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Public elementary teachers could take job action May 11. Some parents expected to keep kids out of classes over sex-ed curriculum. Mayor John Tory fighting against red tape for food trucks. Uber to apply for Toronto taxi licence. Income tax deadline tonight at midnight.
PUBLIC ELEMENTARY TEACHERS COULD TAKE JOB ACTION MAY 11
It won’t be a full strike but work to rule action is planned by members of the Elementary Teachers Federation as early as Monday May 11th. A report was issued Monday night to staff warning them to be ready. The president of ETFO Sam Hammond also released robocalls to union members calling the province’s demands unacceptable. High school teachers in Peel, Sudbury and Durham are already engaging in complete strike action.
SOME PARENTS EXPECTED TO KEEP KIDS OUT OF CLASSES OVER SEX-ED CURRICULUM
35,000 students with the Toronto District School Board skipped classes yesterday to protest the planned changes to the sex-ed curriculum. At Thorncliffe Park, 90% of the students were absent as parents kept them out of class. Some parents are planning to keep tjeir kids home all week.
MAYOR TORY FIGHTING AGAINST RED TAPE FOR FOOD TRUCKS
Speaking to the Toronto Region Board of Trade Mayor John Tory wants to end the red tape when it comes to food trucks in the city and where they can operate. In the speech, Tory claims, “The city will be looking for a more modern approach to serving business.” Tomorrow City Council will be debating, among other things, the current ban against food trucks from selling near established restaurants. Currently trucks owners can only set up shop 50 metres from an eatery and only for three hours. Mayor Tory wants to change both of these facts.
UBER TO APPLY FOR TORONTO TAXI LICENCE
Uber Canada will be applying for a Toronto taxi brokerage license today after years of insisting it was just a technology company connecting drivers with riders through a smartphone app. It comes on the same day that city’s municipal licensing and standards division is trying to shut down Uber’s operations with a permanent court injunction. Council is set to make a ruling this week on whether public safety is at risk. Mayor Tory is calling on all parties from existing taxi companies, taxi drivers and Uber officials to work together to find a way to co-exist. The city has slapped Uber with dozens of bylaw infractions recently and a police sting in March nailed 11 UberX drivers for driving without proper insurance.
INCOME TAX DEADLINE TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT
It’s tax deadline day after a clerical error gave procrastinators 5 extra days to avoid a penalty. The extra time was given when the Canada revenue agency accidentally sent out a note saying May 5 was the deadline. Due to the mistake you now have until midnight to file you 2014 income tax and benefit returns without incurring interest or penalties. Tax lawyer Paul Dioguardi says even if you do them incorrectly, it’s better to file on time than to miss the deadline.