5 Things To Know Today
Over 3700 people found dead following Nepal quake. Spadina & College to reopen today. Union Station’s York st. GO Train concourse set to open today. Toronto’s outgoing police chief has chosen a new career path: federal politics. Raptors swept from first round after 125-94 loss to the Wizards. +**26 options in Mississauga council byelection today. Secondary school teachers in Sudbury on strike.**
OVER 3700 FOUND DEAD FOLLOWING NEPAL EARTHQUAKE
Authorities say nearly 3700 people have been killed mostly in the heavily populated Kathmandu Valley. The same quake has caused deaths in neighbouring countries like India Tibet and Bangladesh. The Foreign Affairs Department confirms over 400 Canadian citizens are registered to be in the country of Nepal with many more expected to be there unofficially. The small Himalayan country is recovering after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the nation over the noon hour on Saturday causing chaos in the region, but a 6.7 magnitude aftershock has now hit the region of Kathmandu early Sunday morning. Thousands across the world are using services like Google’s Person Finder to try and locate loved ones and tens of thousands of people remain unaccounted for following the natural disaster.
SPADINA AND COLLEGE TO REOPEN TODAY
Some good news for drivers this morning. As the intersection of Spadina Ave. and College St. is set to reopen today after weeks of streetcar track replacement and construction work. The intersection has been closed in all 4 directions since April 6. The roads are set to reopen at 6 a.m. The 506 Carlton streetcars will resume their regular route today but additional work still needs to be completed on Spadina. As a result, the 510 Spadina streetcar is to resume on May 10. We’ll get yet another transit announcement from the provincial Liberals today. This one set for 9:30 am at the Humber College’s north campus. Transportation Minister Steven Del-Duca and Mayor John Tory will be involved.
UNION STATION’S YORK ST. CONCOURSE SET TO OPEN TODAY
Commuters headed into Union station today are in for a bit of a surprise. The new York Street Go Train concourse will open to the public today for the first time. The new 62,000 square foot terminal features 50 per cent more room than the existing Bay St. concourse. The Bay Street concourse will remain open until after the Pan Am Games, when it will be closed while another new concourse is built in its place. It’s the latest step in the ongoing revitalization of Canada’s busiest public transport hub. Construction began at Union Station in 2009 and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.
BILL BLAIR TO RUN FOR FEDERAL LIBERALS
Former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is expected to announce that he will run for a seat with the federal Liberals in the Scarborough Southwest riding. Blair spoke with the Toronto Star in an interview and confirmed that he is interested in running for a spot in parliament. According to reports and plenty of speculation, his political bid will be spurred by the ‘Draft Bill Blair ‘campaign, as a federal election is slated for this October. Scarborough Southwest has been represented by the NDP’s Dan Harris since 2011. A Forum Research poll from February indicates that Blair holds a 10 point lead over Harris, as 39% would vote for Blair, if an election was held in February compared to 29% for Harris. Among the 557 voters 27% said they would vote for the Conservatives.
RAPTORS SWEPT OUT OF PLAYOFFS BY WIZARDS
The Toronto Raptors post season ended in a whimper after Toronto was defeated by the Wizards 125-94 in Game 4 of the series. In a game full of fouls by Raptors star Kyle Lowry who is battling back spasms, illnesses and a leg injury. Lowry scored 21 points followed by Demar DeRozen with 14. Going into the fourth Raptors were trailing by 32 points one of their worst deficits so far this season. No NBA team in history has ever comeback to win a playoff series after trailing 0-3.
26 Options in Mississauga Council By-Election Monday
By-elections are hard enough for the public to keep track of, now image you had 26 different names on the ballet. Residents in Ward 4 in Mississauga will be voting in a by-election and have 26 different candidates to choose from. There have been four full on debates so far several of which had over 20 of the candidates taking part. The seat was vacated by Frank Dale before we appointed as Peel Regional Chair. Mississauga residents can vote between 10am and 8pm tomorrow.
Sudbury High School Teachers To Strike Monday
Another school board in Ontario has joined the picket lines. Sudbury high school teachers will join their counterparts in Durham on Monday after talks with the Rainbow District School Board failed to reach a deal. Peel high school teachers have also issued a deadline of May 4th for strike action.