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School boards claim Ontario secondary teachers’ strikes are “unlawful.” Canadian among the dead in Amtrak crash. 10-hour East Gardiner meeting sets stage for final debate. MLSE bans four people after incident with female reporter. Kempa drops out to support Blair in candidacy for Scarborough Liberal riding. +**Honda recalling close to 5 million vehicles.**
SCHOOL BOARDS CLIAM ONTARIO SECONDARY TEACHERS’ STRIKES ARE “UNLAWFUL”
Ontario’s Labour Relations Board is expected to make a decision in regards to the ongoing teacher strike and if they are illegal. Arguments will be heard from three school boards in Peel and Durham regions as well as the Sudbury area. This comes after the board suggested that the strike action is illegal because they are staged locally, but over issues like salary and class sizes. A decision could come down as early as this Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. There are more than 70,000 students who have been ousted from class for several weeks. Meantime, there are hundreds of teachers who are planning to hold demonstrations at Queens Park at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
CANADIAN AMONG THE DEAD IN AMTRAK CRASH
A Canadian man is one of the seven people killed in the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. Abid Gilani has been identified as the lone Canadian who was victim to the deadly crash of Regional Train 188, which was on its way from Washington to New York on Tuesday. Gilani was a Senior Vice-President with Wells Fargo in New York City and he was involved with commercial real estate. According to his LinkedIn page, he was formerly with Marriot International Inc. for eight years before becoming an employee with Wells Fargo. He was also a graduate of Laurentian University in 1982 and focused on mining during the early stages of career in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
10-HOUR EAST GARDINER MEETING PRODUCES NO DECISION ON FUTURE
The city’s Public Works committee has decided to make no recommendation to city council when it comes to the Gardiner Expressway. The Committee met today to discuss the future of the eastern portion of the expressway and heard from members of the public. After the 10 hour meeting they decided to make no decision as they wait for more information from city staff. The decision will be made by council at next month’s meeting and the report from staff will be received on June 10. Mayor Tory has already come out in favour of the hybrid option saying the city can’t afford to make traffic worse.
MLSE BANS FOUR PEOPLE AFTER INCIDENT WITH REPORTER
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has banned four fans for no less than a year after they swore at a TV reporter. Two of the men being banned are Shawn Simoes and Ryan Hart. MLSE says it is an “indefinite suspension,” and they are still looking for two other goateed men who appeared in the footage with the CityNews reporter who both said the phrase, “F— her right in the p—-.” MLSE says it is reviewing its own security video of the verbal attack after the TFC game on Mother’s Day Sunday. Shawn Simoes is now a former Hydro One employee that was fired after a video of the incident went viral. It’s believed that two of the men are season ticket holders. There was also additional security at BMO Field for Wednesday night’s TFC game against the Montreal Impact. They were on hand to help prevent people from shouting a vulgar expression toward reporters.
KEMPA DROPS OUT TO SUPPORT BLAIR IN CANDIDACY FOR SCARBOROUGH RIDING
Michael Kempa has decided to step out of the race as a candidate for Liberal MP in the riding of Scarborough Southwest. Kempa says he feels that former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is the preferred candidate and that is why he is bowing out. There are still four other candidates in the race, not including Bill Blair. In April, Tim Weber, a former CTV news anchor, also dropped out in order to give his support to Blair.
HONDA RECALLING CLOSE TO 5 MILLION VEHICLES
Honda Motor Company Ltd. is recalling 4.9 million vehicles and close to 47,800 Acura’s due to an airbag problem. The issue with the Takata airbag is in the inflator and it’s also caused Nissan and Toyota to recall some of their vehicles. Six people have died as a result. According to Honda, the affected models don’t include those that are in the United States, which where all the related deaths occurred.