Toronto Public Health says subway platform suicide barriers could prevent deaths. 2 people are dead after a Cessna 150 plane crash in Algonquin Park. Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell to receive large pension and retirement payout. Canadian jets bomb Islamic State artillery position. European Space Agency attempts comet landing.
SUBWAY BARRIERS COULD PREVENT DEATHS
There’s renewed talk about putting suicide barriers on subway platforms in Toronto. A new report from Toronto public health recommends that city hall fund the platform edge doors in all TTC subway stations, a cost of roughly $10-million per station. The barriers line up perfectly with the train door and open only when the subway comes to a complete halt. They’re already in place in 3-dozen cities around the world.
2 PEOPLE DEAD AFTER PLANE CRASH IN ALGONQUIN PARK
Two people are dead after a small plane crashed in Algonquin Provincial Park. A spokesperson from the rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, says both of the victims were men in their 20′s. The pilot of the Cessna 150 had “declared an airborne emergency” Tuesday evening and air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane shortly after. A Hercules aircraft and a Griffin helicopter were sent out from C.F.B. Trenton shortly after the plane issued an emergency signal. The plane took off from Buttonville Airport northeast of Toronto and was scheduled to return there.
BRAMPTON MAYOR SUSAN FENNELL TO RECEIVE LARGE PENSION & RETIREMENT PAYOUT
Brampton’s outgoing mayor Susan FenneLl isn’t going away empty handed. FenneLl will leave her office with about $375,000 in retirement and pension benefits. The Toronto Star is reporting she’ll receive almost $300,000 in a retirement allowance from the city after serving for 26 years. She’ll also get another $23,000 in pension benefits, and at least $50,000 more in retirement benefits for her work on Peel’s Regional Council. The payout is due to a controversial increase in severance voted in by Brampton council in 2013. Brampton Council will consider an integrity commissioner’s ruling today that Fennell violated the city’s code of conduct and they could possibly punish her after an audit concluded she broke spending rules 266 times. Fennell won’t be at the meeting because she has to undergo emergency spinal surgery. Four councillors have said they will be asking for the maximum penalty of 90 days pay for the violations.
CANADIAN JETS HIT ISLAMIC STATE ARTILLERY POSITION
Canadian fighter Jets have dropped more bombs against Islamic militants in Iraq.The raid was against an artillery position North of Tikrit. We’ll get more details of the attack at a Defense Department briefing later today.
EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY ATTEMPT COMET LANDING
The European Space Agency is attempting to boldly go where no one has gone before. It’s trying to land an unmanned spacecraft on a comet. Confirmation of the landing is due around 11am this morning.