5 Things To Know Today
Maple Leafs take down flyers after sending David Clarkson to Columbus for Nathan Horton. February set to become coldest month in Toronto history. Tentative agreement reached between CUPE & teaching assistants at University of Toronto. Gas prices up this morning in GTA. Craft beer stores possibly coming to Ontario.
MAPLE LEAFS TAKE DOWN FLYERS AFTER SENDING CLARKSON TO COLUMBUS
The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a winning streak for the first time 2015. They edged the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 for their second straight win last night. Jonathan Bernier gave a stellar performance, stopping 47 of the 49 shots he faced at Air Canada Centre. The win came just after the Maple Leafs swung a deal to dump the costly contract of David Clarkson. The forward and his US$5.25-million cap hit for five more seasons was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for injured winger Nathan Horton, who isn’t expected to play again in the NHL. If that’s the case, it will free up millions in salary cap space for Toronto.
FEBRUARY SET TO BECOME COLDEST MONTH IN TORONTO HISTORY
February is likely to go into the record books as the coldest month in Toronto history. The current record is from January 1994, when the mean temperature was -12.4°C. This month so far, the mean temperature has been a shade colder than that at -12.5°C. Environment Canada has issued another extreme cold warning for the GTA today. A “frigid arctic airmass” will drop the temperature to -22°C Friday morning and with the wind chill feel between -30°C & -35°C. Anyone heading outside is being warned to dress appropriately.
TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN CUPE & U OF T TEACHING ASSISTANTS
A tentative agreement has been reached between CUPE Local 3902 and Teaching Assistants at the University of Toronto. The strike deadline was extended at midnight as both sides continued to talk into the wee hours of the morning before coming to the agreement, avoiding a walkout this morning by 6000 non-tenured staff, including teaching assistants. The group is looking for a modest salary increase from $15,000 to $23,000. CUPE claims that nearly 60% of the teaching is provided by non-tenured staff but less than 4% of the yearly operating budget is allocated for this role. Similar issues with York University could see their T.A.’s strike on Tuesday.
GAS PRICES UP THIS MORNING
You’ll be paying more for gas this morning. Dan McTeague with GasBuddy.com says there’s been a 2 cent increase at the pumps, which has brought the price of regular to 105.9 on average around the GTA. But it won’t stop there. McTeague says we may see another 3 to 6 cent a litre hike next week, due to things like the weak Canadian dollar, the extreme cold and making the changeover from winter blended gas to summer blended gas, which is more expensive. However, with oil prices tumbling nearly $3 per barrel yesterday to the lowest level in a month, that will put pressure on the gas companies to drop their prices back under the $1 per litre mark.
CRAFT BEER STORES POSSIBLY COMING TO ONTARIO
A provincial Conservative is backing the Craft Beer business under a new private members bill to allow Craft brewers to possibly get their own retail stores. The bill, which was introduced on Thursday, would allow the Craft brewers to have their own outlets that sell each other`s products. Ontario PC MPP Todd Smith’s `Raise a Glass to Ontario Act ` calls for changes with Ontario`s liquor law, which would allow these stores to come into effect. The proposed change would also apply to Ontario wineries and distilleries, who right now may only sell their own products on their premises.