5 Things To Know Today
Toronto finally gets a taste of spring weather today. Gas prices to jump 4 cents at midnight. TDCSB eliminates jobs to shave down budget deficit. Uber to be included in City Hall taxi debate. Charlotte’s Web voted best children’s book of all time. +*Rob Ford to find out his fate today*
TORONTO FINALLY GETS A TASTE OF SPRING TODAY
After a long, harsh winter – including the coldest February on record – Toronto finally gets a taste of spring today. We’re expecting a high of 17 degrees. The last time we hit 17 degrees in Toronto was back on November 24th.
GAS PRICES TO JUMP 4 CENTS AT MIDNIGHT
Just in time for a long weekend, gas prices are set to jump a whopping 4 cents at midnight to 106.9 cents per litre. Gasbuddy.com’s Dan McTeague says most of that jump is being caused by the switch-over from winter gas to summer gas. (yeah, right.)
TDCSB ELIMINATES JOBS TO SHAVE BUDGET DEFICIT
The Toronto Catholic District School Board’s trustees have made some deep cuts eliminating a number of positions in an effort to balance the budget. Positions on the chopping block include 14 principal positions, along with four elementary vice principals and four secondary vice principals. There will also be special education positions that will be terminated and there are many parents who are now worried about the future and how cuts will alter kids with special needs, who need assistance. Trustees say they had no intentions of making cuts in that area, but the decision was made due to an inadequate amount of government funding. The meeting ended with trustees finding approximately $7.9 million in savings from the $15.3 million goal that was set at the start of the meeting. Trustees were able to save $19 million in meetings that were held last week. The board is dealing with a budget shortfall of $34.3 million.
UBER TO BE INCLUDED IN CITY HALL TAXI DEBATE
Mayor John Tory has asked council to conduct a full review of the entire taxi industry in what is expected to be another major debate on taxi licensing at Toronto City Hall. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled an overhaul of the industry in January, which was passed by council last year. This time around, as council looks to review, the mayor along with some of the other councillors are looking for a complete overview, which would include regulating Uber. Toronto city council examines the taxi industry on a yearly basis in order to keep away from a two-tiered licensing system.
CHARLOTTE’S WEB VOTED BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF ALL TIME
A new “best of” list out this morning from the BBC looks at the Best Children’s Books of All Time and E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” tops the poll. C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” and Maurice Sendak’s “Where Them Wild Things Are” round out the top 3. Winnie The Pooh, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Little House On The Prairie and Goodnight Moon also make up the Top 21 list.
- Charlotte’s Web – EB White
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
- Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Winnie-the-Pooh – AA Milne
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
- A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin
- A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle
- The Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
- From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler – EL Koenigsburg
- The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
- His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman
- Matilda – Roald Dahl
- Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh
- Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown and Pat Hancock
- The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Rob Ford is hoping for some good news today, news that he hopes might save his life. His doctors will have test results back and should be able to tell him whether the chemotherapy and radiation has worked enough to allow him to have surgery to remove cancerous tumors in his abdomen and back. If not, the 45-year-old ex-mayor says he’s out of options.