5 Things To Know Today
Winter storm could bring 10cm of snow to the GTA. Gas prices drop again; the average price around the GTA is $103.9. AG report: Ontarians paying billions extra for electricity. Brampton mayor trying to lower her salary. Honda Canada recalls 700,000 vehicles over airbag concerns.
WINTER STORM COULD BRING 10 CM OF SNOW TO GTA
We’re 2 weeks from Christmas Eve and by this time tomorrow, it’ll look like Christmas in the GTA. Much of Southern Ontario is under a special weather statement from Environment Canada warning of snow and blowing snow beginning tonight and continuing into Thursday morning. The GTA is expected to get between 5-10cm but areas to the east and north could see up to 15 cm. Much of the snow will fall overnight but that could make for a messy morning commute on Thursday. There is also the possibility of blowing snow with winds gusting up to 50 km/h in some areas.
GTA GAS PRICES DROP AGAIN
Gas prices are dipping ever closer to the dollar-per-litre mark in the GTA, with some stations already taking the plunge under that barrier. After a drop this morning of 3 cents per litre, the average price in the GTA this morning is $103.9. however, in the Whitby and Oshawa area, it’s already now at 96.9 at many Pertro Canada stations.
ONTARIANS PAYING BILLIONS EXTRA FOR ELECTRICITY
The province’s auditor general has tabled her annual report and paints a picture of a Liberal government that is disconnected. According to the, people in Ontario are paying billions of dollars extra for electricity thanks to a flawed smart meter program and the above-market rates the province pays most power generators. Starting with the Smart Metre program which Bonnie Lysyk is calling flawed after it was found to cost 2 billion dollars and doesn’t save tax payers money or cut down on consumption. One of the most damning discovers is that the Liberal government ended up costing tax payers 50 billion dollar, between 2006-2015 on electricity charges because of deals with contracted power generators that didn’t align with market prices. There’s also concern over Ontario’s debt – Lysyk explaining it’s growing faster than the economy. Her predictions for 2017-18: the net debt will be double what it was ten years ago — sitting at about $325 billion dollars. Lysyk is urging the government to be clear on how it plans to eliminate it $12.5 billion deficit. However, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli disagreed with the report, suggesting her numbers were inaccurate because she didn’t understand the “complex” electricity system.
BRAMPTON MAYOR TRYING TO LOWER HER SALARY
Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey will make her first official accountability move today by trying to lower her salary through a motion in council. Former mayor Susan Fennell was Canada’s highest-paid mayor in 2012 earning $213,000 with her regional pay included. Jeffrey vowed to lower her salary during the municipal election campaign. Her motion would set her salary at the same level as what a provincial cabinet minister receives.
HONDA CANADA RECALLS 700,000 VEHICLES OVER AIRBAG CONCERNS
Honda is recalling 700,000 vehicles in Canada due to Airbag issues that are behind 5 deaths and dozens of injuries in the US and elsewhere. The airbags can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a canister and spewing pieces of metal. The recall covers older model Accords, Civics, CR-Vs, Elements, Odysseys, Pilots and Ridgelines as well as a few Acura models.