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Toronto officially gets a new top cop today. Argo’s reportedly sold to Bell, Larry Tanenbaum. Defective airbags represent largest auto recall ever. Ticks found in Toronto. Talks between province and teachers resume today. +**Tolls suggested for non-Torontonians to use Gardiner Expressway.** Canadians coping with record debt levels.** David Letterman’s final show airs tonight.**
TORONTO OFFICIALLY GETS A NEW TOP COP TODAY
He’s already been on the job for the last couple of weeks, but an official swearing in ceremony will be held this morning for Mark Saunders. Exactly a month ago Saunders was named chief, becoming the city’s first black Police Chief. He succeeds Bill Blair, who is currently seeking the Liberal nomination in Scarborough South-West, elevating him to the force’s biggest job after 32-years with Toronto Police Service. A ceremony will be held at police headquarters, and will be attended by Mayor John Tory and other dignitaries.
“As the first black Chief, it’s important to make sure that I have the skills necessary and I think I do. Being black is fantastic but it doesn’t give me superpowers, so if you’re expecting that all of a sudden, the earth will open up and miracles are going to happen, that’s not going to happen…public safety is the most important thing.” – Chief Mark Saunders
BELL, TANENBAUM TEAM UP TO OWN ARGOS
A source has confirmed to the Canadian Press that the Toronto Argonauts have been sold to Bell and MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum. The official announcement is expected to be made on Wednesday. The deal includes a lease agreement for the Argo’s to play at BMO field as early as next season, pending further renovations needed to accommodate the CFL field. The CFL team will play this season at the Rogers Centre. Their lease is set to expire after the 2017 campaign, although they have the option of leaving earlier if they choose to do so. Rogers, as part of the MLSE, is absent from the deal, and was reportedly uninterested in acquiring the CFL team. Rogers prompted the Argo search for a new home following its plan to install grass into the dome.
DEFECTIVE AIRBAGS REPRESENT LARGEST AUTO RECALL EVER
33.8 million defective airbags now represent the largest auto recall in history. Auto parts company Takata Corp. bowed to pressure from US safety regulators after it was revealed that the chemical which inflates the airbags can explode, blowing apart a metal inflator which could spew shrapnel in the passenger compartment. The faulty inflators are responsible for six deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has established a website allowing owners to search for their vehicle to see if it’s affected. Transport Canada has no reported complaints at this time.
TICKS FOUND IN TORONTO
Toronto Public Health says as as a precaution going into summer, they’re monitoring ticks for Lyme Disease. Jennifer Veenboer says blacklegged ticks being tested were taken from Rouge Valley, Morningside Park and Algonquin Island, sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory. She says the city has found blacklegged ticks last year and this spring from those locations.
TPH is stressing that the risk of Lyme disease in the city is low, but the public can take the following precautions:
– Wear closed-toe shoes, long-sleeved shirts and pants
– Pull socks over pant legs
– Wear light-coloured clothes to spot ticks easier
– Use insect repellent containing DEET (active ingredient to keep bugs away) or Icaridin (always follow directions)
– Shower or bathe within 2 hours of being outdoors to wash away loose ticks
– Do a daily “full-body” check for ticks on yourself, children and pets
To reduce the risk of ticks living near your home, they recommend keeping your grass mowed, remove leaf litter, and keep firewood piles away from your house. For more information on the prevention of Lyme disease, click here.
TALKS BETWEEN PROVINCE AND TEACHERS RESUMES TODAY
It’s back to the bargaining table today for striking high school teachers in Ontario. A new mediator is joining the discussions, a move the union is pleased with. Meanwhile, board officials in Durham – where the strike is into its 5th week – are looking at scrapping exams and using the 2 weeks they’d normally be held to pack in as much lost curriculum as possible.
Tolls Suggested For Non-Torontonians To Use Gardiner
If one Toronto Councillor has his way, those who don’t live in the 416 would be paying a toll to use the Gardiner Expressway. A decision on what to do with the eastern portion of the highway is due to be made this summer, and James Pasternak says council should look at having non-residents pay to use it. He says people who live in the city already pay their share through property taxes and they shouldn’t be asked to pay even more. Pasternak says if that doesn’t get the thumbs-up, maybe it’s time for the province to take over both the Gardiner and the DVP. At it’s next meeting, council will debate whether the elevated portion of the Gardiner should be torn down, or go ahead with the hybrid option which will maintain a link to the Parkway.
Canadians Coping With Record Debt Levels
Debt is still an issue for Canadians but they are managing their finances carefully. A Fraser institute study shows the advance of household borrowing has slowed in the last 6 years and that the impact of servicing debt has low impact on their income. Shifting their borrowing to mortgages instead of consumer credit has helped Canadians to benefit from lower interest rates. Stats-Can reports showed Canadians owed about $1.63 in mortgage and consumer credit for every dollar of disposable income in the fourth quarter of last year.
David Letterman’s Final Show Airs Tonight
It’s the end of the line for David Letterman. After 33-years on late night TV, he airs his las show tonight. Executives are promising a jam packed show with all kinds of special guests.