Advance polls open today in all 44 wards. TTC adds new trains to rush hour service today. Human tests begin on Canadian-made Ebola vaccine. Olivia Chow is expected to get an endorsement for Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Kim Jon Un reappears after 6 week absence.
ADVANCE POLLS OPEN TODAY
Toronto residents who want to avoid long lines on election day can get a head start by voting in advance polls starting today. The advance polls will stay open for the next 6 days ahead of the October 27 election. Voters can cast a ballot early between Oct. 14 and Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. You can check the city’s website to find the advance poll location in your ward. There’s one voting station open in each of the city’s 44 wards.
TTC ADDS NEW TRAINS TO RUSH HOUR SERVICE TODAY
Subway riders might notice today things aren’t quite so crowded. The TTC will be adding trains to its rush hour service today. The idea is to give riders more space on subway platforms during peak hours and to cut travel times in off-peak hours. The plan will see 2 new trains added to the each of the Yonge-University and Bloor-Danforth Lines during rush hour. Each train carries about 1,200 riders, meaning there should be more space on the platforms. The TTC’s new deputy COO, Mike Palmer has also tweaked the train and crew scheduling to help reduce overtime costs.
HUMAN TEST BEGIN ON CANADIAN-MADE EBOLA VACCINE
Scientists in Canada are beginning the tests of a new experimental Ebola vaccine, made here in Canada. Health officials are calling the vaccine VSV-EBOV a promising development in the fight against the disease. Health Minister Rona Ambrose made the announcement at a press conference with health officer Dr. Gregory Taylor. According to Ambrose, the vaccine will be tested on 20 healthy volunteers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. She also said the vaccine was 100% effective in spreading Ebola when tested on animals. Results from the test will be known in December, and if proven to be effective, it will be made available to the public shortly after. The virus is currently spreading rapidly in West Africa, and the World Health Organization has deemed it the most severe acute health emergency in modern times. At this time, the virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives. However, health officials are also stressing that no one in Canada has been diagnosed with the disease, and that the risk of catching Ebola within Canada is very low.
CHOW TO BE ENDORSED BY FEDERAL GREEN PARTY LEADER
Olivia Chow is expected to get an endorsement today from Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. This comes a week after the Toronto Environmental Alliance ranked Chow’s platform as the Greenest. While John Tory received a swimming endorsement from Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt yesterday, Olivia Chow held a press conference, urging Tory to release his full platform. “We do not want another four years of empty promises and false hope, and what Mr. Tory is doing is exactly what Rob Ford did four years ago.” Chow unveiled her platform earlier this month. Chow also went on to criticize Riatt, bringing up a defamation lawsuit that the port authority had filed against Community AIR advocacy group back in 2006, under Raitt. In 2007, the group retracted and apologized for its statements. In response, Tory’s campaign team says he will no release a full campaign platform.
KIM JONG REAPPEARS AFTER 6 WEEK ABSENCE
Kim Jon Un has shown his face in public for the first time in 40-days. That’s according to North Korea’s government press group and comes amid speculation that he was in poor health or there had been a coup.