5 Things To Know Today
OPP urging road safety after more than 100 collisions last night. John Tory and his new looking council get started today. Bank of Canada expected to maintain its 1% interest rate. Rockerfeller Centre Christmas tree lighting tonight. Another woman sues Bill Cosby, claiming underage abuse.
OPP URGING ROAD SAFETY AFTER MORE THAN 100 COLLISIONS
A brutal night across the GTA with drivers forgetting that flurries occur in December. The Ontario Provincial Police are urging drivers to proceed with caution following more than one-hundred collisions, Tuesday night. With a dusting of snow, the wet road conditions made it difficult commute home for motorists. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says at one point, there were approximately 150 collisions on provincial highways. “Traffic is going to be slow. People need to remember it will take longer to get home,” he said. It’s not just the wet weather to blame for crashes, Schmidt said often times it is the driver’s fault. “Driving too fast, following too close, losing control, and not paying attention.” Meantime, Environment Canada has also issued a Special Weather Statement for parts of southern Ontario, including areas in York, Peel and Durham regions. Drivers are reminded with the freezing drizzle comes dangerous conditions, especially on untreated surfaces.
JOHN TORY SWORN IN AS MAYOR OF TORONTO
Toronto’s 65th mayor was publicly sworn Tuesday afternoon along with 44 city councilors at city hall. Mayor John Tory was joined not only by his family, but his invited special guests, Louise Russo and former Premier and mentor Bill Davis. Tory says he invited them because they are a couple of his heroes. Before giving his inaugural speech, Tory thanked former Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly for his unique contribution over the last year. And in an unexpected move, Tory also asked council to move a motion to thank Rob Ford for his continued public service, and wish him a complete and speedy recovery. The motion carried unanimously. Earlier in the ceremony, when Tory presented Ford with his declaration, the two men shared a smile and fist bumped. Tory pushed for council to work together to ensure growth and success.
“We must all become business ambassadors for the city. We must put out the welcome mat and ensure we seed and grow the clusters that spell economic success. Let’s turn a good city into a truly great one.”
Tory was given a standing ovation once he completed his speech. The new-looking council will be in a string of smaller rooms this morning before heading into the big one this afternoon. Community Councils will elect chairs and vice chairs while the striking committee will look at other nominations, all to be brought to the floor for a vote later today.
BANK OF CANADA EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN ITS 1% INTEREST RATE
We aren’t expecting much movement from the Bank of Canada today. An interest rate announcement will be made around 10am this morning, which will likely see the overnight rate locked at 1% with analysts thinking it might be mid-2015 before it budges from the figure that’s been in place since 2010.
ROCKERFELLER CENTRE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING TONIGHT
A giant Norway Spruce trucked to Rockerfeller Centre from Pennsylvania will light up both the Square and your TV tonight. The annual lighting of the tree set for 8pm, with a laundry list of celebrity musical guests on tap for the broadcast. Tens of thousands of people are expected to be shoulder to shoulder behind the barricades.
WOMAN SUES BILL COSBY, CLAIMING UNDERAGE ABUSE
Additional allegations of sexual assault have been brought to light against Bill Cosby and this time, the victim claims to have been under age. Judith Huth alleges she was 15-years-old when she was assaulted by the comedian at the Playboy Mansion 40 years ago.