April 24, 2014 6:42 am

Toronto Morning: What you need to know today

TORONTO – A Toronto police officer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim has been allowed to return to work following a seven-month suspension.

report in the Toronto Sun says Chief Bill Blair made the decision a few months ago to permit Constable James Forcillo to go back to work in an administrative role with Crime Stoppers.

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Toronto police spokesperson Meaghan Gray told the newspaper Chief Blair made the decision to lift Forcillo’s suspension in February and that he “is not in uniform.”

Gray also said it’s not unusual for suspended officers to return to work in a reduced role while they face criminal charges.

WEATHER

Sunny. Wind becoming north 20 km/h this afternoon. High 12.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

Roads: Click for the latest Toronto traffic.

Mass Transit: Click for TTC and GO Transit Updates.

Sports:          

Blue Jays:

Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and a solo homer as Baltimore pounded four home runs to outscore Toronto 10-8 on Wednesday night.

IN THE NEWS…

A police chase led to a crash in the city’s west end last night. Police were pursuing four suspects in a sedan driving down Parkside Drive near Bloor Street West when the vehicle lost control and smashed into a garden centre.

Quinte Conservation has downgraded flood warnings for the Moira River, in the rural part of Belleville, and for the Salmon and Napanee Rivers in the Napanee and Shannonville areas.

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island Wednesday night.

Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.

ALSO COMING UP TODAY…

Dwight Duncan and John Capobianco hold a news conference to release the Ontario Chamber of Commerce report, “Unlocking the Public Service Economy in Ontario: A New Approach to Public-Private Partnership in Services.” (11 a.m. at Queen’s Park Media Centre, First Floor, Main Legislative Building)

Kevin Sorenson, minister of State (Finance), speaks to the Economic Club of Canada about the state of the Canadian economy and pensions. Media availability to follow. (11:45 a.m. at One King West Hotel, 1 King St. W.)

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