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The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.7 earthquake has hit the waters off of far eastern Russia. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami was generated.
The quake hit just before 1 p.m. local time Tuesday. It was centred in the Pacific Ocean 160 kilometres (100 miles) east of
Poronaysk, Russia, at a depth of more than 625 kilometres (388 miles).
In Japan, the Meteorological Agency reported that there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake. Its readings showed the quake was mildly felt on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and in the northeastern section of Honshu, Japan's main island.
Teens are no longer to get a bronzed glow in Oakville, at least not using a tanning bed.
The municipality became the first in Ontario to ban people under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.
The vote was unanimous at The Town Council meeting.
Representatives from the tanning industry argued that parents should be the one who decide whether or not their kids are allowed to use the beds or not.
Businesses who don't uphold the age restriction could face fines, or could even lose their license.
The Ontario government is teaming up with Research In Motion Ltd. to help laid off workers in the city where the company, which is working through a restructuring that includes slashing jobs, is based.
Communitech, which lobbies on behalf of tech companies in the region, as well as the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, will also be involved in the plan to help laid off workers.
The troubled BlackBerry maker announced in June that it will be cutting 5,000 jobs worldwide and would not release its next generation of smartphone until next year. More than half of the company's 16,500 employees, about 9,000, work in the Waterloo region.
The universities are adding spaces in entrepreneurship and business programs, to help workers develop skills to start their own businesses.
Communitech and Employment Ontario will help workers find new jobs in the sector in the region, sometimes referred to as ...
Police say at least one law enforcement officer and one civilian have been killed in a shooting near Texas A&M University's campus.
Assistant Chief Scott McCollum says the gunman also was shot Monday before being taken into custody. Police have now confirmed that the gunman has died.
McCollum say the officer killed was a constable with Brazos County.
He says a College Station police officer and another woman also were injured in the shooting.
(The Associated Press)
Police are looking for two suspects after a three-year-old child was tied up during a home invasion.
Officers were called to a home near Sheppard Ave E and Neilson Rd on Sunday afternoon.
Police say two men broke into a home while two adults and a child were inside. One man was armed with a handgun.
The men allegedly tied up the victims and threatened to kill the child if money was not turned over to them.
Police say the suspects stole a quantity of jewelry and cash and took off.
One suspect is described as white, 25 to 35 years old, about 6'2", slim build, with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, and a light-coloured grey tracksuit.
The other suspect is white, 25 to 35 years old, about 5'4" He was last seen wearing a black ski mask.
Pearson Airport is full of Canadian pride today.
More than 30 of Canada's athletes are returning to Toronto from the London Games.
Some of the athletes landing on Canadian soil today include part of the women's soccer team that won a bronze medal, Brian Price of the Men's Eight rowing team that won silver, kayakers Adam van Koeverden and Mark de Jonge who also come home with medals, and gold medal winner Rosie MacLennan.
There are several flights carrying the athletes home, landing at 2:05 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:55 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Toronto police have arrested a man wanted for a 1998 murder in Philadelphia.
Police say they arrested a man last Tuesday for impaired driving. He identified himself as 30-year-old Yu Chen.
He was released pending a future court date.
But Const Wendy Drummond says after a fingerprint check, police realized the man's true identity is 35-year-old Kai-Guo Huang, who is wanted for murder, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse.
The Toronto Police Services Fugitive Squad located Huang and arrested him. He is now awaiting extradition proceedings.
The CEO of eHealth Ontario is returning the $81,250 bonus he was paid for this year.
A statement from the eHealth board of directors says Greg Reed has offered to decline his performance bonus for 2011-12, which was about 25 per cent of his $329,000 annual salary.
The Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats demanded Health Minister Deb Matthews cancel Reed's bonus after The Canadian Press reported it Sunday.
Board chair Ray Hession says he fully supported the decision of the eHealth directors to award Reed the bonus to reward his ``outstanding leadership'' of the provincial agency.
Hession says he wants to make it clear Reed has the full trust and confidence of the eHealth board.
Employees of eHealth have launched a class-action suit to recover bonuses of about 7.9 per cent they were promised in 2011 but denied by the Liberal government, which wants a ...
The governing Liberals are targeting younger instructors in their battle to freeze compensation for Ontario teachers.
They say they're prepared to set down a regulation in the coming weeks that would ensure ``fair hiring practices'' are applied in every school board.
Education Minister Laurel Broten says the change would benefit younger teachers who have been waiting for full-time jobs after years of substitute and occasional teaching.
But she says she's not trying to pit younger teachers against their more experienced and better paid counterparts.
The Liberals are pushing school boards to lock down local agreements with teachers by the end of the month.
Premier Dalton McGuinty is threatening to introduce legislation this month that would impose a wage freeze if the school boards can't get the job done.
(The Canadian Press)
Toronto police are warning of a sexual assault in the area of Markham Rd and Eglinton Ave E.
Police say a man approached a woman from behind at about 12:40 a.m. Monday morning.
The woman told police the man put her in a headlock, causing her to fall down. The man tried to chock her with a piece of clothing and assaulter her.
He is described as white, in his 50s, about 5'10". He has a mustache and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a white baseball hat and a blue-jean jacket with a white shirt underneath.
The glitches, kinks and hiccups of Week One were well-documented.
Some residents complained of Green for Life garbage trucks driving down streets and alleys at all hours of the night and the friction between City Hall and the contractor over how long it should take to get new workers up to speed.
In spite of those problems it seems the new, outsourced trash pick-up west of Yonge Street isn't such a pain, after all.
A new poll from Forum Research says nearly half -- 48 percent -- of Torontonians asked are very satisfied with the city's new privatised garbage pick-up.
The happiest are high-income earners who live in the suburbs, especially in Etobicoke, where union workers were forced out years ago.
Satisfied customers become fewer and father between as you head into downtown and men seem to be much happier with privatised service.
57 percent of guys approved, compared to just 40 percent of ...
An alleged bank robber in Richmind Hill got creative in his choice of getaway vehicle.
York Regional Police say the suspect took off in a bank teller's SUV.
The robbery happened as the employee was opening the TD branch on Yonge Street near Gamble Road, around 7:00am Monday.
Allegations are the suspect pulled out what looked like a silver handgun and demanded cash.
The man fled the scene in a black Hyundai Sante Fe and drove to Tower Hill Road, where police found it abandoned a short time later.
Police have yet to make an arrest.
The suspect is described as a white man, about 5'6 and was wearing a black hoodie and jeans.
When the mass shooting occurred at the Danzig Street public housing complex in Scarborough in mid-July, it came to light that the entire complex has no security surveillance cameras.
Now the Toronto Sun has checked out some other community housing facilities and has found that in other buildings. Cameras are broken, the lens spray-painted over or the cameras are positioned in such a way that if a crime were committed, you'd never be able to identify the culprits.
Homicide Detective Paul Worden is among the murder investigators expressing frustration, pointing out that surveillance footage is crucial, being that it's one of their main investigative tools.
Even in buildings where cameras are working, police have trouble even getting their hands on the footage from staff. They're reluctant to turn it over or don't know how to retrieve it because they are security guards and not IT staff.
Some also malfunction because ...
And now, on to Rio!
London brought the curtain down on a hugely entertaining Olympics with a sensational rock 'n roll nostalgia tour of a closing ceremony that thrilled the London night with top-of-the-chart classics, supermodels and psychedelic mayhem.
After a glorious two weeks of never-to-be-forgotten moments that left Britain exhausted, exhilarated and deeply proud, organizers handed the baton to 2016 host Brazil, which must now take up the Herculean task of matching them. Judging by the swaying samba of Marisa Monte and the sexy baritone of Seu Jorge in Brazil's eight-minute musical and visual postcard for the 2016 games, they look to be off to a foot-stomping start.
The three-hour extravaganza offered a sensory blast including rock 'n' roll rickshaws, dustbin percussionists, an exploding yellow car and a marching band in red tunics and bearskin hats. The Spice Girls staged a show-stopping reunion, and Monty Python's Eric ...
The CEO of eHealth Ontario will be paid a bonus of over $80-thousand this year, even though staff at the provincial agency have launched a class-action suit to get back the bonuses they were promised but denied.
EHealth confirms president and CEO Greg Reed, who makes $329-thousand annually, will be paid a bonus of $81,250 this year.
EHealth spokesman Robert Mitchell also wouldn't comment on a class action suit filed by eHealth employees after Health Minister Deb Matthews told the agency to cancel their promised bonuses of up to 7.8 per cent in 2011.
Mitchell says the matter is before the courts.
Reed has said the controversy generated by the staff bonuses threatened to obscure the genuine progress being made at the agency. The government wants all public sector workers to take a two-year wage freeze to help eliminate a $15 billion deficit, and told managers and executives to lead by ...