Canadian planes launch first air strike in war against ISIL. Tory begins to tackle Toronto traffic trouble with timing traffic signals. Toronto Police are beginning a week-long campaign to curb pedestrian deaths in the city. Bathurst and Dundas intersection closed starting today. Rob Ford to undergo 3rd round of chemo today. Journalism students at Western University were warned not to pursue internships on Ghomeshi’s show “Q” 2 years ago.
CANADIAN PLANES LAUNCH FIRST AIR STRIKE IN WAR AGAINST ISIL
Canada is now fully involved in the battle with ISIS. Two Canadian CF-18 Fighter jets have dropped laser guided payloads against ISIL militant targets in Iraq, in Canada’s first airstrike against the terrorist group. Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson confirmed the attack which lasted approximately 4 hours.The target was in the city of Fallujah just 70 kilometres west of Baghdad. The planes made it safely back to their base in Kuwait.
Coordinated with our partners, two CF-18s attacked ISIL targets with GBU12 500 lb laser guided bombs in the vicinity of Fallujah, Iraq.— Rob Nicholson (@HonRobNicholson) November 2, 2014
TORY BEGINS TO TACKLE TORONTO’S TRAFFIC TROUBLES
Gridlock was the top issue in Toronto’s election campaign and the push to address it is already starting to have an effect. The city’s transportation services division will be re-timing 1000 singnal lights over the next 3-years, impacting 40% of the lights in the city. The goal is to make traffic flow more smoothly and reduce travel times. There is also a suggestion that they restrict access to the on-ramps on the DVP and Gardiner during peak rush-hours ti avoid slowing down the highways for those already on them. Sticking with the theme of traffic and Toronto roads, the Monday after the time change is historically one of the worst days of the year for accidents, especially involving pedestrians. With that in mind, Toronto Police are beginning a week-long campaign Monday designed to curb pedestrian deaths in the City of Toronto. Analysis shows that pedestrians represent nearly 60% of all traffic fatalities in Toronto with 23 pedestrian killed on city streets this year. Police are targeting motorist,cyclist and pedestrians who don’t follow the rules near crosswalks, intersections and school zones. November has traditional been a month where more pedestrian fatalities occur than usual, with Toronto Police specifically focusing on spreading awareness to the elderly. The campaign ends on Sunday November 9th.
BATHURST AND DUNDAS INTERSECTION CLOSED STARTING TODAY
A key downtown Toronto intersection will be closed for 3-weeks. Starting Monday, the intersection at Bathurst and Dundas St. West will be closed for the third and final phase of TTC track and road work. The city, with the Toronto Transit Commission, began the work on October 14th, working on watermain repairs and other road improvements, in addition to track work. Shuttle buses will continue to run on the 511 Bathurst Streetcar route. The 505 Dundas streetcar will remain running, but the route will be diverted. There will be some access to Toronto Western Hospital from the north. The intersection will re-open on November 20th. The TTC detailed the diversions:
The 505 Dundas streetcar will divert via Spadina, College, Dundas to route. No replacement buses will operate on Dundas St. W. between Spadina Ave. and Lansdowne Ave.
– The 511 Bathurst bus will divert southbound via College, Spadina, Richmond to route and northbound via Adelaide, Spadina, College to route.
ROB FORD TO UNDERGO THIRD ROUND OF CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT TODAY
It’s back to the hospital for Mayor Rob Ford today. Ford will undergo his third round of chemotherapy treatment to aid in his battle against cancer. Doctors at My. Sinai did a CT-scan and found that the tumour in his abdomen hadn’t shrunk after the first 2-rounds of chemotherapy, but hadn’t grown either. Ford is dealing with a double dose of bad news: despite undergoing two courses of radiation, Ford is now suffering from pneumonia. After a patient has received between 3-5 chemo treatments surgery is usually reconsidered when dealing with this particular cancer. Doctors hope to reduce the size of the tumour so they can try to surgically remove it. It’s not confirm whether or not surgery will be used in his case.
WESTERN STUDENTS WARNED NOT TO INTERN FOR GHOMESHI 2 YEARS AGO
New information is coming out in the Jian Ghomeshi case. There are now claims that Journalism students at Western University were warned not to pursue internships on his CBC show “Q”, a Toronto Star article is reporting this morning. Western U stopped sending students to intern at the CBC in 2008 after an incident with a male student had him running errands instead of doing entry-level journalism, as stipulated by the curriculum. However, many the students were warned two years ago that Q internships were off limits due to inappropriate behaviour on behalf of Jian Ghomeshi, the now-fired host. Jeremy Copeland, who teaches journalism at Western, said concerns of students interning on Ghomeshi’s show stemmed from an incident in 2012, when Ghomeshi allegedly “preyed on a young grad who wanted to work at Q.” Due to the incident, Copeland stopped a female student recently from applying for an internship at Q. Three women have now come forward to Toronto Police with allegations of abuse against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, and investigators are looking into reports of a “graphic” video in the CBC’s possession. Officers provided an update, Saturday, confirming two very experienced investigators will begin looking into the case; however, more are expected to join to investigation. “We are requesting the public to come forward with any video, photograph, social media chats relating to this investigation, to contact Sex Crime immediately,” Sex Crimes Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said. At least, nine women have come forward to the media alleging that they had been abused or harassed by Ghomeshi. In a staff memo Friday the CBC says it fired Ghomeshi last Sunday after seeing “graphic evidence that Jian had caused physical injury to a woman.” Police explain they are not aware of Ghomeshi’s current whereabouts, and haven’t spoken to him yet. “We’re right in the infancy of our investigation,” Beaven-Desjardins said. Ghomeshi and his lawyers have not commented. Last weekend the ex-CBC host insisted that any rough sex he had was consensual.