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WATCH: Another major quake hits Nepal. Rob Ford surgery a “success”. Canada Road Safety Week gets underway. Police ID body found in Lake Ontario as missing man. Public elementary teachers return to bargaining is short-lived. +**Captain John’s to be towed away by the end of May.** Tom Brady suspended 4 games; Pats fined, lose 2 draft picks.**
WATCH: ANOTHER QUAKE HITS NEPAL
Nepal has been rocked by yet another powerful quake, leaving at least four people dead in the town Chautara. The quake measuring 7.3 in magnitude hit the remote region near the Chinese border, close to Mount Everest triggering landslides and causing buidlings in the region to collapse. It comes just weeks after the devastating 7.9 magnitude quake which hit on the 25th of April, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring more than 17,000. The quake sent people running from their homes in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, still struggling in the aftermath of the April 24th quake and was felt as far away as New Delhi in India and in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. This latest quake was followed closely by at least six strong aftershocks, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Rescue helicopters have been sent to the area.
ROB FORD SURGERY A “SUCCESS”
Former Mayor Rob Ford is now “fully conscious and recovering from his surgery,” according to an update from his chief of staff Dan Jacobs. Rob Ford’s operation “went as the team expected, with no surprises,” spokesperson Dan Jacobs said. Ford is now visiting with his family. Ford’s clinical team says the cancer had not spread beyond what doctors were already aware of & they were able to remove all existing growths. The surgery will keep Ford in hospital for at least 2 weeks before he will be allowed to return home to recover. Rob Ford hopes to be back at city hall by September.
CANADA ROAD SAFETY WEEK GETS UNDERWAY
Canada road safety week kicks off today, Tuesday in a campaign is aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world. Toronto police will join forces with police services across the country in an effort to target the ”Big 4 Killers” on our roads, namely impaired operation by alcohol or drug, failure or improper use of seatbelts, distracted driving and aggressive driving. Police also say that special attention will be paid to those drivers who continue to display a total disregard for other users of the road by using hand-held communication and entertainment devices while driving. Toronto Police Service will also participate in a National Enforcement Day for impaired driving on Saturday, May 16th.
MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD IN LAKE ONTARIO
A sad end to the story of a missing man in the east end. Police say they have located the body of missing 36 year old Murray Abbott. His family had offered a $50,000 reward to locate him after he went missing over 2 weeks ago. His body was found early this morning in shallow water near a water treatment on Queen Street East. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow to determine the cause of death.
PUBLIC ELEMENTARY TEACHERS RETURN TO BARGAINING SHORT LIVED
With Phase 1 of a work-to-rule campaign just hours old, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation returned to the bargaining table with the province Monday morning. But it appeard the sit-down was short lived. Sam Hammond, the President of the ETFO released a statement shortly afterwards.
“The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario returned to the central bargaining table this morning at the mediator’s request. It was our expectation that the government and the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) would remove concessions from the table. That did not happen and the meeting ended at 11:00 a.m. ETFO will continue phase one of its work-to-rule strike action. In order for real progress to be made at the central table, OPSBA and the Liberal government need to reconsider their concession-based approach to central bargaining. When these concessions were initially tabled, OPSBA and the government stated that they were “opening positions” only. ETFO would like to move beyond opening positions to meaningful bargaining.”
Hammond announced last week schools would remain open, with instructional duties continuing as well as scheduled field trips and extra-curricular activities, but administrative duties were on hold.
Captain John’s To Be Towed Away By End Of May
A Federal court judge has approved the sale of Captain John’s floating restaurant for an undisclosed amount. The ship is expected to set sail one last time by the end of the month. The former landmark ship was sold to veteran ship scrapper Marine Recycling Corporation. The city has been warned that the ship is in shocking condition and almost sunk twice in the last month. The ship will be towed by two tugboats that will haul it to a ship yard in Port Colborne. The once fine-dining establishment which was shut down by public health officials almost three years ago and has been sitting at the foot of Yonge Street ever since. The ship was seized by the court last year over back taxes and berthing fees that exceeded $1 million.
Brady Suspended Four Games; Pats Fined, Lose Two Draft Picks
The Patriots will be without Tom Brady for the first four games of the upcoming season as he’s suspended for the Deflate-Gate scandal. The teams has also lost its 2016 first-round draft pick and a fourth round pick in 2017, while being fined $1 million by the leaugye for deliberatley under-inflating the footballs during the AFC title game against Indianapolis.