5 Things To Know Today
QEW in Burlington reopens after transformer fire. “American Sniper” killer found guilty. Police say suspicious package found at Yorkdale mall not a threat/ shopping centres on heightened alert after terrorist group urges attacks on malls. Three in four Canadian adults bullied in school: poll. Jamaica decriminalizes marijuana.
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QEW IN BURLINGTON REOPENS AFTER TRANSFORMER FIRE
Officials say the QEW has reopened in both directions at Fairview Street in Burlington following a transformer fire that has downed power lines that had fallen across the highway. The fire occurred around 5am on Wednesday.
QEW Toronto bound closed. Traffic diverted at Fairview. Hydro out in area. Treat intersections as 4 way stops. ^tc— Halton Police (@HaltonPolice) February 25, 2015
Burlington: #QEW Toronto bound on ramp at Northshore Blvd/Hwy2EB/WB all lanes are closed due to falling power lines. Reopening time unknown.— 511Ontario (@511Ontario) February 25, 2015
“AMERICAN SNIPER” KILLER FOUND GUILTY
Former Marine, Eddie Ray Routh was found guilty Tuesday in the deaths of the “American Sniper” author, Chris Kyle and another man at a Texas shooting range two years ago. The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest, in part because of the blockbuster film based on Kyle’s memoir about his four tours in Iraq. Jurors rejected the defence arguments that Routh was insane and suffered from psychosis. His family members say he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in Iraq.
SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE FOUND AT YORKDALE MALL NOT A THREAT: POLICE
Shopping malls are on heightened alert after a reported video from the Al-Shabab terrorist group that appears to urge Muslims to attack shopping malls in western countries. The West Edmonton Mallwas among the malls targeted in a list by the group, but the RCMP say they don’t believe the public to be in danger. Officials say there’s no threat to the public after Yorkdale Mall was partially evacuated Tuesday night. Police received a call shortly after 5pm about a suspicious package. The Emergency Task Force was called in and hazmat teams closed off the area for investigation. After around three hours, officials determined the materials did not pose a safety risk to the public. Yorkdale Mall is expected to be up and running on normal hours today.
There are far more Assyrian Christian hostages in the hands of ISIS militants than originally believed. A human rights group in Syria claims that 150-people have been seized and they expect ISIS to release a video today, threatening to kill them. This time that video message will be directed at the members of the coalition against ISIS, likely including Canada.
THREE IN FOUR CANADIAN ADULTS BULLIED IN SCHOOL: POLL
A poll out this morning suggests that nearly 3/4 of Canadian adults say they were bullied while in school. As well, nearly half of the parents surveyed by Angus-Reid say their kids have been bullied at some point. Those asked are evenly split on whether schools are dealing effectively with bullying, with the vast majority agreeing that bullies need to be dealt with much more severely.
JAMAICA DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA
A big change in Jamaica where the government has agreed to decriminalize the possession of small amount of marijuana, passing the bill last night, allowing it to become law. While marijuana is widely grown in Jamaica and has cultural roots there, the decriminalization plan ran into fears of possible US sanctions with Jamaica being the biggest Caribbean exporter of ganja to the US.