5 Things To Know Today
Tentative deal reached between U of T and teaching assistants. CRTC to unveil rules for ‘pick and pay’ cable. Province to introduce reloadable debit card to replace welfare cheques. Hate crimes on the rise in Toronto. Canadian man found beaten to death in Mexico
TENATIVE DEAL RECHED BETWEEN U OF T AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS
A tentative agreement has been reached between the University of Toronto and it’s striking teaching assistants. In a statement issued on Wednesday night, the university announced the agreement with CUPE 3902 Unit 1 members, however the deal must still be ratified by members. It’s thought that union members will vote on whether to send the agreement to a ratification vote on Friday at 3pm. The Unit represents some 6,000 teaching assistants, exam invigilators and other academic staff. The agreement comes in the wake of a protest held outside the schools administration offices earlier on Wednesday, during which hundreds of students demanded an end to the strike and a refund in tuition fees.
CRTC TO UNVEIL RULES FOR ‘PICK & PAY’ CABLE TODAY
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will be introducing new rules that will control how cable and satellite providers package access to channels. The result comes following the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings last fall. In accordance to the ruling, Canadian consumers would be given more control as to how they pay for channels they watch on TV. A decision will be announced today by the country’s broadcast
PROVINCE TO INTRODUCE RELOADABLE DEBIT CARD TO REPLACE WELFARE CHEQUE
The welfare cheque is on the way out. The province is apparently ready to bring in social assistance debit cards to remove the “stigma” of the welfare cheque. The new system will affect 22,000 recipients with about 35% eligible to opt for direct deposit into their bank accounts. According to the city, the move will save roughly $250 a year for recipients, who average about $600 on a monthly basis. The city is also expecting to save about $2.5 million each year by dropping cheque-cashing fees. The card doesn’t indicate the proprietor as a welfare recipient and the city says that people who receive social assistance funds through direct deposit are not instructed as to how or where to spend the money they receive through welfare.
HATE CRIMES ON THE RISE IN TORONTO
New statistics released indicate that hate crimes are on the rise in Toronto. Last year, there were 146 that were reported to police and that’s up by 15 more than the year before, including 22 arrests, which is up from 17. The group that was primarily victimized was the Jewish community with a total of 44 cases. Other groups attacked include the gay, black and Muslim communities. Religion was the driving component in 43% of the cases.
CANADIAN MAN BEATEN TO DEATH IN MEXICAN RESORT
A Canadian man has been found beaten to death in the Mexican Resort of Los Cabos. The 50 year old man’s body was found on a beach early on Wednesday morning. According to the state prosecutor’s office, the man was beaten with a blunt object and cause of death was cited as severe head trauma and a skull fracture. The man’s identity and hometown have not yet been confirmed.
Happy Birthday Monopoly! The world’s most popular board game turns 80-years-old today. In the decades since it was made roughly 1 billion people have played it.
With nothing left to play for, the Leafs host the Sharks tonight at the ACC. Toronto can play the role of spoiler with the Sharks 6 points out of the final playoff spot in the West. The Leafs will be without Nazem Kadri for the next 4 games after his suspension for a hit to the head of Edmonton’s Matt Fraser.