5 Things To Know
This Toronto winter won’t be as bad as the last one. Doug Ford more popular than the Conservatives in Toronto. Police board approves budget freeze / Blair slams report suggesting officers still “carding”. Harper has become the 6th longest serving Canadian Prime Minister. Phill Rudd will not be welcomed back into AC/DC, he has been replaced.
THIS TORONTO WINTER WON’T BE AS BAD AS THE LAST ONE
Winter is still officially more than 5-weeks away, but with flurries hitting Toronto yesterday and the Santa Claus Parade this weekend, we’re starting what kind of winter we will have. Global new’s meteorologist Anthony Farnell says it won’t be as cold or snowy as last year, however, we can still expect it to be colder than normal with a little more snow than we usually get. Driving conditions are poor this morning north and west of the city. Overnight flurries have covered the roads and there are reports of black ice along the 400 HWY between Barrie and Innisfill Beach Rd.
GAS PRICES TO DROP 3 CENTS TONIGHT
Good news if you are running on empty. Drivers can expect a 3 cent a litre drop at the pumps come midnight. Dan McTeague, with gasbuddy.com says that will bring the average price at the pumps to 113.9 a litre. These are prices we haven’t seen in Toronto since December 22, 2010. Outside of Toronto even bigger deals to be found well below 111.10 threshold: Barrie, Guelph, Kitchehner, Peterbough, Whitby & Port Hope.
DOUG FORD MORE POPULAR THAN CONSERVATIVES IN TORONTO
Doug Ford has yet to announce if he’ll run for the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservatives, but it turns out he is much more popular in Toronto, than the party itself. Ford received 331,006 votes as the runner up in the municipal election on October 27th. By comparison, all Conservative candidates running in Toronto’s 23 ridings in the June 12 provincial election garnered 218,589 votes. In total, there were 112,417 more ballots cast for Ford, which means the entire PC slate, which lost every seat in the city with just two-thirds of his city-wide support. Ford believes if he runs for leadership candidacy he would benefit from many of the 395,124 people who casted civic ballots for mayor-elect John Tory, who led the PC Party from 2004 until 2009.
POLICE BOARD APPROVES BUDGET FREEZE
The Toronto Police Services Board is approving Chief Bill Blair’s request to freeze next years budget. At Thursday’s board meeting, Blair proposed a 0% increase over 2014, keeping his 2015 budget at $957 million. The budget doesn’t include any wage increases related to the new agreement. City Council still gets the final say in it’s approval, but if all goes through, it would mean more civilians getting hired to do the jobs currently performed by uniformed officers. A full 600-page budget will be posted for within seven days for input from the public.
BLAIR SLAMS REPORT SUGGESTING OFFICERS STILL “CARDING”
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is criticizing a new report alleging police officers are still carding young people at Jane and Finch, despite being told to stop months ago. The report, written by executive director of Logical Outcomes, Neil Price, suggests that the Toronto Police Service in 31 Division is ignoring new carding practices, which were approved by the board in April. Speaking to reporters at police headquarters, Blair said that the “methodology needs to be far more clearly explained than it was. He continued, “Certainly we’ve had indications from the people who participated in those community meetings that the methodology was somewhat suspect.” The report surveyed around 400 people, and found that more than 60 percent of respondents felt police encounters were prolonged to get more information. More than half of those surveyed who were stopped by police said they didn’t believe the officers had a good reason to question them. The board did not make any action on the report at Thursday’s meeting, deferring further debate for November 26th.
HARPER HAS BECOME THE 6TH LONGEST SERVING CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has served his 3,203rd day in office, passing Brian Mulroney for the length of time spent as Canada’s leader. He is now sixth in time served among the country’s 22 prime ministers. Harper will have to continue as our prime minister through the winter of 2025 in order to pass Sir John A’s 6,943 days in office. If he plans on getting to No. 1, he’ll have to beat William Lyon Mackenzie King’s record of 7,837 days in office. That would mean he would still be prime minister in the summer of 2027.