5 Things To Know Today
Mark Saunders to become Toronto’s new police chief. Durham high school teachers going on strike Monday. Raptors GM fined for using obscene language. 119th Annual Boston Marathon takes place today. 420 rally takes place at Yonge-Dundas Sqaure this afternoon. +*WB Gardiner Expressway construction finished ahead of schedule.*
MARK SAUNDERS TO BECOME TORONTO’S NEXT POLICE CHIEF
According to numerous reports, Toronto now has its next police chief, as Deputy Chief Mark Saunders has been selected to become the next top cop of the force. That would make him the first black chief in Toronto police force history. Final interviews were conducted last Friday and it now appears Saunders has beat out the other top two candidates, Peter Sloly and Michael Federico. Some of the top issues facing the force are carding and gun violence, which the 32-year-veteran will have to deal with directly. Saunders is the co-chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Organized Crime Committee. The 52-year-old is also the head of the Specialized Operations Command where he handles 1,200 police officers and 154 civilian members. According to the Toronto Police Services website, he is a mentor for the Black Community Consultative Committee. Mark Saunders is expected to succeed Chief Bill Blair after Saturday, April 25th. The official announcement is expected at 10 a.m.
DURHAM HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS GOING ON STRIKE TODAY
The General Secretary of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation has confirmed the organization has reached an impasse in negotiations with the provincial governments. As a result Durham high school teachers will be on strike come Monday. In a press release the OSSTF asserts, “The provincial government and its partner school boards have focused exclusively on cuts to current contracts and are determined to limit time available for teachers to support students. It is teachers who must stand up and fight for the resources students need to be successful.” Earlier this week, Education Minister Liz Sandals said 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.
RAPTORS GM FINED $35,000 FOR USING OBSCENE LANGUAGE
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has been hit with a $35,000 fine and $25,000 fine levied against the team after comments he made before the playoff opener against Washington yesterday. In front of a cheering crowd Ujiri said, “People want me to say something about Paul Pierce but, we don’t give a s— about it.” In a statement tonight Ujiri says, “I have the deepest respect for Commissioner Silver and the NBA, and while showing passion for our team and fans I will choose my words more carefully in the future so as not to indicate otherwise. “I apologize and have acknowledged the fine with the Commissioner. I consider the matter closed and our sole focus is on the playoffs.” Several fans were able to capture the incident and share it on social media.
119TH ANNUAL BOSTON MARATHON TODAY
The 119th annual Boston Marathon will take over the city’s streets as thousands of runners are expected to take part in the event. This is now the second run since a deadly terror attack plagued the event, killing three people and injuring an estimated 264 people, hampering the race back in 2013. Tributes for the victims involved in the Boston bombing are expected at the sidelines and around the city throughout the day. Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to appear in court, as his trial continues on Tuesday. Prosecutors will argue that he should be sentenced to death for his orchestrating the deadly attack in 2013.
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420 RALLY AT YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE TODAY
Thousands of people are expected to attend a 420 rally, which will be taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square today. It’s scheduled to start at 12 p.m. and go all the way until 6 p.m. Major clouds of marijuana smoke will emanate from the square into the sky as activists promote the use of cannabis and celebrate the culture. The free annual event will also have a lineup of speakers, bands, performers and comedians. A march is also scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will begin at Yonge and Charles streets and make its way down to Yonge-Dundas Square.
Sponsors for the event include:
• Marijuana Stocks
• Wolf of Weed Street
• Aurora Cannabis Inc.
• BHO Apparel
• The Herb
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WB Gardiner expressway Construction Finished Ahead Of Schedule
Some good news for drivers. The Westbound Gardiner Expressway has fully reopened after the completion of construction work near Exhibition place finished ahead of schedule. Three westbound lanes between Exhibition Place and Grand Magazine Street are now open to traffic and a third eastbound lane of the expressway will be reopened within the next week. As a result of that work coming to an end, the City of Toronto has reinstituted the weekday closure of the ramp from westbound Lake Shore Boulevard to the Gardiner Expressway at Jameson Avenue. The ramp closure will be limited to the period 2 to 7 p.m. on weekdays (Monday to Friday).