5 Things To Know Today
State of emergency declared in Baltimore, curfew to be implemented. Death toll from Nepal earthquake surpasses 4,000 as crews struggle to reach epicenter. Frequent TTC users less satisfied with service, survey finds. National day of mourning for those killed in the workplace. Province gives green light to Finch West LRT, Sheppard East LRT pushed further into future. +** Jian Ghomeshi book by Kevin Donovan to be published in June. Finalists to be revealed for World Video Game Hall of Fame.**
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED IN BALTIMORE AFTER RIOTS
It’s been a night of riots, looting and fires in parts of Baltimore in the wake of the funeral for Freddie Grey, who died of injuries suffered while in police custody. Baltimore’s mayor says it’s just a bunch of thugs using the case as an excuse for violence. The city has called in the National Guard as Maryland is under a state of emergency, with a curfew in place tonight. More than two-dozen people are under arrest and 15 police officers were injured during last night’s riot.
DEATH TOLL FROM NEPAL EARTHQUAKE SURPASSES 4000
The earthquake death toll in Nepal is well past 4400 now and the Prime Minister there fears it’ll eventually top 10,000. For those who survived the quake, now it’s a matter of surviving the aftermath, with many lacking food, shelter and clean drinking water. Canada’s team should arrive in the quake zone tomorrow.
SURVEY: TTC USERS LESS SATISFIED WITH SERVICE
A new poll says pride in the TTC has dropped to 66% compared to the same time last year when pride was around 73%. It’s part of the 2014 customer satisfaction survey that will be presented on Wednesday. The poll found that customers who aren’t proud of the TTC tend to be more educated, work full-time and have higher household incomes. Some of the other findings in the survey were that 90% rate the value for money of the service as average or better and 69% of frequent riders gave the TTC a good/excellent satisfaction rating in the fourth quarter of 2014.
NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING FOR THOSE KILLED IN THE WORKPLACE
Today is a national day of mourning for those killed in the workplace. The day was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. it has since spread to about 80 countries around the world. In 2013 902 workplace deaths were recorded across the country. The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast and workers will light candles, wear ribbons and black armbands and observe moments of silence. Premier Wynne will be laying a wreath at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board on Front street while Mayor John Tory will be attend a Day of Mourning observance on Bloor near High Park.
PROVINCE GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO FINCH WEST LRT
The province is giving the green light on a new Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT). The $1.2 billion project would bring 11 new kilometres and 18 stops of rapid transit along Finch West from the new Finch West subway station on the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension to Humber College.
Jian Ghomeshi Book By Kevin Donovan To Be Published In June
The ongoing pre-trial hearing in the Jian Ghomeshi case is back before the courts today. The former CBC radio host faces seven counts of sexual assault and one of choking. Meanwhile, a book about Ghomeshi is expected to be published in June. Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan has written “Jian Ghomeshi – Secret Life” and it will be co-published by Kobo and ECW Press.
Finalists to be revealed for World Video Game Hall of Fame
The short-list for the inaugural induction into the World Video Game Hall of Fame will be revealed today. From Pacman to Donkey Kong, we can expect 15 game names on the list for the museum in Rochester, which will recognize electronic games of all types: arcade, console and computer.