5 Things To Know Today
Weather blamed for over 50 collisions on highway 401 near Trenton / garbage truck rollover closes NB lanes on Allen Expressway. Target begins closing Canadian stores today. Students at U of T walking out of class today. Microsoft is killing off Internet Explorer. George Harrison’s Guitar, John Lennon’s Bath Robe and much more rock memorabilia listed at Julien’s Music Icons Auction.
WEATHER BLAMED FOR OVER 50 COLLISIONS ON HWY 401 NEAR TRENTON
Eastbound lanes of the Highway 401 are closed near Belleville/Trenton following a large pile-up. OPP say the accident happened just after midnight on Tuesday between County Road 30 and Wallbridge Loyalist Rd. Around 40 tractor trailers were involved, sending four people to hospital in non-life threatening condition. Investigation into the cause of the accident is still under investigation, however, it’s believed weather is the cause. Officials say the accident happened as the weather worsened in the area, lowering visibility. The Minister of Environment are also investigating after reports found one of the tractor-trailers was carrying more than 40,000 litres of oil. The accident closed off the entire highway in the area for around an hour, but lanes are slowly re-opening. Highway 2 is being recommended to use as an alternate route.
GARBAGE TRUCK ROLL OVER CLOSES NB LANES ON ALLEN EXPRESSWAY
Police say a garbage truck rollover has closed a portion of the Allen Expressway for Wednesday morning’s commute. The accident happened around 6 am on northbound lanes at Eglinton Ave W. Reports say the driver is conscious and breathing. No severe injuries are being reported. Police say delays are expected, and are advising drivers to avoid the area.
Collision: NB Allen Expressway, north of Eglinton Ave W. Garbage truck on it's side. Emergency crews on scene. Expect delays. ^rm— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) March 18, 2015
TARGET BEGINS CLOSING CANADIAN STORES TODAY
Target starts shutting its Canadian stores today. The first three outlets are in Stratford, Edmonton and Longueuil, Quebec, with thirteen more stores set to close on Sunday, including locations in Oshawa and Burlington. Target Canada declared bankruptcy two months ago, choosing to shutdown operations, closing 133 stores and leaving more than 17,000 people without work.
STUDENTS AT U of T WALKING OUT OF CLASS TODAY
Thousands of students at University of Toronto say they’re planning on walking out of classes today demanding tuition refunds and an end to the recent teaching assistant strike. According to the Facebook event page, over 3,000 undergrad students will be chanting “walkout to end the strike” at 12:10pm and plan to rally at King’s College Circle in front of the University of Toronto President’s office. The students plan to deliver over 1500 petitions and letters to the U of T demanding a tuition fee refund in compensation for cancelled classes, tutorials and labs. A statement from the event page says “UofT should take responsibility for its inaction and the effect of the strike on our education by refunding tuition fees. Tuition fees have been refunded during labour disputes at York University and the University of New Brunswick.” The strike has been ongoing since March 2nd when members of CUPE 3902 walked off the job. According to the Toronto Star, mediation’s between the union members and UofT happened over this past weekend, but no agreements were met. York University is facing a similar strike with members of CUPE 3903.
MICROSOFT IS KILLING OFF INTERNET EXPLORER
Remember Netscape Navigator or Alta Vista? Well, now we can add Internet Explorer to the list of extinct search engines. Microsoft will snuff out the web browser when it launches Windows 10 later this year. It plans a new browser, tentatively titled Project Spartan, to compete with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
HARRISON AND CLAPTON GUITARS UP FOR AUCTION
Music memorabilia collectors are in for a treat this spring in New York city with a host of one of a kind items up for grabs. Elvis Presley’s tour bus, John Lennon’s bathrobe, a Jimi Hendrix ring, Angus Young’s school boy shorts, Frank Sinatra’s address book and guitars from George Harrison and Eric Clapton will all be up for bids at Julien’s Auctions in mid-May.