Tractor trailer rollover closes transfer lanes on 401. Election day has finally arrived: when and where to vote. RCMP claims Ottawa shooter made a video before his attacks, shooting driven by ideological motives. Public visitation for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo to be held today in Hamilton. Jian Ghomeshi claims his sex life was the cause of his termination, suing CBC for $50 million.
TRACTOR TRAILER ROLLOVER CLOSES TRANSFER LANES ON THE 401
A lousy way to start the Monday morning commute with a tractor trailer rollover and fire causing traffic headaches. The rollover happened just before 5:30am. The transfer lanes from the eastbound 401 collectors to the express just past the 400 are closed. Both Eastbound express and collector lanes are getting by but slow due to the smoke. The OPP and MTO are on scene and the transfer lanes will remain closed to clean up the debris for at least 3 hours.
ELECTION DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED
Election day has finally arrived. Toronto is electing a new mayor and council today, as are other communities in the GTA, but the race in Toronto has been one to watch, with plenty of drama, personal attacks and anger as John Tory, Doug Ford and Olivia Chow slug it out right to the end. Polls open today at 1oam and close tonight at 8pm. If you’re not sure where to vote you can enter your address here for a list of the polling station in your area. Voters are asked to bring their voter information card and a piece of identification with your name and qualifying Toronto address, like an Ontario driver’s licence, Health Card or pay stub. If you don’t have a voter information card you should bring an approved piece of ID to your polling station along with proof of a qualifying Toronto address. Voters who need transportation to polling stations can call 211 for help.
RCMP CLAIMS OTTAWA SHOOTER MADE A VIDEO BEFORE ATTACKS
The RCMP has released more information in their investigation of the Parliamentary shooting on Wednesday that ended the life of a Canadian Soldier. Investigators have determined that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was motivated by radical ideology and made a video recording of himself before the attacks. The RCMP is analyzing the tape and has not announced whether or not they will be releasing it. They’ve also determined where Bibeau received the knife he used during the attack but have had difficulty finding out where he got the rifle. They believe the shooter had been employed in the oil fields of Alberta and used those funds to facailate the attack. The RCMP has asked the OPP to conduct an investigation on the Wednesday shooting to avoid a conflict of interest.
PUBLIC VISITATION FOR CPL. NATHAN CIRILLO IN HAMILTON TODAY
A public visitation is being held today for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier who was shot and killed while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The visitation will be held at the Markey-Dermody Funeral Home, from 9am-9pm, with a full military funeral to be held at noon on Tuesday at Christ’s Church Cathedral. The public is being encouraged to pay respects along the procession route prior to the ceremony. 24-year-old Cpl.Cirillo died Wednesday afer being shot by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a homeless man with a criminal record. The RCMP are still investigating Bibeau’s assault. On Saturday evening, a special memorial was held in Montreal to honor Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was run down last Monday 30-kilometres southeast of Montreal. The funeral for Vincent will be held on Saturday in Montreal. Donations can be made to Cirillo’s family at any TD bank, quoting Transit number 2221, Account number 6391935.
JIAN GHOMESHI CLAIMS HIS SEX LIFE WAS CAUSE OF TERMINATION, SUING CBC FOR $50M
Long time CBC host Jian Ghomeshi was terminated from his role at the CBC and announced his intention to sue the national broadcaster for over 50 million dollars. The law firm representing Ghomeshi, Dentons Canada LLP, also released a statement, saying “the action will claim general and punitive damages for among other things, breach of confidence and bad faith in the amount of $50 million. Ghomeshi will commence a grievance for reinstatement with the CBC under his collective agreement.” Late Sunday evening, Ghomeshi released a facebook post alleging he was fired because, “Of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.” In Jian’s own word’s he explains exactly how he was victimized for his personal sex life:
“About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady’s Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone’s business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.
Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.
After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.
It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.”
The CBC has not responded to these allegations, but did confirm they are ending their relationship with Ghomeshi. The full statement released can be read here. It’s also reported that a story regarding Jian’s personal life will soon be published.