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Violence erupts in Ferguson as cop avoids indictment after Michael Brown shooting trial. Thousands still without power after fall windstorm. City plans to narrow streets to try to reduce speeds. Ontario banning flavoured tobacco, restricting e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes. Pat Quinn: 1943-2014
VIOLENCE ERUPTS AFTER GRAND JURY DECISION IN MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING
Missouri is burning. Homes in Ferguson are on fire, business are being looted and police cruisers have been torched in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. Violence broke out quick in after jurors decided that Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The panel believes that Michael Brown hit the officer in the face and tried to grab his gun. In response to the decision, violence erupted between protesters and riot police and dozens of people have since been arrested. Protests were held after the verdict in several other american citites including Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washinton DC. Toronto’s Black Community has now decided to to take action in solidarity with Ferguson protesters. Demonstrators will demand justice for Mike Brown and will also demand justice for Jermaine Carby a young man gunned down by Peel Region Police on September 24, 2014. They’ll also be protesting peacefully for countless other Black community members who have been wrongfully gunned down by law enforcement in suspicious circumstances. The demonstration begins at 6:00 p.m. outside the U.S. Consulate on University Avenue.
THOUSANDS STILL WITHOUT POWER ACROSS GTA AFTER FALL WINDSTORM
There are still some pockets of Toronto without power this morning following last evening’s wind-storm. Gusts were clocked at 102km/h at Pearson Airport, and that brought tree limbs down on hydro wires. Roughly 5-thousand people are without hydro in the city this morning. Not only was it windy in the city yesterday, there was rain and it was warm. Toronto shattered a high temperature record for yesterday, reaching 18.3 celcius at Pearson Airpot. The old record had been 15°C. The GTA remains under a wind warning issued by Environment Canada from Windsor to Kingston.
CITY PLANS TO NARROW STREETS TO TRY TO REDUCE SPEEDS
The city is planning to narrow a number of city streets in a bid to increase safety. The idea would be to bring down speeds while creating more space for bicycle lanes or wider sidewalks. The plan will be rolled out gradually over a number of years meaning the lanes on many streets will have be repainted. A city official said current widths can encourage drivers to go faster than necessary. Once the lanes have been narrowed sidewalks might be widened or in other places the extra space may be given over to cyclists or a median. In some cases if a lot of space is left over, more parking or left turn lanes might be considered. The default width for curb lanes will be 3.2 or 4.3 metres while through lanes will be 3 or 3.2 metres. There will be exceptions for buses as some TTC vehicles are as wide as 2.97 metres. Those lanes would be a minimum of 3.3 metres wherever possible. The city’s transportation department has been working on the new policy for nearly a year.
ONTARIO BANNING FLAVOURED TOBACCO, RESTRICTING E-CIGARETTES
Tougher regulations in Ontario are coming for e-cigarettes. The province is banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and outlawing use of them by adults in public wherever smoking is prohibited. The Liberal government wants to treat e-cigarettes just like regular smokes, which means anyone under the age of 19 would not be allowed to purchase them. If passed, the legislation would also:
- Ban the sale of e-cigarettes in certain places where the sale of tobacco is prohibited.
- Prohibit the display and promotion of e-cigarettes in places where e-cigarettes or tobacco products are sold, or offered for sale.
- Ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products, with a delayed implementation date for menthol-flavoured tobacco products.
- Increase maximum fines for those who sell tobacco to youth, making Ontario’s maximum fines the highest in Canada.
- Strengthen enforcement to allow for testing of substances used in waterpipes (e.g. hookahs, shisha) in indoor public places.
The legislation also means so-called vape or vapour lounges would be outlawed. The province is also putting an end to the sale of all flavoured tobacco products, and will expand the prohibition to include menthol cigarettes. The industry will have up to two years to phase out the menthol smokes. Another bill is being reintroduced by the Liberals that would require restaurants and grocery stores to list calorie counts on their menu and menu boards. The grocery stores would have to have more than 20 outlets.
PAT QUINN: 1943 – 2014
A veteran of over 600 games as an NHL player and 1,400 games as an NHL head coach, Former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn has passed away. A statement has been released from the Hockey Hall of Fame, of which Quinn was Chairman, stating Quinn died “last night at Vancouver General Hospital after a lengthy illness.” A request of privacy from the family was then expressed. Vice-Chairman Jim Gregory was quoted as saying “Pat is one of hockey’s most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.” Quinn sat on the bench with the Leafs, Kings, Flyers and Canucks, and was also the co-owner of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. Under the guidance of Quinn, the Canadian men’s hockey team was led to its first gold medal in 50 years at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. He was one of four men to win the Jack Adams coach of the year award. Pat Quinn was 71.