5 Things To Know Today
Springs officially arrives at 6:45pm this evening. CRTC to cap ‘skinny basic’ cable packages at $25. Protests expected at Pearson airport’s terminal 3 today. U of T teaching assistants decide on Ratification vote and York University senate execs meet today. TTC expected to release Spadina extension damage report.
SPRING OFFICIALLY ARRIVES THIS EVENING
Many of us are anxiously waiting for spring to arrive after the most frigid February on record here in Toronto and the GTA. The first day of spring, also known as the Spring Equinox, welcomes warmer weather, fresher air and it’s also when the flowers and trees begin to blossom. It’s something we’ve missed for the last few months, but Environment Canada’s Geoff Coulson tells Talk Radio AM640 that we do see a lot of variation in temperatures in the month of March with somewhat colder than normal conditions expected through mid-April. Spring officially arrives on Friday at 6:45 p.m. EDT. Keep in mind, we’ve never had a spring in the GTA without any snow. After one of the coldest winters on record in Toronto, spring officially arrives in Toronto at 6:45pm this evening. Keep in mind, we’ve never had a spring in the GTA without any snow.
CRTC TO CAP ‘SKINNY BASIC’ CABLE PACKAGES AT $25
The CRTC introduced new rules today that among other things will require cable and satellite companies offer customers a basic channels package. The cost of the “skinny basic” package will be capped at $25 and will include all local and regional channels. It’s the latest result from the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings held in the fall. The CRTC hinted last summer that it would be open to a pick-and-pay option on top of a basic package.
PROTESTS EXPECTED AT PEARSON AIRPORT’S TERMINAL 3
Protesters are expected at Pearson International Airport and that means there could possibly be some interruptions for those who are travelling today. UNIFOR is protesting against a move by the GTAA to change providers every few years in order to keep benefits low, which will lead to layoffs for at least 250 workers who help passengers with special needs at Pearson International. Terminal 3 is where an information picket will be setup between 7a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
U OF T TEACHING ASSISTANTS DECIDE ON RATIFICATION VOTE, YORK U SENATE MEETS TODAY
Senate Executives at York University plan to meet today in order to review a list of courses that can resume for its students. Classes for Environmental Studies, Professional Studies and Liberal Arts will be looked at and if approved, the courses will resume on Monday. A list of the courses is expected to be made available later today. Meanwhile, CUPE 3902-1 will hold a special meeting for the University of Toronto’s striking teaching assistants, who will decide if a tentative agreement will move forward with a ratification vote.
TTC EXPECTED TO RELEASE SPADINA EXTENSION DAMAGE REPORT TODAY
Mayor John Tory has thrown his weight behind the CEO of the TTC Andy Byford. Byford announced the sacking of two senior managers at the Transit commission on Thursday , in a bid to get the York – Spadina Subway Extension back on track. The project is over budget to the tune of hundreds of millions and is also two years behind schedule. In an email statement released on Thursday evening Mayor John Tory addressed the issue saying that he had ”been clear about the need for much stronger culture of accountability at City Hall specifically in the management of major public infrastructure projects” He added that TTC CEO Andy Byford had his ”full support” and that ”Torontonians have a right to expect better.” A report is expected to be released today indicating the over budget cost of the Spadina subway extension. Initially, the cost of the extension was reportedly pegged at $1.5 billion. However, it soon went up when the extension was expanded into Vaughan. At that time (2006) the price was $2.1 billion and then it turned into $2.6 billion, which is now the current cost of the project. Mayor John Tory remains enraged over the constant delays and over-budgeting and says it’s time to stop the debacle that will affect commuters in the long run.
The Hawaii beachfront home used in the filming of the 80s the television show “Magnum P.I.” has been sold for $8.7 million. The buyer is a lawyer from Chicago who just happens to be good friends with Barack Obama. The thee acre property is next to the town where the Obama family has spent the winter holidays in recent years.