5 Things To Know Today
Charlie Hebdo’s latest edition hits some Toronto newsstands today. Global news anchor Leslie Roberts resigns. Ontario doctors reject provinces contract offer. Pan Am Games cost keeps going up. GO Transit and TTC to announce pilot project for integrated fares.
CHARLIE HEBDO’S LATEST EDITION HITS SOME TORONTO NEWSSTANDS TODAY
Five Toronto stores will be selling this week’s edition of the Charlie Hebdo magazine today. Just 1,500 copies are available across Canada, although 5 million have been printed to deal with the unprecedented demand in the wake of last week’s massacre at the paper’s offices. The Gateway Newsstands at Brookfield Place, Yonge & Wellington, Gateway Newstands at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue and an International News Outlet on Front Street will all have copies, but the expect to sell out very quickly.
GLOBAL NEWS ANCHOR LESLIE ROBERTS RESIGNS
Global News Toronto is announcing the resignation of news anchor Leslie Roberts. The news comes Thursday evening, following an investigation into serious conflict of interest allegations. Roberts publicly admitted last week that he was a secret part-owner of a PR firm whose clients frequently appeared on Global News. The full statement read:
Leslie Roberts has resigned, effective immediately, from his position as Anchor and Executive Editor of Global Toronto, and co-host of The National Morning Show. In light of the findings of an internal investigation, conducted on the basis of our Business Conduct Standards and the Global News Journalistic Principles and Practices, Global News is satisfied with today’s outcome. Global News remains committed to balanced and ethical journalism produced in the public’s interest. We will not be offering further comment at this time.
The announcement also came with the resignation letter from Mr. Roberts to Global News:
I am resigning my position as News Anchor and Executive Editor of Global Toronto effective immediately. I regret the circumstances, specifically a failure to disclose information, which led to this outcome.
Over the past 15 years, I have worked within a news organization and among colleagues who are the best in the business. For that privilege, I will always be grateful.
Global News was suspended last week after the Toronto Star revealed Roberts involvement with BuzzPR, and that clients had appeared on Global News programming. The Star reported that Roberts is part owner of a small public relations firm Buzz PR, and some clients have appeared on Global News programs. Roberts said he would resign from Buzz PR and told the newspaper none of his clients paid him to get television coverage.
ONTARIO DOCTORS REJECT PROVINCES CONTRACT OFFER
Doctors in Ontario are taking a pay cut and it’s not voluntary. The Ontario Medical Association rejected a contract offer and in return, the Minister of Health announced the 2.65% reduction in all fee-for-services payments. MD’s salaries have jumped 61% since the Liberals took power 12-years ago, bringing their average salary to $360,000.
PAN AM GAMES COST KEEPS GOING UP
Another cost related to the Pan-Am Games is going up. The cost of lighting up the Bloor viaduct is going up by $1 million. A report going to the executive committee reveals that the cost of illuminating the bridge has jumped from $2.8 million to $3.8 million. The rise in cost is related to focus of the project changing to light up the the suicide barrier along the top of the bridge rather than the underside. There is a tentative lighting ceremony planned for July 4 ahead of the start of the games.
GO TRANSIT & TTC TO ANNOUNCE PILOT PROJECT FOR INTEGRATED FARES
The TTC and GO transit are set to announce a pilot project for integrated GO and TTC fares today. Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig and TTC chair Josh Colle will unveil the new policy at the GO Danforth station. The plan calls for a discounted GO Transit fare for TTC passengers travelling between Union and either Exhibition or Danforth GO train stations. Fares between those GO stations and Union currently run around $5 each way, while a TTC ticket that offers unlimited use across the city costs about $3. The new plan would allow TTC passengers to access the GO routes for a $60 month fee.
Do you feel lucky? If so, you may want to grab a ticket for one of the lotteries this weekend because they’re offereing huge jackpots. Lotto-Max is $50 million for tonight’s draw, along with 11 max-million prizes. Tomorrow’s Lotto 649 jackpot is $35 million.
The Leafs finally scored, but only once as they fell to 0-3 on their west coast road trip, with a 3-1 loss in San Jose last night. That’s Toronto’s third straight loss and their sixth loss in seven games. The Maple Leafs have only won one game out of five under new head coach Peter Horacheck. They Leafs visit St. Louis tomorrow.