5 Things To Know Today
The coldest morning of the season. York Police launch R.I.D.E. campaign. Tories hold on to Whitby-Oshawa riding. Provincial revenue off by more than $509M. Toronto Board of Health mulls ban on selling energy drinks to minors.
THE COLDEST MORNING OF THE SEASON
We’re still more than a month away from the official start of winter but already we’re in the deep freeze. Toronto is waking up to the coldest morning of the season with the mercury sitting at -9°C, but stiff winds are making it feel like -18°C. Icy roads have hit the 400 as well as the Niagara region. The all time low Temperature for Toronto on November 18th is -10.6° set back in 1959. Right now it’s 8.9°C
The first school bus cancellations of the year. Buses have been pulled off the roads in Midland, Orillia, Elmvale and Penetanguishine.
YORK POLICE LAUNCH R.I.D.E. CAMPAIGN TODAY
York Police will kick off its 2014 Festive Season Enhanced R.I.D.E program today along with the MADD red ribbon campaign. The hope is to keep impaired drivers off the roads over the holiday season. Police will launch the campaign at St. Augustine Catholic High School at 2188 Rodick Road in Markham. A candlelight vigil will also be held tonight at #2 District Headquarters on Major Mackenzie Drive in Richmond Hill at 7pm. It will be to remember those who have lost their lives or have been affected by impaired driving. During the 2013 Festive Season, 66 drivers were arrested for impaired driving and so far this year there have been 884 impaired-by-alcohol arrests and 27 impaired-by-drug arrests in York Region.
Another sign of the holiday season arriving is the official lighting of the Christmas Tree at David Peacaut Square, just outside Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto’s entertainment district. The CN-Tower will light-up in red to launch the holiday season.
TORIES HOLD ON TO WHITBY-OSHAWA
The Conservatives have managed to hold on to Whity-Oshawa, the riding held by former finance minister Jim Flaherty before he passed away last spring. Tory candidate and former mayor of Whitby Pat Perkins won the riding in the byelection on Monday. Perkins beat out runner up Liberal candidate Celina Caesar-Chavannes, an entrepreneur and research consultant who is new to the political scene. Perkins served as the mayor of Whitby for two terms. With over 90% of polls reporting Perkins earned 48.7% of the vote. Caesar-Chavannes took much of the rest of the vote with 41.3%. Flaherty took the riding with a comfortable 58% in 2011, and was more than 30 points ahead of his nearest rival. The Conservatives also managed to keep the Alberta riding of Yellowhead Monday night.
PROVINCIAL REVENUE OFF BY MORE THAN $509M
The Ontario Tories and New Democrats can both agree on one thing: there’s no way the province can meet its goal of balancing the books in 3-years without hiking taxes. Finance minister Charles Sousa says revenues are down more than half-a-billion dollars from what was expected and he hasn’t given any indication how they’ll overcome that shortfall in order to fulfill their budget promise.
BOARD OF HEALTH MULLS BAN ON SELLING ENERGY DRINKS TO MINORS
Toronto’s Board of Health has given the city’s chief medical officer the go ahead to study a ban on the sale of energy drinks to minors. If the plan is approved, the ban will prohibit the sale of energy drinks at all city-owned buildings and venues including the C.N.E. Coun. Glenn De Baeremaeker’s plan would also prohibit the sale of energy drinks at convenience stores to minors. The board also recommended having barriers installed on subway platforms in a bid to prevent suicides.