5 Things To Know Today
Ferguson protesters rally across the country. Poll: Majority of Canadians actually enjoy their commute to and from work. Jian Ghomeshi withdraws $55M lawsuit against CBC. Doug Ford to announce his decision Thursday on whether he will or will not fun for the Ontario PC leadership. Maple Leafs top Forbes list of NHL Teams with a value of $1.3B.
FERGUSON PROTESTER RALLY ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Another 44 people are under arrest following another night of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. However, authorities say it was a relatively calm night in comparison to the one before. Meanwhile, police say they’re not sure if a double-shooting of FBI agents this morning at a barricaded home near Ferguson is connected to the protests. The officers were only slightly wounded when they were hit by bullets less than 3-hours ago. Here in Toronto, a few hundred people protested outside the US consulate last evening, supporting Michael Brown. One of the Organizers of the vigils in Toronto & Ottawa marred the event by an online posting that asked white & non-black supporters to stay in the background and avoid speaking to the media. “Remember that you are there in support of black folks, so should never be at the centre of anything,” wrote organizer Bilan Arte, deputy chair of the Canadian Federation of Students.
POLL: MAJORITY OF CANADIANS ENJOY THEIR COMMUTE TO WORK
A new poll has some very surprising results about your commute to work. The poll finds that most Canadians actually enjoy their daily commute to and from work. The online survey found that 77 per cent of respondents report being in a better mood after their commute with 72 per cent form the GTA agreeing. 56 per cent of drivers saying their commute is a chance to have some quiet time by themselves. Only 11 per cent of drivers across the country actually dread their commute with 16 per cent in the GTA saying the same. The survey questioned 1,500 people across the country, with an oversampling of commuters in the Greater Toronto Area.
JIAN GHOMESHI WITHDRAWS $55M LAWSUIT AGAINST CBC
After launching a $55 million dollar lawsuit, the CBC is announcing today that former Q radio host Jian Ghomeshi has dropped the case, and instead will be paying $18,000 to the broadcaster in legal fees. “The civil suit has been dismissed with costs in favour of the CBC,” says spokesman Chuck Thompson. He also said the agreement reached between lawyers for the CBC and Ghomeshi is still subject to finalization through a court order. Ghomeshi was fired on October 26th, and since, a string of sexual assault allegations have been released prompting the CBC to conduct its own internal investigation. The CBC had earlier called on the courts to throw out the case, saying it was “without merit and an abuse of the court’s process.” Ghomeshi has not been charged, but is being investigated by Toronto Police after three woman came forward, filing complaints, saying he was physically abusive without their consent. Ghomeshi’s most recent statement online said he intends to meet the allegations head on, and won’t discuss it with the media.
DOUG FORD TO ANNOUNCE DECISION THURSDAY ON PC LEADERSHIP RUN
Doug Ford tells AM640 that he’ll make a decision on Thursday about whether he will run for the leadership of Ontario’s PC party. Ford told AM640′s Lorne Honickman that the Ford’s “bring a different demographic to the table” and called it a huge commitment. Ford made the comments a day after the first PC leadership debate failed to get much attention from the media. Ford thinks by entering the race he could get people who normally vote Liberal or NDP to vote for him and win the election. The next PC leader will be elected at a party convention May 9 in Toronto.
LEAFS TOP FORBES LIST OF NHL TEAMS WITH VALUE OF $1.3B
For the 9th year in a row, the Leafs are the most valuable NHL franchise. Forbes magazine pegs the value of the franchise at $1.3 billion dollars, up $200 million from last year. The Rangers are next on the list at $1.1 billion, followed by Montreal, Chicago and Vancouver. At the bottom of the list are the Florida Panthers, worth only $190 million.