5 Things To Know
WestJet plane diverted following another bomb threat. Loblaws recalling No Name chicken burgers due to salmonella concerns. Province brings in new law to help prevent ticket scamming. You can rent mannequins or people so you can use the HOV lanes. The Toronto Maple Leafs trade Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
WESTJET PLANE DIVERTED FOLLOWING ANOTHER THREAT
WestJet says they’ve been forced to ground another plane due to a bomb threat. The latest happened on Wednesday evening. According to the airline, there was an apparent bomb threat against flight WS722, travelling from Vancouver to Toronto. WS722 was operated on a Boeing 737-700. WestJet says 30 guests and five crew members were on board, all safe after the plane landed in Calgary. WestJet believes the threat to be a hoax, following a string of similar events this week. This was the fourth time in five days that a WestJet flight had been threatened and the fifth incident involving a Canadian airliner in a week.
LOBLAWS RECALLING NO NAME CHICKEN BURGERS DUE TO SALMONELLA CONCERNS
Loblaws is announcing Wednesday that the company is recalling No Name chicken burgers over salmonella concerns. The announcement comes only days after the Public Health Agency issued a statement saying 44 cases of salmonella were linked to frozen chicken products. According to Loblaws, the burgers may be unsafe to consume due to salmonella-related health concerns. The affected burgers have a UPC 60383116958 with a January 22nd, 2016 best before date. The products were sold at the following locations before July 2nd:
Ontario: Fortinos, Loblaws, No Frills, Box by No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Valu-Mart, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs and other affiliated independent stores.
Atlantic Canada: Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, No Frills, Save Easy and Your Independent Grocer.
Quebec: Loblaws, Maxi, Maxi & Cie, Provigo, Provigo le Marche, Intermarche, Whole Sale Club and other affiliated independent stores.
Loblaws says the affected products have been removed, and customers who purchased the chicken are eligible for a full refund.
NEW LAW TO HELP AVOID TICKET SCAMS
The provincial government has introduced new legislation in an effort to protect ticket scams. Legislation took effect on July 1st and now anyone selling tickets can only raise the price if they have been verified by the vendor or if a money back guarantee has been issued. The province indicates that ticket resales will not be monitored and that it’s up to those reselling tickets to develop a system of verification.
YOU CAN RENT MANNEQUINS OR PEOPLE TO USE HOV LANES
Tired of watching motorists using one of the special Pan Am Games HOV Lanes while you crawl along in bumper-to-bumper traffic? Shai Azoulay can help! The North York resident is renting out mannequins at $40/month via an ad on Kijiji. He’s seen a spike in inquiries since the HOV lanes were activated earlier this week. He said he has no problem selling these things to people attempting to bend the rules. Cops say they will do their best to nail people attempting to fake additional passengers. However, no extra fines or demerit points will be added if somebody is caught with lifeless occupants in their vehicle.
Also, childhood friends Kris Chaput and Michael Burton from Georgetown are offering their services to be passengers so drivers canuse HOV lanes during the Pan Am Games. As of yesterday, more than 4,500 people have visited the Kijiji ad posted only 2 days earlier. They’re charging $55 per hour, one way into Toronto.
LEAFS SEND KESSEL TO PITTSBURGH
Big news from the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the team announced Wednesday that they traded star winger Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In exchange, Toronto will be getting a number of prospects and trades, including winger Nick Spaling, prospects Kasperi Kapanen and Scott Harrington, a third-round pick and a conditional first in the move. Toronto also sent forward Tyler Biggs and defenceman Tim Erixon to the Penguins along with a conditional pick. If Pittsburgh makes the playoffs next season, the Leafs will receive their first-round pick and send Pittsburgh back the second-rounder they currently own from the Daniel Winnik trade. Leafs president Brendan Shanahan says the team was in need of a shake up, and that he didn’t believe the current group of players could win the Stanley Cup.
“We are here to build a team that is capable of winning the Stanley Cup, and there are no shortcuts to go around doing that.” Shanahan told reporters, “We didn’t see that this group was going to get a whole lot better in getting us toward that goal.”
“For whatever reason we had a lot of talented individuals on this team, but as a group, the core group, it hadn’t worked. This is about winning, and Phil’s certainly a talented player, but we knew that changes had to come.”