5 Things To Know Today
ANOTHER EXTREME COLD WEATHER ALERT
It’s a cold morning across the GTA. The city of Toronto continues under an extreme cold weather alert with this morning’s windchill in the -18°C range. The mercury isn’t expected to reach the plus side today. However, by mid-week we could be back at normal temperatures for this time of year, around 8°C or 9°C with showers.
CAA KICKS OFF WORST ROADS CAMPAIGN
It’s time again to vote for the worst roads in the province. The CAA is launching its annual campaign to find the 10-worst stretches in the province. Motorists can now vote for the road they think is the worst across the province over the course of the next four weeks. By the end of campaign, when all votes are tallied, the CAA will announce the worst roads in seven regions around Ontario. Traffic congestion, poor timing of signals, confusing road signs and pot holes are all signs of a poor road. Dufferin Street here in Toronto has been the reigning champ for three straight years now. The contest runs through April 17th.
U OF T TEACHING ASSISTANTS REMAIN ON STRIKE AFTER REJECTING DEAL
Teaching Assistants will remain on strike after rejecting a tentative deal during a ratification vote that was held over the weekend. CUPE 3902 Unit 1 indicates that a lengthy ballot counting process has resulted in its members voted 1101 to 992 establishing a failed agreement. The strike is now approaching one month, as teaching assistants walked off the job back on February 27th. The deal was supposed to boost T.A.’s annual salaries by $2,500 from $15,000 to $17,500.
COUNCILLOR THOMPSON CALLS CHIEF BLAIR “INSUBORDINATE”
Councillor Michael Thompson, who is the former vice-chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, says Chief Bill Blair has a hard time taking direction and is “insubordinate“. Blair is set to retire next month and it appears Councillor Michael Thompson is revealing all of the things that didn’t go well between the chief and the civilian oversight board. The councillor states that the “tail was wagging the dog, “indicating that the board bowed down to Blair. Thompson says Blair didn’t help much with issues like carding and racial profiling and he hopes that things will move straight forward with the next police chief.
SENATOR TED CRUZ MAKES PRESIDENTIAL BID
Ted Cruz is officially running for the President of the United States. The 44-year-old, Calgary-born Texas Republican Senator made the announcement with a video recording on Twitter overnight. Cruz is the first major candidate to make a presidential bid, but more are expected to come forward over the coming weeks. Cruz will formally launch his bid at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Tickets go on sale today for the 2015 Toronto Parapan AM Games, which takes place between Friday, August 7th to Saturday, August 15th. The Parapan American Games developed into a regional qualifying event for the Paralympic Games with its athletes back in 1999 as the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Summer Games were at stake. In 2011, there were 1,300 athletes from 26 countries at The Guadalajara Papapan American Games, who took part in a total of 13 sports. The numbers will continue to grow when Toronto hosts the 2015 games this summer. This time around, there are over 1,600 athletes expected to travel from 28 countries around the world to participate in the event.