5 Things To Know Today
Leaders agree on Ukraine cease-fire. Mohamed Fahmy to be released on bail in Cairo during retrial. Privacy of Rob Ford’s medical records breached by third hospital. Bitter cold to grip the GTA. Metro Toronto population blasts above six million according to Stats Can.
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LEADERS AGREE ON UKRAINE CEASE-FIRE
After 15 hours of talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin says the clashing parties in the Ukrainian conflict have agreed on a cease-fire. It will begin midnight on Saturday and they will also withdraw heavy weapons. According to Putin, there are agreements signed for declaring the cease-fire and to also implement it. Meantime, rebels and government troops have reported fighting in eastern Ukraine.
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CANADIAN JOURNALIST MOHAMED FAHMY RELEASED ON BAIL
Mohamed Fahmy was hopeful of being released soon after learning that Egyptian officials freed his colleague, Australian Peter Greste last week. Fahmy has now been granted bail at $30,000 (Canadian), pending their retrial. The decision was made by an Egyptian judge in Cairo, who ordered the release. Mohamed Fahmy and his colleague Australian Peter Greste were arrested while working for satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera English in December 2013.
PRIVACY OF ROB FORD’S MEDICAL RECORDS BREACHED BY THIRD HOSPITAL
Medical staff are being called out yet again for going into Rob Ford’s medical records. The Toronto Star reports the University Health Network notified the privacy commissioner last week that seven of its staffers accessed Ford’s records at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. This now marks the fourth time protocol has been breached with the ex-mayor attending three different hospitals since being diagnosed with cancer last September. Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins is asking that the province follow up with UHN about the latest breach.
Former Mayor Rob Ford was kicked out of council on Wednesday after he called city staff liars and refused to retract his statement. The mayor was referring to the fact that city staff never included a $20,000 cost for a trip to send people to Milan for Expo 2015. Ford was asked to retract his statement that staff mislead council but said it was his “personal opinion”. When he was asked to leave by speaker Frances Nunziata, Ford called for a recorded vote on the matter and council voted 29 to 4 to uphold the speaker’s ruling to remove him.
Toronto author Robert McBain alleges that Rob Ford’s former part-time driver, Sandro Lisi almost sold his side of the Ford-scandal story for a book deal. McBain made the allegation to Joe Warmington, who wrote about the story in the Toronto Sun.
BITTER COLD TO GRIP GTA
A bitter cold snap is about to hit the city causing the temperature to plunge and sending wind chills plummeting to -30°C. Environment Canada Thursday morning’s temperature will drop to -16°C by afternoon with a wind chill of -26°C. Thursday’s low is -22 and the wind chill is expected to feel like -30°C triggering an Extreme cold warning. We’ll warm up slightly before dropping to minus double digits again on the weekend and -21°C again Sunday night. The drop in temperature is being caused by a strong cold front crossing through southern Ontario early Thursday, ushering in much colder temperatures and gusty north winds. The combination of the winds with the cold temperatures will result in wind chill values of near minus 30 beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing into Friday morning.
STATS CAN: METRO TORONTO POPULATION BLASTS ABOVE 6 MILLION
It’s getting a little crowded here in Toronto. According to Stats Can, the GTA population has passed 6 million, accounting for 17% of all the people in Canada. The GTA also has more than twice as many people as all the Atlantic provinces combined.