5 Things To Know
Dated Toronto bylaws on the way out. Striking teachers poised to resume talks today. Ammonia leak evacuates Mississauga building. Gun spotted at Bay GO Bus terminal. Waco Biker Shoot-out: 170 face charges in Texas. +** Premier Wynne continues meetings in Washington.**
DATED TORONTO BYLAWS ON THE WAY OUT
The city is in the process of combing through the bylaw books to find archaic rules that can probably be deleted. So far, they’ve found about 50-pages to cut. One bylaw requires someone to have a license if they want to sell fresh horse meat in quantities less than by the quarter carcass. Another to be chopped demands that any “special sale” – like a going out of business sale – must have a licence for it, although there’s only 1-active licence on the books.
STRIKING TEACHERS TO RESUME TALKS TODAY
The Labour Relations Board still has yet to make a decision that will determine whether or not strikes by public high school teachers in Durham, Peel and Sudbury are illegal. The initial hearings took place last week and were somewhat unproductive with a slow start over procedural issues on Thursday. The union representing public high school teachers in Durham, Peel and Sudbury will resume talks with the province, now that a new mediator has been brought on board. Students in Durham Region have been out of class for a month now and both Peel Region and Sudbury are closing in on three weeks. The boards claim that the teachers union is orchestrating local strikes on class sizes and funding in hopes of proving that those actions are illegal. As well, the work-to-rule campaign by public elementary teacher continues across the province.
AMMONIA LEAK EVACUATES MISSISSAUGA BUILDING
Residents had to be evacuated from an apartment building in Mississauga due to an ammonia leak on Victoria Day. According to Peel Police the incident occurred at 8:35 p.m. Sunday at 7170 Darcel Avenue near Morning Star Drive and Highway 427. Maintenance crews were able to assess the problem and cap the leak shortly after 11:30 p.m and the residents were then let back into their units. There were between 200 and 250 people evacuated and city of Mississauga buses were provided for them to wait in until they were clear to return inside the building.
GUN SPOTTED AT BAY GO BUS TERMINAL
Two people are under arrests after a gun sighting at the Bay Street GO Bus Terminal. There are reports that one person was seen with the firearm just after 5 a.m. There’s no word on any charges at this time, but investigators have recovered the weapon.
WACO BIKER SHOOT-OUT: 170 FACE CHARGES IN TEXAS
Police in Waco, Texas arrested an estimated 170+ and transported them to the McLellan County Jail after a nasty shootout between rival biker gangs. Many are facing charges of engaging in organized crime. In a midday shootout on Sunday, police say nine people were killed when the gangs squared off at Central Texas Twin Peaks restaurant. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says it’s the most violent and gruesome scene he’s seen in 35 years of law enforcement. Swanton says it began with some punches, then quickly escalated to knives and guns, spilling outside into the parking lot. At least 50 non police weapons were recovered, including from knives, brass knuckles, clubs and fire arms. Police were amazed no civilians were killed as patrons of the restaurant ran for their lives in confusion.
Premier Wynne Continues Meetings in Washington
Premier Kathleen Wynne continues with meetings in Washington D.C. where she’s been since Victoria Day. She will start off the morning having breakfast with the Service Employees International Union. The Premier will then give a lunch hour speech at the Ronald Regan building and speak at the International Trade Centre. Wynne will also be attending the Woodrow Wilson Centre Canadian Institute where she’ll be discussing environment protection and she’ll also explain Ontario’s plan for investing in climate change and infrastructure. The Preimer will end the day meeting with U.S. President Obama’s senior advisor before a Pan Am/Parapan games ceremony at the Canadian Embassy.