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Billy Bishop Airport tunnel opens today. Uber insurance briefing meeting to be held today. Plane parts found, could belong to missing flight MH370. Verdict in Mohamed Fahmy re-trial postponed until Aug. 8. New abortion pill approved by Health Canada.
Billy Bishop Airport Tunnel Opens Today
The pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Airport has been finally completed and is set to open at 1:30 p.m. today. Travellers can now begin using the new access walk way connected from the mainland to the island airport, which is 853 feet long and cost $82.5 million to build. Ports Toronto reports the tunnel met all deadlines and is opening up on time. Federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt will be on hand for the grand opening.
Uber Insurance Briefing Meeting to be Held Today
A city councillor’s fight against the app-based ride share service Uber continues. Councillor Jim Karygiannis will be hosting a technical benefit briefing by representatives of the Insurance Bureau of Canada informing those who user Uber about the risks they face. Uber drivers regularly rely on personal auto policies, leaving passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and other occupants in other vehicles at risk, considering the drivers are unprotected to uninsured risk in the event of a claim. The meeting will be held at Toronto City Hall in room 2 at 11 a.m., which is located at 100 Queen Street West.
Plane Parts Found, Could Belong To Missing Flight MH370
Air safety investigators say they have a ”high degree of confidence” that a photo taken of aircraft debris found washed up on the shore of a remote island in the Indian Ocean is a wing component unique to a Boeing 777. The news comes as the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 also a Boeing 777 continues in the area, prompting speculation that the ‘flaperon’ may belong to the ill fated aircraft. French law enforcement is on site on the island to examine the wind piece, which displays signs of having been in the water for about a year. The Malaysian government has also dispatched a team to the Island to aid in the investigation. Flight MH370 disappeared after take off from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on March 8th, 2014, bound for Beijing with 239 people on board.
Verdict In Mohamed Fahmy Re-Trial Postponed Until Aug. 8
A verdict has been adjourned in the re-trial for Canadian journalist Mohammed Fhamy who is hoping to finally be awarded freedom. Fahmy was formerly serving as the bureau chief in Cairo, Egypt for Al Jazzeera when he was arrested with two of his colleagues back in December 2013. Egyptian authorities have detained Baher Mohammed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy after they were convicted of spreading inaccurate news and endorsing the outlawed Muslim brotherhood. Fahmy says he doesn’t feel he and his former co-workers will be released following his hearing in court, which will now take place on Saturday, August 8th.
New Abortion Pill Approved by Health Canada
An abortion pill has now been approved by Health Canada. A spokesperson with the agency confirms that the new drug will be made available and approved by a doctor’s prescription. It will be sold under the brand name Mifegymiso, which is the combination of two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol. The drug has been used in France where it originated back in 1988. It has also been available in the United Kingdom for about the same period of time and was approved for use in the since 2000.
Ipsos Reid Poll Shows What Canadians Want Leaders to Focus On
A federal election could be called as soon as Sunday (August 2nd) as Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to speak with the Governor General this weekend. Harper is expected to ask David Johnston for a dissolve in parliament. Election Day is slated to take place on Monday, October 19th as the Conservatives are looking to stave off voter fatigue in an effort to hamper the NDP and Liberals before kicking off their campaigns. The focus of the fall federal election is increasing with political polls heating up and all eyes now on parliament.
A new Ipsos Reid Poll reveals what Canadians want party leaders to focus during their election campaigns. 54 per cent want the rising cost of living to be discussed, which is the top issue. 40 per cent are concerned about food prices, 36 per cent are worried about the country’s economy and pension plans, 28 per cent also troubled over environmental protection. There are 27 per cent who are bothered by job losses. To view the list click here.