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Government cancels road tests due to Pan Am traffic concerns. Apple shares fall due to slow watch sales. New app “Rover” should make parking in the city easier. Mayor John Tory to make infrastructure announcement this morning. Man who recorded Ford ‘crack video’ sentenced to 8 years in prison. +**No charges against Peel police in death of Jermaine Carby.**
Government Cancels Driving Tests Due To Pan Am Traffic Concerns
The government is cancelling a large amount of final road driving tests due to concerns of heavy traffic and congestion during the Pan Am Games. According to the Toronto Star, a total of 1,137 tests have to be rescheduled in an attempt to keep traffic moving. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca confirmed to the Star that the decision was made in early June, with letters sent and phone calls made to notify those affected to arrange another time. They say 150 test-takers have not responded, but slots are being set aside so they don’t get bumped to the back of the queue. Transportation officials were aiming to have a 20% traffic reduction during the Games, with an emphasis on public transit. There are no fee’s for switching or re-scheduling appointments, and some tests were added to the schedule at a location in Oshawa. That location will be opening on two Saturdays to accommodate, when it’s usually not open.
Apple Shares Fall Due To Slow Watch Sales
Many eyes on the market Wednesday as shares in tech giant Apple have been taking a beating recently. It’s the most active trade over the last few days and despite beating analysts expectations in the second quarter, it’s shares have been dropping. Disappointing Apple Watch sales have been an issue. Despite raking in 10.7 billion in the third quarter, and making 3 billion little over a year ago, Apple stocks lost 6% in after hours trading. U.S. corporate earnings, Apple not withstanding, have pushed stocks lower on Wednesday and driven investors towards the shelter of bonds. World markets have lost close to 1% of their value overnight.
New App “Rover” Should Make Parking In The City Easier
City officials may already have a headache dealing with the UBER app, now another drivers APP “Rover” may add to the pain. The Toronto start-up matches drivers with empty parking spaces posted by owners with room in their garages or driveways. Users simply download the app and register their credit card. Co-founder Tim Wootton (WUH’-ton) says Rover’s prices are capped at two-dollars per hour to ensure the app is competitive with downtown Toronto parking. “it’s a community based program and we’re looking for the help from people who have spots, want to share them and make a few bucks. “We want to make it easier for driving into Toronto and across Canada.” Rover has been downloaded more than one-thousand times already, and dozens of owners have posted parking spots across the city. Officials with the City of Toronto say fines can be levied homeowners who rent out multiple spots on their driveways.
Mayor Tory Make Infrastructure Announcement
Mayor John Tory gets an audience with Premier Wynne today at Queen’s Park. The two leaders will sit down for an hour around 8:30am this morning before addressing the media. Tory and Wynne have a far less toxic relationship than former mayor Rob Ford had with the Province.
Later this morning, Mayor Tory will shift over to federal politics with an infrastructure announcement alongside finance minister Joe Oliver and officials with Centennial College. The announcement will take place at the Canadian Air and Space Museum, at the original de-Havilland plant in Downsview.
Oliver commenting on the current economic slowdown assuring Canadians that the current situation should not effect his government’s plans to run a surplus. Oliver told reporters that the conservatives are confident with their budget plans. “We’re very comfortable that we will achieve a budgetary surplus this year,” Oliver said. “We’ve looked at our numbers and we’re very comfortable that we will have a surplus this year.” The Bank of Canada last week lowered its growth projections for this year, expecting real gross domestic product will grow about 1.1 per cent in 2015.
Man Who Recorded Ford ‘Crack Video’ Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison
The man who secretly filmed the now infamous ‘crack video’ is being sentenced to eight years in prison. On Monday, Mohamed Siad pleaded guilty to five charges in relation to guns and drug offences. The 29-year-old was arrested in 2013 following the Project Traveler Raids, and admitted to having an affiliation with the Dixon City Bloods gang. The famous video, which apparently showed former mayor Rob Ford smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine at a home in Windsor, was retrieved during the raids. Ford’s former friend and driver Sandro Lisi was charged with extortion for allegedly trying to retrieve the video. Siad will only serve another four years and 10 months of the eight years, credited with time served.
SIU Clearing Peel Officer in 2014 Death of Jermaine Carby
Since the shooting death of Jermaine Carby by Peel Regional Police in Brampton, supporters of Carby’s have speculated he wasn’t in possession of a weapon, though officers shouted “drop the knife” moments before fatally shooting him. Supporters suggest Carby never had a knife. However, The Special Investigations Unit are clearing a Peel officer of any wrongdoing in connection to the death of Jermaine Carby. The 33-year-old was shot three times on September 25th, 2014, after he was pulled over at the corner of Queen Street and Kennedy Road in Brampton. SIU director Tony Loparco says an officer pulled him over because the car’s lights weren’t on and it had a dangling, obscured licence plate. The officer says he asked Carby for his name and date of birth, and a search revealed he had an outstanding warrant in British Columbia. The officer activated the emergency switch, signaling for help, and waited in his cruiser for the other officers to arrive. Loparco says the suspect then got out of the car and began shouting at police with a kitchen knife. Witnessing officers say he ignored requests to drop the weapon and challenged officers to shoot him. Loparco says Carby was shot by another officer to arrive on scene. Seven shots were fired, three of them striking him. The watchdog unit says the officers actions were justified.