5 Things To Know Today
NHL Trade Deadline today at 3pm. U of T teaching assistants are heading to the picket line Monday. Tory debates 2015 budget with executive committee. Tory optimistic about TTC fare adjustments. ‘Mommy’ and ‘Orphan Black’ big winners at Canadian Screen Awards.
NHL TRADE DEADLINE 3PM TODAY
The NHL Trade deadline is 3pm this afternoon and while the Leafs have already shipped out five players, more bodies are expected to be thrown overboard today as the team’s rebuild hits full stride. Ollie Jokinen, David Booth and Korbinian Hoizer are expected to move, while the names of Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf are being thrown around too.
U of T TEACHING ASSISTANTS ARE HEADING TO THE PICKET LINE TODAY
Despite union agreements between represents U of T teaching assistants have rejected a tentative deal between Unifor and the university. Picketlines will be going up this morning at the three campus of U of T and up to 6 thousand TA’s and non-tenured staff are in a position to strike on Monday. It’s not clear if members of CUPE 3902 will be heading to the bargaining table. It’s also unclear if over a thousand full time professors will be joining the picket lines. They are also represented by CUPE 3902. The President of the U of T student body is concerned that an extended closure could affect their studies. The school says all campuses will remain open and most classes will continue. TAs at York University will be in a position to strike if they choose so on Tuesday.
TORY DEBATES 2015 BUDGET WITH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Mayor John Tory will be meeting with his Executive Committee today to debate and hopefully approve the 2015 operating budget. Tory commented throughout the week that the budget process has been going smoother but that doesn’t mean members of the team won’t have some objections. The 10 billion dollar budget includes a lot of restructuring including a nearly 90 million dollar loan from itself. Some of the biggest cuts will be found in city planning, the ombudsman and the integrity commissioner’s office. If it is approved it will then be sent to council for debate.
TORY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TTC FARE ADJUSTMENTS
Despite promises not to in his mayoral campaign Mayor John Tory has raised the price to ride the TTC. Tokens have increased by 10 cent’s a ride, with Metropasses seeing the biggest increase moving from $113.75 to $141.50. Cash fares will stay at 3 dollars. “We are making a huge and historic investment in the TTC, we’re going to be buying more buses, restoring bus routes, bringing back bus routes that are diminished.. that is something we can mark today.” Tory says the money will bring in around $39 million dollars of a total investment of $100 million dollars needed to provide the overall system upgrades. On Sunday, children 12 and under had become able to ride subways, buses, and streetcars for free. Tory also hinted that fare increases could become an annual thing, saying ”I think people should and would benefit from the fact that they can expect that fares will be adjusted to a modest degree each and every year, depending on the increased cost of the system. I think that we should be making sure that people understand that there is a system to be run. It has costs that rise from time to time, whether it’s electricity, or labour, or other things and that we’ll adjust fares as necessary.”
‘MOMMY’ & ‘ORPHAN BLACK’ BIG WINNERS AT CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
The Canadian Screen Awards was hosted by comedian Andrea Martin last night on CBC television. Toronto honoured the best in Canadian film, television and digital programming. Orphan Black was a big winner, as the popular series won a total of 10 trophies this. The Montreal-based film Mommy was quite successful winning nine trophies including best motion picture.
Achievement in Music – Original Score: Maps to the Stars
Achievement in Music – Original Song: Dr. Cabbie
Adapted Screenplay – Elephant Song
Best Animated Short – Me and My Moulton
Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary – Everything Will Be
Best Live Action Short Drama – Hole
Best Short Documentary – Jutra
Best International Drama: – Vikings
Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary – Super Duper Alice Cooper
While March is starting off warmer than the record cold month of February, we’re not done with winter just yet. A special weather statement is in place as a storm is expected to land here by tomorrow afternoon. All tolled, we could get 5 to 10 cm of snow and ice pellets.