5 Things To Know Today
Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron to be transported along Highway of Heroes today. Teaching Assistants continuing to strike at York U. City council to begin 2015 budget debate. RCMP allege Pamela Wallin billed taxpayers for business trips to Toronto. Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon dead at 59 after battle with cancer.
SGT. DOIRON TO BE TRANSPORTED ALONG HIGHWAY OF HEROES TODAY
The body of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron will be arriving at CFB Trenton on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. A spokesperson says a ceremony will be held at the Trenton air base following its arrival, which is expected sometime around 3:40 pm. The body will then travel down the Highway of Heroes on its way to Toronto. Doiron was killed last Friday during a friendly fire incident that was mistakenly engaged by Iraqi Kurdish forces on the front lines in Iraq. Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson says an investigation is happening looking over the terms of his death. He also says the recent conflicting statements about the circumstances will not damage the relationship between Canada and the Kurds.
TEACHING ASSISTANTS CONTINUING TO STRIKE AT YORK U
After reaching a tentative agreement on Friday, members with CUPE Local 3903 are rejecting the latest contract offers from York University. Around 1,300 members participated in the Monday night vote. According to the union, “Unit 1 voted 59 % to reject the Employer’s latest offer, while Unit 3 voted 77 % to reject. Both units remain on strike.” Unit 2 voted 65% to accept, and will no longer be on strike. Around 3,700 teaching assistants and contract workers walked off the job last week, demanding a modest pay increase and and better job security. The university cancelled classes amid the strike. The school says classes will continue to be cancelled for Tuesday, with more details being released later today. Teaching assistants at University of Toronto are also on strike, but the school has kept the school running as usual.
COUNCILLORS TACKLE 2015 BUDGET TODAY
City Councillors are meeting Tuesday to discuss the nearly $10 billion dollar operating budget. Prior to the meeting, Mayor John Tory will be holding a press conference to discuss his first 100 days in office. Tory’s executive committee approved the 2015 budget last week. The mayor had described it as a “balancing act,” referring to the possibility of dipping into the city’s reserve fund to fill an $86-million dollar gap. According to reports, Councillor Gord Perks will be arguing the move, saying it would result in the city paying as much as $9 million in interest. Also on the table for discussion will be the property tax increase. If approved, property taxes for the average home “estimated at a value of $524,833″ will rise by 3.2% to the equivalent of $83. Councillors will also be discussing a water water rate increase of 8% and a 58% boost in price for garbage bins.
RCMP ALLEGE PAMELA WALLIN BILLED TAXPAYERS FOR PERSONAL BUSINESS TRIPS
The RCMP are currently investigating over 150 possibly fraudulent senate expense claims by Pamela Wallin. Records released yesterday indicate that the RCMP believes Wallin defrauded taxpayers of almost $27,500 for 25 trips made between 2009 and 2012. Investigators allege Wallin should have charged those expenses to Porter Airlines and wealth management firm Gluskin Sheff & Associates, as those trips were part of her work as a director on the boards. The Senator has already repaid over 150 thousand dollars despite urging the public that she doesn’t believe she owes anyone anything. No charges have been laid against the suspended Senator.
SIMPSONS CO-CREATOR SAM SIMON DEAD AT 59 AFTER BATTLE WITH CANCER
The co-creator of The Simpsons has died at the age of 59 on Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, California. Sam Simon battled colon cancer for several years. His name has appeared on every episode as executive producer even though he hasn’t worked on the show since 1993.