5 Things To Know Today
WATCH: TTC officer involved in violent altercation with customer. Ceremony Wednesday to mark 100 Days to the Pan Am Games. TA’s end strike at York University. Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell in hospital. Tim Hortons to Test new coffee flavor.
WATCH: TTC OFFICER INVOLVED IN VIOLENT ALTERCATION WITH CUSTOMER
The TTC is said to be investigating after a video posted online pears to show a special constable involved in an altercation with a member of the public. The 3 minute long video was posted to Facebook and it’s believed the incident in question occurred about a month ago at Union Station. It shows the constable hold a man against a wall and punch him repeatedly, the man in question can be heard saying that he paid his fare and that he hadn’t done anything. Police officers then arrive and detain the man. TTC Spokesperson Brad Ross acknowledged the video in a tweet on Tuesday night saying ”the altercation involving TTC officers is extremely serious”. He added that the video is now being reviewed and that the commission would have more to say on the matter on Wednesday morning. Watch the incident below:
Warning video contains offensive language.
CEREMONY TODAY TO MARK 100 DAYS TO PAN AM GAMES
A special ceremony will be taking place on Wednesday to mark the 100 day countdown to the opening of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games. The event will be held at the newly completed athletes’ village near the waterfront. It will feature a ceremony welcoming 100 new citizens from 58 different countries, including 12 from the Americas. Pan Am chair David Peterson said the event will “help celebrate our diversity.” Around 350,000 of the 1.2 million Pan Am tickets have been sold – on par with what’s expected 100 days prior to opening – with the opening ceremony already sold out. Most gold medal games for some sports, including men’s baseball, soccer, and basketball, are already sold out. Ticket sales were halted on March 9th, slated to resume mid-April. Tickets for the Parapan Am Games are currently on sale, available online here. The Pan Am Games run from July 10- 26, followed by the Parapan Am Games from Aug. 7-15.
YORK UNIVERSITY STRIKE IS OVER
The Strike at York University is over. Members of CUPE 3903 have voted in favour of the tentative offer put forward by the University last Sunday. The deal passed with over 90% support from both CUPE units on strike. The 3,700 teaching assistants and graduate assistants will return to work on Wednesday after walking off the job on March 3rd.
CANADIAN SONGSTRESS JONI MITCHELL IN HOSPITAL
Singer Joni Mitchell is in intensive care after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. The 71-year-old folk singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is said to now be awake and in good spirits but there’s no indication as tp what happened to her.
TIM HORTONS TESTING NEW COFFEE FLAVORS
Tim Hortons is announcing that it could be introducing a new coffee flavor. The chain says it will be testing its first ever single-origin coffee in five markets across the country over an eight-week period, covering Sudbury and North Bay, Ont, Saint John and Moncton, N.B, and Abitibi, Que. Tim’s traditionally serves a coffee blend of beans from several sources. Last year it introduced the dark roast for more options and appeal to the coffee connoisseurs. The new flavour is called Three Peaks Colombian, and sourced from Cauca, Colombia.