5 Things To Know Today
Toronto under 9th extreme cold weather alert of the seasons. New plan shaves 8 years off Gardiner Expressway rebuild. Abusing Pan Am HOV lanes will cost you. Funeral for slain Mountie Cst. David Wynne today in Alberta. The Guvernment’s final bash is still going strong before closing its doors for good.
TORONTO UNDER EXTREME COLD WEATHER ALERT
Snowsqualls and icy temperatures is how the GTA will start the work-week. An extreme cold weather alert has been issued for the GTA as the mild conditions of the last few days give way to more sub-zero temperatures. This is the GTA’s – the 9th cold weather alert of the season. There are snowsquall watches and warnings in place for Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and Niagara. Some of those areas could get up to 15cm of snow today.
New York City is bracing itself for a massive winter storm that could bring up to three feet of snow. A blizzard warning is in effect for the New York and Boston areas. Some meteorologist are predicting that this storm could be one of the worst ever seen in the Big Apple. This same system will hit the Maritimes tomorrow. Parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are expected to see up to a foot of fresh snow, combined with 100km/h winds.
NEW PLAN SHAVES 8 YEARS OFF GARDINER EXPRESSWAY REBUILD
Mayor John Tory’s executive committee is set to debate a new plan for the Gardiner Expressway that would cut the 20 year rebuild to 12 years. The $433 million plan is part of this year’s proposed budget and would accelerate construction to try and further cut congestion and gridlock. City officials estimate that the new plan will result in the city saving $3 billion worth of lost productivity. City council adopted a plan last year to rehabilitate the highway, while this new plan would use nontraditional construction methods, having pieces of the expressway built at separate location. The executive committee will review the option before city council has its final say in March.
ABUSING PAN AM HOV LANES WILL COST YOU
Drivers in the GTA will have to get used to sharing the roads with HOV lanes this summer when the Pan-Am games arrive. The Pan Am HOV lanes will be in effect from 5 a.m. to midnight from June 29-Aug. 18 on all major GTA highways. The plan is to allow Games officials, athletes and media to move more easily through the region’s gridlock. These Pan Am HOV lanes may be used by a driver with at least two passengers in a regular vehicle. These new rules will be strictly enforced and anyone caught breaking the rules will face a fine of $110 and three demerit points. Pan Am organizers say that ticket sales have been strong so far, with about 225,000 tickets sold to date. It was originally estimated that 1.4 million tickets would be made available, with prices starting at $20 and the majority of tickets costing $45 or less. Tickets can be purchased online at www.toronto2015.org.
FUNERAL FOR SLAIN MOUNTIE CST. DAVID WYNN TODAY
He’s being remembered as a community leader and a pillar of the St. Albert Alliance Church. Cst. David Wynn died after being shot by a suspect outside of a casino earlier this month will be laid to rest Monday outside of Edmonton. On Sunday family, friends and emergency staff were invited to a public visitation and memorial. A uniformed procession will begin at noon today, with the funeral starting at 2pm. Thousands are expected to make an appearance, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Also today, the House of Commons gets back in gear, following the extended Christmas break. The struggling economy will be a key focus in the upcoming session but Stephen Harper will also bring in a bill to help police stop planned terrorist attacks and outlaw the promotion of terrorism.
THE GUVERNMENT HOSTS ITS FINAL BASH BEFORE CLOSING ITS DOORS FOR GOOD
It’s 7:30am and the party is still going strong at the Guvernment nightclub, just across the street from our studios at Corus Quay. It’s the last bash for the Toronto club, which closes its doors for good when the party finally winds down this morning. The plan is to tear down the building and build more condos.