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40th TIFF Opens Tonight. TIFF/Weekend Road Closures. Educational Support Workers Launch Work To Rule. Bomb Threat Suspends GO Train Service West Of Union. Tom Mulcair as PM Would End Canada’s Fight With ISIS.
40th TIFF Opens Tonight
It’s that time of year again. It’s time to roll out the red carpet on the annual Toronto International Film Festival. And this year marks the 40th anniversary of the event, which has grown in popularity. 399 films from 71 countries will be screened at the event. A Canadian film will open the event, Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. It’s a story about an investment banker who loses his wife, and then attempts to rebuild his life. There’s also a lot of buzz surrounding Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp as James “Whitey” Bulger, who pursues a life of crime in Boston in the 70s. Some of the stars confirmed to attend this year include Bryan Cranston, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Julianne Moore and Kate Winslet. The curtain falls on TIFF on September 20.
TIFF/Weekend Road Closures
Many are anxious to do some star gazing over the next 10 days, as celebrities flock to the city for the 40th TIFF. They’ll have to keep these road closures in mind and plan accordingly. King Street will be closed off between Peter and University Streets until 11:59 pm Sunday September 13. That stretch of King is being renamed Festival Street for the weekend parties. This will affect TTC service.
Educational Support Workers Launch Work To Rule
Today marks the beginning of a work to rule campaign for tens of thousands of educational workers in Ontario, just 3 days into the new school year. They include early child educators, educational assistants, office administrators, as well as custodians. As of Thursday, they won’t be working through their lunches, taking work home, or attending unpaid meetings. Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees voted last weekend to step up job action.
Bomb Threat Suspends GO Train Service West Of Union
Commuters using GO Transit along the Lakeshore West line were left stranded for hours during the afternoon commute after a phony bomb scare and a police investigation. Police were called around 3pm to investigate a suspicious package at the Exhibition GO station. The package was spotted by an off duty officer and all GO trains and TTC service was shut down in the area. Full service wasn’t restored until 9pm. The bomb squad was called in and destroyed the package just before 7 p.m. There has been no word on whether the package posed any risk to the public but reports say that it looked like a pipe bomb. GO Transit was forced to temporarily suspended service on the Lakeshore West line and most trains were delayed or cancelled. Metrolinx Spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins says the police investigation also prevented GO from accessing its Willowbrook maintenance facility where the trains are stored. That meant all lines were affected as they didn’t have enough trains to accommodate all the lines.
Tom Mulcair as PM Would End Canada’s Fight With ISIS
A bit of a bomb shell from the leader of the NDP. In an interview with the CBC’s Peter Mansbrisge, Tom Mulcair says if he is elected, he would pull the plug on the fight against ISIS. When asked though if ISIS poses a threat to Canada, Mulcair said “we will immediately stop the bombing mission and those troops home. Atop the NDP leaders list of priorities would be pulling all Canadian troops out of Iraq and Syria and bringing in at least ten thousand Syrian refugees.
On the campaign trail, Tom Mulcair will head to Winnipeg where he’s expected to make an announcement about youth unemployment. Conservative leader Stephen Harper is out east in PEI trying to steer clear of questions on the Syrian refugee crisis and focus instead on his economic platform. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is out west for a couple of rallies in Vancouver.