5 Things To Know Today
Taliban militants kill 126 at Pakistan school, take hostages. Jury sequestered in booth Magnotta & Eaton Centre shooting trials. Mayor and City Council set for raise in new year. Rob Ford could have tumor removed in new year, chemo starting to work. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially announces class of 2015.
TALIBAN MILITANTS KILL 126 AT PAKISTAN SCHOOL, TAKE HOSTAGES
For the second morning in a row, a terror-related incident is unfolding on the other side of the world. This time, Taliban gunmen and a suicide bomber have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing more than 100-children and another 100 injured. The official death toll is 126, but that number is rising and some of the gunmen are apparently still in the building and may be holding hostages. The Taliban claims the attack is revenge for an army offensive against them.
We’re finding out more now about the gunman in Sydnesy, Australia, who killed two people before being shot to death by police during a hostage taking. 50-year-old Haron Monis was well known to police. The Iranian refugee had been convicted of harrassing Australian war widows and was out on bail while awaiting trial on 40-sexual assaults.
JURY SEQUESTERED IN MAGNOTTA, EATON CENTRE SHOOTING TRIALS
A Montreal jury will begin deliberations today on the fate of Luka Magnotta. The jurors were sequestered last night after being given instructions by the judge. Magnotta has admitted killing and dismembering Jun Lin but claims he’s not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.
The jury hearing the case of the Eaton Centre shooting is expected to begin deliberations today on the fate of Christopher Husbands. He is accused of killing 2 people and injuring 5 during the gunfight in June 2012. While he admits to the shooting, Husbands has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disorder, claiming he suffered from post-traumatic stress after previously being attacked by two men.
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL SET FOR RAISE IN NEW YEAR
Mayor John Tory and the rest of city council are set to receive a pay hike in the new year. The salary of the mayor and 44 councillors will go up an average of the previous year’s consumer price index. The actual number won’t be set until early 2015, but councillors’ pay went up 1.2% this year based on that formula and 1.5% in 2013. The mayor’s salary sits at $177,000, while councillors each earn a base of $105,000.
Yet another transit announcement is set to be made today by the mayor. John Tory will join TTC officials, apparently to announce that more stations will be accepting debit and credit-card transactions.
ROB FORD COULD HAVE TUMOR REMOVED IN THE NEW YEAR
Former Mayor Rob Ford has finally gotten some good news on his cancer treatment. Ford told the Toronto Sun that doctors say his tumour has shrunk from 13 cm to 6 cm and they can now start thinking about scheduling a surgery to remove it. The ward 2 councillor was diagnosed with a rare liposarcoma in September. He is currently undergoing his fifth round of chemotherapy and doctors say it could be his last. Ford says they will then have to do radiation before any surgery. Ford is excited with the “incredible” news and extremely thankful for the care he has received at Mount Sinai.
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2015
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is finally correcting an over-sight. Guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan has been selected among the class of 2015. He joins Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the Late Lou Reed, who is going in as a solo artist having already been inducted as a member of The Velvet Underground. The Beatles Ringo Starr will get the ‘Award For Musical Excellence’ when the induction ceremony is held next April in Cleveland.