Wynne government considering funding part of TTC operating cost. The Toronto Star reports the video that Jian Ghmeshi showed the CBC that allegedly sealed the deal in his firing depicts bruising on a woman. Two Canadian firms played key roles in historic comet landing. US Congress to vote on Keystone-XL Pipeline today. Bono’s plane loses hatch during mid-flight from Dublin to Berlin.
WYNNE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING FUNDING PART OF TTC OPERATING COST
The province is considering paying part of the cost of operating the Toronto Transit Commission. The move would be a major policy change as the Ontario government hasn’t contributed to operating funding since then Premier Mike Harris squashed it. Harris’ move has left the TTC to rely solely on fares and the property tax base to pay its operating budget. The province would only commit to helping the city with capital dollars like for building transit lines. Mayor elect John Tory has already seen his transition team has already met with members of the Premier’s staff including a sitdown on Wednesday. Premier Wynne is also expected to meet with Tory in the coming weeks. TTC CEO Andy Byford also says he and his staff met with senior provincial bureaucrats about 8 weeks ago to talk about restoring operational funding and left feeling optimistic.
REPORT: GHOMESHI SHOWED CBC VIDEO DEPICTING BRUISING
Were you wondering what was in the video that Jian Ghmeshi showed his bosses that allegedly sealed the deal in his firing? Well, according to a report in the <em>Toronto Star, t</em>he CBC decided to fire Jian Ghomeshi after he showed them a video in which a “large bruise” can be seen on a woman’s body that he had dated, as well as corresponding text messages referring to the bruising as a “cracked rib.” The Star says that Ghomeshi showed CBC executives Chris Boyce and Chuck Thompson the smartphone video during a meeting at his lawyer’s office on Oct. 23, attempting to show how it’s possible for a person to get bruised during sex that was “consensual.”
TWO CANADIAN FIRMS PLAY KEY ROLES IN HISTORIC COMET LANDING
The Philae has landed safely. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission’s lander is currently on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, although there were some concerns. Late Wednesday, Stephan Ulamec, head of the lander operation, said Philae may have made two landings on the comet. Meanwhile, mission manager Paolo Ferri said they lost their radio link earlier than planned, although he said that’s not concerning. Two Canadian companies were bursting with pride Wednesday after playing small but important roles in the historic landing of a European Space Agency ship on the surface of comet 67P. Despite some nervousness at the Darmstadt, Germany mission control, Nov. 12 2014 has now become a historic day in space exploration, with the first ever landing on a comet.
US CONGRESS VOTE ON KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE
American might be finally ready to give the thumbs-up to the controversial Keystone-XL Pipeline that would ship from Alberta to Texas. Republican leaders in the US Congress say members will vote on it today, and they have the support of many Democrats. If approved, the US Senate would on the bill next week and then President Barack Obama would have the final say.
BONO’S PLANE LOSES HATCH MID-FLIGHT
A close call for Bono. The rear-door of a private jet he was on fell off mid-flight as he was making his way from Dublin to Berlin yesterday. The pilot managed to get the U2 singer and his four friends down on the ground safely. All that was lost was Bono’s luggage.