5 Things To Know Today
Landing gear may have led to Air Canada crash in Halifax. Harper government looks to send fighter jets to Syria & Iran with vote today. York University reaches tentative deal with teaching assistants. Target speeding up departure from Canada. Sacha Baron Cohen to direct and star in Freddie Mercury biopic.
LANDING GEAR MAY HAVE LED TO AIR CANADA CRASH IN HALIFAX
Investigators will be in Halifax today in an effort to determine what caused Air Canada Airbus A320 to veer off the runway at Stanfield International airport. 25 passengers and crew members had to be taken to the hospital after flight AC624, travelling from Toronto to Halifax, landed abruptly on the runway. The passengers, who were sent to hospital, have suffered cuts, scrapes and bruises. Air Canada’s website states that 132 passengers and five crew members were aboard flight AC624, which left Toronto just before 9 p.m. Saturday for a scheduled midnight landing in Halifax. Representatives from Air Canada claim the plan was cleared for landing at the time despite the weather and that the investigation could take several months. The Transportation Safety Board gave an update Sunday evening, saying the plane hit an antenna array before landing, causing the landing gear to break off. The plane skidded for nearly 340 meters before coming to a stop. Due to the storm at the time, however, weather is not being ruled out as a factor. There are reports that hydro wires were taken down and that flight AC624 has suffered major damage. All but one of the 25 injured have been released from hospital.
HARPER GOVERNMENT LOOKS TO SEND FIGHTER JETS TO SYRIA & IRAN
A vote will be held in Ottawa today as the Harper government looks to send Canadian war planes to Syria and Iran, in an attempt to fight ISIS. Some officials suggest the result of the vote could flare and set Syrian missals in motion. However, Canadians could see stepped up attacks targeting Syrian airspace in an effort to combat their missile system. Defence Minister Jason Kenney says no attacks have been attempted and he has full confidence in the U.S. commanders, who are currently leading the fight, against Islamic State fighters. Both the Liberals and NDP have voiced their concerns indicating that this is not a move that would be good for the country.
YORK U REACHES TENTATIVE DEAL WITH TEACHING ASSISTANTS
York University enters the final week of the winter term with hopes that striking teaching assistants might be back on the job for the final push. A tentative deal has been reached and the 3600 union members will vote on the offer this evening. It includes a $2000 raise and the University has agreed to tie wages to tuition, meaning if tuition were to increase, wages would as well.
TARGET SPEEDING UP DEPARTURE FROM CANADA
Target Corp. says its moving out of Canada faster than originally anticipated. According to a court-appointed monitor overseeing the retails departure, all 133 locations across Canada will have the lights shut off by “as early as mid-April,” about a month ahead of schedule. 17 locations have already shut down, with another six slated to close today. 23 more will shut down on Wednesday and 32 more will close on Thursday. “It is anticipated that the pace of delivery of vacate notices … will continue to increase over the next two weeks.. “All stores are expected to be closed to the public as early as mid-April 2015,” reads an updated court document by the monitor. On Monday, the courts will be looking at possibly approving the $2.22 million sale of intellectual property assets from Target Canada to the U.S. parent company, including signage, shopping carts, and bags.
SACHA BARON COHEN IS NOT DIRECTING & STARING AS FREDDIE MERCURY IN BIOPIC
So Sacha Baron Cohen is NOT going to direct or star as Queen’s prestigious frontman Freddie Mercury in a biopic. On Thursday, the band’s manager, Jim Beach, sparked excitement among fans with some comments: he said Baron Cohen had returned to the project and would even do more than just star in it. Here’s the catch: Beach was totally kidding. Mercury died of AIDS back in 1991 at the age of 45 and it was recently confirmed after plans for the movie were discussed over the past seven years. There are reports that Cohen was not on a level playing field with the bands existing members who have the script and approval rights for the film.