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Man in hospital following home invasion Three men, one with a gun, burst into a Scarborough home and attacked a resident, sending him to hospital with serious injuries, police said. The home invasion on Ascolda Boulevard, near Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue East, happened around 4 a.m. Monday. Police are seeking three suspects. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICES

Clinton, Bush coming to Toronto

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What’s online today.

Video Tamil protesters rally on Parliament Hill, at metronews.ca/Canada Video Hijacked flight passengers reunite with family, at metronews.ca/canada Blogs Kenya Hunt weighs in on the Susan Boyle makeover debate. The Britain’s Got Talent contestant wowed audiences with her amazing voice despite a less than stunning appearance.

Lotteries Ontario Pick 3: 6 9 8; Ontario Pick 4 : 9 0 7 5 Encore: 2842742 Daily Keno: 5, 11, 12, 15, 22, 24, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 37, 38, 42, 48, 50, 51, 64, 66 and 70. These results are not official.

drivers to Energy-efficient education G2 be allowed Province details $550-million green plan to help improve schools passengers DAVID COOPER/TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

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Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will appear together in Toronto on May 29. The two will appear at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for their first public meeting since Bush left the White House in January. The two are expected to discuss challenges facing the world and the United States in a discussion expected to last a couple of hours. THE CANADIAN PRESS

vatives complained the government lacks a detailed plan for the infrastructure spending.

POLICY Young drivers in Ontario will soon be facing new restrictions now that a government bill has passed in the provincial legislature. The new rules impose a zero blood-alcohol limit for all Ontario drivers aged 21 and under. But drivers aged 16 to 19 with a G2 licence won’t be limited to just one other teen in the vehicle. The government put the brakes on that proposal following a public uproar on the social networking website Facebook. More than 150,000 people joined the online protest and members of the legislature were inundated with complaints. At the time, Premier Dalton McGuinty admitted he’d “stepped in it” with the restriction and joked that even his four grown children were giving him a hard time about it.

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Go Green About 1,000 Ontario schools will become more energy-efficient thanks to a $550-million, two-year program announced yesterday by Premier Dalton McGuinty. The 72 school boards in the province will decide which schools will be eligible for the green improvements, which could include more efficient heating and cooling systems, smart thermostats, light occupancy sensors, and high-efficiency windows, roofs and boilers. “By retrofitting our schools, we’re creating jobs while saving energy and money, and teaching our kids about greener ways to live,” McGuinty said. The school projects will start this summer after

News in brief EARTH DAY The Boys and Girls

Clubs of Canada and Direct Energy will have Earth Day celebration and family barbecue in Regent Park today. The celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs at 101 Spruce St., near Parliament and Gerrard streets. STUDENT FEES Angry University of Toronto students will ask Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice to block plans to charge part-time students a full-time fee, claiming officials failed to follow proper rules of order when they changed the proposal at a recent meeting. The University of Toronto Students’ Union and the Arts and Science Students’ Union are slated to appear in court tomorrow against the “flat fee” plan. METRO NEWS SERVICES

Premier Dalton McGuinty, centre, makes an announcement about a new initiative to retrofit Ontario's publicly funded schools to create jobs and make our schools more energy efficient. He is flanked by the Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne, left, and the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, George Smitherman at St. Paul Catholic School

classes end in June, he said, and will help create about 5,500 temporary jobs. The money comes from

the government’s $32-billion infrastructure program announced in this year’s provincial budget. The Progressive Conser-

TICO under fire for Conquest Other travel agencies may be facing financial woes similar to Conquest Vacations, whose sudden collapse standed thousands of travellers abroad, Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday as he called for a review of the travel industry’s self-regulating watchdog. While the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) came under fire for not warning consumers about Conquest's precarious position, McGuinty said the agency has to walk a fine line. “The problem is right

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now there are likely a number of businesses that are experiencing some real challenges, and if TICO were to blow the whistle on them, that’s the equivalent of a death sentence,”

he said. Since there’s no “warning card” equivalent under the TICO system, McGuinty said he wants a quick review of the agency to see if it needs more powers to protect consumers. “If TICO blows the whistle too early, then all the people who are employed

in that travel business are going to be out of a job.” The travel council has said it’s trying to help Canadians who have been told they must pay for their hotel rooms after Conquest closed its doors last week because of economic problems, leaving many of its customers in the lurch. TICO administers a $29million travel industry fund that will reimburse travellers up to $5,000 if they’re forced to pay their hotel because their tour operator did not pay the bill. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Province dives in to save city pools Premier Dalton McGuinty says the debate over pools at Toronto schools has gone on long enough. McGuinty confirmed yesterday the Ontario government will provide capital funding to keep the pools open at Toronto schools. He said the schools are an important resource for students and for the public in the neighbourhood — even though no other school boards in Ontario have swimming pools. Toronto has 79 pools at schools, but has only 30 city-run indoor pools for its 2.5 million residents, so many public swim programs operate in school pools. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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