5 Things To Know Today
Rainfall warning issued for Toronto & GTA. Gas prices going down by 5 cents. Canadian fighter jets have bombed targets in Syria on first air strike. Public high school teachers in Durham Could be first to strike. Uber will give you a free taxi ride if you’re drunk with new PR campaign.
RAINFALL WARNING ISSUED FOR GTA
A rainfall warning has been issued for Toronto, the GTA and much of southern Ontario. Environment Canada says the heavy rain is expected on Thursday and some thunderstorm activity is also likely to be associated with the system. Rainfall amounts will be average between 20 to 30 mm in most areas but 40 to 50 mm may be possible in some areas with very heavy rainfall in thunderstorms. Localized flooding is also possible in low-lying areas so people are being warned to keep away from rivers, creeks and fast moving bodies of water.
GAS PRICES TO FALL OVERNIGHT
Hold off on filling your gas tank today, if you can. That advice from Senior Petroleum Analyst with @GasBuddy, Dan McTeague. Expect prices to drop 5 cents overnight. That will bring a liter of regular from 107.9 to 102.9 on average around the GTA, but areas outside the city could see even cheaper prices. McTeague says the drop is a reflection of what’s happening on the world markets for both gas and oil, and the oversupply means prices have to drop, not rise. And he says we could see prices drop below a dollar within the next several days.
CANADIAN FIGHTER JETS LAUNCH FIRST AIR STRIKE IN SYRIA
Canadian CF-18 fighter jets have now made their way into Syria where they have launched their first air strike in the battle against ISIS. Defence Minister Jason Kenny says a total of 10 aircraft conducted the attack, including six from the U.S. The Canadian air force managed to successfully perform their mission returning safely to their base. This is the first air strike in Syria since a vote was passed last week in the House of Commons to extend the mission against
DURHAM PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS FIRST TO STRIKE
Public High School teachers in Durham Region could be the first to walk off the job, if a new deal isn’t reached by April 20th. The union (OSSTF) is currently underway with negotiations at the provincial level. Education Minister Liz Sandals says she isn’t worried, as she feels a deal can be made by the deadline and Premier Kathleen Wynne says negotiations will be tough, but the province is looking for a fair deal. Six boards face a legal strike position across the GTA, including Peel and Halton regions public high schools.
UBER WILL GIVE YOU A FREE TAXI RIDE IF YOU’RE DRUNK
Uber Canada would like to make sure you get home safely after a night at the bar or if you’re planning to drink heavily at a party. The taxi service says it’s launching a campaign to offer free rides for drunks. The company is test marketing a Uber Safe breathalyzer kiosks randomly throughout Toronto. Participants blow into the kiosk and if they’re deemed too drunk to drive, a free ride home is provided. However, at this time it’s only a public relations move but they have already conducted tests at an unknown Uber safe kiosk here in the city back in March. A video of Uber Safe was posted to YouTube this week. The idea was produced by creative agency Rethink, and launched during a trying period for Uber’s Canadian operations, as various municipalities in the country are cracking down on the controversial company. Mayor John Tory has defended the company in the past, indicating that Uber would maintain its presence in Toronto. However, a recent blitz across the city landed Uber 11 charges over the course of a weekend. General Manager Jeff Weshler says Uber is constantly looking for opportunities to present its customers with new options.