the ...
A former member of the Eaton Centre Security team doesn't think the mall has responded properly in the wake of the shooting in the food court.
David Nako, owner of Nako Security (who worked security at the mall from 1991-1999) did a recent walk-through of the mall and says there didn't appear to be security cameras added to the building.
"I could only find one or two cameras for the entire food court. I just don't think that's adequate," he says.
Nako also told Newstalk 1010's Friendly Fire that in the 40 minutes that he was in the mall, he only saw one security guard.
"If you do have security there, such as when people start shoving, that's when it's important. If security is there they can make a call, back up comes in, the groups are split and escorted off. That's what stops the major problems from happening."
After several high profile shootings in Toronto this summer, police are appealing for information in a number of older investigations involving guns.
It's hoped that the appeals will lead to information that can bring a number of suspects wanted by police before the courts.
"We just need to find these people," says police constable Tony Vella.
The incidents that drew appeals from police on Wednesday range from November 2009 to May 2012 and the most serious is a murder.
Police are looking for information on the whereabouts of 23 year-old Robert Owen Cave, wanted for first degree murder in the shooting death of 24 year-old Kevin Phouthonesy on November 3rd 2009.
Vella had a message for the suspect who has been on the loose for almost 3 years.
"We are not stopping until we find you. It's only a matter of time."
Toronto police are also appealing for any information ...
Day 5 in London has been another rewarding day for Canadian athletes, with a silver and bronze being added to the medal count.
It's a silver medal for Canada in rowing`s marquee event - the men`s eight. The 2008 Olympic winners finished just behind
powerhouse Germany and just ahead of Britain. Only three members in the Canadian boat were part of the gold-medal winning team in Beijing. The medal is Canada's fifth, to go with four bronze.
BC rowers David Calder and Scott Frandsen earned a ticket to Friday's final in men's pairs. They were third in their semifinal
heat. No Canadians were in Wednesday's other rowing finals - the women's pairs, won by Britain, and women's quad sculls, won by Ukraine.
Brent Hayden from Mission, B.C., won bronze in the 100-metre freestyle race. This is his first Olympic medal.
The women's team finished 4th in the 4-by-200 freestyle ...
Canada has won another bronze metal at the Olympics.
Brent Hayden of Mission, BC has placed third in the men's 100-metre freestyle swim. American Nathan Adrian took the gold medal while James Magnussen of Australia won the silver.
It is 28-year-old Hayden's first Olympic medal.
This is a big improvement for him, he finished sixth in the semi-finals earlier.
Canada's medal count now stands at six, one silver and five bronze medals.
So far in 2012, city officials have found more mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus than any other year in the past decade.
While there have been no confirmed human cases, 24 batches of mosquitoes have tested positive since January. That is four times as many as at this point last year.
Dr Howard Shapiro with Toronto Public Health blames the weather. He says while the number of mosquitoes is at the same level, the heat is driving the multiplication of the virus.
He says people should reduce the risk of being infected by wearing mosquito repellant and covering up between dusk and dawn.
The city has expanded its West Nile prevention program to respond to the higher numbers of infections. The program includes "larviciding," which consists of dropping pesticide into catch basins to control the mosquito population.
A Kingston man has been charged under the Ontario SPCA act after leaving a dog unattended in a hot car in Toronto back in June.
On June 21st, Parker (a large mixed breed black dog), was left in an SUV at the Queen's Quay Loblaws. Temperatures would top 30 degrees that day.
Police had to break into the vehicle to free the animal but the dog got loose and ran onto the Gardiner, briefly stopping traffic.
The man, who has not been identified, faces one count of permitting distress under the province's SPCA act.
If convicted, the man faces a maximum charge of two years in jail and/or a maximum fine of $60,000 dollars. The man could also be permanently banned from owning another animal.
Officials at the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say they've got more calls than usual this summer for dogs left unattended ...
Peel Regional Police have identified a suspect in a hit and run in Mississauga Tuesday night.
A pedestrian was injured when he was hit by a car at the intersection of Hurontario & Absolute, at 8:15 pm. Peel Police say the vehicle was speeding away from them at the time; the SIU has been called in to look at that aspect.
Investigators say they're looking for 26-year-old Jerome Jackson of Brampton. He is wanted on charges of: Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident, Flight from Police, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm, Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm.
Jackson drives a black 2007 Lincoln MKX SUV, with the Ontario plate "BNBA 718".
Police believe Jackson is armed and dangerous and caution anyone who sees him notto approach him, but to call 911 immediately.
Former finance minister Greg Sorbara as stepped down has a member of the Ontario legislature, but will stay on as chair of the Liberals' election campaign.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Sorbara made the announcement at Queen's Park on Wednesday morning.
Sorbara quit the cabinet a few years ago but remained an influential adviser to McGuinty and co-chaired the Liberals' re-election campaigns.
The resignation of the veteran Liberal from his Vaughan riding means McGuinty now has to call two byelections.
The premier must also call a vote in Kitchener-Waterloo to replace Conservative Elizabeth Witmer, who he appointed chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Sorbara's resignation leaves the Liberals with 52 seats, one less than the combined Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats.
(The Canadian Press)
The Canadian men's eight rowing crew has won a silver medal at the Olympic regatta.
The gold went to the three-time world champion Germans while Britain took the bronze.
It's Canada's fifth medal at the London Games.
The Canadian men entered the race as defending Olympic champions but only have three returning members of that 2008 crew - Toronto's Andrew Byrnes, Victoria's Malcolm Howard and coxswain Brian Price of Belleville, Ont. - in the London boat.
Canada started sluggishly at the regatta, finishing last in its heat. But the Canadians bounced back to place second in their repechage and advance to the final at Eton Dorney.
The women's eight goes for gold Thursday.
(The Canadian Press)
(Photos courtesy of the Canadian Olympic Committee)
Spotlight on Coxswain Brian Price
It's rush hour and you're trying to get home from work and can't understand why traffic is stopped. It turns out, it's a vehicle dropping someone off in a 'no stopping zone.'
That is the type of driver Toronto police in 52 division are going after on a blitz Wednesday.
Operation "Keep it Moving" is targeting any driver that's holding-up traffic and causing gridlock. That includes delivery drivers.
The joint operation also includes 52 division's Community Response Unit, Primary Response Unit and the TPS Parking Enforcement officers and Municipal By-Law Enforcement officers.
They'll be paying extra-close attention during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Police say a tag-and-tow policy will be utilized during this zero-tolerance blitz.
An update to a story Newstalk 1010 told you about on Tuesday, and it has to do with cabbies using the washrooms at Billy Bishop Airport.
The Toronto Port Authority has back-tracked on it's ban. Two outdoor portable toilets, had been set up for them.
The Port Authority banned them because it said, the cabbies left the washrooms inside the building in disgusting condition.
Now, both sides have agreed the cabbies can use the indoor facilities, and will monitor the conditions and report problems. The TPA adds that they are working on building a new facility for taxi drivers where they can pick up and drop off fares, which will also include a new washroom.
Some tough talk from Toronto councillor Giorgio Mammoliti.
Public housing residents who harbour gunmen should have their welfare benefits slashed and be evicted from Toronto Community Housing. The councillor also wants any newcomers to our country who haven't become citizens, be immediately deported, if they're convicted of gun offences.
It's all part of his four-year plan to get rid of, or reduce the city's gun and gang problems, and he wants the Prime Minister to take it seriously. He's going after a change to legislation that would see gun crimes fall under Canada's terrorism laws, meaning anyone convicted of a gun crime would be considered a terrorist.
Mammoliti suggests the kinds of crime now, merits the return of capital punishment. He figures that's what's needed to prevent gang fights like the mass shooting on Danzig Street, were two people were killed, and twenty-three others wounded by gunfire.
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More and more cases of West Nile Virus are being confirmed and that's prompting Toronto Public Health to hold a news conference on Wednesday.
The Associate Medical Officer of Health will also discuss the rising number of positive cases so far this summer.
Weekly testing takes place among 43 monitored mosquito traps around the city. So far, 24 batches of mosquitos have tested positive, but no human cases have been discovered.
Since West Nile Virus’ first instance in Toronto in 2001, there have been 163 known cases and 11 deaths caused by West Nile Virus.
A mangled mess of tractor trailers in Ajax Wednesday morning.
OPP crews are working to remove the wreckage of three transport trucks that collided in the eastbound lanes of the 401, just east of Westney.
It happened before 1 a.m., and OPP say there was a lot of damage to one of the trucks, and clean-up may last right up until 8 a.m.
One of the drivers was trapped and had to be extricated. He was airlifted to hospital in critical condition, another suffered minor injuries and the third was not hurt.