5 Things To Know Today
Maple Leafs jersey tossers have been banned from all MLSE properties for one year. Al-Qadia leader urges Jihadists to attack Canada. Presto cards coming to all TTC streetcars this year. Ikea monkey owner gets two new primates. Today is Weedless Wednesday, when you’re encouraged not to smoke.
LEAFS JERSEY TOSSERS BANNED FROM MLSE PROPERTIES
A threat of criminal charges could help deter frustrated Leafs fans from throwing jerseys on the ice during games. The Toronto sun is reporting that police and security at Air Canada Centre are preparing to follow the letter of the law. They believe there’s no difference between throwing a brick on the ice or a sweater. Back on Monday, 3 fans who were ejected from the Maple Leafs game against Carolina each received a fine and a 1-year ban from all MLSE properties, including Real Sports Bar & Grill. Toronto Police have confirmed that three people have been charged linked to a jersey toss at the ACC on Monday night. Charges fall under the Provicial Offences Act, and are linkexd to Engage in Prohibited Activity.
(HEADER PHOTO: STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR )
AL-QAIDA LEADER URGES JIHADISTS TO ATTACK CANADA
The senior Al-Qaida leader in Yemen, who claimed responsibility for the attacks in France, is urging Jihadists to attack Canada. In a video released online, he specifically mentions Canada as a country that is attacking Islamist and he’s urging “lone wolf” attacks here. Canadian security officials are monitoring the threat but are not commenting.
PRESTO CARDS COMING TO ALL TTC STREETCARS
The TTC is accelerating its plan to have Presto cards available on all streetcars this year and the rest of the the TTC by the end of 2016. That’s at least a year ahead of schedule. The TTC hopes it should mean faster passenger flow and will allow for smoother transfers between the TTC and other regional transit agencies who already use Presto. The original idea was to only install Presto on the new incoming streetcars and slowly phase out the old ones but instead the plan now is to fit all streetcars for Presto by the end of this year. The TTC also hopes to install Presto hardware at 12 subway stations this year to bring the total to 26. They aim to have all buses accept Presto by the summer of 2016 and the remaining stations by the end of that year. The Presto Cards will allow the TTC to monitor the travel patterns of riders with much more detail.
The TTC is also looking to more closely monitor its drivers after a series accidents and drivers running red lights. The Transit commission says it wants to use GPS data, dashboard cameras, radar checks and improved driver training to boost the safety performance of its bus and streetcar operators. It’s proposing a 12-point Safe Service Action Plan following the death last month of 14 year old Amaria Diljohn. She was killed when she was struck by a TTC bus on her way home from school. The TTC board will be asked to approve several recommendations later today. They include the use of GPS data to identify drivers who speed, studying dash cams operator fatigue detection systems and vehicle turn warnings, more training for trainees and a review of the TTC’s recruitment practices.
FORMER IKEA MONKEY OWNER GETS NEW PRIMATES
The former owner of “Darwin”, the Ikea monkey that was taken away from her by the courts after it was found walking around a store parking lot, is now the owner of two more Japanese monkeys. The pair owned by Yasmin Nakhuda are a male and female and are the same breed as Darwin. Nakhuda was ridiculed on social media for putting diapers on the monkey, brushing their teeth together and keeping the animal with her at all times.
IT’S WEEDLESS WEDNESDAY
It’s Weedless Wednesday! For nearly 40-years, it’s the one day out of the year that Canadians who smoke marijuana are really encouraged to try and kick the habit. This year the province is making it tougher for smokers to keep doing their thing by banning smoking at children’s playgrounds, publicly owned sports fields and bar and restaurant patios, as well as curbing all sales of tobacco on university and college campuses.