5 Things To Know Today
Ottawa jihadist, John Maguire reportedly killed in Syria. BlackBerry denies it met with Samsung over potential takeover. Mississauga says it needs full funding from province for Hurontario LRT. Finance Minister Charles Sousa says changes are coming to the Beer Store monopoly to maximize benefits for consumers.
OTTAWA JIHADIST JOHN MAGUIRE REPORTEDLY KILLED IN SYRIA
There are unconfirmed reports that the Ottawa man seen in pro ISIS videos has been killed in Syria. 23-year-old John Maguire had gone to the middle east in 2013 to fight with the terrorists. According to a pro-ISIS twitter account, the radicalized former University of Ottawa student died in northern Syria but the Harper government isn’t sure how or when he died yet.
BLACKBERRY DENIES IT MET WITH SAMSUNG OVER POTENTIAL TAKEOVER
Only months after signing a partnership with Samsung Electronics, BlackBerry could soon find themselves purchased by the smartphone maker. Reports suggest Samsung may be prepared to offer upwards of $7.5 billion US for the Waterloo based firm, as the once tech-giant slides further behind both Samsung and Apple. It’s suggested that BlackBerry’s portfolio of patents is of interest. On news of the potential purchase, shares in BlackBerry surged by 29%, however the company is denying the rumors. Late Wednesday afternoon, a press release was issued, claiming “BlackBerry has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry. BlackBerry’s policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation, and accordingly it does not intend to comment further.”
MISSISSAUGA SAYS IT NEEDS FULL FUNDING FOR LRT
Mississauga’s mayor and city manager are sounding the alarm over the planned $1.6-billion LRT along Hurontario. Mayor Bonnie Crombie says the project could be scrapped unless the province pays the full cost and still, the project will likely be significantly delayed. The city manager says if the city is forced to pay for a third of the project the impact on the property tax payer would be significant as her city can’t come up with the rest. Crombie says if the cost isn’t covered there would have to be a very serious discussion at council on if the project would go ahead.
SOUSA: CHANGES COMING TO BEER STORE MONOPLY
Ontario’s finance minster Charles Sousa says change could be coming to the Beer Store monopoly. He says he is redesigning and reassessing the Beer Store and wants to maximize the benefits to consumers and protect the industry at the same time. Sousa will unveil changes in the March budget. Sousa’s comments come in the midst of a $1.4-billion class action suit against the Beer Store and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario filed by a Burlington pub owner. The suit says a deal between the brewers retail and the government-owned LCBO found the LCBO can sell only six-packs. 12- and 24-packs are sold by the Beer Store leaving bars and restaurants to buy most of their beer directly from the brewers for higher prices than consumers pay.
TORONTO’S GAY BIWEEKLY NEWSPAPER TO CEASE PRINT PUBLICATION
The decline in ad revenue for newspapers is claiming another victim. The Toronto gay biweekly newspaper Xtra will stop publishing a print edition next month, choosing to go online only. That means 12 full-time jobs will be lost in publishing and administration.
Another one of the “Marlboro Men” has died. 85-year-old Darrell Hugh Winfield was a macho cowboy whose image was used in ads from the late ’60s to the ’80s. he was part of one of the most successful ad campaigns ever. In a survey of school children done in the late ’90s, 90% of them knew who the “Marlboro Man” was.
The Oscar nominations will be announced at 8:30am this morning. Birdman, Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything are all expected to get “Best Picture” nods.