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Bejing had it, so did Athens, and now London has it. Toronto would like to be on the list of cities that have hosted the Summer Olympics.
A Toronto councillor has an idea, why not bid for the games with another U.S city. That city could be Buffalo because of it's close proximity. It also has the resources with a number of sports facilities able to hold events.
James Pasternak is serious about the idea, believing it could be a way to host the games without leaving the host city with a huge pile of debt.
The bid would be for the 2024 summer games and Pasternak says there is 12 years to work on the plan.
Buffalo mayor Byron Brown says he is open to the idea if Toronto is serious about the bid.
Another medal for Canadian athletes at the London Games.
Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ontario has won Bronze in men's high jump Tuesday, finishing in a three way tie with jumpers from Britain and Qatar.
All three cleared 2.29 metres.
It's the 7th Bronze medal for Canada in these games, the 11th overall medal.
Canadian Olympians have also won one gold, and three silver medals so far.
A big day for one Canadian athlete - Derek Drouin, who won Bronze in the High Jump Tuesday afternoon.
Alexandre Despatie of Laval, Quebec finished 11th in men's three-metre springboard diving. He was 8th entering his final dive, but fell three spots after a low score.
TRACK & FIELD
Two of three Canadians in the men's 200-metre heats advanced to Wednesday's semifinals. Aaron Brown set a personal best time in qualifying and Jared Connaughton also moved on. Tremaine Harris, however, did not advance. Defending gold medallist Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his heat with ease to advance.
Ontario runner Sheila Reid won't race for a medal Tuesday afternoon in the women's five-thousand-metres. She was 15th in her heat and did not advance. Two Canadians race in track semifinals later Tuesday - Geoff Harris of Halifax in the men's 800-metres and Crystal Emmanuel in the women's 200.
In men's high jump ...
Now that private garbage pick-up west of Yonge Street is in full swing in Toronto, the union which used to handle the job is speaking out and hoping you will, too.
Underlining contracting things out still means taxpayers are subsidizing garbage workers salaries, CUPE local 416 head Mark Ferguson says they've set up hotline that will allow residents to report what he calls shoddy service and dangerous driving.
Ferguson says he wants new workers to be held accountable.
He says it's been documented in other cities and countries that keeping services like waste removal public is better for residents in the long run, from cost to quality standards. He says he's worried other services like water will soon be handled by private contractors.
The number for that hotline is 1-866-419-2227.
New charges have been laid in the case of a murder case involving a 23-year-old Winnipeg woman living in Toronto.
November 29th, 2011 Leanne Freeman's body was found on Unwin Ave., near the Port Lands.
She had died of apparent gunshot wounds.
In December, police arrested 31-year-old Robert Beauregard on first degree murder charges, and 23-year-old Jonathan Ash on accessory after the fact to murder charges.
On Tuesday, police charged Ash with first degree murder charges in the death of Freeman.
He'll be in court on Wednesday.
York Regional Police have charged a man after a stabbing incident last week that resulted in the death of one man, and serious injuries for another in Vaughan last week.
On Wednesday two men were knifed outside a home on Colombo Crescent near Teston Road, east of Hwy 400.
28-year-old Nema Mansouri turned himself into police as a person of interest Friday.
Police have now charged Mansouri with 2nd degree murder, and attempted murder.
He'll appear via video link in court on Wednesday.
CFB Trenton's Search and Rescue unit has ended their search for a a missing Ajax man, however Durham Regional police say their search continues.
Late Sunday a man and his brother tipped a canoe in Lake Ontario. The brother made it to shore, but the missing 26-year-old man was not found.
His canoe, life-jacket and paddles were found yesterday, but no sign of the man himself.
Durham cops say their marine unit continued their search into the afternoon Tuesday.
We've all felt it - being sluggish and maybe even moody on our first day back from some time off. And it doesn't matter if it's after a long weekend or a few weeks, experts say it's normal.
Psychologist Dr. Oren Amitay says depending on the person, it can last a few days or even a few weeks. It depends how long it takes your body to adjust from being relaxed fro a longer period of time than you're used to.
"You're conditioning your mind and your body to go into a slow-down zone," Amitay explains. "It's almost like a mini-hibernation."
As for how to handle it, Amitay says you may want to catch up on emails the day before you go back, so you don't feel like you're overwhelmed. He also recommends to get outside during your breaks so you can soak up some sun and get some fresh ...
The premier is trying to underline his support for teachers as he urges them to get new contracts in place before September 1st.
That's when their old contract will carry over, giving them raises. The province is asking them for a two-year wage freeze.
Dalton McGuinty says he's confident teachers will be back in the classroom, choosing not to strike.
McGuinty claims teachers know he is committed to public education and understand the province is strapped for cash as it battles a deficit.
The premier has warned teachers in the past that their contract will be legislated if they can't come to a deal on their own. So far, only the province's catholic teachers have agreed.
McGuinty spoke at a school in Sault-Ste-Marie today.
There's a fleet of big, green machines getting ready to gobble up all the garbage west of Yonge Street.
Private trash collection started Tuesday morning for residents west of Yonge Street.
The new, bright-green trucks will be driven by new workers who don't carry union cards, they're employed by a company called Green for Life.
GFL is a City Council-approved contractor, that began collecting garbage from 165,000 Toronto homes west of Yonge Street to the Humber River. While new green trucks may be seen on the streets, materials collected, containers, set-out practices and collection frequency remain the same for area residents.
With GFL in place, the City expects to save approximately $11.9 million in the first year of the contract (August 2012 to July 2013) and about $11.1 million annually after July 2013.
"This is a great day for the City of Toronto," said Mayor Rob Ford. "Acting on my campaign promise ...
Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting'' and won a Tony for "A Chorus Line,'' has died in Los Angeles at 68.
Family spokesman Jason Lee says Hamlisch died Monday after a brief illness. Other details aren't being released.
Hamlisch's career included composing, conducting and arranging music from Broadway to Hollywood. His movies included "The Way We Were'' and "Sophie's Choice.''
He won three Academy Awards, four Emmys and a Tony.
(The Associated Press)
Unlike lottery winners or Nobel Laureates, Canada’s returning Olympic champions will need to claim their medals for Revenue Canada.
Despite the Olympics being classified as amateur sport, all government prize money awarded to Canadian Olympic athletes is taxable under the Canadian Income Tax Act.
The situation is similar in the United States, although last week, Senator Marco Rubio introduced legislation to exempt American athletes from paying taxes on their winnings.
Canadian Olympic medalists receive $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze through the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Athlete Excellence Fund.
Gunshots have broken the peace just blocks away from Danzig Street.
Police are investigating after officers found a handful of shell casings near an apartment complex at 4100 Lawrence Avenue.
Residents nearby called 911 after they heard the shots around 8:00pm Monday.
Toronto Police say there are no reports of injuries, so far.
No word on possible suspects.