5 Things To Know Today
Long-range forecast says winter’s here for a while and will be colder than normal. Many flight delays and cancellations at Pearson and Billy Bishop. Merkel to brief Harper on Ukraine talks during Ottawa meeting today. Tim Hortons apologizes after store owner caught dumping water on homeless man. 57th Grammy Awards recap.
ENVIRONMENT CANADA CALLING FOR A LONGER, COLDER WINTER
Environment Canada says winter isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. According to meteorologists, the long range forecast for the city is calling for “below-normal temperatures” for February, March and April. The city usually gets around -8°C to 0°C temperatures for February, – 4°C to 4°C in March, and 2°C to 12°C in April, according to the Toronto Sun. As for the week ahead, Environment Canada says Monday’s high of – 6°C will feel like the tropics compared to whats to come. “Five centimeters of snow on Wednesday, falling temperatures through the day on Thursday, to reach around -20°C on Friday, ” Environment Canada meteorologist Kelly Hobelman says, “Don’t forget, there’s going to be some wind associated with that too, so – 20°C is the temperature, but with windchill it could be close to -30°C.” As of Monday, Toronto is still under an extreme cold weather alert from the City, with warming centres and shelters open for those in need. Meanwhile, the TTC says they’re swapping out streetcars for buses for Monday’s commute, with GO transit advising riders to leave a little in advance, in response to the cold.
MANY FLIGHT DELAYS & CANCELLATIONS AT PEARSON & BILLY BISHOP
More than 100 flights at Pearson Airport are either delayed or canceled today. However, the reason is mostly due to poor weather conditions at destination airports, especially on the US east coast, where again, they’re getting hit with a storm.
MERKEL TO BRIEF HARPER ON UKRAINE TALKS IN OTTAWA TODAY
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in North America today meeting with US President Barack Obama to discuss a myriad of things including the continued fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces. Following a request to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, it’s now being confirmed the two will meet in Ottawa later on Monday, according to The Canadian Press. The meeting will allow Harper to receive a private briefing on the West’s renewed push to end the ongoing conflicts in eastern Ukraine. Merkel along with several other European leaders will be holding a peace summit on Wednesday and the German leader will also get some one on one time with Putin in Moscow on Friday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has taken a harder line on the crisis than any other G7 leader calling for an immediate disarmament.
TIM HORTONS APOLOGIZING AFTER HOMELESS MAN DUMPED WITH WATER
Tim Hortons is is issuing an apology after after the owner of a Vancouver location was accused of dumping water on a homeless man outside of a Vancouver location. “The regretful actions in a moment of frustration at one of our Vancouver locations is not at all reflective of our brand and restaurant owner values. On behalf of Tim Hortons we sincerely apologize,”Michelle Robichaud, Manager of Social Media, said in a statement. She also says the owner will be making a personal apology, and a donation would be made to the Belkin House, a shelter in Vancouver. The chain says they launched an investigation after resident Arianne Summach posted outrage on social media after her friends alerted her of the incident. Summach also called for a boycott via Facebook. Executive Director of Vancouver Salvation Army, Judy Regamey, told Global News that the situation is regrettable and is encouraging the general public to engage more with homeless people. She says businesses trying to clear homeless people from their property can call police or local Salvation Army shelters, while encouraging them to act proactive and respectful. “It must be difficult for business owners. But if they were to talk to them, and explain you can’t really put up your home here, I think people will understand that.”
57TH GRAMMY AWARDS RECAP
It was a big night for Sam Smith at the 57th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday. The UK singer-songwriter took home four awards, including Record and Artist of the year. Not far behind Smith was Pharrell Williams, who picked up three statues for pop solo performance and music video for “Happy,” as well as best urban contemporary album for GIRL. It wasn’t a good night in general for Canada, as the only Canadian nominees Drake, Joshua Bartholomew, deadmau5 and Arcade Fire, all came up empty. In other bizarre yet wonderful performances, there was comedian Kristen Wiig, donning a wig, and dancing during Sia’s performance of “Chandelier.” But the real throwback of the night was for Beck, who hasn’t won Grammy since the late ‘90s. His latest album Morning Phase took home Album of the Year. Here’s a partial list of some of the top winners:
RECORD OF THE YEAR: “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Morning Phase – Beck
SONG OF THE YEAR: “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
BEST NEW ARTIST: Sam Smith
POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE: “Say Something” – A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
POP VOCAL ALBUM: In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
A ticket purchased somewhere in Ontario is the one winning ticket for the $50-million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. No winning tickets were sold for the two MaxMillions prizes of $1-million each. The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Feb. 13 will be $12-million.