5 Things To Know Today
Winter conditions make a mess on GTA roads. Many school bus cancellations this morning. Prices have been set for Union Pearson Airport express. Call for investigation into LCBO-Beer Store deal. McDonald’s is changing their menu to become healthier.
WINTER CONDITIONS MAKE A MESS ON GTA ROADS
Toronto is under a blanket of snow. The roads are slick with ice and there are questions about why the plows haven’t hit all the roads yet. We’ve already had anywhere between 3-5cm of snow, depending on where you are in the GTA and it’s still coming down. We’ll be in the 10cm range when it’s all said and done this evening. The roads in the city and on the highways are brutal. Most of the snow has come down in the past 2-hours and the plows waited until 4am before moving out. Because the snow has come down so quickly, the plows are behind schedule and the accumulation is growing on the streets. The city has 600 plows, 300 sidewalk plows, and 200 salt trucks ready and waiting to hit the streets. The city is also reminding people not to call 311 during a storm, asking when your street will be plowed. In the core of the city, it’s up to residents to clear sidewalks of snow 12 hours after the snowstorm has hit. For more information on residential snow removal, you can visit the City of Toronto’s website here. Already police are reporting dozens of accidents, especially on the highways. The OPP are asking drivers to leave plenty of extra time for the commute and the CAA are aslo asking drivers to be prepared for the conditions. Pearson Airport and Billy Bishop airpot are already warning of flight delays and cancellations. They have issued a travel advisory for Toronto, saying flights might be impacted by the snow. Pearson Airport is advising anyone traveling to check their flight status before heading out – more than 80 the board already. TTC and GO Transit service is going well so far.
SCHOOL BUS CANCELLATIONS
All buses in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon have been cancelled by the Peel District School Board and The Dufferin Peel Catholic District School boards. All school buses in the York Catholic District School Board and York Region District School Board have been cancelled. All Buses cancelled for Durham Catholic and Durham District School Boards. All buses cancelled for the day in Dufferin County.
PRICES SET FOR UNION PEARSON EXPRESS
It will cost more than the average cab fare, but could potentially cut down on the number of vehicles that travel the roadways towards Pearson Airport. The province has pulled the cloth off of the pricing structure for the new Union Pearson Rail Link, that will move people between Union Station and the Airport 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fares will differ depending on the type of payment used, along with distance traveled. with additional benefits provided to those young, older and employed at Pearson. Regular fares will set a rider back $27 each way, while those using a PRESTO card will be able to board for only $19. The regular fare drops to $22 from Bloor and $16. from Weston stations to the airport, with a reduced fare for PRESTO holders. Eighteen new trains will run between Union Station and Toronto Pearson in just 25 minutes, every 15 minutes. The $456 million project has been controversial since it’s inception, however the government claims the project will keep and sustain more than 1,000 jobs, while easing gridlock in the GTA.
CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO LCBO-BEER STORE DEAL
Restaurants Canada is calling on the Competition Bureau to launch an investigation into a non-compete deal between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Beer Store. The national group is also calling on the government to immediately cancel the non-compete agreement revealed in a Toronto Star report on Tuesday. The Star reports that there is an arrangement to limit growth in the beer section of LCBOs in order to protect Beer Store sales. Restaurants Canada says such a deal restricts competition and inflates the price of beer in restaurants and bars.
MCDONALDS IS CHANGING THEIR MENU TO BECOME HEALTHIER
McDonald is looking at changing its menu in order to change with the times. The restaurant chain wants to change its junk food image, in result, they may be trimming their menu choices and possibly getting rid of some of the ingredients they use. The burger company’s sales continue to drop, down another 4.6% last month as people move to food choices that they believe are healthier.