5 Things To Know Today
Tory and Mammolit play musical chairs on council floor. Gas prices drop to $1.07/L on average around GTA. NYC police officer cleared in chokehold death of Eric Garner. NASA launches Orion mission to Mars this morning. Target and Kmart ban GTA V in Australia.
TORY AND MAMMOLITI PLAY MUSICAL CHAIRS ON COUNCIL FLOOR
Mayor John Tory wants to sit beside his deputy mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong on the floor of council, but he may not get his wish. The seat beside him has been assigned to Giorgio Mammoliti for the past 15-years and he’s hesitant to give it up. He said today: “[Tory] and I are supposed to have a conversation today about seating arrangements,” Mammoliti said. “That’s a million-dollar seat. You can’t just give it away. I’ll tell you what, if the mayor promises me no property tax increases for the next four years than I might give away my seat.” When John Tory decide to run for office, his mindset had two tracks: one to hold his Smartrack Transit plan and the other, a path to fixing Toronto’s crippling congestion. This morning we’ll get an idea on ow he plans to do the latter. Tory will speak to the media from the city’s Traffic Operations Centre, near Don Mills and Eglinton.
GAS PRICES DROP AGAIN
In the wake of a decision by OPEC members to keep oil production at current levels, despite a recent drop in prices, gas is getting cheaper by the day. A slight drop at stations around the GTA was seen early Wednesday morning, with Thursday morning bringing more welcome news. Dan McTeague, senior petroleum expert with Gas Buddy, saids the price will drop another 2 cents at midnight, bringing the average price per liter to $1.07, and he was right. The last time figures were that low was in late November, 2010. McTeague says the possibility of prices around $1.04 aren’t out of the question by the weekend, however explains that with retail margins and the HST, it would take oil dropping to below $60 a barrel to hit the $1.00/liter mark.
NYC POLICE OFFICER CLEARED IN CHOKEHOLD DEATH OF ERIC GARNER
Only a week after the streets of America erupted into sometimes violent protest linked to an officer not being indicted, it’s deja-vu. Protests took over the streets of New York last night after a grand jury opted to not indict a white officer in the videotaped chokehold death of a black unarmed man, stopped for selling untaxed cigarettes last July. Daniel Donovan, Staten Island District Attorney said the grand jury found “no reasonable cause” to lay charges on officer Daniel Pantaleo. Donovan gave no details on how the jury came to its decision. Protesters later gathered in Times Square around the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting with signs that read: “Black lives matter” and “Fellow white people, wake up.” In the neighbourhood where Eric Garner died, people were angry and chanted, “Hands up — don’t choke!”
NASA LAUNCHES FOR MARS THIS MORNING
NASA’s attempt to bring people one step closer to the red planet is set to take off this morning but has been delayed. The Orion spacecraft was supposed to take off from the Kennedy Space Center at 7am. The $370 million test flight will see whether or not humans would be able to survive the mission to Mars.
TARGET AND KMART BAN GRAND THEFT AUTO V IN AUSTRAILA
Target and Kmart in Australia is removing Grand Theft Auto V from store shelves after more than 40,000 people signed an online petition asking the retailer to stop selling the popular video game. The petitioners say the game encourages players to murder women for entertainment.