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1,500 copies of latest Charlie Hebdo issue available in Canada Friday, publisher decides to raise print run to 5M copies. Tory working on opening added shelter beds. Gas prices dip another 2 cents. The Silver Dollar Room given ‘heritage destination’ status. TFC trade Jermain Defoe to Sunderland In £14M Deal.
1,500 COPIES OF LATEST CHARLIE HEBDO ISSUE AVAILABLE IN CANADA FRIDAY
Today’s issue of Charlie Hebdo has sold out quickly. It’s the first copy since the Paris office of the magazine was attacked by terrorists last week, leaving 12 people dead. There were long lines in stores across Paris as people waited to buy one of the 3 million copies of the magazine. Paris had sold out of the issue before dawn. “The publisher has decided this morning to bring the print run to 5m,” Véronique Faujour, president of the distributor MLP said. 1,500 copies of the new Charlie Hebdo issue will be available in Canada Friday, some of those at 5 Toronto stores. Meanwhile, Al Qaida in Yemen is officially claiming responsibility for last weeks attacks in Paris. In an 11 minute video posted on the internet today, the group says the massacre was “vengeance for the prophet” and warned of more attacks.
TORY WORKING ON OPENING ADDED SHELTER BEDS
Mayor John Tory continues to work to open temporary beds for the homeless in the frigid temperatures. He hopes to have them opened by the end of the week. The added effort comes as the city confirmed a third death among the homeless population this year. Figures from the city show Toronto shelters had an occupancy rate of 93 per cent on Monday night while Co-ed shelters were at 98 per cent.
GAS PRICES DIP ANOTHER 2 CENTS
The price at the pumps fell again at midnight. Dan McTeague from gasbuddy.com says this drop brings the average price from 89.9 to 87.9 a litre in Toronto and even cheaper in other parts of the GTA. These are prices Toronto drivers haven’t enjoyed since the end of March 2009. The plunging price for oil, which is giving us the cheap gas prices, is also causing layoffs in Canada’s oil patch. Suncor Energy is cutting 1,000 jobs and chopping $1 billion from its capital budget.
SILVER DOLLAR ROOM GIVEN HERITAGE DESTINATION STATUS
Over its 50-plus year history, this venue has played host to the likes of Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, the Barenaked Ladies and Blue Rodeo. The Silver Dollar Room has been granted official heritage designation. The concert spot received preservation status Tuesday when a bylaw to protect it came into effect. The landmark venue on Spadina north of College St. was given the status when City council deemed the property “of cultural heritage value or interest.” That venue was built in 1958 as a lounge for the adjacent Hotel Waverly and has seen many incarnations over the years including a strip joint. A proposal to demolish the hotel and Silver Dollar to make way for a 22-storey high rise was turned down b council in January 2014. This could also be part of a bigger plan to create a cultural corridor along Spadina that would include the El Mocambo and Grossman’s Tavern.
TFC TRADE DEFOE TO SUNDERLAND IN £14M DEAL
Toronto FC is selling striker Jermaine Defoe to Sunderland AFC of the Barclays Premier League, with US international Jozy Altidore and cash coming back to the Reds, a part-exchange deal understood to be worth in the region of £70,000 a week. Defoe was the focal point of the TFC’s $100M investment into the club last winter, a move that failed to improve the club into a playoff team.