5 Things To Know Today
Police found “very significant clue” in motive for Germanwings plane crash. Transportation Safety Board says flying in Canada is safe. Ontario Sunshine List to be released today. U Of T strike over as workers vote in favor of binding arbitration. CBC eliminating another 244 jobs. +*POLL: Majority of Canadians back ‘pick and pay’ cable*
GERMAN POLICE TRYING TO FIND MOTIVE FOR PLANE CRASH IN FRENCH ALPS
A clearer picture is starting to emerge about the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet who deliberately crashed the airbus into a French mountain this week. Authorities say they found something in his home that might indicate a reason for his action but it doesn’t appear to be a suicide note. According to a German news agency report, six years ago, Andreas Lubitz received psychiatric treatment for a “serious depressive episode” treatment that lasted 18-months and that the medical problem was indicated in several aviation records.
TRANSPORT CANADA CHANGES COCKPIT RULES FOR ALL CANADIAN AIRLINES
Effective immediately , all Canadian airlines carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt making the announcement on Thursday afternoon in the wake of the Germanwings plane crash on Tuesday. Investigators have revealed that the pilot on board the ill fated flight had been locked out of the cockpit in the moments leading up to the crash, leading them to believe that the co pilot deliberately flew the airbus into the mountainside, killing all 150 people on board. The directive requires two members of the crew, not necessarily licensed pilots, to be on the flight deck at all times and follows similar policy changes made by Air Canada and Air Transat earlier on Thursday regarding the number of personnel required to be in the cockpit.
U OF T STRIKE OVER AS WORKERS VOTE IN FAVOR OF BINDING ARBITRATION
Teaching assistants and other unionized staff at the University of Toronto will leave the picket lines and return to work on Friday. CUPE 3902 Unit 1 has confirmed that it’s members voted 942 to 318 in favour of taking their dispute to binding arbitration at a meeting on Thursday. The schools president Meric Gertler called for binding arbitration on Wednesday in a bid to preserve the academic year for students and end the deadlock. The strike had been ongoing for nearly a month after workers took to the picket lines on February 27th.
ONTARIO’S ‘SUNSHINE LIST’ DUE OUT TODAY
The provinces annual list of public sector employees, who make over $100,000, will be unveiled today. Included on the list are police officers, fire fighters, nurses, teachers, doctors and civil servants. The list, which went up by 11 per cent over the last year, was also up by 82 per cent from 2008. Tom Mitchell, who is the CEO of Ontario Power Generation, was the highest paid in the province last year with $1.7 million. Altogether, there were a total of 11,538 Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation workers on the sunshine list last year. 2,000 registered nurses also made the list in 2014.
CBC ELIMINATING ANOTHER 244 JOBS
The CBC is cutting another 244 jobs. This time 144 of them will be from the English-speaking section and 100 will on the French side. The positions that are on the radar are management, administration, technical and editorial. There will be at least 30 positions eliminated in Ontario, but the public broadcaster indicates that no television stations will be closed down and they will continue to provide local radio programming.
Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi will be back in court today. The 47-year-old will be appearing for a pre-trial hearing at the College Park courts. Ghomeshi is facing seven charges of sexual assault and one charge of overcome resistance choking for a number of alleged incidents that are connected to six women since 2002. The former radio star was released on bail and ordered by a judge to live with his mother. Ghomeshi’s lawyer has indicated that her client intends to plead not guilty to all charges.
Nearly 2/3rds of Canadians are in favor of Ottawa’s move toward pick-n-pay packages for cable TV. A new Mainstreet technologies poll finds 64% back the plan outright. However, there are so many people who are unsure that when they are taken out of the equation, support for the change jumps to a whopping 89% support for the change.