5 Things To Know
Speed limit on some Toronto streets being dropped to 30 km/h? Mayor john Tory to raise Rainbow Flag at city hall today, confirms presences at Pride Parade. Loblaws unionized workers planning strike act. ‘Jurassic World’ Box Office to Cross $1 Billion the Fastest. Taylor Swift condemns Apple’s free music trial in an open letter, gets Apple to change its payment policy.
SPEED LIMIT DROPPING TO 30KM/H?
Councillors in East York and Downtown will be voting today on whether to lower the speed limits on some residential streets. Toronto and East York community council could reduce the limits from 40 to 30 km/h on 387 kilometres of Toronto’s local roads. A report found the change to about 4,450 signs and adjusting about 310 traffic signals would cost $1.1 million. Councillors on the committee seem to be split on the issue with some arguing the lower speed limits would save lives while others say there aren’t enough police officers to enforce a 30 km/h speed limit. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.
MAYOR TORY TO RAISE RAINBOW FLAG AT CITY HALL TODAY
Toronto is turning another page on the Rob Ford-era in the mayor’s office. Today, Mayor John Tory will be front and centre a the rising of the Rainbow Flag at city hall to mark the start of Pride Week in Toronto. Mayor Tory has also confirmed he will be marching in this year’s Pride parade, something he has referred to as “the best time you can have in Toronto with your clothes on.” Tory says his appearance at the festival shouldn’t be newsworthy but is only relevant because Mayor Ford didn’t march in the parade during the 4 years he was in office. The big parade goes next Sunday. Tory’s 2015 Pride Message can be seen below.
STRIKE LOOMING AT LOBLAWS
Unionized workers at Loblaws are getting closer to strike action after rejecting a tentative offer. The 28,000 United Food and Commercial Workers members held ratification meetings over the past week and they turned down the contract. UFCW Canada Local 1000A represents around 30,000 workers in many parts of Ontario. Strike preparations are now beginning with picket captains being trained this week. No strike date has been set though. The full statement can be read on UFCW Canada Local 1000A’s website here.
JURASSIC WORLD BOX OFFICE TO CROSS $1B THE FASTEST
“Jurassic World” continues to be a box office smash, taking in $102M in the US in week 2 to stay at the top of the list. “Inside Out” debuted with a massive $91M but due to Jurassic World’s dominance, it becomes the first Disney-Pixar film not to open at number 1. Jurassic World has brought in $981M worldwide in two weeks.
T-SWIFT CONDEMNS APPLE’S FREE MUSIC TRIAL, THREATENS TO PULL ALBUM: APPLE CAVES
Taylor Swift is forcing Apple to change its mind after writing an open letter. The tech giant is now saying it will pay artists during free trials of its new Apple Music streaming service. Yesterday, Swift threatened to hold back her latest album from the service unless artists got paid during the trial. Early this morning, Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue announced the company’s change of heart on Twitter.
#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015
We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015