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3.7 million people line the streets of Paris in support of freedom for “the march of the century”. Ottawa closely monitoring as new video repeats ISIS calls for Canada attacks. Majority of Torontonians want a 4-stop Scarborough subway. Experts say gas prices will stay low. Golden Globe winners of 2015.
3.7 MILLION PEOPLE LINE THE STREETS OF PARIS IN SUPPORT OF FREEDOM
Ten thousand security forces are being mobilized to protect France after last weeks terror attacks. 17 people died in the attacks, which started at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and ended in police raids at a print shop and a kosher supermarket. Three suspects are dead but the hunt for a 4th suspect is on the go. French officials believe 3.7 million people from around the world made their way to the streets of Paris today to pay respects for those lost in last week’s deadly shooting. Leaders from around the world stood hand in hand with the families of those killed at the newspaper publisher Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher market last week. In a rare moment of unity representatives from Russia and Ukraine even Israel and Palestine stood together in solidarity. Public Saftey Minister Steven Blaney stood as a representative from Canada.
Hundreds of people including Mayor John Tory met at Nathan Phillips Square. Organizer Florent Guérard was born in France and has been in Canada for seven years. “When we heard the news on Wednesday morning, it was a big shock for myself and the French-Ontario community,” he says. “We want to spread a message of peace,” he adds. “I hope everybody will understand it’s not a political message; we are not trying to divide anybody.” A condolence book will be available on site, and officially delivered to the Consulate of France in Toronto. “We want people to come and take a stand for freedom,” Guérard explains. The book is open to the public until January 12.
OTTAWA CLOSELY MONITORING AS VIDEO REPEATS ISIS CALLS FOR CANADA ATTACKS
ISIS has put Canada on alert. Our police forces are being extra vigilant after the terror group this weekend urged its followers to attack countries taking part in the bombing campaign in Iraq. Canada, France, the U.S. and Australia are singled out as targets.
MAJORITY OF TORONTONIANS WANT 4-STOP SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY
A new Mainstreet Technologies poll finds that most people in Toronto would like to see a 4 stop subway in Scarborough, not 3 like Mayor John Tory would like. The poll found 53% back the 4 stop plan with support being strongest in Scarborough with 67% support. Those in Etobicoke and Downtown had the lowest support at 45%. The same poll found that Toronto residents are very happy with the job the new mayor has done so far as Tory has an approval rating of 73% . That compares to just 51% approval for City Council.
EXPERTS SAY GAS PRICES WILL STAY LOW
Drivers across the city will likely have noticed the decline in gas prices over the past few months, and expert Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com says they aren’t likely to go up any time soon. “Crude is in massive supply around the world, over supply, in fact,” expert Dan McTague of GasBuddy.com told Global news, “The world is producing two, two and a half, maybe three million barrels more than what can be absorbed by the world economy … demand is down.” As of this weekend, the price of gas sat at under 90 cents a litre at most GTA stations. Compare that to one year ago, where it was approximatly $1.26. According to recent reports, the average driver is saving around $20 with every fill up, aveeaging to a $1000 savings annually. McTaague says that, unlike the dip in 2008, these prices aren’t likely to go back up. “There is no bottom, markets, traders, no one really knows how far this is going to go… What we see now is a restoration of economics 101 in oil, something we haven’t seen in 10-12 years.” “We’ve been paying a huge premium in oil.. we’re now starting to see prices that respond to the global circumstances.” Canada’s tourism industry is also hoping that the cheaper fuel, combined with the weak lookie, could make 2015 a banner year for travel. “I think with the way the dollar is and the way gas prices are, we’re going to see good, strong demand for summer vacations,” Statia Elliot, director of the school of hospitality at the University of Guelph told the Canadian Press. She says cost is the top factors people consider when travelling.
GOLDEN GLOBE WINNERS 2015
Boyhood is the big winner from the Golden Globes, taking home the awards for Best Drama, Best Director for Richard Linklater and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Grand Budapest Hotel earned the Best Musical or Comedy. In the TV categories, the Best Drama award went to Showtime’s The Affair, while Kevin Spacey won Best Dramatic Actor for House of Cards.