5 Things To Know Today
Pedestrians slightly safer as Toronto shifts to daylight savings but more crashes on roads expected due to fatigue. Above seasonal temperatures expected this week. Advance ticket sales for 2015 Pan Am games close today. Apple expected to unveil plan for new iWatch today. Councillors tackle 2015 budget Tuesday, property taxes could rise by 3.2%.
STUDY: INCREASED TRAFFIC FATALITIES AS TORONTO SHIFTS TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
If you’re feeling a little extra tired today, you’re not alone. It’s the day after the time change and that could have serious consequences for drivers. It’s the first Monday after the time change, and new research suggests it could be fatal. According to a sleep study from the University of Colorado, there is a 17 per cent increase in traffic fatalities for the first six days after the clocks spring forward. “Drivers are very slow to adjust to change,” says Toronto Police Constable Clint Stibbe. “This is a rather abrupt change,” he adds. “There’s been suggestions you should be going to sleep 15 minutes earlier leading up to the time change.” Stibbe adds driver fatigue could play a part in the increased collisions, but he urges, everyone is responsible for safe roadways. “In the end, it’s driver or pedestrian, or cyclist error that causes a collision. So, we can’t just say it’s one group. All road users need to make the adjustment in order to make their commute a safe one on a daily basis.” Other studies suggest pedestrians are actually safer in the days after the time shift because of the extra daylight.
ABOVE SEASONAL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED THIS WEEK
It definitely feels like spring is getting closer. Slightly above seasonal temperatures are expected this week with lots of sunshine. Still dropping below 0°C overnight, but again slightly warmer than usual. Normal for this time is about -7°C, with daytime highs around 2°C. We will average between 5°C – 9°C this week.
ADVANCE TICKET SALES FOR 2015 PAN AM GAMES CLOSE TODAY
Today is the last day of advance ticket sales for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am games. However, they will re-open again in the middle of April. The Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee is warning sports fans that some of the tickets that are in demand for key events such as, the Opening Ceremony, have already been snapped up. The Beach Volleyball Final on Tuesday, July 21st and Men’s Soccer Gold Medal Final on Sunday, July 26th are almost sold out. Equestrian –Jumping (Preliminary) on Tuesday, July 21st, Baseball Men’s Final on Sunday, July 19th and Basketball Men’s Final on Saturday, July 25th are also selling tickets at a rapid pace.
APPLE EXPECTED TO UNVEIL PLAN FOR NEW iWATCH TODAY
Apple fans will find out today when they’ll be able to get their hands on the company’s latest gadget – the Apple Watch. Details of its launch are expected to be announced at a special event in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The event will kick off at 1 p.m EDT with the tagline ‘Spring Forward, ‘which hints of the Apple Watch launch. It’s expected the exact release date for the Apple Watch will be announced, as well as the final pricing for various models.
COUNCILLORS TACKLE 2015 BUDGET TUESDAY
City councillors are getting ready to debate the almost $10-billion operating budget, which will mark one of the first key votes under Mayor John Tory’s regime. Leading up to the vote, the mayor suggested that the budget could be handled as a financial plan, which is responsible to taxpayers, but making key investments in areas, such as transit. If the budget is approved by council, property taxes for the average home — estimated at a value of $524,833 — will rise by 3.2% to the equivalent of $83. The budget is also on tap for a water rate increase of 8% and a 58% boost in price for garbage bins. The budget also receives support with borrowing from the city’s reserve funds to cover an $86-million deficit.