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New Distracted Driving Rules In Effect/Police Targeting Distracted Drivers With Road Safety Campaign. Unstable Trump Tower Antenna Causes Downtown Road Closures. ETFO Returns To Bargaining Table As Countdown To School Officially On. Gas Prices To Rise Yet Again. Smoking Rate Among US Adults Drops to 15%/Daily pot smoking on US college campuses on the rise. +**GDP Figures From Statistics Canada Expected to Show Recession.**
New Distracted Driving Rules In Effect
A new set of traffic laws are set to come in effect province wide today. The new rules which are part of the “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, or Bill 31 will see heftier fines and demerit points for drivers who text while drive and also provide more protection to cyclists. The new laws include the expansion of the ”move over” law to include tow trucks, the change will require drivers to slow down and move into the next lane when they see a tow truck parked on the roadside with flashing lights activated. A fine of $490 dollars will apply to those who don’t comply. Also included in the new laws are a raft of measures aimed at improving cyclist safety. These include a new penalty on $365 dollars and three demerit points for drivers who open their door into the path of an oncoming cyclist. Drivers must also now ensure a distance of at least one mere when passing cyclists or face a fine of between $110 and $180 and two demerit points. Cyclists too may face fines with regard to proper front and rear lighting. Distracted driving also targeted with a $490 fine and three demerit points for those who are convicted of operating hand-held communication and electronic devices while driving.
To no surprise, Toronto police will be kicking off a road safety campaign today to coincide with the new rules and fines for distracted driving across the province. It will be a joint effort by Toronto Police, MTO, CAA & OPP. About 40 officers will be targeting drivers in the GTA who use cellphones or other distracting devices while driving. Cops will be out on the 404, DVP and Gardiner, along with several major city streets.
Unstable Trump Tower Antenna Causes Downtown Road Closures
The discovery of an unstable antenna led to a number of road closures in downtown Toronto on Monday. The swaying antenna which police have deemed a safety threat was spotted on the roof of Trump Tower at the corner of Bay Street and Adelaide Street West. Bay Street is currently closed from King Street to Richmond Street while Adelaide Street is also closed eastbound from York Street as a result. The closure applies to both vehicles and pedestrians. Engineers from both the City of Toronto and Trump Tower are said to be on scene. Police say the closures will remain in place until at least noon or until a city engineer confirms the antenna has been secured.
ETFO Returns To Bargaining Table As Countdown To School Officially On
The union representing elementary teachers in the province returns to the bargaining table today to try and reach a deal before the start of the school year. The ETFO has said it will be stepping up its work to rule job action to start the school year if no deal has been reached. The job action includes teachers not participating in field trips, not responding to email or texts from principals or vice-principals outside of school hours and not participating in any parent teacher interviews or open houses. The talks come as public high school teachers (OSSTF) and english catholic teachers (OECTA) reached tentative contract agreements in late August.
Gas Prices To Rise Yet Again
It will be more expensive to fill your gas tank on Wednesday morning. Gas prices are set to rise again. Gasbuddy.com’s Dan McTeague says we can expect a 4 cent hike overnight, which will bring the GTA average to 110.9 cents a liter, just days after motorists were paying just under a dollar for regular.
“That is a full 11 cent increase since Friday. And what triggered this one (increase) was odd. It was apparently some kind of inside OPEC article that said that Saudi Arabia was in talks with Russia, but nothing substantiated, nothing confirmed, but rumour tends to drive prices.”
Smoking Rate Among US Adults Drops to 15%
When it comes to smoking, Americans seem to be getting the message. A new US government report says the smoking rate for American adults continues to fall. The survey data from 2015 is encouraging but scientists say it is probably skewed as it only contains three months of data, all of which came from the beginning of the year when people have New Year’s resolutions. As it stands, smoking is still America’s leading cause of preventable illness.
Daily pot smoking on US college campuses on the rise
On the other hand, the number of college students in the United States smoking marijuana every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released. Nearly 6% of college students reported daily use or near-daily use of pot in 2014, That is up from 3.5% in 2007 but less than the 1980 record of 7.2%, according to the University of Michigan’s monitoring the future study. Less frequent pot smoking was also on the rise, although not as drastically.
GDP Figures From Statistics Canada Expected to Show Recession
We’ll find out later today if Canada has slipped into a technical recession. Experts are predicting the latest GDP figures being released by Statistics Canada will show two straight quarters of negative growth – the technical definition of a recession.