5 Things To know Today
Nasa has launched for Mars after failed attempts yesterday. Tory to meet with Executive Committee today. Burger King takeover of Tim Hortons approved by the federal government. Section of TTC line 2 closed this weekend. Second night of protests in NYC following the grand jury decision in Eric Garner’s case.
NASA HAS LAUNCHED ORION AFTER FAILED ATTEMPTS YESTERDAY
After a number of failed attempts yesterday due to strong winds, NASA’s Orion has now launched. NASA’s second attempt to bring people one step closer to the red planet took off this morning. The Orion spacecraft took off from the Kennedy Space Center just after 7am. The $370 million test flight will see whether or not humans would be able to survive the mission to Mars.
TORT TO MEET WITH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TODAY
Mayor John Tory continues his busy first week on the job and will hold his first Executive Committee meeting today. On the agenda will be electing chairs for the budget committee and employee and labour relations committee along with starting the budget process. Tory will also attend a Commemoration Ceremony for The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Then later this afternoon Tory will meet with the Federal Finance minister Joe Oliver.
BURGER KING TAKEOVER OF TIM HORTONS APPROVED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
The Burger King takeover of Tim Hortons was approved by the federal government on Thursday after securing promises on jobs and that Tim Hortons will remain a distinct brand. The company has agreed to maintain existing employment levels at Tim Hortons franchises across Canada and expand in the U.S. and globally faster than planned. The company will establish its headquarters in Oakville, Ont., where Tim Hortons is currently based.
SECTION OF TTC LINE 2 CLOSED THIS WEEKEND
A heads up for anyone looking to move east and west across the city this weekend. City work crews will be doing some repairs and upgrades to the Bloor viaduct and subways will be in the way of that work. The TTC will be forced to suspend subway service on line two, from Pape to St. Gerorge Street Saturday and Sunday. Buses will run instead.
SECOND NIGHT OF PROTESTS IN NYC
Demonstrators protested for a second night in New York City following a grand jury’s deceision not to charge a white police officer for the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, stopped for selling untaxed cigarettes last July. New York’s police union is criticizing Mayor Bill Blasio, saying he isn’t showing any support for police. Only a week after the streets of America erupted into sometimes violent protest linked to an officer not being indicted, it’s deja-vu.