5 Things To Know Today
Toronto sets cold temperature record for February 23. Subway service shutdown between Union & Bloor stations. Campaign for Elijah Marsh’s family raises $173,557. New Sex-Ed curriculum to be released today. YouTube to unveil new app for kids today. Oscars 2015 winners.
TORONTO SETS COLD TEMP RECORD FOR FEBRUARY 23
Frigid temperatures will continue to grip the GTA as we have now had the coldest February 23rd on record. We hit a record -20.7 C at 6am this morning, which breaks a 43-year-old record set back in 1972. An extreme cold warning has been issued by Environment Canada and they say that the cold conditions will continue to bring windchill’s down to as low as -34 this morning and then it will rise to -24 by the afternoon. The agency says the Arctic air mass and the wind chill will persist in most areas around the GTA and the windchill is slated to return to the -30 C. Toronto has been under the alert for a total of 30 days now.
SUBWAY SERVICE SHUTDOWN BETWEEN UNION & BLOOR STATIONS
The TTC says power issues have currently closed the Yonge subway line between Union and Bloor stations. The incident occurred this morning around 5:30 a.m. between Union and King stations where flooding had the power cut completely. As a result, the commission has sent out 60 shuttle buses to run along Yonge Street and streetcars are also available from Broadview, Main and Dundas West locations. The TTC says they’re working feverishly hard to get subway service back up and running, but the problem will most likely persist throughout the morning rush hour until about noon.
CAMPAIGN FOR ELIJAH MARSH’S FAMILY RAISES $173,557
Elijah Marsh’s family says they are extremely grateful after an online campaign originally set for $20,000 raised $173,557 by Sunday night. The crowdfunding page was started by Justin Kozuch, a Toronto man who has a three-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter. He started the donation on tilt.com after hearing the heartbreaking death of Elijah. “All of the money being raised is being donated to the Marsh family. I’d love to see them use the funds to start a scholarship or a grant in Elijah’s name, but I’ll leave it to them to decide how they want to use the funds we’ve raised,” Kozuch said. The three-year-old died after wandering out into the bitterly cold weather in the middle of the night wearing only boots, a t-shirt, and a diaper. He was found outside a home following a long search, where many Torontonians spread out and searched for Elijah. “Thank you to every single person who has thought of Elijah during this time,” his mother, Georgette Marsh said in a statement released Sunday. “Your love has shone a light on us and his memory lives on through all of you.” “I cannot thank Justin enough for taking it upon himself to create this trust fund in memory of my baby boy,” she continued. Mayor John Tory was among those who attended a vigil on Saturday. A makeshift memorial still sits at the property at Neptune Drive near Bathurst Avenue and Highway 401 where Elijah was found.
NEW SEX-ED CURRICULUM TO BE RELEASED TODAY
Ontario parents will get a glimpse into the new sex-ed curriculum. Education Minister Liz Sandals is expected to unveil the new curriculum today at Queens Park, the first time it’s been updated since 1998. The Liberals had abandoned an earlier attempt to update the curriculum five years ago following protests by parent and religious groups. Premiere Kathleen Wynne has vowed the new changes will be in place for the new school year in September 2015. According to the Canadian Press, parents will be getting a copy of “quick facts” that will highlight some of the new key points in the updated program. The guide says students from Grades 1-3 will learn safe internet strategies, including “how to get help for themselves or others if harassment or abuse happens either face-to-face or online.” Students in Grades 4-6 will learn about the dangers of “sexting,” as well as the risks of sharing sexually-explicit images online, cyberbullying, and the social and emotional implications of sending sexually explicit images online. The guide also says that blocking select internet content is relatively ineffective for older children, and it’s better to teach them about thinking critically when it comes to viewing explicit content online. The curriculum is also expected to teach children about same-sex marriage and homosexuality in Grade 3. Grade 6 students will be encouraged to have discussions about puberty, including masturbation, and will learn about the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases by Grade 7. According to Sandals, the program will not be revised after its been made public because parents were consulted.
YOUTUBE TO UNVEIL NEW APP FOR KIDS
YouTube is set to unveil a new, child-friendly application for mobile devices today. The app will only be available to parents in the U.S. and on Android for now. The children’s app will now make it easier for parents to choose suitable content for their children and it will include a number of parental control features, such as a limiter that restricts the time of each session and a sound toggle for muting and unmuting videos. In addition to providing access to suitable content, the app will offer assisted options to help locate videos easily.
OSCARS 2015 WINNERS
Two Canadians are heading home with Oscars following The 87th Academy Awards. Kitchener native Chris Williams and Craig Mann of Oakville both collected hardware for the first time in their careers. Williams, who co-directed Big Hero 6, accepted the award for best animated feature. Williams, a graduate of Sheridan College in Oakville, was previously nominated for the 2008 film Bolt. The Oscar for Sound Mixing went to Craig Mann for his work on Whiplash. 43-year-old, Neil Patrick Harris, hosted the event for his first time at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre in Hollywood, California. The evening was bristled with politics and heartfelt speeches about women’s rights, immigration, suicide prevention and race. In a battle of B-movies for best picture, the Oscars awarded “Birdman” best picture, opting for a movie that epitomizes much of Hollywood over “Boyhood” that prized naturalism and patience.
This years winners include:
Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Best Actress: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmions (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6
Cinematography: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directing: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro González Iñárritu
Original Music: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Visual Effects: Interstellar
Writing – Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game – Written by Graham Moore
Writing – Original Screenplay Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo