TTC bus driver caught on video fired after running red light in Etobicoke. Mayor Ford says tumour is same size after two rounds of chemotherapy. Chief Blair says Ghomeshi is not under investigation after another woman speak out. PM Harper announces financial benefits for families. Chilly temperatures, rain and possible snow in Halloween forecast.
TTC BUS DRIVER FIRED FOR RUNNING RED LIGHT IN ETOBICOKE
The TTC has quickly fired a TTC bus driver, caught on camera blasting through a red light on Lakeshore in Etobicoke and almost hitting a pedestrian. A vehicle managed to capture a video with its dashboard camera, which was then posted on YouTube. It shows the TTC bus running the intersection about 15 seconds after the light turned red, while a middle-aged man was crossing. The incident happened on October 21st at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Superior Avenue in Etobicoke. The TTC union has filed a grievance over the driver’s dismissal.
MAYOR FORD SAYS TUMOUR IS SAME SIZE AFTER CHEMOTHERAPY
Two intense rounds of chemotherapy have done nothing to shrink the grapefruit-sized tumor in Mayor Rob Ford’s abdomen, so doctors still can’t remove it surgically . Ford says he will need to undergo another round of chemotherapy. He tells Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington that the tumour in his abdomen did not shrink after the first two rounds of chemo he underwent in the last few weeks, but points out the tumour hasn’t grown in size either. Ford says he has also been diagnosed with pneumonia and admits that he will be keeping a lower profile in the coming weeks. He expects to begin his third round of chemo on Monday and says that’s when doctors will give their next update to the media on his condition.
BLAIR SAYS GHOMESHI NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER ANOTHER WOMAN SPEAKS OUT
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says Jian Ghomeshi is not under criminal investigation despite the Huffington Post publishing a first-person account from another woman accusing Ghomeshi of attacking her. Earlier Thursday, crisis communications firm Navigator announced they no longer represent Ghomeshi. Minutes later, Ghomesi’s public-relations firm, rock-it promotions announced they too had parted ways via Twitter. Jian Ghomeshi’s teddy bear named “Big Ears” made news yesterday after two women claimed to the Toronto Star that Ghomeshi showed them the teddy bear before allegedly becoming violent with them. Ghomeshi told an audience in Stratford this summer that a therapist told him to get the bear to deal with anxiety. The women, two of eight who have alleged Ghomeshi was abusive, told the Star the former host of the CBC show Q turned the bear around saying, “Big Ears Teddy shouldn’t see this.”
PRIME MINISTER HARPER ANNOUNCES BENEFITS FOR FAMILIES
The next federal election is less than a year away and Prime Minister Stephen Harper is trying to lock down votes. While in Vaughan today, Harper announced new and increased benefits for families with kids under the age of 18. He says the government is increasing the universal child care benefit for children under six to $160 from $100. Parents of kids between the ages of six and 17 will begin receiving $60 a month. Both Benefits take effect January 1, 2015. Harper also introduced income splitting which allows a higher earning spouse to transfer up to $50,000 of income to the lower earning spouse for tax purposes in order to collect a non-refundable tax credit of up to $2,000 a year. For the 2014-2015 year the family benefits are expected to eat up $3.1 billion of the projected $5 billion federal surplus.
CHILLY TEMPERATURES, RAIN AND POSSIBLE SNOW IN HALLOWEEN FORECAST
The most frightening thing about Halloween tonight might be the weather. Parents will have to make sure that their kids bundle up before heading out to `Trick or treat. `A coat and an umbrella will be required with rain and chilly temps in the forecast. A snowfall is also possible throughout the day. York Regional Police and the OPP are recommending that children use reflective tape on their costumes or bags when trick-or-treating. Parents should inspect all candy wrappers and discard any home made treats, (including fruits,) unless you know and trust the source. Police also recommend carrying cell phones, flashlights and to stick to sidewalks. Police are also asking adults, who are attending Halloween parties/festivities to use designated drivers, take a cab or to use public transportation, if they plan on having a few drinks.