5 Things To Know Today
Hwy 400 closed north of GTA after fatal collision. Transit, infrastructure & beer tax to dominate Ontario budget out today. Grocery Gateway now taking orders for LCBO products. Gardiner reopens two months ahead of schedule. WATCH: YouTube turns 10 today.
HWY 400 NORTH OF TORONTO CLOSED AFTER FATAL COLLISION
OPP say one woman is dead following an early morning collision on the Highway 400. The accident happened around 2am Thursday morning on the highway near Mapleview. According to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, the truck was travelling northbound when it hit the centre wall and slammed into a southbound vehicle. The female driver of the vehicle was killed. The accident is one of several accidents in the area Thursday morning, closing northbound lanes between Innisfil Beach Road and Mapleview Drive. Police say the roads are expected to be closed for several hours. Police are reminding drivers to take it easy on their drive into work, as overnight weather conditions have created hazardous road conditions.
TRANSIT, INFRASTRUCTURE, BEER TAX IN ONTARIO BUDGET OUT TODAY
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa will be joined with Premier Kathleen Wynne on Thursday, unveiling the province’s budget. It’s expected Sousa will officially announce the province selling off 60 percent of Hydro One, Ontario’s major transmission utility. The governing Liberals say the money will go towards much-needed infrastructure projects. Transit and roads are expected to be a highlighted topic as well. According to the Toronto Star, the Liberals are planning on investing $49.8 billion towards transit, highways, and bridges in the GTA and Hamilton area over the next ten years. That amount is the GTHA’s share of a province-wide transportation and infrastructure share of $130 billion. The grits will also be unveiling new changes to liquor laws in Ontario, including how beer is sold, accompanied with a new beer tax. The party is also promising to close a $10.9 billion deficit by 2017-18, something met with lots of doubt from the opposition. On Tuesday, the federal government unearthed its budget, balanced for the first time in 8 years. The budget promises a new infrastructure fund that allocates $750-million over two years, followed by one-billion a year following. However, Sousa says it only amounts to “crumbs” of what the province actually needs. The budget announcement will begin at 4 pm at Queens Park.
GROCERY GATEWAY TO BEGIN WINE & SPIRITS DELIVERY
Beginning Thursday, Grocery Gateway food delivery service will start delivering LCBO wine and spirits right to customers door. The Longo’s owned chain says the option will be made available to any customers purchasing $45 worth of groceries before taxes. The service is debuting the same day the Ontario government is expected to announce new details on how wine and beer will be sold in the province, including the sale of beer in supermarket. Grocery Gateway is licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario as a delivery service, and does not sell the product on site. The company says they are not selling the product, it’s simply acting as a middle-man delivery system. Pricing for the wine will be set by LCBO and will cost the same as LCBO locations. According to Longo’s, Grocery Gateway drivers will request government-issued photo ID from recipients upon delivery. There will be an additional $1.50 delivery feel for every alcoholic item, to a maximum of $10.
GARDINER REOPENS 2 MONTHS AHEAD OF SHEDULE
Good news for drivers who use the Gardiner Expressway. Mayor John Tory says the stretch between Exhibition Place and Grand Magazine Street has been reopened 2 months ahead of schedule. The premature opening is due to an accelerated schedule Mayor Tory implemented when he was elected at a cost of $2 million. The westbound lanes opened last week and today all 3 eastbound lanes also reopened ahead of schedule.
YOUTUBE CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY
It’s probably best not to think about the amount of hours you’ve wasted on YouTube over the last ten years, but that’s how long the website’s been up and running. On this day ten years ago, the first ever video was uploaded to YouTube on April 23, 2005 at 8:27pm. It was uploaded by the then 25-year-old co-founder Jawed Karim, and it was an 18 second clip of him at the San Diego Zoo. To this day, it’s had over 19 million views. The first ever comment was “interesting…” posted by user “COBALTGRUV.” Fun facts about the video streaming service:
– One of the richest YouTuber is a woman who’s face has never been seen. Her channel, called DC Toys Collector, is anonymously ran and consists of videos of her hands opening toys, speaking in a soft voice describing the toy. It’s estimated she made over $4 million CAD with her channel.
– YouTube’s estimated revenue for 2014 is $4 billion USD
– An average of four billion people watch a video on the site daily, with an estimated 323 days worth of video viewed every minute
– 300 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute
– 50 percent of YouTube’s traffic is from a mobile device