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Ombudsman investigation critical of city hall security under Ford: report. Man killed after being dragged under GO train. $1 fare for seniors during off-peak hours to be debated at TTC meeting. Joni Mitchell’s official website denies TMZ’s report that she’s in a coma. Louie Louie singer Jack Ely dies aged 71. +** Baltimore protests: crowds, police stand off after curfew/ fans not allowed at Oriels vs Whitesox game today. **Nepal earthquake: man explains how he survived in rubble for 82 hours.**
OMBUDSMAN REPORT TO SLAM ROB FORD’S SECURITY
A city ombudsman’s report set to be released on Thursday will put former mayor Rob Ford back in the spotlight at city hall. The Toronto Star says the report from Fiona Crean has found a number of disturbing incidents and says Ford was allowed to use city hall security officers as private bodyguards. The report found that at least one of the security officers placed a hand over a security camera to help Ford hide his substance abuse as he staggered through city hall. In other incidents it was found the actions of security guards threatened the safety of media, politicians, city staff and members of the public. The report goes on to slam security officials over their handling of other incidents like when security stood by as Rob and Doug Ford shouted at people in the public gallery in November of 2013. A few minutes later a charging Rob Ford knocked over Councillor Pam McConnell. Also mentioned is the incident in March 2014 when Ford shoved a photographer while charging up a stairway as security and reporters followed. After an internal security review in 2014, guards were given extra training and one was transferred out of city hall.
MAN KILLED AFTER BEING DRAGGED UNDER GO TRAIN
Police say a man in his 30′s has died after he was struck by a GO train at Union station. The accident happened just before 6 pm when the train was leaving the station and police say a video of the incident shows a man wearing a bag or article of clothing getting snagged on the train as it pulled out. The incident happened when the train platform was busy with rush-hour crowds and police tape cordoned off platforms 10-13 afterwards as police investigated. GO transit called it a tragic accident but the identity of the man hasn’t been released until his family was notified. Police are investigating all possibilities including whether the crowded platform may have played a role in the accident. A press conference is expected Wednesday morning to provide an update.
MOTION TO ALLOW SENIORS TO RIDE TTC FOR $1 TO BE INTRODUCED TODAY
Deputy Mayor Vince Crisanti will introduce a motion at today’s TTC board meeting that would allow seniors to ride for $1 on the TTC during off-peak hours. Crisanti will make a request for staff to look at the feasibility of creating a six-month pilot program to test the discount. Seniors currently pay $2 for a single cash fare while the regular adult fare is $3. If the motion is approved the report would be due back to the board on June 22. The board will also hear the results of the TTC’s customer satisfaction survey for 2014.
JONI MITCHELL’S WEBSITE DENIES SHE’S UNCONSCIOUS IN HOSPITAL
According to a number of reports, Canadian singer and song writer Joni Mitchell is currently unconscious in hospital unresponsive and unable to speak to anyone. The singers website has denied that she is in a coma, which was reported by TMZ. There are also reports of officials who say it doesn’t appear she will be getting any better. It’s believed a close friend of Mitchell’s, Leslie Morris, has now filed documents to become her legal guardian. Morris has been Joni’s friend for 44 years and says she has no close relatives who could assume the role. Mitchell was rushed to the hospital at UCLA on March 31st after she was found unconscious at her home in L.A.
LOUIE LOUIE SINGER JACK ELY DIES AT AGE 71
A music pioneer who paved the way for garage rock, punk and even grunge has died at age 71. Jack Ely was the singer for The Kingsmen, whose 1963 hit “Louie Louie” was investigated by the FBI for alleged obscene lyrics because no one could make them out. The song continues to be one of the most covered in rock history.
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Baltimore Protests: Crowds, Police Stand Off After Curfew
A much more peaceful night in Baltimore as the curfew kept most people from venturing out and protesting the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police. However, there were some arrests made as 3000 police officers and National Guard troops kept the peace. Six city police officers have been suspended pending an investigation into Gray’s death. The Baltimore Oriels will host the Chicago Whitesox this afternoon at an empty Camden Yards. The game has been postponed the past two nights due to the unrest in Baltimore and today’s game has been moved up five hours to 2:05 p.m. but the league will not allow fans to attend in case of a potential riot breaking out in the stands.
Nepal Earthquake: Man Explains How He Survived in Rubble for 82 Hours
The earthquake survival stories continue to pour out of Nepal. This morning, a man trapped for 82 hours – who was forced to drink his own urine to stay hydrated – was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed hotel. his foot was crushed by masonry and says he was surrounded by dead people. The death toll is well past 5000 now, with one man saying he lost 18 family members.