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The search for a missing 12 year old girl continues and Toronto police are asking for your help.
Dystani Heng and her mother were last seen on July 16th, but the investigation took a turn when the mother turned herself into police on Tuesday. She is not co-operating with the investigation.
Officers are still looking for the girl, and if they believe she is in imminent danger, they say the search will escalate.
Two people are dead after a collision between a bus and two cars in Montreal.
The bus, belonging to the Montreal transit corporation, collided with the cars in Dorval, causing it to flip on to its side.
At least six people suffered minor injuries. The impact was so great, the engine of one car ended up inside the vehicle. Police said two people were declared dead on the scene. A woman passenger in a BMW, and someone who was ejected from the city bus. Two other people were seriously injured and at least a half-dozen others were slightly hurt.
``It was clearly a major impact,'' said Bob Lamle, spokesman for the city ambulance service.``The vehicles have major frontal damage and the first car, the front end is almost cut off.'' There were about 14 people riding on the bus.
About 98 per cent of eligible managers in the Ontario Public Service received bonuses last year, despite assurances from the cash-strapped government that it's serious about freezing pay in the broader public sector.
The controversy over awarding bonuses when the province is awash in red ink was revived this week when the head of eHealth Ontario returned his hefty bonus.
Greg Reed, CEO of the provincial agency, received the $81,250 bonus on top of his $329,000 salary in June. He offered to pay back the money after coming under heavy fire from opposition parties.
According to documents obtained by The Canadian Press, about 8,700 of 8,900 eligible civil servants received performance pay in 2011, costing the provincial treasury $35.6 million.
The documents, obtained under freedom of information laws, said the highest bonus awarded to a manager was 12 per cent of his or her pay, while the lowest was 0.46 ...
The Mayor admits that he sometimes reads while he's driving to work.
This photo surfaced online Tuesday, showing the mayor reading what appears to be some kind of document while driving on the Gardiner Expressway.
Rob Ford admits he's a busy man, and keeps his eyes on the road, but when it's slow, he'll read the occasional paper.
"If... the mayor is as busy as he says he is and needs time between meetings to read about the meetings coming up, perhaps it's time for him to consider (getting) a driver," councillor Adam Vaughan says.
Toronto Police say there was nothing illegal with what the Mayor was doing. Toronto Traffic Police Constable Clint Stibbe says reading a paper isn't considered under the distracted driving law. The only way he could be charged is if he committed some other driving infraction while reading. He says there is nothing to indicate that ...
The NHL players Association pulled out its big guns as it began contract talks in Toronto.
Stars like Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Jason Spezza attended the meeting, where the players association presented its proposal.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says they will take some time to evaluate the offer.
The league is calling for lowering the players' share in revenue and introducing new contract restrictions, including a five-year cap on deals.
The current agreement expires September 15th and the N-H-L has said there will be a lockout if a new agreement isn't in place by then.
(The Canadian Press)
A group of Toronto politicians and business leaders will be packing up and heading to the “Windy City” in September in order to build on the Chicago-Toronto Partner City Agreement forged back in 1991.
Mayor Rob Ford made the announcement Tuesday along with Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development Committee, Councillor Michael Thompson as well as George Cohon and Robert Deluce. Cohon is the Founder of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, and Deluce is the President and CEO of Porter Airlines. The mayor’s brother, City Councillor Doug Ford was also in attendance and will be going on the trip.
Our goal is to attract new investments that can cultivate assessment growth and produce employment opportunities. In turn, Toronto business leaders will have new opportunities and avenues to do business in one of North America’s biggest financial and manufacturing regions,” said Ford.
The mission will include a welcome reception hosted by the Consul ...
With the 30th Olympiad all done in London, athletes home, and kids and adults alike off their couches, at least one group is saying we should capitalize on them.
Participaction says that while there are no solid numbers to suggest an increase in activity post-Olympic games, some studies show that Canadians are more likely to get involved in physical activity during an Olympic year.
It may have to do with Canadians watching inspiring successes by the athletes abroad.
Kristine Cameron says even though that may be the case, one should not assume that all Canadians will take that inspiration and become active individuals.
She says now is the time to capitalize on the inspiration, and get kids involved in activity and sport.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is forecasting a moderate slowdown in new-home construction starts as well as sales of existing housing.
The Ottawa-based federal agency isn't calling for a major decline.
But CMHC says it expects prices in most local markets will grow more slowly than they have been recently.
CMHC says housing starts and home sales have been strong in 2012 but will soften moderately through the end of this year and into 2013.
(The Canadian Press)
Getting through security at Billy Bishop airport has just been made easier.
The federal government unveiled a new Nexus line at the island airport Tuesday morning.
Cabinet minister Steven Fletcher made the announcement.
"This is really going to make a big difference for the convenience [of travellers]," he says.
Nexus lines are already available at the country's eight largest airports, including Pearson, as well as at border crossings. They have been added to four other midsize airports today - St John's, Moncton, Quebec City and Kelowna.
It costs $50 to get a Nexus card for a five-year period.
Most midsize luxury cars (including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class) performed poorly in a new frontal crash test developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The new test is designed to replicate what happens when a car strikes another car or a fixed object like a tree or utility pole. The test strikes 25 percent of a car's front end into a five-foot rigid barrier at 40 miles per hour.
The results don't bode well for non-luxury models, which will be the next to undergo the new test. Insurance Institute crash test results are closely watched by the auto industry and often lead to changes in design or safety features. Good scores are also frequently touted in car ads.
Of the 11 cars tested, only the Acura TL, Volvo S60 and Infiniti G earned good or acceptable ratings from the institute, which is funded by insurers.
Four cars: the Acura TSX, ...
The discovery of a needle in a sandwich on an Air Canada flight to Toronto, from Victoria B.C. made headlines across the country.
Now, extra security guards and cameras have been added to monitor caterers at Pearson airport while food preparation for flights is taking place.
According to Peel police, a disgruntled employee may have planted the needle, as the workers were in contract talks at the time.
While no charges have been laid, the investigation continues.
Last week, the union voted 82 percent in favour of a new contract, averting a strike. the deal was finalized, one week ago today.
(some files by D. Agar)
The Canadian Auto Workers union and the Detroit big three automakers are gearing up for the latest round of contract talks that begin Tuesday, the first time in a decade that negotiations will be held as the companies are making a healthy profit.
The union, which made concessions when the big U.S. automakers were struggling, says it wants to share in the profits now that the industry has rebounded.
The CAW also says the automakers need to invest in their Canadian facilities as a means of boosting job security.
The union is scheduled to hold meetings the General Motors Canada on Tuesday morning in Toronto, followed by Chrysler Canada in the afternoon. Ford Canada and the CAW are to meet Wednesday.
CAW economist Jim Stanford said it's only natural that the workers should reap some benefits now that the auto sector has improved.
"The industry has certainly turned the corner ...
Starting on Friday, not only is it the grande opening of the CNE, but it's also the kickoff for Celebrate Yonge, which could mean headaches if you plan on driving downtown.
Road closures have already started between Queen and Gerard on Yonge, meaning there will only be one lane open in each direction to traffic for a month.
The goal is to increase pedestrian traffic and make that section of Yonge Street a more socially welcoming one. Instead of cars, there will be larger pedestrian walkways, licenced patios, and even some picnic areas.
Speaking on NewsTalk 1010's Friendly Fire Monday evening, Councillor Kristen Wong-Tam says this is important to try and bring back the glory days of Yonge Street. The Celebrate Yonge festival is being hosted by the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area and a spokesperson says this is just a one-time event. However, Wong-Tam insists this is an experiment ...
A 43 year old Toronto man is the subject of a public safety alert.
Toronto police are looking for George Flowers. He's wanted in an aggravated sexual assault investigation and he is HIV positive.
Flowers is alleged to have had sex with women, all while knowing of his HIV positive status since 1996. Flowers also goes by the name Mr. Flowas and works in the music entertainment industry.
Police think there could be more victims. If you think that you may be at risk, you're being advised to get medical assistance and contact police.