5 Things To Know Today
Wounded Alberta Mountie not expected to survive. Big changes not likely in John Tory’s first city budget. 5,000 more copies of Charlie Hebdo to hit Canadian newsstands today. Seahawks will meet the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. It’s Blue Monday: the most depressing day of the year.
WOUNDED ALBERTA MOUNTIE NOT EXPECTED TO SURVIVE
Two RCMP officers have been shot at a casino outside of Edmonton early Saturday morning. Police were responding to a stolen car call in St. Albert when they confronted the suspect who opened fire. The officers shot are being identified as RCMP Constable David Wynn, 42, and Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond, 49. Officials say Bond has been upgraded to stable, and has been released from hospital. On Sunday, the RCMP said during a press conference that officer Wynn is not expected to survive. The officer Constable Derek Bond was released from hospital after suffering a minor wound. RCMP authorities say they have located the suspect, who was found dead inside a home on a rural property on the east edge of St. Albert. He is being identified as 34-year-old Shawn Maxwell Rehn, and that he was previously known to officials. A family member of Rehn told Global News that he had a lengthy criminal history and was in and out of jail. Media reports from 2005 say a warrant for Rehn’s arrest was issued after he allegedly forced his way into a residence and robbed a man at gunpoint. Canada`s leader earlier tweeted his condolences.
BIG CHANGES NOT LIKELY IN JOHN TORY’S FIRST BUDGET
The city budget will roll out this week and we’ll get an idea of Mayor John Tory’s plans for his 4 year term in office. Tory has only been in office for 2 months so the much of the budget was already written and conceived by outgoing budget chief Joe Pennachetti and city bureaucrats over the last year. Big moves are unlikely but there will be a couple of things left for Tory to take ownership of and put his stamp on. He says transit and restoring previously cut TTC services, housing and homelessness will all be addressed. The next budget will be the first real test of his election promises but Tory says he will keep his pledge to limit the residential property tax increase to the rate of inflation. The budget will be presented on Tuesday and final approval by council comes in March.
5,000 MORE COPIES OF CHARLIE HEBDO TO HIT CANADIAN NEWSSTANDS
The disappointed Canadians who were hoping to get a copy of Charlie Hebdo on Friday will get another chance to get their hands on a copy of the fast-selling French weekly. The national sales director for Canadian distributor LMPI said a second order has been placed for 5,000 more copies that should hit newsstands this morning. On Friday, January 16th, Toronto was expected to get a shipment of the latest issue of the French satricial magazine, but officials with Gateway Newsstands said the delivery came in later than expected. They’re expected to now be on stands Monday morning. The copies will be available at Gateways at Yonge and St. Clair and BCE place, Presse Internationale on Bloor St. and Queen At, and an International News Outlet on Front St. However, according to recent reports, Gateway Newsstands have already pre-sold their copies. The distributor, LMPI, says there are typically only 100 copies brought in per week, but that’s been raised to 1,500 copies. The paper was attacked last week, when two gunman shot and killed 12 people, including the editor.
SEAHAWKS WILL MEET THE PATRIOTS IN SUPER BOWL XLIX
The Packers will never get over their collapse in Seattle. The Seahawks took a 28-22 OT victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. The Seahawks became the first defending champion to make the Super Bowl in 10 years. The New England Patriots are off to the Super Bowl after a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. That was the Patriots eighth AFC championship.
BLUE MONDAY: THE MOST DEPRESSING DAY OF THE YEAR
Is it Blue Monday, or isn’t it? Today is the most depressing day of the year,where the weather, debt from the holidays, failed resolutions and low motivational levels join up to bring people down. Some scientists say Blue Monday is the 3rd Monday of January – which would be today – while others say it’s the last Monday of January.