5 Things To Know Today
Update: Bear roaming backyards in Newmarket has been shot and killed.** Poll finds strong support for tearing down Gardiner. Ontario elementary teachers to ramp up strike action starting Monday. Cabbie protest against Uber planned for Monday morning. San Andreas rocks weekend box office taking in $53M.
UPDATE: BEAR SPOTTED ROAMING IN NEWMARKET KILLED
York Regional Police have been responding to reports this weekend of a black bear wandering the Yonge & Davis Drive neighbourhood in Newmarket, Ontario. Dave Carter didn’t believe his son Adam when he claimed a bear was roaming around in their backyard. But when he watched video that his son had recorded, he realized that his son wasn’t lying! Police weren’t able to find the bear when they arrived. Another Newmarket resident, Mike, snapped a photo of the bear when it wandered through his area on Sunday. This morning, police were able to surround the bear in a Yonge & Davis Drive backyard at about 7:30am. London road, near Davis Drive is closed off in Newmarket until the situation is resolved. The bear is currently in a tree.
UPDATE: Police have finally contained bear 8:37am
UPDATE: Bear killed in Newmarket 8:58am
POLL: STRONG SUPPORT FOR TEARING DOWN EAST PORTION OF GARDINER
A new poll by Mainstreet Technologies shows more people support tearing down the eastern section of the Gardiner expressway than any other option. The poll found support was highest for tearing it down with 45% saying they prefer the tear down to 33% who prefer it be rebuilt. 12 % of those surveyed were unsure and 11 % didn’t like either option. The poll comes as Mayor John Tory continues to try and gain support for keeping that stretch of the Gardiner as an elevated highway. City council is set to debate the future of the aging expressway at council next week. The same poll also saw Mayor Tory’s approval rating steady at 63%.
The debate on what to do with the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway will heat up this week. Deputy mayor Pam McConnell will hold a press conference today where “prominent Torontonians” will urge city council to support removing the elevated expressway. Former mayor David Crombie, the city’s former chief planner Paul Bedford and Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy are all expected to speak against keeping the Gardiner. Mayor Tory has previously urged council to support the hybrid option. Council is due to meet on June 10 to debate and decide the fate of the aging expressway.
ELEMENTARY TEACHERS TO RAMP UP STRIKE ACTION TODAY
Ontario public elementary school teachers are planning to ramp up job action on Monday amid an ongoing work-to-rule labour dispute. The union says the job action comes after nine months without collective agreements. Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario launched phase one of the work-to-rule earlier this month. The move kept teachers in the classrooms and did not affect field trips or extra curricular activities, however, teachers are not performing certain administrative duties. The ETFO says they will further withdraw from Ministry of Education meetings, workshops and mandated meetings with principals. On Friday, they laid out in detail some of the administrative duties they plan to withdraw. According to the union, the move will have a minimal impact on students with aims to “prod” the government. ETFO president Sam Hammond said in a statement that the strike action is increasing due to the “obstinacy” of the government and the Ontario Public School Board Association, and that it was “time the government and OPSBA stopped playing games.” The union says the school boards are making demands that would result in increased class sizes, and would have teachers preparation time directed by others and compromise their ability to support student learning.
CABBIE PROTEST AGAINST UBER AT CITY HALL THIS MORNING
Stay away from City Hall early tomorrow morning as 500 cabbies are expected to block traffic in protest against the company Uber. The protest matches a three day court hearing examining the city’s request for a permanent injunction against Uber. Cab drivers on the one hand say they are losing business but Uber Canada is singing a different tune. Spokesperson Susie Heath says “The oversight hasn’t caught up to the technology,” and that her company isn’t the enemy. Uber is suggesting its drivers should take advantage of the lack of cabs looking for fares.
SAN ANDREAS ROCKS WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
A big win at the box office for the earthquake flick “San Andreas.” It took in $53 million in its first weekend. “Pitch Perfect 2” was number two, followed by “Tomorrow Land.”