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Heat Alert Issued For GTA. HOV Lanes To Be Removed Tuesday. Union Station’s Bay Concourse Closing For Two Years. Duffy Trial: Nigel Wright Faces More Grilling From Senator’s Lawyer. Province and Teachers Union Meet at Bargaining Table. +**CIBC Poll Shows Student Concerns.**
Heat Alert Issued For GTA
Both the City and Environment Canada making aware of the unusual heat hitting Southern Ontarians over the next 48 hours. The City of Toronto has issued a heat alert, and Environment Canada a heat warning. Mark Schuster from Environment Canada says we`ll be dealing with this for the next couple of days. “There’s a really hot air mass moving into Southern Ontario and with increasing humidex values in the afternoon to be in the upper 30′s.” says Schuster. “It will be very muggy and sticky, so the next 48 hours or so are going to be hot, humid and uncomfortable.” The heat messages recommend the consumption of liquids and the reduction of time in direct sunlight.
HOV Lanes To Be Removed Tuesday
Just one more day left for commuters using the 401, 427, Gardiner and DVP. Yes, starting tomorrow those dreaded HOV lanes will be a thing of the past. The temporary lane restrictions on highways around the GTA will finally be lifted on Tuesday, August 18th at 11 p.m. However, along the Gardiner Expressway, road improvements between Bathurst and Strachan will resume Wednesday, reducing traffic to just two lanes in each direction until October.
Union Station’s Bay Concourse Closing For Two Years
Another nightmare for commuters, at least for GO Train riders: Union Station’s Bay Street Concourse is officially closed for two years of renovations, re-opening in 2017. The transit agency says GO Transit riders will be re-routed through the newly developed York concourse. Extra staff will be on hand for the first little while to assist commuters through the change. They also say plan ahead with regards to your morning coffee, as the York concourse doesn’t have any vendors at this time. They recommend travelers take the stairway or elevator to get to the train you wish to take, rather than walking along the platform to get there.
Duffy Trial: Nigel Wright Faces More Grilling From Senator’s Lawyer
All eyes will once again be on the Mike Duffy criminal trial in Ottawa. Cross-examinations of Prime Minister Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wrights is expected to continue. Wright spent most of last week explaining his handling of the repayment of the former Conservative senator’s disputed expenses and who in Harper’s office knew that Wright put up $90,000 of his own money.
Province and Teachers Union Meet at Bargaining Table
Ontario’s public elementary school teachers will be holding their annual meetings in downtown Toronto today. There will be at least 800 teachers and assistants that will gather this morning to put policies in place and elect a new union executive. The Elementary Teachers Federation is currently in a legal strike position with less than a month before the official start of the school year. The province and union are scheduled to meet at the bargaining table for two days this week (Monday, August 17th and Tuesday, August 18th).
CIBC Poll Shows Student Concerns
CIBC has conducted a poll that shows almost half of the students in post-secondary school are concerned about covering their tuition and living costs. They’re also worried about not being able to pay off student debt after graduation. Also, one-third of those students feel they will graduate with at least $25,000 in debt. There are also 37% who aren’t certain if they can manage their finances upon completing the school year and 19% think they won’t be able to provide for themselves financially. The poll also indicates that students who spend between $10,000 and $30,000 for the school year are expecting their parents to cover at least 22% of their tuition fee.