5 Things To Know Today
Sex Ed Protests Planned Across The Province. CNE Forced To Close Early Last Night. Yonge Street closed this morning as SIU Investigated Man Found Death. Ontario “Carding” Consultations End at Tense Toronto Meeting. Brampton Council Still Debating New LRT. +**Stephen Harper Argues Economy Is Growing Despite Recession.**Poll Finds Adult Kids Depleting Parents’ Savings.**
Sex Ed Protests Planned Across The Province
Ontario parents will hold protests in over 100 ridings across the province today demanding that their local MPP work to repeal the Liberal government’s new sex-ed curriculum. The new guidelines are to be implemented this upcoming school year. Critics have called the plan age-inappropriate and overly explicit. The government though has stepped up its promotion of the new curriculum and will have new ads airing on television over the next month, as the school year starts up. The health curriculum had last been updated in 1998 and Ontario had been teaching students with the most outdated information of any province in the country.
If parents with children in the Peel District School Board don’t like the new sex ed curriculum coming to Ontario schools this fall, they have one option: find a new school board according to Tony Pontes, the director of the PDSB. His official speech to teachers and superintendents argues that “if parents have a problem with such strong support for equity and inclusion, the public system may not be right for them.” Some parents “may choose to switch school systems … if so, that is a price we must be willing to pay.” He cites the Ontario Human Rights Code, and claims that it applies to people of all sexual orientation and gender identity. Pontes believes that the case is closed on this matter.
CNE Forced To Close Early Last Night
Toronto police closed the CNE one hour early Tuesday night. Tuesday was youth day which allows anyone under 19 to enter the park free before 3 p.m. The Ex normally closes it doors at midnight but police said the closure came because of general disorder and came out of concern for everyone’s safety.
SIU Investigating Man’s Death After Being Found on Yonge Street
A man has died after he was rushed to hospital with life threatening injuries after a mysterious incident on Yonge Street. It happened around 9:15 p.m. near Yonge and Maitland and police closed Yonge from Maitland to Wellesley for the investigation. It reopened just before 6 a.m. Police aren’t saying how the man was hurt, only that they responded to a call for a man with serious injuries on the street. Around 1:30 a.m. Toronto Police tweeted that the SIU has now been called in to investigate. On it’s website the S.I.U. says it is probing the circumstances surrounding a custody death. The special investigation unit is called when police officers are involved in incidents where someone has been seriously injured or dies. The SIU has the statutory mandate to conduct independent investigations to determine whether a criminal offence took place.
Ontario “Carding” Consultations End at Tense Toronto Meeting
Scores of people showed up to the Reference Library to oppose the controversial police practice of carding that has been making headlines. Toronto residents in attendance last night were clearly not in favor of “carding.” It was the latest public meeting hosted by the province as it continues to find ways to keep communities safe without violating privacy laws or racial profiling.
Brampton Council Still Debating New LRT
City council in Brampton meets today to pick a facilitator to try and find some common ground on the proposed LRT. The province stepped up and said it would completely fund the $1.6 billion project that would run up Hwy. 10 in Mississauga and Brampton, but some councillors in Brampton oppose the idea. A recent poll found 46% strongly supported the project as proposed and a further 27% were somewhat in favour. 14% of respondents were strongly opposed and 13% were somewhat opposed. Those in favour of the project hope the poll numbers help council see that that the vast majority of the city wants the LRT. Metrolinx says the $1.6 billion project is expected to carry 35 million passengers per year by 2031. Brampton council is set to make a final decision at a special meeting in 2 weeks.
Recession Shows Stephen Harper’s Economic Policies Haven’t Worked
On the federal campaign trail, Conservative leader Stephen Harper is arguing that Canada’s economy is growing, despite the latest GDP figures showing the country had slipped into a recession for the first 6 months of 2015. Admitting to “a few weak months,” Harper says the Conservative policy of a balanced budget, low taxes and affordable investments is the best thing for Canada to weather any global economic problems. Both the NDP and Liberals say the contraction shows Harpers economic plan isn’t working.
Poll Finds Adult Kids Depleting Parents’ Savings
Parents of adult children may be watching their personal savings slip away. A CIBC poll finds about 25% of Canadian parents are spending their own money to help support their adult kids, to the tune of $500 or more per month. And 66% are feeling the effects, and having to delay retirement, cut back on travel and other personal expenses because of it. The money is being used to cover their kids rent, cell phone bills, vehicle payments or groceries. The most recent data from Statistics Canada found 42% of 4.3 million adults (20-29 yrs) lived at home, compared with 32% in 1991, and 27% in 1981.