5 Things To Know Today
New ISIS video calls for more attacks against Canada. Tory to announce all door boarding on King streetcar today. Pan Am 2015 tickets go on sale today. Kathleen Wynne fights Feds on new prostitution legislation. Canada to invest millions in new Mississauga aerospace firm.
ISIS VIDEO CALLS MORE ATTACKS AGAINST CANADA
The Canadian Embassy in Cario is closed due to stepped up security concers. An Egyptian security official says the Canadian government has asked that more security be added around the building. The nearby British Embassy is also closed, however, the American Embassy in the same area of Cario’s Garden City neighbourhood remains open. The closure of the Canadian Embassy follows the release of a video urging Muslims to launch more lone wolf revenge attacks against Canadians for taking part in the attacks on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The 6-minute video includes footage of a man identified as John Maguire, a former University of Ottawa student who converted to Islam and became radicalized before leaving the country last year. It`s reported that John Maguire purchased a one way ticket to Syria in August. The video is produced by Aal-l’tisaam Media Foundation and spread through Twitter and jihadi forums on Sunday. The Public Safety Minister has responded to the claims saying, “The country will remain vigilant against ISIL attacks.”
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TORY TO ANNOUNCE ALL DOOR BOARDING ON KING STREETCAR TODAY
A week after taking the reins of power in Toronto, Mayor john Tory is moving ahead with his plan to deal with the Transit problems in the city. This morning could finally see some relief coming to the overcrowded King streetcar. Tory will hold a news conference this morning along with new TTC chair Josh Colle and TTC CEO Andy Byford. It’s expected they’ll be making an announcement to allow all door boarding, just as it is now on the Queen and Spadina cars. Experts predict that could save between 5 and 6 minutes of travel time on the TTC’s busiest surface route. The King streetcar carries more than 57,000 passengers each weekday.
PAN AM 2015 TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY
After lots of preparation, tickets for Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games will officially go on sale today. The event has already sold 160,00 seats through a lottery that was held back in September. Some goers were able to request tickets through an early access window, and organizers say that 95 percent of the requests were able to go through. The sales start at 1 pm, with prices starting at $20, with a limited amount of half price tickets for people under the age of 16 and over the age of 65. Over 75 percent of the tickets will be under $45. The priciest tickets are currently sitting at $350 for the opening ceremony, which will feature a performance by Cirque Du Soleil. The games will be held July 10-26th, 2015. Around 7,000 athletes will be competing in around 36 sports, including basketball, baseball, track, BMX biking, and more. According to organizers, seats are close to selling out for some events, including BMX, canoeing, wakeboarding, equestrian, and others. Tickets for the Parapan Am Games will be going on sale in spring of 2015. Tickets are available for purchase online, or by phone at 1-855-726-2015/ 1-949-333-4824 for international calls.
KATHLEEN WYNNE FIGHTS FEDS ON NEW PROSTITUTION LEGISLATION
After being pressured by the Toronto City Council Premier Kathleen Wynne will be speaking to the Attorney general about the constitutional validity of Canada’s new prostitution laws. The new laws seek to punish those who purchase sexual services, but in doing so it makes it nearly impossible for a prostitute to legally ply her trade. Wynne in a statement today said she doesn’t believe the legislation keeps prostitutes safe but her province will enforce it. Over 60 organizations across the country are calling for an appeal on the new laws.
CANADA TO INVEST MILLIONS IN MISSISSAUGA AEROSPACE FIRM
A GTA company is about to get a big boost from Ottawa today. The Toronto Star is reporting the federal government is planning to invest millions of dollars in Pratt and Whitney Canada’s Mississauga facility. The investment is expected to maintain and create at least 1,500 jobs at the aerospace firm. Industry Minister James Moore will be on hand to make the announcement this morning. Pratt and Whitney Canada employs about 6,200 people in Canada and manufactures turbine engines for private and commercial aircraft.