5 Things To Know Today
Pearson Airport sees dozens of cancellations as winter storm hits east coast. Facebook denies social media site was hacked overnight. Ontarians bought more than $1 billion worth of booze over the holiday’s. Premier Kathleen Wynne supports sex education teaching in grade one. Toronto continues to crackdown on illegal parking, targeting out-of-town vehicles.
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PEARSON SEES DOZENS OF CANCELLATIONS AS WINTER STORM HITS EAST COAST
Travel bans are in place, schools and business are closed and many flights have been canceled but still, the storm hitting the northeastern U.S. is not as bad as it had been predicted. The snow total for New England is expected to reach about 60cm. New York City was hit with 50cm of snow, roughly half of what was predicted to fall on the city. Much of the Big Apple is shutdown today and more than 7,700 flights have been canceled along the east coast, including many to and from Pearson Airport. The death of a 17-year-old boy in a sledding accident is the only death that has been reported due to the storm. His snow tube hit a light pole on Long Island. This same storm is moving into the Maritimes today. A blizzard warning is in place for P.E.I., most of Nova Scotia and parts of New Brunswick. They’re expecting 30cm of snow in some areas, along with 90km/h winds.
FACEBOOK DENIES SOCIAL SITE WAS HACKED OVERNIGHT
Around 1:30am on Tuesday morning, several social media sites went offline, including Facebook, Instagram, AIM, HipChat and Tinder. There was no word on why this widespread outage occurred until a hacker group that goes by the name of Lizard Squad soon after claimed responsibility for the glitches. Facebook has since denied that claim, admitting it suffered from a self-inflicted outage that made the social media site unavailable for an hour.
ONTARIANS BOUGHT MORE THAN $1B WORTH OF BOOZE OVER HOLIDAY’S
During the holidays, most people’s catch phrase is “I need a drink”, and the LCBO now has proof that most people aren’t just talking. The agency recorded more than $1 billion during the holiday sales period, which ran from late November through to early January, with spirits topping the list. According to an LCBO release, total sales of spirits topped $450 million, while beer came in second at $157 million. The news was also a bonus for Ontario Craft Brewers, saw sales through the LCBO at $12.7 million. President & CEO Bob Peter says that holiday sales work out to about 20% of the annual cash generated and “this year we surpassed the billion-dollar mark, helped in part by less harsh winter weather, compared to last year, and more disposable income due to lower gas prices.”
WYNNE SUPPORTS SEX EDUCATION TEACHING IN GRADE 1
Yesterday, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced her support of more comprehensive sex education teaching throughout grade school. Speaking to students Lia Valente and Tessa Hill, Wynne promised that her administration’s new sex education curriculum – coming in the fall – will support things like: body language recognition and not just saying no, as well as abstinence. Wynne wants students as young as grade 1 to understand the concept of consent with more rigorous teaching throughout the older grades. Reaction from PC leader hopeful Lisa MacLeod:
CITY CONTINUES ILLEGAL PARKING CRACKDOWN, TARGETING OUT-OF-PROVINCE VEHICLES
Toronto’s traffic and transit mayor has once again laid down the law when it comes to those who slow down the daily commute. John Tory’s tough talk continued on Monday morning, as he announced yet another initiative to break gridlock; towing more vehicles that are blocking lanes illegally. This time around, out of town plates will now be subject to towing. On a yearly basis, the City issues roughly 100,000 parking tickets to vehicles with foreign plates, with most going unpaid because the information on the vehicle and driver aren’t available to staff. Under new laws proposed by the Mayor, those vehicles will now be towed away if the system shows that they have three or more unpaid parking tickets and are found to have parked illegally. Tory explains that the city will now collect the information, and parking enforcement officers will then have the details provided to them when they issue a ticket, allowing them to know if the vehicle is a repeat offender. The new plan does not change the rules regarding payment, meaning out of town plates are still able to skirt parking by-laws, however the mayor hopes that towing habitual offenders will offer some recourse. Since the mayor’s strict parking enforcement program came into place, 962 cars have been towed, while 5,806 have been tagged.