5 Things To Know Today
Hydro crews continue to restore power. Convicted killers could face life in prison under expected changes. Survey says Canadians feel threatened by terrorism. Opening statements in Boston Marathon Bomber trial set for today. Live sex shows streamed from Windsor library, police looking for suspect.
HYDRO CREWS CONTINUE TO RESTORE POWER
Thousands of residents in Toronto and the GTA woke up Wednesday morning without power, and Toronto Hydro says some of them likely won’t have hydro until the afternoon. The outage began roughly around 6pm Tuesday evening. According to Toronto Hydro, the outage was due to Hydro One transmission issues. While that was restored by 9pm on Tuesday, crews warned the system was unstable. Officials say a mix of snow and freezing rain also lead to at least 26 transformer fires around the GTA. At it’s peak, 87,000 customers were without power. As of 6:30 am, Toronto Hydro says that’s down to 10,000 customers, while PowerStream says only 3,500 in Markham, 200 in Vaughan, and 300 in Aurora remain in the dark. At it’s peak, PowerStream had nearly 50,000 without hydro. The TTC says its running shuttle buses between Warden and Kennedy subway stops due to hydro-related signal problems. Police are asking drivers to use caution and treat any intersections with dark traffic signals as a four-way stop.
CONVICTED KILLERS COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON UNDER EXPECTED CHANGES
A push will begin today from Prime Minister Harper to toughen the sentences for murderers in Canada. He is expected to announce changes to the term “life sentence”, which would make it truly mean life behind bars or as close as possible. Right now, first-degree murder is automatically punishable by a “life” sentence but killers are eligible for day parole after 22-years and full parole after 25.
SURVEY SAYS CANADIANS FEEL THREATENED BY TERRORISM
Canada’s spy agency claims a homegrown anti-Islam movement is spreading online. CSIS has told Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney of its concerns, while also outlining the familiar warnings of the threat posed by groups like ISIS, Al Qaida and Hezbollah.
A new poll suggests Canadian’s don’t feel as safe as they used to. The survey, conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights for CBC News says two-thirds of Canadians believe an attack will occur in Canada within the next five years, with 42 percent believing the attack will result in mass death and destruction. In contrast, only nine percent think terrorism and national security should be the main focus for the federal government. 20 percent believe unemployment should be top priority, with economy in second and health care in third. However, around two-third of respondents said the leader of a party and its ability to prepare and respond to an attack would be a primary factor in the upcoming election, with only 15 percent saying it wouldn’t be a factor at all. The poll was conducted online, total of 1,000 adult Canadians participated between Feb. 8 and 11. The poll also found a concern among citizens regarding terrorism recruitment. The survey said 71 percent were concerned Canada’s youth could become radicalized by extremists. In contrast, Canada’s spy agency, C-SIS, told the Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office of its concern for the an anti-Islam movement spreading online. A report mentioned familiar warnings of the threat posed by terrorist groups al-Qaida, Hezbollah and the more violent and radical Islamic State, but noted a recent development of “a Canadian online anti-Islam movement,” similar to ones in Europe.
OPENING STATEMENTS IN BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER TRAIL SET FOR TODAY
It’s been nearly two years since a backpack with a pressure cooker bomb inside was placed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Today, opening statements begin in the triple murder trial pf the surviving suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev.
LIVE SEX SHOWS STREAMED FROM WINDSOR LIBRARY
The search is on for the woman using a Windsor library to film her own live online porn shows. Police say two libraries and a Tim Hortons have been identified as three of the places the woman filmed her live shows, using her own laptop to stream the videos between November and the end of January.