5 Things To Know
Canada holds off Russia, ends World Junior gold medal drought. Deep freeze is getting closer. Wynne finally gets her meeting with Harper. Cost of Nathan Phillips Square reno continues to climb. Harper replaces Julian Fantino as Veterans Affairs minister.
CANADA HOLDS OFF RUSSIA, ENDS WORLD JUNIOR GOLD MEDAL DROUGHT
It was a nail biter of a third period at the World Juniors in Toronto. Canada scored twice in the first period and three times early in the second to lead Russia 5 to 1. However, Russia responded with three back to back goals to end the second period with Canada leading 5 to 4. It was a scoreless third period and Canada went on to win gold at the World Juniors for the first time since 2009. Anthony Duclair, Nick Paul, Connor McDavid, Max Domi and Sam Reinhart scored for Canada. Canada last played Russia for the gold medal in 2011 where they blew a three goal lead to lose 5-3.
(Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)
DEEP FREEZE IS GETTING CLOSER
It’s already pretty cold in the city this morning with a windchill f -19 but we’ll really hit the deep freeze starting tonight. A high of -16 is expected tomorrow with windchills in the -25 range during the day. So far no extreme cold weather alert posted in Toronto. However, there are still snowsquall watches for Barrie and area of cottage country. The cold weatyher is putting a strain on Toronto’s aging sewage system. A watermain break this morning has flooded the Keele and Eglinton intersection. Toronto police have closed several lanes in that area and salt trucks are being sent to melt the ice that has built up.
WYNNE GETS HER MEETING WITH HARPER
Premier Kathleen Wynne sat down with Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday night. It was a meeting Wynne had been asking for for months. In December Wynne wrote a letter to Harper saying it had been over a year since the two met. Shortly after the letter went out Harper met with Mayor John Tory at Pearson International Airport, but not Wynne. The premier and Harper have battled each other over pension plans, the provincial deficit and infrastructure spending. A statement from the Prime Minister’s office says the two leaders discussed issues related to jobs and the economy, including the importance of continued support for the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The statement also said that Wynne and Harper agreed to remain in touch on these and other important issues for Ontario and Canada. Wynne will take questions from the media at 9:45 a.m. this morning.
PREMIER’S OFFICE HANDOUT / JENNA MUIRHEAD-GOULD
COST OF NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE RENO CONTINUES TO CLIMB
The cost of renovations at Nathan Phillips Square continues to rise with no end in sight. Work began on the square in 2010 and new staff estimates say it could be 2019 before the finishing touches are complete. The total cost for the project has now risen to $70 million, that is up from the original price tag of $40 million and plans to raise $24 million from the private sector have failed. Delays and cost overruns have plagued construction that was originally set to be completed in 2012. The new costs would need to be approved by the budget committee and city council but the latest phase of work can’t begin until 2016 after the Pan-Am and Para-Pan-Am games.
HARPER REPLACES JULIAN FANTINO AS VETERANS AFFAIRS MINISTER
Durham MP Erin O’Toole is now the Minister of Veteran Affairs after the prime minister made a quick cabinet shuffle moving out Vaughan MP Julian Fantino. his 18-months in charge were marred by controversy and confrontation.