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Police officer shot and killed on duty in Edmonton. Councillor says city should consider Gardiner tunnel. Police launch ‘Operation Shield’ on the 404/DVP and QEW/Gardiner. Transportation team to discuss plans during Pan Am Games. Elementary students may not get a report card this year.
EDMONTON POLICE OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED ON DUTY
An Edmonton police officer has been shot and killed while on duty Monday evening. Police Chief Rod Knecht identified the slain officer as Constable Daniel Woodall. He’s an eight-year veteran of the force and a married father of two. 38-year-old Sergeant Jason Harley was also shot at the scene and is expected to make a full recovery. Both officers were shot while executing an arrest warrant at an Edmonton home, that would later go up in flames. Police wouldn’t comment on the status of a suspect but says no one is in custody and they don’t believe there is a danger to the public.
COUNCILLOR: CITY SHOULD CONSIDER GARDINER TUNNEL
As Toronto Councillors get set to make a final decision on the east-end of the Gardiner, Jim Karygiannis is asking if anyone has thought about burying it. The east-end councillor is hoping council will wait on a decision this week and instead ask for a report on the option of building a tunnel link. Mayor Tory says he’s already been told by city staff that there are technical problems with making a tunnel, the cost would be horrendous and besides it’s time to make a decision, not float another option.
POLICE LAUNCH OPERATION SHIELD ON THE 404/DVP & QEW/GARDINER
Drivers should be aware of a police safety blitz that’s on the go today and tomorrow. Toronto Police are among the Police forces across the GTA participating in a multi force education and enforcement traffic safety initiative. The blitz will be called Operation Shield and will see the Toronto Police along with the OPP’s Toronto, Aurora, Burlington and Port Credit Detachments targeting drivers who engage in the “Big 4″ leading causes of death and injury on Provincial and Municipal Highways: Aggressive Driving, Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving and drivers who don’t wear seat belts. Officers will be launching the initiative at 7 a.m. in the northwest corner of the parking lot at Fairview Mall at 1800 Sheppard Ave East. Cops will be focussing their attention on the QEW/Gardiner and on the 404 from 16th Avenue in Markham to the DVP at Bayview Avenue/Bloor Street East ramp. Police will also be making sure drivers are obeying the rules when it comes to HOV lanes.
TRANSPORTATION TEAM TO DISCUSS PLANS DURING PAN AM GAMES
We’ll find out more today from Pan Am Games officials about the impact next month’s event will have on traffic and transportation in the city. It’ll include info on temporary traffic changes and the tools transit users and drivers can use.
The city is in rush mode getting ready for the Pan Am Games, and organizers say they’re still banking on a large turnout despite lagging ticket sales. Only 400-thousand of the 1.4 million tickets have been sold so far. Teddy Katz, a spokesperson with the organizing committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games, says it doesn’t mean there’s a lack of interest. Katz says it’s common for major sporting events to see a big surge in ticket sales shortly before the games begin. He also says many of the gold medal matches are going fast. Six events have seen various sessions rescheduled since going on sale September. Ticket holders for the affected switches – for diving, tennis, fencing, cycling, rhythmic gymnastics and racquetball – were informed. Ticket holders were offered refunds, but many chose to keep their ticket. Schedule changes are usually made at the request of a sports federation or to make sure the best possible athletes can compete. However, Katz says diving changes were made after organizers realized they needed fewer medal sessions for the event.
ELEMENTARY STUDENTS MAY NOT GET A REPORT CARD THIS YEAR
The Province’s public school boards are warning parents they might not be getting report cards at the end of the month because of the work to rule by teachers. They say instead they might get some kind of letter stating whether their children have passed the school year and are progressing to the next grade. Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario are refusing to provide any report card comments and some boards were hoping to hire extra staff to complete the report cards. The Ministry of Education is expected to announce there is no extra money to do so. The boards were hoping for the extra cash so parents would know how their child is doing. As an example the Durham District School Board said hiring extra help could cost up to $400,000.