Jan 16, 2012

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Monday, January 16, 2012 Hello Cabuyano! 

Morning Headlines

Neighbours haunted by Toronto man’s torture in their midst

The man who was beaten and sexually assaulted for three months says he is alive thanks to the neighbours who noticed his injuries.

Local 183 rehires disgraced former exec

A top Labourers’ union executive has jumped back into a $200,000-a-year job, 13 months after officials fired him for “deception” and “self-dealing,” as well as spending improprieties.

Cruise ship captain made serious ‘errors in judgment’

The captain of the cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany made an unauthorized, unapproved deviation from the ship’s programmed course.

Toronto Now: Two in hospital after overnight fires

Emergency crews responded to a call around 1:45 a.m. for a fire believed to have started in the garage of a house on Arbourview Dr., near Rutherford Rd. and Dufferin St.

Winterlicious Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

Check out Toronto.com's Winterlicious Guide

Over 175 top restaurants to choose offering prix-fixe menus January 27th to February 9th. Find all participating restaurants and menus at Toronto.com and reserve your table January 12th.
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Tip in TO restaurants now at 20 per cent

A small but growing number of Toronto restaurants are urging customers to tip more than the customary 15 per cent.


Standard & Poor’s criticized by Europeans over nine-country downgrade

The international rating agency, however, insists the region’s leaders aren’t doing enough to solve their debt crises.

France loses AAA-rating in blow to eurozone

The French finance minister said Friday that Standard & Poor’s had stripped the nation of its top-notch credit rating, again throwing Europe’s ability to fight off its debt crisis into doubt.


Big banks offering ultra-low mortgage rates as competition heats up

Some of Canada’s biggest banks are advertising promotional ultra-low mortgage rates as the battle for customers intensifies amid a dropoff in consumer borrowing.

Canada posts surprise trade surplus in November

Statistics Canada says rebounding merchandise exports turned a trade deficit into a surplus in November.

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Kelly: Defence rules day, and will the rest of the way

If we’re looking for new catchphrases, we can call what remains of the NFL playoffs Three Weeks of Well-Rounded Defence.

Maple Leafs make moves amid trade speculation

With Tyler Bozak set to return from injury, rookie defenceman Jake Gardiner heads to AHL Marlies.


DiManno: Leafs a little light at centre

If Toronto has big ambitions this season, GM Brian Burke needs to address his team’s smallness up front, especially down the middle.

Baltimore Ravens use four turnovers to beat Houston Texans

Baltimore will take on New England in the AFC championship game next Sunday.

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Golden Globes: ‘The Artist’ and ‘The Descendants’ take top honours as stars take the reins

It was Ricky Gervais’s third time as host but his podium time seemed limited and some of the funniest bits and sharpest jabs came from the stars.

Louis C.K. feels lucky, Russell Brand gets serious at critics’ junket

Charlie Sheen's a changed man, boss of new show tells TCA tour.


Denis Villeneuve’s family drama ‘Incendies’ snags France’s Lumiere Award

The Quebec movie has been named best foreign film in the French language by the Lumiere Awards in Paris.

Heather Locklear released from hospital after spending day in ICU

Actress Heather Locklear was released Friday from a hospital after she was treated in the intensive care unit for an unknown ailment.

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Barrie hair salon sells alcohol after change to Ontario liquor laws

Three Small Rooms hair salon in Barrie is the second salon in Ontario to be allowed to serve up alcohol with its blowouts.

PHOTOS: Luxury gear to keep you warm in the snow

Shop Like a Pro offers up some luxurious items to keep you warm this winter


Antidepressants in pregnancy may double rate of lung condition in babies

A large new study found a correlation between a widely used family of antidepressants and a rare but dangerous condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension when taken in late pregnancy. But some caution study is flawed. Women should consult their doctors before discontinuing a medication.

Baby name: House call inspires name of doctors’ daughter

Dr. Julia Miranda Rackal was out making a house call when she met a patient whose unique name inspired her and her husband.

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Chinese New Year 2012: Where to ring in the Year of the Water Dragon

Chinese New Year 2012 celebrated from Hong Kong to San Francisco, and Vancouver to Sydney, with festivals and parades. Not to mention Singapore, Manila, Bangkok and, of course, China.

Las Vegas Spas and Makeovers

From snakeskin pedicures to Red Carpet Facials, the possibilities for personal transformation in Las Vegas are endless.


Intrepid Travel offers up India, South America and more

Also on deck this week: deals for Italy, Niagara and Affinia Hotels in Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.

Florida travel: St. Augustine offers pirates and great beaches

Need a family holiday in the sun? St. Augustine offers something different for travelers looking for Florida vacations.

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