5 Things To Know Today
Winter storm cancellations. Tim Hortons “Roll Up The Rim” returns for its 29th year. Wiarton Willie doesn’t see his shadow. Go transit fare increase now in effect. Patriots Super Bowl win will haunt the Seahawks.
WINTER STORM CANCELLATIONS
Toronto is dealing with the most significant snowfall this winter. Roughly 10cm is reported at Pearson Airport and the snow will continue to fall for a few more hours, with totals of between 15cm and 20cm by late in the day. The roads, in and around Toronto are treacherous and the commute is going to be brutal. Plows in the city are on their second-round for major routes but the interior road haven’t been touched. The OPP are warning drivers to slow down and drive to the conditions. The storm is causing problems at the local airports. Pearson has had 140 cancellations, while Billy Bishop airport is reporting roughly two dozen delays and cancellations. Already, there are school bus cancellations and some closures due to the weather, a list that will continue to grow throughout the morning. Humber College, McMaster University and Sheridan College have all cancelled classes for the day and all schools are closed in Halton region and Niagara region.
*U of T Mississauga Campus
* Sheridan College – all day classes
* Humber College-all day classes
* Halton Catholic District School Board – school is closed
* Centennial College – all day classes
* McMaster University – all day classes
* City of Kawartha Lakes for the Trillium Lakelands
* Simcoe County for the Central and South weather zones
* Dufferin-Peel Catholic Board – all schools closed
ROLL UP THE RIM RETURNS FOR 29TH YEAR
Tim Hortons annual Roll Up The Rim contest arrives early this year. Coffee drinkers will get the chance to win prizes like flat screen T.V.’s, tablets, cars and giftcards. The contest will also allow you to have two chances to win with a bonus roll, which was introduced on last year on Tim Hortons 50th anniversary. Prizes for this year’s contest:
– 100 55-inch LG OLED Smart TVs
– 50 Toyota Camry XSEs
– 25,000 $100 Tims gift cards
– Millions of food and beverage prizes
WIARTON WILLIE DOESN’T SEE HIS SHADOW
Those hopeful for an early start to spring are thanking Wiarton Willie for his annual Groundhog Day prediction. Nova Scotia’s groundhog Shubenacadie Sam and Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil predicted another six weeks of winter, while in Ontario, Wiarton Willie failed to see his shadow, heralding an early spring. Environment Canada has already came up with their prediction based on data for February. The say, this month will be much colder than normal across Canada.
GO TRANSIT FARE INCREASE NOW IN EFFECT
Free WiFi is now available at more GO Transit stations, 36 in total, with plans to get it on the trains as soon as possible. Also with Go Transit, fares are up. These are the hikes that Metrolink agreed to back in December but are only now coming in effect. The increase also applies to children, seniors, and student discounts:
– a 10 cent increase on the minimum fare of $5.20
– a 30 cent increase on fares between $5.21 and $6.50
– a 40 cent increase on fares between $6.51 and $8.25
– a 50 cent increase on fares greater than $8.25
The agency says the hike will be going towards improvements, like more bus trips in Hamilton, Milton, and Stoufville, as well as adding more trains on the Lakeshore East and West lines.
PATRIOTS SUPER BOWL WIN WILL HAUNT SEAHAWKS
Super Bowl 49 will go down in the books as one of the most thrilling finishes to the championship game. The Patriots rallied from 10 points down in the 4th quarter, then made a goal-line stand in the final minute for a 28-24 win over the Seahawks. Tom Brady won his 4th title and 3rd MVP awards and there are some suggestions he could retire and go out on top.