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Poll: Majority of people in Ontario against Hydro One sale. Ombudsman expected to release report on former Mayor Rob Ford. Work to rule may take place in possible teachers strike. Auditor General says province cut costs for winter road maintenance. Ontario to ban all flavoured tobacco products. +**Teen survives five days under rubble in Nepal / Canadian plane delivers aid to Nepal, picks up angry passengers.** Freddie Gray protests: New York City, Washington, DC, among cities demonstrating in solidarity with Baltimore.**
POLL: MAJORITY OF ONTARIANS DISAPPROVE OF HYDRO ONE SALE
A new Mainstreet Technologies poll has found the majority of Ontarians disapprove of the sale of Hydro One. The poll found that 61% of about 2,500 people polled disapprove of the privatization of the utility and 77% believe it will result in higher prices. 75% percent asked also believe that selling off 60% of Hydro One is too much. A separate poll also asked who should lead Ontario’s PC party. Patrick Brown leads Christine Elliott 63% to 31%. When asked who they would vote for in an election were held, The PC party led the Liberals with Brown or Elliott at the helm by 9% and 7%.
OMBUDSMAN EXPECTED TO RELEASE REPORT TODAY ON FORMER MAYOR ROB FORD
City hall is on pins and needles this morning as a report is expected to be released today into the actions of former Mayor Rob Ford. According to The Toronto Star, ombudsman Fiona Crean will deliver the report, which pertains to his use of security staff at City Hall, among several other issues. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti tells Talk Radio AM640 that the timing for Councillor Ford couldn’t be worse, as he is already under a ton of stress. Ford and Crean crossed paths several times throughout his tenure as mayor at City Hall.
WORK TO RULE MAY TAKE PLACE IN POSSIBLE TEACHER STRIKE
There may be collective work to rule action when it comes to the possible elementary teacher’s strike. The President of the Elementary Federation Teachers of Ontario Sam Hammond says that the issues are not about money and that they have been dealing with what will be a zero per cent raise. He also says that the strike may not keep teachers out of the classroom and that they would like to get a deal at the table before May 10th. There are only a few issues that can be negotiated between the board and union.
AUDITOR GENERAL SAYS PROVINCE CUT COSTS FOR WINTER ROAD MAINTENANCE
According to the Auditor General, the provincial Liberals cut costs with road maintenance over the winter. Bonnie Lysyk’s 43-page report indicates that motorists dealt with highly unsafe highway conditions, while the province gave contracts to companies that didn’t have the proper equipment to clear the roads. Before contracts changes were conducted in 2009, the most travelled roads across the province were cleared 2.1 hours on average after storms took place and it increased by 4.7 hours between 2013 and 2014. Also, Lysyk states that the Ministry of Transportation gave government officials a heads up in regards to some of the equipment used by the contractors, stating they weren’t properly equipped to clear provincial highways. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca will report with an action plan in 60 days.
ONTARIO TO BAN ALL FLAVOURED TOBACCO
Ontario is making a move to impose the most restrictive tobacco rules in Canada: a full ban on flavoured products including menthol cigarettes. The “making healthier choices” act will also ban chewing tobacco, “wine dipped” cigars and fruity cigarettes, while e-cigareets will be outlawed for anyone under 19.
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Canadian Plane Delivers Aid To Nepal, Picks Up Angry Passengers
After 5-days buried in the rubble of a collapsed building in Nepal, an 18-year-old man has been pulled out alive. Once out, he told rescures that he had been in contact with children while in the rubble and now a frantic search to find them has begun. Despite the good news for rescuers, the death toll has passed 5500. More than 100 Canadians have made it out of Nepal aboard a Canadian military transport plane. A second transport is expected to arrive to ferry more people out of the region.
Jackson Proskow, Global News
Cops Arrest 60 As Protests Spread to New York And Other US States
Another reasonably quiet night in Baltimore with only a handful of arrests as the curfew held, but the protests over the Freddie Gray death have spread to other American cities. In New York at least 60-people were arrested overnight. Other people marched in Boston, Indianapolis and Washington DC.