5 Things To Know Today
Poll shows Torontonians feel Gardiner Expressway isn’t safe. Canadian troops to train Ukrainian military. Poll finds Trudeau in Third place for Prime Minister. Reports say Air Canada Centre next to get heightened security. Alaska Airlines flight returns to Seattle after worker fell asleep in cargo hold.
POLL SHOWS TORONTONIANS FEEL GARDINER EXPRESSWAY ISN’T SAFE
A new report to be released this week suggests keeping the eastern part of the Gardiner as an elevated expressway would cost over $900 million. According to the Globe and Mail, the cost comes from an environmental assessment, led by city staff and Waterfront Toronto. The report, to be released Wednesday, detailed long-term costs of the proposal. City staff will use its findings to conduct a report of their own, weighing options for the best approach to fix the 1.7-kilometre stretch of road. The assessment says the “hybrid option,” originally intended to reroute highway between Jarvis and the Don Valley Parkway, would be double the cost of removing Gardiner East and replacing it with a boulevard. The boulevard option would allow for more development, but would ultimately slow down drivers. News of the assessment comes on the heels of a Forum Research poll that found 52% of Torontonians want to see the elevated portion of the Expressway torn down, with another 34% saying they found it unsafe to use. The poll was conducted among 865 Toronto residents last Tuesday and Wednesday.
CANADIAN TROOPS TO TRAIN UKRAINIAN MILITARY
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to announce that Canada will be sending around 100 troops to Ukraine in a U.S.-led training mission. Troops will be joining American and British soldiers sometime in May. According to the Canadian Press, our forces will be housed at an existing NATO training centre located in the western portion of the embattled European country, far away from where Ukrainian troops are battling pro-Russian separatists in the east. It’s anticipated that Canada’s role will be training Ukrainian troops in their expertise in countering mines and improvised explosives devices – skills that were learned over the five-year combat mission in Kandahar. The mission could also involve instruction on logistics, policing, and flight safety. Canada has already imposed sanctions on individuals from Russia, including freezing of assets, and travel bans. According to the United Nations, over 5,300 people have died in the conflict between last April and February. Harper will be joined by Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence at the National Defence Headquarters Tuesday at 9:30 am to make the announcement.
POLL FINDS TRUDEAU IN THIRD PLACE FOR PRIME MINISTER
After showing a constant strong lead in the polls for some time, a recent survey says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is now sitting in third place in the run to be Canada’s new prime minister. The study, conducted by Ipsos for Global News, showed Stephen Harper to be in the lead with 38 percent support, and NDP leader Tom Mulcair with 31 percent, just ahead of Trudeau with 30 percent. Compared to data gathered in February 2014, Canadians’ opinions on Trudeau fell in the following areas: Someone you can trust (down seven points). Someone who wants to be prime minister for the right reasons (down seven points). Someone who has a vision for Canada you can support (down seven points). Someone who will best represent Canada on the world stage (down seven points). Someone who has what it takes to lead Canada (down five points). Someone who will support an open and ethical government (down five points). Mulcair climbed between one and four points in each of the categories that Trudeau fell short, however, the data also fount both he and Trudeau were perceived to have a “hidden agenda.”
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REPORTS SAY ACC NEXT TO GET HEIGHTENED SECURITY
Reports say the Air Canada Centre will be getting large airport-style mental detectors, similar to the onesrecently installed ahead of the Jays opener at the Rogers Centre. MLSE spokesperson Dave Haggith told the Toronto Sun, “Similar to Major League Baseball this year, NBA and NHL security measures will call for walk-through metal detectors next season at Air Canada Centre.” Plans for the new detectors are expected to be announced this summer. Monday nights Jays opener marked the first time crowds had to pass through metal gates at the Rogers Centre. The added 55 scanners created slow lines, causing some fans to miss the start of the game. The new detectors at the Rogers Centre are less sensitive than ones at the airport, allowing fans to keep belts, watches, and shoes on, while phones, tablets, cameras, and other metal objects must be placed in a basket.
ALASKAN AIRLINES FLIGHT RETURNS TO SEATTLE AFTER WORKER FEEL ASLEEP IN CARGO HOLD
An airport worker in Seattle has found out the hard way that you should never sleep on the job. The guy took a nap in the cargo hold of Alaskan Airlines Flight 448 and woke up about 15 minutes after the plane had taken off. Passengers could hear the man banging on the walls and screaming. The pilot then returned to the airport to make an emergency landing to let him out.