Happy Crack-Anniversary: it’s been 1-year since Rob Ford’s crack admission. Gas prices drop 2 cents today. York subway extension could face further delays. Male former York U student alleges Ghomeshi fondled him. Republicans secure the senate and congress in mid-terms.
Happy crack-anniversary! It was one year ago today that Mayor Rob Ford dropped a bombshell, admitting that he smokes crack. That set off an insane year in local politics, capped by last month’s election.
GAS PRICES DIP TODAY
Drivers will be able to upsize their coffee or breakfast combo this morning, thanks to a dip in the price at the pumps. Gas experts predict that most stations in Toronto will dish out a liter of regular for $1.159, marking a 2 cent drop in the price. The price of oil, gas and the value of the Canadian dollar all continue to plunge. Oil is down another half-a-dollar today, trading under 77-bucks per barrel in New York as and that’s brought down the price of gas. On average, gas prices have not been this low since early 2011. There are a handful of stations in the GTA where it has slipped below $1.10. The loonie dollar is down another half-a-cent at 87.23 cents US.
YORK SUBWAY EXTENSION COULD FACE MORE DELAYS
It looks like the $2.5-billion, six-stop TTC subway extension from Downsview Station to the Vaughan Metro Centre could be facing more delays. It was originally supposed to open in 2015. But in late 2012, the TTC pushed that date back to the fall of 2016. Now TTC CEO Andy Byford admits the opening date is “at significant risk” The project has been hampered by delays from the beginning as the construction started 16 months late due to funding issues. Some other problems include the harsh winter last year along with tunneling issues under York University. In 2011 a construction worker was killed at the York University site causing the Ministry of Labour to suspended some work there into 2012. Byford has already told the TTC board and mayor-elect John Tory that the subway opening could be delayed.
MALE FORMER YORK U STUDENT ALLEGES GHOMESHI FONDLED HIM
Another person has come forward with allegations of sexual assault against former cbc host Jian Ghomeshi but this time it’s a man. The number of complaints against Ghomeshi has hit double-digats. The 10th person to come forward is Jim Hounslow, who worked for Ghomeshi when he was student federation president at York University in the early 90′s. Hounslow currently works at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg and is the only male to have come forward. He alleges Ghomeshi grabbed his genitals without warning and fondled them while waiting for an elevator. Hounslow says he grabbed Ghomeshi’s arm, pulled it behind his back and told him to never do that again. The next day he alleges Ghomeshi accused him of being macho, violent and homophobic. The scandal surrounding CBC host Jian Ghomeshi has also claimed his former executive producer as a victim. Arif Noorani has decided to take some time off while the CBC investigates the allegations of sexual violence and harassment. Noorani has been with the program almost since its inception in 2007 and it’s unclear what role he would return to. So far no disciplinary action has been taken against any CBC staff. Ghomeshi has continually stated that he has engaged in “rough” sex, but that it was always consensual. Ghomeshi says he was fired from the CBC because of the risk that his sex life would become public, resulting in what he referred to as “a campaign of false allegations.” The CBC has said it fired Ghomeshi after “graphic evidence” emerged that shows him causing a “physical injury” to a woman.
REPUBLICANS SECURE SENATE AND CONGRESS
Many Americans are now saying there’s a lame duck in the White House. US President Barack Obama will face hostile opposition during his final 2-years, following the midterm elections, which saw the Republicans win control of both the senate and congress.