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After seven days of the Pan Am Games a new survey suggests that Torontonians are responding well to the major event. Petition against Kanye West’s Pan Am Games gig passes 33000 backers. Canada take back the medal lead at Pan Am Games. Tim Hortons offering buyouts to 15% of corporate workforce. Ontario Catholic teachers provide their Work to Rule outline. +**Record $55M Lotto Max jackpot tonight.**
SURVEY: IS PAN AM TRAFFIC REALLY THAT BAD?
After seven days of the Pan Am Games a new survey suggests that Torontonians are responding well to the major event. Forum research has found that about 25% of the city’s residents have attended the games already or will be doing so at some point. Pan Am organizers report ticket sales were approaching the one million mark, which is okay, considering 1.4 million tickets were made available and officials admit they never expected a sell-out. Perhaps the most concerning find is that 30% of respondents indicate they would like to see the HOV lanes stick around for good. However, 57% say no and 14% remain undecided.
PETITION AGAINST KANYE WEST’S PAN AM PERFORMANCE REACHES 33,000 BACKERS
In most cases these petitions go ignored but you never know. From 5000 yesterday up to 33,000. That’s the number of signatures on a petition still circling Toronto, calling for Pan Am organizers to pull the plug on Kanye West as the headlining act for the event’s closing ceremonies.
CANADA TAKES BACK MEDAL LEAD AT PAN AM GAMES
Canada and the US still jockeying for position atop the leader board of the Pan Am Games. Canada leads the overall medal count with 97, while the US is right behind with 96. Canada also leads in Golds with 38 – four more than the Americans. Brazil is a distant 3rd with 61 total medals.
TIM HORTONS OFFERING BUYOUTS TO 15% OF CORPORATE WORKFORCE
Tim Hortons is offering buyouts to 15% of its total corporate workforce in Canadian offices. According to the Toronto Star, the voluntary package has been extended to 15 managers in corporate-owned restaurants, but it doesn’t include sales staff at it some 3.800 franchise locations. The Star also says permanent full-time and part-time staff in ranked below Vice President at the Oakville head office have been offered the deal, with just over three percent taking the offer. A spokesperson told the publication that the offer was to provide employees with “generous financial means,” allowing them to explore other career opportunities. The move comes after around 350 corporate staff were cut following a merger with Burger King.
WORK TO RULE OUTLINE FROM ONTARIO CATHOLIC TEACHERS
The union that represents Ontario’s Catholic teachers says members will not perform a number of duties such as participating in extracurricular activities and inputting report-card comments if negotiations at the bargaining table break down. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association has approximately 50-thousand teachers and will be in a legal strike position on August 17th, 2015. Included are:
- Not planning or participating in any extracurricular or voluntary activities outside or in the classroom
- Not participating in any EQAO-related activities, including preparing for and marking assignments
- Preparing report-card comments or inputting data; OECTA members, however, will still submit grades to administrators for processing
- Taking home work materials – according to union that includes grading, planning and preparation that will be completed within the 300-minute instructional day
- Not attending staff meetings, teacher and parent meetings and parent-teacher interviews
- Not organizing or going on school trips outside or during school day
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