5 Things To Know Today
3 wounded, gunman dead after shooting on Florida State University campus. Toronto’s first dance with snow is over. Tim Hortons coffee prices go up next week. Mayor Ford to sell remainder of bobbleheads Friday. Ontario students score top marks in computer literacy.
3 WOUNDED, GUNMAN DEAD AFTER SHOOTING ON FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
Three people were wounded and a gunman is dead after a shooting rampage early this morning on Florida State University’s campus in Tallahassee. The shooting happened at the university’s Stozier Library. The suspected gunman was fatally wounded by a police officer after he fired at police. Two of the victims were taken to hospital, with one listed in critical condition, the other in stable condition. The third victim’s condition is unknown. The university sent an emergency alert to students, telling students to seek shelter. You can see footage below:
TORONTO’S FIRST DANCE WITH SNOW IS OVER
Toronto’s first brush with wintery conditions is over. A blast of pre-winter weather hit the GTA with about 5 centimetres of snow Wednesday night but city road crews have done a good job of clearing the major arteries for this morning’s commute. Regions closer to the Great Lakes picked up slightly higher amounts. OPP say they dealt with about 100 collisions during the evening rush, and were called to dozens more through the rest of the night. In one case a police officer pulled over to help with a collision on the QEW in Burlington when his cruiser was struck by another car that lost control. Despite the high number of collisions OPP say no one was seriously hurt. Peel Police urged drivers to stay off the roads. The nasty weather lead to delays for transit riders and CAA says they responded to thousands of calls for service. At the airports, Pearson International and Billy Bishop, all departures are running as normal but the arrivals board is filled with delays and cancellations.
Already saddled with 6-feet of snow, Buffalo is bracing for more today. Another 2 to 3 feet of snow is expected for Western New York by this time tomorrow. That’s a year’s worth of snow in only 4-days. But that won’t stop the Buffalo Bills from taking the field this weekend; the team is offering Western New Yorkers $10 an hour and a ticket to the game if they pick up a shovel and help dig Ralph Wilson Stadium out from under all the snow. The stadium was right in the path of the lake effect snowstorm that blanketed the area with about 5 feet of snow. The team took to Twitter to issue its call for help: “Want to help clear the Ralph? We’re looking for snow shovelers. Pay is $10/hour + game tickets. Call 716-636-4840 for details,” the tweet read.
TIM HORTONS COFFEE PRICES GO UP NEXT WEEK
Tim Hortons lovers will soon have to carry some extra change to get their coffee fix. The chain that recently agreed to be bought by Burger King says they’re raising the coffee prices next Wednesday. The average cup of coffee is going up by 10 cents. Timmies is blaming higher operating costs and pricey coffee beans. There is some good news for Ontarians, the cost for a breakfast sandwiches will also rise in all provinces except Ontario.
MAYOR FORD TO SELL REMAINDER OF BOBBLEHEADS FRIDAY
It’s a collectors item for members of Ford Nation who are on your Christmas list; Mayor Rob Ford will be selling off the rest of his ‘Robbie Bobbies’ Bobbleheads this Friday. Ford released a statement late Wednesday saying the proceeds from the bobbleheads will be going to the 2 Hospitals that have been treating him over the past 2 months for cancer. He says supporters can buy the collectors items at the mayor’s office for $30 a piece with the net proceeds going to support the Humber River Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. You can read the full statement below:
For Immediate Release
Over the past 2 months, I have been fortunate to receive excellent medical care as I continue to fight my battle with cancer.
I would now like to help the people who have helped me. We still have some bobbleheads left, so I would like to invite people to come to the Mayor’s Office this Friday, November 21st during business hours. You can buy as many ‘Robbie Bobbies’ as you wish at a cost of $30 each, with the net proceeds going to support the Humber River Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital.
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
Mayor Ford’s Four Priorities:
1 Customer Service Excellence
2 Transparent & Accountable Government
3 Reduced Cost and Size of Government
4 Transportation City
ONTARIO STUDENTS SCORE TOP MARKS IN COMPUTER LITERACY
An International test puts Ontario students at the top of the list when it comes to computer literacy. The International Computer and Information Literacy Study was administered last year to about 60,000 Grade 8 students in 20 countries. It is believed to be the first international test of its kind. Ontario’s Computer Information Literacy (CIL) Skills were significantly above the international average. Ontario students averaged a CIL score of 547 out of 600. That was significantly above the international average of 500. Only students in the Czech Republic and Australia performed as well as those from Ontario.