5 Things To Know
Back-to-work legislation for teachers passed by Queen’s Park. Weekend closures for DVP & Gardiner. Canada to vote against Sepp Blatter in FIFA Presidential election. Federal government lifting “tampon tax.” Loblaws hummus recall expands to more products. +**Above average temperatures for summer.**Lottery fever heats up with $100 million in Lotto Max prizes.**
BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION FOR TEACHERS PASSED AT QUEEN’S PARK
We’re expecting to hear today from the union representing public elementary teachers in the province. They’re already working-to-rule and it’s expected they will intensify their job action. It comes one-day after MPP’S at Queens Park have voted in favour of passing a back-to-work legislation, preventing high school teachers in Peel, Durham, and Sudbury/Rainbow from striking again for the rest of the school year. It passed with a 64-18 vote, Liberals and PC’s voting in favour, NDP’s voting against. High schools in the three regions re-opened yesterday following weeks of strikes that threatened to put the school year in jeopardy. The labour relations board ordered a two-week moratorium on the strikes, calling them unlawful, prompting the Liberals to proceed with the back-to-work legislation. However, the vote does nothing to curb a possible strike in the fall. All of the major teachers’ unions have raised the possibility of striking in September. Secondary teachers say they’re considering a province-wide strike in the fall, with elementary teachers looking to extend their work-to-rule campaign. Meanwhile, English Catholic teachers say if no progress is made in bargaining over the summer they may launch a work-to-rule in September.
WEEKEND CLOSURES ON DVP, GARDINER & TTC
There will be some major closures this weekend as the Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart will shutdown the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway on Sunday. The annual charity bike will close the downtown expressways for 12 hours from 2a.m. on Sunday to 2 p.m. The Gardiner Expressway will be closed from Carlaw Ave. to the Humber Bridge while the Don Valley Parkway will be closed from the Gardiner to Hwy. 401. The ride will see about 14,000 riders raising money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Last year’s ride raised more than $6 million for heart disease and stroke research. City officials recommend drivers use Lake Shore Blvd. as an alternative route to the Gardiner during the closure. Leslie St., Don Mills Rd. and Victoria Park Ave. are the city’s recommended alternative routes to the DVP. There will also be no subway service on Line 1 between Downsview and St Clair West Stations this weekend. Shuttle buses will be in place between Downsview and St Clair West but for customers requiring a station with an elevator, transportation will be available between St George and Downsview stations.
CANADA TO VOTE AGAINST SEPP BLATTER IN FIFA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Canada will not be voting to re-elect Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA. On Thursday, Victor Montagliani, president of the Canadian Soccer Association, announced Canada would cast its ballot for the only other candidate, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan. Montagliani said Canada cannot support the current political leadership of FIFA. “The organization needs a definite change, a refresh,” Montagliani told The Canadian Press from Zurich. “And I think we need to govern the game in a better way.” Seven top FIFA officials were arrested in Zurick on Wednesday in an FBI-led investigation into racketeering. Blatter spoke on Thursday, condemning those involved, and said the corruption “has to stop now.” Despite a massive push from European association UEFA, Blatter refuses to step down. Montagliani says the U.S. Soccer Federation and the UEFA, the governing body of European soccer also plan on not voting for Blatter.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LIFTING “TAMPON TAX”
The federal government says it will be removing its portion of tax on feminine hygiene products. The announcement was made on Thursday, with the tax to be gone come July 1st. Earlier this month, the House of Common’s unanimously voted to adopt the motion following an NDP-led proposal prompted from an online petition. Over 70,000 people signed the petition, which called the tax “sexist and discriminatory.” “This is an non-optional tax that’s borne by only half the population,” said Kathleen Fraser, one of the women behind the online petition. “It’s a tax based on biological characteristics and though it may seem like small change, it’s a tax that places an unfair burden on women, trans people and other menstruators.” Removing the tax is estimated to cost the government $33 million.
LOBLAWS HUMMUS RECALL EXPANDED TO MORE PRODUCTS
Loblaw Companies Ltd. has expanded its recall of Presidents Choice hummus over toxin concerns to cover more than a dozen varieties. The company says the recalled product may contain the toxin produced by staphylococcus bacteria, and it should not be eaten. The expanded recall comes just days after Loblaw Companies Ltd. recalled its Moroccan-style hummus over fears of a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. In the initial warning put out on Monday, it was reported that no illnesses had resulted from the toxin, but illnesses have now been reported according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The recalled product has been removed from store shelves. Loblaw says customers can return the recalled hummus for a refund. The recalled product includes:
PC Butterbean & Roasted Garlic Hummus 280 g
PC Caramelized Vidalia Onion Hummus 227 g
PC Chickpea Dip and Spread Hummus 227 g and 454 g
PC Garlic Hummus 227 g and 454 g
PC Moroccan-Style Hummus 280 g
PC Olive Tapenade Hummus 280 g
PC Red Harissa Hummus 280 g
PC Roasted Garlic Red Pepper and Cumin Hummus 280 g
PC Roasted Pepper and Paprika Hummus 280 g
PC Roasted Red Pepper and Chipotle Hummus 280 g
PC Spicy Hummus 227 g and 454 g
PC Sweet Potato and Harissa Dip 280 g
The full UPC codes can be found here.
Above Average Temperatures For Summer
After another brutal winter in the GTA, the month of May has been a welcome change with above normal temperatures. Environment Canada’s Geoff Coulson says as the calendar flips on Monday, things will get even better with a warmer than normal June and July. He is also anticipating a much drier summer.
Lottery Fever Heats Up with $100 Million in Lotto Max Prizes
It’s better than 50-50 draw, that’s for sure. The Lotto-Max jackpot tonight is $50 million and there are 50-prizes of a million dollars each. It’s been more than a year since the OLG offered $100 million worth of prizes in a single night.