35th anniversary of the Mississauga train disaster. TTC workers union unveils plan to fix Toronto transit system. Study: Brampton has the least affordable daycare rates in Canada. Bob Geldof to re-record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for 30th anniversary/singer names released today. Robert Plant says no to $1 billion for Led Zeppelin reunion.
35 YEARS SINCE MISSISSAUGA TRAIN DISASTER
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the “Mississauga Miracle” train derailment, sparking the biggest evacuation in Canadian history. The disaster was named the “Mississauga Miracle” by Mayor Hazel McCallion who said: “That no one died is a miracle.” On Nov. 10, 1979, 200-thousand people were forced from their homes when a 106-car CP train skidded off the tracks near Mavis and Dundas and exploded, spewing clouds of poisonous gas over the city.
TTC WORKERS UNION UNVEILS PLAN TO FIX TORONTO TRANSIT SYSTEM
Over the election campaign, we heard all of the politicians’ plans for transit. Today, we’ll hear what the workers think should be done. The president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 Bob Kinnear will release a plan that outlines what the union believes is the path to take to get the city’s public transit running more smoothly. The plan includes 68 cost recommendations for transit efficiency, including that the TTC immediately buy about 250 40-foot buses on top of the ones already planned for the next three years. Kinnear is also expected to give his comments on Mayor-elect John Tory’s SmartTrack proposal. Kinnear will ask Torontonians to unite and demand specific transit funding commitments from all three federal parties in their 2015 election platforms. He warns that without proper funding the TTC could collapse due to neglect and the city’s booming population. He’ll make his announcement at city hall at 11:00 a.m.
STUDY: BRAMPTON HAS THE LEAST AFFORDABLE DAYCARE RATES IN CANADA
A new study has found that Brampton has the least affordable daycare in the country. While some other cities like Toronto pay more for daycare, Brampton had the highest daycare costs in comparison with wages. The most affordable city for childcare is Gatineau, Quebec. Toronto parents pay the most for daycare in the country spending on average $1,676 a month for infants, $1,324 a month for toddlers and $998 a month for pre-schoolers. Those in Quebec cities paid the lowest fees in the country due to province-wide government subsidies that cap daycare costs at $7.30 a day per child. That adds up to $152 a month.
BOB GELDOF TO RE-RECORD “DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?” FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY
We’ll find out today the names of the musicians who will do a 30th anniversary cover of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Bob Geldof, the man behind the original charity single is expected to oversee the updated recording, with proceeds going to help fight the Ebola disaster in West Africa.
ROBERT PLANT SAYS NO TO $1 BILLION ZEPPELIN REUNION
Robert Plant is turning down a pile of money because he doesn’t want a Led Zeppelin reunion to happen. According to reports out of England, Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson had offered a 500 million pound payday (almost a billion dollars Canadian) to the members of Led Zeppelin to reform. An industry source has been quoted as saying “Robert, Jimmy, and John stood to make 450 Million per show” (Canadian) for a 35 date tour to take place in just three cities: London at the O2, Berlin and New Jersey. Zeppelin was also promised a healthy chunk of cash for their merchandise and there was an option to do 45 more gigs in five venues”. Branson further offered to provide air transportation via his “Starship,” which would be re-named Stairway To Heaven, and sell off the back 20 rows of the aircraft as special Led Zeppelin seats for an astonishing $200,000; to keep out the riff raff. The source explained that “Branson tried to pull out all of the stops but even his money was not enough to get Plant to sign up.” Plant is adamant that he will not do it. Can’t blame a rich man for trying.